20 ODD QUESTIONS: MARCIA KILGORE
       
     
SONS OF HORST
       
     
FloridaBeautyProblems.com
       
     
SAVING YOUR NECK
       
     
WWD Special Report: Instant Fashion
       
     
WIMBLEDON WHITE
       
     
BRACE YOURSELF
       
     
CREAMS THAT CARVE
       
     
COURTING YOUTH
       
     
ONE YEAR TO GORGEOUS
       
     
CLEAN SLATE
       
     
Acupuncture: Can It Make You Look Younger?
       
     
MILANI COSMETICS
       
     
Momover
       
     
YOU'VE GOT SNAIL
       
     
Modern Master
       
     
Lively Time
       
     
10 Biggest Diet Mistakes
       
     
Healthy Hair for Life
       
     
The Name Game
       
     
Master the New French Mani
       
     
Model Mom
       
     
Great Lengths
       
     
Pour It On
       
     
20 ODD QUESTIONS: MARCIA KILGORE
       
     
20 ODD QUESTIONS: MARCIA KILGORE

I don't toss the words "industry legend" around very much, but I'm a happy camper when I come in contact with one - especially when they also happen to be hilarious and bursting with joie de vivre. Though I'd watched Marcia Kilgore launch one incredible brand after another over the past few decades (Bliss! FitFlop! Soap & Glory!), I hadn't had a proper chat with her in eons. This piece for The Wall Street Journal, timed to get the word out about her latest venture - the genius-y Beauty Pie - was an opportunity to do just that. Trust me, it was as much fun as it looks.  

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SONS OF HORST
       
     
SONS OF HORST

I wear a few hats, and here's an example of one that's pretty far afield from my (beloved! cherished!) daily hamster wheel of cranking out editorial + commercial beauty copy. As a Docent for the world-renowned Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, I was asked to build a presentation around our exhibition "Horst: Photographs - Fashion and Surrealism." I opted to hone-in on image-makers I felt had been strongly influenced by Horst, as well as seminal stylists + creative directors who have seriously moved the needle. Though there was a wannabe-hurricane raging on the night of my lecture - and we weren't able to capture it for posterity on video due to a power outage - at least I still have my trusty PowerPoint. 

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FloridaBeautyProblems.com
       
     
FloridaBeautyProblems.com

My shiny new toy, this blog's sole purpose is to help me find the cure for my frizz. JK. It's not (just) me I'm finding the cure for frizz for, it's for every. last. woman. in Florida whose locks puff up like a giant beach ball whenever the humidity starts rocketing skyward. With my business partner, we're aiming to solve a very specific set of beauty + wellness woes generated by living in the Sunshine State - from melting makeup and tan lines to loathsome bug bites. If that sounds kooky, trust that it really + truly isn't. 

SAVING YOUR NECK
       
     
SAVING YOUR NECK

Because we women don't already have enough body parts to be paranoid about, I now present, via NY Post Alexa, all the ways you're destroying your neck by checking your phone every half a nano-second. If you literally can't stop scrolling your Instagram feed, at least deploy one of these schmancy cremes before beddy-bye. 

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WWD Special Report: Instant Fashion
       
     
WWD Special Report: Instant Fashion

My mission: To play Christy Consumer during the most recent round of New York Fashion Week Shows and report on the new "see now, buy now" phenom. Basically I had to weld myself to my computer, watch live-streaming for a slew of presentations, order the merch, return the merch + then write about the experiences - good, bad and meh. That was hard work, friends. And it was worth it. 

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WIMBLEDON WHITE
       
     
WIMBLEDON WHITE

For every TennisChannel addict who silently screams at the telly when Day Glo takes center stage at a Grand Slam, this Wall Street Journal dive into the crisp, clean world of Wimbledon whites is a breath of fresh air. And in a major coup, I got Chris Evert to walk us through the chic 70s look above. Tretorns, baby. Tretorns.

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BRACE YOURSELF
       
     
BRACE YOURSELF

Trust me when I tell you that getting full-on metal braces for the second time is zero fun. But at least I have tons of company on the adult-ortho front. (Cases in point: The three other mamas in my tot's school currently sporting teeth bling.) This piece for Town & Country unearths the physiological stuff that happens to our choppers as we...ahem...age, and lays out the options for straightening up. 

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CREAMS THAT CARVE
       
     
CREAMS THAT CARVE

The anti-aging, "hope in a jar" equivalent of contouring makeup, new sculpting potions are being crafted at warp speed. The big idea? A 3-D, perfect-from-every-angle effect. Slather on one of the high-tech numbers in this NY Post Alexa story, and take the surgeon off speed-dial. 

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COURTING YOUTH
       
     
COURTING YOUTH

Lizard skin. Not exactly the lewk I'm after. But how to stop the runaway sun-damage train now that I'm logging countless hours on the tennis court? By seeking (and maybe even listening to) the advice of the country's top derms. Bonus: I nabbed Vika's beauty tips. Thwack!

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ONE YEAR TO GORGEOUS
       
     
ONE YEAR TO GORGEOUS

Bridal is the Olympics of beauty - the one time in a woman's life when she'll stop at almost nothing to look like a fairytale princess, tiara and "triple Spanx" included.

