About Us

Written on March 24, 2011 at 2:25 pm , by

Amanda Flores, Associate Beauty & Fashion Editor
Favorite book read in high school:
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
3 things I can’t live without: I’m (unfortunately!) attached to my cell phone, my before-bed book and mascara.
Most memorable vacation: Visiting my grandparents’ farm in the Dominican Republic
Biggest guilty pleasure: Vampire Diaries every Thursday night
Movie I can’t resist when I stumble across it on cable: Mean Girls. Rachel McAdams is incredible.
Caren Oppenheim, Assistant Editor
Favorite book read in high school:
The Great Gatsby
Early bird or night owl? Night owl
No-fail get-happy song: “Raise Your Glass” by Pink
Biggest guilty pleasure: 90210 (the original!) reruns on SoapNet. Love those ’90s fashions and hair styles!
Sweet or salty? Usually chocolate, but I LOVE chocolate covered pretzels or potato chips. They’re the perfect combination of sweet and salty.
Cassie Kreitner, Editorial Assistant
Favorite ice cream flavor:
Welsh Farms Birthday Cake
Favorite book read in high school: The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling or The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
Most memorable vacation: Skipping school during my senior year of college for ten days in Costa Rica
Movie I can’t resist when I stumble across it on cable: Anything with “Wedding” in the title (i.e. The Wedding Date, My Best Friend’s Wedding, The Wedding Planner, Wedding Crashers)
No-fail get-happy song: “What a Feeling” by Peter Luts & Dominico
Celia Shatzman, Associate Editor
Favorite ice cream flavor:
Birthday cake, because you get cake and sprinkles and ice cream
Favorite book read in high school: A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole—it’s still my favorite book!
3 things I can’t live without: puns, hyperbole, irony
No-fail get-happy song: “Gigantic” by the Pixies
TV show I can’t miss: 30 Rock—Liz Lemon is my alter ego.
Cheryl Grant, Research Editor
Early bird or night owl?
Night owl—it’s the best time of the day.
Biggest guilty pleasure: Crepes with Nutella, bananas and whipped cream with a glass of Baileys on the rocks.
No-fail get-happy song: “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince
Character trait I most value in others: Loyalty
The last thing I lost: Does my sanity count? What I have actually lost that I think is important is the need to try and control every aspect of my life.
Christine Mattheis, Associate Health Editor
Favorite book read in high school:
To Kill a Mockingbird
Preferred MO when it comes to exercise: I hit the gym three times a week, but my real love is cycling! I spend most Saturdays and Sundays pedaling my bike during the warmer months.
Early bird or night owl? Neither! I struggle to get up early, but also love going to bed early.
Movie I can’t resist when I stumble across it on cable: Clueless
Most memorable vacation: Last summer, I rented a big house in the Outer Banks with a group of friends. We spent the week surfing, riding cruiser bicycles, grilling seafood and playing board games.
Darcy Jacobs, Executive Editor
Favorite book read in high school:
Choosing one is impossible—have you seen my office?!
3 things I can’t live without: Now if I don’t say husband and kids what kind of mom/wife would I be—and then do they count as 1 or 3?
Biggest guilty pleasure: Chocolate layer cake. In fact, almost any cake or chocolate item.
Character trait I most value in others: Can-do
No-fail get-happy song: “Burning Down the House” by the Talking Heads
Dori Katz, Beauty Editor
Early bird or night owl?
Night owl—early mornings are tough!
Biggest guilty pleasure: Definitely shopping. I confess to being a complete shopaholic, but am pretty good at finding sales/bargains!
Character trait I most value in others: Honesty
TV show I can’t miss: Friday Night Lights and The Good Wife
One thing I’d like to accomplish in the next five years: Run a half marathon at a cool, fun destination.
Gay Norton Edelman, Senior Editor
Early bird or night owl?
I chirp with the early birds, much to the consternation of the sleepy heads I live with.
3 things I can’t live without: Fresh fruits and veggies; hugs; long, heart-felt chats with people I love.
Most memorable vacation: OMG! The summer after we got married, my husband and I took a 500-mile bicycle trip through Vermont and New Hampshire.
Biggest guilty pleasure: Romance novels
How I hope people describe me when I’m gone: She listened more than she talked.
Heather Eng, Web Editor
Favorite book read in high school:
Candide by Voltaire
Preferred MO when it comes to exercise: Ballet, several times a week
Most memorable vacation: Nicaragua with my sister, especially our 9-hour climb up and down a muddy volcano in running sneakers. (We invested in hiking boots after that!)
No-fail get-happy song: “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z
One thing I’d like to accomplish in the next five years: Become proficient in Spanish—I’ve already taken a few lessons and picked up a little while traveling in South and Central America.
