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Trailblazers: Irving

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 Irving that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Becky Branch

I started a blog called The Java Mama almost 13 years ago. This was before Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest mind you. I am originally from Arkansas, so I started my website as a way to keep family and friends updated after we moved to Texas in 2007. Read more>>

Brittanie Duruaku

I’ve always had a unique interest in diverse cultures, music, and dance. Growing up in a musical family, my Father was a professional musician, and because of that, my family moved around a lot. I was born in small town Danville Virginia. Read more>>

Candice Holmes

My story is like anyone who has had to experience a dark valley but by the grace of God not only made it through but grew during the process. I was the child who grew up in a home where I didn’t have my father or mother as my guardians. Read more>>

Danielle Milliken

I started Caritas Creative, a marketing and graphic design company, in March 2015. After helping family and friends with creative projects for several years, I was blessed with the opportunity to expand my passion into a full-fledged business. I am now able to help charitable and church organizations (mostly) communicate their missions more effectively, while also enjoying my primary passion – mom to my two children. I also help family and friends with stationery for their important life moments and marketing/design for their own small businesses. Read more>>

Lori Trigleth

Baking has always been a part of me. When I was little my mom would have me in charge of mixing cakes. She would say I had the magic touch. I didn’t get into cookies until I had my youngest son. I remember being mesmerized by watching other people decorate cookies and I knew as soon as I had the time. Read more>>

Heather D Pujol Cuffee

I started thinking to myself, there has to be something to this. That’s when I decided to create my Fashion blog, Heather Dior Style. I launched it in 2016 and then Effortlesstyle reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in launching their Dallas Market as a stylist. To me it was a no brainer and a total match made in Fashion Heaven. Read more>>

Maria Hernandez

I decided to start practicing everyday, after three months of practicing I had my first client. I was not too good at it but, I would always tell myself PRACTICE MAKES PERFECTION. After a long journey of practicing, watching videos & learning new techniques. Read more>>

Klashae Bullard and Samantha Matthews

It all started when I reached out to Samantha about my ideas of starting a podcast. We sat down and brain stormed what we wanted in a podcast. We wanted to be different but ourselves. Not only target women but target men. So we decided to start Duolystic Podcast. Read more>>

Ayo Fashola

After two years shy of college, and a few setbacks, I decided to bet on myself and in 2007, I started an image consulting business, ICE CREAM STYLE. It was through this platform I was able to raise my self-esteem, develop my social skills, and increase my confidence. Read more>>

Micaela “Mickey” Elizondo

I started my shop with the goal of celebrating Texas, its talented makers: artisans, small business owners with an extra focus on women-owned shops. And the way I set out to do this was by creating Cool Beans Boxes filled with hand-crafted, artisan-made goods to highlight and showcase the awesome work of the makers. Because Texas Maker Rock! Read more>>

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