My French Life Magazine Experiential Contributor


Globalization, the multiplication and distribution of ideas onto international markets, is taking its toll on France's traditional culture, particularly its food culture. The French food revolution is altering the representational statistics of France's "eating-out" versus "eating-at-home" populations. In order to salvage traditional French cuisine, we must learn to appreciate its beneficial components, both to health and leisure within a societal context..

Forthcoming articles to premiere in 2015.

Life & Thyme Magazine Contributing Writer & Photographer

as featured in: people, community | "A CROSS-COUNTRY COFFEE CRAWL"

The history of coffee in the United States has been quite the journey. That history ranges from a plain cup of Folgers or Dunkin' Donuts, to a new wave of specialty coffees sparked by Starbucks, to the newest phenomenon we know as the Third Wave...  CONTINUE READING

Forthcoming articles to premiere in 2015.


Conscious Magazine Editorial Collaborator/Columnist

people, community | "ONE MORE MCDONALD")

Jake and Rachel McDonald (Adopted Coffee) raise money for adoption by virtue of coffee-celebrated community gatherings.

Article to premiere May 2015.



Recall a recent grocery errand experience. Visualize your course around the store and the items you amassed in the shopping cart. How many pre-made, packaged, and frozen goods occupy the aisles of your neighborhood supermarket? Executive Sous Chef Nick Rusticus maintains that a figure of approximately eighty percent represents the “ready-to-go” market... CONTINUE READING 

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Leaves of kale tossed with currants, toasted pine nuts, grated parmigiano reggiano and lemon vinaigrette compose a garnering of consciously-cultivated ingredients whose personal histories marry at the crossroad of 44th Street and Camelback Road, home to Chestnut Fine Foods & Provisions in Phoenix, Arizona. The tale of Chestnut as recounted by co-owner and acting manager, Kirsten Steele, demonstrates a true commitment to community and local agriculture... CONTINUE READING



What comes to mind when you think of food and fellowship? In my opinion, bringing these two together over dinner presents one of the more joyous occasions in life. Being with people you love to meeting new friends to exploring life through conversations is simply, life-giving. However, it has become quite common that the busier we get the more we tend to put dinner around the dinner table on the back burner.

Diamond Troutman, our newest editorial collaborator at Conscious Magazine, has traveled and lived quite extensively experiencing culture in California, New York, Paris, and now currently, Arizona...  CONTINUE READING    


Alliance Française of Greater Phoenix Newsletter Editor

news | "NEWSLETTER: MAY 2015

news | "NEWSLETTER: APRIL 2015"

news | "NEWSLETTER: MARCH 2015"








The Style Line Contributing Writer

people, interview | "LETTER CRAFT"

LetterCraft is dedicated to making quality reclaimed wood decor. Samples include handmade signs, walls, furniture, coasters, coat racks, ornaments and more. Celebrated clientele of the respective local market include Strawberry Hedgehog Handcrafted Vegan Soaps, Songbird Coffee and Tea House and Phoenix Flea.

Article to premiere July 2015.


people, interview | "SHARING ALL THINGS DARLING"

"Sharing All Things Darling" features Caitlin Lindquist of Dash of Darling (ref: Redbook Magazine, People Magazine). Interview adheres to The Style Line's Career Profile/ Neighborhood Guide framework. Photography adopts artistic direction inspired by 1960s American Mod fashion.

Article to premiere June 2015.


travel, people, interview | "MOON AGE"

The Moonage Tempe Collective features locally handmade art, jewelry and home decor.

Article to premiere May 2015.


work featured in: people, culture | "AD(DRESSING) MOTHER NATURE"

An inimitable force vibrates across the planet on a daily basis. For many of us, our desire to explore and understand our surroundings comes from a place of passion, but on days like Earth Day, we are reminded that with passion comes purpose – especially when it comes to our pursuits and how they affect our planet... CONTINUE READING


as featured in: people, culture | "COMMUNITY EDIT: STRIPES ARE SOLID"

All puns aside, there’s something comforting about wearing stripes. Perhaps it’s a nod to effortless Parisian style, or purely for the sake of sheer simplicity but this print has proven to be fail-proof . We’ve noticed it’s rising prominence in the collective personal style of members in our community – and generally in both men and women alike. While it’s arguably a go-to for tee’s and tops, we’ve created an edit that shows stripes are an essential for all shapes, sizes and silhouettes. Check out the below to see how to wear it and shop some of the striped items we’re currently loving:... CONTINUE READING



Last month we asked inspiring women from around the world to share their favorite neighborhood hangs. If you’ve been following our #TSLResolutions series you know that in February our mission was to inspire discovery abroad and equally foster an appreciation for what’s in our backyard. To further our commitment to this, we’re sharing some highlights from last month’s daily “Love Your City” Instagram takeover. From Los Angeles to London scroll below to check out some highlights of our participants’  favorite local destinations... CONTINUE READING



Beyond the streets of the metropolitan Valley whose greens, yellows, and reds direct day-to-day routines, live independent wildlife defended by valiant views of mountains and cacti. Portraiture by Fine Art Photographer Rachael Koscica engages the truest essence of this Southwestern State. "Arizona [really] captivates the human experience and connection with nature," advocated Koscica as she guided our adventure through Tempe and Mesa, along the way stopping to appreciate the intrinsic, pristine character of the Phoenix desert landscapes... CONTINUE READING



