Be sure to read to the end because we’re having a party and we want you there!
Six years ago, I was contacted by my college friend Liza Graves asking if I wanted to write a couple of articles for her online publication, StyleBlueprint, that she had started in Nashville. About two months before that call on a girls’ trip, another college friend mentioned that Liza had launched this publication and that it was awesome. We started perusing it on our iPhone 3s, (that should give you an accurate time stamp of how long ago that was), and we loved that it talked about all the things that we were talking about.
When Liza asked me to write for her, it was not a big commitment. Liza and her co-founder, Elizabeth, were interested in expanding into the Louisville market, but were not quite sure all that would entail. My youngest child was 3 years old at the time, and he was going to preschool about six hours a week. I was not ready for full-time employment, but after taking 10 years off to have children, I was definitely ready to start working again. I was ready to start writing again, and in a venue that was not just Facebook status updates.
The First SB Louisville Article: “A Royal Wedding Breakfast” (published April 30, 2011)
My first story was about a breakfast I attended at a friend’s house to watch the Royal Wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William. I had no camera. I had no idea what I was doing. But it was a fun party and a fun first assignment.
The story I wrote was tentative, and I remember not being sure how to write it. Do I act like a journalist? Or like myself? The pictures are *oy vey* so dark, and I cringe to think how great they would have been if I had had my good camera.
Two articles a week turned into five articles, which turned into a full-time job. As my kids say, it’s like writing a paper for school every single day. But I wouldn’t trade the homework for the world. I have met more people and experienced more things in this town than most natives.
Some of my favorite articles are the ones written from my heart, and most of them took very little time to write.
Where I came up with a Judge Judy concept here, I’ll never know. But I surreptitiously took pictures at Walmart of the wall of capris, and I was terrified I was going to get caught.
I will stand by my hating of French pedicures forever. Read this article again and come with me to my side of neat, clean, monochromatic nails.
I wrote this in 10 minutes after watching Olympic women’s soccer and seeing all these women wearing headbands in the strangest of ways. They wore them in a way that pushed the hair into their faces. I still haven’t solved the mystery.
I started trying out new things around town, such as beauty treatments and health-related stories. I realized that the less shame I had, the more popular the articles were. I am such a woman for others. Problem is that I was involving my unsuspecting friends, too, with so many of my articles, posting pictures of them being my guinea pigs. The fact that I still have friends after some of these adventures is amazing.
This is where a friend and I went and got our eyelashes dyed for the first time, complete with pictures sans makeup. Here is the big unveil of my new dark lashes. Lovin’ that turban, too.
This article is an important PSA about skin cancer, but I showed all my dermal layers. Gross.
Let’s not forget about the food. I have feasted in this town like no other. Between doing restaurant reviews and roundups, there’s a reason I have to exercise every day.
An 11-course lunch. You read that right. And all of the courses were full size. And I ate every single one — I didn’t want to be rude! It was an amazing culinary experience, mainly because Chef John Castro at Winston’s told us every little piece of information about each dish. He is a teacher for a reason.
Kirby Adams and I sat at the Chef’s Table at the Brown Hotel that day with Rachel Goldenberg from Estes Public Relations, and it was an amazing, behind-the-scenes experience with Chef Josh Bettis cooking for us. It was also Kirby Adams’ first day on the job at The Courier-Journal, and we had a good chuckle about that. I’m sure all her lunches since then are like that; I know mine are.
There have been stories that have brought me to my knees.
I can barely read this story without falling apart. Lara MacGregor is such a candid, vunerable and brave woman, and she let me ask the questions that I didn’t dare ask anyone else with cancer.
This is a very personal story told by college friend Jennie Sheridan about why she runs the Boston Marathon every year and raises money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, after losing three of her siblings to cancer in two years.
And then there were the stories of these women, and many more, who are literally knocking it out of the park.
So this amazing woman left a surgery and came to the FACES photo shoot in between saving a man’s life. She still had on her scrubs, had her hair in a hat and looked like this.
Another woman making a huge difference in the community is Sadiqa Reynolds. When we featured her, she was working in the mayor’s office. She is now the head of the Louisville Urban League. She is funny, bright and down to earth.
A lot has changed in the past five years. I’ve learned how to take a good picture! We have original content five days a week, sometimes six. We have expanded and now have a strong team of smart women in place. Meghan Tinker is our sales manager, and Elizabeth Gerber is our client success representative. Krista Walker is a contributing photographer and writer. Adele Reding has photographed our FACES from the beginning. Lindsey McClave writes all of our yummy food articles now. Christine Mueller shoots our homes. We have the best of the best working on profiling the best of the best in Louisville. And we do it all for you!
Thank you readers for helping us grow StyleBlueprint Louisville from the ground up. We will always appreciate and value your readership. This celebration is for you, as well.
To thank you, we would like to extend an invitation to all our readers to join us for our SB Fifth Birthday Party on Wednesday, April 13, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Digs’ new expansion in Chenoweth Square. Digs has always been known for selling outdoor furniture, and now they will have the adjacent space devoted to selling indoor furniture. We are excited to unveil their new space to you the day before they open to the public. Join us for wine, appetizers and, of course, cake! See you there!