Welcome to The Flair Index. TFI is not a site about me. (That would get old.) This page is.
My background: I spent almost 20 years working for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar (three different times/two different editors), and Lucky with some freelance writing here and there (New York Mag, Veranda, Elle Décor). I launched a luxury handbag line (which ended with the 2009 recession), and created an eponymous jewelry line in 2013.
I have been married for 28 years and have two daughters in college who still talk to me. (At least I think they do.)
Biggest lesson I’ve learned starting my own businesses? Patience is key—everything takes twice as long as it you think it should.
Why TFI? Because as an editor I love sharing information. But more than that, I love meeting and interviewing people–making connections, getting inspired, and seeing things from a different viewpoint. I can’t think of anything I’d rather do.
My best interviews to date? Alexander McQueen after his first show. Bumsters anyone? And Narciso Rodriguez. We had a lunch interview for his first ever fashion profile. He took a sprig of rosemary from the meal home and incorporated it into his next collection.
Daily ritual: Nothing happens before my morning coffee (old-school drip), an Oreo, and the New York Times. Without them, I’m no fun.
Favorite way to unplug? Outside in nature. Preferably hiking with my family.
Hidden talent/hobby: Guitar (a hobby as my talent is questionable), which I took up 7 years ago. Mostly blues and some very lame Led Zeppelin attempts.
Favorite book: Anything by Joan Didion.
Favorite small indulgence: Dark chocolate and a manicure with a 15 minute back massage (a weekly splurge).
Scent that brings back memories: The smell of pinon trees and Palo Santo which reminds me of the Southwest and Santa Fe where I got married. It’s special place for me.
Favorite time of day: 7pm. Work is usually over, it can be cocktail hour, and it’s a time of day when I usually don’t have to do anything I don’t want to do.
Enough about me…I hope you enjoy the site!