My Lady Heroes (and their stories)

July 7, 2014

entertainment / inspiration / style

Remember when you were on summer break and had a reading list to get through for the upcoming school year? Total bummer, right? This is not that. Some of these books I’ve already read; others are on my waiting list. Not to get too cheesy here, but they all have an underlying theme: girl power. All of these books are written by women that have achieved great success in various industries. From a powerhouse screenwriter/comedienne/producer, to a PR mogul, to being witty enough on Twitter to land a book deal, these women have it all, including some wisdom to share.

I was gifted this book and read it in 48 hours. Seriously, it’s that good. The wonder woman that is Sophia Amoruso tells her story of starting an eBay store selling vintage clothing and ultimately turning it to a $100 million dollar company. And the best part? She did it her way. This book is an easy read and you’ll walk away from it wanting to hustle like Ms. Amoruso.

I feel like if there was a celebrity I would be best friends with, it would be Mindy Kaling. She’s hilarious, well-spoken and intelligent. She began as a writer for The Office, and ultimately created The Mindy Project, in which she not only writes, but produces and acts as well. In “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” she tells her funny, humble story of making it in the (manly) comedy business, with some pop culture insights sprinkled in, of course.

Kelly Cutrone is a force to be reckoned with. When she had her BRAVO show, “Kell on Earth” in 2010, I was mesmerized by her presence (and ability to make interns cry in record time). Not only is she a PR powerhouse, she’s a total no-nonsense ball buster. Her book is very much about trusting yourself and not listening to others, and if you want to exude confidence in a stoic, no-B.S.-kind-of-way, pick this up.

How can you not like Kelly Oxford? In a world of pretty, plastic people, she keeps it real, in an unpretentious way. Before writing her first book, she gained a massive following on Twitter through her very witty, very smart tweets about her family, celebrity, and life in general. I haven’t finished this one yet, but I’ve tested the first few chapters, and highly recommend so far.

Okay, this is one that I’m really looking forward to reading! Leandra Medine is a New York fashion blogger and author with a refreshing outlook on fashion. She began her blog, Man Repeller, as an outlet to write about her interests, and it’s turned into a mega success. On choosing the name of her blog she said, “Good fashion is about pleasing women, not men, so as it happens, the trends that we love, men hate. And that is fantastic.”  She wears some pretty outrageous stuff on her blog, and has an incredibly unique style that’s highly respected by the fashion industry. If you’re a fashion lover, this is a must-read.

So there you have it. Do you have a summer reading list? If so, I’m dying to know what’s on it! Happy reading!

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