I am super excited to have Shalyn Nelson as this week’s feature! When I first ventured into lifestyle blogging, I stumbled onto to Shay’s blog and said “Yup, this is the EXACT feel I want for my blog.” Shay is optimistic, hard-working, humble and hilarious. She’s always talking about twerking when she’s in a good mood and we share a similar love for Beyonce 🙂

She owns a photography business, Love, The Nelsons, with her husband Drew, whom she affectionately refers to as DDHP (Drew Drew Hot Pants) and they live together in Austin, Texas. I have a special place in my heart for photographers because it really is NO JOKE. I had the pleasure of talking to Shay about her business, advice for aspiring entrepreneurs and how she balances her work life with her marriage!

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You’re always talking about blaring Beyonce’ music! What’s your favorite Beyonce song of all time?

Gosh. This is tough! Her latest album is sooo good. I guess I’d say Flawless! #iwokeuplikedissss

You always have such a positive attitude! What do you do when you’re feeling down?

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I can’t remember exactly how I found Lauren Legato’s beauty channel on YouTube, but it was about a year or two ago. I was drawn in by her super positive personality, her helpful beauty tips and her openness to talking about Jesus. Lauren recently opened up to her 50,000 subscribers about how she will not be dating anyone for a year to use that time to work on her relationship with Jesus.

I had the pleasure of talking with this beauty about her new decision, tips for starting or improving a Youtube channel, and so much more!

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Where would you like to see your youtube channel in the next year?

I’m hoping that my YouTube viewership continues to grow, of course. I love sharing what I’ve learned about hair and makeup, and also sharing my take on style and fashion. But more than anything, I’m hoping to open up a lot more in the next year. I have been through so many things that I know I could speak about to help someone else.

Are you still singing? If so, when can we expect new material? 🙂

This is such a great question. YES! I am definitely still singing. All summer I’ve been recording new material. I think by the top of next year you will start to hear more originals by me, but until then there will of course be covers

What made you start your channel?

The first YouTuber I ever watched was Da1NOnlyMixedQt (Tiffany Darlyn). I just thought what she was doing was so cool and I wanted to do the same thing. I loved the idea of having your every day girl sharing tips and beauty advice. But deep down I always wanted to eventually open up and talk from experience about things all girls go through.

What tips do you have for other women who want to get started on YouTube?

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Bonnie Bakhtiari is the beauty behind b is for bonnie design and shop. Bonnie works with other entrepreneurs like herself to help them build their brand and define the core of their business. She also creates BEAUTIFUL prints!

I found Bonnie through Instagram and was instantly drawn to how bright and inviting her pictures were. Her blog posts are always positive and God-filled. I had the pleasure of talking to Bonnie about pursing entrepreneurship, balancing work/home life, and more!

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What did you want to do before starting BisforBonnie Design?

Before I took b is for bonnie design full-time, I planned on pursuing a career in non-profit communications, actually! I’ve always had a heart for non-profit work and I wanted to use my love of the written word, social media management and PR to help others. I started b is for bonnie design during my final college semester and took it full-time after my wedding that summer. Once I got a taste of working one-on-one with my branding clients, I knew that I’d found a position that gave me a chance to help creative business owners build strong brands AND feed my passion for design. Totally a win-win situation. 🙂

 

Was the transition from journalism to BisforBonnie an easy one for you? 

Of course, switching from one career field to another always comes with a few adjustments, but I’d have to say that the transition was fairly smooth. My journalism experience not only prepared me for crafting strong, succinct copy for my website and brand messaging, but it also gave me a solid appreciation of working on deadline. I like to think that learning how to design and layout broadsheets during my freshman year really laid the foundation for my current love of graphic design!

 

What, in your opinion, is the best thing about being an entrepreneur? 

Oh, that’s a tough one! I love the flexibility that comes with being able to set your own schedule. My husband is in the Air Force and since we move about every two years, it really comes in handy having the ability to set my own hours or take my business with me whenever we move. But I’d have to say the absolute best thing about being an entrepreneur is the endless opportunities it provides. Whenever a big new idea strikes, you have the freedom to incorporate it into your business should you see fit. A healthy business is always growing and constantly refining itself, which gives you plenty of opportunities to implement new ideas or revise tried and true practices. The sky truly is the limit!

