Editor, Shopaholic, Vegetarian

WHAT’S YOUR MOTTO?

Ask and ye shall receive.

WHAT’S ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND?

Royal biographies, a photo of my parents, some sparkle necklaces.

WHAT GIVES YOU GOOSE BUMPS?

Free business class tickets to any fabulous destination. I’m a travel addict.

WHAT IS YOUR BAD DAY BACKUP PLAN?

Multiple episodes of Golden Girls or Bob’s Burgers.

WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?

Knowing so many fascinating, fun and fabulous people and getting to enjoy adventures with them.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?

Loving your life.

BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

Be yourself.

BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER GIVEN?

If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW THAT YOU ARE EXCITED ABOUT?

Getting involved in a TV project in India, my favorite country and a place I’m always trying to spend more time.

HOW DO YOU PRESS PAUSE?

Laying on the couch watching Golden Girls or Bob’s Burgers. Or if I’m traveling spending a day relaxing in the hotel bed reading an amazing book.

WHAT DID YOUR 8-YEAR-OLD SELF LOVE DOING?

Reading encyclopedias.

IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE MAGIC POWER WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Making people all get along.

WHAT MAKES YOU FORGET TO EAT?

I’m not sure if anything could make me forget to eat. Being very busy at work makes me skip lunch but I never forget about it. The thing that makes me not eat is looking at pictures of my diet & exercise coach Mihir in his swimsuit.

WHAT 3 THINGS WOULD YOU GRAB IN A FIRE?

My passport, a Stella McCartney handbag or two and my little wooden bust of Gandhi.

WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING YOU’VE EVER DONE – YOUR GREATEST CHALLENGE?

Giving up sugar for 4 months. I’m totally addicted to it and it’s in almost everything we eat. Giving up sugar was harder than giving up drugs and alcohol (I’ve been sober for 19 years)

FAVORITE WORD?

Brouhaha. I like the concept of it and also how it sound phonetically.

FAVORITE WORK OF ART?

Lady with Ermine by Leondardo da Vinci. The Mona Lisa gets all the attention but this painting is so much more chic and interesting. Also it’s had a wild history being stolen by the Nazis in WW II before being returned to the Czartoryski family.

FAVORITE BOOK?

It’s hard to choose between My Antonia by Willa Cather and House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. For some reason I relate to stories of “fallen women” (or women society considers “fallen”) and they’re both so American in their way.

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