If You Have to Cry, Go Outside

If You Have to Cry, Go Outside

And Other Things your Mother Never Told You

Book - 2010 | 1st ed
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Kelly Cutrone has long been mentoring women on how to make it in one of the most competitive industries in the world. She has kicked people out of fashion shows, forced some of reality television's shiny stars to fire their friends, and built her own company--one of the most powerful PR firms in the fashion business--from the ground up. Through it all, she has refused to be anything but herself.

Kelly writes in her trademark, no-bullshit style, combining personal and professional stories to share her secrets for success without selling out. Let's face it: this is a different world than the one in which our mothers grew up, and Kelly has created a real girl's guide to making it in today's world. Offering a wake-up call to women everywhere, she challenges us to stop the dogged pursuit of the "perfect life" and discover who we are and what we really want. Then she shows us how to go out there and get it. Much of our culture teaches us to muzzle our inner voice and follow the crowd; Kelly enables us to stop pretending and start truly living.

With chapters on how to find your tribe (those like-minded souls who make your heart sing), how sometimes a breakdown is really a breakthrough, and how there is no such thing as perfection, Kelly also shares practical advice, such as how to create a personal brand and how sometimes you have to fake it to make it.

Raw, hilarious, shocking, but always the honest truth, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside calls upon you to gather up your courage like an armful of clothes at a McQueen sample sale and follow your soul wherever it takes you. Whether you're just starting out in the world or looking to reinvent yourself, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside will be the spark you need to figure out what you have to say to the world--and how you're going to say it.

Publisher: New York : HarperOne, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061930935
Branch Call Number: 650.1082 CUT 2010
Characteristics: 197 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Bryan, Meredith

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RosaSR
Mar 15, 2017

So pleasantly surprised with this find. An amazing life from a free soul, crazy fun life in Manhattan with all its charm and risk. The author is a fashion icon PR queen, yet so full of life, and earned wisdom...shes like a modern guru of some sort. So witty and interesting, filled with amazing reflections on life and how to be happy and successful in life. Super fun to read and well written. I personally dont like many books so this was a true find.

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candiceh27
Apr 02, 2012

I really, really enjoyed this book. Kelly writes like her usual "work hard or leave" but I was actually expecting a lot more harshness from her. She opened up about her spirituality and it was really interesting. I think this book is extremely motivational for anyone in their 20's who really want to chase their dreams, no matter what they are. Also with a feminism undertone of course. Kelly is a great inspiration for me. Loved her book and hope to live by some of the principles she does!

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bimmer2010
Jul 25, 2011

This was a surprisingly good read. It is more of a self help book for women which I really wasn't expecting but she makes some really valid points in the book that I will carry through in my own life.

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gentle_ion
Apr 22, 2011

Missing all the "kick-your-ass" sensibility of the real woman...what a shame. The "real" Kelly Cutrone must be appalled at the end effects of a ghost writer!

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myluckytigerbelt
Apr 07, 2011

I wish I had read this when I was around 20. This book is filled with great advice for late teenagers or early twentysomethings regarding work and life. This quick read felt like a school-of-life-lesson from Kelly Cutrone and there are many valuable things for the reader inside the book.

Kelly Cutrone first came to my attention on The Hills where, as the owner of People’s Republic, she became Whitney Port’s boss. Dressed all in black and with her no-nonsense style, I thought, “This is the kind of boss I wish I had.” She may seem scary and, at times, harsh, but she is direct, specific and a good communicator. She seems like the kind of person it would be hard to screw up for because she tells you exactly how, when, where and why she wants what she wants from you as an employee. Many bosses could use more of this style.

When Kelly moved on to her own show, “Kell on Earth” I followed eagerly. Watching her run the New York office of her business was great. Because she was the star, we got to see what seemed like a more realistic version of who we saw on The Hills. Without Loren and Whitney as the “stars” of the show, we got to see the nuts and bolts of Kelly’s business which is a Public Relations Firm that deals with Fashion. Watching her produce fashion shows and mentoring her young staff made me really, really like this woman.

Reading her book, I found her advice on life and career to be intelligent, pertinent and amusing. She tells her story as well which is fascinating. I don’t want to give it all away, but learning that she went from the top of New York’s PR scene to to drug addiction to reading Tarot cards on Venice Beach and back to PR made me that much more impressed with Kelly.

If you are young and just starting to enter the workforce, or know somebody who is, this would be a great book to read or give as a gift. With words of wisdom that may seem obvious to some like, “Be the first one in and the last one out.” Kelly shares simple things in straight-forward language that someone who hasn’t worked for various organizations over many years wouldn’t know.

debwalker Mar 23, 2011

A must-read for fashion careerists.

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royalprincess99
Jan 08, 2011

A great book for those who are unsure of whether or not they want to enter the fashion industry but wish to find out if it's right for them...inspirational with great advice from someone straight from that particular area. It teaches you to keep your head up in the worse situations.

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