Welcome to Beauty and the Feast! As you can probably already tell, this is a blog with an unconventional mix of themes: beauty and food.
The short version is, I was a kid obsessed with playing with my mom’s makeup drawer and grew up to somehow be the resident makeup artist to my friends. I also have an unhealthy addiction to Sephora. And food – I have always loved talking about all things edible. I moved from Chicago to New York, and my general rule is I won’t go to same restaurant twice unless I have someone to introduce it to. After giving enough restaurant recommendations to friends, I decided food had to be part of this blog. You can read more about this all on the FAQ page.
The blog has been an idea in my head for years but only took form in March 2009. Since then, BATF’s reader base has been growing incrementally every month and I’m so grateful to all my readers for making this happen! In 2011, Cosmopolitan publishing named Beauty and the Feast as one of its most influential up-and-coming blogs in its September issue and again in its October issue. Previous to this, BATF was listed among the “Top 50 Blogs Mom’s Need to Know About” by HybridMom.com in July 2010. In December 2009, BATF won Spa Week’s Best Beauty Blog Post 2009 award. I hope this site continues to be a place you can come to be inspired to try new experience and to also share your own tips and thoughts!
Thanks so much for checking the blog out. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it!
Please check out BATF’s PRESS PAGE to see where the blog has been featured.
CELEBRITY INTERVIEWS/FEATURES ON BEAUTY AND THE FEAST
Lily Aldridge, model
Alessandra Ambrosio, model
Odette Annable, actress
Sean Avery, pro hockey athlete
Jake Bailey, COVERGIRL celebrity makeup artist (Makeup school)
Jake Bailey, COVERGIRL celebrity makeup artist (Makeup tips)
Samantha Bee, comedian/actress (The Daily Show)
Kristin Cavallari, actress
Steven “Cojo” Cojocaru, stylist
Mark Consuelos, actor
Mickey Contractor, MAC’s Bollywood celebrity makeup artist (Link to Part II)
Giada De Laurentiis, chef (healthy holiday recipes)
Giada De Laurentiis, chef
Gabby Douglas, Olympic gold medalist/gymnast
Bobby Flay, chef (Thanksgiving Recipes)
Bobby Flay, chef (Easy Meals for Kids)
Kid Sister, musician
Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola, reality TV star
Kim Kardashian, reality TV star
Kourtney Kardashian, reality TV star
Avril Lavigne, musician
Lori Loughlin, actress (Easy meals for kids)
Lori Loughlin, actress (Thanksgiving Recipes)
Tim Love, chef
Jeannie Mai, Host of How Do I Look?, fashion expert
Ricky Martin, musician
Von Miller, pro football player/Denver Broncos linebacker
Nicki Minaj, musician
Miss J. Alexander, TV personality/runway coach
Steven Novak, NBA basketball player (New York Knicks)
Olivia Palermo, TV personality/model/fashion muse
Adrianne Palicki, actress (Friday Night Lights/G.I. Joe)
Loren Ridinger, beauty entrepreneur
Claire Robinson, chef
Mally Roncal of Mally Beauty
Rachel Roy, fashion designer
Angela Simmons, designer
Molly Sims, model
Curtis Stone, chef (Locals Know Best campaign)
Curtis Stone, chef (Summer and healthy eating)
Chrissy Teigen, model
Chrissy Teigen, model (at her bridal shower)
Jacques Torres, pastry chef/chocolatier
Robert Verdi, TV personality and style expert
James Vincent, celebrity makeup artist
Deron Williams, NBA basketball player (Brooklyn Nets)
I’m a writer/editor based in NY. I freelance edit at Marie Claire, where I’ve previously worked on staff for over three years, Allure, Harper’s Bazaar. Additionally, I write for Tyra Banks’ beauty and fashion website, typeF.com, and Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen’s new beauty and health website, YouBeauty.com. In the past, I’ve worked at a number of other titles including RealBeauty.com, InStyle, Vogue, V Man, V, New York, Elle Decor, Essence, Spinner.com, and TruthInAging.com. I absolutely love NYC, but nothing makes me happier than visiting home in Chicago!
For tips, pitches, and general epiphanies on life and the universe, you can email me at email@example.com.
BATF currently has three great contributors based in NY, LA, and IL:
A freelance editor for several NY publishing houses, Nicci Jordan Hubert spends her days editing novels and her nights finding as many excuses as she can to get a little glammed up, including attending BATF events. And when she’s not attending events—because, let’s be honest, she’s more often lounging at home—she’s experimenting with new recipes. Food and vanity are among her highest joys, which can be easily revealed by taking a very quick glance at her credit card statements. But let’s not talk about those.
A recovering die hard New Yorker, Melissa Stephans made her great escape back home to Los Angeles after getting the seven-year career itch in the fabulous world of fashion editorial. After years of devotion to luxury clothing and accessories at legendary labels and magazines such as Vera Wang, Valentino, Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country, she decided to delve into tastier, more alluring adventures in beauty and culinary writing. Thanks to Beauty and the Feast, the former fashionista has been granted admission into the irresistible worlds of food and beauty reviews, and has eagerly adopted a new motto: Will work for food (or foundation).
Summar Ghias is a writer who attributes her love for big cities to the diverse cultural, artistic and food-centric experiences that can be had in them. She’s worked at Budget Travel magazine as an assistant editor and freelanced at several other titles including Discover, People, In New York, TruthInAging.com and TruthInSlimming.com. Over the span of three years in New York City, she scoured every dessert and coffee/tea shop possible to satiate an unreasonable sweet tooth. Now, she’s headed back to the Midwest to do the same (oh yeah, and go back to school at the same time). Though New York will always be at the top of her list, she’s looking forward to re-acquainting herself with Chicago’s vibrant culinary scene.
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