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.

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

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

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

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

You Could Get Banned from Amazon for Making Too Many Returns

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 . The Godfather of online retail, Amazon, doesn’t like when you return goods you bought through it. Amazon has a track record of banning customers from the site if they returned too many goods — sometimes without even notifying users that their accounts were about to be nixed. The e-c

Disney's Magic Kingdom Is Getting Boozy

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 . The happiest place on Earth just got a little happier. For adults over 21 years old, that is. The Magic Kingdom park in Disney World just added wine and beer options (still no liquor), at three of its restaurants: the Plaza Restaurant, the Crystal Palace and the Diamond Horseshoe. Al

People in These Cities Work Less and Get Paid More

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 . Thanks to a study by business research firm Expert Market, we can now quantify the adage, “work hard, play hard,” and point workers in the right direction to find cities where people earn more but work less. The study looked at the average pay, working hours and paid vacation taken b

Hopper's New Feature Can Save Travelers Hundreds of Dollars

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 . Hopper, the app that helps travelers find the best pricing for flights by predicting price changes, just got a new feature called “Secret Fares” where the app updates users via push notification if prices for selected flights drop. Here’s how it works: Hopper partnered with several a

Air Marshals May Not Be Prepared to Defend Us

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 a recent Delta flight from London (LHR) to Salt Lake City (SLC), a passenger was arrested after she reportedly ran up and down the aisle of the plane, threw coffee on other passengers, knocked over a beverage cart and then jumped on the back of and assaulted a man, placing “her han

New York City Bans Doors-Off Helicopter Tours

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 . The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) announced Wednesday an amendment that bans doors-off helicopter tourism from operating out of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport (DMH). Formerly, DMH was the only heliport in the city where tourists flights were allowed to take

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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
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