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Chief Of The Teepee: Fashion Stylist, Melanie Pace
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A few months ago I stumbled across Miss Melanie Pace. I was 1/2 way obsessed and 1/2 way impressed. This babe is equal parts badass gym junkie and style extraordinaire. She's like the sister you always wanted...so you could not-so-secretly steal her (entire) wardrobe. If her style doesn't catch your eye just wait until you meet her sassy + outgoing personality. Melanie is a personal shopper and has frequented major networks, like Fox and NBC, offering up her best style tips and fashion how-to's; keep reading to learn more about her entrepreneurial journey.

1. Tell us who you are, where you’re from and a fun fact or two. My name is Melanie Pace. I'm a wardrobe stylist, personal shopper, and fashion blogger. I am born and raised here in Orlando and I played softball my first 2 years of college before going to FSU to study Fashion Merchandising and business.

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2. What is the best part about being an Expert Fashion Stylist? How has owning your own business changed your life? The best part about being a Fashion Stylist is being able to help people. Whether you’re inspiring a young person who is interested in styling and owning their own business or getting that person ready for a big event and they feel like a million bucks, its always a rewarding job.

Owning my own business has been so fun, scary, stressful, incredibly rewarding and challenging all at the same time. However,  I wouldn’t change a thing.
— Melanie Pace
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3. How would you describe your style to someone who doesn’t personally know you? Thats always a fun question for me. I have so many styles I'm attracted to, and I feel like I love wearing them all. From bohemian, to girly, to rocker, I am forever a lover of many styles!

Let the disappointments drive you, fuel you to do better and be better.

4. What drives you to pursue your passion each day? Well first as much as I don’t like to say this, its about making money. Being successful isn’t all about making money, but if you aren’t profitable when you’re doing any job, you should probably be rethinking some things. I am really blessedto be able to make money doing what Im passionate about and to keep creating new ways to be , inspire others and continuing to have fun while doing it all.

5. What advice would you give to an entrepreneur just starting their journey? Do NOT give up! There will be so many days where you feel like your just running in place. Don’t let this fool you. Come up with a plan, write it down and read it everyday. Do one thing off your list that will get you to that end point. Take that no and make it a yes somewhere else. Let the disappointments drive you, fuel you to do better and be better.

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6. What is a not-so-secret indulgence or obsession you might have that goes against Society’s grain? Is eating an entire large pizza by yourself going against Society’s grain? because this is no secret in my life! but may have a few judgments if I told you how many times Ive accomplished this.

7. What are your hidden superpowers? I am a big lover. I love real hard. My family, my friends, my business, people who are in need! I like to think that if more people had this superpower, we would all be way better off.

8. What is your favorite quote? Be the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. - Maya Angelou

9. What is bliss to you? A day off with absolutely nothing to do. Being with my family and friends laughing and enjoying what this life has to offer!

 

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photos in this blog post courtesy of www.instagram.com/melaniepace

 

 

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Chief of the Teepee: Kelli LeClair, Heritage Style
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Rise + Shine my rad babes.

I am SO SO excited to feature another inspiring boss on the blog today. Are you in a rut? Feeling a bit lost? KEEP READING!

I am motivated by Kelli’s tenacity, classic western style and her dedication in taking, Heritage Style, to the next level every single day. If you enjoy the western lifestyle and eccentric characteristics of fantastically-aged turquoise masterpieces, you’re in for a real treat. Keep reading to be inspired by and find out more on Kelli’s journey as a radical Boss Babe.

1. Tell us who you are, where you’re from and a fun fact or two. I am Kelli LeClair, owner of Heritage Style and I grew up in Waxahachie, Texas, south of Dallas. However, I consider myself "from" Lubbock. I went to college at Texas Tech and really feel like Lubbock is where I found myself; where I learned the kind of people I was interested in surrounding myself with, and it helped me discover the person I am working to become.

2. Tell us how your love for genuine Turquoise began. I’ve always loved to have a unique style.  I’m not one to do things just like everyone else, so why would my style be any different? It started with feathers and brass and kind of evolved from there. It escalated to a whole new level when I met a Native American boy, who is now my husband. He has a deep appreciation for Native culture and jewelry. I’ve got to give him some major credit, his appreciation and knowledge rubbed off on me without me even realizing it.

