CONVERSATIONS WITH HEART & SOUL
A podcast from the editors of VIE Magazine. Hosted by Founder/Editor-in-Chief/Creative Director of VIE, Lisa Marie Burwell. Listen below or subscribe to never miss an episode.
Chef Jim Shirley
Episode 52: “A Culinary Legend” — A Conversation with Chef Jim Shirley, Founder/Executive Chef of Chef Jim Shirley Restaurants
Nationally recognized restaurateur Chef Jim Shirley sat down with VIE Speaks host, Lisa Marie Burwell, to talk all things food and stories about building his brand in Northwest Florida. Chef Jim Shirley is the owner of The Great Southern Café, The Meltdown on 30A, The Bay, Farm & Fire, North Beach Social, The C-Bar, b.f.f., and 87 Central Square in South Walton, Florida.
Chef Jim uses Southern culinary accents with great skill and spirit, traveling far afield to graze and glean, absorb ideas, select fine wines, and look for pockets of sustainable farming practices. As a Pensacola native, Chef Jim uses his knowledge of local waters and family farming histories to promote “New Ruralism,” a movement to champion sustainable agriculture at the urban edge. Jim is chair of the state board of directors of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, a past president of the association’s Northwest Florida Chapter, founder and president of the Society of Great Southern Chefs, and a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance. He is among the five distinguished Celebrity Chefs of Pensacola and has cooked at the James Beard House in New York numerous times. Check out Chef Jim’s full episode wherever you get your podcasts and learn more about what this culinary legend is up to.
Episode 51: “Pioneering a Vision” – A Conversation with Jennifer Steele, Executive Director of the Cultural Arts Alliance
Meet Jennifer Steele, long time 30A local, who has had a heart for our community since she was just five years old. Jennifer has worked with companies like The REP, started her on consulting company, and her own theater company, and eventually found herself helping out the CAA with ArtsQuest which eventually turned into her leading the way for arts in our community. As the creative core of Walton County for three decades, the Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA) of Walton County offers support, connection and access opportunities for all forms of art, every variety of maker, all levels of learners, and especially, art lovers. Through sponsorship, performance, and educational programs, the 510(c)(3) organization directly connects the people of Walton County with the broader view, the critical exploration, and the answers only the Arts have the power to provide. Tune in to learn more about Jennifer and everything that the CAA has in the works!
Episode 50: “A Legacy of Service” — A Conversation with Jeff Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder Communications
On this episode of VIE Speaks, host Lisa Marie Burwell sat down with the CEO of Zehnder Communications, Jeff Zehnder, whose marketing and advertising company helps businesses around the US. Jeff is also the 2023 chairman of The Seaside Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Seaside, Florida, built on sharing and furthering the mission of the New Urbanism principles of architecture, town planning, and community building. The Seaside Institute is poised to commemorate its thirtieth anniversary in a grand manner, bringing together visionaries who have shaped the landscape of livable communities through the prestigious 2024 Seaside Prize. This celebration, scheduled for February 2–4, 2024, promises a weekend filled with insightful symposia and events under the theme “New Urbanism: Frontiers Remain.”
Episode 49: “The All American Dream” — A Conversation with Marisol Gullo, Founder/Owner of Not Too Shabby
Marisol Gullo has a new point of view, and she joined VIE Speaks host, Lisa Marie Burwell, to share her full story! Sophisticated and chic, Marisol says she fell in love with the South Walton, Florida, area’s fine homes when she owned a cleaning business and always ensured she was doing the best job so she could grow her reputation and income. Marisol matter-of-factly says, “I am a very determined person, and I keep going until I reach the next place that I’ve dreamed of going to.” Entrepreneur, interior designer, artist, and builder are just a few words that come to mind when describing Marisol, and we can’t wait to see what else she has up her very stylish sleeve! Tune in to learn more about Marisol, Not Too Shabby, and everything she has in the works.
Episode 48: “Songwriters in Paradise” — A Conversation with Patrick Davis, Founder of SIP
Musicians are often celebrated for their creative productivity, and Patrick Davis is no exception. Over two decades, Davis, endearingly referred to as a Southern storyteller, has made a lasting impression on the stage, in the writing room, and as a critically acclaimed solo artist. However, his most significant contribution may be nurturing Songwriters in Paradise. This intimate concert series assembles some of the biggest names in music in some of the world’s most enchanting locations. But as Davis himself describes it, “We’re just friends hanging out.” Tune in to learn more about Patrick and upcoming SIP events.
Episode 47: “The Future of Beauty is Regenerative” – A Conversation with Kim Walls
The future of beauty is regenerative, but what exactly does that mean? This week on VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul, VIE Magazine Editor-in-Chief and host Lisa Marie Burwell sits down with Kim Walls, a fourth-generation entrepreneur, beauty formula pioneer, and CEO of Furtuna Skin. Kim shares her expertise on the beauty industry (and how she is radically challenging skincare as we know it through Furtuna Skin) to the VIE Speaks stage. She breaks down the evolution of beauty from organic to regenerative beauty, which focuses not only on using the cleanest ingredients but also utilizing regenerative agriculture. A leader on the formulation team for Furtuna’s many award-winning products, Kim is passionate about beauty that delivers transformational results for both our skin and for the world at large. Tune in to learn more about the secrets behind skincare that works, change-making in the beauty industry, and the importance of returning to nature’s wisdom.
