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Natalie Clayton

Maven to Know: Natalie Clayton

The realtor shares what she loves about the Indy market and her philosophy on being a successful leader.

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Women Who Took a Leap

2020 is a Leap Year, so we’re celebrating Indianapolis women who took chances both big and small. Color us incredibly impressed.

Kelly Krauskopf

Kelly Krauskopf, the First Female Assistant GM in the NBA, Opens Up About Her Career and the Pacers Season

We’re in awe of her career—as an athlete, an executive, and all-around baller.

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Financial Advice You Need to Know About Retirement Savings and Maximizing Benefits

You landed your first “real job” and now you’re faced with some possibly confusing financial decisions. We’re here to help with some easy tips.

Forces of Nature

The finalists for the 2020 Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation include three amazing women.

Must Love Dogs

These Hoosier women are helping to save lives, give second chances, and break down social barriers—all while supporting the animal-related causes that are dearest to them.

Maven to Know: Amara Khajenouri

The style and beauty blogger tells us what she loves about Indy—and sharing her life on the internet for all the world to see.

When Your Body Talks…Listen

Let one woman’s story of a double hip replacement inspire you to always advocate for your own health.

Can I Help You?

The ever-growing field of life coaches is filled with options of varying levels of expertise. Here’s how to start your search to find one with some helpful tips from some of Indy’s finest.

Another Tequila Sunrise

From the salt-rimmed classic to cinnamon-infused creations, we’ve rounded up the best cocktails to toast in honor of National Margarita Day on February 22.

Wait, You Met How?

We’d totally watch a rom-com about each of these local couples who found each other in unexpected and interesting ways.

Food for Thought

We rounded up some of Indy’s best cooking classes that will turn you into a Top Chef in no time.

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Bottle of White, Bottle of Red

Celebrate National Drink Wine Day at one of these local favorites where the corks are always popping.

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5 Talented Local Florists to Follow

Escape the winter blues—or should we say grays—with some very pretty petals.

Abby Gardner

The Women Behind Indy Maven: Abby Gardner

Get to know the Indy Maven executive editor who led a fantasy life as a beauty editor in NYC and now works with grieving kids.

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Love, Factually

Want to fact-check the person you’ve just started dating? Here’s your guide to free public records.

Ericka Flye

Maven to Know: Ericka Flye

The TV journalist shares her tips for a balanced life—and her yearlong Christmas obsession.

Things I’m Loving This Week

Our editor-in-chief, Leslie Bailey, shares some of the local finds on her mind at the moment.

Laugh ‘Til You Cry

Forget those haters who claim women aren’t funny. These local stand-ups are part of the reason Indianapolis is becoming a low-key comedy haven.

Ink, Inc.

If you’re looking for a great local tattoo artist, check out these amazing women creating some of the coolest art in town.

State of the Art

Here’s why you need to see Beatriz Vasquez’s new show, “Feminine Bloodlines, Mexican Womanhood: Erasing Submissiveness”

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Good Hair Day

We’ve got the scoop on Drybar’s new location in downtown Indy.

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Maven to Know: Catherine Esselman

The go-to woman for new spots to hit up downtown, where to take your next selfie, and what’s happening in our local retail scene spills all her secrets.

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A Whole Latte Love

Looking for your very own Central Perk? Check out these local coffee (and tea) spots run by women.

Sit Right Back and You’ll Hear a Tale

A round-up of the city’s best storytelling events with some of our favorite local women.

The Scales of Justice

An exploration of weight discrimination in the workplace, including the fact that it is legal in Indiana to be refused employment based on your weight.

How’d You Get That Job?: Sheena Birt, Owner of Color Story Studio

The visual display and installations expert gives us a look inside her process and shares her advice for others looking to get into a creative field.

Mimosas and a Masterpiece

You Swiped Right, Now What?

Six spots for a first date that will help you avoid those awkward silences.

Whitley Howard

Maven to Know: Whitley Howard

The blogger and stay-at-home mom dishes on what drives her to share online, her favorite women to follow, and her deep love of Olive Garden.

