Bold Resources: Quit Alcohol

Following up on our resource, we were intrigued to find out how many folks who suffer from eating disorders also abuse substances.

Well, Krista Graham and her middle school student found us another great resource:

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Bold Resources: Recovery Pride

Hey there! We’re still hammering away at our “Bold Resources” page and check out what we found!


Did you know that in the U.S. (, 20 million women and 10 million men will experience an eating disorder, and almost half ( them will also abuse drugs and alcohol. Unfortunately, despite this comorbidity, many people who struggle with these illnesses will not receive the treatment they need.

At, they break down the stigmas that often prevent people from getting the help they desperately need by providing resources and other information to help educate the public. One specific area in which we’re hoping to raise awareness is regarding the connection between eating disorders and substance abuse.

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Bold Resources: Diva Row and Celestine Burrow

Hey Bold Readers! We’ve been updating our “Bold Resources” pages recently. And, look what we’ve come across!

Celestine Burrell, creator of Diva Row, has combined her passion for fashion and many years of experience with sewing to launch the fashion line Diva Row. Diva Row is a line tailored to and for women of all shapes, sizes and curves with a desire to wear the latest fashion trends while still exuding confidence, grace, and class at affordable prices.Women who wear Diva Row know the value of wearing timeless fashion trends and the confidence felt from wearing clothes that serve their curves well. Curvy. Sexy. Confident.: That’s their motto!

Well, we sat down with Celestine Burrell and had a quick Q & A. Their mission is to provide women of the world with inspirational clothing that accentuates the curvy, sexy, and confident. And, we love that! So, let’s dive right in!

Bold Magazine: So, let’s start from the beginning. How did you start Diva Row and why?

Celestine: I started Diva Row three years ago. I’ve been sewing for many years and I noticed a trend with a lot of my women clients. They averaged a size 14 and had curvy figures. They wanted clothing that would accentuate their looks and make them feel great. So, I felt it would be a great idea to expand by coming up with a clothing line Diva Row.

BM: So cool! How do you find your inspiration for your line?

C: I myself am also a plus-size lady and love to look and feel fabulous at all times. Inspiration came with experimenting on myself to see what works and listening to what clients say they would like to see more of. I’ve also been inspired by Mimi G. She is one of my favorite sewing/fashion bloggers. She keeps a fresh style.

BM: We’ve noticed your product list is small but of high quality. Is that what you’re going for? What’s the story here?

C: Yes, for now I prefer to keep a small but high quality line. I also do custom made orders for clients all over the world as well. They can either make modifications to the line that is there or ask for something totally different. Eventually I will be expanding to many different boutiques and that will require a much large line. As of now everything is custom-made. I never really want to lose that essence of the line being custom-made.

BM: And, what has the response to your line been so far?

C: So far the response has been overwhelmingly great. I’m surprised often at how well people from all over the world reach out to me about making them a dress or ordering off of the website. I’m so thankful and blessed for all the support.

BM: What are the biggest challenges in designing clothing for “women of all sizes?”

C: The  biggest challenge is finding designs that I feel as though every woman of every size will feel her absolute best in. But it is something that is accomplished every month. Every month you can find new looks.

BM: Well, that’s awesome. Where do you see your brand heading?

C: I see us expanding to several boutiques in the US and the world that specialize in the custom-made clothing line for women. Women can go and shop the line or order a custom-made piece. There’s nothing more refreshing than knowing something was made just for you!

BM:  So, Celestine, what’s the best part about designing clothing for all sizes?

C: The best part is the happiness of a client when they have found the dress that fits them perfectly better than anything they have ever purchased out of a department store. I look forward to sharing this with women everyday all over the world.

BM:  Love it. What is your top seller?

C: At the moment our top sellers are the Glam Wrap Dress, Goddess Halter Dress and the Red Vixen Dress
BM: Where can we find your brand other than on your site?
C: The brand is exclusive to our site at the moment, but in the very near future we will be in local department stores in the Southeast and Chicago areas.

BM: Lastly, what makes you BOLD?

C: What makes Diva Row bold is the willingness and want for women all over the world to feel their absolute best about themselves no matter their size. Diva Row spreads positivity with the motto Curvy.Sexy.Confident. The size you are today is temporary for most whether its your best or just where you are today you deserve to feel and look fabulous at all times.


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Taylor Swift Fan Goes Viral Every Tuesday!

flower in hairThere’s a “Wild Dream” coming out of a very cool 6-year-old name Lilly Neitzert. And, it’s to meet Taylor Swift. Every Tuesday, she gets to catch a little glimpes of what that might look like when Lilly dresses up like her idol. And, the results are unbelievable. It’s like looking into a tiny little mirror!

