2016-17 Contributors


Rhett Reeves Bentley

Rhett Reeves Bentley is a new wife, an avid traveler, and a writer. 
A native of Savannah, GA, Rhett graduated from Sewanee, the University of the South with a BA in English. She has 5 years of professional experience in marketing strategies and program management in the fields of education and nonprofits. 
When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rhett on her yoga mat, researching her next trip, hiking on Lookout Mountain, or cooking a family recipe. She resides in beautiful Chattanooga, TN with her husband, Rob. You can follow her adventures at home and away on Instagram at @isabellarhett

Cutting Down to Size: A Table of Epic Proportions, Winter 2016 / Room for a View: Reviving the Spirit of the American Porch, Spring 2017



Lisa Marie Blume

Lisa Marie Blume fell in love with Savannah during her graduate studies at SCAD. She is now a Washington, DC-based destination wedding photographer, traveling worldwide to capture joyous nuptials on film. Her passion for natural light, emotion, and pretty little details keeps her searching for that perfect shot, even after shooting weddings for almost a decade. Incorporating southern charm and urban sophistication in timeless and telling images is what she does best! Her companies, Lisa Blume Photography and Sweet Tea Photography, are often featured on Style Me Pretty, Southern Weddings, Ruffled, BRIDES, and the Knot Magazine.

Vineyard Romance, Issue 15 / Love Story, Fall 2015 / A New Something Blue, Fall 2016 / I Take Thee, Fall 2017


Kim Daniels

Kim Daniels

Kim Daniels is a stylist and photographer who runs her own company, Kimbrough Daniels, in Brunswick, GA. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Art concentrating in Interior Design and Art History. Kim has been styling events, food and homes for over two decades. She has lived on the coast of Georgia for five years, where she has cultivated her business and organized a group of talented business owners called the Golden Isles Creative Collective. Kim enjoys cocktails, boiled peanuts and anything made with bacon. You can follow Kim’s food and drink adventures at www.kimbroughdaniels.com/blog.

Slow Summers in the Lowcountry, Summer 2016 / Let’s Go Glamping, Fall 2016 / Home for the Holidays, Winter 2016 / Plant-Based, Spring 2017 / Summer in the City, Summer 2017 / Spiced & Sugared, Fall 2017


Monica Farber

Monica is a photographer, blogger, and communications professional.  She is passionate about the arts, fashion, and travel.  Her background includes a B.F.A. from the University of West Georgia and an M.A. from SCAD Atlanta.  Monica currently resides in a suburb of Atlanta, with her husband, Michael and their puppy, Kobi.  To learn more about her adventures in being fabulous, visit her blog, www.lovefancypants.com or Instagram @fancypantsfarber.

Read Monica’s blog posts here!



Jules de Jesus Fritz

Jules De Jesus Fritz is a wife, mom, and beauty guru. She’s real, not afraid to be vulnerable, and loves big! In 2007 she started Dollface by Jules, a beauty agency for hair and makeup artists, and in 2014, Jules developed Savannah’s first makeup line, JMTM

After years of teaching, she found her higher calling of becoming a Light Coach and encouraging others to discover their light through self love and compassion. She shares motivational messages that feel like personal soul hugs to spark your spirit. Learn more about Jules on julesloves.me.

Summer Drift, Issue 24 / Autumn Glow, Fall 2016 / Vintage Glamour, Winter 2016 / Saturated, Spring 2017 / Sweet Delights, Summer 2017 / Chrome, Fall 2017

Read Jules’ monthly beauty column for Paprika Southern here!


Anthony Garzilli

Anthony Garzilli is Editor/Manager of the Jasper County Sun, a weekly newspaper in Ridgeland, SC.  Garzilli, 35, of Savannah, GA, is a native of Bronx, NY, and has worked as a sports reporter and editor for 13 years.  He’s won four first-place SC Press Association awards for writing excellence.  He’s married, has a 1-year-old niece, and listens to Pearl Jam.

