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Chief Of The Teepee: Brittany Coffee Parker, Photographer
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Hi guys. Today’s Chief has a VERY special place in my heart and in my life. Brittany and I met last year and although we have only known each other a short period of time, it feels like we have been lifelong friends. Not only on a friends’ level but on a business level too. She is the best at helping to bounce idea’s and is always willing to offer genuine and honest feedback. She is the most humble + talented person I know.


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I've been holding onto this Interview for quite some time. I want to use this platform to help promote Brittany's new book, Tales & Traditions: The Steadfast Faces of Agriculture. Brittany has poured every ounce of her being into the making of this book and I am incredibly proud that she has allowed me to be such a small part of it.

The skinny on Tales & Traditions: Brittany interviewed + photographed several ranches and farms in the beautiful Midwest. She is hoping to shed some light and share the stories of those who are most often over looked in a hustling and bustling society. If you feel so inclined, please check out Brittany's website. She has blogged about each story; providing us with sneak peeks + snippets of what is to come in her new book, Tales & Traditions: The Steadfast Faces of Agriculture.


1. Tell us who you are, where you’re from and a fun fact or two. I am Brittany Coffee (now she is Mrs. Brittany Coffee Parker) and I call Gentry, Arkansas home. A fun fact or two...I showed cattle + ride horses but I'm terrified of chickens. Weird, I know. Also- somehow I've managed to never have a broken bone but I am probably the clumsiest person you'll ever meet. 

2. Where did the inspiration behind your business come from? How did it begin? When I started my business at 16 I had no idea what I was doing. I just knew I loved taking pictures. The idea of capturing moments + memories forever is probably my biggest inspiration. Photos are history + tell stories. That's so important to me. Throughout college my business grew + eventually became my full-time career. I always said I didn't want photography to be my career but now that it is I can't imagine doing anything else. 

3. What is the best part about being the BOSS? The best part about being my own boss is being able to make my own hours. If I want to have a long lunch break I can, if I want to take the morning off I can. I have these privileges but I don't abuse them. I know there is work to be done + always see that it gets done. 

These things I never thought I was capable of, I am doing every day, wholeheartedly.
— Brittany Coffee Parker
Brittany Coffee Parker
Brittany Coffee Parker

4. What drives you to pursue your passion each day? I am a passionate person by nature so I can't help but pursue my passions. For me to be able to combine my love of agriculture + photography into my Tales & Traditions project is a dream come true. In the sense that I never thought I would be writing a book, or having photos publish or running my own business for that matter. These things I never thought I was capable of, I am doing every day, wholeheartedly. I have such a phenomenal support system + having their support pushes me to be my best + work hard. 

Photo by Megan Frazier Photography

Photo by Megan Frazier Photography

5. What advice would you give to an entrepreneur just starting their journey? It's hard work, such hard work. Things will go wrong but things will also go right. It's crucial to stay positive, self-disciplined + fresh. It's so important to try new things, step out of your comfort zone + never stop working. Set goals, long term + short term, + work toward them every day. 

6. What are your hidden superpowers? I make a mean salsa; I can iron jeans with the best of them + my ability to laugh loudly at the worst possible times is out of this world. 

7. What is your favorite quote?

"I figure if a girl wants to be a legend she should go ahead and be one" - Calamity Jane

"I hate rude behavior in a man, I won't tolerate it" - Captain Call in Lonesome Dove

8. What is bliss to you? Bliss is so many different things to me. Laughing on the front porch, jam sessions with all of the windows open, being surrounded by the people I love most, the feeling of finishing a good book, getting my fingers dirty from spring flowers, a good ride on my horse, a long walk with my pup, a fresh conversation with someone I look up to, camping, seeing new places. Bliss is laughing, reminiscing and telling good stories. 

9. If you could meet anyone for champagne, who would it be and where would you meet? I don't know that Chris LeDoux would drink champagne but I would've like to meet him somewhere at a rodeo I'm sure. Maybe Louis Serpa, the first female rodeo photographer, but she preferred tequila to champagne, again probably meet at a rodeo somewhere. 

10. What do you like to do in your "free" time? In my free time I like to do all of those things I listed that are blissful to me. I like to read a good book, surround myself with happy people, the people I love most. Sometimes that means being at the roping pen, a family function, camping on the river, or on the porch drinking a beer.