3. What is your favorite part of the Western industry? No contest of the people. I have loved the people in every aspect I’ve been involved with. I also sell advertising to tractor dealers and spend many hours at cow shows. Whatever aspect, you won’t find any better people than in this industry.

4. Where did the inspiration behind Heritage Style come from? Heritage Style is the marriage of two distinct lifestyles. When Hirchell and I got together this is exactly what happened. A West Texas girl fell for a Shoshoni Native from Wyoming, and our cultures collided. This is actually what the logo depicts, if you know what your looking for; it’s the Shoshoni rose with a cotton bowl inside.

The Shoshoni Rose symbolizes the tribe that my husband is affiliated with. It’s important that I honor that culture. Then the cotton bowl is the representation of West Texas. A symbol of my love and appreciation for the people here, the vibe of West Texas and a reminder of how dependent the area is on agriculture. 

5. What drives you to pursue your passion each day? If you know my husband, you know he lives, eats and breathes show steers. I had thought for quite a while “I wish I was half as passionate about something as Hirchell is about being in the barn”. I had kind of been “searching”, if you will, for that passion. A light bulb went off one Saturday morning when I was sitting on a bale of hay, at (yet another) cow show, online shopping for Turquoise jewelry. I thought wait- I’ve already found my passion, now how can I make a business out of shopping for what I’m fascinated with? I guess that’s a long winded way of saying my drive is just a love to keep shopping.

6. What advice would you give to a fellow boss babe who wants to start their very own business? It's normal be scared, more like terrified. It's also normal to feel like everyone is watching you, waiting for you to fail. They probably are- use it to fuel your fire! Prove them wrong, and prove yourself wrong for that matter. There are #bossbabes all around you chasing their crazy dream, why not you? 

7. What are your hidden superpowers? I can make an entire bottle of wine disappear in less than 10 minutes! But seriously, I try REALLY hard to make people feel special. It doesn’t cost a thing to be nice to people. Smile to the guy that bags your groceries, tell your friend how much you like her new shirt. You never know who’s day it’s going to brighten.

8. What is your favorite motivational quote? "Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn" -Gore Vidal

9. What is bliss to you? Can this be a list? Bliss is: Chasing the next cow show with my husband and our 2 dogs, a Texas Tech football game, a glass of wine (or 4) and cheese board, a Will Green concert in a smoky bar, talking about this seasons colors and clothes with Gran, watching “Brunch at Bobby’s” on a Saturday morning.

10. If you could meet anyone for coffee (or a stiff drink), who would it be and where would you meet? Jackie Kennedy. The woman is a timeless legend. I've always admired her poise and class. Or Whitney Houston, because she’s the ultimate badass.

Want more of Kelli? Facebook + Insta

 

Until next time,

Riss

Chief Of The Teepee: Alexis Bloomer
Chief of the Teepee - Alexis Bloomer

Alexis Bloomer is a Professional Journalist making big waves in the Western World. She proudly hosts Alexis Bloomer Live, a talk show bringing together the world’s top cowboys and cowgirls; at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Alexis is also a Journalist for several world renowned publications including: RFD TV, ESPNU and Rodeo News Magazine. Not only is she known for being able to make a grown man blush (on live TV) but also for her massive collection of eclectic high heels. 

1. Tell us who you are, where you’re from and a fun fact. I’m Alexis Bloomer and I am a professional journalist from Central Texas. I’m a shoeaholic (I know it is not a real thing). The first step is admitting it right? Being a short person, I will drop dough on a pair of heels. With over 50 pairs, I have no shame with my obsession.

2. Tell us about your passion for public speaking. Its funny because when I was little, I was always looking for someone to look up to and all the potential “role models,” were not classy and were encouraging the youth to rise to fame through acting more like a Kardashian and less like a Hepburn and it always bothered me. So, I decided to find a passion and be someone that young women can look up to, I want to be someone that proves that you can live out your dream by taking the high road. I wanted to be put in a position to reach a large audience and journalism was the perfect avenue. It started as curiosity of people but it turned out to be I really just love people. In journalism I have the opportunity to interview an athlete after they win the World Series or interview a medical miracle. The opportunities are endless and I know that I’ll never grow bored because I really do love people.

