My Favorite Cliché Magazine Articles of 2017

If you haven’t heard already, earlier this month I decided to step down as Editor in Chief of Cliché Magazine. It wasn’t an easy decision by any means, but a necessary one. Regardless, I still have tons of love for the magazine and wanted to take this opportunity to look back on my favorite Cliché Magazine articles that I wrote this year (apart from my Ed Letters, of course). If you missed any of these earlier this year, now’s your chance to play catch-up! The Best Bridal Beauty Looks by Make Up Pro This year, I attended New York Bridal Fashion Week and was fortunate enough to go backstage at Naeem Khan’s show. There, I met the founders of Make Up Pro and…

My Favorite Nude Lipsticks

Ever since I started wearing makeup, I always gravitated towards nude lipsticks. While most friends my age chose bright pinks and soft reds, I reached for browns, taupes, and soft peaches. I loved them on Julia Louis Dreyfus in Seinfeld, on Michelle Pfeiffer in One Fine Day, and now, yes, even on Kylie Jenner. I always appreciated the “your lips, but better” look, especially in the colder months (in the summer, I do admit I’m partial to coral). Thus my mission to try as many different nude lipsticks in various finishes as possible began. So far, these are some of my favorite nude lipsticks that I’ve tried over the past year. I love Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks in “Carmello” and “Dolce”…

‘According to a Source’ by Abby Stern Book Review

Even before you start Chapter 1 of According to a Source by Abby Stern, you get a sense of what’s to come with the opening quotes. One of the quotes, in particular, is by the late Carrie Fisher: “You can’t find any true closeness in Hollywood because everybody does the fake closeness so well.” I had these words in mind while reading the pages that followed and it really cemented the theme for the rest of the book. The narrator, Ella Warren, is an undercover freelance reporter for the popular celebrity news magazine The Life and spends her nights scouring nightclubs and exclusive restaurants looking for the next big viral story. At first, this secret double life of hers is perfect: she has…

An Introduction to Teel Yes

One year ago when I was speaking on a fashion panel in New York City, a young woman sat in the audience with an idea brewing. She wanted to create her own jewelry company but wasn’t sure if she was ready to quit her day job to pursue her passion. However, after listening to our panel discuss how we got started in the industry and how we all took a chance to get to where we are today, she decided she was going to try. That young woman is now one of the founders of Teel Yes, and yesterday she invited me to see her new collection at Biggercode. Teel Yes is a brand that really struck me as unique. Over…

The Beauty Within: RealHer

At Cliché Magazine, I’m always getting introduced to new beauty brands and new products, but not many brands have left an impression on me as well as RealHer. While most brands focus on enhancing your outer beauty, RealHer’s philosophy stems from confidence on the inside. Empowering phrases are stamped across their lip gloss tubes and makeup brushes; “I Am Beautiful” and “I Am A Queen” are confidence-boosting, while “I Am The Storm” and “I Decide My Own Destiny” strike another welcome chord. When I read those phrases, my face lit up, and I could truly understand that feeling beautiful was the first step to looking beautiful. After trying out their makeup, I was even more impressed. My favorite products from the brand…

A Sunday Detox with Cosmedix

From my experience, you either love Sundays or you hate them. I’m a part of the former; I think Sundays are the perfect day of the week to sleep in, relax, and get in some serious, much-deserved self care. One of my favorite things to do on a Sunday is pamper myself, and that includes taking care of my skin. While I tend to reach for L’Oreal’s pure clay masks to get the job down, this time, I tried Cosmedix’s Detox Activated Charcoal Mask–and I was impressed. The cruelty-free skincare brand first caught my attention by its pretty packaging, but just because the packaging looks good doesn’t necessarily mean the product works, too. Thankfully, I found that this mask worked…

Journal Entry Collection

Below is an alphabetized collection of personal writing from my own handwritten journals. Although some entries may involve dreams, they are all works of nonfiction, are my own personal experiences, and are very dear to my heart. Names have been omitted or changed to respect privacy. The entries are sorted into four different categories: Him (entries about guys), Her (entries about girls), Me (entries about me), and Collections (smaller journal entries that follow a theme). My favorite entries have asterisks (*) next to them, in case you don’t know where to start. I hope you enjoy. Table of Contents