About Me

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Ten facts about me to give some context on who the heck I am before I start diving into the good stuff. 😉

  1. I’m 29 years old (turning the dirty/flirty/whatever 30 this year). My husband and I got married when I was 23 (yes, I’m Christian—and yes, I’m also politically liberal and a feminist), and we had our son, Jack, last year. I like those two boys a whole lot.
  2. I was born in NYC at Lenox Hill Hospital (although everyone seems to be shocked by this…apparently I seem like I’m from the Midwest or the South), raised in the suburbs, and returned to the city for high school because…
  3. I was a professional actress for ten years (from 15 to 25). So, I went to a special school in Manhattan (what’s good, PCS?!) that allowed me to come and go for auditions and study remotely while on set. My first and biggest job was as a series regular on a WB show (this was before the age of the CW!), that was created and produced by the producers of The O.C. and Gossip Girl. The show was called The Mountain, and it was about a family that owned, yes, a mountain with a ski resort. I played the daughter in the family, Shelly, who was a champion snowboarder. I have still never been skiing or snowboarding. 🙂
  4. Because of the above, I got to live in Vancouver for six months when I was sixteen. That was awesome. I really love Canadians. Why can’t Americans be as nice?
  5. I went to Boston University (and I LOVE BOSTON) and majored in Psychology and minored in Art History. Even though I had had early success as an actress, my parents smartly insisted that I attend college and go to auditions when I was home for the summers in New York, and I’m so glad that I did. I miss that time and that city so much. My plan B (if acting didn’t work out) was to become a psychologist; specifically a school psychologist working with high-school-aged or college-aged kids, because I felt like that time of life is so challenging for so many of us. I’m still considering grad school to become a therapist or social worker one day.
  6. I kind of fell into beauty writing in college and had a now-defunct blog where I wrote about beauty products. I had grown up obsessed with magazines and beauty products (especially Lucky and Domino magazines; anyone else?!), but never considered magazines or media as a career until a friend of my husband’s offered me an internship in the PR department at the beauty company Clarins. From there, I interned in the beauty department at Refinery29 (I say “department” loosely, since that department was made up of one person—love you, Megan McIntyre!), and eventually joined the staff as an assistant editor. Thus began my career in beauty. I still have a twice-monthly beauty column called the Decoder over at Camille Styles.
  7. Ok, this is reading like a resume and I’m boring myself. Random factoid—the only food I TRULY detest is strawberries. Can’t stand them. Not in any form, not even fake-strawberry-flavored things. Fruit stands in the summer in NYC are slightly harrowing for me. Smoothie shops are a little scary. I love other berries though…and food in general…and cooking. Hoping to write a bit about that, so stay tuned!
  8. Another random factoid: matching pajama sets make me really happy. At the end of the day, I don’t want to have to choose a PJ top and a PJ bottom. Holy decision fatigue. I want that top and bottom to go together. I want them to be married. It’s hard to find good pajama sets these days, especially if you’re tall. Holla at a girl if you have any suggestions.
  9. I am squarely Type B. I often wish that I was Type A and a more clean, organized person with my “shit” generally together, but that just isn’t me. On the plus side, I’m pretty accommodating and easygoing, but now that I’m a mom, I’m trying to force myself to find more routine and structure in my life…and not leave dirty dishes in the sink. For more than like, a couple of hours. (Insert cringing emoji here.)
  10. I am a girl’s girl. Always have been, always will be. I really love women and one of the things that makes me most sad is women hating on other women, whether it’s “mommy wars” or otherwise. I have so many incredible lady friends that mean so much to me (and I pick up new ones all the time…I have no shame), and my best friend, Mara and I have been friends for over 20 years. Above all, I’m hoping that this blog can be a place for women to connect with me and with each other across many topics—please, please hit me up and let me know what you’d like to see here. I can’t wait to get the conversation started!

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