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Chicks N' Kicks: Maggie Noël | Air Jordan 3 Retro

Photos: Jason Sanders of WMS PhotographyVideo/Editing: Jason Sanders of WMS Media Location: Top Golf - Dallas

Name: Maggie Noël Age: 25 Location: Houston, TX Occupation: Owner of Maggie’s School of Golf and Franchise Owner of Colbert/Ball Tax Services Kicks Shown: Air Jordan 3 Retro, Black Cement Website/Contact: Twitter: @ShePlaysGolf IG: @ShePlaysGolf

As CNKs first featured athlete, Maggie Noël gives us more than enough 'I am woman, hear me roar' material and, at just 25-years old, the LPGA Pro turned instructor is making the most of every bit of her perfect swing. After winning Texas' State Am, Maggie opted to put her clubs to another use by starting her very own Golf School, establishing a pro residency at one of the country's growing golf franchises, building her clientle, and lending her business saavy to a establish a tax services company.

Good golly Ms. Maggie!

In between her daily hustle and bustle, Maggie took some time to chat with Chan-Lo about her golf goals, her handicap, the advantages of dating a golfer (hint: she won't let you win, fellas), and why building a brand is a full-time business.

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CL: We know golf is a sport that has gained quite a following due to new influences and an unspeakable amount of progress. As a professional in this industry, what was the trigger that made you so eager to pursue golf as a career?

MN: I pursued playing golf as a career after taking a break from it after college because I wanted to give it another shot. I have been playing since I was 6 years old so I wanted to use my 19 years of expertise and actually try to make a living out of it. What triggered my instructional career was my natural ability to relay the message in way that my clients understood for both juniors and adults. Not to mention, there are not many female instructors and none that identify with a minority the way that I do.

CL: What has been your greatest golf accomplishment? Greatest disappointment?

MN: My greatest accomplishment would be winning the Texas Women’s State Am soon after returning from my year break. That opened up so many doors and opportunities for me on the Professional side. My biggest disappointment would have to be developing the anxiety disorder that made my game tumble during my freshman year in college. However, I feel like it is part of my story and is what directed me towards my ultimate purpose which is instructing.

CL: People might not know that you’re also extremely well versed as a businesswoman. Talk a little bit about what that’s meant for your professional brand.

MN: I graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor in Science in Business Administration because my original goal was to play golf on the LPGA Tour however, but have a business degree as a backup. But now, they are both playing a significant role in my life since I teach golf and run my own School of Golf. My school is a business. Not to mention I am also a new Franchise Owner of Colbert/Ball Tax Service opening up this Tax Season so I am getting my office and team ready for that now.

CL: Before I forget, a few of your fans have been asking for an answer to two questions: first, would you let a guy beat you on a golfing date? And second, what is your handicap?

MN: 1. NO! Fair game. LOL! He better bring it! I’m kidding, I won’t beat him too bad. I’d practice my sportsmanship core value from the first tee. 2. My last recorded handicap was a scratch even.

CL: LOL. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, fill in the blank: I am most comfortable when _______________.

MN: When I have my favorite Pandora station playing (Dwele) and a nice little (BIG) glass of Merlot.

CL: Walk us through a typical day with Maggie.

MN: My day typically starts around 6:30 every morning. I take my dogs out for a little walk, make myself a cup of English Style Tea, check my calendar for the day to see what my lessons look like, make sure all of my emails are replied to and dates for lessons are set, conduct my lessons, then make it back home to my kids. On an easy day, I try to get errands done, do a little shopping, work out, and maybe take my dogs to the dog park.

CL: I love that you’ve made it a point to turn your talent into a legitimate money-maker. Where do you see your work going in the next few years?

MN: I can see myself having my own standing Golf School. TopGolf is and has been a great medium to attract my current and growing clientele and has made me very accessible. One day, I would like to be more exclusive and have my own facility where I have a teaching team that teaches my methods.

CL: Obviously we love sneakers. What are a few of your favorite pairs to rock?

MN: My favorite would be my Christmas Green Lebrons, my Cool Greys, and my 3’s

CL: Anything else you’d like our readers to know?

