Garish Gal is TWO!!

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Two years of being in business. 

I would be lying through this keyboard if I said that statement doesn’t bring tears to my eyes. Owning a business is the best and hardest thing I have ever done. The sacrifices and stress seem to be endless, but then again so do the rewards.

When I started my business, I had really low self esteem. I was coming off of some major life changes and honestly didn’t know who I was or what I wanted. In the back of my head I had this aching feel that I wasn’t smart enough to do this. That I wasn’t good enough & that I was wasting my time and money.

Garish Gal has so proved me wrong in so many ways, but I think this is the most important. Not only has Garish Gal given me confidence I didn’t know possible, but it gives other women confidence. I started the business with the intention of reaching out to the outcast–that person who doesn’t necessarily mesh with what society or a small town says is acceptable. I guess I have always been that person–usually described as weird, or as I like to think, Garish.

I love when a woman comes into Garish Gal for the first time and finds something she loves, but is scared to try. There’s nothing quiet like that moment when she comes out of the fitting room and sees herself for the first time. That moment she realizes she looks great & can rock that which seemed impossible a few minutes before. She walks out of that little enclosed cargo trailer, bag in hand, with a new found confidence in her heart.

That to me, is worth everything. 

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I want to thank everyone who has made Garish Gal what it is today. I don’t have the capacity to thank every single person in this post, but if I could I SO would.

Allie Ault, I don’t know what I would have done this year without your help! You love my business like I do & that is so incredibly special to me.

Marlee, you little beauty you, I love that I have such a great ambassador modeling Garish Gal clothes on the website. You saved me from having to do it myself (which I HATED) so I am forever grateful.

My Mom, Dad, & Grandpa for being my drivers, stand in help, support, and advisors. The moment I told you all I wanted to start a business, you were there offering any help AND you still are. I demand a lot and you all have an amazing way of meeting those demands no questions asked. I love you all to the moon & back a billion times.

I know I am forgetting people, so I am sorry if I miss you! BUT know I am beyond grateful for you!

LAST, but certainly not least, Thank YOU –all of my amazing customers. There wouldn’t have been a year 2 if you weren’t so supportive of GG! To thank you, use promo code 2CUTE for 30% off all day today.  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

Praying for another amazing year of blessings & success! Thanks for allowing me to do what I truly love. 


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xo-

M

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The Cliche of Following Your Dreams, What It Means, & What They Never Told You

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Following Your Dreams…

Growing up I would always hear adults talk about following your dreams. However, I never actually saw any of those adults truly following their dreams. I assume they told me to follow my dreams because they never did. Because they all ended up working in jobs that are nowhere near as fulfilling as they would have thought, but they paid the bills.

So as an adult, I did follow my dreams. My dreams have taken me to places I never thought possible. To places I saw in movies and thought were reserved for people that weren’t me. At 20, I moved to New York City to start an internship with a wholesale clothing brand. I loved the city- the feeling every single day walking to work. The hustle of everyone around you. Doing their all to make ends meet on their dreams. To this day, I still have never felt such energy in any other city.

I moved back to the Midwest in order to be closer to my family and to follow a new dream. Well, it wasn’t really all that new. Since I was a little girl, I dreamed of opening my own clothing boutique. For my 5th birthday, my only present request was a cash register so I could open my own store in my basement. As I got older, I put that dream on the back burner and chased a career I thought would suffice. When you tell people you are leaving a Division One Golf Scholarship and Pre-Dental Biology Major to move to NYC to work in fashion, you get some really confused looks.

To this day, it’s one of the best decisions I have ever made. Garish Gal come to be October 1st, 2015 and I don’t believe I would have had the courage to start if it wasn’t for NYC.

What Following Your Dreams Means….

When you follow your dreams, they don’t tell you what it really means. It means making sacrifices, wearing many hats, stepping out of your comfort zone, and making tough decisions. Its just you. You have to be the one that makes every single decision. You are the one that is taking all the risk. You are the one that has to move back in with your parents in order to be able to afford starting a new business. You are the one that has to work multiple flexible jobs to pay your own bills and still be able to focus wholly on your business. You are the one who has to try out new ideas in hope that they will work out well for the business. Your dreams don’t pay the bills-initially. Your dreams can be overwhelming and scary. But the feeling you get when someone tells you they love your business makes every emotion and stressful moment worth it.

What They Never Told You About Following Your Dreams…

When you follow your dreams, your dreams can take you places you never imagined before. As Garish Gal is still it its’ first year, I counted on slow and steady growth. But every time Garish Gal grows in unexpected ways, I am astonished. I get overwhelmed with humility and graciousness- it usually makes me cry (but don’t tell anyone!). Garish Gal has evolved and expanded my dreams into ideas and ways I had never thought of before. It makes me insanely excited for the future and puts the stresses in their place.

The coolest part of making my dreams come true is being able to give back. Being able to support nonprofits that fund and provide education for children is the most rewarding part of owning a business. Using an insanely materialistic and shallow industry to change the lives of children is my way of bucking the system. Buying clothes changes lives-that is just plain awesome.

So follow your dreams, be prepared for the wildest ride of your life, and soak up every single moment!

xo-

Maggie

Personal Style: Guest Blogger Jennifer Dale

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Garish Gals-

Please welcome our guest Blogger Jennifer Dale.

