City Design Itineraries: Chicago and San Francisco

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Whenever I visit a new city, I tend to approach my itinerary with design in mind — What are the city’s most beautifully designed hotels, restaurants, and attractions? Where can I shop for art and design-centric items? For those travelers who do the same, I’ve created a few weekend itineraries for Paste, starting with Chicago and San Francisco. Stay tuned for more city guides.



Growing up, I always knew I wanted to be a writer — specifically a travel writer. I think a lot of young people have that dream, but like a lot of people, I’ve found myself writing about everything but travel over the years. So it feels like a special treat when I get to write about my adventures abroad. This recent article in Paste looks at one of my favorite cities in the world, Lisbon. Between its distinctively strong coffee, bottles of crisp vinho verde, and sticky sweet ginjinha, I literally drank my way through the city — and I’ll teach you how to do the same.

Getting a Taste of Richmond’s Food Scene


Long before I moved to Richmond, I knew I wanted to write for Richmond Magazine. It’s a beautiful publication and a great resource for anyone who lives in the city. So I was excited to get my first story published in the magazine in January, and I’ve been contributing every month since. The photo above is from my article on shopping with chefs, where I tagged along with chefs to find out how they buy groceries. I’ve also written about chefs using winter citrus and a wacky new place called GWARbar.

Design Blogging for Paste Magazine


I started regularly blogging for the Design section of Paste several months ago. Most of the posts are pretty short newsy blurbs, like this one about Wes Anderson posters, and this one about a special edition of Field Notes. And then, inspired by some of my friends who are new parents, I pitched a little round-up of stuffed animals that even adults would love. It turned out to be one of the section’s most popular stories from the last six months. Check it out right here.

Wedding Paper Divas: Etiquette, etc.

When I was engaged, I spent hours on the Wedding Paper Divas site browsing their beautiful stationery. So I was thrilled when I got the chance to blog on behalf of the site! I wrote about branded weddings for Amorology.


And how to conquer bad weather on your wedding day for Smitten magazine.


This article for Green Bride Guide looks at why succulents are such a smart and sustainable option for wedding decor.

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I also did a bit of writing for the Wedding Paper Divas website, including this guide to invitation etiquette.