 
 

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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: Allie Falcon
Allie Falcon

Earlier this year I attended the Bodacious Babes of The West Conference in Ft. Worth, TX. This conference was nothing short of amazing + inspiring getting the opportunity to meet other business women in the Western world. While in Ft. Worth, I had the pleasure of meeting the one and only, Allie Falcon. If you follow her on social media (read: insta), I can assure you, she is just as fun + funky in real life as she appears to be on the 'gram. Not only is she beautiful but she also has brains; Allie was a keynote speaker at the conference and had a lot of insight + information to share with the attendees. I hope you enjoy this week's Chief of The Teepee, Mrs. Allie Falcon.

Tell us who you are, where you’re from and a fun fact or two. Hey girl hey, my name is Allie Falcon! I am a graphic designer, leather artisan, fashion blogger and resident plant killer. My hubs and I live in the great state of Texas, near a little town called Mertzon. He runs a little ranch operation out there and I “work” (usually in yoga pants) 7 days a week in my office out of our casa!

As for fun facts, hmmm, I don’t know how fun my facts are, but I play guitar and dabble on the piano after a few beers. :) 

Oh! Even though I make my living on being creative, I’ve never taken art class. Not in high school and not in college. So for those of you out there that think, “Oh I can’t do that!” or “I’m just not creative like them!” Check yoself before you wreck yoself, because it can be done! To be honest I have to work really hard at being creative and there are tons of things that I didn’t learn in high school or college that I Google every single day to learn. If you have the will to learn and are willing to put in the sweat and tears, anyone can do what I do. 

Talking about enchiladas wasn’t my jam, but I learned enough to have the confidence to get started.
— Allie Falcon

Where did the inspiration behind your business come from? How did it begin? Honestly, I always had it in my head that I’d like to have my own business one day. I wasn’t sure what kind of biz, but I knew I needed to learn from the big boys before I braved the storm of entrepreneurship. So I did a lot of work with ad agencies, PR agencies and eventually took on the role of Marketing Coordinator with a national Mexican food chain. Talking about enchiladas wasn’t my jam, but I learned enough to have the confidence to get started. So I would work my office job all day and then go home and hustle for graphic design clients and build logos and websites all night. Each paycheck I got would go towards a piece of equipment I needed for my business, like a nice camera, a good laptop, software, etc. When my husband got a job offer on this ranch, it was the kick in the ass I needed to get Allie Falcon Communications going full time. 

Thanks to a few trusting clients I still have and love, I got my graphic design stuff rolling. In the evenings I would fart around with leather. Honestly, I didn’t have any idea what I was doing, but I figured it out a long the way. We barely had a cent to our name in the beginning and I cried way more than any grown ass woman should, but with a lot of encouragement and support from my family and God, I rode out the wave and all of a sudden things started progressing. Now that my business is so much more than communications work, I rebranded to just AllieFalcon.com because I figured I want to make it big one day and that’s what the big dogs do bahaha!

Allie Falcon
Allie Falcon

My inspiration in everything I create comes from our western lifestyle, but my drive comes from never wanting to work in an office again and hopefully inspiring someone that is currently wearing my shoes from 3 years ago, that they can do it too. 

What is the best part about being the BOSS? There are the obvious things, like not wearing a bra or pants most days, haha, but I also love being able to travel and work. I don’t know about y’all, but when I worked in an office, asking for a day off damn near gave me a stomach ulcer. If I’m in a creative rut or I find myself being unproductive, I love that I can just take a little road trip to bring me back to life and no one is talking smack back at the office that I took a day off lol. A lot of my graphic design work and leather designs are often inspired by patterns I saw painted on a wall somewhere or from an etched vase in a junk store. 

What drives you to pursue your passion each day? I’d be lying if I didn’t say it’s important to me that I prove to myself and anyone that doubts me, that this isn’t just a “cute little fluff job” or an “arts and crafts project.” It’s a real life business that turns a profit. Because when I bought my first car the other day, the dealer asked what I did for a living and when I responded “designer,” he laughed and said, “No, what do you REALLY do?” So it’s people like that, that keep the fire lit underneath me. Plus, I get to wear a lot of different hats in my job and so the fun of it all really drives me.

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What advice would you give to an entrepreneur just starting their journey? 

