Mikki Taylor, the author of "Commander-In-Chic" and beauty director and cover editor at Essence Magazine, stopped by to talk about her new book and also show style essentials: must have ultra chic and timeless-go to pieces all inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama.
Key pieces to include the following
The Cashmere cardigan
A-Line Fitted Sheath
Perfect Pencil Skirt
Classic Duster Coat
The Little Black Dress
Mikki also has a few book signings in the area, including:
November 30th (6-8pm)
Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe
2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd
(Between 124th and 125th Streets)
New York, NY 10027
December 2nd (7pm)
Barnes & Noble
112 Eisenhower Parkway
Livingston, NJ 07039
Hosted by Wendy Williams
For more information, visit www.mikkitaylorenterprises.
Mikki Taylor's name is synonymous with sophistication, elegance, style and beauty. The internationally recognized style and beauty expert is author of a new book, appropriately titled "Commander-In-Chic: Every Woman's Guide to Managing Her Style Like a First Lady" (Atria Books Hardcover Original; ISBN: 9781439196724; $26.99 US). A must-have lifestyle guide, it is filled with valuable information, prized in-the-know tips, and affordable go-to resources that serve as today's working woman's style handbook.
In COMMANDER IN CHIC, Mikki has taken Michelle Obama as her muse to write the book women who admire them both have been waiting for. A media veteran, she lends over thirty years of fashion, beauty and lifestyle expertise in this one-of-a-kind style guide. Mikki's been privy to Obama's style philosophy as well as that of countless celebs first hand through her longtime role as Beauty and Cover Director at ESSENCE Magazine, where she collaborated with Obama's team on fashion and beauty choices for prime photo shoots for the magazine. Having the opportunity to observe Obama first-hand and see how effortlessly her style and confidence coalesce made Mikki decide to chronicle her observations using them as inspiration for women everywhere.
Taylor was at the beginning of Michelle Obama's rise to prominence. She first met the future First Lady in 2006 for a power story that was published in ESSENCE magazine. Two years later, Taylor sat with Mrs. Obama in her Chicago home discussing the direction for an ESSENCE cover story what she and her daughters would wear, the hair, the makeup, accessories, and the mood of the shoot. That day resulted in the Obama family's first national magazine cover and a photo that would be seen around the world in the days, months and years to come. Since that time, Taylor has continued to critically observe Obama, visually documenting her journey as First Lady through the pages of ESSENCE and working with her on the magazine's illustrious cover.
Using the world-class style of the woman who stands beside the President of the United States, Taylor draws on Obama's savvy fashion sense, bold use of accessories and chic beauty statement, as well as her commitment to living a healthy lifestyle, to help women everywhere own their style, their lives and their purpose. At the core, Taylor says these are the characteristics that make Obama such a dynamic, inspirational woman.
Mikki knows that we all want to possess a signature look and a wardrobe of bankable pieces that allow us the kind of versatility where you never have to worry about what to wear again! Cover-to-cover, the book is full of over 90 stunning photographs that take the guesswork out of what works. It's like taking a journey with Mikki, day-in and day-out, one that guides readers on their style and beauty choices, and shares those covetable secrets -- from where and when to shop, to what to buy including a must-have list of Obama faves. Here's the core wardrobe list women have been waiting for, the cost-saving ideas, the kind of clothing and accessory news that will teach them where to invest their money and where to hold fast! Every chapter in the book is complete with Mikki-isms in a voice and spirit that is Taylor's signature. It delivers the kinds of concrete information and inspiring style ideas that not only make getting dressed a fabulous experience, but defines what will make one "a woman to remember." The special chapters on beauty are filled with customized information only an authority on the needs of women of color could share.
Mikki also took great care in talking to the experts about what readers need to know to manage their lives from the inside out from their mental and physical health and wellness to the importance of self-nurturing. As such, COMMANDER IN CHIC offers guiding factors on diet and exercise for the various stages of the reader's life from age 20 and beyond. There is also the critical information the reader needs to know to nourish her well-being so she can continue to be the empowered woman she is called to be.
What distinguishes COMMANDER IN CHIC from other similar books on style is that, Taylor puts forth Michelle Obama as the muse, rather than the subject. For Taylor, the number one woman at the center of this book is the reader herself. "When writing this book, I wrote it for women everywhere, as something that would become their personal style diary one that they can refer to again and again as they own their lives," says Mikki Taylor. "In COMMANDER IN CHIC, I hope women will find everything they need to know as they go about their journey of possessing great, timeless style simply, effortlessly, and for keeps." All in all, the book is a goldmine of information that will inspire women on how to truly style from head-to-toe, inside and out, now and for years to come.
Mikki Taylor's vision is for all women to celebrate themselves and be the First Lady of their own lives. Throughout the years, her expertise and innovative commentary on beauty and style has reached women in every pocket of the world and in various stages of their lives with her numerous speaking engagements and appearances on a number of shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, NBC Nightly News, and many more. Today, Taylor personifies Commander in Chic as the President of Mikki Taylor Enterprises, LLC, a strategic branding, consulting and communications company; as a newly appointed national spokesperson for AMBI Skincare for which she will join forces with the brand to empower, inspire and celebrate women of color, as well as serves as ESSENCE magazine's Editor-at-Large.