Edward San Juan
Episode 46: “Created by Nature. Crafted by Us” – A Conversation with Edward San Juan
This week on VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul, Lisa sits down with Edward San Juan, the President of E.F. San Juan, to discuss what it’s like running a third-generation family business. Now celebrating more than 45 years in business, E.F. San Juan is known for its custom architectural moulding, millwork, and cabinetry, all designed and built by a team of skilled craftsmen. Edward candidly shares his father’s journey starting the business, how they sustain strong bonds working together as a family, how Hurricane Michael catapulted their growth in unexpected ways, and the importance of tackling each project with high-precision and passion. Tune in to hear how E.F. San Juan has evolved from modest beginnings to a widely celebrated company with state-of-the-art facilities; a true success story of starting from nothing and growing a woodworking empire that embodies the American Dream.
Episode 45: “On a Mission to Serve” – A Conversation with Carly Barnes Executive Director of Caring & Sharing South Walton
Community is everything to Carly Barnes, Executive Director at Caring and Sharing South Walton. Founded in 1994, Caring and Sharing is a crucial resource for South Walton residents seeking crisis relief. In this episode, Lisa and Carly discuss how Caring and Sharing provide financial assistance, food, counseling, and case management, brought to life by real stories of community members Carly has met and been able to serve. Learn about Caring and Sharing’s specialty programs and fundraising, current struggles and goals for expansion, and the importance of continuing to provide various supportive resources to community members in need in this insightful episode. Carly’s selfless passion reinstates the importance of how giving drastically transforms the lives of those who are struggling. Tune in for a heart-centered conversation and an inside look into what it looks like to serve on the daily.
Chef Emeril Lagasse
Episode 44: “A Name Everyone Knows” – A Conversation with Chef Emeril Lagasse
This week on VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart and Soul, Emeril Lagasse joined the guest line-up–a man who needs no introduction. A World-Renowned Chef, Restaurateur, TV Personality, Philanthropist, and Author, Emeril practices excellence in each facet of his life while remaining incredibly humble and authentic. This intimate conversation showcases Emeril as a culinary legend and a man, including exciting new accomplishments in his career and wisdom from the celebrity chef on creating a fulfilling life of your design. Lisa and Emeril discuss his growth since the opening of his flagship restaurant, Emeril’s, in 1990 to the present day, his partnership and legacy with son E.J. Lagasse, generous giveback programs through the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, and honest lessons learned through becoming a well-respected and revered figure in the culinary space. Through every menu, fundraiser, restaurant, television series, and project, Emeril insists it takes a village to achieve success. Mix up a margarita or mocktail to sip along with Lisa and Emeril, and tune into this insightful conversation grounded in real talk and staying true to yourself.
Anthea Knapp Turner
Episode 43: “From Ship to Shore” – A Conversation with Anthea Knapp Turner
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and Anthea Knapp Turner knows what beauties people love to behold! A master in curated collections and merchandising, Anthea spent years working in the jewelry industry on cruise ships before planting herself full-time in Northwest Florida and opening her charming lifestyle boutique, Anthea Le Jardin. Located in The Shops at The Hub on 30-A, the shop is a wonderland microcosm filled with fine jewelry, decor, trinkets, gifts, apparel and accessories, and other unique finds. Lisa sits down with Anthea to talk about the thrills and challenges of retail and how creating a brand based on personal style can be a rewarding and lucrative venture when you have enough faith, heart, and soul to keep going.
Episode 42: “The Evolution of Alys Beach” – A Conversation with Diana Lane
One of the most exclusive and most beautiful communities along the Florida Gulf Coast, Alys Beach is much more than just a gorgeous photo backdrop. The resort town hosts world-class events, is home to unique architecture you won’t find anywhere else, and is rooted in family history along the gorgeous white-sand Gulf of Mexico. Lisa caught up with Alys Beach’s director of public relations, Diana Lane, to talk about what’s coming up in the idyllic destination for 2023, what’s new and exciting for visitors to enjoy, how growth is ramping up with its Phase 4 expansion, and more.
Episode 41: “An Artist Meets His Mentor” – A Conversation with Nathan Alan Yoakum
Returning to the VIE Speaks “stage” is contemporary artist Nathan Alan Yoakum, whose colorful resin sculptures and mixed-media works beautify homes and spaces across Northwest Florida, Memphis, Atlanta, and far beyond. Also a former model and actor, Nathan delves into his life struggling with undiagnosed Asperger’s syndrome, finding himself through art and good friends in the industry, and the inspiration he hopes to impart to others with his work and story. Hear more from Nathan in Episode 8 of VIE Speaks Season One, in his VIE cover story from the August 2020 Art & Culture Issue, and in our luxury lifestyle coffee-table book HOME by VIE.
Episode 40: “An Elevated Evolution” — A Conversation with Krista Williams and Lindsey Simcik of Almost 30
Two more VIE cover girls join the lineup for VIE Speaks Season Two! Lisa was pleased to sit down over Zoom with the dynamic duo of Lindsey Simcik and Krista Williams, the founders and cohosts of spiritual wellness podcasts Almost 30 and Morning Microdose. The pair talk about their journey from traditional careers to launching their own lifestyle brand and coaching others on how to live their best lives through the Almost 30 membership platform. Be sure to also listen to their podcasts and read the cover story from VIE’s January 2023 Wellness Issue!
