Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane von Furstenberg

Reading this book was such an immense pleasure. I kept thinking "I wish I had read this when I was younger", but perhaps Diane's story has reached me at just the right time. 

I have always admired Diane von Furstenberg for being a successful female fashion designer and also for having such an iconic and timeless brand. I also admire women of smarts and character, qualities easily spotted within her.

Although she's had a charmed life, her history is rich. Her mother survived the holocaust and in a lot of ways, this shaped the woman she became. Despite the tragic ordeal she lived though, her mother was an extremely positive person and bestowed many useful lessons upon her: Fear is not an option, Don't dwell on the dark side of things but look for the light and build around it, If one door closes look for another one to open, Never ever blame others for what befalls you no matter how horrible it might be, Trust you and only you to be responsible for your own life (pg 7). 

In addition to those important words of wisdom, another reason I'm happy I read this book is because of Diane's notion of living a man's life in a woman's body. How revolutionary! How wonderful to be young and pretty, receiving the benefits of that while still being smart, powerful, and in control. To me Diane is an admirable feminist and my personal role model. 

"I loved being that woman high on her heels walking in and out of places like a tornado, taking planes as if they were buses, feeling pragmatic, engaged, and sexy. I loved the idea of being a young tycooness who smiles at her shadow and winks at herself in the mirror. I loved having a man's life in a woman's body" (pg. 165). 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

About Last Night

Last night, one of my good friends, Tre'Shunn Harlan took some photos of me for my Etsy shop. See the post here: Alyssa High Waist Mini Skirt. Here are some of of the images that focus less on the skirt and more just about having fun and capturing a moment.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

My Bra Revelation

Pink: Target Blue: American Apparel Black: Mimi Holliday

As a young girl growing up, I learned both from popular convention and my peers that when it came to breasts, bigger was always better. I remember when I excitedly purchased my first 'training' bras (with my mother by my side of course), thinking of how one day I'd be able to march into Victoria's Secret and waltz out with a pair of melons sitting on my proud chest. 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

3 Reasons Why You Should Read #GIRLBOSS

1. There are a lot of great quotes from different people in this book including Bukowski and Oscar Wilde. My favorite is one of Sophia's, "But the more I paid attention to fashion photography, the more I realized that silhouette is what makes anything successful. If the silhouette is flattering, it doesn't matter if the person wearing it doesn't have runway model proportions" (Amoruso, 31). She gives a lot of useful tips and is anything but vague is her instructions for success.

2. The overall spirit of this book is very encouraging. Sophia is like a big sister, cheering you on towards your own goals. She makes is very clear early on that if you're not a fan of hard work, this book isn't for you.  She believes in busting your ass and not being afraid to dip into uncharted waters. ("That's not my job" are her least favorite words pg.163) If you've had something on your mind but haven't made any steps towards it, I believe reading #GIRLBOSS will give you the push you need. 

3. If you're anything like me, you've probably googled "writing the perfect cover letter" or "how to nail the job interview". This book gives really insightful tips on cover letters, interviews, résumés, and work life. I personally was glad I got to see job interviews from the other side. As someone who interviews potential employees a lot, Sophia tells us "If you're nervous and don't know what to say, just say nothing" (Amoruso, 160). It's obvious but its human nature to want to fill in that space with unnecessary words, often ones that won't reflect well on yourself. Sophia confirms and reminds you of a lot of the things you should and shouldn't do at an interview, like how you should always have a question or two for the person who is interviewing you. It exhibits the fact that you are engaged and are vying for the job. 

Have you read #GIRLBOSS? What was your take on it?