The Faces of Southern Farming, Issue 3Bobi Perry:  The Lady in Red, Honey, Issue 9 / Mars Theatre:  In Living Color, Issue 11 / Let Albert Wall Entertain You, Issue 12 / The Man who Marries Everyone, Issue 15 / Meet Sjohnna McCray, Issue 24 / The Brackish Boys, Winter 2016  / Under the Spell of Sarah Domet, Summer 2017 / No Slowing Down: D.A. Martin, Fall 2017


Carol Jensky

Carol Jensky is a 2014 graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design where she obtained her BFA in Fashion Marketing and a minor in Fashion Design. She is passionate about the arts and fashion especially styling, trend research, and creative direction. Carol currently works as a freelance stylist and social media coordinator in Savannah, GA. 

Equinox, Fall 2015 / Bloom, Spring 2016 / Summer Bohemia, Summer 2016 / Winter Enchantment, Winter 2016 / Ivy League, Fall 2017

Chelsea Kester

Chelsea Kester

Chelsea is the free spirit and maker behind Wildflower Gypsy, an organic botanical haircare and apothecary line, created in Savannah, GA.  She hails from the countryside of upstate New York, and pulls inspiration from her childhood spent among the wildflowers, abundant gardens, deeply seeded family traditions, and hippie community.  Chelsea also has a heart for educating others on the immense benefits of flowers, herbs, aromatherapy, and how to create natural beauty products of your own. When she’s not working with dried botanicals and organic oils, you can find her chasing around her sweet toddler daughter, Chloe, or digging around in her gardens.

A Botanic Life, Fall 2017


Ageda Machuca

Ageda Machuca, also known as Agee, is a writer and content creator with a passion for telling stories, motivating and inspiring others with visual content, an amateur city-life photographer, and Paprika Southern’s former intern. She’s an Armstrong State University graduate with a MA in Professional Communication and Leadership ’17 and a BA in Business Economics ’15. Currently, she works as a communications professional and resides in Savannah, Ga. Feel free to check out this small town girl’s #ageemacadventures and visual eye on Instagram @ageemac.

Tastemakers: Lara Neece, Fall 2015 / Jen Jenkins, Winter 2015 / Ely Rooney, Spring 2016 / Gianina Gabriel, Fall 2016 / Candace Brodmann, Winter 2016 /  Carrie Christian, Summer 2017


Grace McWilliams

Founder of Women’s History Committee of Savannah, Grace McWillams is a lover of all things history. She enjoys her days as a barista, Tai Chi instructor, wellness coach, writer, photographer, foodie, and community advocate. Due to her bibliophilic nature she also works at a historic library in downtown Savannah. She has a passion for chai tea, cheese, silliness, and finding the magic in life. You can follow her adventures on instagram, Graceland_ga

Adventures in the Gullah Geechee Corridor, Fall 2015 / A Brief History of the Holidays, Winter 2015  / The Bold and the Brazen: Infamous Women of the South, Spring 2016 / Road Trippin’: Our Picks for the Ultimate Southern Summer Road Trip, Summer 2016 / A League of Our Own: What Happened After Women Won the Right to Vote, Fall 2016 / Ground-Breakers and Earth-Shakers: Savannah’s Jewish Legacy / A Tale of Two Fabrics: Seersucker and Madras and their Globe-Spanning Journeys to the Southern Closet, Summer 2017


Cortney Phillips Meriwether

Cortney Phillips Meriwether is a freelance writer specializing in content marketing, fiction, and essays. She lives in Buckhannon, WV with her basketball coach husband and very anxious dog. To learn more about Cortney, visit her website.

