Sophia Amoruso -‘#GIRLBOSS’

Blog Posts, Books February 11, 2016

Originally published in March 2015 on my former blog (now Kayleigh Watson Illustration) and still available to read in full.

The first time I read this book, I didn’t need it; I had succumbed to my lot and was in the middle of a post-uni, quarter-life crisis transitional period, but felt as though I was on my way.

The second time I read this book, I really needed it; looking back, I was in the middle of a dark spell, miserable in what my routine had become and was very stagnant within.

Prior to the second time, I had always been very cynical in receiving advice, especially one which wasn’t pre-tailored to my needs and one of which I’d have to interprate for myself. After reading #GIRLBOSS front to back however (the first time I frittered around chapters as they took my privy), I left – not with anwers – but with the seeds I needed to begin tangible change in my life.

#GIRLBOSS is the story of Sophia Amoruso. You may not have heard of her, but if you have the you would know that she is the founder and CEO of NASTY GAL, and for that she deserves your attention.

Having spent her teenage years being home-schooled (she hated school) and flitting from one retail job to the next, Amoruso began an eBay store in her early twenties selling vintage clothes (though the first item that she actually flogged online was a stolen book..). Her unpretentious and diligent, yet obvious, business aesthetic – stocking more of the pieces her customers clamoured for and doing away with what they did not – quickly saw her store, NASTY GAL vintage flourish. She relished taking photographs of models in her choice picks, was honest about the condition of her items, and delivered a rapid and personable customer service that would make many bigger businesses weep. But it paid off: her customers would return and – better yet – spread the word.

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