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Berkeley Offers a Unique Take on Valentine’s Date Night (link)  Feb 14, 2013

I was pretty excited to put this story together.  I had been living in Berkeley for less than a month and was eager to explore and get to know the city.  Sadly, I spent my Valentine’s evening at home with my roommate, but made it a point to visit and dine at each of the restaurants.  From a brewery participating in San Francisco Beer Week to a celebration of love song legends, I was happy to learn my new city had much to offer.  (PDF also available.)

La Jolla Village News; San Diego, Calif.

La Jolla Village NewsLa Jolla’s beaches make the grade (link)  March 15, 2012

This was my first cover story for the La Jolla Village News.  It was a news piece covering TripAdvisor’s newest list of Top 10 U.S. Beach Destinations.

San Diego made the list at #9, the website noted La Jolla Shores and Black’s Beach as two of the reasons the city ranked so high, beating out all other southern California cities.

In order to localize the story, I also focused on UCSD’s renewed contract to provide life guards on the secluded Black’s Beach, making the beach as safe as it is beautiful. (PDF also available.)

Beach and Bay Press; San Diego, Calif.

Celebrating and egg-cellent anniversary milestone (link)  March 15, 2012

This story was fun, enlightening and almost intimidating to put together.  The Broken Yolk Cafe, a San Diego brunch staple, born in Pacific Beach, celebrated its 33rd anniversary.  I was given fair warning before interviewing the BYC’s owner John Gelastopoulos, with my colleagues telling me to be prepared for a face-to-face interview rather than a quick phone conversation.

I drove over to the cafe ready to pick Gelastopoulos’ brain on how his company has been increasingly successful in this economy and left with more than an earful.  (PDF also available.); San Diego, Calif.

Karl StraussSneak Peak Inside Karl Strauss Brewery (link) Sep. 16, 2011

For this freelanced piece, I got to actually tour the Karl Strauss brewery in La Jolla. I was able to see every part of production from bottling and brewing to visiting the testing labs and “fermentation farms” — all which is done in a single building.

The brewing company has been providing handcrafted brews to the southern California region since the mid 1980s and continues to expand today.

Not only did I get access to the places the public doesn’t get to see, (although the brewery plans on opening up public tours in spring 2012), I interviewed Master Brewer Paul Segura, and picked his brain about the fullness and flavors of they truly San Diegan beers.  The tour and interview was filmed and edited into a two minute video for the website.  (PDF also available.); San Diego, Calif.

Top San Diego wedding themes (link) Aug. 26, 2011
Beachside weddings with a personalized touch

I was a little more than excited to write this story for  This story was a follow-up to an earlier article on the summer Bridal Bazaar held in San Diego the previous month.  After going to the bazaar, I noted trends and similarities between vendors first-hand.  I also work in a flower shop part time so also gave me insight on wedding trends within the city.

In addition to my observations, I interviewed different party and wedding planners and brides.  The result was a fun look at weddings in San Diego.  Whether it was a seaside venue or a celebration of California craft beers, it was clear that San Diego brides and weddings carried themes that honored the couple and America’s finest city. (PDF also available.); San Diego, Calif.

LIVE REVIEW: Adele at SDSU’s Open Air Theatre (link) Aug. 23, 2011
Chart topping R&B singer performs for a sold out crowd

I felt more than lucky to get the chance to attend and review Adele’s San Diego concert; mostly because the show was sold out, and I was lucky enough just to get a ticket.

But to be in attendance, and listen to such a beautiful voice perform live, was truly amazing.  The concert was enlightening, in that Adele gave anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories about the inspiration behind each song she wrote. (PDF also available.)

Beauty and the Dirt; London, England

Barbara Hulanicki interviewBarbara Hulanicki for Asda (link) Nov. 25, 2012

“We’re having you interview Barbara Hulanicki in about an hour.  She’s doing a collaboration with George for Asda.  Come up with a few questions, take the Flip Cam and go.”

That’s basically all the preparation I had, and it might have been the cold I was fighting that day, but I was somehow able to stay cool and collected while interviewing the London legend.

During the interview,  in Asda’s busy office just off Carnaby Street, we chatted about her designing past and the looks she was planning on creating in future with George for Asda. (PDF also available.)

Beauty and the Dirt; London, England

Fashion advice from Johnny Blue Eyes (link) Oct. 20, 2012

A recap of advice given by music stylist and designer Johnny Blue Eyes, to a group of fashion students at the American InterContinental University in London.  The designer for the House of Blue Eyes (which has notably designed pieces for the likes of Lady Gaga) spoke to the students as part of the publicity for the launch of his magazine Void.  During the two hour lecture he discussed how he styles for music artists and celebrities.  For this story, I took the advice Blue Eyes was giving about styling celebrities and crunched it down to a fun style guide for the everyday reader. (PDF also available.)