Wednesday, August 10, 2016

'Lunch' with Marianne Williamson

'Lunching' with Marianne Williamson was fun and enlightening

For my final 'Lunch' column for the summer, I was excited about sitting down with the iconic Marianne Williamson. The best selling author, motivational speaker and activist was passionate, articulate and warm. I felt like I was lunching with a very smart and worldly wise girlfriend. Her books, going back to A Woman's Worth, have always spoken directly to my heart and her newest one, Tears to Triumph The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment is full of insight and wisdom about how fully experiencing our emotional pain can lead to true healing. Read the full interview here:

Friday, July 22, 2016

Why This Presidential Election is a Nightmare to Adopted Kids Like My Daughter

We are so grateful to have been able to adopt Madeline from China. She has brought us so much joy.

I have written extensively about my experiences as a mother and adoption. I never call myself my daughter's 'adoptive mother' because that is not how I think of myself. I am her mother, my husband is her father. We are her parents, plain and simple. Madeline was born in China, but is an American citizen. Before we left to bring her home to the states, she was sworn in while in my husband's arms at the American consulate. She is proud to be an American -- and has always been no less than confident about her place in this country. This presidential has shaken that confidence -- and I won't stand for it. Words have power -- and I hope these can help stem the tide of racism that is threatening the soul of our country. Here's my latest for The Stir that explains why. Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Talbots' Dresses: My Secret Weapon When Dressing to Impress

Dressing to impress while interviewing celebrities and media mavens for my 'Lunch' column at Michael's restaurant in New York City

Having worked in fashion before becoming a writer, (I started at Vogue the same day Anna Wintour did) I have always loved clothes. Back in the day I was lucky enough to have had a wardrobe allowance from Donna Karan and my pre-motherhood clothing budget was a lot bigger than it is today. For my 'Lunch' column, every week I sit across the table from some of the world's most successful people while trying to ask them interesting questions, write down their answers and eat -- all at the same time. The last thing I want to think about (besides whether or not I have food in my teeth) is my appearance. That's why I love #Talbots. If you haven't checked them out in a while, you need to. Their dresses are my absolute favorite -- and I've pretty much worn them for every big interview I've done. Their colors are great, they fit me perfectly and they're affordable enough that I can buy multiple styles every season. (Please don't tell my husband) I just scored three dresses at their Red Hanger Sale -- all for under $200. Their regular priced styles won't break the bank, either. This collage features some of my favorite styles that I've worn when interviewing Outlander's Diana Gabaldon and Ronald D. Moore, Charles Spencer, Tamsen Fadal, Kathryn Leigh Scott among other famous faces. Thanks Talbots for making me look as good as I feel in your dresses!