Brunette Ambition

Brunette Ambition

Lea Michele

Language: English

Pages: 208

ISBN: 0804139075

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The star of the hit show Glee shares her experiences and insider tips on beauty, fashion, inner strength, and more in an illustrated book that’s part memoir, part how-to, and part style guide.
Lea Michele is one of the hardest working performers in show business.  Whether she’s starring as Rachel Berry on Glee, rocking a glamorous look on the red carpet, recording her solo album, or acting as the spokesperson for L’Oreal, Lea is the ultimate multi-tasker.  She knows better than anyone that it is difficult to be your best self and keep things in perspective when your to-do list is overflowing and you are faced with challenges, so she’s developed a foolproof system for remaining healthy and centered.  In Brunette Ambition, she reveals the lessons and advice that have worked for her--from beauty and fashion secrets to fitness tips, and career insights.  Supplemented with never-before-seen photos and revealing anecdotes, it’s the book Lea wishes she’d had in her teens and early twenties: A practical and inspirational guide to harnessing tenacity and passion and living the fullest life, no matter what obstacles life puts in your way.

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past twenty-four hours. When I’m on set at Glee, I’ll bring four huge bottles, and I vow that I won’t leave set that night until I’ve finished all of them. I guzzle water down the same way a frat boy might funnel a six-pack of beer. To make it more interesting, I add fresh mint leaves, cucumbers, lemon, or fresh fruit like strawberries or raspberries. BATH AND SHOWER ESSENTIALS Taking the time to take a bath is one of my biggest indulgences—but they really do make me feel and look so much

eucalyptus or peppermint oil and then soften my soles up with a buffer. I then apply a coat of nail strengthener and some thick lotion. My Relaxation Must-Haves 1. Candles: I love Voluspa’s French Bourbon Vanille scent. 2. Red Wine: I’m Italian, so I love red wine, though I only keep organic varieties in the house since they have fewer sulfites.* My favorite is Our Daily Red, which is super-yummy and available at Whole Foods. 3. Calm Music: Bon Iver is one of my favorite artists—his music is

girlfriends Jamie, Joanna, and Stephanie * me and the girls at my twenty-fifth birthday * with Skyler Astin and Lauren Pritchard, some of my Spring Awakening buddies * a selfie with Stephanie on a quick trip to New York * with my bestie, Chris Colfer, at my twenty-fifth birthday * at the Hollywood Haunted Ride with Jennifer and Stephanie—an action shot before we quickly headed for the exit! * with the girls in Santa Barbara on a girls’ weekend getaway. As I’ve mentioned, creating and maintaining

working hard and trying your best, I truly believe that good things will always come and the right path will make itself evident. Whether you’re considering a career on the stage or a career at a desk, I hope that it’s a path you’re so passionate about that you’ll fight for every opportunity. I hope it sings to every fiber of your being and that you can’t imagine doing anything else. Perhaps my job consumes a larger percentage of my life than that of the average person, but even forty hours a

pop song, but I was a musical-theater kid—the only song I knew was Jessica Simpson’s “I Think I’m in Love with You,” which I had heard on the radio. Thanks to my years on Glee, I know a lot more pop songs now! We opened in 2005 to great reviews, which wasn’t surprising since we had a cast of really talented kids: Jonathan Groff, Jon Gallagher, Lauren Pritchard … the list goes on and on. And like with Glee, which we’ll talk about in a later chapter, the show rode entirely on the backs of those

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