MN: Maggie’s School of Golf is an operating business growing very fast geared and tailored to meet everyone’s level of experience. Hip and effective instruction where you have a great time learning the game of golf. If you are in the Houston area and interested in private lessons, joining my ladies clinic, or corporate group clinics, you can email me at Maggie.Noel@topgolf.com!

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Chicks N' Kicks: A$hlay Ca$hlay x Tae Merida | Nike Blazers x AF1 Butter

As our Chicks N' Kicks series has continued to grow, we've interviewed a number of young ladies who are making waves, taking names and rocking kicks as they handle business, but never have we featured a duo...until now. Los Angeles-based creatives A$hlay Ca$hlay and Tae Merida are an inspiring pair not only because they've managed to make a name for themselves in a city packed with talent, but they've done it while remaining a team in both their individual and collective efforts. As a photographer, Ashlay Cashlay delivers images that tend to capture your attention. As a person, Ashlay Cashlay delivers a personality that does the exact same thing. With a generous Tumblr following (due, in large part, to her personal reflections and what I've dubbed, Ashlay-isms) and a voice that seems to reach well beyond her 27-years, Ashlay Cashlay continues to march to the beat of her own lens as she dives into the male-dominated directing world. If that wasn't enough, Tae Merida is pretty much a trip to the triple threat candy store as this statuesque beauty proves she's more than just a pretty face with the marketing and creation of 20andSomeChange - a new addition to the production company AND online magazine she (along w/ business partner Ashlay) are creating for your everyday consumption.

Take a look below as we head to the Santa Monica Pier to chop it up with this model entrepreneur (see what I did there?) and this self-described "wave goddess."

Name: AshlayCashlay Age: 27 Location: LA Occupation: Photographer, Director, Creator. Kicks Shown: Nike Blazers Website/Contact: www.ashlaycashlay.com / info@ashlaycashlay.com

Name: Shante' "Tae" Merida Age: 27 Location: LA Occupation: Model, Marketing, & Entrepreneur. Kicks Shown: Air Force 1's -Butter Website/Contact: www.TaeMerida.com / booking@TaeMerida.com

 

CL: For those who may not be familiar, tell us a bit about yourselves.

AC: IM ASHLAYCASHLAY. PHOTOGRAPHER/ DIRECTOR/ CREATOR; WAVE GODDESS.

TM: I'm Tae Merida; My heart is with modeling & my mind is with marketing. I'm a humanitarian at heart, loyal by nature, a bit of a spitfire, and the girl that can make anyone laugh.

 

CL: Ashlay, talk to us about how you got into the video directing game and how your creative eye has grown since your start.

AC: I STARTED PHOTOGRAPHY KNOWING I WOULD EVENTUALLY TRANSITION INTO FILMING AND DIRECTING. DURING THE PROCESS OF ME TRAINING MY EYE I STARTED SEEING STILL IMAGE CAPTURES IN THE FORM OF MOVEMENT, THE MOMENT THAT STARTED HAPPENING I KNEW IT WAS TIME TO GIVE FILMING A SERIOUS TRY. I THEN BEGAN FILMING, DIRECTING AND EDITING.

 

CL: Looking back on Arima Ederra’s “Earth To Arima,” it seems like your photographer’s eye played a huge part in the shot sequencing and the presentations of color. What did you learn most from that experience from a director stand-point?

AC: ARIMA EDERRA'S "FLOW CHART" WAS THE FIRST FULL LENGTH VIDEO I DIRECTED. IM GRATEFUL FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS BUT WHAT THAT EXPERIENCE TAUGHT ME IS ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR GUT FEELING - DOING SO ALLOWED LITTLE ROOM TO INDULGE IN DOUBT WHICH LEAD ME TO CAPTURE ALL THAT I ENVISIONED EXACTLY AS I ENVISIONED.

 

CL: Tae, it’s so interesting to see some of the images you’ve shot because you seem so versatile in your modeling ability. When did you know that modeling was something you could see for your future?

