Ever since I started Womanista, I’ve been able to meet, connect, and be inspired by so many incredible bloggers! Not only are these women (and a few men!) talented and special, but they are equally beautiful on the inside. The blogosphere has been a really kind place to me…so I wanted to share the love and introduce you all to some of my absolute favorites – who happen to be based right in the heart of Nashville!
AnnieBlogs: Annie is one of those awesome people who lights up a room with her smile, laugh, and bright blue eyes! Her energy is positive & infectious and (not to brag!) but I’m lucky enough to know her and call her a friend. But one of the best parts about Annie? Her incredible light shines through her blog just as much as it does in person. That glow translates. And every morning when I read AnnieBlogs, I feel like I’m having a cup of coffee with her and sharing a witty aside. She’s also an acclaimed novelist (if you have a teen daughter, you MUST pick up her book Perfectly Unique! Oh, and her NEW book “Speak Love” is out next week! woop x3495843098!) On her blog, Annie tackles the topics of love, friendships, family, having fun, and what it really means to be a modern woman who loves the Lord these days. It’s like having a conversation with your best friend – who also happens to be super awesome, funny, & inspiring!
Happily Grey: This fun & fabulous fashion blog is curated by the fresh, youthful eye of Mary Seng – who happens to be gorgeous with an razor-sharp eye for style! I look forward to her almost-daily updates in my inbox because her look is always unique & modern – whether her outfits are glam or laid-back, they are always super fab (and her photos are drool-worthy!)
The Middle Page: This blog features one of the most beautiful, vibrant, and sassy fashionistas I’ve ever met, Cathy Williamson. I went to school with her kids – so that’s why I’m attaching her to Nashville – but she currently resides in Dallas. What makes her blog super-special to me is not only her passion for fashion & shopping (I certainly connect with her on that level!) but also that she’s currently battling cancer. Sigh. Yuck. Ugh. For any of you womanistas who have braved this terrible disease (or loved someone who has) I am standing right there with you – My dad wakes up every morning with cancer, and all that goes with it. And I know it sucks (sucks is actually the nicest word I can muster for cancer…and I can certainly name a few four-lettered-less-friendly words I have for it!) Anyway, Cathy’s blog puts a glamorous, fashion-forward face to women over 40 who look great without being told by a 20-year old model how to do that – and the fact that even after surgery & chemo, she still has the energy & positive attitude to put on a gorgeous outfit & sip a cocktail with girlfriends wows me beyond belief! Cathy, you are simply fabulous. And so is your blog!
Experience Nashville: I get a lot of questions about my “favorites” in Nashville, and I try to answer every email, tweet, etc., to the best of my ability…but mostly I just tell people to read “Experience Nashville” and to tweet him @experiencenash, too! This blog nails it, every time. The suggestions, reviews, & candidness are always on-point…and as a native Nashvillian I can feel confident sharing his tips about my city with you fabulous womanistas! It’s a must-read for anyone visiting, or even for locals who just want to try a new restaurant!
Kirsten Kelly: I first met Kirsten on the set of a Nashville Lifestyles photo shoot. She is funny & smart and one of the best hair & makeup artists in town (not to mention beautiful in her own right without a stitch of makeup on!) I love her blog for all of her INCRED beauty tips, but mostly because she also addresses what it means to be beautiful on the INSIDE! Yes, she can show you how to wear a fabulous lipstick, but she also talks about loving yourself, being a good person, and how inner beauty is what makes you really glow!
Style Blueprint: When it comes to great lifestyle blogs in Nashville, Style Blueprint has to always be in the top 3. These ladies pretty much pioneered the wild-west of local blogging and feature everything from great weeknight recipe ideas, to the perfect hostess gift, the latest local happenings, and let’s not forget their weekly “deals” (which seriously ALWAYS feature fabulous experiences or products for CHEAP!) Style Blueprint is the grande dame of fabulous lifestyle blogs curated for a Nashville reader. If you aren’t already a subscriber, I suggest you become one – like now!
Velvet’s Edge: Y’all, the ladies of velvet’s edge are the perfect blend of sassy + sparkly! Their blog mixes beauty (Kelly, one of the contributors, also happens to be a FAB local makeup artist!), decor (April, the other contributor is an amaze decorator!) with fashion, real life moments, & all around awesomeness. Seriously. They talk chic without being stuffy. Their blog is not only beautiful, but fun & inspiring & uplifting. You will laugh, smile, feel empowered, and walk away decorating your house on a dime while wearing a bold red lip. Just fabulous!
What about you, womanistas? What are some of your favorite blogs you are currently reading? Do any inspire you? Let me know because I’d love to check them out!
xo, the Womanista