Cleveland Magazine’s cover girl

by Kaylah Stroup
Kaylah Doolan

I got an email a little over a month ago from Cleveland Magazine asking if I’d like to be included in a piece they were doing about millennials in Cleveland. I originally wasn’t too into it. I dunno, writing about millennials kind of feels played out. I emailed back asking for a little bit more information. I felt a lot better after the second email. The piece seemed like it would be pretty fun as opposed to being the same old thing everyone seems to be writing about in regards to the subject.

That same day I got to explore the Knox County Poorhouse, which was already the best day everrrrr,ย  I got an email from someone else over at Cleveland Magazine that said something along the lines of “Don’t tell anyone yet but we’re thinking of possibly making you the cover.” Jeff and I went out for pizza that night and without saying anything I slid my phone over to him so he could read the email. I made a bunch of excited squeaky noises and tried my best to push it out of my head because I would hate to get excited about something and then have it not happen.

Cleveland, magazine,

A week or so later I met Madeline from Cleveland Magazine at Starbucks for the interview. I was shaking like a leaf but eventually cooled off once we started talking. The interview actually ended up being a blast. I had a ton of fun talking to her! I’m not really all that great at talking about myself (in person, that’s basically all I do here on the blog…) but she was easy to talk to. That or I was well caffeinated. Caffeine is my social lubricant of choice!

After that I had about forty minutes to mentally prepare myself for the photoshoot. They did my makeup which was really fun, I’ve never had my makeup done before. Kinda wish that could be a regular occurrence because my eyeliner was on point. They took a bunch of photos in a handful of different settings but I still wasn’t sure if I would be making the cover and was too nervous to ask. I did hear the word “cover” during the shoot but again, tried to not get too excited.

ย A few more weeks go by, Jeff and I are laying in bed when a notification from instagram that I had been tagged in a photo showed up. I opened it and immediately shoved it in Jeff’s face. “LOOK! OH MY GOSH!” There I was, on the cover! I was so nervous/excited/a million other emotions I couldn’t bring myself to look at for any amount of time.
My brother and nephew checking it out.

I waited to tell my parents until I had a physical copy and I was able to show them in person. I wanted to see their reactions. It just so happened I was able to pick up a copy from my PO box on Easter morning so I was able to show my whole family at once. It was a really exciting, although still slightly embarrassing. I guess I’m just the kind of person who loves and hates attention equally at the same time.

Barnes and Noble! Ahhh!

Right now my current excitement is seeing my face in stores. While Cleveland Magazine is obviously a local magazine, it’s available at a heck of a lot of places. There is a full run down of all the newsstands here. Every time I go out now I usually make an excuse to stop at at least one spot that I know carries the magazine just so I can see it.

Pretty awesome, huh? I’d say 2016 is off to a rad start for me.


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Pepper Medley April 5, 2016 - 12:58 pm

Way way cool!! They could not have selected a better cover girl!! So happy for you, kaylah!

Kaylah April 5, 2016 - 8:39 pm

Thank youuuu! ๐Ÿ˜€

Fiona April 5, 2016 - 1:11 pm

You totally deserve it!!! COngrats honey!! :p

P.S. I hope you received my letter from Portugal ๐Ÿ™‚

Kaylah April 5, 2016 - 8:39 pm

Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€

Jane April 5, 2016 - 1:15 pm

Congratulations Kaylah! That's awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kaylah April 5, 2016 - 8:40 pm

Thanks Jane! ๐Ÿ˜€

Alexandra April 5, 2016 - 1:39 pm

A friend of mine just sent me a photo of this on the newstands knowing I love your blog – congrats!!!

Kaylah April 5, 2016 - 8:40 pm

Haha! Thanks Alexandra! ๐Ÿ˜€

Jordyn Schwersky April 5, 2016 - 3:06 pm

That's so exciting! I'm so happy for you!

Kaylah April 5, 2016 - 8:41 pm

Thank you Jordyn! ๐Ÿ™‚

Angela Tolsma April 5, 2016 - 3:24 pm

that is so awesome! Congrats!

Kaylah April 5, 2016 - 8:45 pm

Thanks Angela! ๐Ÿ˜€

Brandi Baker April 5, 2016 - 4:42 pm

That's SO awesome!!! Congratulations!! Frame that bad boy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Kaylah April 5, 2016 - 8:46 pm

Thanks Brandi! ๐Ÿ˜€

megmuff April 5, 2016 - 4:59 pm

THAT IS SO AWESOME!!! Do you get people noticing you as you bike around town?

