Classically chic

first_imgStyled by Style HawkPhotographs by Lissa GotwalsCreative direction by Jesma ReynoldsSpring is a time of renewal. Time to shed winter layers, simplify, and look forward. Walter asked six Raleigh women of uncommon style, presence, and accomplishment to allow us to photograph them in some of the season’s freshest looks. Raleigh stylists Helen Wallace and Alex Long  helped each woman choose clothes that suited her individual style – something they do regularly with their business, Style Hawk. Clothes, Wallace and Long say, have power. “Looking and feeling your best will give you an inner confidence,” they say. “Don’t take yourself too seriously. Be true to who you are and don’t be afraid to take risks.” Raleigh’s restored Merrimon-Wynne House served as the light-filled setting for our photo shoot, lending a timeless aura to photographs of individual beauty and classic chic.Melissa PedenRaleigh native Melissa Peden has been a groundbreaking force in the art world here for several decades. She is also the mother of three adult children, the grandmother of four, and the wife of artist Robert Irwin. An art gallery owner for many years and a pioneer of the open-door First Fridays that thrive today, she has also served on the boards of the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Contemporary Art Museum, and Raleigh Fine Arts Society, among others. She is currently on the NCMA’s Artists’ Link Team and on the capital campaign committee for N.C. State’s Gregg Museum.Describing her own style, Peden says “At this point in life, I am simplifying, and not just in what I wear.” She says a friend describes her look as “classic with an edge.” Peden she says she liked “the elegance of the long skirt and the casual shirt” she wears here. “Elegance combined with casual, I like very much.” MiH white shirt, Beanie + Cecil, Wilmington; Isabel Marant skirt, Vermillion,Raleigh; Necklace + jewelry, Raleigh Denim and model’s own; Suede flats, Main & Taylor, RaleighJodi StrenkowskiJodi Strenkowski, 30, is the owner of the Merrimon-Wynne House. It was the site of our Style shoot and, since it opened in January, has been the location of many weddings, fundraisers and festivities. A native of Ontario, Strenkowski has called Raleigh home for 3 years.“I loved that the outfit really felt like something that I would normally wear,” she says of her clothes here, “It was a mix of business and fun, and it felt like something that I could wear from a meeting to a night out…it made me feel happy and super comfortable.” Haute Hippie blazer, Gena Chandler Raleigh; Tank, T by Alexander Wang, Beanie + Cecil, Wilmington; ‘Haywood’ High-rise jeans, Raleigh Denim; Vans shoes, J.Crew Crabtree Valley Mall, Raleigh; Necklace, Quercus Studio, RaleighCarmen FelderCarmen Felder, 26, is a dancer with the Carolina Ballet. Despite her obvious grace, she describes herself as “eclectic,” if not “an oddball.” That’s because her interests are so varied, ranging from reading for hours on end, to knitting, to cheering on the Carolina Hurricanes. She is also a fan of Olympic sports. “I am, in fact, one of those people who love curling,” she says.As for style, Felder says she loved her clothes in this photo. “I felt sophisticated in the outfit,” she says. “The sweater reminded me a little of a vintage tennis game, and I loved how long and tall I felt in the pants. I would wear it again in an instant.” Rag & Bone Talia Sweater and MiH Marrakesh Flares, Beanie + Cecil, WilmingtonShannon WolfShannon Wolf, 40, is the co-owner, with her husband Jake, of the downtown restaurant Capital Club 16. She is also a freelance writer and TV producer who over the past 15 years has worked for networks including Oxygen, Discovery, VH1 and others. At the restaurant, she does “a lot of the behind the scenes things,” including events. She is also the mother of two children, ages 4 and 6.“The outfit was definitely something I would wear on the regular. I love Raleigh Denim – a definite go-to of mine. The blouse is very pretty, classic mixed with lovely lace, and the hat perfect for a sunny day and picnics in the park.” Haute Hippie blouse, Gena Chandler Raleigh; ‘Surry’ Jeans, Raleigh Denim; Hat, Raleigh Denim; Jewelry and boots, model’s ownEve HobgoodEve Hobgood, 36, is a photographer whose Petite Simone Photography business specializes in children and families. She is the mother of two children, ages 2 and 3, and a recent Raleigh resident after eight years in New York City.“The Row dress that I wore was absolutely gorgeous,” she says. “It made me feel beautiful, it fit perfectly, and all I wanted to do was wear it home and never take it off! Hint hint to my man.” The Row dress, Vermillion, Raleigh; Brass cuff, Raleigh Denim; Earrings, model’s ownAnn WhitehurstAnn Whitehurst, 36, is an associate creative director at a marketing agency, the mother of two children, ages 1 and 3, and a North Carolina native. She describes herself as an optimist, an artist, a writer, and a strategist. “I love watching my kids learn anything,” she says. She also loves “creating anything, and being outside – close to the ocean, and being in the mountains.” She says her personal style is “classic with a hint of the unexpected.”“I love that fashion gives us the opportunity to be fearless, even if it’s in small ways,” she says. “That’s what I loved about the dress — it was so simple and flattering, but the midriff cutout gave it a little bohemian edge.” A.L.C dress, Beanie + Cecil, Wilmington; Feather cuff with diamonds, Quercus Studio RaleighStyle Hawk’s Essentials for Springtop row from left:H&M  Long Jacket – Triangle Town Center, Crabtree Valley Mall, and hm.comJ.Crew Prima jersey pocket tank – Crabtree Valley Mall and jcrew.comCalypso St. Barth tunic – Fleur North Hills, Raleighmiddle row from left:J.Crew Vans – Crabtree Valley Mall and jcrew.comJane Pope Jewelry + Style Hawk collab. – Evil eye necklace with white diamond –, janepopejewelry.comGap Espadrille sandals – Crabtree Valley Mall and other area locations, and gap.combottom row from left:Madewell High riser skinny skinny jeans – Crabtree Valley Mall and madewell.comMadewell Flea market flares – Crabtree Valley Mall and madewell.comStyle Hawk’s Alex Long and Helen Wallacelast_img

