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She’s Not Just at the Forefront of the Digital Landscape, She’s Creating It

You may think you need to be brain-deep in the social media and product marketing worlds to understand what Leslie Bradshaw does. Not so. Yes, she’s known for co-founding JESS3 back in 2006, a creative agency dedicated to social media strategy and data visualization. Yes, she pretty much was doing social media marketing before anyone was doing social media marketing. She was trending before anyone knew what trending was. Yes, she’s

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Help! My BFF Got Married!

Your bestie. Your girl. Your BFF. You had everything in common—same taste in clothes, music, and guys. You could finish each other’s sentences and crack each other up with a mere smirk or raised eyebrow. You agreed on virtually everything and naturally assumed your lives would progress along parallel paths. But then . . . she got married. She met her prince and took off to happily ever after, while

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5 Ways to Wear Confidence on the Inside and Out

Growing up an introverted child, I loved expressing myself through painting, music, and cooking. But once I reached my 20s, it all changed. I went dark and was diagnosed with generalized anxiety. I had problems facing the world head on with confidence, so instead I isolated myself and lived in fears. This caused panic attacks, self-doubt, comparisons, and lack of self-esteem and confidence. I really felt the struggle. Over the years,

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How To Figure Out Your Skin Type with Celeb Dermatologist Dr. Leslie Baumann

Happy Spring, peeps! I’ve been feeling the spring-cleaning vibes over here at chez SLF, and as such, have been ditching any and all things (physical and meta) that I no longer need to hold on to. Case in point: My overflowing stash of beauty products. There are some I’ve tried once and didn’t like, there are some I haven’t tried and hope to one day get to, there are some

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Cup of Charisma: Pajamas for Work? Meet Bammies (This is Not a Drill)

Jillian Goltzman, writer, journalist and founder of Cup of Charisma, did me a solid and penned a piece on her blog about Bammies, this site, and my entrepreneurial journey. Let’s get real: Friday mornings like today can be a real test of willpower. We have to roll out of our comfortable beds, shower, put on makeup, mentally prepare for the homestretch before the weekend and get dressed in those intolerable slacks we

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11 Ways to Feel More You on IWD2016

It’s International Women’s Day, peeps! The way I see it, this day is about celebrating who we are, where we’ve come from, where we’re going, and who’s coming with us. I’m just so inspired and elated and joyful watching all the #IWD2016 goodness exploding around the Interwebz today. For International Women’s Day, I’ve teamed up with U by Kotex and Sweet Spot Labs who remind us of our power. Period. (WINK.)

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She’s Using the Power of Words to Make a Dent

Happy Monday, people! Remember last week when I told you I’d have a follow-up to Friday’s Q&A with Alissa Trumbull? Well, I wasn’t lying. Presenting the lovely Jade Phillips. Refresher: Jade is the other have of #BizGalz, a weekly Twitter chat that tackles the issues in career and life no one is talking about, but ones women are dying to know and understand deeper. Such things as how to effectively

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This Woman Is Making Social Sense of Social Media to Make a Difference

As I dance my way through this digital world, I’m finding the key to making social media a success is making it personal. You gotta take the online offline to substantiate any relationship, professional or romantic or otherwise. So today, I’m chatting with someone who gets this. Someone who’s soul-deep in social media marketing and who is fueled by using these channels to bring women together and create a stronger

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Real Talk, Episode 5: Natalia Martinez-Kalinina x #RealTalkwithJFC

Welcome back for another episode of Real Talk, the show that celebrates you for BEING, not DOING. Today’s guest is Natalia Martinez-Kalinina, a multi-talented resident boss of a woman is making big sh*t happen in Miami and beyond. Here’s more on what Natalia does: Natalia is an organizational psychologist, strategist, and technologist focused on merging innovation, entrepreneurship, and community impact. She focuses on creating communities that are true ecosystems, most

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Lady Bits: I Ain’t Afraid Of No Ghost

As The Washington Post has kindly brought to my attention this morning, THE NEW GHOSTBUSTERS TRAILER IS ALIVE!! The trailer is out for the new “Ghostbusters” movie, starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Wiig and McCarthy are reuniting with their “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig for his remake of the 1980s hit starring Bill Murray. It comes out July 15. This totally deserves its own post. So that

