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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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Chief Of The Teepee: Caroline Matthews, Founder Of The Luxe Collective
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Good Morning + Happy Tuesday! I am so excited to bring back another season of the Chief of the Teepee Series! When I announced a few months ago I was accepting stories you guys seemed to be just as excited + pumped as me! Well, let me tell you, I've rounded up the best and bossiest women and this season is going to be a real treat. If you're new around here, I started this series last year to showcase the entrepreneurial stories of mega babes from around the world.

Without further ado, let me introduce the first boss, Caroline Matthews, founder of The Luxe Collective. Caroline is not only an award winning designer but she also loves instilling confidence + love into the lives of fellow entrepreneurs. If you've been around these parts awhile, you know Rad Maverix is all about doing betterbeing better and living our best lives ever. Caroline is the perfect dose of sunshine to add to the #radmaverixlifestyle community of thriving + confidence radiating women. Read her story below!

Tell us who you are, where you’re from and a fun fact or two. My name is Caroline Matthews and I am an award winning bridal/fashion designer and also the founder of The Luxe Collective which is a platform for Luxe female entrepreneurs to help them build wildly successful businesses, build the confidence they need to become epic and fulfill their epic dreams. As part of The Luxe Collective I am also a business and confidence coach for female entrepreneurs too… As you can see I like to wear a few hats, but I absolutely love what I do and wouldn't change any of it.

It just all flows which makes it even more awesome.

Where did the inspiration behind your business come from? How did it begin? The Luxe Collective was started by chance to be honest. Our fashion and bridal [designing] has always been about empowering women through the clothes they wear and also helping them to be more confident so they can go out and live the life they truly want and build these businesses on their own terms. One day my coach at the time asked me why I wasn't coaching women as I was already helping them anyway and was receiving so many messages from women who found me inspiring and motivating so I thought why not… The Luxe Collective is an extension of what I already do which is important to me, nothing competes. It just all flows which makes it even more awesome.

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What is the best part about being the BOSS? The best part of being my own boss is that I get to be 100% me and build businesses I love; that I’m passionate about. That scream my personality and most of all I get to help and impact women all over the world to realise their true potential. It just blows my mind.

What drives you to pursue your passion each day? What drives me are the feelings that I get from working with my 1:1 clients and seeing them succeed. The other day I received a message from a client who couldn't believe the transformation in herself and also her business, to receive these messages and to see women loving the feelings of wearing our fashion just reminds me every day that the choices I made and the struggle I went through for years figuring it all out were worth it. Plus I believe that we get one life, and that life should only be lived doing what truly serves you and makes you passionate. Far too many women just settle for and have these beautiful dreams and ambitions that never come to fruition so I make sure I am doing what I love every day.

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What advice would you give to an entrepreneur just starting their journey? My advice is to go for what you want, get clear on your goals, what you are passionate about and surround yourself with women and people who get it. Remember to also be your own biggest cheerleader! We all stumble and worry, but never compare you to someone else's a-game. They could be 5 years down the line from you so always focus on your own game! Getting a mentor or coach is also worth its weight in gold. I was really unsure about it as it was a big investment, but having someone to hold me accountable, help me when I was freaking out and sharing my ideas with was amazing.

What are your hidden superpowers? I always say my superpower is to see what women don't see in themselves, to help them believe and become the best versions of themselves they can be in business and life.

What is your favorite quote? I don't have a favourite quote but 2 that I do love are: Be willing to walk alone, many who started with you, won't finish with you! I was afraid of losing friends or people I knew as I started to grow, until I realised that when we grow, new people come into our lives who are meant to be there, it’s a sign of growth both in you and others. My other fab one is: Your dreams are only your dreams until you make them your purpose.

I love to cook, for me it’s very therapeutic... 

What is bliss to you? Bliss to me is walking in nature, I do it every morning. I love to walk through the woods with my music on, it makes me feel free, and I am full of inspiration when I walk too, that and cooking. I love to cook, for me it’s very therapeutic and at the end of it, a bonus that I get to eat it too! 

What do you like to do in your "free" time? I head to the gym, get out in nature and hike and spend time with my family and friends. Sometimes I have been known to have a binge on Netflix… Love it but then I get addicted I could go through a whole series or 2 in a day so I try not to do that too much.

