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Hey! I'm Lauren

Arizona portrait photographer, modern mama, candy enthusiast and girls' girl. 

My approach to photography and life are the same: keep it fun, candid, and bold.  

Girlboss Book Club

Girlboss Book Club

My favorite kind of books are entrepreneurial but most of the ones on the bookstore shelves seem like they're geared toward middle-aged businessmen (as in boring #sorrynotsorry.) Like the kind you'd see passed around a conference table in an ugly office with tan walls. 

I've amassed a pretty great little collection of #Girlpower biz books that have given me the pep talks and success stories I've needed in times of funk. So I thought I'd share some of my favorites in the hopes of passing on a little inspiration! They sit on my desk in my home office as reminders to try as be as rad and fearless as the women who wrote them.

"Leave Your Mark" by Aliza Licht

Aliza is a driving force behind DKNY but she wasn't always. In this book she explains how she found success after a sudden change of heart led her to the fashion industry from medical school. She shares what worked (and what didn't) and gives tips on everything from writing a kickass resume, to gaining confidence and rocking social media. 

"If You Have to Cry Go Outside" and "Normal Gets You Nowhere" both by Kelly Cutrone

Kelly Cutrone is my spirit animal. We all met her as Lauren Conrad's "tell-it-like-it-is" boss on The Hills, then as Whitney Port's tough-but-lovable mentor on The City. Then she had her own Bravo show called "Kell On Earth" and a couple of books. These books are awesome and are written in the same blunt fashion as Kelly speaks. Definite must-reads for tough chicks or those of us trying to be. 

"#GIRLBOSS" by Sophia Amorusco

The girl that started the hashtag that started it all. You really can't see a motivational quote or an Instagram image of a perfectly-manicured hand holding a mug without this hashtag underneath it. Sophia started as a small potatoes Ebay seller of vintage clothes and learned that by marking up her treasures she could make a good profit. Her business grew organically and into something truly impressive, which she details in this book. One of my top 3 favorites for sure; if you're starting a business of any kind run (don't walk!) to get this one. 

"The Glitter Plan" by Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor

You may not have heard of these chicks, but you've probably worn one of their velour jumpsuits. These are the babes who started Juicy Couture with $200 and turned it into a billion-dollar company. The BFF's write about the honest mistakes and honestly good ideas that paid off and launched Juicy Couture. A total Girl Power book, especially for best friends building a company together.

"Make it Happen" by Lara Casey

This is one I'm currently reading. It's pretty religiously-driven, which the others weren't, but it's motivational, interactive and sweet. Lara is the Editor-in-Chief of Southern Weddings magazine, one of my favorite to browse for drool-worthy wedding inspo. And she built the magazine from the ground up, with no formal training. Her book is about making big dreams happen for her readers too, hence the cover. (BTW- how gorgeous is the cover!? As a visual person, those bright watercolors are what drew me in.) This is a good one for the sweet dreamers who might not be brazen enough for Kelly Cutrone ;)

 

If you have any to add to the list, PLEASE do so in the comments! I'm always on the hunt for new reads! Have you read any of these? What did you think?  

2nd Annual Galentines Brunch

2nd Annual Galentines Brunch

Sheri + Gary

Sheri + Gary