"Dolla, dolla bills, y'all."
As a fashion-challenged millennial, shopping at Nasty Gal isn't really my thing. But, once Sophia Amoruso’s book #Girlboss became a bestseller I was smitten. And much to my delight, Sophia's rags-to-riches story was reimagined for Netflix.
To say I was excited is an understatement. Finally, last Friday the day came and I spent all night binge-watching the 13-episode series. Actress Britt Robertson steps into Amoruso’s platform shoes as Sophia Marlowe, bringing to life exactly how she built her fashion website, Nasty Gal, from an eBay site re-selling vintage clothes into a multi-million dollar business by the time she was 28. Overall it was pretty good. While some moments had me feeling like "meh," I found the show to be interesting, fun, and most importantly millennial.
I highly recommend you check it out for yourself. And if you're a TV junkie like me, you can probably binge it in one sitting. But, if you need a little more convincing before you shell out 5+ hours of your life, checkout the things I loved most about GirlBoss.
1. How Realistic It Was
Adulting is hard AF. I know it, and Sophia knows it too. While I actually do like my day job, I completely relate to how her 20-something-year-old-self feels in this show. Yelling at yourself in the mirror. Being afraid to talk to your parents. Randomly jumping up out of your bed when something exciting happens. I constantly saw millennial me in this show.
2. The Nostalgia
I screamed at my MacBook when I saw that old school Apple iBook! (Fun fact: I searched high and low to find it in high school, and they were out of circulation.) Listening to Sophia and her friends talk about MySpace and watch the O.C. will instantly bring back those feel-good feelings you feel every time you come across a 90s throwback quiz.
3. The Funny and Wise Supporting Characters
Watching GirlBoss makes it impossible not to love Lionel (Ru Paul) and all his shady sarcasm. And when he's not around the old lady on the park bench is the perfect comic relief. Sophia's voice of reason comes in many hilarious forms in this show, and I was totally here for it.
4. The Music
My range in music is pretty broad, ranging somewhere between techno, Taylor Swift and Tupac so it's definitely not hard to please me. Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the background music of the show. It really set the tone for the entire thing; i.e. super upbeat and hip.
5. Sophia's "Fake it till You Make it Attitude."
Another one of those ultra-relatable moments. It never mattered if Sophia actually knew what she was doing when she quit her job or was caught in a bind. What makes you love her is the can-do attitude she keeps with her at all times. Some might say at times she was a little too strong willed at times, but here at Strong Female Lead, nope.
6. How Her Love Life Wasn't The Focal Point
How refreshing it was to finally watch a show where someone in my age range could chase their dream, without worrying about a relationship. Was Sophia in one? Yeah (with the super cute band guy who disappointed me at the end), but that didn't stop her from being ambitious or passionately chasing her dreams. #Winning. And every conversation between she and her friends didn't revolve around guy drama, but instead careers and life in general. (Side note: If my friends are reading this: PLEASE take notes.)
7. The 11th Episode
You'll just have to take my word for it and watch. Then go hug your mom (if possible!).
8. How Burritos Can Make Everything Better
You'll totally understand after you watch it, and completely agree. Chipotle (or really any other place that serves Mexican/faux Mexican food) can change the world and your mood.
Have you watched GirlBoss yet? Will you be binging this weekend? Let me know in the comments!