Kaylah April 5, 2016 - 8:47 pm

On a fairly regularly basis, when I'm LEAST expecting it, I get recognized. The other day a lady came into the flower shop and she was like "You look so familiar… Wait… I saw you on a magazine, right?" It was super exciting! ๐Ÿ˜€

Sarah Z April 5, 2016 - 5:00 pm

Congrats! That's so cool! Such a great picture ๐Ÿ™‚

Kaylah April 5, 2016 - 8:47 pm

Thanks Sarah! ๐Ÿ˜€

Marcia Furman April 5, 2016 - 5:28 pm

So cool! Congrats!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Julia A April 5, 2016 - 5:52 pm

omg I couldn't stop grinning as I read this! I'm so happy for you!

Kaylah April 5, 2016 - 8:48 pm

Hehe! Thank you so much Julia! ๐Ÿ˜€

Morgan Smith April 5, 2016 - 6:29 pm

So neat! Congrats! <3 I totally just "squeee-ed" at this post!

Kaylah April 5, 2016 - 8:48 pm

Thanks Morgan! ๐Ÿ˜€

Danielle Morgan April 5, 2016 - 6:41 pm

Ahhh that's so exciting! Congratulations you definitely deserve the recognition! ^_^

Kaylah April 5, 2016 - 8:50 pm

Thank you so much Danielle! ๐Ÿ˜€

Anikaviro April 5, 2016 - 10:46 pm

Wow, that is sick! Congratulations!

Kaylah April 6, 2016 - 11:50 am

Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€

Jason Unoriginal April 6, 2016 - 2:50 am

So maybe it's the wicked mustache that Jeff is rocking, but in the photo of your nephew with him in the background, it totally looks like Jeff has a mullet. Ha!

Kaylah April 6, 2016 - 11:51 am

Well, it has been a really long time since we hung out, he's grown out his hair…

BUT FORREAL, I'm dying! It totally does look like he has a mullet.

Jason Unoriginal April 7, 2016 - 2:28 pm

Hahahaha I can't stop looking at it!

Jasilyn Albert April 6, 2016 - 7:25 am

That is so cool! What an awesome opportunity too! I'm surprised you kept it a secret from your blog this long too! I would have written a post the day I got an e-mail talking about how excited I was!

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Kaylah April 6, 2016 - 11:51 am

Hah, thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

Jen KnowingTheLight April 6, 2016 - 12:18 pm

So, fricking awesome!! Congratulations!!

Kaylah April 7, 2016 - 1:05 am

Thank youuuu!

Kristina Burkey April 6, 2016 - 1:52 pm

OMGGGGGGG LOOK AT YOUUUU!!!! Congrats OMG OMG OMG SO awesome!!!!!! Ugh I can't believe I missed this yesterday! EEEEE I wish I could read it!!!!! Congrats and well-deserved!

Kaylah April 7, 2016 - 1:05 am

Hahaha! Thank you Kristina!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Emily Draher April 6, 2016 - 2:17 pm

This is so so cool!! Congrats ๐Ÿ™‚

Kaylah April 7, 2016 - 1:05 am

Thanks Emily!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Jess Cohen April 7, 2016 - 1:44 am

That is pretty awesome Kaylah! Hopefully more opportunities come your way for this year.

Kaylah April 9, 2016 - 4:43 pm

Thanks Jess! ๐Ÿ™‚

Kelly Gillen April 8, 2016 - 6:50 am

I was really excited when I saw this issue in my mailbox! It was a good article.

Kaylah April 9, 2016 - 4:43 pm


Damaris // The cat, you and us April 8, 2016 - 10:58 am

That is so so so rad Kaylah! I'm very happy for you! I love also how excitingly you explain it in this post, you're a sweet lady. When thinking about what should be to have a picture on the cover of a magazine the image of Ted from How I met your mother by the Newsstands, totally came to my mind ๐Ÿ™‚ hahahaha. Loving your family faces while looking at the magazine <3

Kaylah April 9, 2016 - 4:48 pm

Than you!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Kaylah April 9, 2016 - 4:48 pm


duhhh! ๐Ÿ˜›

Sarah Albertson April 9, 2016 - 1:49 am

Oh my gosh that is the most rad thing ever! Congratulations ๐Ÿ˜€

Kaylah April 9, 2016 - 4:49 pm

Thanks so much Sarah! ๐Ÿ˜€

Liz April 9, 2016 - 5:42 am

That's so cool! Good for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Kaylah April 9, 2016 - 4:49 pm

Thanks Liz! ๐Ÿ™‚

Celia April 9, 2016 - 1:42 pm

Yay! So exciting! Congratulations Kaylah! I've been following your blog for a long time and it's been so good watching you blossom since moving to Cleveland. I can't think of any better way to celebrate that. Go you!

Kaylah April 9, 2016 - 4:50 pm

Thank you so much Celia!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

steph rivers April 9, 2016 - 3:59 pm

Supah cool, congratulations Miss Model!

Kaylah April 9, 2016 - 4:50 pm

Hehe, thank you Steph! ๐Ÿ™‚

Taryn April 12, 2016 - 3:49 pm

Wow! So awesome! Congrats x 100000000000000!!

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