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(Not So) Plain White T’s

From Sunday Afternoon Housewife to Felicia Tees, we’re totally obsessed with the rad t-shirts designed by these four Indy women.

Laid Off. Laid On. Lessons Learned a Year After Losing My Journalism Job

Even in the darkest days after losing a job, there are so many ways to make sure you keep moving forward.

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The Only One Taking the Call

Local single foster moms give us a look inside their hectic—and love-filled—lives with children they may one day have to say goodbye to.

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Maven to Know: Consuelo Poland

The Executive Director of the Latinas Welding Guild and functional artist shares how she helps women make headway in a male-dominated field.

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Somebody’s Getting Married

Wedding planning season is upon us. Here are seven places and events that can help you start checking things off your list.

Maven to Know: Shannon Forsell

The CEO and Artistic Director of The Cabaret shares how her world is powered by creativity, what she loves most about Indy, and the surprising product she can’t live without.

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Spinning Out

In celebration of National DJ Day on January 20, we rounded up seven of the best female DJs in Indy you’ll want to keep tabs on for your next night out.

What No One Tells You About Going Natural: Real Women Share Their Hair Journeys

From embracing your grays to saying goodbye to lengthy chemical processing, these Indy women might make you reconsider your next appointment.


Written in the Stars

The Spellsisters take us through their predictions for 2020, astrologically-speaking.

Confronting the Opioid Crisis with Art

Got teens? Take them to see ‘Love Over Dose’, a new locally-produced play about the epidemic.

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Maven to Know: Danelle French

The Indy makeup artist shares her favorite products, the biggest beauty mistake women keep making, and trends to look for in 2020.

Indy Maven co-founder Amanda Kingsbury

The Women Behind Indy Maven: Amanda Kingsbury

Get to know the veteran journalist and Indy Maven co-founder and contributing editor who enjoys a good vodka cocktail and Alanis Morissette.

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Cool New Festival in Indy? Thank a Woman

From WOO GRL Fest to Indy Veg Fest, Hoosier women are behind some of the most innovative events in town.

There’s an App for That

How two Indianapolis women, Carrie Griffith and Meredith Gradle, created the products they wanted to see in the world—and on their phones.

Brandi Davis-Handey

Music Maven: Brandi Davis-Handy

Music Mavens is a series where Indy Mavens dish on their love of music, what’s on their playlists, local concert venues, and more.

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And the Winner Is…

From the Golden Globes to the Oscars, now is actually the most wonderful time of the year—and here are the women we’re excited about.


Their Milkshakes Bring All the People to the Yard

What, like it has to be warm outside to enjoy these frothy treats?

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I Got a Colonic and Lived to Tell About It

Here’s what you need to know if you’re considering the wellness treatment.

Indianapolis Resale Guide

What’s Old Is New Again…And Again

Everything you need to know about shopping resale in Indy.

Maven to Know: Manon Voice

The poet and writer opens up about using her creativity to get through tough times, dealing with criticism, and the Indy spot she can’t live without. 

NYC Christmas Indy Maven

How to Have an NYC-Style Weekend Without Leaving Indy

Lusting after the holiday magic of NYC? There are plenty of places in Indy where you can get your fix without ever setting foot on a plane.

10 Must-Visit Winter Farmers Market Vendors

Laotian food, sustainable salmon, sweet corn and more—these are the Central Indiana vendors you don’t want to miss.

Recycle Force Indy Maven

Working Outside the System

An Indianapolis company, RecycleForce, is helping formerly incarcerated people re-enter the workforce—and making the environment cleaner at the same time.

Countess LuAnn de Lesseps

Chic, C’est La Vie

‘Real Housewives of New York’ star Luann de Lesseps is bringing her cabaret show to town in January. We talk with her about what fans can expect from the Countess.


Indy Maven’s Guide to Holiday Binge-Watching

Listen, we know you love your families—but sometimes you just need a break.

