Philly Inquirer, 2011

Parents letting boys like pink, girls blue

Ariel Meadow Stallings, 35, who runs a blog called, has observed that gender-neutral parenting has become a hot topic of discussion in the parenting community.

Stallings, who has a 17-month-old boy named Octavian Fetz Stallings, has strong feelings against “handing down an identity” to children, in her case shaped partially by the fact that her mother and mother-in-law are both in same-sex relationships. Determined to give her son a “gender-neutral start-off,” Stallings keeps her distance from trucks, balls and blues.

“So many assumptions about gender roles are just entrenched in our culture,” said Stallings. “Being gender-neutral encourages people to pause and think about their perceptions.”

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SF Chronicle, 2011

Vera Wang, Bhldn wedding gowns up the ante

After checking out the new bridal gown line from Urban Outfitters called Bhldn, Ariel Meadow Stallings, who created the Offbeat Bride website, found something to like. This is someone who wore a custom blue corset over a green skirt and a multicolored ribbon veil at her nuptials.

“In the Bhldn (for “beholden”) line, you’ll notice a lack of structured taffeta and a welcome absence of the ubiquitous strapless white ball gown,” she said. “They’ve also got several tea-length dresses, a retro look that’s super-popular with the nontraditional right now.”

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Seattle Times, 2010

Seattle author Ariel Meadow Stallings offers tips for offbeat weddings

Engaged couples throughout the Northwest are ramping up for summer wedding season, planning one of life’s biggest — and potentially most expensive and stressful — moments.

But some couples are bucking recent trends toward elaborate weddings, pushing aside traditions that don’t fit their personalities or budgets.

This is where Seattle author Ariel Meadow Stallings comes into the picture…

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Houston Chron, 2009

Feminist brides saying ‘I do’ to creating own traditions

… Yet these days, plenty of women who don’t necessarily identify as feminists are including more egalitarian moments in their wedding, says Ariel Meadow Stallings, author of Offbeat Bride: Taffeta-Free Alternatives for the Independent Bride.

Some, for example, ask both to parents walk the bride and groom down the aisle.

For them, she says, it’s not necessarily feminist — just modern.

“You don’t have to identify as a feminist to be squicked out by the idea of being your father’s property to be given away.”

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