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Pretend French Vacay, Pt. 6: A Book To Bring You Home

As you travel to and from your vacation destination, you generally grab something to read, be it a trashy tabloid (*LOVE!), something from your bookclubs summer reading list or a NYTimes Bestseller List selection. For this trip, we are grabbing a bestseller – Kelly Cutrone’s “If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You”.

I picked this book up earlier this year and didn’t put it down until I was done. It’s People’s Revolution founder Kelly Cutrone’s memoir, that tells how she grew up, got started in the Public Relations business and what she thinks you need to be sucessful in whatever you choose to do. The most important thing is to find your “tribe” – a group of people that do what you want to do and whom you respect; these are the people that will encourage you to reach further than you thought you could.

I am behind this 100%. Kelly (*I’m calling her that not because we are bff’s *callme*, but because Ms. Cutrone just seems too stuffy for her, imo) puts a name to a feeling that I have about my experience with this site & all of the lovelies that I interact with now because of it and twitter. It is because of these lovelies that I have been able to do so many of the amazing things I have done (*hello, NYFW?) and met so many of the amazing people that I have met (*can NOT even start to name them all) and just experienced everything that I have so far related to this stuff of “beauty”. I mean, I’m somebody’s mom from Oklahoma that wears Chucks and can’t even braid her hair for fucks sake – I’m not supposed to be doing any of this stuff. It’s out of the realm of possibility. But I don’t let it be – I ‘do’, with a lot of support from my “tribe”. And it’s wonderful.

So, knowing I was going to be in NYC in May for The Makeup Show, I took a shot and asked Kelly (@peoplesrev) on twitter if she would be kind enough to autograph my book while I was there. She replied that she would, but was with family & didn’t know if she would be in town then. But, that I could leave it with Andrew (*yes, that Andrew you see in “Kell on Earth”) and she would sign & send it back. Score!! Unfortunately, her father passed away and she wasn’t in town when I was there, but she was generous enough to write in my book and send it back to me. (*I had left a postage paid envelope with my note and the book, so, don’t everyone think that she throws her money around like that – my book, I paid.) It says:

Dear Paula, Welcome to New York. So glad you came by. Happy to hear your tribe is flourishing – keep it growing and flowing! Love, Kelly

*dead*. I’m a giddy fangirl when I read that. But, I’ll contain my squeals to outside, too. Fact is, I’ll take her words to heart and hope that I’m included in others tribes so that I can encourage them as I feel encouraged in mine. Oh, here are a couple of shots of graffiti that I saw in a doorway near Peoples Rev that I thought were pretty awesome:

Have any of you read this book? If you haven’t, you should definitely check it out. If you have, lemme know what you thought of it – I’d like to hear what you took from it, too.

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