• Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain: The Masters of the Craft

    June 13, 2019

    The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain presented their chefs with the opportunity to showcase their technical skills and creativity through the Masters of the Craft, a Marriott-based volunteer competition. Executive Pastry Chef Daniel Mangione and newly-appointed Executive Chef Emily Dillport invited me to participate as one of three judges for the event! As you can imagine, I…

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  • First Time on the Road to Hana

    May 30, 2019

    When you hear Maui, one of the first things that comes to mind is the picturesque Hana Highway featuring 620 turns and 59 bridges through the tropical rainforest. I can hardly believe Alex and I almost didn’t do the drive– the Road to Hana far exceeded our expectations! Alex and I both get car sick…

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  • How I Cope With Mental Health

    May 21, 2019

    Last October I opened up about my mental health struggles. During that time I did not have an answer or an optimistic solution. I’ve always been the type of person who could quickly overcome any obstacle or dilemma, but I had reached a breaking point. The severity of my depression and anxiety began around March…

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  • How to Empower Women

    April 10, 2019

    Women can accomplish incredible things when they support each other. We live in a world where you have the freedom to spread hate or love. Why wouldn’t you choose to encourage others rather than shut them down? Here are three ways you can empower women: 1. Celebrate Her Success! Support a woman’s goals, dreams, ambitions,…

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  • What I Learned from my First Year of Marriage

    March 7, 2019

    This year, Alex and I celebrated 12 years together and our first wedding anniversary! Marriage is a holy institution where a husband and wife are bonded through the word of God, and I was able to experience firsthand what this meant after I got married. There are two main things I learned and it only…

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  • The Ritz-Carlton Earns Forbes Five-Star Rating for Fifth Consecutive Year

    March 6, 2019

    The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain received recognition as a Five-Star luxury resort for the fifth consecutive year from Forbes Travel Guide. Under this recognition from Forbes Travel Guide, the property continues to be the only full-destination resort in the southwestern United States, and remains as one of the eight most luxurious hotel and spa properties in…

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  • A Syrian Sentiment

    March 1, 2019

    New York Fashion Week is the opportunity to showcase creativity and eclectic styles. For my every-day-look, I tend to gravitate towards feminine whimsical or classic pieces. However for NYFW, I wanted to do something different for Rebecca Minkoff’s show. I integrated a piece of my family into the look I created: a velvet bolero with…

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  • Alice + Olivia Fall 2019 RTW

    February 25, 2019

    The moment I walked through the historical wooden doors of the Gothic Revival synagogue, now known as the Angel Orensanz Center, I felt as though I had stepped into another world. That world was filled with magic, fantasy, romance and elicited emotions of pure delight. This was the fantasy world created by Alice + Olivia…

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  • Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain: A Culinary Experience

    January 30, 2019

    The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is a desert luxury experience nestled into the historical foothills of the Tortolita Mountains, where the Hohokam tribe resided until 1450 AD. Alex and I thoroughly enjoyed our sponsored stay with the Ritz-Carlton. It was a weekend getaway filled with a divine culinary experience and plenty of relaxation. As someone who…

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