The 10 Commandments of Dinner Parties (from an anxious hostess)
Through the multiple high-anxiety, ultra chaotic dinner parties I have under my belt, I have discovered 10 commandments to make dinner parties less chaotic for any anxious hostess. 
Roses & Rosés
Some people think rosé is just for the summer months just as we hear that bubbly is best at New Year’s Eve. I beg to differ, and especially for those of us who live in temperate climates, we already know the secret: you can drink bubbles and rosé any time of the year!
How travel helps make us our best selves
Travel, to me, is the great un-doer. It undoes all that is known to us. It asks us to free ourselves from the familiar, the usual, the rote. It asks us to trust that where we are and what we are experiencing will enrich us but only if we allow ourselves to be so enriched.
While yoga and guided meditation apps like Headspace are popular forms of mediation, the adjective meditative can actually describe anything that compels us to stay present and mindful. In fact, engaging in the five senses can make any activity meditative, as it compels us to deeply reflect on all aspects of the experience at hand and engage the mind in close observation. From this more expansive definition, I see that some of the activities I find most fulfilling and relaxing are indeed those that allow me to be meditative and sensual.
“Meditation” is synonymous with reflection, contemplation, and musing. While yoga and guided meditation apps like Headspace are popular forms of mediation, the adjective meditative can actually describe anything that compels us to stay present and mindful.
Diane von Furstenberg and Five Senses Tastings
It was the start of my life here, and is certainly one of the most elegant “firsts” I’ve ever had the privilege of experiencing.
Perception is the interpretation of what we sense.
Our environment shapes our perception and our experience, and our sensory preferences. Here at Five Senses Tastings we explore that in depth.
Can music affect creativity?
As someone who works with and in music every day, many of my friends and colleagues are surprised to learn that my favorite music in the world is actually silence. No, I didn’t say my favorite sound is silence. I said my favorite music is silence. Why?
Pandemic puzzles and joy
Allow me to say right off the bat that I really hate the word, pandemic. Not […]
The Concept of home
Five years ago this week, I left the rented room in Richmond, California that I had been living in for the past seven months, packed my couple suitcases and my two very vocal cats, and got in the car with my mom to drive down to Los Angeles. I didn’t know what awaited me there. I knew only three people (and two of them weren’t even there at the time), and I had no real plan. But I knew that staying where I was wasn’t an option. I had been planning for this moment for over a year, and when the time came, I remember just throwing caution to the wind and saying to myself, “well, I guess we’ll see what happens.” I wasn’t thinking of it as a home because a home wasn’t a thing I had any concept of – for me.