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9 Pieces of Dating Advice from a Psychic Matchmaker

If Tinder’s not working for you, maybe it’s time to get metaphysical. Deborah Graham, the psychic relationship coach from TLC’s “The Psychic Matchmaker,” has been helping people find their psychic match for decades. And now, lucky for those of you perhaps not-so-lucky in love, she’s released a new book, Get Your Head Out of Your App: A Psychic’s Guide to Attracting and Keeping True Love. A few clips show she’s a firecracker

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Lady Bits: The Future of Fashion | Wage Gap Apps Helps You Split The Bill Accordingly | Hollywood Is on #TeamKesha | Party with Oprah & Friends

All the lady news that you need to know this week. Our pill capsule for fall16 #positivity #love #kindness and note the prescriptions on the shoe heels! A photo posted by alice + olivia by StaceyBendet (@aliceandolivia) on Feb 25, 2016 at 12:25pm PST   Whimsical fashion brand Alice + Olivia just Instagrammed the future of fashion: Clothing that makes you feel good. Their positive vibes pill capsule collection is part of

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How To Love Yourself Even If You Have No Clue Where To Start

When we talk about self-love, sometimes it’s a foreign concept for some. Most, even. It begs the question, What does self-love look like, sound like, and most importantly, FEEL like?  After all, if you’ve never had it, how in the heck are you supposed to imagine it? If we’re lucky, we eventually find a cheerleader who can help us get there. If we’re #blessed, we’ll find a role model who’s

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Can Nice Guys Finish First? Yes! But…

I’ve recently found myself brain-deep in discussion and contemplation about nice guy behavior. Namely, as I was told, nice guys are around (everywhere, in fact) they’re just… waiting for you to make the first move. Cue the “UGH.” I’ve heard that the theory behind this nice-guy tactic of waiting in the wings comes from the assumption (sometimes backed by first-person experience, I’m sure) that, after a night of being relentlessly

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How To Get Rid of a Stage 5 Clinger (Or Anyone, Really)

Soo…. You’ve Tindered your way to a match. Congrats. The only problem is—and this is outside of the horrifying fact that your Tinder is a little less the JT look-alike his profile pic presented and entirely more ALF—you’re not feeling the feller. Many a reason could be the culprit, but it doesn’t really matter why you two aren’t clicking, you just ain’t. And what’s worse, is that Creepy McGee is pushy.

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The Mentorship Program You’ll Want To Be A Part Of

The benefits of mentorship and investing in girls’ education have been well documented. There’s no argument there. So it’s especially smile-inducing to find organizations and strong female leadership that have rallied around this cause. One such visionary is Kaye Popofsky Kramer, founder of Step Up, an LA-based nonprofit that “inspire[s] professional women to inspire teen girls through after-school and mentorship programs.” Step Up believes “you can’t be what you can’t see.”

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Her Instagram Explains What Feminism Really Is (In Case Anyone Forgot)

I really have the utmost respect for peeps who put themselves and their beliefs out into this world. Like, OUT THERE, out there. With no apologies and no backing down. That’s what you’ll find with Candace Reels, founder of the runaway Instagram hit, Female Collective, which now has it’s own site. The Female Collective is about celebrating women; because us women are beautiful, powerful beings that can achieve anything we set

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Love Hack, Baby: Can You Fall In Love Through Texting?

If I told you there was an easy way to “hack” this whole love game, would you try it? Whoa, let’s not get ahead of ourselves! Let me explain first. Around this time last year, a New York Times article titled “titled “No. 37: Big Wedding Or Small?” went viral. The article contained 36 questions that, when shared with another person, supposedly led to love. The questions are divided into

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Love Is… Not Obligatory Valentine’s Day Gifts

A little Valentine’s Day humor (and hopefully some insight). Also, these may or may not be real-life examples. (Hey, boo.)

