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Are you dressing–and living–your truth?

September 2nd, 2010

I’ll put it out there—I don’t love (or read) self-help books very often. I did read Leadership and Self-Deception and The Purple Cow while working at LoveSac (required reading) and enjoyed them, but I’ve started and never finished quite a few others. I take that back. I also read Simple Abundance years and years ago and enjoyed it…but never put much of it into practice.

Dressing Your TruthWhen I was sent Carol Tuttle’s Dressing Your Truth: Discover Your Personal Beauty Profile, I agreed to read it because beauty and fashion and all that goes with it does interest me a lot more than the “warm fuzzy” stuff. Plus, this blurb on DressingYourTruth.com caught my eye:

If you’ve ever felt defeated in a dressing room, faced a closet full of clothes but still felt you had nothing to wear, or thought you had to be skinny to be beautiful, Dressing Your Truth will be a much-appreciated reality check that will help you discover and celebrate your own, unique beauty!

Well, I do have a closet full of clothes and a few items that never get worn because let’s face it, they looked better on the hanger. And I’m always interested in discovering your “type” to see if I agree with what “they” say my type is. So I dove into the book, quickly skimming the first few parts so I could get right to Carol’s four types (Type 1, Type 2, Type 3 and Type 4). And then I was anxious to find out what that type meant for me as far as what my wardrobe should like look like, how I should wear my hair and makeup to complement my features, plus I was even interested in learning the challenges that particular type faces.


Um, Dressing Your Truth was spot on. Seriously. I’m a Type 3 through and through, though not everything matched 100%. (I’m not a natural salesperson, trust me.) Want to know what a Type 3 is like? You’ll have to read the book. It was fun to read about the other three types and think about people I knew who fit into each one. Question is, are those people being true to their type or trying to be another type and therefore not living their own truth? Good question!

To enlighten you a bit on why I’m pretty dang sure I’m a Type 3, here are some excerpts I highlighted from the book that had me thinking—if not saying—”holy crap!” Type 3 personalities:

  • “... get multiple tasks moving forward at the same time, so we can get a lot of things done at once” and we keep “a lot of plates spinning until all the tasks are finished.” {Like my mom says, someday I’m going to lap myself.}

  • “... will write on our to-do lists tasks we have already accomplished just for the satisfaction of checking them off the list!” {Been there, done that many times.}

  • “... see what needs to be get done, and often wonder why no one else is taking action, assuming the rest of teh world moves in your expression.” {I no longer assume anything but I do still wonder how my family can watch TV while dishes need to be done and counters need to be wiped. Any why doesn’t anyone else see those piles on the stairs?}

As a Type 3 I also have a tendency to be late wanting to get lots done and not being realistic about what can be accomplished in a given timeframe. I love to challenge myself (sprint triathlons this summer) and I walk with determination and a firm, brisk footstep. Just ask my parents about my firm, brisk footsteps…they hear them every time I walk across the kitchen floor.

What made me chuckle toward the end was this little note about the Type 3 woman:

It may have been hard for you to read from the front of the book to the back. You like to get to the point, fast, and pass by anything that appears to be too much detail. ... You like to finish things quickly and get on to the next thing.

Did I not state at the beginning of this review that I skimmed those first few chapters to get to the nitty gritty? Yeah, I’m a Type 3.


The beauty profiling Carol does in Dressing Your Truth is pretty awesome. And the transformations are just as amazing. The book is filled with stories like most self-help books, but what I love are the transformations you can watch online at DressingYourTruth.com. Real women, not skinny, size-0 models, learning how to show their beauty rather than “put on” beauty. Online you’ll find a whole community of women and tools and resources to become your own “Beauty Expert” in areas like clothing, makeup, hair, and accessories.

One last awesome quote from the book:

Ironically, consider the possibility that you have deemed your greatest gifts your biggest weaknesses and your natural beauty in your physical features as flaws.

Are you dressing—and living—your truth?

P.S. Here’s a great video showing the grand prize winner of the Dressing Your Truth Do-It-Yourself Makeover Contest. She’s a Type 3 too!

*** Giveaway! Carol is giving away five (5) copies of Dressing Your Truth: Discover Your Personal Beauty Profile! ***

Here’s how to enter. You can do as many of these as you’d like. Each one is worth one entry into our giveaway; please leave a separate comment for each one you do:

•  Leave a comment telling us what you’d most like to learn from Carol’s book.
•  Visit DressingYourTruth.com and register for Carol’s 7 free revolutionary beauty tips (for every Type).
•  Become a friend of Carol on Facebook. (If she hits her limit before you can, let us know you at least tried!)
•  Follow Carol on Twitter and leave a comment telling is you’re their newest follower.
•  Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment with the URL of your tweet.
•  Blog about this giveaway and leave a comment with the URL to your blog post.

Include a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winner from the comments and contact her via email. Deadline: September 9, 2010 (midnight). The winner will have 24 hours to claim her prize or a new winner will be chosen.

  • Congratulations to Kristin Z. and Jacki A., two of the winners of the Dressing Your Truth giveaway! Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the review and add a comment. Keep reading the Daily Dish for your chance to participate in more giveaways!
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8 comments on “Are you dressing–and living–your truth?

  1. Jacki Anderson on said:

    I would love to win this book because I have that problem every morning, looking at a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear!! I think it would be great to know my type and be able to buy clothes based on that information!!

  2. Jacki Anderson on said:

    I visited Carol’s website DressingYourTruth.com and registered for Carol’s 7 free revolutionary beauty tips (for every Type).

  3. I would most like to learn what MY truth is. I’ve been desperate for a makeover for months and haven’t even had a haircut in 5 months because I simply don’t know what to do next. I’m lost!

  4. Kristin Zullo on said:

    I would love to have another copy of this book to give away! I love Carol Tuttle and Dressing Your Truth is AMAZING I tweeted about this giveaway, I believe :D this is the URL: http://twitter.com/dawndoll13

  5. Pingback: Boutique Cafe Reviews Dressing Your Truth | Carol Tuttle

  6. Brittany Andrus on said:

    I loved “It’s Just My Nature” and I’ve been wanting to read this book too before I take her dressing your truth course. I’m a type 3 too and I’m starting to love it! 3 of my sisters-in-law have taken the course and they look amazing! I’m ready for that change in my life!

  7. I know this is late but…
    I would love to learn my type so I can feel more comfortable in my skin, but I am more excited about learning about all the types so that I can learn to relate to others and love them for who they are. I would especially like to be able to recongize my mom and 11 year old step daughter for who they are and encourage them to “live their truth” I enjoyed remembering wholeness and feel this book will help my make a difference in the world, by helping others see me for who I really am, as well as see them for who they are.

  8. Mindy Sullivan on said:

    I feel so revitalized with answers I have recieved from Carol’s Blog and the videos I have watched. There are answers for each one of us. I no longer feel that I am off-step from everyone else, I just have different gifts than others have. I am excited to take Carol Tuttle’s on line course to finally know who I am and “dress my truth”. The freedom this knowledge will give me will be like a breath of fresh air. I am so grateful to Carol Tuttle for using her gifts to make this all possible for each of us that choose in. I would love to have her new book with the information it contains to set me free of the past and live each day in my truth.

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