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Letter from the Editor - Summer 2014 Empowerment Issue

Monday, June 16, 2014 HALFSTACK MAGAZINE

Welcome to the summer issue of Halfstack readers! You can read it live HEREAs always, I must extend my thanks to all of you readers out there for your continued support! I also want to send a special shout-out to the amazing team working alongside me to bring you all each of these issues. There has been a lot of evolution for Halfstack this year!

If you have not had the opportunity to visit our redesigned blog – please check it out: It will be your daily go-to supplement in between each issue! We have a great team of bloggers and editors bringing you amazing content every week. We also added a new element to our content, a podcast, this past spring! Halfstack Highlights is a blogcast dedicated to showcasing the latest in indie talent, business and creative opportunities for the dreamer in you. We bring you intimate conversations with up and comers, entrepreneurs and fellow dreamers alike.

Nick Wernimont (far right) and the team

You can listen on itunes here:Halfstack Highlights

Now, this issue is filled to the brim with great interviews, commentary and inspiration to get you in the right direction. The focus of our summer 2014 editorial is “Empowerment”. This is an idea that I have explored in depth over the last 10 years of my life and one that I am so honored to share with you through the pages in this issue. Each of our writers has put in so much energy and heart to bring you people, businesses and organizations that truly embody this theme.

Cover - Tamika Price owner of Standout Style Boutique

Sophia took some time to speak with the team at Enrou an online store that allows customers to Shop socially conscious fashion and lifestyle goods that empower developing communities worldwide. Blogger Cheyenne highlights how Roots of Peace is working to replace minefields with bountiful vineyards and orchards worldwide. Beauty Editor, Danielle, brings you an inspiring and uplifting interview with Cheri Lindsay most known for her revealing Dermablend confession video about living with Vitiligo. I share my personal journey with depression, attempted suicide, growing up in a home of poverty and violence and how 360 Youth Services helped me and continues to help at-risk youth 10 years later.

Jess Lively & (Ben) Franklin

In addition to all these empowering stories, I had the opportunity to complete our editorial feature this issue alongside our talented staff photographer: Perry Fish. We visited and interviewed 4 empowered personalities, entrepreneurs and organizations who are making a difference right here in Chicago. Over the last few months Perry and I visited their offices to give all of you readers a behind the scenes look into what they do and to share their stories. It is my honor to share the journeys of Tamika Price, founder of Standout Style Boutique, Nick Wernimont, co-founder of, Jess Lively of, and Michael Kimpan of The Marin Foundation.

The Marin Foundation Team

This issue also has some enticing fashion and music features. Definitely check out the top albums for summer editorial which features a great roundup of what are sure to be major hits all summer long. Teresa also had the opportunity to interview one of the stylists behind acclaimed online shopping destination: Regulo has round up some of Chicago’s top places to shop for the guys and Teresa brings you some great places for the ladies both in the burbs and city.

Last, but surely not least, we recently began to include opinion and commentary pieces. A place where some of our writers and past readers can express their honest thoughts and opinions through our outlet. These are here to evoke thought, honest conversation and respectful debate. Jen Pontrelli brings you details on the changes Chicago can foresee now that the conceal and carry gun law has passed. Matthew Santos adds some riveting thoughts on sin and sexuality and Reynisha Lindsay truly inspires with her “N’spired Thoughts” column.

I hope that the ideas expressed and the people highlighted in this issue, bring you comfort and inspiration. I hope that the journeys showcased allow you to forge on into your own. Most importantly, I hope this issue helps you realize that anything in life is possible. I wish you all the best dear readers.

Be sure to read the full issue here: Summer 2014 Empowerment Issue
Jennifer M. Lezan-Veguilla

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