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Maven to Know: Murph Damron

The stylist and model reflects on a life that took her from an Indiana farm to the pages of Vogue—and a chance meeting with Salvador Dali outside a liquor store.

How’d You Get That Job?: Shauta Marsh, Co-Founder of Big Car Collaborative

The curator, writer, author, and researcher shares how she made her vision in the arts a reality.

Sexy Time, But Make It Vegan

Katie Randall, owner of Love/Sex/Vegan, talks getting intimate—without all those animal byproducts.

If She Builds It, They Will Come

Leah Leach, the executive director of Gal’s Guide to the Galaxy, gives us the lowdown on her mission to create a women’s history library.

The Year in Review

From barrier breaking women to the fighting the wage gap, 2019 brought some high highs and low lows for women in Indiana.

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Maven to Know: Jennifer Vigran

The Second Helpings CEO has advice on how to pick your battles and announces a big 2020 save-the-date.

5 Unique Girls Night Out Ideas for the Holidays

Going out for drinks with girlfriends is great—but sometimes you need to shake things up. Try one of these fun ideas for a girls night out to remember.

Hamilton Indy Maven

The Women of ‘Hamilton’: A Closer Look

The blockbuster show opened this week in Indianapolis. We asked two local theater gurus to weigh in on the musical’s women.

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WISH TV’s Ashley Brown: Sunshine After the Hurricane

Indy’s first black, female chief meteorologist, Ashley Brown, reflects on her big year, faith, and perseverance.

Indy’s Painted Ladies

We went looking for badass women who loom large on local murals.

Easy Ways to Relieve that Pesky Holiday Stress

From massages to meditation, here are simple methods to relieve your seasonally-induced anxiety.

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How to Shop Yelp’s Totally Bazaar

Tips and tricks to make your experience even more fantastic.

We Want Candy

Talking all things sugary this holiday season with Carrie Abbott of Newfangled Confections.

Lady of the House

How designer and Willa Gray Home owner Mandy Skelton makes it happen.

Indy Maven’s Best Local Holiday Gift Ideas

Looking for the perfect homegrown present? We’ve got you covered.

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Maven to Know: Elyssa Campodonico-Barr

The President and CEO of Girls Inc. shares her advice for her 15-year-old-self, what’s next for her organization, and how to support young women in Indy.

Indy Maven’s Holiday Style Guide: Tips and Trends for What to Wear All Season Long

Here’s what you need to know to be the sartorial star of all your holiday happenings—straight from local fashion experts.

Lessons I Learned from Grateful: The Jenni Berebitsky Story

This short film about one Indy woman’s life with ALS is utterly inspiring.

‘Tis the Season to Be Grateful

We asked Indy women what they’re giving thanks for today.

The Heat Is On

Two Indiana women created Cool Revolution pajamas for, ahem, women of a certain age.

Ahimsa Home

No Plastic at the Table

A local pediatrician is changing the children’s dinnerware game with her stainless steel brand, Ahimsa.

How’d You Get That Job?: Kate Sullivan, Hope Plumbing Excavation and Sales Lead Manager

“My physical presentation does not match any kind of stereotype that people might have about what kind of person should be doing this job.”

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Maven to Know: Jessie Harden

The Garden Table co-founder and Crafted creative director is also a beauty guru who always knows the best new skincare find.

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Style Swap Indy Fall 2019 Recap

Indy Maven hosted the return of Style Swap Indy at the Indiana Design Center in Carmel on Nov. 15, 2019 showcasing the best of local fashionista’s closets.

Good Carbs Only

Native Bread is the place to go gluten-free in Indy.

Expert Tips for Hosting a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

Local experts get super honest with their (often hilarious) tips on making Thanksgiving delicious, chic, and fun.

Indy’s Hottest Nail Artists Share Their Must-Have Holiday Manicures

Book those appointments, stat, for the best manicures and nail art this holiday season.