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CLEAN SLATE
       
     
CLEAN SLATE

Want a fresh start? Don't eat for three days. In this cheery tale for Town & Country TRAVEL, I trace my trek to the rustic-chic Deer Lake Lodge, just outside Houston. Think Christian Bale in "The Machinist," with yoga and eyeball-mapping. (And colonics, grrr times a billion.)   

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Acupuncture: Can It Make You Look Younger?
       
     
Acupuncture: Can It Make You Look Younger?

I was assigned this story for Harper's Bazaar right around the time I was trying to have a baby. Conveniently, acupuncture was just beginning to "trend" as a modality for infertility (as well as zapping lines and wrinkles). It's awesome when my work lets me explore a topic that perfectly dovetails with my real life. 

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MILANI COSMETICS
       
     
MILANI COSMETICS

Such a fun task! One of my corporate clients - Milani Cosmetics - asked me to take their existing single-page ad format (left-hand visual, right-hand copy) and use it as a template for a cheeky series of mock layouts for a press presentation to magazine Beauty Directors. As a three-peat BD myself, I know how those broads think. They need the makeup meat  - the raison d'être, the USP - and they don't want to have to wade through a lot of mumbo jumbo hocus pocus to get there. 

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Momover
       
     
Momover

Following the birth of my daughter in 2006, Momover sprang into life as an online column on Cookiemag.com, the formerly kick-ass website of the formerly kick-ass Cookie magazine. It then morphed into a book (a beauty + wellness guide for new mamas) and is now a happy, riffy little self-improvement blog at Momover.net.

YOU'VE GOT SNAIL
       
     
YOU'VE GOT SNAIL

In this K-Beauty peek-a-roo for The Wall Street Journal, I dive into the deeper meaning (and skin-rejuvenating effects!) of a slimy substance called mucin. That and the elaborate regimens Korean gals deploy to look like a million bucks. If French women never get fat, our Seoul sisters never get a line or wrinkle.

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Modern Master
       
     
Modern Master

At the risk of stating the obvious, Sam McKnight is a genius - the hairdressers' hairdresser. (Visual proof here...) This BEAUTY INC profile is a chatty walkthrough of his career to date: The countless high-profile sittings, all those top-tier catwalk shows, that time he slicked-back Lady Di's locks for the CFDA Awards and gave the fashion crowd a collective heart attack. Chills. 

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Lively Time
       
     
Lively Time

Textbook definition of a nail-biter: Interviewing the hottie-actress du jour over a slurpy plate of pasta at the noisiest Italian joint in NYC - on a packed-to-the-rafters Saturday, no less. Will your little voice recorder thingy pick up a dang word over all that racket? Will she ever stop talking about homemade pies and hiring Michael Buble to sing at her birthday party? Find out in this W sitdown with Miss Blake, prettiest nerd on the planet.

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10 Biggest Diet Mistakes
       
     
10 Biggest Diet Mistakes

I kinda like Champs and Double-Stufs, so if I'm not careful, I can easily get a little soft and squishy. That's why I'm so glad my day job lets me forage for sound, data-driven strategies (like these) for getting back on track.

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Healthy Hair for Life
       
     
Healthy Hair for Life

Diving into reams of research and talking to experts is one of the very best parts of what I do for a living. This wellness-y piece for InStyle was the result of an almost psychotic amount of sleuthing. Cartwheels!

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The Name Game
       
     
The Name Game

This right here is an example of zeitgeist-capturing: I started to notice that none of the newer fashion brands had anything close to a normal moniker. It was all "Creatures of the Wind" this, and "Helmet of the Will" that. I had so much fun writing this story. And btw, the nutty-name phenom is still going strong. As I type this, "Elder Statesman" is having a maje moment. 

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Master the New French Mani
       
     
Master the New French Mani

For a host of reasons we don't need to get into here, the studio shoot for this story was...challenging. But the premise - new, bridally takes on classic French manis - was sound, the photog and hand model were lovely, and the end result? Parfait. Yay!

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Model Mom
       
     
Model Mom

Obsessed with Mark Wahlberg? Chat up his gorge wife, Rhea Durham, about what it's like to hang out 24/7 with Mr. Muscles and their (four!) adorable tot-lets. Spoiler alert: They're a strictish, hands-on mother-father act.

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Great Lengths
       
     
Great Lengths

Fun factoid: I used my then 6-month-old tot-lette as the stunt infant in this stunning Cookie story. The big idea: Rather than default to the standard "mom chop" post-delivery, why not grow your hair down to the tippity top of your skinny jeans? It's actually easier to take care of. No one ever tells you that in Lamaze class.

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Pour It On
       
     
Pour It On

Why include a tiny sliver of a story in a "Showcase"? I can think of at least three good reasons: 1) The image is gorge and I'm all about beautiful still-life pics. 2) It's built around little niche-y scents, the unsung heroes in a world full of blockbuster mega perfumes. 3) I wrote about Napoleon Bonaparte in the opening graph. It's always a good day when Francophile moi gets to reference Napoleon. 

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