Inspired Koncepts is a targeted media company that provides local positive and inspiring information to readers monthly in the Wichita and Oklahoma City metro areas. This strategically aligned organization delivers a targeted media solution for businesses through print publications, websites, event marketing and custom publishing.
SPLURGE! is the premier lifestyle, people and fashion magazine in Oklahoma City. It publishes on the first of every month. We distribute 25,000 copies to over 300 strategic locations throughout all of the Oklahoma City Metro area with a readership of 100,000 people. SPLURGE! primarily targets the female and reaches an educated and upscale audience. There is something for everyone in Splurge as we cover living, shopping, dining, playing and the home in Oklahoma City. SPLURGE! is committed to quality content and design and enjoys featuring local and positive information about the Oklahoma City community. Our 100-page magazine provides an excellent environment to serve our advertisers needs.
Anya Alvarez is an Oklahoma native and retired professional LPGA golf professional. She attended the University of Washington, majored in history and played four years on the golf team. After playing golf professionally for three years, she decided to pursue teaching golf full time and writing. Her goal is to save the world from one bad golf swing at a time and making people smile with her articles in SPLURGE!.
Jake Bollig is a writing coach, speaker and corporate content writer focused on the importance of relationships and self-improvement. He has founded multiple online and offline businesses across multiple industries. He has authored 24 eBooks and his next printed book is due out in October. Jake is a former All-American baseball player, marathon runner and avid book reader. His recent project, 7 Steps To Write Like A Pro In 24 Hours, is made for all the people who want to write but don’t know how to get started. He loves email so send him one at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nicole has lived in OKC for most of her life, with brief stints in Dallas and Tulsa. She has spent the last ten years raising her three beautiful daughters and dividing her time between Urban Girl Wellness, a nutrition and wellness company she founded, as well as Urban Investment Group, a real estate investment company.
Nicole has loved fashion since she was a little girl. In fact, she earned her very first dollar at the age of five, and of course it went directly towards a pair of shiny, red shoes. With her formative years spent in Dallas, Nicole’s love for fashion grew as she was exposed to a myriad of designers and Texas-sized shopping malls on every corner. Since moving back to OKC in 1998, Nicole has enjoyed watching the fashion industry grow to one that rivals bigger cities.
Nicole is a huge supporter of local stores and boutiques and is excited to work on monthly editorials, showcasing all of the amazing fashion OKC has to offer.
It was a college summer session in Paris and the south of France sporting a borrowed 35mm camera that began this Oklahoma native’s love affair with the camera. A 100-year-old, 4500-square-foot historic building is now home to Shevaun Williams & Associates, Commercial Photography, Inc. After nearly 40 award-winning years, she continues to be inspired by the art of photography. Excitement, attention to detail and passion for the subject matter are the order of the day as she moves her fashion stories for Splurge! off the drawing board and into reality.
Writer & Copy Editor
Christina was born in Norman, Oklahoma, and grew up east of the city on a farm. She fell in love with story at an early age and often found herself immersed in the works of some of her favorite authors: E.B. White and Roald Dahl. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, she spent five years teaching literature to some very smart and creative middle grade students (including her own). Since then, she has worked as a copy editor and a copywriter for two creative agencies, the University of Oklahoma, and now Splurge! OKC. She is very excited to learn about and write about the exciting things going on in OKC and the surrounding areas. In her spare time, she enjoys writing middle grade fiction and spending time with her family and her fiancé.
Meet Nosey Parker
Nosey Parker® is a sleuth for all the best local shopping in the Oklahoma City Metro area. Since 2009, she has been writing about and promoting her wonderful and unique shopping experiences. Her “viewpoint” is contributed to Splurge! every month in a fashion advertorial modeling her favorite look from the monthly fashion spread. You can see all the places she has visited in the Oklahoma City metro area on her directory NoseyParkerOKC.com, and of course on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
Nosey Parker® is the British term for “overly curious” and was U.S. trademarked by the visionary for this unique marketing tool, Margaret Croom. You can read about Margaret’s background and all the other omni-channel marketing she stays busy with at MargaretCroom.com.