We are eager to present Sakura Considine for our next neighborhood guide. Sakura is the Co-Founder of Bloguettes, a branding resource for entrepreneurs, creatives, and bloggers that embraces an educative approach within their workshops in order to promote the effective digital presence of their clientele. Recently highlighted on The Every Girl for their activity in San Francisco, Bloguettes' visibility has skyrocketed and are now, by high demand, offering workshops across the country in cities like Seattle, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Chicago, Charleston, and New York. Locally, Sakura is a figure of style and creative spirit. This October, she was recognized by Arizona Foothills Magazine for "Best Instagram Feed" and "Most Fashionable under 30" categories within their "Best of Arizona" report. We're so excited to present her charming character and fashion on The Style Line... CONTINUE READING


people, interview | "AMY STONE'S PICTURE PERFECT NYC"

As we continue to bare witness to an increasingly connected world, we're reminded just how many resources are at our fingertips. When it comes to our history with personal style, often times there are moments when we reflect and realize how much we seriously want to filter some of our past fashion faux pas. Although we have the ability to delete elements of the past, we more importantly have the opportunity to inspire and in a way, create elements of our future... CONTINUE READING



Paris Elsewhere Chief Writer

people, interview | "PACIFIC LYRICAL EXPRESSION"

Paris is an endless source of inspiration, but a complex one. On the one hand, it's a city that you can spend years and years exploring, and still it surprises you. It's old and full of history, but it's always changing - I find new passageways and shops in streets that I have walked a hundred times, and there is an intrinsic charm to its cobblestone streets, majestic buildings, and statues that date back to the revolution. The temporal aspect, the juxtaposition of past and present, is something I feel all the time when walking around Paris. So, that in itself is a deep well of reflection. But, there is sometimes a slightly morose character that accompanies the Parisian spirit... CONTINUE READING



It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you professional French wedding photographer, Jean- Laurent Gaudy. We he announced that he was making a trip to New York in March, I just had to request he pencil in a morning coffee. We decided upon Little Collins in Midtown NYC. Regrettably, brunch hours were soon approaching and the café suddenly began to crowd. We made a stroll down to a corner coffee-shop where we sat and I listened in wonderment to his stories of love and photography... CONTINUE READING


people, interview | "LASTING IMPRESSIONS"

Is it an impressive donning of color? A particular gesture? An enchanting stride? What is it about these individuals that evokes such vivid portrayals in Leo Greenfield's illustrations? It's not the color(s), nor the gesture; rather, [it's] the brilliant individual interpretation of fashion that Leo finds so engaging. With this new-found insight, each individual's characteristics become more exceptional... CONTINUE READING


people, interview | "HONEYED BALLADS"

Escargots and red wine follow an adieu to a primrose glimmering sun. Candlelight reflections on mahogany-hued tiles develop the characteristics of a romantic night out. I've got my head in the clouds, or should I say, my toes in the sand. Honeyed singing of a French rendition of "Somewhere Beyond the Sea" has me drifting to musings of Paris in the fall. Linda Sandoval has a musical manner that inveigles romantics; her jazz performances adopt a lyric whose rich timbre echoes poetic compositions...  CONTINUE READING


travel, community, review | "AN INVENTORY OF CLASSICS"

The salon of "The Greatest Neighborhood Restaurant" exhibits an inventory of classics. Above a Davy's Gray and Carolina Blue patterned settee hang five frames of abstract art evocative of Damien Hirst "spot paintings." Metal Tolix chairs border a polished wood table aglow under the lights of burnished antique two-arm table lamps. An emerald velvet booth extends to an entryway, which reveals an Arcadian terrace that offers a generous cue of shade. This American brasserie, dubbed The Henry, exemplifies a Roaring (Twenties) sophistication. A remarkable accomplishment is discovered in the duality of the culinary cues at The Henry...CONTINUE READING


travel, community, review | "SATURDAY CROISSANDO BREAKFAST"

On select weekends, Victorian Cake Company & Candyland Cupcakes host Croissando Saturdays. Donuts are not commonly regarded as breakfast, but this croissant-donut challenges tradition... The croissando is the ultimate marriage of sweet and savory, though its traits are not entirely representative of either pastry. Whilst the embellished sifted granulated sugar provides a subtle crunch, the croissando isn't nearly as flaky or light as a croissant. The texture could be described as cake-like: moist and rich, yet not overly sweet. The gleaming golden center that is Victorian Cake Company's sweet custard crème butter imitates the icing within a cake's layers... CONTINUE READING


travel, culture, review | "ESCARGOTS A LA BOURGUIGNONNE"

This spring surprised me with a mellow affaire du coeur in Sedona, Arizona amid thrilling views of crimson canyons and sweet-tempered, whispered breezes. I saved a very special affair for the close of the day: dinner at René's at sunset. René is settled in a Spanish-style courtyard with a landscape graced by mosaic tiles that reify the spirit of exploration. Neighbor to art galleries, polished fountains, georgic murals and brass sculptures, René's place behind the carved wooden doors of Tlaquepaque village radiates with organic charm... CONTINUE READING