About The Concrete Butterfly


Women of strength. Women who stand in their truth.  Women who create their own narrative.

Every Woman Has a Story


Starting out as a blog chronicling coming of age in New York City, The Concrete Butterfly has evolved into much more. Founded by JB Allen, The Concrete Butterfly is a lifestyle blog committed to creating inspiring, motivational and informative content for women. The Concrete Butterfly seeks to help women live a life of purpose and create a life that they love.


Who is JB Allen?

I love to write and create.

Hello, I am JB Allen and thank you for visiting The Concrete Butterfly. I am the woman from the City that never sleeps with a mind that never sleeps.

I grew up in New York–in a section in the Bronx called The Valley. The Bronx is where I feasted on Nick’s pizza, went to park jams, and learned I had a gift for writing. Reading and writing has been my refuge. My high school English teacher once wrote in my yearbook to “never stop writing and sharing stories that inspire”.

Blogging is an unexpected gift in how it rejuvenates me creatively by allowing me to combine my passion for writing and photography. It also has introduced me to a whole community of women who inspire and encourage others with their own stories.

I am Southern rooted now and call Charlotte, North Carolina home with the best husband and son ever. In my time away from writing, blogging and taking pictures you can find me making noise whether playing on my drum kit or my bass; coming to a band near you.

Thank you for stopping by. You can reach me at jballen@theconcretebutterfly.com.