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Victoria Smith, blogger / designer

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in Designers, Slider, Stylists, Uncategorized, Writers | 0 comments

Meet Victoria Smith, creator and editor of sfgirlbybay, one of the most successful design blogs in the world. Half a million readers visit her site each month, and the same number of people follow her on Pinterest. Read on to learn how she turned a hobby into her career, and follow her on twitter @sfgirlbybay.

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Tom Rice, producer / filmmaker

Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in Entrepreneurs, Slider, Uncategorized, Writers | 2 comments

Meet Tom Rice, co-founder of Sycamore Pictures, whose latest film, The Way, Way Back, has charmed critics and moviegoers alike. Read on to learn more about this summer’s must-see movie—and the tenacious and talented producer behind it.

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Eleni Gage, writer

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Uncategorized, Writers | 0 comments

Eleni Gage loves to write. She's covered beauty for InStyle and People, the globe for Travel & Leisure, motherhood for The New York Times and The Huffington Post, and the Olympics for the New York Sun. And in her spare time, she's authored two beautiful books and is hard at work on her third. Check out her blog,, or follow her on Twitter @elenigage.

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Andrew McCarthy, actor/director/writer

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in Slider, Writers | 1 comment

Andrew McCarthy is a man of many talents: actor, director, and writer. His travel stories appear in the world’s most respected publications, from National Geographic Traveler to the Atlantic. And his book, The Longest Way Home, has endeared him to critics in the same way that his films—Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, and Weekend at Bernie's, to name a few—endeared him to fans across the globe.

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Anh-Minh Le, writer/editor

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Slider, Uncategorized, Writers | 0 comments

Anh-Minh Le did the unthinkable: She started a print magazine when other publications were folding left and right. Her brainchild, Anthology, now has a cult following and is praised by the country’s top stylemakers and designers. This talented writer and editor knows how to tell a good story—including her own.

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Denise Gee, writer/editor/stylist

Posted by on Nov 13, 2012 in Slider, Stylists, Writers | 4 comments

Denise Gee is a magazine veteran who’s written for all the major shelter publications—from Better Homes & Gardens to Coastal Living. Her unforgettable storytelling skills have found their way into each of her cookbooks. If you’re a fan of cocktails, grab a copy of Southern Cocktails. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss her latest: Sweet on Texas.

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Heather John Fogarty, writer

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Slider, Stylists, Writers | 2 comments

Heather John Fogarty, a Los Angeles-based writer, has been fortunate enough to cover her passions—fashion, food and wine—for the Los Angeles Times Magazine and Bon Appétit. In her popular blog,, she writes about those subjects with expertise and candor, a combination that will leave you wishing you could raid her closet—and snag a seat at her kitchen table.

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Paige Porter Fischer, writer

Posted by on Oct 7, 2012 in Slider, Writers | 13 comments

My name is Paige Porter Fischer. I’m a writer and editor, and I created this web site to tell inspiring stories of inspiring people. My job has allowed me the consistent honor of intersecting with unforgettable individuals. My own story involves a few too many trails for one small paragraph; so if you’re inclined to know more about me, check out my Q&A with Maria Streshinsky. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you will find some inspiration here to stay the course of your biggest dreams.

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Maria Streshinsky, editor

Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 in Slider, Writers | 0 comments

Maria Streshinsky is a magazine industry star. She made a name for herself as the managing editor of the Atlantic Monthly before returning to her home state of California to take the reigns as Editor in Chief of Pacific Standard, a magazine dedicated to research-driven stories on national and international issues. Check out the magazine or follow her on twitter @mstreshinsky.

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Ian Knauer, food writer

Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 in Slider, Writers | 0 comments

Ian Knauer is a notable food writer whose cookbook, The Farm, has drawn reviews as enticing as his recipes. When Gourmet magazine closed, Knauer, who was a celebrated editor there, spent the better part of a year at his family’s farm in Pennsylvania. There, he cultivated the garden once tended to by his grandfather and developed a year’s worth of recipes using its fresh produce.

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