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Emily Raleigh is a twenty something at Fordham University and  Founder of the international sisterhood, The Smart Girls Group. SGG, which started out as a magazine, grew to be an international sisterhood. The group had it’s first conference last month, featuring notable speakers such as Jill Abramson, Executive Editor of The New York TimesD’Arcy Rudnay, Chief Communications Officer of Comcast Corporation and Kayla Webley, Senior Editor of Marie Claire!

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How inspiring is a twenty something who started her own POSITIVE business, while still in school? I’m talking with Emily about how she started the business and how she balances in all in this interview!

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In your most recent blog post, you talked about how a few people close to you said that you should aim low when requesting speakers for the Smart Girls Conference. What was another moment where you didn’t aim low and it worked out well for you?

When we relaunched Smart Girls Group last fall, most people thought we were in over our heads to be developing new platforms and not solely sticking to a magazine, but we knew that Smart Girls Group was meant to be more than just a magazine. In the end, it made us a better company and it enhanced the community around Smart Girls Group. I don’t ever get frustrated when people tell me to aim low, though. It makes sense and in some instances, has definitely helped me.

In your opinion, what was the best part about the conference? Will you do something differently next year?

The best part of the conference was for sure the attendees. There were girls there who I have been working with for upwards of two years now, but were on the other side of the country. It was such an incredible, humbling experience to see so many of the Smart Girl Sisters in one room.

There are definitely things we will improve upon because that’s our responsibility, but we will be taking the 2014 attendees’ opinions into major consideration with every move we make. It’s exciting to think about what is next for the Smart Girls Conference and we have a few things up our sleeve already that I know will surprise people.

When your not changing the world, what do you do for fun?

I currently live in New York City, but my home will always be on Long Beach Island, which is one of the barrier islands on the Jersey Shore. I’ve grown up 20 steps from the beach, so I’m very into sailing, kayaking, running on the beach, and riding around town on my rusty beach bike. It’s a great place to spend time with family and close friends because there is so much to do.

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Clare Brown Menelley is a fashion blogger and the Social Media mastermind behind Maybelline and Essie! I have been following Clare for months because her fashion sense is so creative, but not TOO far gone to the point where I wouldn’t be able to recreate her outfits myself.

 


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With the help of her husband, who takes most of the amazing photos you see on her blog, Clare has developed the fun and super-inspiring ClaraBelleBlog. I had the chance to talk with Clare about life, advice on breaking into the fashion industry, and beauty tips!

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How did you get your start in working for such a huge makeup brand?
When I first moved to NYC I got a job at a digital agency working in entertainment. At that job I learned that I loved the digital side of managing brands, but I have always wanted to work in fashion or beauty. So I made the transition to working at an agency that specialized in beauty — and I have worked in beauty ever since!

What is your staple makeup product?
Blush. Blush is instant prettiness. It wakes up the face and makes you look alive.

You do a great job at putting pieces from different outfits together and creating a whole new look. What do you think is the “essential” piece every girl needs in her wardrobe to pull everything together? (Besides an LBD)
I would say there are a few: a good bra, a crisp white button down, a great pair of jeans, and a great blazer. I would also say that if you want to minimize your wardrobe, but still make it stretch, start by culling down on color and only buy things in neutral colors. You can mix and match black, white and grey clothing for months!

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On Saturday I was blessed with two amazing opportunities: I was given the title of Woman of the Quarter by a non-profit in my area called Peek-A-Boo Pretty Girl. I was so excited that I was even given that opportunity! The organization has such a great mission to empower young women and I was super honored that they saw me fit to be a special guest of honor.

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I also got the chance to see my best friend perform an original spoken word piece at a local event called Souls and Substance. This is a place where young performing artist can come and perform their original works in front a bunch of twenty somethings (wayyy better than the club on a Saturday night, am I right?)  Now, I’ll be the first to tell you that I am NOT a huge fan of spoken word. My best friend’s spoken word pieces are the only ones that I enjoy lol. But she did great, as usual.

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Of course, Rob and I vlogged the whole night for a new episode of ModernDayColemans. I was appreciate Rob so much for doing all of this stuff with me last weekend and being a great supporter 🙂

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You can see our vlog below. It also includes the given that was given for me, my best friend’s performance and a snippet of Brie Nurse’s Love is You cover. Enjoy!

 

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Last Wednesday, I met two of my favorite bloggers, Lara Casey and Erin Caroll from BlueEyedBride.