Vale of Paradise
Episode 39: “Unlocking the Secret Health Benefits of Mushrooms” – A Conversation with Vale of Paradise
Mushroom experts Joey Bohler and Lexi Wroten join the VIE Speaks line-up to share the secret health benefits behind the nutrient-dense superfood. Joey found his passion for mushrooms at the Telluride Mushroom Festival in 2017. On the ride back to Florida, he researched as much as he could about mycology (the study of fungi). He then studied under Eric Myers of Myers Mushrooms in El Paso, Texas, where his passion further blossomed. In December 2017, Joey built his first “mushroom operation” in his garage. Business partner Alexis Wroten later joined the team, and Vale of Paradise now supplies many South Walton, Florida restaurants with premium mushrooms, including Farm & Fire and others owned by Chef Jim Shirley. They also attend the weekly farmers markets in Rosemary Beach, Niceville, Grand Boulevard, and Seaside and are building a new facility and mushroom farm. Their products include foraged mushrooms, mushroom grow kits, tinctures, and dehydrated mushroom jerky. Learn more about this superfood when you give this episode a listen.
Episode 38: “You Were Made for More” – A Conversation with Mallory Ervin
Our March 2023 cover girl also joined Lisa virtually in the VIE podcast studio to talk about her new book, her life and wellness journey, and much more! We’re excited to celebrate Mallory Ervin in this issue as she recently released her second book, All In: A Vision for Living Fully Every Day. This journal-like volume is a follow-up to her 2022 debut inspirational book, Living Fully: Dare to Step into Your Most Vibrant Life. This former Miss Kentucky and three-time The Amazing Race alumna opens up about her battles with addiction, mental health, and more in this episode as she talks with Lisa Burwell and in her VIE cover story, so be sure to listen and read for Mallory’s tips on overcoming debilitating habits and living fully.
Dr. Bart Precourt
Episode 37: “A Wellness and Health Journey” – A Conversation with Dr. Bart Precourt
Dr. Bart Precourt and his wife, Kelli—a former Olympic field hockey player—own and operate Balance Health Studio and Prema Organic Cafe in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. The pair of houses turned studio and café has become a fixture along Scenic Highway 30-A and the local wellness industry. Dr. Precourt sat down to discuss their new endeavors and hopes for the future of the community. He has also shared his thoughts on simple “biohacking” methods for anyone to improve their health regimen every day, most recently penning a column for VIE’s January 2023 Wellness Issue. Lisa and Bart talk about what’s next for Prema and Balance, some of the doctor’s top tips, and more.
Episode #36: “Enhancing Culture through the Arts” – A Conversation with Demetrius Fuller
Supporting music and the arts is vital to the health of a community. Music and artistic director Demetrius Fuller of the revered Sinfonia Gulf Coast orchestra knows this is an intrinsically important way to foster community, raise money for good, and bring joy to the people. Demetrius and Lisa talk about the storied history of Sinfonia, past VIE partnerships such as the tenth-anniversary photo shoot featuring Kristin Chenoweth, its upcoming events and programs, and its mission to do good. Be sure to check out Sinfonia’s lineup of incredible events and concerts for the year!
Episode #35 “The Smile of 30A” – A Conversation with Linda Miller
The real estate market is still hot! Linda Miller has been a leading realtor in the Florida Panhandle’s coastal region for twenty-five years and is celebrating the third year of her own luxury brokerage, Linda Miller Real Estate. With prominent listings through the communities along Scenic Highway 30-A, Linda is in the know on trends, tips for buyers and sellers, and predictions for where the market may go in 2023 and beyond. She and her team of agents are also passionate about supporting the arts and nonprofits in the community, and a portion of proceeds from her sales this year supports Children’s Volunteer Health Network. Linda and Lisa talk shop and have fun in this spirited episode of VIE Speaks.
Episode #34 “Creating Healthier, Happier Smiles for Our Kids” – A Conversation with CVHN
Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN) eliminates barriers to accessible, affordable health care for Northwest Florida children in need through mobile solutions and community partnerships. Serving nine schools in Okaloosa and Walton counties and assisting organizations such as Children in Crisis and Destin Boys + Girls Club, CVHN’s two state-of-the-art mobile dental clinics provide 100-percent free preventative and restorative dental care to eligible children in grades K through 5. It also recognizes the challenge that lack of access to mental health care presents to children and families. When less than 15 percent of children in poverty receive mental health support, CVHN is adding mental health services to provide needed help for kids and the community. Lisa and CVHN executive director Megan Trend talk about all the nonprofit is doing in 2023, including the second annual Soiree on the Bay fundraiser coming up March 10–11, 2023. Then, Dr. Iysha Cawthon hops on the podcast to discuss how provided children with preventative and restorative dental care not only increased their physical health but also their mental health, confidence, school performance, and more.
Episode #33 “Changing the face of education” – A Conversation with Lettye Burgtorf
Changing the face of education isn’t easy, but that hasn’t stopped Lettye Burgtorf, founder of the Ohana Institute. The fully accredited independent, private, exploratory, innovative school serves students in grades Pre-K through 12 in the Florida Panhandle. The mission of Ohana Institute is to respect the individual needs of all students, foster a caring and creative environment and use innovative technology to deliver an experiential, student-centered blended education model. Ohana recognizes the individuality of each child and that all children are creative and need to succeed. Ohana believes that the paths of learning include social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development, which invites the passionate pursuits of each individual student’s interests. Lettye and Lisa dig into the challenges and rewards of creating and implementing such a unique system in a world where education is evolving (sometimes still not fast enough), Lettye’s plans to expand the program, and more.
