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Returning to the Dance Floor

Growing up, I was not athletic. Amid some fierce game of recess softball, I was that girl in the outfield picking dandelions with her friends. I mean, I found the impetus to put on my game face when it came to kissing tag (who didn’t?), and I was a mean defender in the double dutch arena, but that was where my athletic acumen ended.

Dance, however, made my heart sing. I spent hours watching pop stars’ dance routines, rewinding again and again to mimic …

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In Lifestyle

Top 15 Podcasts for 2019

I’m a journalist, which means that it’s my job to be in the know. And while it’s necessary for me to learn how to unplug sometimes, I generally love indulging my curiosities by knowing what’s happening in the world. 

But let’s be honest for a second…when was the last time you picked up a newspaper or watched the morning news? Today, you don’t have to. Podcasts allow you to integrate information and good storytelling into your morning routine.

My mornings have become the …

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In Lifestyle

4 Reasons To Do a First Look Shoot Before Your Wedding

Let’s be honest with ourselves, we knew we couldn’t wait for the wedding day to keep Diego from seeing me in the dress. I had been secretly slipping into it every night for just a few minutes (Friends-styling it), before hanging it back up in its garment bag when I knew he was coming. And after my final fitting, I bolted for the dry cleaner just in case they closed early and I’d have to wait for 24 more hours. …

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In Lifestyle

My Wedding Vows

It’s difficult to find the words to say what you feel, especially when it comes to something as big as giving your heart to another for the rest of your life. I had wrestled a bit with my vows in the weeks leading up to the wedding. I remember reading them to my sisters, who had flown up to visit me for my bachelorette party. It was mostly a combination of quotes I had dug up online. Their advice? Write what you …

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In Lifestyle

The Story of Us

I promised to love him even when he gets impatient at the airport security check, and he promised to cherish me even after he can’t find some appliance because I’ve reorganized the kitchen for the fourth time. Then he looked at me and I looked at him and we said, “I do.”

It was five o’clock in the evening on a warm, windless night on the twenty first of September. I wore a fitted lace gown that trailed six …

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In Lifestyle

How He Asked

I slipped out of work early to meet him near Columbus Circle. He said he wanted to take me somewhere.

“Maybe that concert in the park,” I told my co-workers on my way out the doors. But I had a sneaking suspicion it was something even better.

We hailed a cab and when we arrived, he pulled me into an elevator at the World Trade Center, rising 1,700 feet above Manhattan. The doors opened and he took me to the edge of the lookout. ‘Marry me,’ he said.

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But rewind. …

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In Lifestyle

Our First Christmas Tree

This is our first Christmas a newlyweds. Husband and I have been thinking about the things that make the holidays special for us as children, as well as brainstorming new traditions we want create. While we can’t wait to discover those spontaneous traditions that come with time, we’ve settled on one non-negotiable: the Christmas tree.

My love for Christmas trees comes from my childhood. I have fond memories as a child of getting bundled up and heading …

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In Travel

#MerakiTravel: Oahu in 10 Days

Oahu in Ten Days Hawaii Travel GuideBeau and I had a hankering to get out of stormy New York, so we busted out the swimsuits and headed to the Hawaiian tropics for 10 days.

Places like Oahu offer something special to newcomers: a sense of ownership, however small and however short-lived. Humans are hardwired with the need to feel proprietorship over something to fully connect with it. And landing in any new place, we subconsciously dismiss the …

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In Lifestyle

A Beginner’s Guide to Matcha Tea

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I am currently having a love affair with matcha. This new phenomenon has blown up (queue the hipster matcha tea shops) and it seems like everyone is trying this antioxidant-filled tea that’s been a staple in Japan for centuries. I don’t drink caffeinated beverages, but the occasional indulgence is always warranted.

Matcha is a Japanese green tea powder made from the highest quality shade-grown tea leaves. As a powder, it is consumed whole, rather than steeped, meaning you get all the nutrition contained in the leaves. …

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In Fashion

The Myth of Love at First Sight

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“I don’t believe in love at first sight”

 

Ryan O’Connell wrote. “But I do believe in seeing someone from across the room and knowing instantly that they’re going to matter to you. They’re going to play a major role in your life.”

That’s how it was for me. I met him at a summer rooftop party in Chelsea. He came late. I was feeling bold in my vintage leather jacket. He was …

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