‘Every Year It’s a Miracle’

Janet Easley talks prepping a free Thanksgiving dinner for 10,000 guests at the Watkins Family Center in Indianapolis.

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Maven to Know: Michelle Waugh Dahl

Learn how one simple idea can help change the world from the founder of Michelle’s Little Free Pantry.

Lil BUB vs. Smudge

A showdown for the ages between the internet’s favorite felines.

How to Support Trans Women in Indianapolis

There are things, both big and small, you can learn and do in our community.

Style Swap Indy Fall 2019

Style Swap promises to surprise and delight around every corner

From showrooms to vendors—a shopping (and swapping) experience not to be missed.

Tonic Ball Indy Maven

14 Female-Fronted Bands to Check Out at Tonic Ball 2019

From Oh Europa and Cara Jean Wahlers to Manners, Please and The Girl Called Books—these groups will take the stage on November 22.

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Indiana Fashion Week’s Dlang Ferguson: What I’m Bringing to Style Swap

The executive director of the Indiana Fashion Foundation, which produces Indiana Fashion Week, will bring one of her signature designs to Style Swap.

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Maven to Know: Amy Bartner

The Conga content producer chats Twitter, podcasts, and her obsession with beauty YouTubers. And Orangetheory. And Cher.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Just Pop In! Twins—But Were Afraid to Ask

Mandy Selke and Carly Swift tell all, from the weirdest thing in their purses to their go-to karaoke songs.

Think Local: Indiana-Based Beauty Products You Need Now

From BitchStix and Ambre Blends to Fló and Bass Farms—here are some of our favorites. 

Meet Style Swap Stylist Nicole Busch

Make sure to stop by and talk to Busch, the owner and fashionable force behind Nicole Blair Wear in Carmel, during Style Swap Nov. 15 at the Indiana Design Center.

Fox59’s Lindy Thackston: What I’m Bringing to Style Swap

The Fox59 anchor shares what’s she bringing to swap, her style icon, and the one item of clothing she’d save in a fire.

Meet Style Swap Stylist Laura Walters

The local stylist shares what’s she bringing to swap, what trends she’s excited about right now, and her runway song (we all have one, right?)

Fete-Indy Maven Launch Party Recap

Indy Maven Launch Party Recap

A recap of the Indy Maven Launch Party at CityWay in downtown Indianapolis on Oct. 22, 2019.

Music Maven: Rachel Hickey

Music Mavens is a series where Indy Mavens dish on their love of music, what’s on their playlists, local concert venues, and more.

How’d You Get That Job?: Rachael Heffner, Bodybuilder and Director of Operations for ARC Fitness

She went from weighing 300 pounds to winning Miss Indiana Physique—and we needed to know everything.

5 Bars with Big City Vibes and Midwestern Chill

Sip and Be Seen at these local bars that perfectly mix a bit of glam with the charm of the midwest.


Everything You Need to Know About Microblading

Fuller brows can be yours—but you’ll want this info before you schedule that appointment.

Send a Friend Lasagna

New Indy business delivers homemade lasagna straight to your door.

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Maven to Know: Stevi Stoesz Kersh

The Executive Director of City Market is also a badass biker and a devoted animal lover.

How to Do Style Swap Like a Pro

The Baer Minimalist offers tips on how to decide which clothing items to bring to Style Swap at the Indiana Design Center on Nov. 15.

Why I Stay in Indianapolis

Three vibrant, successful Indy women tell us all the reasons this is their city.

Take a Trip to Indiana’s Own Stars Hollow: Zionsville

Lorelei and Rory Gilmore would definitely feel at home here.

Happy Birthday, Halloween Mavens

Please join us in wishing two special Mavens—Amanda Kingsbury (Co-founder and Contributing Editor) and Abby Gardner (Executive Editor)—a very happy birthday. 

5 Things to Know About Style Swap Indy

Indy’s most popular clothing swap is back and better than ever. Here’s what you need to know before you go.

15 Local Women to Follow in Politics

Read. Retweet. Repeat.