Daryl Rose Davis
Episode #32 “The Woman Behind the Town” – A Conversation with Daryl Rose Davis
Since the founding of the New Urbanist town of Seaside, Florida, in the early 1980s, Daryl Rose Davis has led her community as a visionary and entrepreneur alongside her husband, Robert Davis (see VIE Speaks Season One, Episode 11). Daryl has also been a staunch champion for business owners finding their stride, especially women in business. She founded the globally known company The Seaside Style® after years of selling her wares at the Seaside Farmers Market, and its simple, classic designs have since become a symbol of a life well lived by the beach. Lisa and Daryl discuss all this, plus the upcoming The Seaside Style® coffee-table book and much more in this insightful episode.
Episode #30 “Trailblazing Intentional Design: Where Service Meets Architecture” – A Conversation with Chris Reebals
On this episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul podcast, host Lisa Marie Burwell, VIE’s CEO/editor-in-chief, spoke with Chris Reebals, the founder of Christopher Architecture and Interiors and Christopher Collection. Chris shares his passion for creating beautiful homes and structures through his full-service design firm with locations in Los Angeles, New York, and Birmingham, Alabama. He stands as the president, lead designer, and project architect, creating custom designs grounded in excellence for clients nationwide. He is also the founder of Christopher Collection, a high-end retail store featuring art and interior decor located in the heart of Birmingham. Chris utilizes his servant heart and leadership skills to give back to the community through initiatives like Christopher Kids, which presents children in the Southeast who are experiencing chronic illness, disabilities, or other life challenges with design services to create the spaces of their dreams. Tune in for a conversation grounded in grace, service, and passion for creating intentional architecture by keeping the customer vision at the forefront of every project. To connect with Chris and his team, explore his work and services at ChristopherAI.com and his interior decor line at ChristopherCollection.com.
Episode #31 “A New-Age Perspective on Podcasting” – A Conversation with Hailey Bethke
On this episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul podcast, host Lisa Marie Burwell, VIE’s CEO/editor-in-chief, spoke with Hailey Bethke, a member of the VIE magazine team and former intern, to discuss all things podcasting, digital communication, and the importance of vulnerability and connection. Hailey is also the founder and host of The Sunshine Signal podcast, a platform that provides intentional and positive media for young women by breaking down holistic health and personal-development tools. As experienced podcasters, Hailey and Lisa discuss the changing world of digital media and their perspectives on podcasting, predicting its future and why the medium has seen great success in recent years. To connect with Hailey, follow her on Instagram @thesunshinesignal and tune in to The Sunshine Signal podcast on all listening platforms.
Episode #29 “Surfing, Loving Life, and Championing for Good” – A Conversation with Dave Rauschkolb
On this episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul podcast, host Lisa Marie Burwell, VIE’s CEO/editor-in-chief, spoke with Dave Rauschkolb, a highly regarded entrepreneur who cultivated a culinary empire over thirty-five years in the works. Rauschkolb is the visionary behind some of Northwest Florida’s most beloved eateries, including Bud & Alleys Restaurant (his first endeavor in the food service industry and now the longest established restaurant in Santa Rosa Beach). He is also the founder of other local favorites, including The Pizza Bar, The Taco Bar, and most recently, Black Bear Bread Co., which has locations in Grayton Beach, Grand Boulevard, and Seaside. An active community leader, he is deeply involved in local education through his position as the Vice President of the Seaside Foundation Board. In addition, he founded Hands Across the Sand, an initiative that protects the local marine ecosystems from oil drilling and encourages clean energy sourcing. Rauschkolb has boldly instituted shifts locally through his award-winning restaurants and nationally by acting on civic responsibility and promoting change. To connect with Rauschkolb, explore his respective platforms at budandalleys.com, handsacrossthesand.org, blackbearbreadco.com, and budandalleyspizzabar.com.
Episode #28: “A Creative Force” – A Conversation with Ashley Longshore
On this episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul podcast, host Lisa Marie Burwell, VIE’s CEO/editor-in-chief, had the pleasure of hosting an iconic pop artist that needs no introduction—Ashley Longshore. Longshore is an artist, entrepreneur, speaker, author, producer, Broadway musical writer, and so much more. She is breaking the glass ceiling for so many who follow her by not conforming to the world’s standards. Her forward-thinking and clever designs have not only brought her success in her New Orleans gallery but in multiple collaborations with international brands and celebrity icons, including Diane Von Furstenberg, Seth McFarlane, Gucci, Bergdorf Goodman, and Christian Siriano. We are thrilled to feature her work at the upcoming reveal party for The Heritage – A VIE Legacy Show Home, featuring special guest Julian Lennon. To connect with Ashley, follow along on Instagram @ashleylongshoreart or visit her website at AshleyLongshore.com!
