I've been involved in teen and women’s journalism since 1993. I've worked at and written for magazines such as Sassy, YM, Seventeen, Elle Girl, Cosmo Girl, Teen People, Girls Life, Lucky, Working Woman, Shape, Ms., Health, Healing Lifestyles & Spas and others. My work focuses on body image, understanding media influences, wellness, parenting and travel. I'm also the author of All Made Up: A Girl's Guide to Seeing Through Celebrity Hype and Celebrating Real Beauty (Walker Books for Young Readers/Bloomsbury, 2006).
I've been lucky enough to appear on TV and radio in the US and Canada (CNN, NBC, CBS, Urban Rush, Breakfast Television, CBC and many others) as a commentator. I've also served on the board of directors for Mind on the Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering critical analysis of media messages, and consulted with national organizations such as Girls Inc. on their programming and policies for girls.
I'm a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and of Brown University in Providence, RI, where I earned a master’s degree in American Civilization that focused on gender and popular culture. In 1997, I won a Fulbright fellowship to teach American Studies and English to high school students in France. I also serve as an alumni interviewer for Brown University.
If you head over to my blog (and I hope you do), you'll find posts about the things that matter to me these days: body image and the impact of celebrities on pop culture, yoga, raw food/vegan cooking (something I'm exploring!) and motherhood/parenting. I tweet about these things (usually under the tags #bodyimage, #parenting, #motherhood, #rawfood #yoga and #hotyoga) and sometimes send out a "Daily Mantra" (which should really be called What I Learned on My Yoga Mat Today, but that many characters don't fly on Twitter). in 2010, I completed a 365 day personal yoga challenge (written about by Glamour mag!) that I did because, um, well, for lots of reasons. Oh, and I guest blog for About Face, an amazing, San Francisco-based body image non-profit.
At present, I live in Vancouver, British Columbia and New York City (yeah, baby. Where I was born and raised) with my husband and two young boys. My current idea of bliss? An opportunity to do nothing. Absolutely nothing. Alone. In the quiet. Ahhhhh.