Lilly just loves Taylor. She’ll be having a birthday party in six months and has decided she wants a Taylor Swift theme party! “So far her [theme] ideas,” says mom Sara, “are ‘pin the tails on Taylor’s cats’ and ‘Taylor Swift Karaoke.'” She also wants to give each invitee Taylor’s 1989 CD as the party favor. “You should hear her ideas for the cake!” says Sara. Lilly is even planning to invite Swift!

But, that’s not all. This little pop princess has gone viral! Sara’s Instagram account has well over 7000 followers and the posts have reached as far as Japan. You remember Sara Neitzert, right? We featured her and husband Andy a few years back on their amazing work as independent film makers! Lilly actually doesn’t want to work in “the biz” but wants to be a helicopter pilot! Of course, if Taylor doesn’t make her a double for all of her music videos!

Well, they have a little star in the making! Good Morning America has even covered the story! Well, we sat down with little Lilly and mom, Sara this week to chat about her “Love Story” with Taylor Swift:

Bold Magazine: Let’s start from the beginning, how did this start?

Lilly: I just love Taylor so much and I wanted to dress like her! And I LOVE to pose!
Sara: For a while, each night as a family, we would watch some music videos together and Lilly and I would dance along. That was right about the time Shake It Off came out and we couldn’t get enough of it! Lilly asked to watch more of TS’s videos and she just fell in love with her music. Lilly loved all of her clothes and repeatedly asked if she could have dresses and outfits just like hers. So we started taking photos and thought it would be fun to recreate some of the poses.

BM: What has the response been so far? 

L: I think lots of people like it. My Nana and Grandma like it the most!
S: Once ABC shared the article about Lilly’s “Taylor Tuesday,” things got a little crazy. I never thought I’d 12940873_215208048858345_451419684_nsay this, but my phone was actually blowing up! I understand what that means now! haha! We have had a lot of inquiries for interviews and I started feeling a little bit uncomfortable with it actually. We still have a big response on Instagram every time we post something, but I have been more careful about posting lately.
BM: What does Lilly think about the response?
S: At first we told Lilly about people liking her photos, but we don’t talk about it anymore. We don’t want it to go to her head or want her to think she needs to measure her self worth in how many Instagram likes she gets. I see that too much with kids and even adults these days and I don’t want her to fall into that, especially not at the age of six.

BM: Lilly has been featured by some blogs and social media pages. What’s been the best experience so far? 

S: I think the best experience has been the response from Japan. It’s amazing how people on the other side of the world are liking photos of Lilly. We showed Lilly where Japan is on a map and googled a little about Japan with her. I have always wanted to visit Japan, and now Lilly does too. I am hoping we can go someday!

BM: Japan? Tell us more!

I get messages everyday from Lilly’s Instagrammers in Japan. Most of them speak very limited English, but they all say “I love you!” and “You are so cute!”. Some have asked us to come to Japan. More than anything I wish we could! That kind of trip just isn’t in our budget right now.  I am obsessed with Japanese candy and I’ve passed that on to Lilly! Lilly and I get a subscription box every month filled with Japanese snacks and stationary called Kawaii Box. We post photos on Instagram and then our new Japanese friends tell us all about the snacks and stuff! It’s pretty cool and helpful because we don’t know what the packages say!

12196197_10153782614583291_380105970008563406_nBM: So, how do you all decide which photo to replicate? 

L: My mom shows me some pictures on her phone and I look at magazines. I like to pick pictures where I like her pose and clothes! I wanted to cut my hair because I want to look like Taylor swift.
S: We let Lilly choose, but sometimes we have to veto some of her choices because they aren’t practical or appropriate.

BM: Do you have to find props and clothing? Does it get expensive?

S: We try to choose photos that have simple clothes and props. Everything we do is very budget friendly! One of the photos we did we used a towel for the white background. In the Wildest Dreams photo we did, Lilly and I made her necklace and earrings out of aluminum foil! Most of the outfits we choose are plain and sometimes Lilly has even worn a shirt backwards because the front had a picture on it. We have purchased a few things for some of the photos, like for the blank Space picnic scene one, we bought the gummy worms, animal cookies and chocolate milk. The most money we spent was on the fabric for her black lace Blank Space dress, which I sewed her for Halloween. My sister actually bought most of the fabric for it. The dress took me almost 20 hours to sew, and I had to piece together elements from different patterns to make a dress similar to the one in the video. It was also a challenge to make an age appropriate version. I am very proud of that dress!

