What is your current neighborhood? Park Slope, Brooklyn
What city were you born in? Manchester, New Hampshire
What do you do for a living? Vice President of Social and Search at Nielsen
What is your favorite kind of bagel? Cinnamon raisin with plain cream cheese
What’s your Alma Mater? N.C. State University
What kind of pet(s) do you have? None, but I ADORE dogs and wish I was home enough to own one!
What’s your biggest fear? I have a massive phobia of bees, wasps, and hornets. Generally anything that flies and sounds like a bee. Overall fear? Never falling in love again. I’m very lucky to have amazing family and friends, and to live a life with plenty of love, but that deep connection with a partner is something else.
What is your favorite place in the world you’ve traveled to and why? I can’t pick just one! So far Istanbul and Anguilla are my favorite places to visit in the world. Istanbul for the mix of eastern and western cultures—there’s something about hearing the call for prayer echo around the city that adds gravitas to your day— it reminds me to be present, to stop, and to take stock of what’s really going on in that moment in time. [Hear the call for prayer in person at the Blue Mosque in Istanbul]
I loved visiting Anguilla because of the sheer simplicity and beauty of the island. The beaches I visited there are the best beaches I’ve personally seen in the world, and I’d love to go back. [Before you go back, check out our Travel Guide: Anguilla!]
You have a few weeks off and enough miles for round trip airfare. What kind of trip do you plan and to where? Round-the-globe trip—it’s on my bucket list! I’d start by heading south to Argentina, then hop over to South Africa, head north to the south of France, head east and visit Russia, then go south to stop over in India, before a final stop in New Zealand. [Love the itinerary! In Russia, stay at this grand St. Petersburg hotel; Try glamping in Jaisalmer, India and make your way to Lake Pichola in Udaipur to sightsee and stay in one of the world’s most romantic hotels.]
What’s your preferred method of travel? Train. I take trains whenever possible.
Fill in the blank: On vacation you will undoubtedly find me _____: Wide-eyed in wonder.
What is your favorite restaurant to eat at? Il Passatore in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I lived above it for a few years and it holds a special place in my heart. [Find out what to order at this trattoria!]
Finish this sentence: ‘If I was a type of food I would be ______’ Chocolate!
What do you eat for breakfast? In the summer I have a peanut butter, banana, and protein smoothie. In the winter it’s bacon and eggs!
Fuck, Marry, Kill: bacon, ice cream, pasta: F = bacon, M = ice cream. K = pasta
What do you wear to bed? Sometimes a flannel onesie, sometimes a tank top and boy shorts.
Whose designs do you covet each season? Adrianna Papell, no question. [We found the perfect sheath dress from her new line!]
Pick one room in the house to live out the rest of your days: The living room—you can do everything in that room, including eat!
What’s your go-to spa? I travel quite a bit and have a Massage Envy subscription since they have so many locations across the US. [Find out what is included in this spa membership]
Describe your skincare regimen including any names of products: I’m obsessed with Hada Labo – they’re a skincare brand out of Tokyo.
– Splash face with water
– Put on Hada Labo Aqua UV (50+ SPF and lotion combo)
– Dr. Jart Gold BB cream
– 5-minute face — blush, powder, chapstick, and mascara.
– Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser
– Hydraluron serum
– A retin-A serum
– 1x weekly in the summer and 2x weekly in the winter, a sheet mask: My Beauty Diary masks are my current favorite!
Name one diet “rule” you break: I eat chocolate. A LOT of chocolate.
What song is on repeat? This week? Porter Robinson – Sad Machine. Cake’s “Short Skirt / Long Jacket” is also a favorite. [Listen to Cake’s track here]
Name one artist you think has been undeniably influential in music: Going way back? The Winston’s, specifically their “Amen, Brother” track. There’s an amazing YouTube documentary about this track and the 6-second amen break included on the track, which spawned entire genres of music, including one of my favorites—drum and bass! More recently? Goldie.
What city has the best nightlife culture and why? This is a tough one, as I haven’t been to Ibiza or Berlin and their scenes are pretty legendary. From my personal experience, I think Bristol (England) has the best nightlife scene. I lived there from 2004-2005 and the bass music scene in that city and London were quite literally the two best in the world—people came out to support the local artists as well as the headliners and there was a vibe present that made everyone feel like we were part of something bigger than ourselves, that we were part of a movement. It was incredible. [Here are three of the best nightclubs in Bristol]
What’s the best night of the week to go out on in your current city? Any night that is not Friday or Saturday! New York City has a fantastic scene and my only gripe is that the weekends are so over-crowded and over-hyped! I enjoy the weeknight events so much more.
What has been your best career move so far? One that was entirely unintentional—my best career move so far was being laid off. That change allowed me to find a new job in NYC instead of continuing on with my work in North Carolina and the move to the city changed my life.
It was scary, without question, as I was young and had no more than a few hundred dollars to my name when I was laid off, but ultimately it is the most defining moment of my career so far.
Can you share one tip for anyone looking to get into a similar career as you? Be an honest, solid, and reputable person. The world is incredibly small and you never know when a word or two from an acquaintance will open a door. Don’t be afraid to work your butt off, but also know when and how to say “no.” Trust your gut. Be honest—with others and more importantly, with yourself. [Take it from this power woman!]
Share one invaluable business skill you have: Finding something in common with people no matter our backgrounds—when working for a global company, or even with people from different backgrounds, empathy and perspective are both important.
Tell me about the person who most influenced you growing up: Outside of my parents, my swim coaches had a huge impact on my life from the ages of 5-15. They were amazing and I’m thankful that I learned lessons about hard work, humor, teamwork, and disappointment (you can’t win every race!) so early in life.
What’s your favorite website to pass the time on? Reddit
Do you support any non-profits or charities? Yes, ASW Cares for Kids. [Learn what this special charity does for children]
What are you favorite social media accounts to follow on any platform?
I also quasi-stalk Humans of New York updates on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and think that the work he’s doing is invaluable in today’s word—he’s a master at storytelling and is a constant reminder that everyone you pass on the street has a story.
Relationship Status? Not available!
Tell me about a cringe-worthy date: I feel lucky not to have too many cringe-worthy date stories. The worst in recent memory was actually a first date. We met up at a local bar with a great patio and brought our drinks outside to enjoy the sunset.
A few minutes after we sat down my date started acting a bit weird, and it turns out his very recent ex sat down a few tables away from us with her new boyfriend…who apparently was a mutual friend of theirs when they were dating.
My date refused to move, and I ended up learning way more than I wanted to know about his ex and their relationship.
Needless to say, there wasn’t a second date!
You want to impress somebody, what do you do? Cook them a meal. I’m not a master chef, but I have a few signature dishes that garner rave reviews every time I make them.
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