Alecia currently interviews some of today’s biggest celebrities on the Emmy award winning entertainment news show, EXTRA. Previously, she was co-host of CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown and #1 Music and a Movie, Live from the Red Carpet. Her hosting credits include E! News Live, (E! Entertainment), For Better or For Worse (TLC), Hollywood 411, Close Up (Dolly Parton/ Faith Hill), Big Movie Premiere, What’s On DVD, The Sexy Stars of Country Music, Grammy’s Live from the Red Carpet (TV Guide Network) Hollywood Dailies, Fashion Fanatics (Reelz Channel) XYZ at the Movies (ABC Family), AXS TV, Give and Take Radio (WLAC Radio) Country Weekly Magazine.
Content creator and creative mind, Alex Hendrickson began writing professionally when she arrived in Nashville — and the coolness of the city captured her interest. Alex pens editorial pieces for publications and websites, in topics ranging from food and travel to design and culture. She is most interested in engaging in the creative community and sharing stories to showcase Nashville’s sea of inspiring folks.
Recognized for her energetic and vibrant style, Ashley Hylbert is an in-demand portrait, editorial and lifestyle photographer. There is a directness, authenticity and electricity conveyed in her images, which results in a connectedness between subject and viewer. She has steadily immersed herself in capturing her subjects in her unique style. When she’s not working she loves to take a hike, workout with some Barre3, or watch movies and eat Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food ice cream!
If there’s anything Carmen Mabry knows, it’s beauty. As one of the most experienced professional makeup artists in the beauty, skincare and fashion industries, we are happy this chick calls Nashville her home. She believes true beauty comes from within and that great makeup starts with great skin. While she has worked alongside leading brands such as Lancôme, Chanel, BY Terry and Omorovicza, her passion for consulting and writing have allowed her to share all her insider tips and tricks on all things beauty.
Described publicly by the Beverly Hills Mayor as “Oprah before Oprah was Oprah,” tv & podcast host, social media influencer, actor, food & wine connector and purveyor of joy, Dawn McCoy, is a personality… and not just in a “TV personality” kind of way. In addition to her role as Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive BOLD Ambassador and CEO of her content creation company, Dawn McCoy Media, her popular #DawnsDestinations travel pieces and #DineAndDishWithDawn food & wine posts currently reach millions of people in the social media space, all looking to Dawn’s tips for where to travel to and dine. Find her: @iamDawnMcCoy on Instagram.
Ellen’s passion for luxury publications started at a young age. At fourteen, she began a modeling career that allowed her to be part of a world she had seen and admired in magazines since she first picked up her mom’s Vogues. Ellen has worked in the Nashville modeling scene for the last couple years and is now using her media and editorial experience to combine her love for fashion and writing for Edit. Ellen’s idea of luxury involves timeless fashion, foamy cappuccinos, fantastic wine and her cat, Callahan.
Music City native Heather Byrd has dedicated more than two decades to covering and promoting the entertainment scene in Nashville. From serving as a columnist at The Tennessean for nearly a decade and creating annual publicity campaigns for Lightning 100’s Live On The Green Music Festival, to helping develop television and branded content series for one of Nashville’s leading production companies, Taillight, Heather’s work in the entertainment industry led her to being named one of Nashville’s Most Influential Women by the Nashville Business Journal. In off hours, Heather loves to see new places with her adventure buddy and husband, Joel.
Born and raised in Nashville, Hugh has established himself as the city’s premier event designer and lifestyle expert. After graduating Belmont University in Music Business Management, he initially interned with WTVF-TV NewsChannel 5 on their daytime talk show “Talk of the Town”, and then eventually partnered with music industry power broker Anita Hogin to form H Three Events in 2007. While firmly established as Nashville’s go-to expert for events and weddings for A-list celebrities that include actress Nicole Kidman, and country superstars Wynonna, Reba, Jake Owen, George Strait, Martina McBride, Kenny Rogers and Kings of Leon Rocker Nathan Followill. Hugh has been featured across the country on CMT, ABC TV, PEOPLE MAGAZINE, INSTYLE MAGAZINE, USA TODAY, and BRIDES offering his unique, fun approach as a Lifestyle Expert with his trademark style & sense of humor distinctively branded “Hughlarious”!
Jami-lyn Fehr is a photographer and content creator with a high fashion focus. She completed her BFA in Fashion Merchandising at Belmont University and is in the process of obtaining her Master of Marketing from Vanderbilt University. She actively keeps up with fashion industry news and thrives during “fashion months” September and February. Outside of fashion she loves hockey, eating great food and travel. Oh, and her style icon? Blake Lively.
Jennifer has been a competitive athlete for over thirty years and has competed in marathons, triathlons and even a Half Ironman Race. When she moved back to NYC ten years ago, she began walking her dogs in Central Park and fell in love with the routine. Being surrounded by nature in the middle of NYC, she developed a passion for photography. Now, Jennifer has a video series called Walk with Walsh, where she interviews people while strolling through Central Park. Jennifer always offers TNE some insight into the effects of nature on the brain—something us Nashvillians value in our landlocked city.
