Behind the Magazine

About Bella


For over 17 years, Bella has been celebrating the women of our community. Bella is the place for women to find supporting, uplifting inspiration, and a place for women to be honored for their contributions to our community.

Bella was recently purchased by Kelly MacLeod and is a local, woman-owned publication.

Bella is published every month and provides rich content that women read throughout each month.

Women are multi-dimensional, and so is Bella Magazine. We provide curated content that all women are interested in, such as health, philanthropy, fashion, beauty, arts, food & wine, local fare, home, garden, and profiles of local women with compelling and inspiring stories.

The Bella woman is strong, smart, and sassy, but she also cares about her community, her family, and her friends, and about taking care of herself. She contributes to the community because she believes in making her home an even better place to live and she believes in celebrating others.

She believes in working hard, playing hard, giving back, and investing in herself, her family, and the community. She is a vibrant woman who cares about her health and wants her outside to reflect her inner spirit.

From the Editor

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Bella is back and I gotta tell you – it feels good. I was a little nervous about taking a few months off from publishing Bella, but it was the best decision – not just to recharge my own batteries, but to take the time to step back and look at the mission of Bella. As I sat drinking my coffee one morning, I realized it comes down to this: Bella’s mission is to support, uplift and inspire women.     I am passionate about women, our many facets and what we can accomplish when we come together. We do so much for others and sometimes we need a little support ourselves – maybe a little confidence boost or a little nudge to overcome fears, maybe a little reminder that we don’t have to do everything and be everything. I want Bella to be that for the women of Pensacola. I always say that women are multidimensional, and so is Bella. Women are also always evolving, and I want Bella to keep evolving, too. When I step back and look at my own evolution, I began my career in the ’90s in the information technology field. I was a woman in STEM before there was a STEM acronym. Looking back, I took it for granted. I worked for an international consulting firm and was surrounded by other women in technology and people from all over the world. And while I saw my mother battle the glass ceiling, I thought that battle was over and would be a non-issue for me and my peers. How naïve I was. According to the United States Census Bureau, women earned 83 cents to every dollar earned by men in 2020. And according to the New England Journal of Medicine, women are seven times more likely than men to be misdiagnosed and discharged in the middle of having a heart attack. We’re dismissed far too often. Do not get me wrong – women truly have come a long way. We have fought to have choices – to have the option to work or stay home with children or some combination; we have fought for pay equity and have come far; we have fought to vote and to make our own healthcare choices. Women fight every day for loved ones and for their communities and we are not done. Bella is going to bring you inspirational stories of women in our local community fighting the good fight and shaping the world around us for the better. We also aim to bring you the ideas that inspire you to take care of your mind, body and soul. I want you to be part of this journey from the beginning. Share the inspirational women in your life with me and help me tell their story. Together, we will lift women up. You can share your ideas with me by emailing .

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