You Are Beautiful by Ken Paves

(Note: I was not compensated to write this review. As always, these are my own true thoughts.)

Back in the day, I was a big fan of the reality show Newlyweds starring the now defunct couple of Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey.

(Who am I kidding? I still love the show even now.)

Anyway, I obviously loved Nick and Jessica as a couple, but I cannot be alone here when I say that I watched the show because I was in love with Jessica’s style, hair, and makeup.

During the show’s run, I became a fan of Ken Paves, Jessica’s hair stylist (and best friend) at the time, so I was really excited when I received his book You Are Beautiful in the mail recently.




I’ve read a lot of beauty books in my day, and this one definitely ranks up there with some of the best.

What makes the book stand out from a typical beauty book is the fact that much of it is a personal account of Ken’s life and those who inspired him.  But what really surprised me (in a good way) is Ken’s focus on inner beauty and self-acceptance.

“Feeling beautiful comes down to accepting and loving who you are and what you look like right now. You might look in the mirror and say, ‘Is this it?’ Yes, that’s it!  Even if it’s what you might not want, you must accept yourself in the moment and recognize the beauty staring back at you.”

But don’t get me wrong, the book is still focused on outer beauty and includes info,  such as:

How to choose the right shampoo
How to condition properly
How to blow dry your hair
How to choose the right hair style
How to get the most out of your salon visits
Hair tricks to save time in the morning
How to use styling tools
Tips for brides-to-be (I could have used this!)

It even includes sections about makeup and clothing which is a nice bonus.

  A lot of beauty books that I’ve read in the past (and I’ve read a ton!) include the same old information that we’ve all heard a billion times, but Ken’s book is really filled with useful tips.

(I had to skip over the part about cutting your own bangs though.  I don’t need to get any bright ideas!)

Reading this book didn’t turn me into Jessica Simpson, but that’s kind of Ken’s point…

We should appreciate our own unique beauty and work with what we’ve got!


Were you a fan of Newlyweds?  Who else loved Jessica’s style during that time?

Have a good one!


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  1. hey erin–stopping by from the bloglovin’ link up! i miss the newlywed days too…things have changed! i might have to put this book on my list! 😉

  2. Sounds interesting! I always see him on TV giving hair tips!

  3. I will def check this out….I use to hate to admit it but i did love Jessica Simpson = Z

  4. I was obsessed with Newlyweds when it was on! I owned way too many Juicy Couture and Primp sweat suits after watching that show hahaha.

    This book sounds amazing I may have to check it out.




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