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Love and Lit

Dating and fashion collide in this fun book for singles.


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Photos Courtesy of Stephanie Simons

We knew Stephanie Simons way back when.

The Walnut Creek–raised writer got her start penning pieces for Diablo, writing about speed dating classes and competing on The Bachelor, before she carved out a niche as a fashion writer for Cosmopolitan and DailyCandy.

As Simons’ career took off, she managed to stay single, despite being set up on many a blind date with many a handsome slacker. Fortunately, she was taking notes about every bro, beau, and buffoon for her first book, All’s Fair in Love and Wardrobe, out May 6. (Don’t worry, dudes, names have been changed to protect the truly obnoxious.)

Simons assembles All’s Fair in Love and Wardrobe as a series of synchronistic dating and fashion tips. Example: “Relationships and skinny jeans should allow room to breathe. Being exceptionally tight is one thing, but suffocation is another. Don’t let him cut off your circulation from the rest of the world.”

The book brings to mind a PG-13 version of Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw, although Simons (pictured at left) says her inspiration comes from right here in the East Bay. “I always loved [Lafayette native] Cameron Tuttle’s Bad Girl’s Guide books,” says Simons. “They are clever and funny, but still packed with great advice.”

The best-selling Bad Girl’s Guides inspired a line of gift products (and a Jenny McCarthy sitcom), so Simons has some catching up to do. Still, she’s off to a good start: Her publisher already ordered a follow-up titled Chic-tionary, which is scheduled to hit bookshops and Urban Outfitters stores in October.

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