A native Tennessean, wife, and mom of two, Kacie has always had a passion for living life as healthy as possible. As a former personal trainer and present trainer at SHED Fitness in Belle Meade, physical fitness has always been her passion. She has been able to use her time on the Bachelor as a springboard to connect with others and share her life with her followers. She is also the founder of Modern Southern Mother and enjoys sharing all things “motherhood.” Kacie will be sharing how to stay committed to your fitness routine and prioritizing your all over wellness.
Kate Wilke, also known as Meditate Kate, is our Nashvillian meditation and yoga guru. She is the Lead Yoga Instructor at City Fit Concierge, and she also teaches for Climb Nashville, Madison Ryan Yoga, and Flourish Meditation. When she’s not helping others learn the art of mindfulness, you can find her paddle boarding, geeking out at plant shops or trying Nashville’s best craft cocktails. When it comes to wellness, Miss Kate is our gal.
Katie Jacobs is an author, stylist, photographer, graphic designer, and foodie. A fourth-generation Nashvillian, she’s been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Southern Living, Nashville Lifestyles, Edible Nashville, and The Scout Guide as well as on Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family.” She is a content contributor for Reese Witherspoon’s lifestyle brand Draper James, SouthernLiving.com, and Le Grand Courtage amongst others. Her first book, So Much to Celebrate, published by Thomas Nelson, is available now.
Lauren has a strong passion for healthy living for the mind, body and soul, so you’ll see her writing on all things wellness for TNE (mixed with her favorite cocktail places here and there, because balance). With a BFA Degree in Musical Theatre with an emphasis in songwriting from The Boston Conservatory, she found that music and self-reflection have driven her to pursue all aspects of her creative mind. When she’s not working on product development and community-building with my amazing mother for our Female-Focused health brand, Fearless Keto, you can find her playing her ukulele on the couch, or researching the most aesthetically-pleasing brunch spots all over Nashville.
Lily Clayton Hansen is an author and interviewer based in Nashville, Tennessee. Since moving to Music City in 2012, she has written three books, two about the city of Nashville, and started her own boutique publishing house, Word of Mouth Conversations, which produces custom coffee table books for companies and cities. Lily began her writing career at age nineteen, interviewing artists, musicians and small business owners in her hometown of Chicago, Illinois. She is proud to live in her adopted hometown of Nashville and pursues film acting in her free time. Lily loves learning from others through her favored artistic medium—conversation.
Lisa Chader is an entertainment industry veteran with 20+ years of experience in publicity and media relations, working with top television and entertainment entities, celebrities, artists and more. She moved from LA to Nashville to work with Viacom’s CMT, and later launched her own consulting firm, focusing on publicity and brand management in the areas of health and wellness, hospitality and other areas of personal interest. She’s a Certified Pilates instructor, hard rock fan, amateur foodie, college football fanatic, and a sucker for a good story. She lives in Brentwood with her husband, Alex, and son, Louis.
After five years in New York running global brand partnerships at Tinder and Rolling Stone, Lizzie has landed back in Nashville where she orchestrates brand deals for the New York-based music and sports experiential agency MAC Presents. A self-proclaimed fitness fanatic with a passion for luxury travel, Lizzie is constantly seeking the best of the best to experience and share with The Nashville Edit readers.
Manuel Zeitlin is a life-long Nashvillian and relentless foodie. He, his wife Janice, and their giant schnoodle, Zelda, are long-term residents of Hillsboro Village. When not dining out, Manuel can be found working, golfing or traveling in search of the next great restaurant or food truck.
Milton is an award-winning fashion industry veteran. His resumé reflects many years of experience as a fashion editor, celebrity stylist and fashion show producer. He is also a proud Dog Dad to Spanky and Snow, as well as an uncle to 17 beloved nieces. Milton’s work has been featured on Vogue.it (Vogue Italia), Papercut Mag, Design Scene and many other top tier magazines. After years in New York City and the DC area, he returned to his native Nashville. Along with having conquered the fashion world, Milton is on the board of Nashville PRIDE and supports many non-profits such as the Belcourt Theater, Frist Arts Museum and the Nashville Opera.
As a former competitive gymnast and cheerleader turned fitness enthusiast, Shanna loves to spend her free time engaging in fitness and self-care activities. As a certified integrative health coach, Shanna coaches others on how to maintain a healthy and consistent relationship with food and fitness, without sacrificing the enjoyment of life. As the part owner of a Peke Safety as the founder of the Nashville-based company The Liquor Laundry, Shanna has dedicated her entrepreneurial endeavors to further emphasizing the use of clean and real ingredients within the hospitality and beverage world and supporting clean brands like Boxed Water. Her love for poetry and rock music of the 1960s-1980s inspire her to continue her passion for writing while combining her love for food, health, and wellness and beauty.
Stacie Standifer is no stranger to building empires in the community. Nashville native, she founded and built Lifestyles and several associated magazines and devoted her heart and soul to growing the publications for fifteen years. She ultimately sold the group and moved on to pursue other interests in a more elevated arena as her previous media outlet shifted to cover more mass-market territory under corporate direction and influence.
Tom Black was Chairman of Nashville Wine Auction’s 39th Annual l’Eté du Vin, an event that has raised millions of dollars for cancer-related causes in Middle Tennessee. He was last year’s recipient of the organization’s prestigious Norman Lipman Award for Generosity and Loyalty. Along with Tom’s charitable spirit, he has also been a successful businessman, and is the owner of Tom Black Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence.