Erin Kelly is a writer, runner and triathlete living in New York City.

7 Bridal Shower Ideas That Aren't Super Done

Let’s be real: The archetype of a bridal shower is not super exciting. No matter how much you love someone, watching them open up gifts for hours at a time just isn’t all that fun. At times, it can even be a bit awkward—especially when duplicate…
By Erin Kelly

10 Thoughtful Gifts For Your Bridesmaids That They'll Actually Use

“Will you be my bridesmaid?” Few questions are more loaded than the one requesting the presence of a good friend to stand beside you on your wedding day. While the title of ‘bridesmaid’ ranks pretty high on the list of friend honors, it’s also a…
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8 Totally Shameless Things You Do If You Love Your Pet More Than Your Friends

Growing up, my family adopted an adorable yellow Labrador mix named Candy. My parents weren’t necessarily "dog people," but my sister and I wanted a four-legged friend so desperately. Eventually, they caved. Becoming a pet owner was everything I…
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These Routines Help Pros Put Passion First

The world is full of distractions: text messages, overloaded email inboxes, pop-up ads for flash sales at your favorite stores, clickbait headlines, social media notifications, and so much more. This became all too evident when I recently started…
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Why More Women Need To Pick Up Power Tools, According To A Female Contractor

Kate Campbell remembers her first day on a construction job site like it was yesterday. She walked toward a group of men with her head held high, tool belt on, knees shaking. And it was clear how — being the only woman on site — she stood out. As a…
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How One Woman Broke In To Wine's "Boys Club" And Became A Sommelier

Women love wine — at least according to the informal survey I took of myself and every woman I’ve ever met. That’s why I was surprised to learn that the wine industry has historically been a male-dominated field, and today, just 10 percent of lead…
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Here's What A Week In The Life Of A Female Pilot Actually Looks Like

From air pressure changes and cramped quarters to bumpy rides and delays, airplane travel can by trying — so just imagine what it's like for the pilots who deal with it every single day. It’s about time we start thanking these real heroes behind our…
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Take A Power Walk With Neha Kulkarni, Who Believes The Key To A Successful Career Is Balance

Choosing a career is a huge decision. But if you’re anxious about the road ahead, know that your first job doesn't define the entire trajectory of your career. Perhaps no one knows this better than Neha Kulkarni. Though she currently holds the role…
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The 7 Best Running Shoes For Women You Can Actually Get At Walmart

As a running coach, I get tons of questions about the shoes I wear, what running-specific sneaker brands I recommend, and why. While I’ve run in many different types of shoes over the years, I’ve come to learn that my feet feel best when they’re…
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These Three Women Found Success Outside Of The Big City, & Their Advice Is So Inspiring

Earlier this year, I packed what I could into three large suitcases, sold or donated the rest of my material possessions, quit my job, and moved clear across the country in search of a change of pace and to pursue a new career by going back to…
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10 Women Explain What "Success" Means To Them, And Their Answers Are So Inspiring

As kids, we’re often told that we can be whatever we want to be when we grow up — meaning that from a very young age, the whole concept of success is subjective. Whether the child version of yourself aspired to be an astronaut or a novelist — heck,…
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Build A Home Gym With These 8 Health & Fitness Gadgets From Walmart

Want to know a secret? Despite being an avid fitness enthusiast and a running coach with a full roster of clients, there are some days that even I can’t muster up enough motivation to go to the gym. It’s not that I don’t want to keep up a consistent…
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7 Rule-Breaking Women Share The 'A-Ha!' Moment That Led To Their Career 180

In an era where “Busy!” is a standard response to a friend asking how we're doing, it feels easier than ever to get caught up in life's fictional timelines that tell us when to start a career, when to settle down, and everything in between. In fact,…
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These Are The Career 'Rules' You Need To Forget Right Now

I remember a lot about my first internship — and most vividly, I remember what I wore. Following orders from a career counselor at my university, I went out and bought a pantsuit. I thought the outfit was a little formal, but my advisor was…
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6 Training Essentials From Walmart A Running Coach Actually Swears By

As a running coach, I get a lot of questions about the best gear options available for runners. While a good pair of running shoes is all you need to begin a regime, you won’t get very far without the right accessories or a place to keep your…
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Olay Is Celebrating Women In Male-Dominated Jobs And We're So Here For It

Though I loved writing in high school and pursued journalism in college, I had mixed feelings about the field. I felt like all the major news anchors and journalists at the time were men two or three times my age. I didn’t feel like I could relate…
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In The Bustle Booth With Rent The Runway CEO & Co-Founder Jennifer Hyman

When influential women hang out with Bustle editors, we want to give them the chance to leave their mark. Literally. So we hand them a pen, a piece of paper, a few questions, and ask them to get creative. The rest is up to them. In this special…
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5 Steps You Can Take To Become A Trailblazer For Women In The Workplace

The road to trailblazing career woman is far from easy. After I graduated from college, I moved out of my parent’s house in New Jersey and into a very tiny apartment in New York City. It was way too expensive for my entry-level salary, but I was…
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What Can You Do To Get Ahead In Your Career Today?

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Four Female Artists Who Are Inspiring the Next Generation of Creators

Filters and social media settings make it easy for anyone to pretend they’re an artist. But let’s be real: Unless we’re talking about a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich, creating something that we’re proud of is really difficult! And it doesn't end…
By Erin Kelly