I've been a huge fan of Banana ever since they launched in 2015 (h/t all the fellow AZNs doing all the cool things!) and Nasty Gal let me interview the ladies behind Banana, Vicki Ho and Kathleen Tso, for their Risky Biz section, where we got to chat about real-life banana struggles, running an independent magazine, and being asked the dreaded (and oh so annoying), “So where are you from? No, where are you reeeeeallly from?” Check out our interview here.
Exquisite River is an immersive dinner experience created by old pals of mine, Zoe Komarin and Yonatan Rosen, that joins Zoe's heartwarming and innovative food with Yonatan's charming storytelling and customized art and design. To capture Exquisite River's magical reimagining of a passover seder (the evening's theme) for Zoe and Yonatan, my friend Erik and I came with nothing but our personal cameras (and a huge appetite!) in hand. If you're going to be in New York, Berlin, or Los Angeles in the next few weeks and would like to experience the coming together of incredible food, storytelling, and memory (I mean, who doesn't?!), check out ExquisiteRiver.com for dates and info on securing tickets. In the meantime, enjoy this little taste of the Exquisite River magic:
I recently had a major jerk chicken/shrimp/nacho feast at Cha Cha Chicken in Santa Monica with rapper-singer, Lizzo to talk about her love of food, including her one-time dream of being a restaurant reviewer, and upcoming performance at the first ever EEEEEATSCON food festival by The Infatuation in Los Angeles, May 20th. Check out my interview and photos with Lizzo over at Nasty Gal!
When I travel, I love to sneak in moments to capture portraits and candids of local women, and during my last pilgrimage to Spain, Flare gave me the opportunity to take it one step further and delve into the health and beauty practices of Andalucían women. Here's the feature where I learn that for the women of Andalucía, beauty runs deeper than a secret anti-wrinkle cream but the innate attitude and charm of "duende." But, what's duende??
The Kit published my Asian hair journey today – it was a really fun, and surprisingly, self-reflective piece to write. What started off as a chance to get a really expensive cut for free (HOLLAAA) and achieve the coveted, "I woke up like this," effortless wave, turned into me getting down to why I had the wave obsession in the first place... READ ON BELOW.
I met some incredible women in Hawaii who, to put it simply, get shit done, all the while being generously kind and absolutely inspiring. In Kona, where there is so much history to learn, things to discover, and activities to partake in, there was no shortage of said badass ladies. As action filled as Kona was, it was the women of the trip who really touched my heart and left me with the warmest sense of ohana (I told you, Hawaii has turned me into a total sap!).
There's nothing I love more than road tripping around a beautiful island - with stunning views of the land + water and all the delicious food stops along the drive, it's the best way to get up close and local. On Hawaii Island, we got to cover the top 180 of the island going north-west from Hilo to Kona.
I always had a feeling that Hawaii would be a magical place, which is a big reason why I've always wanted to visit, and there really is no better way to get a sense of what that magic is all about than a trek through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Words cannot express the out of worldness that is hiking through, and on top of, a continuously erupting volcano. We started at 2:30pm, continued through sunset to pitch darkness (except for the glow coming from Kīlauea's active lava flow), while going through six different climates (rain, sun, dry, humid, cold, you name it, we felt it), which changes the color of the hardened lava from bronze to silver in a second. 12.4 miles later and it still feels unreal.
Being able to fly direct to Hilo from LAX (via United) made it an ideal first stop on my road trip across Hawaii Island. The main draw to Hilo, of course, is its close proximity to the out of this world experience that is hiking the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which is currently oozing the fiery 61G lava flow.
When you think of Granada, chances are the first thing that comes to mind is the Alhambra palace, which is only natural considering it is the #1 tourist attraction in all of Spain. Having been to Spain a few times before this trip, but never in Andalucia, I was pretty stoked to finally get the full Alhambra experience.
This year's Spanish adventure takes me to the south to explore the sunny Andalucian region. My home base was in Málaga, a city known as the gateway to the Costa del Sol and the birthplace of Picasso. Originally settled by the Phoenicians (then, the Muslims and then, the Christians...), there is no doubt of Málaga's deep history but in recent years, the city has reinvented itself as the cultural hub of Southern Spain, thanks in large part to the opening of the stunning Centre Pompidou, the first outside of the Paris museum
To celebrate Pride month, I produced and directed a video series for Beautycon called Dare To Be Me - stories within the LGBTQ community about a moment that defined the decision to be brave and stand against expectations and norms set by friends, family and society. Here's one of the videos with La Demi (below). For more, check out Beautycon's facebook page.