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…

EDITOR-APPROVED SKINCARE TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR SKIN’S COMPLEXION

This article was written in collaboration with and for Well Within Beauty. Skincare routines are more than rituals, they are age-old wisdom passed down from generation to generation, culture to culture and from expert to beauty enthusiast. As a beauty editor for a number of years, I have been fortunate enough to pick up essential…

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…

4 Refreshing Facial Mists for Better Complexion

This story was originally researched and written for Insider’s Guide to Spas. It was in my early days of college, while visiting a relative in Manhattan, that I noticed a bottle of Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist. I tried it, and have been hooked on facial sprays ever since. I liked how it helped soften my…

Botanical Beauty, Mullein & Sparrow Story

This story was researched and written for Insider’s Guide to Spas. I traveled to Brooklyn to meet with Anit Hora, a rising star of the luxury botanical skincare world. You might already be a fan of Mullein & Sparrow, or perhaps you’re seeking a new beauty staple to add to your line up of natural…

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…

A Healing Bath From Mama Medicine

This story was originally written for Insider’s Guide to Spas. I believe in the great power of nature, creativity, taking time out to work on yourself, being a good and kind person, but mostly I believe in healing with spas and spirituality—which is why I was drawn to Deborah Hanekamp. A self-described “seeress” and owner…

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…

Skincare In Your Thirties

This story was originally published for Insider’s Guide to Spas. Every year on my birthday, I inch closer to understanding just how important self-care really is. I always look to add simple, fresh, and modern to my skincare repertoire. I’m a girl from the mountains, and I want to feel the wind on my cheeks…

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…