 

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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 - Jordyn Barrett
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The last but certainly not least, Chief of the Teepee is Miss Jordyn Barrett, co-owner of Studio Blue in Coffeyville, KS. I can speak from experience that Jordyn is excellent at what she does and takes a lot of pride in providing only the best work. Not only did I start trusting Jordyn with my hair (+ nails!) as soon as she graduated from the exceptional, Eric Fisher Academy, but I've had the privilege of watching her grow into an outstanding business woman. Without further ado, here is my interview with Jordyn, hair stylist extraordinaire & nail tech artist.

1.  Tell us who you are & where you’re from. I am Jordyn Lynn Barrett. I was born in Coffeyville, Kansas but spent the first 6 years of my life living in Dearing, KS.  I am currently residing in Coffeyville, KS where I co-own Studio Blue Salon.

2. How did your passion for hair styling begin? I began dabbling, and I say dabbling but I mean obsessing, over hair and nails at a super young age (we are talking 4 or 5). I loved the idea of being able to create new and fabulous things with hair and the art of coloring to change the total appearance of someone. Nails were a different story lol. My mom has stories of me as a young tot refusing to get out of the car to go to kindergarten because my nails were chipped. #totaldiva...or the ever so popular scalping of the barbies.

3. Do you find living in a rural area to be a challenge when chasing your dreams? If so, how do you overcome it? Living in a rural area does pose as a problem for me when it comes to being a hair stylist because not only do you have to compare your prices to a salon in a big city, but also the trending styles take longer to surface in a small town or rural area vs a city. I try to stay humble when it comes to what I charge, and be reasonable...but it's hard when you have friends that charge $150 for a simple foil in the big city and you would LOVE to charge that simply because you believe that is what you are worth. Then you have to remind yourself "oh wait, I'm in a town that has a lower income and I'll be lucky to get $65." As far as trends go, its easy to try new things on my clients because they are always going to want the next best thing. I have some clients that are the bigger risk takers and would color their hair purple if I said its all the rage in LA or Chicago. I try to take at least one major class a year to keep up on new techniques and things like that.

4. What drives you to pursue your passion each day? My passion and drive stems from my biggest teacher and inspiration, Mr. Eric Fisher. I attended cosmetology school at Eric Fisher Academy in Wichita, ks. Anyone who is familiar with Eric will tell you that he is not only a world renown hair stylist, but an amazing entreprenour. He has 3 salons in the Wichita area, along with the school and also travels with the Aquage hair product company and teaches classes all over the U.S. Eric makes his cosmetology school different than anywhere else. He is actually right there to help teach you, and teach you the tools of the trade through both hair styling and the business aspects of our industry. Every morning he wakes up and says to himself "I am happy, I am healthy, I am terrific" and continues to say this 10-15 times a day. He has opened many doors of opportunity for myself and the rest of the students that attend EFA. Im just extremely thankful to have him as an upper hand. I could call him or text him any time of the day and he would answer any question I have or give me a boost of confidence if I needed it, which is pretty cool.

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5. Owning a business can be challenging, how do you balance your work load and a social life? I have to laugh at this question for a couple reasons. The biggest reason being that my business is where I DO most of my socializing. My clients are my social interaction during the week, and I usually spend my weekends with friends. When I first opened the salon I got really bad about constantly being on my phone messaging clients, and we are talking like 24/7. If someone messaged me on a Sunday asking for an appointment I would stop what I was doing and respond instantly. I had to come to a point where I had to tell clients "hey, if you need me please call the shop. Do not try to contact me via social media or my personal cell." I very much enjoy having a business, but it's super important to keep that healthy balance. 

6. Can you share one trade secret with us? A trade secret...hmm...I honestly have so many that there aren't enough hours in the day 😅. But I will say, one of the worst things I see people do involves their flat iron. Technically, you should only have to go over a section of your hair one time if done properly, not over and over and over at 450 degrees. Totally something I would love to teach, but that involves a visit to my salon! 

7. What is your favorite motivational quote? My favorite quote has always been "Rise above it." It was a phrase my late great grandmother used to live by. Its constantly in the back of my head when I have had a bad day. 