Jennifer is a long time friend of mine and is featured as a model on the website!

She is going to enlighten us on how shopping at Garish Gal has made great style easy and affordable for her!

Hi, my name is Jennifer and I would definitely say I’m a garish gal. My personality is very loud and spontaneous, but I am not very girly. Growing up with three older brothers, I have always been kind of a tomboy. I was never really into fashion, but as a new college graduate it has become more important to me.

I would describe my style as plain Jane, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like to dress up every now and again! The Garish Gal blog is a constant reference for me. When I am not sure how to wear something or what I should wear, I know I can always find inspiration on the Garish Gal Blog. Garish gal has plenty of clothing items to fit every personality type, even mine.

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This blue long sleeve top is a perfect casual piece to go with my favorite kind of bottoms: jeans. The crochet-like open shoulder adds a sexy touch without being too revealing. This shirt could be worn on so many occasions in every season of the year.

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This romper is one of the most comfortable clothing items I’ve ever worn. It could be very casual alone, or you can dress it up with a jacket or fun jewelry. I love that I can wear this piece in the winter and transition it into the summer.

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This teal skirt is my absolute favorite. It’s bright color shows my bold personality and can draw attention from across the room. The love the way it accentuates my waist, and the pleats add a fun touch to the material.

Needless to say, Garish Gal makes finding and wearing great fashion easy. Even for people that aren’t totally into fashion, there is always something I can find that I love!

Don’t forget that for every $150 you spend, $25 goes towards funding education to projects all over the world.

 Check out all of these pieces at Shopgarishgal.com

Use promo code NewYearNewYou25 for 25% off your entire order now through January 12th, 2015.

Thanks again!

Jennifer

Garish Gal’s 9 Holiday Essentials

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There’s nothing more I love to do than make my Christmas List!

I don’t care how old I am, I will always have a blast making my List & checking it twice (three times, four!)!!

Here at Garish Gal, we have compiled a list of 8 Holiday Essentials that you NEED on your own list!

1. Lady in Red– This pleated red dress is the perfect mix of sexy and sweet. The fit and flare body creates a great shape flattering dress that works for each unique body type. I love throwing on a fur vest, blazer, or fur jacket on with this piece. Adding fur is a great way to elevate the piece for a holiday or work party.

2. Fuzzy Sweater– AMAZINGLY comfortable, soft, and warm! This sweater is a great wardrobe staple for the winter weather. Having that great go to sweater makes this piece not only a great gift for you, but also a great gift for friends and family too! Trust me they will love you for gifting them this sweater!

3. Jumpsuit– I love jumpsuits, but I am very picky about how they fit! However, this particular jumpsuit fits amazing. The adjustable straps allow you to control the length of the jumpsuit. The pants fit as a straight leg that hit right at the ankle. The mesh back creates a sexy feel, but still covers up a strapless bra!

4. Metallic Top– This holiday season metallic is everywhere!! However, if you aren’t sure about this trend, investing in a crop like the above for a great price is a great way. I love pairing this top with the Rise & Shine Midi Skirt. This would also look amazing with a solid black pencil skirt (like here).

5. Midi Skirts– These midi skirts are to die for! I love how simple they are to wear. You can even transition these into your spring wardrobe. You can throw on a sweater with these midis and wear them to work with a blouse. Another great way to wear midi skirts is to combine them with crop tops! I love how the midi’s are styled on Shop Garish Gal as classy crop tops. There are many ways to do crop tops, but by playing them up with the right skirt, it makes all the difference.

6. Grey Denim– I have never tried Sanctuary denim before, but I can now say I am a total believer. These are super comfortable and allow for stretch. They fit very true to size! The zippers add an element of edge to the look. I love that the grey is a winter mix between your summer white jeans and regular jeans- making the grey a great transitional piece.

7. The Perfect Legging– I am always looking for non sheer leggings that are thick enough to keep me warm during the cold Midwest winters. Sanctuary has done an incredible job of fixing that dilemma! I’ve actually bought a pair of these for myself. They are great for tucking into boots or for wearing with slip on sneakers! These leggings make a perfect gift!

8. Statement Tops– Statement tops are an easy way to create an outfit for work or play. They can dress up a great pair of denim for a day at work or throw over a pair of leggings, knee high boots, and a blazer for a fun night out look. The sequin one is a great color way to pair back to most any bottoms. I love the back detailing on the rose top, but you also should check out this amazing mixed media tweed top.

9. Garish Gal Gift Certificates– If you are still struggling to find that perfect present for that special someone, a Garish Gal gift card is always a great fix! Quick, easy, no hassle! Show your Garish Gal just how much you love her!

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, spoil yourself and others with gifts from our Holiday List!

**Remember to shop Black Friday thru Cyber Monday at Shopgarishgal.com to receive 30% off of your ENTIRE PURCHASE + Free shipping on gifts over $50! 

More importantly, in this time of giving, remember that Garish Gal ALWAYS gives $25 of your $150 purchase to education funding projects around the world. In case you forgot, this retail quarter our donations will be going to Project117 which educates the left behind in Haiti!

Happy Holidays Garish Gals!

xo- M