  • Never say, “I can’t.” If you want to learn a certain trade, you damn sure can. The internet is a powerful thing and half the things I’ve learned how to do in the last three years are all thanks to YouTube videos. Hell, I had one month of fashion blogging experience before I starting writing for Cowgirl Magazine! You've got to take risks or you'll never know what you're capable of.
  • Don't be obsessed with overnight success. It happens for some but not many, so just keep at whatever makes you get out of the bed in the morning and eventually success WILL follow.
  • Network, network, network. If you admire someone or their work. Reach out to them! Tell them! If you have a question, ASK IT! Be careful though, ask for advice, not handouts, and when you do, make sure they know how much you appreciate it. Please know, there will be mean girls along the way. I still deal with them today, but I’ve also reached out to women I admired in the beginning and we are great friends to this day. Don’t be scared of them rejecting you. If they do or they are mean to you, then you do not need them in any way, shape or form. Move on to the next. The nice men and women I’ve networked with over the years are accountable for every bit of success I’ve achieved.
  • When you do achieve success, don't get too big for your britches. It's easy to get caught up in Instagram followers and Insta-fame, but we are all just itty bitty fish in a big pond in the scheme of things. Remember we all start at the bottom and remember the hardships you faced when you were there. Be nice to the beginners, because there's enough success for all of us!
I’d say my superpower is being positive.
— Allie Falcon

What are your hidden superpowers? Like I mentioned earlier, I’m remarkably talented at killing my plants in record timing. It’s not a power I’m proud of though lol. For real though, as cheesy as it sounds, I’d say my superpower is being positive. I’ve had plenty of opportunities to fail and quit, but I’ve talked myself out of it and now I try to do that for my peers on their low days. Cause Lord knows we all have them...and often. 

What is your favorite quote? “If you find yourself asking yourself, ‘Am I REALLY a writer? Am I REALLY an artist?’ Chances are you ARE. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self confident. The REAL one is scared to death.” – Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

Allie Falcon
Allie Falcon

What is bliss to you? Working on my laptop from my front porch, beer in hand, while my honey ropes the dummy and cooks on the grill. Stopping for just a moment to take in all the pretty scenery around me and realizing that I’m so lucky to be able to do what I love from such a beautiful place. Don’t get me wrong, those peaceful days don’t happen often, but when they do - ahhhh it really is just the best feeling.

If you could meet anyone for champagne, who would it be and where would you meet? It’s a toss up between Iris Apfel & Will Ferrell lol. If it was Iris, I’d hope we’d meet in her closet...because duhhhhhh. If it was my main man Will, I’d hope it would meet on the set of his next hilarious movie. Or maybe he’d be into meeting me and Iris in her closet and we could dress him up and send him on his way. 

What do you like to do in your "free" time? Well since every hobby I’ve ever had has turned into part of my job, I don’t have hobbies anymore lol. I’d probably say traveling and trying out new foods at dives and shopping at junk stores! I love to visit a new place and ask everyone that will stop long enough to talk to me where their favorite local joints are. 

 

Make sure to check out Allie's shop for a dose of badass leather work! Shop update, today, July 28, 2017 at 5pm central!

 

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Chief Of The Teepee: Randa Carrabba, Owner of SouthernJewlz

If you’re from the south you are sure to know this week’s Chief of the Teepee and real life Career Barbie Doll. Randa Carrabba, owner of SouthernJewlz is a girls’ girl who leaves a whole lot of sparkle everywhere she goes. You can find her killing it at the gym (#grantshotwifey4lifey) or riding unicorns. Yes, this is real life. 

Continue reading to find out more on Randa, the birth of SouthernJewlz and how it grew from a small hobby to a way of life.

Tell us who you are, where you’re from and a fun fact or two. Randa Carrabba from Bryan/College Station, Texas.  Fun fact - I have the same birthday as Jessica Simpson.

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...a Southern Jewl. Sweet and complimentary, yet independent and goal oriented.
— Randa Carrabba

Where did the inspiration behind your business come from? How did it begin? My company began as a hobby in college. I began making my own jewelry and soon others wanted to buy my creations.  I filed my first DBA while I was on Christmas break my junior year in College.  I named the Business Southern Jewlz, and as the company has evolved into the large brand that it is today, I never renamed the business even though I no longer make jewelry.  As I grew and expanded into a lifestyle boutique, I took the brand name and began a different approach to emphasize what is actually meant to be a Southern Jewl. I try to live my life as the ideology to being a Southern Jewl. Sweet and complimentary, yet independent and goal oriented. Southern: Growing up Southern is a privilege, really.  It’s more than where you were born. It’s an idea, a state of mind that seems imparted at birth. It’s more than loving fried chicken, high school football and country music. It’s being hospitable, being devoted to porches, sweet tea and most importantly to each other. It’s saying yes ma’am, no sir, please and thank you.  Sticking true to your roots and never forgetting who helped you to climb up the latter. Jewl: A self-motivated female that has no limit to her success level.  While she is dressed impeccably and gains attention, her confidence and dignity are the most noticeable attributes she possesses; making others feel their worth and beauty is her true destiny.  With love, class and a touch of sass, she has the ambition and determination to set the world on fire.