8. What is bliss to you? Bliss = silence. Sitting back and enjoying the quiet after the crazy. I love to sit outside and listen to the coyotes in the distance (perks of living in a rural area) and just enjoy my evening. Also I think I speak for any female when I say a bubble bath cures all. 

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Until next time,

Merrissa

Chief Of The Teepee - Alexz Sandoval
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After meeting the next Chief, Alexz, I realized we had a lot in common. She, like myself, needs to have a project going on at all times and we both enjoy the hunt - or thrill - of thrifting. Bird Trouble was born from the ideals of Mexicana folk art, fashion design and sustainability. Alexz Sandoval is the badass behind this brand, who is making her wildest dreams come true, through the creation of eco-friendly, yet fashionable, handbags + accessories. Alexz is living the daydream of many millennials, a year of living in Mexico, traveling and several years of adventure to look back on. Check out my interview with Alexz below. Also! You could win $50 store credit to Bird Trouble, check it out here!

1. Tell us who you are, where you’re from and a fun fact or two. I'm a female artist, sustainable bag designer, bag maker, and a travel lover from Chicago, IL. I'm known to be quite the nomad. Most recently, I lived in Mexico for a year. In Mexico, I launched my first staple bag collection for my accessory and lifestyle brand, Bird Trouble.

2. Tell us about your craving for creating sustainable bags + accessories. I'm the type of person that always needs a project (or 100, haha) and I'm also very thrifty, like I'll bring in furniture to my apartments from one of these Chicago alley ways but I also just enjoy the hunt, so I hunt down a lot of second hand materials to create with.

It's been extremely organic to my cravings and eventually turned into a business idea. It then hit me that my passion is for sustainable fashion, and it was perfect for the teenage punk in me who's always been very aware and turned off by the fast fashion industry, an industry that's 1 out of 3 largest corporations contributing to climate change. Fast fashion doesn't do good for the planet and two, it doesn't enhance the customers personal individuality to the fullest. 

Bird Trouble Trunk Show at  Locallective  in Wicker Park, Chicago. 

Bird Trouble Trunk Show at Locallective in Wicker Park, Chicago. 

3. Where did the inspiration behind Bird Trouble come from? Bird Trouble is inspired by a story of someone who can't hold back from being free willed and stylishly expressive. This person loves nature and adventure, usually choosing to live a sustainably conscious lifestyle.

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4. What drives you to pursue your passion each day? Choosing happiness and balance, or focusing on grey areas (if I'm just having one of those days). Design is what I was born to do. You can feel what you need to do if you follow your intuitions. I've decided I want to live intentionally, this way, because it feels great, it teaches me patience and self control, while also allowing me to follow through what my body and mind enjoy most.

Bird Trouble Janis Medicine Bags available exclusively at  Sideshow Gallery . 

Bird Trouble Janis Medicine Bags available exclusively at Sideshow Gallery

5. What advice would you give to an entrepreneur just starting their journey? Follow what feels true to you, and don't let your laziness or fears get in your way, because doing what is out of your comfort zone or something that scares the shit out of you, will only make you stronger. Also, get your finances in check. 

6. What are your hidden superpowers? I can smell danger and I have a great sense of direction. ;)

7. What is your favorite motivational quote? "Bad bitches are taking over the world." Sophia Armoruso, founder of Nasty Gal

Photo courtesy of  Andrea Pabon  

Photo courtesy of Andrea Pabon 

8. What is bliss to you? Being the only person, or one of very few, on a warm mountain or a hot beach and far from any major highways. I took a trip to Yelapa Mexico recently, a tiny beach town touching the Bay of Banderas that is only attainable by boat since it doesn't have any roads leading to it. Pure bliss, the most I've ever felt.

9. If you could meet anyone for coffee (or a stiff drink), who would it be and where would you meet? Sophia Armoruso, at a gallery event, only if there's free wine. Otherwise, it should be a coffee and pie date.

Studio shots by  Truss and Ore . 

Studio shots by Truss and Ore

Want more? Hang out with Alexz here:

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Stay Rad,

Merrissa

Chief Of The Teepee - Shelbie Marie Langlois
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Have you ever met someone and felt like they're your soulmate? Not in the sense of meeting your future husband or wife but in the sense that you both find the same things hilarious. You both want to run the world, Beyonce style, and you are also similar in the fact that you have more passion than you know what to do with. Meet the next Chief of the Teepee, Shelbie Langlois, who is not only making big fitness moves in the Fitness Industry but also cheering + motivating hundreds and thousands of women along the way. 