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I can’t even remember how I stumbled upon Lara Casey’s website; all I know is, once I found it she became an instant role model for me! Working from home creating her own magazine, blogging, consulting AND writing books while being a happy wife with a daughter, all while serving the Lord Jesus Christ?! My dreams, personified.

Erin Caroll is from the same hometown as me, and I didn’t even realized that until after I stumbled upon her blog and marveled at how warm and positive it made me feel. I skimmed more than a few blog posts before I realized we were probably minutes away from each other!

You may have seen me mention wanting to go to the MakingThingsHappen conference in October (a few days AFTER my birthday) but, I just don’t think I will be able to afford it 🙁 I was a little down, because I really wanted to hear Lara Casey speak in person since her posts are always so inspiring. So, I prayed about it.

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So, you took the advice I had for you in this post  on securing a job after graduation and now you’ve secured the interview, yay! Now, let’s nail the interview with these tips:

Dress to Impress: Far to often do I see twentysomethings go into a job interview with an untucked shirt, a skirt too short/tight, or wrinkles (and I’m an advocate for not ironing clothes, so this is serious coming from me, lol!). You should dress in a way that will make you stand out –in a good way. A nice suit, a business like, knee length dress/skirt or slacks with a blazer would be appropriate for a job interview. Apparently, us twentysomethings already give off the “entitled, could careless” vibe, so the best way to prove them wrong is to DRESS the part! You are SERIOUS about getting this job.

Firm Handshake: When meeting your interviewer for the first time, give them a FIRM handshake (not too firm, don’t break their hand!) this shows confidence.

Phone Etiquette: Try not to scroll through your Twitter or Instagram feeds during the interview. This sounds like a no-brainer, but since we do it so often, we kind of scroll through our phone subconsciously sometimes. The best thing to do in a job interview is to turn your phone OFF, and put it in your pocket or purse.

-Phone Interviews: DON’T be that person that texts in the middle of a phone interview! Find the quietest room in your house (this was super hard for me) and let your roommates know that you’ll be doing an interview around that time. How embarrassing would it be to have someone yell random, inappropriate outbursts in the middle of your job interview.

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valentines dayyyyHappy Valentine’s Day everyone! Whoever you are spending it with, I hope your day is filled with love and happiness!

As some of you may know (especially if you follow me on any social network!) My boyfriend Rob and I have a YouTube channel called the ModernDayColemans. We’ve been vlogging our randomness and relationship advice for about 3 1/2 months now! We’re  young couple (we’re both 22) but we try to give advice about the things we actually do know about haha.

(If you want a more detailed post about Rob and I, just let me know!)

We talk about different things and act silly, loud and have fun. Since it’s Valentine’s Day weekend I thought I’d share some of the videos we have that are “romance related”.

Our Couples 1-2-3 Tag (Which, was kind of a fail LOL )

10 Creative and Inexpensive Date Ideas!

We also have a little something for the long distance couples 🙂 

Another Date idea: For Rob’s birthday, I took him to see his favorite team the NY Knicks!

For my birthday, he took me out for a day and threw me a surprise dinner!

Let me know what you guys think about our channel, and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE!

What are your Valentine’s Day plans? Comment below!

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It’s been while since I’ve done a Twenty Something Series post, but we are back at it! This time I am featuring the beautiful and talented Kelly Gibbons, a former classmate of mine!

Kelly made the decision to leave school and move from South Carolina to L.A. to pursue a career in acting and singing.  Find out more about Kelly below in this interview,  plus some of my favorite original songs by her!

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What made you decide to move to LA?
My dad’s sister has been living out here and working in the entertainment industry for over 25 years. We started visiting CA when I was about 4, and that was around the time I discovered the world of music and theater and became really passionate about it. I decided that I wanted to eventually end up here and that was that. So, I guess it’s a goal I have been working to achieve for about 18 years now.

Was it a scary decision?
The decision wasn’t as scary as realizing that I was going to have to be 100% on my own from here on out. I have been pretty independent since I was around 17/18, but my parents were always right up the street in case anything was to go terribly wrong. The scariest thing is just the reality that I am actually a real adult now.

How did your parents feel about the move?
I am lucky to have one of the most supportive families in the world. They have been to every show since the very first concert I put on in my living room when I was 5. They were a little apprehensive about me being so far from home, just because I have never lived more than 30 miles away from them, but they know how head-strong I have been my whole life about getting out here to work on expanding my creative path a little more.

