On the first of October, I went to see an old friend Roseli, hear a Q&A with Sophia Amoruso, and catch Phases perform, all at the new Nasty Gal store on the 3rd Street Promenade, in celebration of the paperback launch of #GIRLBOSS. Roseli, who designs her own line of artisan-crafted textiles for Ilano, introduced me to a few of the other female creative founders, including Deena of Nouvella and Alicia + Natasha of Aeline, who are among the talented women building their creative businesses to receive grants this year through the #Girlboss Foundation.
Deena Drewis, founder and editor of Nouvella, an independent publisher of novellas ("fiction that's longer than a short story but shorter than a novel"), sat down to share her #girlboss story with Krista Smith, a full-time mom and West Coast Editor of Vanity Fair.
#GIRLBOSS creator, Sophia Amoruso, sat down to share her real down-to-earth story and advice in a Q&A with comedian, Whitney Cummings.
Roseli had laid out one of her designs, a ship shape rug in magenta + cotton candy, naturally-dyed and handwoven by her artisan partners in Oaxaca, Mexico, on the stage.
Roseli had her seeing eye tote, sandals, and rugs on display next to the indie novellas Deena brought, that were published by Nouvella.
Then, we heard the Phases perform. I was already pretty nostalgic when Sophia was talking about hunting for vintage clothes and Berkeley, but this band is made up of LA bands we grew up going to see when we were teenagers, including original members of Phantom Planet and Rilo Kiley.
Sophia signed, "Erica is a #GIRLBOSS" and I got a shot of the #girlbosses together, before I fell in love with a brown velour mod dress and Roseli looked so pretty in this mauve-colored coat.
Congrats, ladies. It's really rad to see a creative female powerhouse our age empower other creative women with funding to take over the world. Here's a look back at Roseli in her subtextstyle days after we graduated from Berkeley and Say Amor, her wedding I documented a few years back. I'm so inspired by witnessing your evolution, Roseli. keep going. xoxo