Episode #27: “One Size Does Not Fit All” – A Conversation with Christian Siriano
On this episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul podcast, host Lisa Burwell, VIE’s CEO/editor-in-chief had the pleasure of hosting Christian Siriano, a renowned visionary and trailblazer in both fashion and interior design. Siriano studied abroad in London under some of the world’s greatest fashion icons including Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen before launching his eponymous brand in 2008. His forward-thinking and show-stopping designs have not only brought him success on the runway but also paved the way for size inclusivity in the fashion industry long before diversity was encouraged. Emboldened by this mission and his whimsical designs, style icons from around the globe have proudly donned his creations; Siriano has dressed figures ranging from First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah to actresses like Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow on some of the world’s most exclusive red carpets. Most recently, Siriano has exceeded all expectations by expanding into the world of interior design, founding Siriano Interiors in 2019. One of his most recent endeavors? Styling a $30 million penthouse in Manhattan overlooking Central Park with a sleek and timeless appeal that reflects the exterior beauty of NYC while giving the home its own unique flair. To learn more about Siriano Interiors, Christian’s design journey, and the finished home, check out our May 2022 issue cover story.
Episode #26: “The Man Behind the Camera: A Photographer’s Journey” – A Conversation with Chandler Williams
On this episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul podcast, host Lisa Burwell, VIE’s CEO/editor-in-chief, invites Chandler Williams, artist and creative, to share about his passion for photography and local business, Modus Photography. Chandler shares how his passion for film and photography began while he was in high school and has since evolved into a full-time career, most recently developing a new, state-of-the-art collaborative studio space. He shares his experiences documenting the world through his camera lens, shooting everything from landscapes to architecture, and explains why he currently focuses many of his works on environmental activism (his film, the Paper Bear (coming late 2022), specifically focuses on highlighting Florida’s biodiversity and wildlife preservation). Chandler was also named 2021 South Walton Artist of the Year. He encourages listeners to relentlessly pursue their passions and hopes that his story will serve to empower others to live a creativity-focused and inspired lifestyle.
Episode #25: “The Journey of a Lifetime: The Seaside Style®” – A Conversation with Erica Pierce
On this episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul podcast, host Lisa Burwell, VIE’s CEO/editor-in-chief, sits down to chat with Erica Pierce, Vice President of the Seaside Style®. Join Lisa and Erica as they discuss Erica’s on-going relationship with the Davis family (founders of the idyllic town of Seaside, Florida) which has lasted for more than 40 years, and how she has contributed and witnessed the massive growth and success of the coastal community. Tune in for a snapshot into Seaside’s history since its founding, along with the details behind the success-story of creating The Seaside Style® (yes, we’re talking about those Seaside t-shirts you see everywhere!). This first-hand told story about the evolution of Seaside is one that cannot be missed. To hear the entire story behind Seaside and its remarkable growth since its founding in 1981, stay tuned for The Seaside Style® coffee-table book releasing in Fall 2022.
Episode #24: “The Magic of Transformation” – A Conversation with Allyson Justice Longshore
This is the transformation of a lifetime! Businesswoman and creative Allyson Justice Longshore joins VIE CEO/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell on this episode of VIE Speaks to discuss everything from fashion to nature and following your dreams. Allyson is the owner of Style Studio Live, a luxury shopping concierge agency, and Metamorph Blooms, a company that combines beautiful floral arrangements with a butterfly chrysalis that will hatch a few days after the orchid has been delivered. She shares her creative inspiration and business strategies in this energetic episode, plus her mission to preserve the monarch butterfly. You can read more about Allyson and Metamorph Blooms in our March 2022 issue cover story at VIEmagazine.com. To connect with Allyson, follow along with Metamorph Blooms on Instagram or Facebook and or visit metamorphblooms.com and stylestudiolive.com.
Lindsay Tobias, Owner/Founder of Keep Your Plants On
VIE Speaks Episode #23 – “Keep Your Plants On” a Conversation with Lindsay Tobias
On this episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul podcast, host Lisa Marie Burwell, VIE’s CEO/editor-in-chief, sits down with Lindsay Tobias, an artist, speaker, author, certified holistic health coach, exercise physiologist, and the owner of Keep Your Plants On. She created, Keep Your Plants On because of a desire to practice bio-individuality as a means to treat each client’s needs and relationship with food differently—because we are all created differently. Lindsay is the perfect reminder to always explore your passions and never put yourself in a box. If you are looking for someone to make you feel inspired, you don’t want to miss this episode! Learn more about Lindsay’s art by following @ArtByDoman. Learn more about Keep Your Plants On at @KeepYourPlantsOn.
Brad Reese, Owner of The Walton Group
VIE Speaks Episode #22 – “All Things Real Estate” a Conversation with Brad Reese
On this informative episode of VIE Speaks, our host, VIE CEO/editor-in-chief Lisa Marie Burwell, sits down with savvy Real Estate Agent, Brad Reese, to discuss the ins and outs of the current Emerald Coast Florida Real Estate market. They explore the tremendous growth the market has seen, where we are at currently, an emerging shift from purchasing vacation homes to the primary home market, and some new and exciting developments! As the leader/owner of The Walton Group with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Beach Properties of Florida, Brad’s passion for people and the Scenic Highway 30-A lifestyle and beyond is apparent. He shares a little bit about his favorite South Walton activities, the most up-and-coming neighborhood along 30A, and his undeniable passion for helping others obtain their dreams of living the beach life. See listings by The Walton Group at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Beach Properties of Florida by visiting SouthWaltonFL.com or following on Instagram @thewaltongroup30a.
