I'm a digital writer whose work has been featured both online and in print with a focus on travel, lifestyle, food and entertainment. I was an Editorial Fellow for Time Inc. and worked at Oxmoor House, the book publisher of Southern Living and Cooking Light. Most recently, I worked at The Points Guy as a writer and before that I was at Macmillan Publishers.

Path to China: 8 brands explain their Shenzhen strategy

Before 1980, Shenzhen was a fishing village with a population of 30,000. Fast-forward to today and the city has a population that exceeds 12 million, one of the busiest container ports in the world, more billionaires than in all of California—and a 10.7-million-square-foot design center with a grand opening slated for the end of November. The behemoth design complex, the International Art Design Center (iADC), will house an international design school, a museum, a cultural center, a performing

Is gaming the new frontier for interior designers?

What do Playstation's Nathan Drake and interior designer Jamie Drake have in common? Aside from their names, possibly more than you’d think. It’s no secret that designers are ditching drafting tables and blueprints for programs that create real-time space renderings. Virtual and augmented reality and 3-D graphics were invented by the video game industry, but are becoming the norm within the design industry too. As a result, the two spheres are seeing talent crossover, and designers and architec

Is the business of memo sampling ready for disruption?

Sampling has long been one of the design world's more confusing processes—for both designers and manufacturers. “When I try to explain [sampling] to people who are not in the industry, they cannot believe that the fabric industry gives away so much product—and [therefore] money—without much insight into what becomes of that resource after handing it out,” says Dennis Scully, VP of sales and marketing at luxury fabric brand Castel (and host of Business of Home’s podcast). “I would say a very smal

What does ‘performance’ really mean?

“The word ‘performance’ is like a rubber stamp—it’s become a nebulous concept like ‘organic’ or ‘green,’” says Patricia Hoffman, director of wovens at Thibaut. Once the standard for commercial projects, performance fabrics are becoming the go-to for residential ones too. But with so many emerging brands and unique specifications, they leave some scratching their head—even feeling anxious, according to Hoffman—wondering just what the moniker means. A few big names dominate the landscape: “Sunbre

MIT Study Finds Uber and Lyft Median Hourly Wage is $3.37

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page . According to a study published by MIT, a majority of drivers for Uber and Lyft in the United States make less than minimum wage — some drivers even lose money as they work for the ride-hailing companies. For the study, MIT researchers surveyed more than 1,100 drivers at either compan

Report Finds Finland is World's Happiest Country

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page . According to the latest World Happiness Report, Finland is the happiest country in the world. As for Americans, we seem to be getting less happy — even as the country gets richer. The study by the Sustainable Development Solution Network, released on March 14, ranked 156 countries acc

Plane Loses $368 Million Cargo of Gold During Takeoff

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page . St. Patrick’s Day came a little early at an airport in Russia. On Thursday morning, an airplane carrying $368 million in gold and other precious metals fell out of the cargo hatch of an AN-12 shortly after taking off from Yakutsk, Russia. According to Russian news outlets, a damaged

TripAdvisor Unveils Travelers' Top Destinations Around the World

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page . This morning, March 20, TripAdvisor announced the winners of their 2018 Travelers’ Choice Awards. In total, the awards honor 402 outstanding destinations in 42 lists across the globe and this year, Paris snagged the top spot with the highest-rated global city. New York City, for the e

Orbitz Security Breach Impacts 880,000 Payment Cards

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page . Orbitz, a subsidiary of Expedia, said on Tuesday that information from about 880,000 payment cards has potentially been exposed to hackers after the company experienced a security breach. Orbitz said customers who used its website to book a flight between January 1, 2016, and Decembe

See Everything You're Flying Over With This App

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page . In-flight entertainment just got a little more interesting with the Inflighto app — the app that allows passengers to get information on the landmarks, weather and other points of interest as they’re flying over them. You no longer have to snag a window seat to see what’s going on 35

Carnival Cruise's Search for Teen Boy and his Snapchat Handle

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page . Fifteen-year-old Darian Lipscomb of Prospect, Virginia, was surprised Tuesday night when he answered his door to find his name on the side of a truck next to a picture of Carnival Cruise’s “Chief Fun Officer,” Shaquille O’Neal. Carnival Cruise Line traveled to Virginia in search of D

Lagos Predicted to Be World's Most Populated City by 2100

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page . It’s no secret that the world is becoming more urban at a rapid rate. Perhaps no city is more emblematic of this trend than Lagos, Nigeria, which is on track to become the world’s most populated city, with a predicted population of nearly 100 million by the end of the century. The st

Flying Backwards: How Planes Display The American Flag

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page . Have you ever noticed the American flag painted on the side of the airplane as you were boarding? Perhaps it stopped you in your tracks and made you think, “Why is the flag backwards?” Maybe you’ve noticed the same thing on military uniforms and vehicles. That’s not by accident. Fede

This Traveler Has Collected 15,000 'Do Not Disturb' Signs

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page . Marlon Brando said, “Privacy is not something that I’m merely entitled to, it’s an absolute prerequisite.” Edoardo Flores must’ve taken Brando’s words to heart — the retired UN worker has amassed a collection of more than 15,000 Do Not Disturb signs from more than 200 countries and te

Here's How You Can Get the US Treasury to Send You a Check

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page . “She works hard for the money, so hard for it, honey” so you better treat it right. Everyone’s taped together some ripped dollar bills and hoped that it’d be accepted as legal tender. On Tuesday, “Daily Show” writer Dan Amira took to his Twitter to reveal that the government will reim

Chrissy Teigen's Latest Travel Hack Is Lifesaver for Parents

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page . Chrissy Teigen, Twitter-fanatic, travel-expert, emotional support casserole visionary and mom-extraordinaire, is on a mission to alert young moms on the dos-and-don’ts for traveling with their young-ins. Teigen, who’s married to singer John Legend, has one daughter and another child

Here’s How to Get Paid to Eat Your Way Around the World

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page . Dreams of getting paid to eat and travel are becoming a reality through these companies that are currently hiring. Noosa Yoghurt, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Ultimate Earth are all currently accepting applications to fulfill their respective positions — and the lucky new hires will get

Drunk Tourist Climbs the Alps Instead of Walking to Hotel

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page . Ain’t no mountain high enough to keep this drunk tourist away. That’s what an Estonian tourist, known as Pavel, found out when he mistakenly hiked up the side of the Alps instead of back to his hotel. Pavel reportedly thought he was walking the path back to his hotel in Cervinia — a

This App Could Help Shorten Lines at Disneyland

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page . One line will be getting shorter at Disneyland thanks to a mobile food ordering system launching later this year. Visitors to “The Happiest Place on Earth,” will be able to use the Disneyland app to place orders at select restaurants from anywhere in the park. Once the food-ordering

Lyft Drivers Have Earned $500 Million in Tips

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page . On Monday, Lyft announced that it reached a major milestone — to date, Lyft riders have tipped drivers $500 million. That’s not to say that it didn’t take a while to get there. Tipping was first introduced to the ride-hailing app in 2012. From there, it took four years for passengers
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