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Chief of the Teepee - Shelbie Langlois

1. Tell us who you are & where you’re from? My name is Shelbie Langlois, I was born and raised, in my opinion the heart of our country, a place that still holds my heart, Oklahoma.

2. Tell us about your passion for fitness and how it began? Because of my home grown and farm family up bringing, hard work is something I have never been afraid of. I have always had the desire to build something and watch it grow. My grandfather was like that, my dad is like that and almost everyone in my family is like that. Though, I never really took to farm life, I have always been attached to the mindset behind it, hard work. As a child and adolescent I struggled terribly with weight, body image issues and eating disorders. The long and short of it is this: I was about 50 to 80+ pounds overweight between 12 and 19. Let's be honest, being the fat girl in any high school doesn't come easy let alone a small farm town high school. My self hatred spiraled and it spiraled fast. So much that after high school I took extreme measures and sunk fast into a terrible eating disorder and stayed there in the depth of bulimia, drinking and partying too much and continued self-hate for nearly 3 years. I had lost the weight and gained depression and anxiety like you wouldn't believe. I got pregnant with my son, gained back all of my weight plus some and was back at square one with being the fat girl once again. That's when my blog and my business was born. That's when I found my purpose and that is when I could finally channel all that drive I had buried inside of me. When my son was 6 weeks old I promised myself I would be honest and open with my struggles and try and help someone along the way. Someone ended up turning into 100s of someone's and 2 years, a fitness and nutrition company, 87 pounds and a whole lot of dedication sweat and tears later here we are! I'm more connected with my Faith than I've ever been, have more direction than I ever thought possible and truly believe anyone can do anything, myself included.

3. Do you find being a woman to be a challenge when chasing your dreams? If so, how do you overcome this challenge? I do find being a women somewhat challenging when chasing our dreams lol. I say that because we are so damn emotional! We attach to things easily and take things personal, even when it's not. That being said, I wouldn't trade that because that's what makes us, as business boss babes successful in my opinion. Our heart is something people pick up on instantly, when people can sense your sincerity they trust you, when people trust you, they follow you; good breeds good. I will never apologize for being an emotional basket case because that's what makes this bad boy (or should I say babe 😂) run like a well oiled Machine.

My struggles drive me, they do not define me!

4. What drives you to pursue your passion each day? My drive honestly comes from my demons. I think everyone's demons do in some way. I live by the words drive not define. My struggles drive me, they do not define me! Every time I want to stop or think I can't take much more I dig a little deeper and remember what I want and why I want it! We are all fighting something, it is up to us if we let that something drive us up or down. Up! All the way.

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5. Can you share one trade secret or piece of advice when it comes to balancing a healthy lifestyle? The one secret I can share is this: believe that you can do it. Whatever it is. You want to eat healthy? Cool. Eat healthy, start with one meal and then a few days later do two meals, then three then four and before you know it you are a healthy little fit chick busting out healthy advice all over the place. You want to go to the gym but don't know what to do? Go anyway! Everyone walks in that door for the first time at some point not knowing where to start. That's the hardest part. Just open the door and go in.

6. What is your favorite motivational quote? My favorite quote is "dig deep" I say that because everything you need is already there you just have to dig to find it. Trust me on that one.

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7. What is bliss to you? My bliss is positivity. It saved my life by choosing how I look at life has nothing to do with the world but everything to do with the way I see it. The world needs more positive Patti's. People say to me often, how are you so positive? And I say back how can I not be? It gives me life. If people would just believe in each other more than they believe in themselves, self worth and loving yourself is enviable. You reap what you sew.

Stay motivated + hang out with Shelbie

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Stay Rad,

Merrissa

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.