Jane Poynter, Space Perspective Founder, Co-CEO
VIE Speaks Episode #21 – “Looking to the Stars” a Conversation with Jane Poynter
Our host, VIE’s CEO and editor-in-chief Lisa Marie Burwell, sat down with Space Perspective founder, Co-CEO, and Chief Experience Officer Jane Poynter to discuss all things outer space. Jane has a diverse background and a long-standing love of science. She has traveled the world, sailed on a research vessel, lived in Biosphere 2, and has since moved on to launch her Orlando-based space tourism company, Space Perspective. This lively discussion focuses on the next frontier and how we could all be traveling to the stars in style in the very near future. Visit SpacePerspective.com to learn more or follow along at @thespaceperspective.
Morgan James – Vocalist, Songwriter, and Actress
VIE Speaks Episode 20: “A Very Magnetic Christmas Album” – A Conversation with Morgan James
Soulful songstress Morgan James brightens up the holidays! On this illuminating episode of VIE Speaks, our host, VIE CEO/editor-in-chief Lisa Marie Burwell, sits down with vocalist, songwriter, actress, and two-time VIE cover girl Morgan James to discuss her upcoming holiday album, “A Very Magnetic Christmas.” The Juilliard alumna has an incredibly inspiring story filled with determination, grit, and lots of talent. She takes listeners through her musical journey, including her time working on Broadway, her upcoming tour, and her experiences performing on social media. Tune in for a very special performance of “Long As I Got You” from her new album as Morgan is accompanied by her husband, guitarist Doug Wamble. “A Very Magnetic Christmas” is available everywhere today! Find additional information on Morgan, A Very Magnetic Christmas Tour dates, and her albums on her website, www.morganjamesonline.com.
Julian Lennon – Photo by Deborah Anderson
VIE Speaks Episode 19: “A Change-Maker for Good” – A Conversation with Julian Lennon
In celebration of his new exclusive fine-art photography collection released by General Public Art and RH (formerly Restoration Hardware), Julian Lennon sits down with our host, VIE CEO/editor-in-chief Lisa Marie Burwell, for this exciting episode of VIE Speaks. Lennon is a renowned musician, author, poet, photographer, and humanitarian whose list of achievements only continues to grow. He teamed up with Portia de Rossi to release his new photography collection via her General Public Art gallery, whose mission is to bring high-quality work from artists worldwide to the public by using a cost-effective 3-D printing method that makes prices more accessible. The collection is now available for sale exclusively through RH, with a portion of proceeds going to Lennon’s White Feather Foundation. He also speaks about his award-winning graphic novel, The Morning Tribe, and the newly released Netflix documentary he produced, Kiss the Ground, narrated by Woody Harrelson. With a new studio album on the way and many more creative endeavors in the works, we look forward to keeping up with Lennon and sharing more from him in a future issue of VIE magazine!
30A 10K Starting Line
VIE Speaks Episode 18: “Racing to the Finish Line for a Good Cause” – A Conversation with Corcoran Reverie, 30A 10K, and More
30A 10K Celebrates 10 Years! On this episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul podcast, VIE’s CEO/editor-in-chief Lisa Marie Burwell sits down with guest-host Hilary Farnum-Fasth, founder and broker of Corcoran Reverie real estate, as they talk with several sponsors of the upcoming 30A 10K Road Race starting and ending in Rosemary Beach, Florida. Each year, this 10K race and fun run raises funds for local charities in Walton County and surrounding areas. This year’s beneficiaries include Point Washington Medical Clinic, Walton Education Foundation, Seaside School Foundation, and the Northwest Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation. Listen in as representatives from these organizations, including Hillary Glenn, M.H. Carr, Teresa Evans-Horton, Alicia Skolrood, Carita Smith, and 30A 10K founder/director Amy Stoyles share their inspiring work. Learn how to donate or register for the 30A 10K Thanksgiving Road Race & Fun Run on November 25 at www.30A10K.com.
VIE Speaks Episode 17: “Soul-Full Art That Heals” – A Conversation with Margaret Biggs
In this heartfelt episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul podcast, our host, VIE CEO/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell, sits down with Pensacola, Florida–based fine artist and poet Margaret Biggs. In addition to creating beautiful art inspired by the nature of the Gulf Coast, Margaret is a former elite model, a world traveler, a philanthropist, and an insightful soul. She shares snippets from her life’s story here, including her hardships and the ways art and meditation have always been there for her as coping methods, healing practices, and sharing that transformative healing with others. Subscribe now to listen on your favorite podcast platforms, and check out the episode on http://YouTube.com/c/vietelevision for the first look at our all-new VIE Speaks podcast studio!
Jonah Allen – Photo by Hunter Burgtof
VIE Speaks Episode 16: ”Chasing Waves” – A Conversation with Jonah Allen
Our host, VIE’s CEO/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell, sat down with 30A creative Jonah Allen to discuss how he got his start in photography, what inspires him, and his upcoming coffee-table book, Where Waters Meet, on an all-new episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul podcast. Jonah Allen is an American photographer whose body of work explores his relationship with the surface of the planet, particularly its water systems. This candid discussion touches on how Jonah keeps his focus on his dreams and what’s next for his career. Visit JonahAllen.com to learn more or follow along at @jonahallenstudio.
