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Book Review: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

#GIRLBOSS details Sophia Amoruso’s humble beginnings as a thief, dumpster diver, hitchhiker and community college dropout to becoming the Founder, CEO and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, a $100+ million dollar online ecommerce retailer that sells edgy women’s clothing, shoes and accessories.

Sophia writes about how at 22 years old she didn’t really have any direction in life and worked at a boring day job just for the health care. Around that time she was struck with the idea to start selling stuff on eBay and eventually started selling vintage clothing she found at local thrift shops.

Most of the vintage clothing listings were shown on a mannequin without any type of styling so Sophia decided to do things differently.  She showed the clothing on real girls and how each piece of clothing could be worn. By giving her listings this personal touch it immediately made them stand out and sell more quickly.

She took complete control of finding the clothing, negotiating the prices, finding models to wear the clothing, styling the photoshoots, crafting descriptions for each product, printing labels, packing products, sending them to the winning buyer, managing social media, customer service etc.  And she was smart enough to take full advantage of the growing social media trend at the time and cultivated a very loyal following. She took all of this on and completely isolated herself from all of her friends and family.  And that dedication and complete attention to detail is what made her business successful on eBay.

So it’s an understatement to say that she was completely obsessed with her business. She says in her book: “I completely dropped out of everything for two years. From the time I woke up until the time I went to sleep, eBay was my entire world.”

In my opinion, this was a quick and fun summer read. I liked this book because it shows you that you don’t need a detailed business plan or tons of startup cash to succeed. Just work hard and do what you love, passionately.

Don’t expect any real tips or advice on how to start or succeed in business. This is an autobiographical book about Sophia’s journey from an unemployable twenty something to CEO of a major fashion retailer.

This is what the New York Times Sunday Book Review had to say about #GIRLBOSS:

“Amoruso’s voice is accessible and charmingly self-deprecating without losing the effortless cool that characterizes her clothes . . . Amoruso’s scrappy capitalist narrative makes an admirable attempt to prove that navigating the system isn’t the same as endorsing it. Being anti-­establishment is the old cool. The new cool is playing by your own rules and still winning by their standards.”

Some quotes from the book #GIRLBOSS:
“I stopped feeling that I didn’t belong anywhere and realized that I actually belonged anywhere I wanted to be.”

“Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back. Learn to create your own opportunities. Know that there is no finish line; fortune favors action.”

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Book Review: The Glitter Plan by Juicy Couture Founders

The Glitter Plan: How We started Juicy Couture for $200 and turned It into a Global Brand – By: Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor with Booth Moore

Two best friends start a comfortable fitted t-shirt company in Los Angeles which later turns intoThe Glitter Plan (Juicy Couture Book) Book Review the global phenomena known as Juicy Couture. There was a time a few years ago when anywhere you went there was some girl or usually girls wearing the same velour color outfit from head to toe with the word Juicy splattered across their butt. You can thank the authors of The Glitter Plan for that. A few years ago this was an international fashion trend and everyone from Madonna to your mom to your teenage sister was wearing velour colored outfits wherever they went. This trend turned sweatpants into something more than just gym or lazy attire. It created an entire new category of clothing. Anyone who is able to do that in today’s saturated clothing market deserves a lot of credit. And that’s why I decided to purchase this book and learn more about how they made this possible.

Would I recommend the Glitter Plan?

Pam and Gela make it seem like Juicy Couture was a rags to riches story and that they didn’t have access to any money to start the company. I think that’s a little misleading considering they were able to borrow $75,000 from friends and family, Gela comes from a well-to-do family and Pam is married to a pretty well known director who connected her to celebrities.

However I give these ladies a lot of credit for being innovative with their marketing strategies and their killer instincts on what was missing in the marketplace and filling that gap. Their tenacity to target celebrities and send out tons of free samples was very bold at the time. I think the book would have been better if they stopped trying to be a rags to riches story and focused more on how they created the “comfortable chic” clothing genre and revolutionized fashion in the fitness industry which paved the way for many new companies. Overall I enjoyed the book and liked learning about how Juicy Couture came to fruition.

The Glitter Plan vs. #Girlboss

If you frequent Barnes and Noble as much as I do you may have noticed that there were not one but two pink business books in the business section. It was pretty exciting to see business books marketed specifically towards young women in the business section. This is a clear indicator that more women are becoming interested in entrepreneurship.

I would recommend that you read both of these books however if you only have time to read one I would without a doubt recommend #Girlboss over The Glitter Plan. (You can read my review of #GIRLBOSS by clicking here). It is more authentic and genuine and I think more women will be able to relate to Sophia than Pam and Gela. Pam and Gela seem like smart and nice women but it always seemed like they had an advantage over other people when they started their company. I think women will be able to relate to the author of #Girlboss more and enjoy her rags to riches story. Plus I also think Sophia had a much tougher road ahead of her and the story of how she became so successful at such a young age is very inspiring. Either way both books are interesting because Pam, Gela and Sophia don’t seem like typical business women or entrepreneurs. And it is incredible to read about their journeys to becoming successful women and their impact on the fashion industry.

How to buy the Glitter Plan?

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