The Summer of the West Coast: Seattle

Saraheat, wander

Here we are, one week into autumn. While I absolutely love fall weather, pumpkin lattes and colorful leaves, I am sad to see summer come to a close. My husband and I had an amazing summer filled with new adventures. With all of our traveling to the west coast, I discovered that I may love the west coast more than the east coast. I don’t know if I have a strong enough case study quite yet, but there’s something wonderful in the air… or it could truly be the joy from fulfilling my wanderlust! Anyways, we loved our super short Seattle visit! We … Read More

Behind the Scenes with Meg Ragland of Plum Print

Sarahasheville, market

I’m excited to start a new series on my blog focused on getting to know inspiring professionals in Asheville, NC and beyond. When brainstorming who I wanted to interview for this series, I immediately thought of Meg Ragland, who, along with her cousin Carolyn Lanzetta, started a growing company that successfully raised a million dollars from venture capitalists and angel investors in January of this year! Meg Ragland and Carolyn Lanzetta are co-founders of Plum Print, with headquarters and production studios based at the Small Business Incubator at A-B Tech in Asheville. Plum Print digitizes art, including photos and schoolwork, and organizes the … Read More

Live Video Streaming for Business: Periscope & Blab

Sarahmarket

For business’ looking for a new way to tell their story, live streaming is a powerful way to connect with your audience from a different perspective. From behind the scenes experiences and off-the-cuff Q&A sessions to industry news and live product demos, video has the ability to connect us beyond an image or a text blog post. Though video is not a new concept to marketing, this year we’ve seen exciting new products and improvements. Beyond Youtube and podcasts, in general, the top video live-streaming tools that are currently battling for marketers attention are Google Hangouts, Meerkat, Periscope and Blab. Google Hangouts has … Read More

The Summer of the West Coast: San Francisco

Saraheat, wander

Why have I never traveled to California until this year? San Francisco is an amazing city. There is so much to do that our few days there were definitely not enough! We’ll visit again. We were so happy to stay with one of our good friends who lives in the city now and has an incredible career at Google. As soon as we arrived, we grabbed some brunch across the street from Twitter at Little Griddle. It was delicious! We tried to walk to her apartment after eating, but carrying around luggage is not super fun, so we grabbed an Uber … Read More

3 Instagram Tips for Business

Sarahmarket, wander

I am completely geeking out about our trip to San Francisco. San Francisco and Silicon Valley are tech hubs and I love the energy of the area – though I’ve never visited before! Over the past weekend, I watched The Social Network about Facebook and The Internship about Google. I am enamored with all the amazing tech start-ups and successful businesses. I’m even learning HTML5 through Udemy (another San Fran tech company) as I try to learn how to add on custom features to this blog! In honor of our trip, I wanted to write a marketing post about one of my favorite social networks … Read More

3 Benefits of Barre

Sarahasheville, dwell

With the increased public interest in ballet as shown with Misty Copeland partnering with the major athletic label Under Armour (Congrats on your promotion, Misty!!), it’s no surprise that ballet-inspired workouts are rising in popularity. [Although, I have to preface this post with a note that none of these classes are in any way a ballet class. There are no true feet and arm positions, y’all!] In Charlottesville, PureBarre has been joined by B.Core and Barre.[d], I’ve been to Pop Physique in Baltimore for some bachelorette party fun, and a few months ago, the BarreAmp workout has joined PureBarre in Asheville. So. Many. … Read More

Celebrating Year One

Sarahfete

I’ve been Mrs. Kiomall for one year. It has been an amazing year and we are so excited that this is only the beginning. I honestly can’t believe it was over a year ago that we were packing up our car and heading to Virginia to celebrate with some of our closest friends and family. We had planned our wedding weekend for just over a year and it was absolutely perfect. With the help of my sister, we settled on Wolftrap Farm in Gordonsville, Virginia, located just outside Charlottesville, as our wedding venue. We originally dreamed of a vineyard wedding … Read More

Link Love Friday: #1

Sarahdwell

Guys, summer is so close I can taste it! It’s finally Memorial Day weekend and it couldn’t come a moment too soon… the spring weather has been wonderful in Asheville and I’ve shaken off the late-winter blues and pulled out all my summer dresses and shorts. I’m ready for summer adventures to begin! My sister and her husband are visiting us in Asheville starting tonight and we have been looking forward to this visit for so long! We have so much fun planned – from breweries to hikes – and we can’t wait to get started. How is your week … Read More

The Entrepreneurial Woman & 6 Business Books to Add To Your Reading List

Sarahasheville, market

I recently joined the Young Professionals of Asheville and attended a lunch and learn focused on Women Entrepreneurs in Asheville. Laura Webb, President of Webb Investment Services, Inc. moderated the panel of previous recipients of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Women Entrepreneurs Award. The panel at the presentation included Becky Cannon, President of i play, Drue Ray, VP of SimplyHome, and Julie Stehling, Co-Owner of Early Girl Eatery and King Daddy’s Chicken and Waffle. They discussed the challenges that come with owning a business. Owning a business is far more than just having an idea and creating a product. It requires you to wear every hat … Read More

You do you, boo: Abraham.in.Motion in Asheville

Sarahart, asheville

Since moving to Asheville, I haven’t seen a lot of dance (or danced a lot for that matter), so I was stoked when I found out Abraham.in.Motion was heading this way for the spring season at Diana Wortham Theatre (DWT). Abraham.in.Motion, based in New York City, is directed and choreographed by Kyle Abraham, 2013 MacArthur Fellow (aka the “Genius Award”). The mission of his company “is to create an evocative interdisciplinary body of work” [abrahaminmotion.org]. He wants his work to be something more than just movement and become an investigation into specific concepts and influences. On the day before the show, … Read More