TM: I have always had a passion for posing and playing dress up at a young age. After I graduated college and trying to get into my field, I had a moment where I had to ask myself what really gives me the most fulfillment. -And shortly after I relocated to Los Angeles in pursuit of my happiness.

 

CL: We’ve peeped some of the footage and the buzz surrounding 20andSomeChange. Talk to us a bit about the concept behind that collective.

WE ARE CURRENTLY REBRANDING 20ANDSOMECHANGE.COM BUT WE'RE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE IN ADDITION TO OUR PRODUCTION COMPANY WE WILL BE LAUNCHING AN ONLINE MAGAZINE. ASHLAY AND I WILL PRODUCE AND EDIT CONTENT ALONG SIDE A FEW CONTRIBUTORS. THE IDEA BEHIND '20ANDSOMECHANGE' WAS TO SERVE AS A PLATFORM TO HIGHLIGHT UP & COMING AND ESTABLISHED ENTREPRENEURS IN THEIR TWENTIES; AS WELL AS PROVIDE A MEDIA OUTLET FOR TWENTIES ALIKE THAT COVERS EVERYTHING FROM FASHION, MUSIC, ART, EVENTS, & LIFESTYLE MINUS THE NEGATIVE PRESS. BE SURE TO CHECK BACK IN A FEW WEEKS FOR THE RELAUNCH OF OUR SITE!

 

CL: Chicks N’ Kicks is really all about promoting healthy business relationships amongst young women who are working hard to create a legacy. One thing I really like about the two of you is you really seem like you genuinely support one another. What are some of the ways you help each other excel outside of your collective work?

AC: FOR STARTS IM TERRIBLE AT SCHEDULING. TAE' ON THE OTHER HAND IS AN AMAZING PLANNER I HAVE MY MOMENTS WHERE TO MUCH IS GOING ON AND SHE IS ALWAYS THERE TO QUICKLY GET ME BACK ON TRACK. ALSO, SHES REALLY GREAT WITH HEALTH AND FITNESS SO IM BLESSED TO HAVE GAINED A NUTRITIONIST AND A TRAINER ALONG SIDE MY BUSINESS PARTNER AND FRIEND.

TM: I always say Ashlay is my biggest cheerleader, and I truly mean it. If I come up with an idea, Ash is not only behind it but will encourage me to actually follow thru with it and take on any creative direction. She's has a "motherly" instinct and genuinely has my best interest at heart.

 

CL: Finish this sentence – “My personal style is ____________.”

AC: A TOUCH OF VINTAGE AND AN OVERALL IDGAF. WEAR WHATEVER MAKES YOU SMILE AND FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF.

TM: Edgy with a touch of sleek & simple. Your style is a true reflection of your identity, so do you and have fun with it.

 

CL: Ashlay, we’re huge fans of The Cashlay Project and the chronicles of your journey. Your posts seem both extremely personal and insightful – what, if anything, does this catharsis do for your work?

AC: THANKYOU! TCP IS MY ONLINE MEMOIR I DONT PROMOTE IT IF YOU'VE VISITED COOL. IF NOT COOL. THE ARCHIVE BACK DATES TO 2008 - ITS BEEN A SOURCE FOR ME TO REVISIT ON DAYS I NEED A REMINDER ON HOW FAR IVE COME.

 

CL: You’ve both are working and living in Los Angeles. What kind of growth have you both seen in 2013? What can we expect to see throughout the remainder of the year?

AC: FOR ME IM BREAKING OUT OF MY SHELL AND OWNING ALL OUTLETS THAT IM ABLE TO BE CREATIVE IN. ALL IN ALL IM BEING ME. . PEACE OF MIND ; PIECE OF MINE. AS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR I WILL CONTINUE TO DROP VISUALS.

TM: Personally, the transition of moving to LA has been a huge blessing. I'm learning to truly 'let go & let God'. I've slowly but surely let my guard down and found a way to turn my insecurities into a form of confidence. Throughout the process, I've seen growth in my modeling and a clearer way of thinking. For the remainder of the year I will continue to focus on my passion & build my brand.

 

CL: Obviously we love sneakers. What are a few of your favorite pairs to rock?