3. Do you find being a woman in your profession to give you a foot forward or do you think, we, as women are still trying to break the glass ceiling? I’m not one to push feminism down ones throat because in my career path, women are dominating the news industry. I, personally, think I’ve broken a lot of the stereotypes for a woman’s role in the rodeo industry because I’m the first and youngest female to host a talk show during the National Finals Rodeo. I’m sure other professions still battle the glass ceiling issue, but news women are powerful right now and I think their role in journalism is going to continue to flourish.

4. You are obviously a busy woman! How do you maintain a healthy lifestyle on the go? t is obviously hard for any woman that has a lot going on to stay looking her best and remain healthy. I used to have a hard time striking a balance between the two because I’m an over-achiever in everything I do, so sleep was a rare occurrence. In my field you have to look your best and show up ready for everything, no matter how you are feeling. The best thing you can do, especially if you travel a lot is drink plenty of water. I carry a Smart Water with me everywhere I go and make sure to drink at least 6 glasses a day, I’m a strong believer that water and eating right can completely change your appearance instantly.

5. What drives you to pursue your passion each day? I absolutely love what I do; my job never gets boring because each day is different. I feel like so many people roll through the motions with their careers because they never take the opportunity to try something out of their comfort zone. Sometimes people think that playing it safe prevents risks, but if you can fail at something you hate…you might as well do something you love. When I was 10 I got a karaoke machine for Christmas and I would spend hours on it pretending to interview people and I knew from that moment, that I wanted to talk for a living (partly because I talk a lot).

6. Can you share one trade secret with us? Be willing to work harder than the person next to you and lose a lot of sleep. Also, don’t be afraid to start at the bottom, we all have to start somewhere.

7. What is your favorite motivational quote? “Adversity causes some to break and others to break records.”

8. What is bliss to you? Bliss to me is being lost in the right direction. I love traveling because I think it teaches you a lot about who you are. It puts you in situations outside your comfort zone and forces you to adapt to new places and I think that is the ultimate form of bliss.

Hang out with Alexis: Facebook / Instagram

 

Until next time,

Merrissa

3 Quick Tips to Conquering the Work Day
3 Habits to Help You Conquer the Work Day - Pin for later!

3 Habits to Help You Conquer the Work Day - Pin for later!

I’ve mentioned before how I maintain a love / hate relationship with Mondays. I love them because it’s a brand new shiny week with fresh opportunities. But I hate them because of the obvious reasons: I don’t get to stay home with my dogs or drink mimosas for breakfast. For some Monday’s can be the best + productive days of the week but then Thursday and Friday roll around and motivation is nowhere to be found. Whether you love Monday’s or loathe them, here are some habits that help me stay motivated during the work week.

 

3 Quick Tips To Conquering the Work Day:

1. ditch the Distractions

How easy is it to pull out your phone and start scrolling through Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest when you’re feeling the least bit motivated at work? Someone tags you in a picture; of course you need to check to make sure its “Facebook-worthy”. Another friend commented on your recent Instagram post so now you feel the need to comment back! Prevent these distractions by turning off all social media notifications. This will be difficult for some but the amount of work you can get done in place of scrolling through Instagram will be magical.

2. Take Time for You

Take short 10 minute breaks throughout the day and do something that soothes the soul and improves your overall well-being. If you’re in an office, close the door and complete a short (non-strenuous) yoga routine. Perhaps you’re in a cubicle? Download the Headspace App and meditate for 10 minutes. Or take a brisk walk to get your blood + energy flowing. Not only will your body thank you but your mind will too.

3. Trump the To-Do List

There’s always that moment you see your to-do list and immediately want to crawl back into bed. However, making it a habit to write a practical to-do list every morning helps you maintain purpose and clarity throughout the day. Let your to-do list guide you but don’t let it become impossible. There are many different ways to write functional to-do lists but you have to figure out what works for you. Some like to write the biggest and hardest task first and others like to write down the quickest tasks to achieve so they can feel the satisfaction of crossing items off of their list. 

