I am obsessed with hearing/reading success stories and Sophia Amoruso the CEO of Nasty Gal definitely has an interesting one. She went from dumpster diving and shoplifting to running a multi-million dollar fashion company. Her book #GIRLBOSS provides practical advice as well as insight into how she built her empire. Here are 5 things (in no particular order) that really stuck with me from reading the book.
1. It Is Easier To Ask For Forgiveness Than It Is To Ask For Permission
When you ask for permission the answer could very well be no, but when you go ahead and do what you want to do it puts you in complete control. It’s about standing behind the decisions you make and if the outcome is something you have to apologize for then so be it at least you did what you wanted to.
2. Money Looks Better In The Bank Than On Your Feet
Sophia Amoruso had a million dollars in CASH in her bank account just 2 years after starting Nasty Gal on eBay. Though not by choice she built her empire without loans or credit card debt. Trust me when I say that is IMPRESSIVE. Starting and maintaining a business can be costly and having that extra cash when you need it is so clutch.
3. Don’t Focus On Financial Goals
Sophia mentions how she never set out to be rich nor did she want to run her own business. Gasp! In starting her eBay store, yeah, she needed money but she focused her energy on the product, customers and the overall process more than she did on reaching some sort of financial goal. It was her passion and belief in what she was doing that ultimately led her to financial success.
4. Be Entrepreneurial Even If You’re Not The Boss
Entrepreneurial people are passionate about what they do, comfortable with taking risks and quick at moving on from failures. These are the kinds of people that business want to hire. They don’t want someone who comes in and does exactly what they are told without thinking about how what they are doing can be improved for the success of the business as a whole. Think and act like an entrepreneur or #GIRLBOSS and you will be a valuable asset to any company you work for.
5. Chaos Magic And The Use Of Sigils
Chaos magic is the idea that a particular set of beliefs serves as an active force in the world. It is common practice in chaos magic to use sigils, which are abstract words or symbols you create and embed with your wishes. Sophia treats her internet passwords as modern day sigils and embeds them with her desires so that every time she goes to log into an account she is subtly reminding herself of what she is working for. Its basically a form of intention setting that is really worth trying.
What makes you a #GIRLBOSS?
I am all about my skin and keeping it tight so I was thrilled to try out the Neutrogena Rapid Repair product line, which promises to deliver #RapidResults! I would like to call out that I do not necessarily have wrinkles so the products were used for improving skin appearance and minimizing fine lines. I was gifted the full line, however I used the eye cream and night time moisturizer the most.
Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream: This lightweight eye cream contains Retinol SA and is clinically proven to fade the look of crows feet, brighten and even under eye area, reduce the look of dark circles and smooth fine lines. I could feel the product working the moment I put it on and after a few days I noticed that the skin under my eyes was brighter and looked tighter.
Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer: This moisturizer has the highest concentration of Retinol SA and proven to fade the look of deep wrinkles, brighten skin tone and smooth fine lines. The moisturize causes skin flaking or exfoliation which annoyed me a bit because I hate when my skin peels but I knew that it was going to happen as a sign the product is working. After a week of use I did feel that my skins overall appearance looked a lot better. My skin is brighter and more even.
I would definitely recommend this line if you are looking for affordable anti-aging products!
How do you prevent skin aging?
*Products were gifted for free from the Vogue Influencer Network and all opinions are my own.* #gotitfree
If I told you how long it has been since I got a new pair of glasses you might be scared to know what the heck I have been wearing. Thankfully, I was asked by Firmoo.com to do a product/service review. Woo-hoo! I selected these rectangular frame eyeglasses, which come in both black and tortoise.
- Really affordable prices
- Quick turnaround time
- Glasses are nice quality
- The virtual try-on is very helpful
- Comes with a hard case, cleaning cloth and an additional fabric carrying case
- Would have liked more fashion-forward options
- The lenses I chose were supposed to help with the way that my eyes appear smaller due to my prescription but I did not notice a difference.
If you are in the market for a new pair of specs I definitely recommend checking Firmoo out. They have a First Pair Free Program for new customers where all you have to pay for is the lens and shipping costs. They also promise a full refund if you are not satisfied with the product. There is no excuse for rocking played out glasses anymore, so get to shopping! ;-)
Do you wear glasses?
