While society seems to believe that one’s “influence” is directly correlated to the number of followers they have on Instagram, we chose a different (and dare I say, authentic) approach when choosing our Leading Ladies. The women featured in our summer series, The Women’s Edit, are women who are true trailblazers in our beautiful, booming city. We wanted to highlight women who, like us, are creatives seeking to add more life and love to our community. The Women’s Edit is a salute to those making their own way, setting trends we want to follow and shifting how Nashville is viewed by the outside world. This forward-thinking group of women makes us want to do more, to be better and to challenge ourselves to tackle something new.
This week’s Lady of the Moment?
Mallory Ervin | Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger
The Nashville Edit: How did you get started in pageants and grow to be an influencer?
Mallory Ervin: I started out singing country music at a very young age. I opened for some big bands and recorded some CDs—I always thought that was the route I would take. After college, I did the Miss Kentucky pageant on a whim, which then led me to the Miss America Pageant. I was never a pageant girl at all … I was kind of a tomboy. But, in the Miss America system your talent is 35% of your score. So, I tried it and it took me really far. Miss America then opened the door to The Amazing Race and hosting shows. My blog and YouTube channel followed, and those really took off.
“I was never a pageant girl at all … I was kind of a tomboy. But, in the Miss America system your talent is 35% of your score. So, I tried it and it took me really far.”
TNE: What have you learned from pageantry?
ME: YOU always know what’s best for YOU. Deep down there were things I wanted to do, but I felt a winner did other things. I listened to coaches and other people until my last year when I did exactly what I wanted … and I won.
TNE: How do you balancing motherhood and your other passions?
ME: Motherhood made me 10 times better at the things I do. It made me more efficient and helped me let go of all the little things that don’t matter. In short, it helped me to be an even better version of myself.
“Motherhood made me 10 times better at the things I do.”
TNE: How does your morning routine get you ready for the busy day ahead?
ME: A lot of my morning is spent taking care of our son. I also do a lot of planning, goal setting, and intention work. This helps me to not waste time. I do the things I need to do and leave the rest. Also, I sometimes listen to motivational podcasts in the morning–they constantly keep me inspired during the day, which is critical to the work I do.
TNE: You’re big into manifestation. Does manifesting your goals really work?
ME: My. Gosh. YES! I am the queen of manifesting. I can literally write an exact number to the penny on my vision board for what I want to see in my bank accounts at the end of the year and I hit it, or I manifest an exact home or vacation or day (or even my milk supply) when I had my son, ha! It really is a life changer and works! That’s why I talk about it all the time. It’s unreal how well it works if you know how to do it. Vision boards are a part of it, but also getting into the right mindset and living with joy and good energy is another piece of it.
TNE: Any advice on keeping your marriage fun and romantic with the mini me’s running around?
ME: Oh, we always do date night! Every single Thursday. There are times when we are exhausted and overwhelmed, but we force ourselves to make it a priority. It’s so nice to have that time. We also check in with each other throughout the day when we get disconnected. Sounds so funny and therapy-like, but that’s how we roll.
TNE: Describe motherhood in 3 words:
ME: Magical, empowering, and overwhelming (both good and bad).
TNE: You’re known for exploring different places around Nashville. What are some of your favorites for hanging with the girls?
TNE: You and your family love to travel. Where are you going next? Any favorite destinations worth documenting?
ME: We do! We’re spending a couple of weeks in Rosemary with my family in June. It has become a tradition and is so fun with a grandchild now. It brings a whole new life to the trips! And yes, always documenting!
This or That:
Mountain views / Beach-front basking
Nashville Summers / Literally Anywhere Else in the Summer
Stripes / Polka Dots