What is the best part about being the BOSS? The best part about being the boss is there is no limit to what I can do. If there's a new giveaway I want to launch, then I can make it happen.  If I want to take on more tasks to help grow the brand, I can tell my team that's what we are going to do.  Being my own boss to me further emphasizes that the sky is the limit.

What drives you to pursue your passion each day? I am so passionate about the meaning behind my brand. I believe I can lead change that I want to see in the world. I love to keep the work atmosphere and the brand to be a very uplifting environment that is full of positive energy. I believe women should build each other up, be complimentary to each other and cheer each other on and I try to do that with everyone who is a part of my brand - whether that be a customer, a model, an intern, an employee, or even someone who just follows along even if they have never purchased or worn my brand.  Southern Jewlz is so much more than trendy fashions at affordable prices with free shipping on all orders - but it's the meaning and feeling created behind the brand that makes me continue to pursue and grow!  I believe in being and pushing others to feeling good about themselves, looking good and basically being the best version that they can be!

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What advice would you give to an entrepreneur just starting their journey? To an entrepreneur starting their journey, I would have a business plan, a good sharp brand, and I would even encourage a story/meaning behind your business. Having a story behind a small business helps you to market in a way that really ties to people.  Whether it be how you named your business, why you opened your business, the overall goal of your business, etc. People tie to people and want to do business with people rather than businesses, especially when talking small business.

God has blessed me with a true love story and my husband is now my priority over my business.
— Randa Carrabba

What made you want to change your business from brick + mortar to online-only? I attended the National Retail Federation in New York in January of 2016.  I had been store front since 2010, but I actually had my online store over a year before that.  Online had the majority of the time been the anchor of my business, but seeing the forecast of the retail trend while in the Big Apple is when the thought of moving online only entered my mind. And in 2016 we saw an increase in online sales and traffic and a decrease in foot traffic.  At the end of the day, I'm a business woman, so freeing up all the time and energy it took me to run the storefront and being able to put that into online, branding, social media, and still doing pop up shops makes me feel confident to be able to spread and grow the brand. I think all along Southern Jewlz has been more than just a College Station boutique, too. The issue was I didn't want to taint the brand I had worked so hard to build in any way. So I closed the doors, made the announcement and handed the keys over to a very dear friend and business-mentor (Nancy Gilmore with The Mule Barn) at the beginning of January 2017. I was getting married in February 2017. God has blessed me with a true love story and my husband is now my priority over my business. So moving online only was also a reflection of a new phase of life for me.  I believe I am maturing and growing with my brand, and I am super proud to say that I publicly put my marriage first.

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What are your hidden superpowers? Thinking of my super powers, I've been told that almost everything I touch turns to pink or glitter. I truly believe in unicorns.  And my super powers are immensed whenever my crown gets all shined up or when I gain a new jewl to add to it.

What is your favorite quote? My favorite quote is something I wrote down 2 weeks before I opened my first store front at the age of 22. I didn't know what a mission statement was until later, so I turned those words into the statement.  I don't want to sound any bit of overly confident sharing my own words as my favorite quote, but this is what really speaks to me:

Be selfless and dedicated; give a compliment when needed. Learn something new every day. Say your prayers and count your blessings. Be a role model, a leader, and an icon of success and hard work.  Think outside the box, push every single boundary, and know that there is no limit to what you can do or who you can become.

What is bliss to you?  Bliss to me is a dreamy vacation with my husband. Getting away from the real world, doing some soul searching, falling deeper in love, and seeing more of God's creation. I love life and there is so much that I want to do and see and experience, but a trip truly makes me step away from all the hustle and bustle and even has a spiritual way of speaking to me.  But now that I'm married, I want to share all of the adventures with him!

If you could meet anyone for champagne, who would it be and where would you meet? If I could meet anybody for champagne, it actually wouldn't be anybody famous or even a business owner. Even there are so many of each that I would love to meet, the one person I wish I had the opportunity to meet is actually my husband's grandmother. The diamonds in the band around my engagement ring are actually her diamonds that Grant had incorporated into my ring design (along with the fact that he had my SJ crown created as the setting to hold my diamond up!). I have heard him and his parents tell me so many stories about her. She loved pink and was always dressed to impress.  Her house apparently had pink carpet and her closet was every bit of fabulous, as was the way that she presented herself.  She sounds to me to be the ideal figure of femininity and class while always putting her faith and family first.  She passed away a few years before Grant and I met, and I tell him all the time how much I wish I could have met her. I know we would be two peas in a pod, and since she is was so family and faith focused, I think she would really appreciate the move I made with my store to put my marriage first. But we would need a lot of champagne to catch up for the engagement and wedding that she wasn't able to attend. Grant loved her tremendously and would even stay with her for board game nights and sleepovers even as a grown man, so I would actually want a champagne slumber party with the two of them with my husband and I encouraging her to try on all of her favorite outfits for us while we told her so many stories about our life together.  I wish I could make THAT my super power!

