Life is like this
heartland; underdog is a collection of people, places + projects coming out of st. louis, missouri. we hope h;u can become a platform for compassion, empathy + inspiration. our goal is to connect st. louisans. we create intersections and bridge gaps. the stories you see on h;u are curated, photographed and written by ashley kuenstler + lindsay pattan.
do you remember the moment you realized you weren't the smartest person in the room? heartland; underdog celebrates the people who are smarter, more creative + cooler than we are, and the projects they've gifted the world.
we live, work + play in st. louis. we really love the midwest, especially stl, and we hope our stories make you love the heartland too. if you want to visit, send an email to email@example.com + we'll make sure your itinerary is 100%.
we work in photography, advertising, media + business, spend a lot of time helping other people do cool stuff + sit on our fair share of community boards + committees. it's our passion. if you need help on a project, it never hurts to ask, so shoot us an email.
design - all kinds of it - is important to us. seriously, the fashion kind, the interior kind, the fine arts kind, the performing kind. we love it + we live for it, so send us your projects, your cool city loft + your tattoos. we want to see it.
we think your brand is really cool, but sending us stuff doesn't warrant a post. if you want to collaborate, let's come up with something interesting to do together.
what projects have you worked on?
this is our project. welcome. we'll also be launching a few socially charged community projects in 2015, and we hope you'll join us. stay tuned.
why st. louis?
st. louis is home to some of the country's most talented chefs, makers, journalists, entrepreneurs, fortune 500s, and the list goes on... we're here to tell the stories of the people who make st. louis a great place, to live, work + play.
what's the deal with H;U?
h;u has been around for a few years now, with mostly filler content because taking pictures is fun + we have issues with over-committing ourselves. now, h;u is a place for stories. we think it will stay that way, but the cool thing about having a blog is that you can do whatever you want to with it. we hope you'll stick around long enough to see h;u grow into something amazing.
why do you post political content?
see, we care about people. not just their paintings + their startups, but their rights + quality of life. why? well, it would suck to not have rights because you're a ________ person. don't you think it's weird that an adjective dictates your quality of life? we think it's pretty terrible + since you can do whatever you want with your blog (thank you, internet), we're going to talk about it sometimes. we will also be launching several socially charged projects this year, and we hope you'll check back for more information. most importantly, we hope you'll get involved!
will you feature me?
maybe! send us some information on you + your project or someone cool you think should be featured + we'll take a look at it as soon as we can!
what's on your resume?
we talk about other people because we think other people are really cool. but, since you asked... here are some rad things about lindsay + ashley
Work + Projects + Boards
Marketing Manager + Digital Strategist, ALIVE Media Group, LLC.
Co-Founder + Executive Director, Midwest Influencer Network
Director of Marketing, Saint Louis Fashion Week
Director, STLFW VIP Blogger Experience
Young Friends Program Steering Committee, Downtown STL, Inc.
Social Media Opportunities Group, St. Louis CVC
Young Friends Steering Committee, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
STLFW Communications + PR Supprt, Saint Louis Fashion Fund
Awards + Accolades
Best Event Host & Personality, St. Louis Fashion Blog Awards
Best Brand Collaborations, St. Louis Fashion Blog Awards
Best Use of Instagram, St. Louis Fashion Blog Awards
FGI Rising Star Award - Social Media & eCommerce Nominee by Fashion Group International - Saint Louis
Above and Beyond Quarterly Recognition for Social Media Bakers Footwear Group
Best Use of Twitter to Promote a Business or Organization Nominee by Riverfront Times (Miss Ohio Vintage)
Best Use of Facebook to Promote a Business by Riverfront Times (Miss Ohio Vintage)
Best Place to Buy Used Clothing by Riverfront Times (Miss Ohio Vintage)
Video Game Industry Featured Community Marketer Xbox Magazine UK
Speaking Engagements, Event Appearances & Ambassadorships
Topshop x Nordstrom: Topshop loves St. Louis Ambassador
Mode Media: St. Louis Ambassador
Host & Speaker, Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's
Host, Madewell's LouFest Prep Party
Speaker, Fashion Group International (St. Louis) Thought Leadership Panel Discussion
Host, Dazzle Me Twice Cocktails & Shopping Event
Spokesperson, Shoeternity.com (Bakers Shoes)
Press + Media Appearances
KSDK Channel 5: This Weekend with ALIVE Magazine (Weekly 2014-15)
ALIVE Magazine: "My Style" Feature
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Guest Stylist
KXFN 1580 The Woman: This Weekend with ALIVE Magazine (Weekly 2013-2014)
Kelly Shoe Strings
Learn To Rock It
City In a Jar
The Kashonna Files
My Vintage Addiction
Sweet Symphony Fashion
Fox & Gypsy
Vintage Heaven Chicago - Featured Seller
Kristen Linares' Blog
Garnets & Sapphires