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Trailblazers: North End & Downtown

The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around North End & Downtown that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Colby Correnti

I am a licensed aesthetician in the state of Massachusetts who has worked both independently (as well as for a variety of salons and beauty spas) for nearly a decade. With over 8 years of experience in the field, I take pride in helping men and women all over New England look and feel their absolute best. Read more>>

Nancy Chen

I first started my blog, Approaching Paleo, when I was a junior in college. I’d been going through a lot of digestive issues, mostly from severe food poisoning when I was abroad, my extremely high-stress lifestyle and my then-struggle with an eating disorder. Read more>>


At the end of senior year of high school, back in 2014, I was bored. I was in limbo: I had just applied to colleges, and it would be a few months before I would hear back. So I decided that since I was buying so much makeup, I would give myself an excuse to buy even more, by starting a blog. In 2014, I started, strictly for makeup reviews and little anything else. Read more>>

Graciela Rivas Leslin

I have an International Business Degree, but fashion has always been my passion! My calling in fashion started when I got my first sewing machine a few years back as a present, which launched my career as a self-taught Fashion Designer. Read more>>

Shauna Gallagher

I was writing and creating for various clients but nothing that spoke to me personally. I was always the friend my circle would come to, to ask where I got that top or makeup or what should we do tonight? It was a natural fit to take these finds to the blog where I could share them with a larger audience in a space where I could get creative without restraints! Read more>>

Kimberley Pendleton

Kimberley Pendleton is a British born, independent designer whose work shows under the name of The Waughdrobe and Boston Millinery. She specializes in vintage style headwear with a unique and vibrant flare. Read more>>

Gabriella Glady Sanda, Raissa Anastasia Talehata

The idea started when I got inspired by people who share their photos and videos to express their lifestyles through one of the most powerful social media platforms, thanks to Instagram! I love anything related to fashion, and I realized that Instagram had become a mean to get inspired and to share who you are. Read more>>

Madeline Kawalek

Growing up in Maplewood, NJ with a passion for musical theatre, I was exposed to makeup artistry from a young age in the behind-the-scenes of my shows. Inspired by the artists ability to bring characters to life, makeup soon became my favorite creative outlet. Having received a letter of recommendation to the makeup program from Bobbi Brown, I was led to pursue The Business of Cosmetics at Emerson College in Boston, MA. Read more>>

Ali Singer

I’ve always wanted to start a business and have been coming up with ideas for as long as I can remember. I started practicing yoga out of a love for movement and fitness, but it was the meditation and philosophy that made my life much better and kept me coming back to my mat. Read more>>

Christine Mince

Fitness wasn’t always a passion for me, sure I’ve been active my whole life, but I always struggled with my body image. I would work out for hours a day and eat as little as possible, never happy with what I saw in the mirror. But then one day, it was like something flipped in my mind and instead of constantly fighting against what I looked like, I worked with it and discovered my love of running and lifting and just being strong.  Read more>>

Elizabeth Ryan

It was about 3 years ago that I started my blog, I was living on Cape Cod and wanted a way to escape my daily life and after the encouragement of my mother, I stopped being afraid to write and instead embraced my gift for words. A year after, I started my blog, I decided that I wanted it to be a resource for women, somewhere that they could go to find inspiration and a platform for my family to keep up to date on my life. Read more>>

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