Here at L & C, we are always on the lookout for women who inspire us by doing what they love, and today we wanted to pay tribute to all of our Boston ladies that have taken their dreams and made them a reality. Check out our list, and let us know how much these ladies inspire you!
1. Abby Larson, Style Me Pretty
Abby is the creator of the wildly successful, Style Me Pretty. Her wedding savvy site covers everything from weddings, vendors, and all the best places to go for invitations, photography, and flowers for the big day. She even recently expanded her site to include home decor. We’re always inspired by her beautiful finds, and can’t wait to see what else SMP has in store.
2. Jess Bashelor owner, The Handle Bar Cycling Studio
Jess discovered her love of group exercise right here in Boston while attending Northeastern University. Now at 26, she just opened the Handle Bar Cycling Studio in South Boston. Her classes are intense and physical, which is exactly what she loves, and by the response she’s gotten from Boston’s workout enthusiasts, they love it too!
3. Stephanie Cmar, Chef, No. 9 Park
Stephanie is Boston’s own culinary celebrity. After graduating culinary school, she started her career at the Top of the Hub. Fast forward a few years and she’s now the sous chef at No. 9 Park, as well as a star on the current season of Top Chef. With all of this experience under her belt, her next adventure is sure to be nothing short of amazing.
4. McKenzie Howarth and Sarah Kuzniar owners, the Bar Method
While both ladies knew exercises was something they loved, they only took the plunge to leave their corporate banking jobs a few years back. Living in San Francisco at the time Howard felt that the Bar Method changed her life and couldn’t wait to bring it to Boston. Now the Bar Method is one of Boston’s favorite workouts, and the studio’s success speaks for itself. We can’t wait to see what else these ladies can bring to the Boston workout scene.
5. Alisa Neely, Stylist
Alisa has been transforming the closets of Boston fashionistas for years, lending her personal shopping and styling advice to Beantowne residents. Her business, SCOUT, has also been showcased all over the fashion world. She’s one to watch out for if you’re looking for the next best place to find all of your favorite designer treasures.
6. Emma Tangoren, Entrepreneur
Emma is only a senior at Boston University, but she’s already done more than most twenty-somethings combined. She is an avid social media savant and has worked with startup companies like Foursquare, Uber, General Assembly, and Etsy. She also is a founding partner of Rough Draft Ventures, a student-led investment fund in Boston. All of this before graduating college, we can’t wait to see what she does with her degree in hand.
7. Stephanie Kaplan, Founder, Her Campus
After graduating Harvard University 3 years ago, Stephanie and her colleagues, Windsor Hanger Western and Annie Wang, created Her Campus, an online magazine targeted towards college women. The site gets over 3.3 million monthly visitors with chapters at over 230 colleges nationwide. They have also formed content partnerships with Seventeen magazine, SELF magazine, The Huffington Post, MSN, and USA Today. For the college aged girls, Her Campus is a life bible, and with Stephanie at the helm, it’s definitely going places.
8. Natalie Chassaigne Kurtzman, Blogger
Boston native Natalie Kurtzman wears many different hats. By day, she manages business development and online marketing for a PR firm. In addition, she also co-founded The Boston Day Book, a great resource for what’s going on around town. In her free time she has her own blog, Wishful Nals, which is focused on celebrations, travels, and style.
Be sure to check out our list of Chicago Women to Watch, too!