Having visited my blog and vintage store, a friend from grad school sent me Kelly Cutrone’s New York Times Bestseller If You Have to Cry Go Outside. I didn’t know what to expect from this fashion meets self-help autobiography, therefore I had no expectations. But I must say I was pleasantly surprised.
After watching Bravo’s Kell on Earth, Cutrone’s reality show about her PR firm People’s Revolution, my impression of her was that she was no-nonsense, super-stressed, hard-edged and sometimes downright rude. The book downplays none of this and is refreshingly unapologetic. But it also highlights Cutrone’s softer side. Note that “softer” does not equal weaker. Throughout the book, we see Cutrone falter, fail, crash and burn, and then ultimately rise from the ashes like a Phoenix, stronger than ever in her convictions, drive to succeed and will to survive in the cut-throat world of fashion.
Having read If You Have to Cry, I walked away with a deeper appreciation and respect for Cutrone’s experiences and triumphs in life and work, and I applaud her for her transparency. What resonated with me most was her struggle to overcome fear in general, and the fear of failure specifically, something we perfectionists know all too well. One of the reasons I started this blog was to face my own FEAR of failure head on, and then beat it down like it stole something! I’m grateful for every reader I have and for everyday I get to share something with you here on Thread Conscious.
So, I highly recommend picking up Kelly Cutrone’s book; it’s a great read and available on Amazon here.