If you're looking for more tips on managing to-do lists, see this post!


How do you stay motivated? What are your thoughts on turning off Social Media Notifications from popping up on your phone?

Stay rad,

Merrissa

Chief Of The Teepee: Kaci Jo Bute
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I’m excited to share with you the next bombshell on the roll call; you won’t want to miss this. Some times after collaborating with her I feel as if she’s my soul mate. Her thirst for life and inspiring others can leave you speechless. I have been lucky to call her a mutual champagne connoisseur, business partner and (irreplaceable) friend. She has been my go-to girl for all things Rad Maverix Brand + photography.

Meet the next Chief of the Teepee: Kaci Jo Bute*

**don’t get too attached, she’s all mine!

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Rad Maverix - Chief of The Teepee - Kaci Jo Bute

Rad Maverix - Chief of The Teepee - Kaci Jo Bute

Rad Maverix - Chief of The Teepee - Kaci Jo Bute

  1. Tell us who you are & where you’re from?Hey y’all! I am Kaci Jo Bute. I am from Pawhuska, OK half the time and Stillwater, OK the other half. I am an agricultural communications/animal science senior at Oklahoma State University. However, I am taking a one semester victory lap, just because I’m not quite ready to tell Stillwater goodbye! I am known for excessive amounts of pictures, my love for ice cream, talking with my hands and my funky wardrobe. I am a daughter, sister, aunt, friend, student, and a young entrepreneur who is completely in love with her life.

    1. Tell us about your love for photography; how did it begin?I love this question! Ok so, I helped out at a daycare from age 13 til about 15 before I was offered an actual paid position. My parents had bought me a little Kodak camera to have for when we went on vacations, etc. But I just seemed to use it like any other teenage girl did at the time—for selfies posted straight to MySpace. (I can’t believe I just admitted that.) Anywho, I would snag pictures of the kids at the daycare from time to time and the parents loved them! On my 16th birthday my parents and grandparents bought me a camera. However, I loved taking pictures then, but business-wise things didn’t really take off until about 3 years ago, and every year gets busier and busier!

      1. Do you find living in a rural area to be challenging when chasing your dreams? If so, how do you overcome it?I think being from a rural area definitely has its challenges. There are other photographers in my area, meaning that the town is split between photographers, go us! But I have never felt like being from Pawhuska has held me back from chasing my dreams, if anything it has opened so many doors. I went from only taking pictures of people I knew to getting calls from complete strangers and businesses still from my area, and some of those people have become amazing friends that I now take pictures for once if not twice a year. Also, people from my hometown have recommended me to their family that live other places. One of the things that I take pride in is that my little photography business has been from mostly word of mouth. I owe everything my business is to my little rural town!

        1. What drives you to pursue your passion each day?The thought of waking up and having another day to chase it! My parents and friends are extremely supportive in all that I do, so that definitely helps. As tiring and emotional owning your own business can be, the lows are still highs because I am still doing what I love.

          1. Can you share one trade secret with us?I think the secret that so many people miss out on is loving their customers. I LOVE my customers. My customers get hugs, a hand written note, and I consider them an extended family. I think so many people, no matter what business they are in focus on the “business aspect” and forget why they started, and why they have kept going. My customers are my happy place, I do it because I love to see their smiles.

            1. What is your favorite motivational quote? Why?I have SO many, but the latest that I have come across that I have fallen in love with is, “You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

              1. What is the hardest thing you’ve faced since starting Kaci Jo Bute Photography? How did you overcome it?The hardest thing I have faced since starting Kaci Jo Bute Photography was just learning to balance being a full-time double-major student at OSU and trying to be a full-time photographer. I still struggle with it from time to time, but have learned that my customers understand. They understand that I am not going to finish editing their session during a test week. I have lots of help though, there are so many people working their butt off to help me out behind the scenes!

                1. What is bliss to you?Goodness, that’s hard. I think bliss is when your inside is smiling just as much as your face shows, and vice versa. My mama always reminded me not to just be concerned about being pretty on the outside, but also on the inside. I think it goes the same for being blissful.

Get more of Kaci Jo in your life:

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xx,

Merrissa