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Thursday, June 26, 2014

In The Spotlight: The Gold Lion


Her long legs will make you envious. Leopard may not or may be her favorite animal print. Want to spend a day with her? If so, plan for a night of Bravo TV and wine. Red solo cup or wine glass? Even if it was a laid-back night at home, she'd pick the wine glass. No matter where she is, she chooses to live life to the fullest. Her name is Courtney Brown. And she happens to be the name behind the amazing style that is modeled on the blog “The Golden Lion.”

“The Gold Lion,” is one of my favorite blogs. And no matter how known the blog is currently, as long as Brown's thinking fabulous, whatever she creates is fabulous to me (positivity is key!). Normally, I am one for informational articles on what I should wear and for which occasion; although, I need to make an exception when every blog post I see makes me want to buy her entire outfit. Hence: her shoppable links are threatening to your bank account. If an item is sold out, don't worry! She has a second best choice in backstock for you.

Her last post was titled “Boys Club,” but don't let her fool you. Brown is an enthusiast. She pushes the envelope with trends– who knew that a leopard bootie could match a sporty sweater. Who labeled a sporty girl as masculine anyways? Truth is, sometimes fashion has a way of looking fabulous when it doesn't technically match. And sometimes it does match, it's just not favored by people that have one perspective of what a style, like sporty, should look like. Personally, I'd rather force someone to do a double take, rather than being able to figure out my personal style with one glimpse. Blogger Courtney Brown is the epitome of this philosophy.

Her resume consists of one of my favorite boutiques. Brown is a manager at Park and Madison boutique. Based in Morgantown, WV, this boutique can't be discredited for its location. Fashion wise, it offers everything and anything that a college town needs. It gives WV residents and visitors VIP access to brands like Bailey 44, Young, Fabulous, and Broke; and MOTHER denim. Park and Madison has only been around for a few years and has already made it onto the pages of publications such as ELLE magazine. When it comes to ratings, I don't care what year it is, especially when the rating entails “the best boutique in West Virginia.” In my opinion, that rating is a beyond huge accomplishment for a business that hasn't been around for more than a decade (especially in the little city of Morgantown, WV).

Working as a manager at Park and Madison, you'd think that see'd get a knack for fashion from all her buying experience. If you think that, you thought right. Brown has made trips with Park and Madison boutique bosses to Las Vegas, New York, etc. With time, I wouldn't be surprised if she started her own boutique. I will tell you now– with full confidence– she is one to watch!

Being a huge fan of fashion, she doesn't just keep up with the latest trends. When I asked Brown if she read the book by the CEO of Nasty Gal Sophia Amoruso, titled “#GIRLBOSS,” I heard no hesitation in her answer besides a confident yes! Not to dish any gossip on this fabulous blogger, but I remember something specific from working for her a couple years ago that just stuck. This woman loves Nasty Gal. I remember her saying this exact quote, “my mom keeps wondering why I keep getting packages from the business Nasty Gal.” As hilarious as this is, I understand her mom's bizarre thought; although, a successful establishment needs a controversial name. Besides the point– at the time, I didn't even know what Nasty Gal was. Today, Nasty Gal is a fashion empire. She may only be known as a boss at Park and Madison, but Brown is a #GIRLBOSS in more ways than one.






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