We’re Just So Glad You’re Here, Spring 2016

Kate Paul

Kate Paul

Kate is an illustrator located in Savannah, Georgia. She is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration. Her colorful and stylized work is a reflection of her whimsical and childlike view of the world. In her spare time, Kate loves adventuring with her fiancé, David, and their three four-legged companions. Her work can be seen at katepaulillustration.com

Road Trippin’: Our Picks for the Ultimate Southern Summer Road Trip, Summer 2016 / 10 Things to Try This Summer, Summer 2016 / A League of Our Own & Fall Girl, Fall 2016 / Cutting Down to Size: A Table of Epic Proportions, Winter 2016 / Room for a View, Spring 2017 / This Spring, Spring 2017 / A Tale of Two Fabrics, Summer 2017 / Summer Pineapple, Summer 2017

Kate Paul

Kaitlin Przezdziecki

Kaitlin Przezdziecki is the owner and lead designer of Cheers Darling Events, a full service wedding and event design firm located in Washington, DC. Her love of the South took her to College of Charleston for undergrad before landing in Washington, DC and starting Cheers Darling Events. Kaitlin‘s event style incorporates traditional elements with a touch of sass, bringing in bold patterns and bright colors.  Her work as been featured on Style Me Pretty, Weddings Unveiled, Washingtonian Bride & Groom and more.

A New Something Blue, Fall 2016 / I Take Thee, Fall 2017


Azure Rountree

Azure Rountree is a wife and mother to 4 beautiful children.   She is a business owner, cookbook Author, Food Contributor for Statesboro’s Moments Magazine and an Autism Advocate.  She has a love for cooking and is a member of the Statesboro Farmer’s Market where she sells a variety of sweets. 

 Fiesta Till You Siesta, Spring 2016

Read Azure’s monthly food blog for Paprika Southern here


Kristen Solecki

Kristen Solecki is an artist and illustrator who uses ink and paint to create pieces withchangeable, strong line and bold color. Her work ranges from paintings and drawings to editorial illustrations, designs for products, and her own line of prints and cards. She works for a variety of clients including West Elm, The Local Palate, The Globe and Mail, Taproot Magazine,Knit Wit Magazine, Skirt Magazine,  and many more. She has shown her work around the country including at the Jones Carter Gallery, F.U.E.L. Gallery, Proximity Gallery, Surface Craft Gallery, and more. She lives and works in Charleston, SC. Visit her website.


Kara Speckhals

Kara is a wardrobe stylist, blogger and a travel enthusiast. She loves working with her clients to create a new style and infuse confidence in their daily lives. For more information, you can visit her website or check out her instagram at @karabettie

Sweater Weather, Fall 2016

Read Kara’s monthly fashion column for Paprika Southern here

Stephanie Tallevast

Stephanie Tallevast

Stephanie Tallevast is a Savannah based interior designer with an eye for mixing the old and the new into interior spaces. Her work has been published both nationally and regionally and it always reflects her love of original art, vintage and antique finds as well as textiles. Stephanie’s more than fifteen years in the design field gives her a seasoned perspective and she looks forward to sharing design advice and trends from the interior design world with Paprika Southern readers through house tours and creative features. You can get to know Stephanie even better at www.stallevastdesign.com.

Lowcountry Collage & One Settee, Three Ways, Summer 2016 / A Collection Converges in Savannah & Let’s Go Glamping, Fall 2016 / The Art of the Mantel, Winter 2016 / Signs of Spring, Spring 2017 / A Fashion Forecast for Walls, Summer 2017 / Fall Forward, Fall 2017

Omkari Williams

Omkari Williams

Omkari Williams began her professional life as an actress, a career she pursued for years and loved, until she didn’t.

She fell into her next career as a political consultant when a friend asked her to help someone she knew who was running for office. From there she worked for candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. In that job she used the skills she had honed as an actress to help professional politicians polish and refine their presentations so that they could better connect with their constituents.

That led to a stint teaching many of the same skills to Fortune 500 executives as they sought to improve their abilities to speak in public, and address both shareholders and their peers. 

When the siren call of returning to her creative roots came she put everything she had done together and became a certified creativity coach. She then began working with people in differing creative disciplines and those wanting to live their daily lives more creatively.

Now a resident of Savannah she coaches and leads retreats on living a creatively inspired life. To find out more about Omkari and the work she does visit: www.LiveInspiredUnlimited.com

The Color of My Skin: Origins and Assumptions, Summer 2016 / The Story Becomes You: How We Become the Stories We Tell, Fall 2016