Four fab to follow - "The Creatives"

I had such a wonderful response to last weeks "Four fabulous ladies to follow this Friday" post I decided to try and make it a semi regular occurrence! This week features my favorite "creatives". 

I have to start with my one and only Heather Gallaher. I am lucky enough that Heather lets me pay her to take photos of me that I could only dream of looking like in real life. She is a mostly natural light photographer with the most beautiful ascetic! I first met Heather through my amazing friend Mandi. Heather shot Dom and my engagement photos at the fair, I knew she was awesome when she didn't run screaming when I suggested it. She has pretty much taken every photo I've liked of myself in the last 5 years, including my wedding photos and tons and tons of new blog content that will be coming your way in the very near future! 

You can find Heather on her website here: Facebook here: Insta here: 


Next up is bad ass graphic designer and creator of this very pretty blog you are currently reading, Ms. Shawna Poliziani. She is also the one who created my logo which I love love love. Shawna is part therapist, part creative and I would highly recommend her if you are looking to take yourself to the next level online. She offers branding courses, design packages and a killer personality (just don't hold her terrible taste in music against her)! You can find her online at: & on Insta at:

I am not so low-key obsessed with turquoise and vintage jewelry, it makes me feel powerful and grounded at the same time. One of my favorites is a local jeweler Little Hobo Bird, the owner Sandra has some of the coolest style I have ever seen, and her original pieces are amazing. Additionally she repairs older pieces, including restringing my amazing squash blossom I rarely take off. You can shop online at: and follow her on Insta at:

Rounding out 4th this week is my most amazing new friend and total boss babe Michelle, of Vintage Boho Loves Louis - maker of my fringe St. Cloud bag and the bucket bag I have been carrying everywhere. Not only is she like the nicest human ever - she is taking preloved LV bags and making them into the most fabulous creations ever. She has quickly grown and now has a team of 6! She does custom bags, has some ready to ship on her site as well as you can send her your old tired bag (or brand new bag that needs more personality) and she and her team will fix it right up! You can follow them on Insta:(highly recommended for flash sales)  and purchase direct on their website as well :

Four fabulous ladies to follow this Friday!

The women I love and admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because shit worked out. They got that way because shit went wrong and they handled it. They handled it a thousand different ways on a thousand different days, but they handled it. Those women are my superheroes.
— Elizabeth Gilbert

People come into our lives in all ways, for all reasons. Last night I was thinking about how many wonderful people have come into my life. Some years and years ago and some very recently. I have rounded up several women who I think others would enjoy knowing as well, even if just online. These ladies all have blogs or businesses that are all about self love, empowerment and being general badasses - so without further adieu. I give you... 

1. Cara Alwill Leyba - You might know Cara best as The Champagne Diet. I first "met" Cara in 2012??? (The OG Champagne Diet days) and have since watched her take over the world. Cara is the kindest person and also so inspirational in her hustle. I am friends with a few Cara's and my husband affectionately calls her Champagne SoulCycle to clarify which Cara I am talking about, and if that doesn't describe her I don't know what does! 

She has since published 6 books (you can find them all on Amazon) with a 7th due out soon. Follow her on all her social media channels for awesome style, self care tips, life advice and so much more. 

2. Kelly Ann Gorman - Kelly is the whole package, she has so many things going I don't know how she keeps it all together - but she does with grace and style! She hosts "The Happy Workaholic Podcast" and so so so much more. Kelly also was recently diagnosed with a very rare autoimmune disease called Neuromyelitis optica - she just finished up another round of chemo and is still producing crazy amounts of content, spreading awareness of her disease and kicking ass. 

3. Melanie Coy - I just found her adorable blog, With Love, Melanie a few weeks ago and we since have been chatting on Instagram (she seriously has the cutest feed). She is so open and honest in her blog topics and her clothes are completely on trend, yet approachable for the average shopper. It doesn't hurt that she lives in my second favorite city, Chicago. We have high hopes to meet up for a baseball game when I am there in a couple weeks! 

4. Payton Dale - Celebrity Stylist, author, model and body positive activist - Payton has an awesome style of her own and is always doing something amazing. I worked with Payton to revamp my closet a little and she was spot on. She indulges me in my love of Gucci cross-bodies and shares a common obsession with her adorable dogs as I do to Bones. Payton's book Hang up Your Hangups is available here on amazon or directly from her - pick this up for yourself, all your friends, daughters, nieces etc.  

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!