Irina Gonzalez, Web Assistant
Favorite ice cream flavor:
Ben & Jerry’s Mint Chocolate Cookie (or any other mint chocolate chip)
3 things I can’t live without: My trusty iPhone, cute shoes and my cat (Capt. Jack Sparrow)
Most memorable vacation: I went on a 10-day cruise with my family, including stops in Aruba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Jamaica and the Panama Canal.
No-fail get-happy song: “Loser Like Me” (from Glee)
Movie I can’t resist when I stumble across it on cable: Pretty Woman (or any chick flick)
Jennifer Ash Taylor, Managing Editor
Favorite ice cream flavor:
Can’t choose just one. Strawberry, pistachio and cookies and cream are just a few.
Most memorable vacation: Paris in April
Character trait I most value in others: Honesty
The last time I was surprised: My baby shower
The last thing I lost: One gold earring
Jonna Gallo Weppler, Articles Director
Favorite book read in high school:
Catcher in the Rye
Preferred MO when it comes to exercise: ZUMBA!!!!!
Biggest guilty pleasure: Watching Storage Wars on A+E
No-fail get-happy song: “Modern Love” by David Bowie
Movie I can’t resist when I stumble across it on cable: Dirty Dancing
Judy Prouty, Home Style Director
3 things I can’t live without:
A TV in the bedroom, a Swiffer floor duster and Ciao Bello Passion Fruit sorbet.
Sweet or salty? I’m a spoon-in-the-ice-cream-carton-at-midnight kind of person and I’m hooked on Haagen-Dazs coffee.
Character trait I most value in others: I’m not inherently funny so I love anyone who makes me laugh.
Most memorable vacation: Istanbul for the exotic interiors at Topkapi Palace.
Movie I can’t resist when I stumble across it on cable: Rear Window—for the quintessential New York apartment view and glamorous Grace Kelly.
Julie Miltenberger, Senior Food Editor
Favorite book read in high school:
Anything by Stephen King
Most memorable vacation: Visiting friends in Australia
Biggest guilty pleasure: Jalapeño poppers
Movie I can’t resist when I stumble across it on cable: Better Off Dead (or anything with John Cusack)
Sweet or salty? Salty

Karmen Lizzul
Favorite book read in high school:
Oh boy. Ok I am going to be honest here: Break on Through: The Life and Death of Jim Morrison
Preferred MO when it comes to exercise: I bike to work on my new Brompton folding bike.
Movie I can’t resist when I stumble across it on cable: 13 Going on 30
One thing I’d like to accomplish in the next five years: Publish my novel; Get a major motion picture made out of it; Marry John Hamm (hey stranger things have happened!)
3 adjectives that describe me: Creative, fun, spirited

LindaEvansLinda Moran Evans, Beauty & Fashion Director
Favorite ice cream flavor:
Chocolate peanut butter
Favorite book read in high school:
Pride and Prejudice
No-fail get-happy song:
“SexyBack” by Justin Timberlake
Most memorable vacation:
Bareboat charter in the British Virgin Islands with my husband and 3 kids. Best ever.
The last thing I lost:
Favorite sunglasses
Lisa Kelsey, Art Director
Preferred MO when it comes to exercise:
Swimming, preferably open water
Most memorable vacation: A two-month tour of the great museums of Europe after I graduated from college.
No-fail get-happy song: “Superfast Jellyfish” by Gorillaz
How I hope people describe me when I’m gone: A good mother, wife and friend
3 adjectives that describe me: Curious, passionate, zaftig
Lisa Mandel, Digital Director
Favorite book read in high school:
Jane Eyre
Preferred MO when it comes to exercise: Pilates reformer classes changed my life! Love ‘em.
Most memorable vacation: Trip to Israel with extended family to Bar Mitzvah my sons.
No-fail get-happy song: “Hey Jude” by the Beatles
Movie I can’t resist when I stumble across it on cable: Sleepless in Seattle
Megan Bingham, Editorial Assistant
Preferred MO when it comes to exercise:
I’ve never met an elliptical I didn’t like (can’t say the same for treadmills).
3 things I can’t live without: Family gatherings, homemade pie and any excuse to wear high heels
No-fail get-happy song: “Put Your Records On” by Corinne Bailey Ray
Biggest guilty pleasure: Eating French fries with a hearty helping of fry sauce—an indulgence that reminds me of home.
Movie I can’t resist when I stumble across it on cable: Return to Me. It’s a love story set in an Irish Italian restaurant. Who could resist?
