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[It’s Not] About Us

The Wild Rose Collective is truly meant to be a collective of voices and perspectives, not a spotlight on us. We see ourselves more as the documentarians. Our role is to pursue and share stories, but ultimately our place is behind the camera. We’re here to listen and ask questions, but the spotlight belongs to you. Like any reporter, we know we’ll make mistakes and need an edit from time to time, but we hope this is a space where mistakes lead to productive conversations and deeper understanding.

But Since You Asked & Because We Want to Meet You...

Lindsey Smith

Lindsey Smith is a published author and speaker most commonly known as the “Food Mood Girl.” Her love of storytelling inspired her to create and launch a program that helped over 500 writers launch their own dream books. Additionally, she runs an independent press and is always looking for a story to tell. Her work has been featured in local and national publications including Oprah.com, Cosmo Magazine, and was also featured in a Zagat documentary. For more on Lindsey, visit www.FoodMoodGirl.com and www.OneIdeaPress.com. She lives in Hazelwood with her punk rock husband and adorable pup, Ms. Winnie Cooper.

A female who inspired her was her childhood neighbor, Diane. Diane always had an open ear and an inspiring word as Lindsey attempted to create multiple businesses by the time she was in fourth grade. Diane was first in line at Lindsey’s debut book signing and continues to be a support to date.

Quelcy Kogel

Quelcy is a multi-passionate creative who works as a food and prop stylist, event designer, blogger, photographer and dog cuddler. As a stylist, Quelcy has worked with international brands and small businesses alike, to tell their stories. She was a contributing editor for Design*Sponge and currently for TABLE Magazine. She founded WithTheGrains.com as a way to document her own farm-to-table adventures. She’ll be releasing her first cookbook, The Gluten Free Grains Cookbook, with Page Street Publishing in April 2019. Quelcy lives in Polish Hill with her farming, dog-photoshopping partner Kyle and their adorable dog, Julep.

A female who inspired Quelcy to pursue her biggest ideas was her older sister Tonya, who earned an engineering degree while raising a daughter as a single mom.