Todd Reeves – Photo by Anthony Smoots
VIE Speaks Episode 15: “Fashion, Art & Modern Design” – A Conversation with Todd Reeves
On this episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul podcast, host Lisa Marie Burwell, VIE’s CEO/editor-in-chief, sits down with Todd D. Reeves, the creative director and principal at isidro dunbar Modern Interiors. idMI is a full-service showroom, retail, and design studio for modern home decor and furnishings in Miramar Beach, Florida, serving clients around the southeast and beyond. A fashion industry veteran and design expert, Todd has a finger on the pulse of all things beautiful, as well as a strong appreciation and well of knowledge for modern art. He and Lisa discuss what’s new at idMI, what’s coming up for the interior design world, the revival of wallpaper, the VIE office design, and much more in this new episode full of all things modern!
Tiffanie Nelson – Founder, Food for Thought
VIE Speaks Episode 14: “Feeding a Community” – A Conversation with Tiffanie Nelson
Our host, VIE’s editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell, sat down with Food for Thought founder Tiffanie Nelson to discuss their latest endeavors for an all-new episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul podcast. Food For Thought is a nonprofit that serves Florida’s Walton and Okaloosa Counties to help fight child hunger. This engaging discussion also touches on the need to raise awareness and support for Food For Thought’s 8th Annual Stock the Pantry fund-raiser. Stock the Pantry is a fund-raising competition held by FFT every year to help raise $125k + 100k food items to stock the nonprofit’s pantry for the upcoming school year. This year, teams have a choice between fund-raising or hosting a food drive. Please join VIE in showing your support for area children and families in need through this generous organization. Visit FoodForThoughtFL.org to find out how you can help!
Brian Kelley – Photo by Ben Christensen
VIE Speaks Episode 13: ”Sunshine State of Mind” – A Conversation with Brian Kelley
As musician and entrepreneur Brian Kelley’s debut solo album, Sunshine State of Mind, is released today, VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul is thrilled to celebrate with him! BK chats with our host, VIE editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell about his experience co-writing all 17 tracks on this country-meets-coastal album and expounds on his vision and passion for music and life. As half of the country duo Florida Georgia Line with Tyler Hubbard, BK reinforces his “Florida Boy Forever” lifestyle in this fun and soulful new album. Brian and his wife, Brittney Kelley, also own Tribe Kelley lifestyle brand, with store locations in Nashville and Grayton Beach, Florida. Brittney was featured on VIE Speaks Episode #3, so be sure to check it out here.
Danielle Torley, Founder – Emerald Flame
VIE Speaks Episode 12: “Dancing Through Fire” – A Conversation with Danielle Torley
After a devastating experience with a house fire at six years old, Danielle Torley held onto her grief and fear for many years. She and her younger sister escaped the blaze that took their mother’s life and put their father in the hospital for a month. The fire was a thief that stole a piece of her childhood and her heart, and years passed before Torley met a fire dancer in Roatán who helped her face her demons head-on by literally asking them to dance. Our host, VIE CEO/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell, sat down with Torley for this special episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul. They discuss overcoming your fears, the thrills of fire dancing, Torley’s TED Talks experience, and her thriving entertainment business, Emerald Flame. Thank you, Danielle, for sharing your story with our listeners! Look for more from her coming soon in VIE ‘s June 2021 Issue.
Robert Davis, Founder – Seaside®, Florida
VIE Speaks Episode 11: “The Godfather of New Urbanism” – A Conversation with Robert Davis
VIE CEO/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell sits down with special guest Robert S. Davis, the founder of the idyllic town of Seaside ®, Florida, in our latest episode of VIE Speaks! The New Urbanism community along Scenic Highway 30-A and the Gulf of Mexico celebrates its fortieth anniversary this year. Robert looks back on his visions for the town alongside his wife, Daryl, and the world-class team of town planners, architects, and creatives who have brought their vision to life and evolved it over the past four decades. From inspiring other communities around the world to playing host to celebrities and scholars, Seaside ® is genuinely a town like no other, and its future is bright.
Alexis Miller, Director of Events for Alys Beach, FL & 2021 President – Cultural Arts Alliance
VIE Speaks Episode 10: “Keeping the Arts Alive in 2021” – A Lively Chat with Alexis Miller
After a challenging year for arts and events in 2020, this year’s president of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County and director of events at Alys Beach, Alexis Miller, is ready to get back into the groove. She sat down with our host, VIE CEO/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell, to discuss what’s coming up for the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast, including the return of Alys Beach’s premier arts event, Digital Graffiti festival, May 12–15. VIE is excited to host once again the annual Digital Graffiti Awards Party—with a new virtual dance-off twist! Listen in for more details and stay tuned to learn how you can join us and experience Digital Graffiti from home, plus get the scoop on the all-new Beach Club at Alys Beach and much more.
Romona Robbins Reynolds, Photographer/ProducerShane Reynolds,
VIE Speaks Episode 9: “A Dynamic Duo: Living an Adventurous Life” – A Conversation with Romona Robbins and Shane Reynolds
We welcome you to the ninth episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul, a podcast and limited video series from the creators of VIE magazine. Our host, VIE founder/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell, has been friends with the dynamic husband-and-wife creative duo, Romona Robbins and Shane Reynolds, for many years, working with them on various projects for VIE and its publisher, The Idea Boutique. As world-class photographers, filmmakers, producers, and more, Shane and Romona have traversed the globe—both above and below the water’s surface—telling stories and creating content for National Geographic, Travel Channel, VIE, Connemara Life, Lonely Planet, and more. Join them for a chat about life, love, family, and adventure!