Melissa Knific, Assistant Food Editor
Favorite ice cream flavor:
Salty Caramel from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in Columbus, Ohio
3 things I can’t live without: Burgers, books and Burt’s Bees lip balm
No-fail get-happy song: “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard
TV show I can’t miss: No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain
One thing I’d like to accomplish in the next five years: Expand my knowledge of bread making
MichaelMichael Tyrrell, Associate Food Editor
Favorite ice cream flavor:
Cookies and cream
Early bird or night owl?
Early bird
Most memorable vacation:
Positano, Italy
Movie I can’t resist when I stumble across it on cable:
Moonstruck
Sweet or salty?
Salty
Nicole Zigmont, Assistant Designer
3 things I can’t live without:
Coffee, my computer, art
No-fail get-happy song: “Kids” by MGMT
Character trait I most value in others: Ambition
TV show I can’t miss: Chuck
One thing I’d like to accomplish in the next five years: To grow substantially in my career
Paula Chin, Senior Editor
Early bird or night owl?
Both—I love naps!
TV show I can’t miss: Mad Men—love that hunka hunka Don Draper.
Favorite ice cream flavor: Haagen-Dazs Mango Sorbet (does that count?). More mango-y than mango!
One thing I’d like to accomplish in the next five years: Snorkel and swim in the Galapagos with my daughter (she’s now 10).
Preferred MO when it comes to exercise: Outside, on earth not pavement, no ear buds!
Regina Ragone, Food Director
Preferred MO when it comes to exercise:
Yoga
Early bird or night owl? Early bird
3 things I can’t live without: Bread, cheese and wine
Biggest guilty pleasure: Cuddling with my cats
Character trait I most value in others: Authenticity
Robb Riedel
Favorite ice cream flavor: Rum raisin (I know it’s such an old-man flavor, but I love it.)
Preferred MO when it comes to exercise: I co-captain an ice hockey team (Go Wizards!) and run in Central Park
No-fail get-happy song: “Our Lips Sealed” by the Go-Go’s
Most memorable vacation: Renting a house on the beach in Vieques, Puerto Rico with eight of my friends
Biggest guilty pleasure: Drinking coffee in bed on weekend mornings
Samantha Bednarek, Associate Art Director
Preferred MO when it comes to exercise:
Running and Bikram Yoga
3 things I can’t live without: My iMac, the beach and french fries!
No-fail get-happy song: “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
Movie I can’t resist when I stumble across it on cable: The Notebook—can’t resist an evening with Ryan Gosling!
One thing I’d like to accomplish in the next five years: Travel cross country
Siobahn Treanor, Art Production Manager
Favorite book read in high school:
The Godfather
Character trait I most value in others: A good sense of humor.
Most memorable vacation: Iceland. No joke, I saw Bjork and met the lead singer from Sigur Ros!
One thing I’d like to accomplish in the next five years: To look like I’ve only aged by two years!
Movie I can’t resist when I stumble across it on cable: Not Another Teen Movie
Stephanie Emma Pfeffer, Senior Associate Editor
Preferred MO when it comes to exercise:
Running to boxing class
Early bird or night owl? I like the nightlife, baby.
One thing I’d like to accomplish in the next five years: Write a book. Or three.
3 adjectives that describe me: Inquisitive, indecisive, insatiable
Sweet or salty? Salty. And cheesey. And crunchy!
Susan Hennessey, Assistant Photo Editor
No-fail get-happy song:
“Beating Heart Baby” by Head Automatica
TV show I can’t miss: True Blood, Glee, Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Army Wives and most recently Dexter. I can’t just pick one!
One thing I’d like to accomplish in the next five years: I hope to live in the same place for more than 2 years. Even though I have lived in the same city for 8 years (college included), I have moved 9 (NINE!) times.
How I hope people describe me when I’m gone: Vivacious
3 adjectives that describe me: loud, creative, impatient
Tina Anderson, Photo Director
Favorite book read in high school:
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Biggest guilty pleasure: Real Housewives of [Anywhere] on Bravo
3 things I can’t live without: Chocolate, coffee, wine
3 adjectives that describe me: Decisive, independent, enigmatic
One thing I’d like to accomplish in the next five years: Play classical guitar
Tracy Fiske, Copy Chief
Preferred MO when it comes to exercise:
Catching an episode of King of Queens on the elliptical, working out while watching it, running back to work.
No-fail get-happy song: Shonen Knife’s “On the Top of the World”; the all-female Japanese punk band’s take on the Carpenters’ classic manages to be hardcore and hilarious at the same time.
Character trait I most value in others: Consistency; I’d rather someone be crotchety and mean all the time than supersweet sometimes and nasty and short-tempered once in a while. I need to know what I’m dealing with!
Movie I can’t resist when I stumble across it on cable: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I think he pretty much captures it with, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
Sweet or salty? Salty! I have amazing willpower over dessert, zero over French fries.