Writer & Photographer
Roxanne has lived in Norman most of her life. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma’s journalism program with a degree in professional writing. She has been writing since elementary school where she sold hand-written booklets to classmates for a dollar. An avid reader, Roxanne read every book on the list of “100 Books to Read Before College” with To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) and East of Eden (John Steinbeck) being her favorites. With a love for the stage, Roxanne has held the titles of Miss Teenage Oklahoma and Mrs. Oklahoma America. She’s performed in many theatrical stage productions in Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, Florida and Georgia including an original she co-wrote with New York City director, Jan Kissick, The Wit and Wisdom of Will Rogers.
The love for photography also began at a young age when Roxanne was given a Brownie Starflash camera by her parents, who continued to upgrade her cameras throughout her life. “People having fun are my favorite subjects to photograph,” said Roxanne. “Capturing the joy and fun of life is energizing.”
Roxanne is an entrepreneur, having owned a marketing and management agency and winning the accolade of “Oklahoma’s Young Careerist.” She has also owned a medical cosmetic laser center. Today, she is a publicist, website developer, film fanatic and philanthropist. Wendell Funk, publisher of SPLURGE!, once compared her to the likes of the late Will Rogers when he said, “Roxanne has never met a stranger.”
Shyla is a twenty-something MG/YA writer and journalist from the Midwest whose time is divided between her imaginary characters and much-cuter toddler boys. She is obsessed with all things British (minus tea) and can be found inhaling caffeine, baking disastrous recipes and writing at midnight when it’s finally quiet. Her hunky husband is six-foot-eight, which isn’t relevant, but she felt it should be stated since people ask, “How tall is your husband?” Shyla often wondered if it would be awkward to write a bio in third person, and now she can confirm that it is
Kelly is a native of Oklahoma and has recently returned from living in Wichita, Kansas, for the past twenty years. She believes there is no place like home and is very happy to be returning.
As an Account Executive with SPLURGE!, she truly gains a natural high from seeing businesses grow and expand through strategic planning and marketing. She has studied Organizational Management and Leadership and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Friends University.
The love of horses and the love of business development has led her to be intregral in bringing back the sport of kings, polo, back to the state of Oklahoma by marketing the OKC Polo Club. She enjoys playing polo, herself, as well as helping new riders and players learn the sport.
Kelly has two daughters, both attending the University of Kansas; one studies Entrepreneurship and the other Strategic Communications. She is building a home in rural Oklahoma and says she has learned more about construction in the past six months than she ever thought imaginable. She is finally seeing her dream home come to fruition and builds it so that lots of grandkids can come enjoy it with her someday.
Heide Brandes is an award-winning journalist and editor with more than 16 years of experience. She graduated from The University of Central Oklahoma in 1995 with a degree in Professional Writing and spent 12 years as an award-winning newspaper reporter and editor.
Heide was also the public relations and media director for six years for The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma before starting her own freelance writing company in October 2012. She regularly contributes to numerous state, regional and national publications and has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and the New York Times. She is also the Oklahoma correspondent for Reuters News Service.
Besides freelancing full-time, Heide is an avid traveler, medieval warrior, hiker, professional bellydancer and bellydance instructor and kind of a quirky chick who lives in Oklahoma City.
Sean Becker has worked as a freelance writer and editor since 2000, when he finally acknowledged that his dream career as a major league relief pitcher was not going to materialize. He has written or edited material on a wide range of subject matter including grammar, literature, physics, economics, health, biology, public education, local and national sports, travel, and American and world history.
An Ohio native, Sean holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Education and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. He has worked in the fields of education, public relations, legal services and publishing. Sean enjoys cooking, playing softball, basketball and tennis, and taking long road trips to new (and old) destinations. In his spare time, Sean dotes on his children, ages 4 and 2, while subliminally discouraging them from pursuing liberal arts degrees.