AC: MY ALL TIME FAVE SNEAKERS HAS TO BE MY HIGH TOP BLACK AF1 WITH THE GUM BOTTOM IVE HAD THESE SHOES FOR 10 YEARS. - I DONT THINK I WILL EVER GET TIRED OF THEM.

TM: All the Jordan 1's -especially the black & gold. But most likely you'll catch me in a pair of Chucks. #TaelorGang

 

CL: Anything else you’d like our readers to know?

AC: SEND OUT POSITIVES VIBES TO THE UNIVERSE AND THEY WILL RETURN. I ENCOURAGE YOU TO TRY IT.

TM: My Daily Mantra: "TAKE PRIDE IN HOW FAR YOU HAVE COME & FAITH IN HOW FAR YOU WILL GO".

 

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Photo Props: ChripImages Photo Edits: WMS Media

Chicks N' Kicks | Kari Michelle - Converse All-Star High Tops "Art Is Free Expression" Edition

Name: Kari MichelleAge: 22 Location: Los Angeles Occupation: Model/Assistant Designer Kicks Shown: Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star High Tops "Art Is Free Expression” Edition Website/Contact: Twitter - @AceBoonCalhoun

With the body of a goddess, the face of a 20-something beauty and eyes that could even melt Omarion's famed "Ice Box," 22-year old model Kari Michelle is, without question, one of the most enigmatic people I've ever interviewed. While you may take one look at Kari's images (there literally wasn't one bad picture in the bunch) and immediately create your own assumptions, she still mystifies and makes us all want to get to know more about the auburn-haired Texas gal.

After attending college in Iowa on a full track scholarship and receiving a degree in Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production, the statuesque stunner (she's 5'9") tried her hand at modeling...and won. After touring Europe and moving to Los Angeles, Kari signed with CESD Talent and is now becoming a model you'll want to remember. She has no plans of stopping there, either - she did study at the London School of Fashion, after all. See? Totally an enigma.

Get to know Kari below and be sure to check her out in all of her Chuck Taylor glory.

CL: You’re absolutely stunning in your pictures, but I’m pretty sure most people don’t know you were actually a track star. Tell us a bit about your background and how you started modeling.

KC: Back in Texas, I had no way of going to college financially so I ran my ass off. Although athletics are/will forever be a large part of my life I had to exercise my other talents in life. I always got that I “should be a model” so after my college track days, with my degree obtained as backup, I decided to give the modeling a go. I surprisingly turned out be much more successful at it than I would have ever thought. Having the industry connects I am making now will greatly help my ultimate dream of having my own line later in life.

CL: You seem to have a very eclectic sense of style. How would you describe how your personality reflects in your everyday attire?

KC: I have a very strong personality thus my attire is strong as well. You get what you see. I am bold, loud, and daring much like almost any piece you can find in my closet. I actually struggle to find a piece that is plain!

CL: Obviously as a model, you don’t always get a say in what you wear. How do you make even something that isn’t your style your own?

KC: You have to be able to throw a spin on anything. Wearing an overstated accessory or funky pair of shoes is normally how I complete a look.

CL: Before moving to LA you jaunted around Europe, correct? How did that change your fashion perspective?

KC: The real question is what perspective didn’t Europe change! London, where I studied, is a very eclectic melting pot of cultures and lifestyles so I really learned to incorporate/not be afraid to try other cultures' style of dress. Also, it showed me that fashion could be anything. It doesn’t matter if an item is “in” or not. Wear what you feel represents from the outside things that you find beautiful.

CL: What’s been the most massive change in your life since moving to Los Angeles and signing with an agency?

KC: Most massive was living abroad. My entire world view changed and exposed me to things that have brought me full circle to be the woman I am today. I feel more prepared from that experience mentally to do things such as model and live in LA.

CL: Obviously, we love kicks. What are some of your favorite ways to rock your sneaks?

KC: I love a cut off graphic sweatshirt and some high waist bottoms, then a hat or funky scarf.

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Photo Props: Chris Thompson of ChrispImages
Editing Props: Jason Sanders of WMS Photography