BM: So, here’s the question…has Taylor reached out at all? 

S: We are just doing this for fun. We would certainly not be disappointed if she never reached out and honestly, we would be extremely surprised if she did.
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BM: Have you tried reaching out to Taylor? Will you? 
S: Other than tagging Taylor on Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter, I do not know how to reach her. She has not reached out to us. I get now though why she hasn’t. Once I started getting a bunch of Instagram notifications, I realized Instagram will only show you about the last hundred of them. After that, you can’t see them. Taylor Swift has millions of notifications, so she probably would never even see if we’ve tagged her in something.
L: If I met Taylor Swift I would hug her! I want to ask her about playing the guitar and I want to talk to her about her cats!
S: She didn’t used to think too much about Taylor seeing the photos she takes, but this week she saw a video of her surprising a couple at their wedding and this put some seemingly impossible ideas in her head. She really wants to be her friend. Lilly asked to send Taylor a picture she drew for her. I told her we didn’t have her address and she said “That’s OK mom. I’ll just ask the mailman. He knows everyone’s address!”

BM: That is hysterical! Lilly, what do you like to do when not posing as Taylor Swift? 

L: I like to play with marble works. I got it for my birthday from Darrah, Daisy and Richard (our friends). You get to build stuff and then watch the marbles go through it! I also love drawing. I love to draw cats! Because Taylor Swift loves cats! I like helping everyone. Like when someone falls down on the playground at school. I like to help homeless people because they don’t have a home and that makes me feel sad. I give them food like fruit and snacks when I see them and we are in the car driving. I wish I could give them a house. I like giving my parents concerts because they are sweet to me. I play my guitar. I make it up because I don’t know the real way to play it yet. And I write songs about things like my family and cats. I really want a pet cat!

BM: Who are Lilly’s favorite artists including and besides Taylor Swift? 

S: Lilly loves music from Beauty and the Beast and she says she likes Katy Perry, but I am not convinced she actually knows who she is…


BM: So Sara, last we spoke, your film and production career were really picking up. What’s gone on since then? 

S: For now, we have been focusing on one project at a time. Right now we are working a documentary about a remarkable woman who had a terrible accident falling from a horse and her journey to get back on that horse. It’s a very inspiring story. Right now we are submitting the film to festivals. We’ll see what happens.

BM: And, how about Andy? Has he been involved with filming and our with Lilly’s photoshoots? 

S: Andy has been very involved with all of the Taylor Tuesday shoots. We take turns taking the photos and hand the camera back and forth, so we never really know whose photo is whose exactly.

BM: So…lastly, what makes Lilly BOLD?

L: My mom lets me pick out my own clothes for school. I only wear stuff that doesn’t match. I love when it doesn’t match because it just feels crazy and fun!
S: Lilly definitely marches to the beat of her own drum. When I said that out loud it first came out “she beats to the march of her own drum”, which perhaps is an even better way to describe my Lilly. She has some really big ideas and takes after me in that she talks non-stop! 

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Local vet fires back on Facebook after being told: ‘have some respect’

When Rebecca Hayes came out to her car on Monday after shopping at the Coddle Creek Harris Teeter, she discovered a note criticizing her for parking in a spot reserved for veterans.

“This parking is for Veterans, lady,” it began. “Learn to read and have some respect.”

Rebecca Hayes,

Hayes, a Concord resident, is in fact a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

In response, she turned to social media.

She shared a captioned photo of the note on Facebook, beginning it by saying that though she doesn’t normally use the spots reserved for veterans, Monday was a hot, busy day, and the spots were available.

She continued:

“I’m sorry that you can’t see my eight years of service in the United States Navy. I’m sorry that your narrow misogynistic world view can’t conceive of the fact that there are female Veterans. I’m sorry that I have to explain myself to people like you. Mostly, I’m sorry that we didn’t get a chance to have this conversation face to face, and that you didn’t have the integrity and intestinal fortitude to identify yourself, qualities the military emphasizes.”

She concluded by asking the author of the note, “I served, did you?”b07835aeeaf52d22d77129098a2a8066

According to a report by WBTV, Hayes believes the note was left because she is a woman and didn’t fit the typical veteran stereotype in her business-casual clothes.

Hayes told WBTV that her husband, a veteran of the U.S. Army, has parked in a veteran parking spot before. However, the most feedback he has received is a “thank you for your service.”

“Veterans come in all shapes, sizes, genders and colors,” Hayes said in a phone interview with WBTV.

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