BAG: "My vintage Rebecca Minkoff bag, I wear it everywhere!"
JEANS: "GAP skinny bootcut"
STYLE ROLE MODEL: "Blake Lively"
HAIRSTYLIST: "My stylist at Headliners in Tolland, CT. No matter where I am in the world I have to get a cut/color there!"
LIP COLOR: "Dark purple"
MAKEUP ARTIST: "Myself!"
MASCARA: "Benefit "they're Real!"
FACIALIST: "I had an incredible facial at the Trump in Soho a few weeks ago. Changed my life."
FRAGRANCE: "Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb"
JEWELRY: "My Michael Kors rose gold watch, and custom gold ring by Chinchar Maloney"
SKIN CARE: "Juice Beauty moisturizer and blemish cream. I keep it simple!"
VACATION SPOT: "Anywhere warm. Mexico and Bermuda make my top 2. Or London if it's for work!"
BAG: "Lately my go-to has been my matte black Alexander Wang Rockie bag"
JEANS: "Citizens of Humanity Avedon skinnies"
STYLE ROLE MODEL: "Jenna Lyons, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Carrie Bradshaw"
HAIRSTYLIST: "Jayne Matthews at Edo Salon in SF"
LIP COLOR: "A red-orange lip punches up almost any look. My current fave is from MAC x Proenza Schouler in Mangrove - it's bright and super flattering!"
MAKEUP ARTIST: "Me! I've always enjoyed the process of applying makeup, and it doesn't hurt that I work in the industry, so I get to play with lots of new products."
MASCARA: "Guerlain Noir G not only makes my lashes super long, while still natural looking, but it comes in the chicest packaging."
FACIALIST: "Instead I believe in a religious skincare routine and checkups at the dermatologist"
FRAGRANCE: "Tom Ford Jasmine Rouge"
JEWELRY: "Eva Fehren makes the coolest pieces I've ever seen"
SKIN CARE: "Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash, Aqua Glycolic Toner, Cetaphil Moisturizer, and Epiduo"
VACATION SPOT: "This summer I went to Kauai and fell in love with its exotic beauty - can't wait to go back!"
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*Shout out to her fiancee, Brian Poliakoff, who is a dear college friend. You nabbed a beauty, Bri guy!
BAG: "Believe it or not my favorite bag is this chestnut leather tote I found in a thrift store. It's real leather and has that 'I have so many stories' type of vibe to it, I just love it."
JEANS: "I own soooo many jeans. Favorites are probably my Rag & Bone, one of my many Hudsons, or my bright blue JBrand jeans I just picked up. I'm a jeans kind of girl."
STYLE ROLE MODEL: "Honestly, I don’t have one model. I think I turn to Pinterest for inspiration a lot, and to the upcoming season’s fashion shows for one or two things I want to try out. Mostly I think my style is just that – my style. It changes from day to day depending on my mood and what challenge I am taking on that day."
HAIRSTYLIST: "Gene Juarez downtown Seattle – whoever can fit me in with my crazy schedule!"
LIP COLOR: "Mostly neutral glosses for a bit of polish but not too much. Weekends and date nights I'm all about bold red- Mac Ruby Roo or lately I've been super YSL seasonal tints."
MAKEUP ARTIST: "One day I'll have one of these. One day. For now – it’s me and my YouTube tutorials."
MASCARA: "Four step lashes (1) curler (2) primer then (3) Smokey Lash from Make Up Forever and then (4) heated curler for extra flare. It's all about the eyelashes."
FACIALIST: "Nicole from Classique Spa in Queen Anne – she is amazing."
FRAGRANCE: Jimmy Choo by Jimmy Choo, second best to only the shoes themselves.
JEWELRY: "Jewelry was my first love in this fashion world. My favorite piece is a necklace my Nana owned. My aunts have worn it, and I wore it once in a picture with my mother. I keep it for very special days. It's a beautiful estate piece full of gold details and big gems. A stunner for sure."
SKIN CARE: "I use Skoah for almost all my face care products – I'm a little obsessed."
VACATION SPOT: "I am fortunate to have traveled to a lot of beautiful places over the years and have a long list of places I want to see but for me – I'll always go home to Vermont. It's where I most easily relax, take deep breaths and recharge."
