Hôtel Plaza Athénée: A Refuge For Elegance

This story was written in collaboration with and for Hobnob Magazine. Photography by Ellen Swandiak. For full story, click on the link. Hôtel Plaza Athénée is one of the most well-known hotels in the world, but unless you are looking for it or taking a walk on 64th street, you might not be aware of…

Affordable Art Fair: Where Contemporary Art Thrives

New York’s Affordable Art Fair holds a special place in my heart. It is one of the first art fairs I attended as a Fine Arts student. Engulfing myself into what the fair had to offer opened my eyes to a larger contemporary art community and creativity from around the world. The fair is known…

Free Humanity Takes On Social Manipulation

There is art that is simply beautiful and then there is art that makes you think and feel. Free Humanity has managed to combine beauty with emotionally provoking colors and messages. Although I have never met the artist in person, I find myself admiring his graceful effort to wake humanity out of social manipulation. The…

My Experience at Resorts World Catskills New Crystal Life Spa

This article was originally written for Insider’s Guide to Spas. The Sullivan Catskills, known as America’s first vacationland, is where, in 1968, my relatives decided to take a nature drive to the mysterious mountains of upstate New York. The trip resulted in a wise purchase: My great-uncle bought a rambling farmhouse and a factory space…

A Look Back: NYFW Photography

Look Back at NYFW though the eyes of a Beauty Editor and occasional show attendee | Candid & Professional Backstage & Runway Shots  Images: Paulina Kajankova, Eric Hurtig & Anatoly Sholomyansky  L’Oreal Professional for Snow Xue Gao Fall/Winter 2018 Aveda for Tome Spring/Summer 2018 Aveda for TIBI Fall/Winter 2018 Quidad for Timo Weiland Spring/Summer 2012 Immitation of…

Finding Solace at Aspira Spa

This article was originally published on and written for Insider’s Guide to Spas. It seemed like a perpetual summer, and Elkhart Lake was my liberator. There are some getaways you just know will stay with you forever, and for me getting to experience Elkhart Lake was one of them. I’ll start at the very beginning: Back…

The Giving and Natural Creations

This article was originally published in 2009, on the Organic Spa Magazine blog. The Andean Collection is now Faire Collection. There is no better way to spread happiness than providing the opportunity for others to enrich their lives. The Andean jewelry collection, founded by the multi-talented Amanda Judge, is not only eco-conscious but is also a…

Spark Pretty Pop-Up Shop, Step Into Their Happy Bubble

This story was originally published for Hob Nob Magazine Editors Note: Spark Pretty is now open all year at 333 East 9th Street in the East Village, New York. What the world needs now is more 90s. It was a simpler time—and if you grew up then this 90s pop-up shop will certainly make you smile….

Cara Marie Piazza, Magic & Sustainability Over Fast Fashion

This story was originally published for Insider’s Guide to Spas. To view all of my contributing articles, visit Insider’s Guide To Spas. I was in the midst of New York Fashion Week, but all I truly cared about was finding time to meet with Cara Marie Piazza. I had long envisioned what her creations and workspace…

A Slavic Beauty Story

This story was originally written for Insider’s Guide to Spas. My Story When I was a little girl, the winters were white and harsh. Spring meant lending a hand with working the earth. There were potato fields that seemed as long as my wide eyes could see. The first blooming spring flowers were like a…