Monday, December 28, 2015

That Time I did Artoga for Spright...

Art + Yoga, it's a thing. I know, I had no idea either. It's okay. :)

A few months ago, I stumbled across a listing for an Art + Yoga, aka "Artoga" class right here in Washington, DC and decided that I, as an area fitness writer and yogi, needed to try it out. You know, for professional purposes.

Anyway, I ended up signing up for a class earlier this fall and reviewed the whole experience for Spright and even got a chance to snap some half-decent photos. I won't give you my full review of the creative, bendy expereince, but here's a snippet of my review:

When I first saw an Artoga (art + yoga) workshop pop up on Greg’s List DC (a Washington, D.C. events site), I laughed out loud. It seemed a little bit ridiculous, but I was also curious. I decided to investigate and try it out.

After a bit of digital digging, I discovered that Artoga was co-founded by Nichole Friday and Marta Staudinger in 2014. Staudinger, an artist and yoga instructor, says it all began when she started brainstorming for an innovative activity to feature at her curatorial space, which was scheduled to open soon. Staudinger wanted to find a way to blend her two passions, art and yoga, and reached out to Friday for some creative and logistical help...
Read the full story here!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Spright Interview of Olympic Proportions: Talking with Gold Medalists Meryl Davis & Charlie White

Guys. I had a really fantastic opportunity a few weeks ago that I'm so jazzed to share a little bit with you about today.

See, it all started with a big interview series I was organizing for Spright back in the summer.

I got to talk to a lot of awesome people for this series, but one of the highlights of the series was scoring a conversation with Meryl Davis and Charlie White. A quick 4-1-1 for those who have no idea who they are, Davis and White are champion ice dancers that brought home the U.S.'s first-ever gold medal in the sport during the last Olympics.

Basically, they're kind of a big deal.

Anyway, I reached out to their publicist over the summer with the hopes of chatting to them about their eating, fitness and post-Olympic life routines and was pleased to hear back rather quickly. Within a few days, we set up two interviews and before I knew it I was chatting with Davis and White about their favorite workouts and YOLO meals. They were SUPER nice to talk to and very down to earth.

So cool, right?

It's always so fun to have great interview experiences like this to remind me that even world-class Olympic athletes are normal people, just like me.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Hello December, Hello Awesome USO Recipe Series

Guys, I have a confession. I've been holding back a super exciting project that I've been working on at the USO for a while from you. But now that it's officially launched, I can finally tell you all about it!

Drum roll, please... Introducing... my USO Celebrity Cookbook recipe series!

A few months ago my awesome boss stumbled upon an old USO Celebrity Cookbook from our archives and asked if I would be willing to test some of the recipes and launch a multimedia series about the cookbook, its history and how to make the different dishes. Naturally, I said yes. (Read the full story behind the series here.)

Cookbook, spatula and camera(s) in hand, I selected five of the star-studded recipes and set off to turn them into rich multimedia stories for the USO's online audience to enjoy. For five straight Fridays I turned my tiny apartment kitchen into a makeshift studio to test, film and photograph myself making each recipe. While this was super fun (and tasty), most of the legwork came in long after the treats were eaten.

I spent many days researching, writing stories, editing photos and videos and putting this multimedia project together. It's a five part series with long, beefy historical posts, Instavids, YouTube videos and custom graphics for each recipe, so each post took quite while to make. (Shout-out to the USO's awesome creative team, who helped design special graphics for the series!)

Now, two weeks into the five week series, I'm happy to say all my work during the months of August and September are finally paying off. The whole series looks great and is getting great reviews. Plus, who doesn't like to hear about the awesome celebrities who help support and spread the USO's mission?

You can take a look at the two currently published recipes here and here.