Real Talk, Episode 4: Amy Dannheim x #RealTalkwithJFC

It’s Episode 4 of Real Talk! Whoooo! Today, we’re sitting with Amy Dannheim. Here’s what Amy does: A leader in the Miami yoga community, Amy is a yoga teacher, writer and creator. Her popular group classes are layered with humor, great music and good vibes, drawing inspiration from her personal practice and travels. Amy’s teaching showcases her creativity and love for a great flow as she encourages you to discover

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Lady Bits: Swipe Right for Confidence | Full Frontal Goes Full Throttle | How To Be a Genuine Leader | Feminist Lingerie

The lady news you need to know. Shine Text is a new app from cofounders Marah Lidey, 26, and Naomi Hirabayashi, 32, that’s designed to help you think positively and close the Confidence Gap that exists between you and your male coworker who seems to get all the breaks. Now you can spend your subway commute busting through all those limiting beliefs that are holding you back from finding the love

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Need Better Friends? This App Will Help You Find Them

Making friends as an adult woman is hard. Shoot, making friends as an adolescent woman or a teen or a grade-school-aged girl can be hard. The problem is finding like-minded homegurls that aren’t trying to compete with you, one-up you, make themselves feel better about their own insecurities by putting you down, or steal your job or your man. Female-on-female hate is real, people. And co-founders (and besties) Diana Murakhovskaya and

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A Women’s Magazine That Cares Less About Who You Should Be and More About Who You Are

As you know, I’m here trying to do my part to change the way media speaks to women, to positively align mass communication messages to match who we truly are and what we really need and want. A few scrolls through Verily magazine, and it quickly becomes obvious as to why I wanted to reach out to their co-founder, Kara Eschbach. Verily is a women’s fashion and lifestyle website that’s

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Real Talk, Episode 3: Emily Cassel x #RealTalkwithJFC

Today’s episode of Real Talk, the show the celebrates you for BEING, not DOING, is with my friend, women’s leadership coach, and all-around inspiration, Emily Cassel. Oh, there are so many beautiful words to describe Emily and her essence. I’ve told you a bit about her here, and we chatted a bit here, and I could wax poetic for another 12 years, but you’re here for a video. And you’re here

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5 Conscious Valentine’s Day Gifts Under $50

That’s a lame article title, we know. But it doesn’t lie. Redeeming factor, right? As you could imagine, we’re not huge traditionalists when it comes to Valentine’s Day. We’re more for year-round love, and we don’t think it’s just for the romantically involved. So our gift guide here is full of conscious, compassionate presents you can give to anyone in your life to spread the unconditional love, whether romantic or

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Get Happier in 2016 by Following This Instagram Account

We could all use that one friend who’s perennially happy, couldn’t we? The one with seemingly boundless energy, who’s always smiling and ready to find the positive in any situation. That would be Kelli Davis, founder of The Happsters, “a happiness blog dedicated to making other people happy and letting others know when they make us happy.” As she explains on her blog, Kelli’s always been a huge fan of

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Make These 7 Online Dating Profile Updates to Date Better on Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about bagging that date. Dating goals work similarly to career goals: You determine what you want, then break down that larger goal into actionable steps. Goal 1: Date smarter and better. Step 1: Revamp your online dating profile to attract who you truly want. These days, one in three people now finds love online. So, your

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A New, Better Spin on Girl Talk

I’m all about getting real. The realer, the better, as far as I’m concerned. Clearly. So when I happened upon GirlTalk, a new video platform that’s helping women share their real-life narratives, I was on it like Rob Kardashian on Blac Chyna (too soon?). Basically, I was thrilled to see another outlet join the ranks of collectively empowering women through story telling. Who’s behind this brilliance? A one Ifrah Hassan.

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Real Talk, Episode 2: Glass Battles x #RealTalkwithJFC

Today is a special day. Because today we have our first audience-submitted episode of Real Talk, the show that celebrates you for being, not doing. Hooray! On today’s show (ha!), we have Sean Augustine of Los Angeles-based spook pop band Glass Battles. (Yup. You read that right. And I will be neither surprised, nor upset, if I now lose your attention to their Soundcloud, which I’m linking to right here. Not

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A Podcast That Helps You Answer, Who Am I?

Being that I took a while to get to a more purposeful place of living, I am ECSTATIC when someone starts to figure it out earlier in life. At 22 years old, Alexandra Cadiz is coming in hot all the way from Seattle with her AWESOME podcast, Be Real. I’ve had the sincerest pleasure of being a guest on Alex’s Be Real and no WONDER she has such a dedicated

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