I recently picked up a copy of Nasty Gal CEO and founder, Sophia Amoruso’s book, #GIRLBOSS. Because of the chic black and pink cover, its trending presence on social media, and controversy over the term “girlboss,” I had been wanting to read this book for a long time. I delved right into it, excited to learn how to create a multi-million dollar clothing brand. Sadly, this book was a very disappointing read. While #GIRLBOSS was beautifully branded, often funny, and offered a few shreds of advice, this book mainly highlighted Amoruso’s personal success story without the conversational warmth of Tina Fey’s Bossypants and without offering any concrete insight into the business world. At the risk of sounding too critical however, I did pick out three things that I learned from #GIRLBOSS:
- “Money looks better in the bank than on your feet.” As a compulsive shopper, this quote was one of the few that stood out to me. Amoruso started her company from nothing and now it is a multi-million dollar company, so obviously she proves that being prudent with your money is necessary for success.
- “You can end up losing the positive things in your life by focusing too much on the negative.” So maybe this is a little cliché, but it was a good reminder.
- Amoruso also talked a lot about the fact that when she started Nasty Gal, her intent was not to build a multi-million dollar business. She simply loved selling clothes, discovered she was good at it, and then worked really hard to make her company better. The monetary success was a benefit obviously, but not the goal. It’s so important to do what you love because you love it; not for the fame or money.
While there were a few helpful ideas in #GIRLBOSS, it lacked the information and advice that I had hoped for. So if you want people to think that you’re a super groovy gal who’s got it all going on, sure, pick this book up because it is cute as heck. But if you want to read something with actual substance and something to inspire you, I suggest you read something else.
Perhaps, Sophia Amoruso is not a great writer, but she is still an extraordinarily stylish woman with a wonderfully aggressive, go-getter attitude. So, for this Fashion Fridaze, I put on some boots, went downtown, and channeled my inner #GIRLBOSS (however controversial that term may be). I’m wearing a shirt from Target, jeans from Levi (but distressed by me), and boots from Ana. I want to thank my precious friend and The Goddess of Photography, Ally Jeppsen for agreeing to collaborate with me and taking these gorgeously composed photos. (Go check out her Instagram and website!)
jeans by levi, distressed by me
a #girlboss is always on the go
a #girlboss is assertive and strong
but a #girlboss also knows that being kind is the most important thing