Have you ever worn a pair of fierce heels but was scared you'd slip and fall? Been there, actually done that (and have the scar to prove it). It's not fun slipping around while struttin' your stuff. Check Miley Cyrus posing confident at the 2008 Kids' Choice Awards. You'd never know she has on a pair of Grippy Steps by Apara ($8), to keep her heels from sliding in the wrong direction. These sticky contractions simply stick to the bottom of your soles and prevent any awkward moments from happening. Now that's a quick fix!
When I first read about Camilla Morton's new book, How to Walk in High Heels, I expected it to be little more than a fluffy gift book. But in reality, it's a thick, weighty guide to doing all sorts of things, from walking in high heels to looking fresh after a bender.
As the title suggests, the practical advice focuses mostly on fashion and beauty. Some of my favorite sections include how to get ready in five minutes, how to deal with a bad hair day, and—on a related note—how to wear a hat without looking silly. But Morton, a freelance fashion writer, also covers a lot of ground related to etiquette, leisure, and culture. There's a primer on playing poker and a guide to artists whose names you can drop at gallery openings. The highly readable how-to also contains advice from expert guests such as Manolo Blahnik, who explains how to pick out a shoe. A great gift book, to be sure, but also a highly informative read. Get your copy here for $17.46.