It’s Lit: 10 Bookish Events to Check Out in November

From a new library for hometown hero Kurt Vonnegut to the Black Women’s Writing Society, here are 10 ways to celebrate literature this month in Indianapolis.

A Tale of Two Kidneys

Nikki Reed and Hadley Green talk about the decision to make a living organ donation.

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Maven to Know: Gabby Love

This DJ, curator, and entertainer has spun tunes for Michelle Obama and has a hot new radio show.

10 Cool Women Coming to Indy

From Rachel Ray to Lizzo, don’t miss these 10 cool women coming to Indianapolis before 2020.

Madonna Fans Go Bay City Rolling

Madonna skipped Indianapolis on her new tour. So we went looking for her, in her hometown of Bay City, Michigan.

Go Beyond The Bell Jar

Our journey to IU to read Sylvia Plath’s diaries and see a lock of her hair.

Carol Howard Maven to Know INDY MAVEN

Maven to Know: Carol Howard

Carol Howard has raised raised $18 million for Indianapolis area organizations. This woman knows how to throw a seriously good party.

How’d You Get That Job?: Jess West, Costume Designer

“How’d You Get That Job?” is a new series we’re kicking off at Indy Maven where we chat with women who have some of the most unique and fascinating jobs you’ve ever heard of. 

15 Pop Culture-Inspired Costumes for Halloween

From ‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘Hustlers’ to ‘Succession’ and ‘Stranger Things’

True Colors: Hot Hair for Fall

What you need to know about flannel hair, shag-inspired cuts, and scalp care for fall.

The Badass Women of Crown Hill Cemetery

Let us pay our respects.

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Maven to Know: Victoria Beaty

Meet Victoria Beaty, a former fast food advertising exec turned urban farmer.

Ending Sexual Assault in Indiana, One Postcard at a Time

The Clothesline Project asks women to share their stories of sexual violence.

Rethinking Fairy Tales in the Age of #MeToo

Indianapolis author Annie Sullivan says we need to change the narrative.

Get On Board at Willa Gray Home

Entertain in style this holiday season with some help from Willa Gray Home.

Signs of Financial Abuse

Signs You or Someone You Know Is Suffering from Financial Abuse

It’s way more common than you think.

Houseplant Design Services in Indy

Read This Before You Buy that IKEA Fig Tree

Houseplant Designs offer house calls for sick plants and other services for your indoor jungle.

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There’s Now Even More French Pharmacie to Love

The new French Pharmacie Flea has items for your home and garden.

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Maven to Know: Tiffany Hanson

Meet Tiffany Hanson, outreach and engagement manager at LUNA Language Services.

Let’s Get Real About What It Means to Be a Woman Over 60

Let’s Get Real About What It Means to Be a Woman Over 60. No matter what your age, you’ll learn something.

No, Really…There Are So Many Good Mocktails to Drink Right Now

Listen. You don’t owe us, your friends, your mom, or even (especially?) the bartender an explanation for why you’re not drinking right now.

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Crime Junkie: Curiosity Is in Ashley Flowers’ DNA

A look inside one of the most popular podcasts in the country.

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Kusama, LSD, Sex With Nixon: What the FAQ is Really Going on Here?

Everything you need to know about the latest buzzy installation in Indy.

Sadly, the Gender Pay Gap Is Even Worse Than You Thought

Let’s all fight this fight together, shall we?

Read Between the Seams

A new quilt project will make you think about the ramifications of transit expansion.

7 Fitness Mavens to Follow on Insta

We’ll meet you at the gym for a sweat session.

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Local Color: Indy Nail Lacquer Maker Offers Cruelty-Free Line

Cruelty-free, minimal plastic packaging, and the company donates a portion of quarterly sales to nonprofits that promote STEM careers to young girls? SOLD.

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Maven to Know: Sunny Lu Williams

Because networking is always a good idea.

5 Indy Podcast Mavens to Know

Maybe you’ll be inspired to start your own—at least we hope so.

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