Nathan Alan Yoakum, Owner/ArtistNathan Alan Yoakum Art (NAYA)
VIE Speaks Episode 8: “Art on the Spectrum: Seeing What Others Cannot” – A Conversation with Nathan Alan Yoakum
In the eighth episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul, a podcast and limited video series from the creators of VIE magazine, our host, VIE founder/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell, catches up with artist Nathan Alan Yoakum. A heartfelt and candid conversation follows detailing Nathan’s stunning resin sculptures and pop art, as well as his personal journey of living on the autism spectrum and how it has shaped his life and career. Through art, Nathan finds his creative niche and thrives in a world where he can see what others cannot. His visions become a beautiful story for his audience and collectors. Find Nathan’s work at isidro dunbar Modern Interiors in Miramar Beach, Florida, Jay Etkin Gallery in Memphis, and Chic Evolution in Art in Atlanta.
Geoff Speyrer, VeteranU.S. Army
VIE Speaks Episode 7: “Life Is a Battlefield” – A Conversation with Geoff Speyrer
Welcome to episode seven of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul, a podcast and limited video series from the creators of VIE magazine. Our host, VIE founder/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell, talks with US Army veteran and fitness competitor Geoff Speyrer. His recent SET 22 Challenge—a grueling strength, endurance, and training event that took place over Memorial Day weekend in 2020—raised over $10,000 for Mission 22, a nonprofit helping veterans with treatment for post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, and substance abuse along with promoting suicide prevention. Geoff discusses his own experiences fighting on the battlefields of the military, addiction, self-harm, fitness, and rebuilding his life through hard work and dedication.
Zoltan “Zoli” Nagy, Owner/Trainer
Destin Athletic Club
VIE Speaks Episode 6: “Fit for Life” – A Conversation with Zoltan “Zoli” Nagy
Welcome to episode six of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul, a podcast and limited video series from the creators of VIE magazine. Our host, VIE founder/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell, sits down with health and fitness expert Zoltan “Zoli” Nagy. This former professional hockey player, now the owner and lead trainer at Destin Athletic Club in Destin, Florida, is also a VIE cover gent. Join Lisa and Zoli as they discuss the importance of keeping both your body and your mind strong and healthy, everyday fitness tips, and more.
Brook Stetler, Executive Director
The Repertory Theatre – Seaside, Florida
VIE Speaks Episode 5: “Love The REP” – A Conversation with Brook Stetler
Welcome to a new episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul, a podcast and limited video series from the creators of VIE magazine. Our host, VIE founder/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell, sits down with Brook Stetler, the executive director of The Repertory Theatre in Seaside, Florida. This small local theater company makes big waves throughout the year with a robust lineup of productions for adults and children, concerts, film series, and more. Lisa caught up with Brook to chat about The REP and the value of supporting the arts in your community.
Jordan Staggs, Managing Editor
VIE Speaks Episode 4: “VIE Adventures, Part II” – A Conversation with Jordan Staggs
This episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul, a podcast and limited video series from the creators of VIE magazine, features our host, VIE founder/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell, and managing editor Jordan Staggs. Join us as they recount some of VIE’s most memorable photo shoot moments from the past several years, the joys and struggles of making a monthly magazine, and their love of all things Hamilton in this installment of “VIE Adventures.” Stay tuned for more adventures with the VIE staff on future episodes of VIE Speaks.
Brittney Kelley, Cofounder/CEO
VIE Speaks Episode 3: “Pivot with Your Tribe” – A Conversation with Brittney Kelley
On the third episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul, a podcast and limited video series from the creators of VIE magazine, Lisa Burwell sits down with Brittney Kelley. As the cofounder, CEO, and designer for Tribe Kelley lifestyle brand along with her husband, Brian Kelley of country music duo Florida Georgia Line, Brittney has become an influential creative voice in her community and online. She shares information on her partnership with mental health advocacy program PIVOT Relational Alignment, what’s coming up for Tribe Kelley, and more.
Tracey Thomas, Creative Director
VIE Speaks Episode 2: “VIE Adventures, Part I” – A Conversation with Tracey Thomas
In the first installment of “VIE Adventures,” our host, VIE magazine founder/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell, chats with creative director Tracey Thomas about the history and vision of VIE. Join us for a special episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul as they share behind-the-scenes tidbits about working with fashion designer Christian Siriano on a massive cover and lifestyle shoot at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel in Ireland, traveling the world for stories, and the inspiration and evolution behind VIE’s brand for the past twelve years.
Laurie Hood, Founder
Alaqua Animal Refuge
VIE Speaks Episode 1: “Rescue Me” — A Conversation with Laurie Hood
Welcome to the first episode of VIE Speaks: Conversations with Heart & Soul, a new podcast and limited video series from the creators of VIE magazine. Our host, VIE founder/editor-in-chief Lisa Burwell, sits down with Laurie Hood, the founder of Alaqua Animal Refuge and the Florida state director for Animal Wellness Action. In this heartfelt and candid conversation, they discuss Hood’s mission for giving animals shelter, safety, and second chances, along with the ups and downs of running a nonprofit no-kill animal refuge with over 400 volunteers.