Linda Nunnallee Helping people help themselves

first_imgphotograph by Juli Leonardby Todd CohenLinda Nunnallee believes that building relationships is indispensable to serving people. The executive director of StepUp Raleigh, a nonprofit that helps adults and children build stable lives through jobs and life skills training, she says it’s a lesson she learned early: First at home, then in the advertising business, and finally in the nonprofit sector.Today she credits solid relationships with helping her run an agency that provides low-income and homeless individuals in Wake County with job training and placement, vocational training, and life skills development. Last year, StepUp placed 380 unemployed, low-wage and homeless individuals in jobs ranging from food services and hospitality to automotive mechanics and fiber optics, with an average hourly wage of $10.64.Nunnallee comes to the job with broad experience. A Florida native, she spent 12 years at an ad agency and worked for an accounting firm before becoming a fundraiser for SAFEchild, a Raleigh nonprofit that works to eliminate child abuse. She helped to launch SAFEChild as president of the Junior League, then served on its board before going to work for the agency.She arrived with the knowledge that relationships were vital. As an advertising account executive, “I had to have a good relationship with the client, with the creative people, with the media people.” In nonprofits, too, she says, “it’s all about relationships – with the people who come through our program, our volunteers, board of directors, staff members, employers, donors, and the different churches that house our programs. It’s all about relationships.”Good relationships need to get off on the right foot, and Nunnallee credits her parents with teaching her invaluable lessons about seeing the good in people.“My dad said, ‘People are good. If you’re good to people, they’ll be good to you.’ He always looked for the good in people, and always found it.’ The lesson I learned from my mom is to always do it right. She would say, ‘Our reputation is who we are, and we need to do things the best we can, because if we do that, we’ll never have to second guess who we are.’ ”To me, philanthropy means giving a piece of your heart to somebody or something that needs it more than you do.At SAFEchild, we met people where they are and not where we want them to be. Without that understanding, you can’t reach people. I learned everything I know about development from Marjorie Menestres, executive director at SAFEchild. She was my mentor and still is.Both SAFEchild and StepUp work to help people learn lessons that, for whatever reason, they have not learned on their own. At SAFEchild, it’s parenting. At StepUp, it’s how to prepare yourself for employment, to get a job, balance a budget, set goals and create a more stable environment for yourself and your family. Everybody comes to us from a different place, but almost everybody comes in crisis. And if we don’t have that compassion and understanding to meet people where they are, then we’re not going to be successful, nor will we be able to help people who need our help be successful.Everybody wants to feel the validity of their life. I get so much joy out of watching, at StepUp, people who enter this program in such crisis, and leave this program with everything we have offered them, and are able to actually create a life and an environment that is stable and safe for themselves and their family.I have a daughter, Claire, and a son, Andy. Claire is 29, a radiology technician at WakeMed. Andy is 27. He works at the business office at IMC Research Corp. in town.The beauty of Raleigh is what has stayed the same. It’s a community of relationships. It’s like a big town. When people are in need, this community rallies around. It’s progressive but it honors tradition.In Raleigh, I admire Danny Rosin, the founder of Band Together N.C., and his unwavering passion and tenacity to improve the community. He and a group of friends witnessed the destruction of 9/11 and through tears and passion decided they would do something about it. What they did was create events with live music and bands to support nonprofits in the community, making it a platform to do good and an agent for change.I am reading Start with Why, by Simon Sinek. We can all talk about how we do things and what we do, but until we get to the why and the story behind it, it doesn’t really have a purpose.I don’t like change for change’s sake, but I don’t want to ever sit still. I think there’s always room to grow. When I stop doing that and become idle is when the adrenalinequits flowing.last_img