What do you hope to gain from the move?
I don’t think there is any one particular gain that I want from it, I just enjoy experiencing new and different things. Moving from Columbia, SC to Los Angeles is like moving to a whole new world. There are natural pro’s and con’s for both places, but it’s less about specific gains for me and more about coming into my own and figuring out who I a
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I am not even 100% sure that I will stay in LA for the rest of my life, I only knew I was moving out here about 2 weeks before it happened! But I think that this is the right place for me to start and I’m really excited to see where it leads from here.

How do you like LA so far?
I am loving it! Parking is a pain, but the weather is amazing and the people have been great.

 What was the hardest thing about moving?
The hardest thing about moving was spending every dime I have getting out here and having to start my savings back from scratch, haha! It’s not easy trying to save money and start a new life at the same time! It was hard leaving my family and friends, but staying in touch these days is so easy with all of the technology that we interact with on a daily basis.

There’s always a downside to being so far from friends but I’ve learned one of the good things about people is that if they are a good friend, they’re locked in for life. It’s hard to miss people who you talk to everyday! The time-zone difference isn’t that fun; I am three hours ahead of everyone back home so sometimes when I get off work and want to FaceTime a friend, they will already be in bed. But all in all, its not really like leaving my friends, its more like expanding my friend circle.

What type of music do you like to sing the most?
I would never be able to answer that! I have had so much exposure to so much music in my 22 years of life that I can’t even pick a favorite genre to listen to! My dad raised me on The Beatles and Chicago and The Eagles, and then in high school I was into the punk-pop/indie/emo thing. Back home I worked in a record store for the better part of 3 years and I got really into classic and current R&B and cool, current, underground indie bands. I guess it would depend on my mood. I like to sing the songs that understand how I feel at the time.

Who are your musical/theatrical influences?
My influences are constantly changing. Right now I am really into Lana Del Rey. I love Amy Winehouse and John Legend. I am getting into Lorde, as she keeps coming out with new things. I am also really into mainstream artists like Katy Perry and Kings of Leon. Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine has an incredible vocal belt.

Theatrically Kristen Chenoweth and Idina Mendzel are untouchable. Taye Diggs is up there with those two. All of them also translate to film beautifully. Cinematically, I would say I love the passion that Leo DiCaprio puts in his work. Natalie Portman is amazing at connecting with different kinds of characters. I think Lizzy Caplan is very up-and-coming. With theater and film it’s so different because an actor can be defined as good or bad with just one role. If the wrong person is cast for a role it can ruin them pop-culturally as an actor, even if they’re amazing. It’s very cut-throat!

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you would rather pursue your dreams than go to school?

At one point, I did think that I was going to go to college. I had been accepted into SCAD in Savannah and spent a lot of my senior year making the final plans to move to Georgia. I don’t know why, but I never felt a connection with the idea of college. I sort of felt like I was doing the things I could to make my parents happy. They have always been very focused on education and my sister did everything in order and so I was trying to fall in line, but my heart wasn’t really in it.

I have a hard time committing to something when my heart doesn’t, so I felt very conflicted. I knew that I wanted to do music or acting, and I knew that those things didn’t necessarily require a degree for success. I felt that spending 4 years in a classroom studying about those things wouldn’t help me progress as quickly as going out into the world and grasping them for myself. I ended up having a few hiccups in my senior year and ultimately college didn’t go as planned, but I’m not disappointed in myself for not going.

I took a year off from the education system, but I eventually went to a technical college… for 3 weeks. I knew myself too well to think that I could feign interest in academia for a whole semester. But all-in-all, I wouldn’t be where I am if I had gone down that path. College degree or not, I am living the life that I have wanted to for the majority of my life.

I am working on a top rated television show, working towards releasing my first music demo, and making connections in this industry that might not have been possible if I had gone down a different path. I am extremely happy, and I can’t wait to see what else life has in store for me.

Check out Kelly’s YouTube Channel here!

Here are a few of my favorites:

If you are a twentysomething doing something great or you just have an interesting story to tell, email me at india@TheReddBlogger.com and let’s talk about getting you featured on here! #Positivity

So far we’ve had a two twentysomethings who are engaged and live in LA, a twentysomething who’s been shot twice and survived, my own personal experience of being in Seventeen Magazine, my quest for abs, a twentysomething who’s studied abroad and now HATES clubbing, one of my favorite YouTube Gurus, and my own personal disdain for the club (is this unheard of for a twentysomething? Let me know.)

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