I am finally back with my current beauty favorites! I don’t normally wear much makeup in the summer, but when I do I have really been loving these products, especially the lippies! Here are my thoughts on each.
One of my fav beauty vloggers Amanda Ensing influenced this purchase and I loveee it. The staying power is insane and I love the beautiful shimmery bronze color. The product is very buildable and it’s exactly what I needed for when I want to glam up my natural/brown makeup look.
NYX Pin-Up Tease Mascara, $5.99
I have super long and unruly lashes especially the ones at the outer corners of my eyelids and the wand on this mascara does exactly as it promises. It’s designed to separate and curl your lashes. The brush size is smaller than I am used to but it works so good. My only complaint is that it is hard to fully take off without the use of makeup remover.
Milani Lipstick- Nude Creme, $5.99
This shade is like my lips but BETTER! The color is a nude/pink shade that delivers true instant coverage with just one swipe and moisturizes with vitamins A & C. Its the perfect shade for me to wear on the daily and I feel like a grown up when I rock it.
This is probably the best $4 bucks I have spent on a beauty product. I can’t believe such an awesome lippie exists at such a great price. This lipstick is very pigmented, super creamy and has great staying power without bleeding. If you want a beautiful bright pink shade then I highly recommend this one!
Murad Oil-Control Mattifier, $39.50
I received a sample size of this product from my girl Kimberlee and I have been using it as a primer under my foundation for oil control and so far so good! It blends nicely even though it feels a bit thick and heavy and definitely keeps me shine free for hours.
This is another goodie from Kim and it just might be my favorite! It’s a matte bronzer that’s so perfect for contouring and to make it even better it smells like chocolate! It puts me in a good mood every time I use it. The medium/deep color shade is beautiful and perfect for my medium skin tone.
What’s new in your beauty bag?
My first official lookbook for MyTee B.A.D. Clothing is here and I am excited to share it with you all! The ‘Live Free Stay Young‘ lookbook is all about enjoying life, being fearless, being present and living in the moment. It’s so easy to get caught up in negativity and the everyday hustle, but we have to remember that life is good and it’s up to us to make the best of it.
I can’t tell you how many people and more specifically elderly people have commented on my “Live Free Stay Young” tee. They told me that I was spot on. That living life freely, meaning doing and being true to your authentic self is the best way to lead a happy and fulfilling life. So follow your dreams and do what makes you happy. It’s the secret to staying young. ;-)
How do you live free?
P.S. Thank you to the amazing team who helped make this lookbook a success!!
Models: Valery Chavez & Jacqueline Selesky
Photography & Styling: Nicole Colon
Photo Assist & Hair: Nina Colon
Makeup: Andrea Dominguez
View the Full Lookbook HERE.
Shop the Lookbook HERE.
So, who are you, really? I’m not talking about the persona who has been created via social media. I want to know who you are when the world isn’t watching. I am talking about the authentic you who was there before the experiences of life (and Instagram) started shifting things for you. It is our personal responsibility to find that person and open her up to the world so that she can be reconnected with who you present to the world everyday. That is when the magic happens and lasting success starts making its way into your life.
Here are my tips for living authentically:
Skip the social media feeds every once in a while. It will allow you to focus on yourself and not what everybody else is doing.
2. Alone Time.
Spend some quality time getting to know who you are at this time of your life. Are you happy?
3. Do More Happy.
Make an effort to do more things that genuinely make you feel good. Who cares if its not what the cool kids are doing. Do it anyway.
4. Be Fearless.
I truly believe life begins at the end of our comfort zone. If you find yourself in a rut its time to do something fearless. Book a trip and just GO.
How do you live authentically?
Share with me in the comments section!
Please excuse my absence while I have been on my hustle trying to get my mind right. I’ve been in a weird space the past few weeks and I am happy to be making some changes to help facilitate inspiration and positivity. Things have not been easy since I ventured out on my own, but I am determined to make it work. I am currently in the process of giving my office space a makeover and I FINALLY got a functioning laptop (thanks babe!). So I will have some new posts for you starting this week!
Hope you have all been doing amaze!