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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. 

Keep up with Jordyn:

Insta / Facebook

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:

Insta / Facebook / Site

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

Facebook // Instagram

 

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

Chief Of The Teepee - Kelsie Adkins
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A few months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Miss Kelsie Adkins, a freelance Makeup Artist, residing in the beautiful state of Oklahoma. Kelsie provided an outstanding job for the Fall '15 Rad Maverix Brand Photo Shoot Launch. Not only did she fit right in with our quirky + outgoing personalities but she made everyone feel comfortable and beautiful in their own unique skin. Make sure to check out Kelsie's YouTube channel!

Chief Of The Teepee - Kelsie Adkins

1. Tell us who you are & where you're from

My name is Kelsie Adkins, and I was born and raised in Ponca City, Oklahoma. I'm just a normal 23-year-old girl who is obsessed with makeup!

2. Tell us about your love for makeup artistry

I've been interested in makeup for as long as I can remember. My love for makeup has dramatically grown over the last 5 years, and still growing! My favorite part about makeup is the creative aspect of it. Yes, I've got my normal "every day makeup look" but sometimes it's fun to just sit down and play with colors and techniques that I normally wouldn't use.

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Makeup by Kelsie Adkins | Photo by Chelsea Taylor Photography

3. Do you find living in a rural area to be challenging when chasing your dreams? If so, how do you overcome it?

It's definitely hard to pursue a career in beauty when you live in such a small town. The beauty community isn't as big in Ponca City as it might be in larger cities. Right now, I'm still in the process of getting my name out there. I feel like if it's something you're passionate about and willing to dedicate everything you have into it, something good will come of all your hard work. The way I overcome the challenge of living in a small town & trying to make it big, is staying positive. I am bound and determined to make my dreams come true!

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

I know that one day all my hard work will pay off. I want others to experience the excitement I get when working with makeup. Doing wedding makeup or makeup for a photo shoot isn't "work" to me. It's fun and I love it!

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Makeup by Kelsie Adkins | Photo by Kaci Jo Bute Photography

5. Can you share one trade secret with us?

Just one? But I have so many! (Guess you'll have to check out my YouTube Chanel for more tips and tricks) The best advice I could give would be to spend a couple extra $$ and get good quality makeup brushes! I would highly recommend Morphe Brushes (www.morphebrushes.com) The quality alone with this brand is PHENOMENAL!

6. What is your favorite motivational quote? Why?

My favorite motivational quote is "Life is too short to be anything but happy." I love this quote because it's a reminder to never spend a single moment dwelling on the negative things in life. Spend every moment you have on things that make you happy!

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Makeup by Kelsie Adkins | Photo by Chelsea Taylor Photography

7. What is the hardest thing you've faced since providing makeup to the public? Or a funny blooper while applying makeup to someone?

I remember a pretty funny moment while doing makeup on a girl for a photo shoot. While doing her mascara I accidentally got some on her cheek. A little trick to removing mascara is waiting for it to dry, then with a dry spoolie brush, gently removing the mascara from the skin using small strokes. I was so in the zone that I wasn't explaining what I was doing, and all she saw me do was take something that looks like a mascara wand and purposely putting on her skin. She looked at me like "Are you kidding me???" Poor girl thought I lost my mind!

8. I love watching your YouTube videos; I can't wait for you to publish more! What kind of process is it to organize makeup, film, edit & publish to YouTube?

Ah I love filming video's for my YouTube Channel! It's such a fun process. First I brainstorm and think of a good video idea, then get my studio lights and camera out. Once my little "set" is ready, I'll get out all the makeup I'll need for the video and place it out in front of me. Once I'm done filming, I'll usually go in the next day with my laptop and using iMovie, I'll edit my video. I try to publish a new video every weekend. So if you're interested in watching some of my video's, please subscribe to my channel! It's "Kelsie Adkins".

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Makeup by Kelsie Adkins | Photo by Chelsea Taylor Photography

9. What is bliss to you?

Bliss to me, is the feeling you get when you're out in the country driving around on dirt roads with someone you love, with the windows down and not a care in the world!

What beauty YouTubers do you like watching?

Find More of Kelsie here!

Instagram | YouTube

xx,

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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