Book Love: By Invitation Only…

It’s fun being invited to something, right? Unless you’re sleeping under a rock, you should have heard of Gilt Groupe by now. If not, keep reading this post and thank me later with heels and gophers. I’ve been a Gilt Groupe member for a while and enjoying oohing and ahhing over designer duds for rock bottom prices. I have yet to buy something (hopefully, that will change) since I’m finicky about ordering clothing/shoes online. Perhaps I’ll find a killer bag however, but then again, by the time I decide upon something it’s gone! Anyhow, a belle got her hands on By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop by Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson. Similar to its aptly named title, the book delves into the two A’s (as they’re called) backgrounds and how these two women literally changed sample sale shopping (pardon the alliteration). The authors clearly explain how they built Gilt, all while never allowing their friendship to suffer.

By Invitation Only… is a great read for anyone interested in business–especially women. It offers helpful tips such as how to find the right partner for your business, how to ensure you’re getting in business for the right reasons and so on. Alexis and Alexandra give great insight into how they made the company into what is is today. They combined their talents with Alexis working in the tech world and Alexandra working in the fashion sector to create Gilt Groupe, an online shopping site that will make you swoon. The book is extremely inspirational and I REALLY enjoyed reading it. It fueled my desire to someday own my own business and make that dream a reality. If you’re a fashion lover, I know you’ll dig this read. I even learned about the two A’s travel adventures, and y’all know we love to travel. I highly recommend adding this book to your summer reading list. It has the right amount of inspiration and determination. Talk about a recipe for success! You can buy the book on Amazon or get it on your Kindle. Disclosure: The book was sent to us for review. Thanks, y’all! Our opinions are a belleโ€™s own. The Amazon link is an affiliate link.


Shermika is a writer constantly in search of her next freelance gig and an ending to her short stories. She loves to plan trips, eat tasty delicacies, and tip toe in heels. She enjoys unique jewelry, good music, reading, and chic dresses.

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