Writing

Every since I was in elementary school I wanted to write for a living. A combined interest of poetry and scrapbooking quickly turned into a love of magazines, which has evolved into a passion for digital journalism. My writing has been published on various forms of print and online since 2012. I studied journalism in both college and graduate school and I have since written about fashion, beauty, lifestyle, pop culture, travel, and more.


FASHION:

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adornedbychi/Instagram

"This Size-Inclusive Brand Reimagines Cartoon Characters for Women of Color" | CafeMom

Like so many other '90s babies, I grew up watching The Powerpuff Girls, Sailor Moon, and other quirky anime shows where a young girl was able to be a superhero and save the planet. However, for women of color, we didn't often (if ever) get to see cartoon characters that resembled us.

 Michael Davis/Syracuse New Times

Michael Davis/Syracuse New Times

"Catwalk Confidential" | Syracuse New Times

An outdoor runway, live mannequins and even the latest canine apparel are just some of the attractions at the Fall 2016 Syracuse Fashion Week.

 

BEAUTY:

"21 of the Weirdest & Wildest Nail Art Trends" | CafeMom

Anyone with a social media account can pretty much attest to the fact that beauty trends get pretty weird sometimes. 

 Jihyang Lim/NYLON

Jihyang Lim/NYLON

"30 Black-Owned Beauty Brands You Need" | NYLON

Growing out your natural hair or working on that flawless glow? We got you. Winter can do some major damage to your skin, so we searched far and wide and into the depths of Instagram to find some awesome beauty brands for your skin, hair, and makeup needs.

 

CELEBS & ENTERTAINMENT:

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Johns PKI/Splash News

"The Debate Over Meghan Markle's 'Blackness' Proves Racism Comes From All Sides When You're Biracial" | CafeMom

Light bright, Oreo, yellow bone, mulatto … these are all names I've been called on multiple occasions. And a quick scroll through Twitter will reveal that actress and future royal Meghan Markle has been called a few of these names herself. 

  k hloekardashian/Instagram

khloekardashian/Instagram

"Just Because Khloe Kardashian Has Been Body-Shamed Doesn't Mean She Gets Body Positivity" | CafeMom

It seems that many people have championed Khloe Kardashian as an advocate for body positivity, including herself. However, when you take a look at her comments and actions through the years, specifically the ways she has always spoken about herself, it's pretty hard to support that claim. 

 

TRAVEL:

 Zero George

Zero George

"The NYLON Guide To Charleston, South Carolina" | NYLON

Not only is Charleston, South Carolina, the most popular place for destination weddings in the United States, but it is also one of the most popular tourist locations overall. If you’re looking to take a late summer/early fall vacation, then Charleston is definitely worthy of consideration, to say the least.

"Disney Is Now Offering Princess Makeovers for Adults & We Want One ASAP" | CafeMom

No matter how old we get, there always seems to be a part of us that still wishes we could escape adult life and become a Disney princess. Well, now our dreams can finally come true for a day, thanks to a new service being offered at Disney World in Orlando, FL! 

 

BUSINESS:

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Monica Schipper/Getty Images

 Jihyang Lim/NYLON

Jihyang Lim/NYLON

"Can Podcasts Give Print Media A New Life?" | Fashionista

Is print dead or is it merely being revitalized? It's a question that everyone in the media industry has been trying to figure out for some time now.

"14 Black-Owned Businesses And Services You Need To Support" | NYLON

When deciding what app to download, what hair product to use, or what accessory to splurge on, it can be easy to go with your usual fallback choice and recognizable name.

 

MUSIC:

 Francesca Allen

Francesca Allen

"Sigrid’s Debut EP Is 'Dynamite'" | NYLON

Sigrid Solbakk Raabe aka Sigrid has come a long way in a very short amount of time. The 20-year-old Norwegian singer wrote her first song only four years ago, and now she's signed to Island Records. 

 Kayla Boyd

Kayla Boyd

"Q&A with young Celtic and contra dancing musician Karin McQuade" | The Post and Courier

As part of this year’s Piccolo Spoleto Celtic Series, local band Good Foot performed at the Circular Church. All three members are extremely skilled musicians, but the youngest of the group stood apart.

