Walking home from work and listening to my first audio book, #Girlboss, (free courtesy of Audible), I enjoyed the light read that proved perfect for reading in pieces and among some occasional distractions (like angry drivers running red lights, anarchist bicycle riders ignoring traffic signals, and homeless people asking me to pay for their next fix of malt liquor). Each day during my commute I listened to Sophia Amorosa’s strong willed and independent words encouraging young women to take the initiative in their lives to find what they love and create success for themselves no matter their circumstances. At times it felt a little preachy, but a few things stood out to catch my attention. For example,
Boom – boyfriend jeans popped into my head. I see so many bloggers wear them with fancy schmancy heels and a cute graphic tee maybe. But no matter how great they look on everyone else, I just can’t find a way for them to make sense in my life. And then she continues…
She read my mind. That’s exactly the reason I don’t have a pair in my closet! Maybe I just need to experiment with these boyfriend jeans more and be enlightened about just how great they can be. But come to think of it, I don’t recall a time I actually saw someone where these said boyfriend jeans with stilettos and a graphic tee in real life. I have a terrible memory, which isn’t news to any regular readers, but I can’t pull even one real life example of someone wearing this outfit from my memory of all the gazillions of people I see walk down the street each day. Maybe I live in the wrong town? Maybe I don’t pay enough attention? Or maybe, the butt does really look “poopy” and no one wears them out of their house? How often have you seen a blogger share their style in these jeans from behind? Intentional?
On the contrary, I do feel like I’ve seen celebrities successfully sporting them in street style papparazzi shots in magazines like People and Us Weekly. (You know you read the trashy tabloids while waiting in line at the grocery store. We all do it. We can’t help it.)
And quickly, while we’re on the topic of real life style…. tulle skirts?! Really?! Stop on over and check out how Janssen wore her DIY tulle skirt. This looks great, and I can actually imagine this working in real life. But this is the one and only example I have ever seen amongst the six trilliion blog posts about them that even resembles realistic styling for the skirt. With a denim jacket or for running errands on a Tuesday afternoon? Seriously?! No one wears those stupid skirts for more than five minutes before or after their blog photo shoot. Thank goodness that seems to have been a short-lived “I want to be a Disney Princess” fantasy. Hopefully everyone has put those dumb skirts in storage to be taken out only when they have a little four year old girl in their life who is either playing dress up or pulling together her Halloween costume.
You know I do my best to stick to styles that feels genuine to me and stray from anything in which I can’t feel comfortable. Remember my denim jacket battle? I even saw a cute one for $7 at a Goodwill and, while tempted, passed after trying it on thinking it just wasn’t me. Unlike the tulle skirts, however, I do stand behind the denim jacket as a very real “everyday girl” trend. Just not one that’s in my closet for whatever reason my heart seems to hold.
Ok, I digress. I guess that’s my little rant about stupid blogger style that doesn’t translate to real life. In fact, it’s this principle exactly that remains one of the main reasons I continue to blog (despite it taking up a bit too much of my personal time and precious sleeping hours). I hated that I struggled to find down to earth professional style blogs that actually provided some replicable and achievable style inspiriation. I hope I fill that niche and continue to be even better at providing an enjoyable and aesthetically pleasing place to stop by for ideas when you’re stumped and trying to shop your closet.
In between writing blog posts and looking foolish standing on my balcony taking photos of my self day in and day out (I often wonder what my high rise neighbors think of me, but in the end, obviously don’t care enough to change anything), I’ve managed to add #GIRLBOSS as the eighth book on my reading list for the year. I set a goal to read six books and have so far read eight. I don’t think I’ve read eight books in one year since high school when my teachers required it (and even then I may not have actually read each book in its entirety). My discovery of audio books has seriously changed the trajectory of my reading list. And while I read some books from Audible, I’ve also been perusing my library’s audiobook listing that I can utilize through OverDrive as well.
Though I know #GIRLBOSS has been all over the reading lists of many women, if you haven’t read it, it’s not a bad read. I can’t say I totally loved it. But to summarize (spoiler alert), it’s a high level, girl power meets self help meets motivational speaker. It’s a light, easy read for sure, targeted at Sophia Amorosa’s core Nasty Gal customer (that’s not me! I’m way too old). I believe it’s great for the right crowd, but it’s not gonna blow away everyone, and particularly not a crowd of professional women with advanced, successful careers. Those women aren’t above the book, just likely beyond the period of most relevance at their stage in life.
Have you read this book? What did you think? Do you like to read non-fiction? And let’s hear your thoughts on tulle skirts and boyfriend jeans? Are these real trends? Or are they “blogger costume” phonies that photograph well and live a dark life buried in the corner of an overstuffed closet? I’d love for someone to prove me wrong (heck, comfy baggy jeans that actually look cute sound too good to be true but I’d be happy to wear them if they fit my tastes and the trend finds life outside the Internet).