Posts categorized: About Shayne

  When 76 percent of the county where you went to high school voted for Trump and your father has the instinct of a publicist, your experience at the Women’s March on Washington makes front page news–and gets more ink than the residents who attended the inauguration! At least that’s what happened today in The Daily Tribune, Bartow County, Georgia’s only daily newspaper. As a graduate of Cartersville High School, I’m honored to share my perspective with the town of my […]

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If you really, really want to know how I feel, this is an excerpt from On the 2016 presidential election, a personal history and sociological rumination. “It’s okay, fine, even mandatory to take a political position and not care if you gain or lose readership.” ~ Rachel Kushner at Key West Literary Seminar, January 13, 2017 When Donald Trump announced his presidential candidacy in June 2015, I had one reaction: This makes me wanna barf. I may have even tweeted it […]

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Women of Impact dinner honorees

  On Sunday evening, I joined a group of 20 Miami women for a special dinner party thrown by Vanessa James of Vanessa James Media and the Lincoln Motor Company. Held at one of my favorite South Beach restaurants, Lure Fishbar at the Loews Hotel, it was an evening to honor multicultural Women of Impact in the arts, media and entertainment industries.   Vanessa was a gracious hostess and emcee for the evening, bringing us together to connect, share our […]

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Beach views and blue skies from a guest room at the Carillon.

  One of the first travel stories to captivate me and make me think, “I want to do that” was by New York Times op-ed columnist Maureen Dowd. In January 2009, in place of her typical political and social commentary, which, at the time, I devoured every week, she was moonlighting for the Travel section with a story about her visit to the newly opened Canyon Ranch Miami Beach. At the time, President Obama had just taken office and the nation’s economy was in a free fall. In […]

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Somehow, 2015 sped past me in a blur. When I stop to think back on my year, I can hardly remember what even happened. Weird. I’m not sure if it’s because it was super fast-paced or if I’ve just been hyper-focused on my career and scheming next steps. As it turns out, though, I did quite a lot in 2015. I went to Europe–twice–for the first time since 2009, discovering Switzerland, Germany and Croatia, and returning to my favorite city Paris. I traveled […]

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From Jenifer Altman's Polaroid Notes.

Frankfurt Airport, September 13, 2015, 8:54 a.m. I’ve gotten into the habit of staying awake on red eyes to Europe. A habit, if you can even call it that, based on my last two flights here. The last time was Zurich in March. Now, here I am in Frankfurt on a layover to Croatia. There’a a certain anticipation cycle that comes with travel. I’m going to skip over the whole process of actually picking a destination and  planning a trip and get […]

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Exploring Dubrovnik and the Adriatic Sea at a spot called Buza, which literally means "hole in the wall."

My friend and fellow fabulous writer Kara Franker asked me to share my insights on how I get off the beaten path while traveling to her readers at Orbitz. Here’s what I had to say: “I’m a big believer in slow travel to truly uncover hidden jewels and understand a destination on a deeper level. And by slow travel, I mean exactly that: slowing down the pace and staying for awhile. For me, whether it was studying abroad in London or spending two consecutive […]

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I have some exciting news to share. For the last two months, I’ve been working day and night to create the Miami Travel guide for London’s Telegraph newspaper. It’s an interactive guide with over 120 things to do, see, eat, drink, shop, beach and stay, plus there’s a couple of itineraries and background info to get the most out of your time here. Basically, it’s where I’m sending anyone looking for advice on where to go in Miami from now on. […]

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Here’s a fun little video I made with Vogue Eyewear on what I love most about living in Miami. Of course, it’s the beachy lifestyle. “South Beach is famous for the beach, so you’ve got to take advantage of it,” I explain. “I love anything from going for a swim in the ocean. If there’s waves to try to go surfing. Sailing. You can go for a run on the beach. Do yoga.” After this video, I can now add slo-mo […]

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Hop aboard the pizza train! We're you're conductors Ted & Shayne. Final stop: Bushwick.

“Have you ever eaten pizza for all three meals in a day?” I asked Ted as we walked up Broadway. We’d already decided we were having pizza for brunch and dinner that day. “I don’t think so,” he laughed. “Have you?” “Yep,” I answered. It was back in college. I tried to recount where each pizza came from, but could only guess that one was a frozen pizza, one might’ve been delivery and I was pretty sure one was from […]

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