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xx,

Merrissa

Chief Of The Teepee: Paige Poppe
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I’ve been working on this blog series for the last few months (literally). My goal is to feature the best boss babes I know to share their inspiring stories with you. I hope this series will allow my readers to recognize that you don’t have to be stuck in the 9-5 cubicle grind if you don’t want to. Of course, some people like the stability (*raises hand*) of knowing they show up to work every day and receive a steady paycheck every two weeks. On the other hand, what makes your fire light up? What fills your love-tank? Building your own dream business (*raises other hand*) or helping someone else at the top of the food chain, build their dream?

I’m so excited to share these ladies with you; I truly believe I have rounded up the best of the best ladypreneurs, who will share their successes, failures and triumphs (+ a trade secret or two!). I’m kicking off this series with the lovely Paige Poppe. This boss not only has a background in Architecture but killer painting skills and her very own podcast!

Interview with Chief of the Teepee, Paige Poppe:

  1. Tell us who you are & where you’re from?

My name is Paige Poppe and I am an artist living + creating in my native state of Arizona. I work in watercolor and acrylic paint, and my favorite canvases to paint on are paper, wood, and skateboards.  I just moved back to Arizona after living in California for the past 5 years where I was getting my Bachelor of Architecture degree.

  1. Tell us about your thirst for art and when/how it started.

I've been busy and creative from a very young age. I feel like a lot of people say that, but I guess it's just ingrained in us! I am an only child, so I think I was even further encouraged to make things + paint because it was the perfect thing for me to do solo and entertain myself.

As I got older, I've been lucky to have very inspirational art teachers and architectural professors that have encouraged my pursuit to be an artist. I was doing my art pretty casually the first few years of college, but I lost touch with painting when I studied abroad 2 years ago and didn't have my acrylic painting supplies with me. Luckily my friend Elsa convinced me to take a watercolor class with her while we were studying in Copenhagen, which really ignited my desire to paint again, and I fell totally in love with the medium. I started spending over 3 hours just sitting in a park and painting what I saw. Since then, I've adopted the habit of painting every day, which is very rewarding and meditative.

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  1. Do you find living in the state of Arizona to reflect in your artwork & style?

Absolutely, especially in the work I have created this summer. I just moved back to Arizona after living in California for the past 5 years where I was getting my Bachelor of Architecture. My return to the desert was really reflected in my work these past few months!

Now that fall is approaching I can feel the darker cool-toned colors creeping in, and I think more architectural influences will start appearing in my paintings.

(See some of Paige's Fall-inspired art below)

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  1. What drives you to pursue your passion each day?

I am naturally very creative and love to work with my hands, so it's a bit ingrained into me to pursue my passions. But I will say that one thing lately that has been very encouraging is the response I am getting from people who purchase my original paintings. They have told me some very poetic things about why they connect with my artwork, and some of the stories are very personal. I love to hear these stories. They motivate to keep sharing my vision with others, because they tell me it inspires them and brings them joy.

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Photo by Hannah Minker (Insta: @minkmade)

  1. Can you share one trade secret with us?

I really believe that good photography is make or break for an online creative business. One of the best investments I've made is a quality tripod. I don't always have someone around to help me take photos or videos, so it is like my in-house photographer and videographer! Haha.

  1. What is your favorite motivational quote? Why?

We already spoke about pursuing your passions, but my favorite quote is "If you pursue your creativity, your life will be prosperous." I found this quote in a fortune cookie of all places! I really love it though, and it resonates with me. I have found so much happiness is pursuing my artwork and a career in architecture. Even if I have a  bad day, painting is always there for me as an outlet.

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  1. What is the hardest thing you’ve faced since starting your business? How did you overcome this?

Remembering to shut off is hard for me, because I love what I do. If I finish up a big piece by the end of the day, but am still in the mood to create, I will want to sit down and edit a video, or write a blog post, because I simply love it. I try to remember to tune things out and just relax or spend time with my family instead of pushing in those extra couple hours.

  1. What is bliss to you?

When I'm in creative mode, bliss is the morning daylight flooding my desk, an iced latte, and quiet watercolor time. When I'm just relaxing, I love long drives with my boyfriend Jake just talking a lot and listening to music while we drive.

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Photo by Asia Croson (Insta: @asiacrosonphotography)

See more of Paige here!

Website: http://www.PaigePoppe.com

Hear more from me: http://www.PaigePoppe.com/join

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/PaigePoppe

Periscope: Paige_Poppe

Stay rad,

Merrissa