 

HOME:

 Target

Target

"Target Has New Inflatable Glitter Chairs & Our '90s Kid Hearts Can't Handle It" | CafeMom

From jelly nails to a Rugrats reboot, everyone is fully aware that the '90s nostalgia trend is real. And now, we can even incorporate it into our home aesthetic! Target is currently selling inflatable glitter chairs and they will totally take you back to your childhood days of hanging out in your blow-up chair while you watched The Powerpuff Girls and changed the outfits on your Polly Pockets

 PBTeen

PBTeen

"Pottery Barn's New Hello Kitty Collection Is the Cutest Thing Ever & We Want It All" | CafeMom

Get your wallets ready! Pottery Barn has a brand new Hello Kitty collection and it will probably make you want to redecorate your kid's room (or your own) ASAP.

 

LOVE & RELATIONSHIPS:

 F27 Photography

F27 Photography

"These Next-Level Harry Potter Wedding Details Are Unlike Any We've Ever Seen" | CafeMom

Millions of people around the world dream of getting their Hogwarts acceptance letter, boarding a train at platform 9 3/4, being sorted into a house, and learning witchcraft and wizardry.

"This Man Is Marrying His Wife 100 Times in 100 Different Countries" | CafeMom

Many couples wish they could relive their wedding day. Some people even choose to have a second ceremony with a vow renewal. It is not exactly common, however, for two people to marry each other over and over again.

 

ART & THEATER:

 Christophe Raynaud DeLage

Christophe Raynaud DeLage

"Compagnie XY returns to Spoleto to deliver gravity-defying stunts" | The Post and Courier

On a typical morning, Zinzi Oegema likes to sleep in, have brunch and then do what she calls “waking up my body.” That involves thoroughly stretching out her back, legs and shoulders, followed by a few casual morning handstands. And some power training. And then a bit of static balancing.

 Kayla Boyd

Kayla Boyd

"Sum Art Show 2016 Doubles In Size From Last Year" | Syracuse.com

Local nonprofit organizations collaborated to hold their second summer art show, Sum Art 2016, which doubled in size this year after a public call for Central New York artists. 

 

HEALTH & WELLNESS:

"These Women Are Posing in Nothing But Glitter to Embrace Their Bodies" | CafeMom

There are many ways to embrace your body and encourage self-love -- and one of those ways just so happens to be getting naked and covering yourself in glitter!

 Change.org

Change.org

"Appetite-Suppressant Lollipops Have a Giant Billboard In Times Square & It's Dangerous" | CafeMom

If you're a frequent Instagram user then it's likely that you've come across a picture of a celebrity holding up a pouch of Flat Tummy Tea. Well, the brand's newest product, appetite-suppressant lollipops, are causing quite a controversy -- and we can totally see why!

 

FOOD & DRINK:

"This Unicorn Pizza Takes Glitter Food to a Whole New Level" | CafeMom

If you thought the unicorn and mermaid trends were dying out then you're sadly mistaken! A California-based pizzeria has recently brought back their "Magical AF" pizza topped with cheese and edible rainbow glitter -- and we honestly can't even deal. 

"Starbucks Is Banning Plastic Straws Worldwide to Help the Environment" | CafeMom

If you're a frequent Starbucks customer then we have good news, you can officially start enjoying your iced chai latte with a little less guilt about its negative impact on the environment. 

 

NEWS:

"Walmart Employee Steps in After a Woman With Disabilities Was Refused a Manicure" | CafeMom

Ebony Harris, a cashier at Walmart in Burton, Michigan, is being praised on the Internet for a heartwarming random act of kindness. After a nail salon reportedly turned away a woman with cerebral palsy, Ebony took it upon herself to do the woman's nails while she was on her lunch break. 

"The Internet Is Rallying Behind Gay Valedictorian After His Family Rejects Him" | CafeMom

With a 4.61 GPA and an acceptance letter from Georgetown University, 18-year-old Florida student Seth Owen was about to achieve his ultimate goal of heading off to college. The covaledictorian had worked his whole life studying, reading, and preparing for this moment. A harsh reality kicked in, however, when Seth realized he couldn't pay for school.