It was over a decade ago that I interned at CBS4 Miami and made it a point to become close to reporter Mike Kirsch. Mike, along with Christiane Amanpour, were my idols. I loved that they were foreign journalists, coveting unchartered territory to find the truth. Mike and CBS4 cameraman Rudy Marshall were the first American journalists to cross into Iraq with US Marines the night before the launch of Operation Iraqi Freedom. And they were the first American journalists to reach and report from the rescue site of American POW Jessica Lynch, before moving north to Baghdad to cover the fall of Saddam Hussein. Christiane, a renown international journalist, was hired by CNN in 1983 and worked at the same international assignment desk in Atlanta that I had. Her many achievements led me to write a paper about her work in college, which I personally got to share with her when I joined CNN in 2004.
I wanted to be just like them and work in the Middle East, writing and producing stories on religious unrest, the divide between secular and Islamic governments, and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. My parents thought I was crazy and were not supportive of a nice, Jewish girl going into a war zone.
But Daniel Pearl did. And Jill Carroll. And James Foley.
My former CNN colleagues Atia Abawi, Erin McLaughlin and Danielle Dellorto continue to report in some of the most volatile places in the world but understand the importance of journalism and seeking the truth.
What is happening to journalists around the world is REPREHENSIBLE. Journalists are not the enemy and continue to be used as pawns by Islamic extremists. It is up to the international community and all sovereign governments to detest these brutal acts of terror.
After Daniel Pearl's death, I thought a lot about him and the parting words he left with the terrorists before he was killed.
"My father is Jewish, my mother is Jewish, I am Jewish."
During Jill Carroll's captivity, I spent months awake at night wondering if she would see the same fate.
And now, all I seem to think about is James Foley - a man who dedicated his life to bringing us the truth about the monsters behind the mask.
Tweezerman: Because you never know when you may have to catch a stray hair.
BarkBox: Seeing my pup Figgy annihilate her BarkBox each month makes my day.
Cashmere Candle: I stock up on this candle as there is nothing like walking into a room to its scent.
iPhone 5S: Because I'm in PR, duh. Got to stay connected at all times.
Marine Traffic App: I creep on my tugboat captain. There, I said it.
Getting down and dirty on a campsite was a brand new experience for me this past weekend. Summer vacation trips for the Piha clan consisted of trips to Lake Chelan's Campbell's Resort or two week sailing boat trips up to the San Juan Islands. While the boat trips definitely felt like "camping" - I now realize the the luxury of the Seattle Yacht Club outstations, a 40 foot sailboat, and eating dinner out every other night was far from "roughin' it. This past weekend I did the real camping thing and LOVED it. A few pictures from my adventures with some great friends. And if you were wondering, yes, I did take a shower using quarters and my hair still smells like campfire. Big thanks to Roberta and Patrick Armstrong, my wonderful Miami Hurricane friends who always let me tag along with their amazing family!
At 32 years old, I am a late bloomer when it comes to love. I wasn't the girl in high school who had tons of boyfriends - college either. I had a sharp tongue, the drive to be a career-minded individual and didn't want anything standing in my way - especially a man. My dating life was constant but always causal - there was no irking for "love" or "forever" talk. That changed as my career grew and I started achieving the things I had set out to achieve. I finally wanted someone to share in my accomplishments and my darkness. This constant state of being isn't always rosy. I began to long to find a partner (in addition to my female friends) who I could rely on through thick and thin. 3 or so years ago, I experienced a great bout of companionship - a relationship of 2+ years - that allowed me to travel the world, see new places, and provided every day company. I later learned it was wrought in superficiality, not the love I had wanted and quite empty of the feeling I so desired. After that, I asked myself, "will I ever learn what reciprocal love is?" I asked the universe to show me --- I was ready. And finally, it did. So at 32 years old, I know what this funny thing called love is. It is choosing the highest good for the other person. I found it in an unlikely place at an unlikely time. Guess that's just how love goes.
Dedicated to NDB.
Did you know that givers are happier people than non-givers? Jon Sundt was spot on when he wrote in The Huffington Post, "The old adage still rings true: it is better to give than receive. When we give back, we open our hearts, creating deeper connections with the people who surround us, using our passion and influence to improve lives and inspire more goodness in the world." Even those who have limited time and money can give a little too! Want an example? Each month I head to the Jewish Family Service Food Bank on Capitol Hill to deliver groceries to folks unable to shop on their own. The kind people I deliver to are always thrilled to see me at their door with bags in tow (and I think they must snicker a little while my petite frame carries bags full of cans up multiple staircases). With rising food prices, there continues to be a greater need for families to receive food bank groceries. JFS is currently looking for more home delivery volunteers. Interested? Contact Kevin Lugo at 206.861.3174. Note: You do not need to be Jewish to volunteer at the Food Bank.