ThisNext Editors

MARY ALICE HANEY

MARY ALICE HANEY - Editor in Chief

Mary Alice Haney has worked in Media for the last fifteen years. She is a fashion stylist, magazine editor and a TV host.

Mary Alice grew up in Chattanooga TN and moved to Los Angeles to earn her MFA in production at the American Film Institute. After graduation she moved to Paris to work as a fashion editor at Harper's Bazaar. Back in Los Angeles, Mary Alice worked side by side with famed Editor and stylist Polly Mellen on all of her celebrity photo shoots. She has been a West Coast editor for 12 years for Allure, GQ, Domino and Marie Claire Magazines.

In television she hosted the national syndicated show "Ambush Make-Over" and has been a fashion expert for "Good Morning America", "E!" and "The Today Show". Mary Alice is currently producing a fashion television show with FREEMANTLE and is Editor In Chief of the social shopping internet company, THISNEXT.COM.

Mary Alice has worked with virtually every major celebrity including: Sarah Jessica Parker, Eva Mendez, Angelina Jolie, Vince Vaughn, Molly Simms, Kate Bosworth, Blake Lively and Jennifer Aniston.

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ERIN FALCONER

ERIN FALCONER - ThisNext Editor at Large

Erin Falconer is the Editor at Large of ThisNext and the Creative Director of StyleHive. An avid writer and blogger, she writes about everything from fashion to lifestyle, and has written on behalf of major national brands such as L'Oreal, Pantene and The GAP.

She is also the Editorial Director of the acclaimed self improvement blog, PickTheBrain.

Most importantly she is funny. Very, very funny.

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GERI HIRSCH

GERI HIRSCH - Lifestyle Editor

Geri Hirsch is the go to Lifestyle Editor for the world of twenty somethings. Known for her easy recipes, on-a-budget-home-decor and fashion musings her fresh voice is an inspiration for girls around the world.

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MINNIE MORTIMER

MINNIE MORTIMER - Fashion Editor

In 2009, Minnie Mortimer, a New York native who has studied and worked extensively throughout Europe began her first line with only one dress in the spring of 2009. 'The Devon Shirtdress' was the first piece she designed. Vogue Magazine immediately took notice of the classic sleek silhouette and featured Minnie and her dress in their Spring issue. That Fall she released her first complete collection.

To date Minnie's designs are sold in more than 100 boutiques in the US. Recently she has begun selling to stores in Japan, Italy, Brazil, Germany and England. She has been featured in the pages of Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Vogue Nippon, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, Harpers Bazaar, InStyle, WWD and many others.

In the Fall of 2010 Minnie partnered with W Hotels to design an exclusive collection for the hotel boutiques worldwide. She also has an upcoming appearance on the CW's hit show "GOSSIP GIRL".

Minnie's designs have gained a following with fashion and entertainment celebrities including: Miranda Kerr, Olivia Palermo, Lauren Santo Domingo, Byrdie Bell, Drew Barrymore, Kelly Bensimon, Hayley Bloomingdale, Jamie Lee Curtis, Amanda Ross, Louise Row, Chloe Moretz, Lenay Dunn and Sarah Jessica Parker.

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ESTEE STANLEY

ESTEE STANLEY - Fashion Editor

For more than 15 years, Estee Stanley has been creating some of the most stylish looks in Hollywood and around the world. With a life-long eye for fashion, she began working as a stylist, building her reputation and career to count some of the world's biggest fashion icons as her clients. As a self-described 'constant mover,' Stanley's clients were routinely introduced to her new houses and interiors, seeing her re-interpret her surroundings on a regular basis. Wanting to infuse their homes with Stanley's innately chic aesthetic, they quickly began calling on her to re-imagine their homes. In recent years, Estee has become as well known for her interiors as for her iconic fashion styling.

Estee is a native of Southern California and resides in Los Angeles with her family.

Estee has worked with celebrities including: Jessica Biel, Ashley Olsen, Justin Timberlake and Lea Michele.

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LUCY SYKES

LUCY SYKES - Fashion Editor

Lucy Sykes is a fashion consultant and creative director, collaborations include contracts with Ralph Lauren, Judith Leiber, Tommy Hilfiger and Ports 1961. She has also been a spokesperson in a national TV commercial for TJ Maxx.

Lucy arrived in NYC from London, where she had been a freelance stylist, in 1995. Lucy has worked as a stylist on staff at Allure, Town & Country and Harpers Bazaar and from 2001-2007 she worked as the Fashion Directer of American Marie Claire. Lucy started a licensed kids business designing children's clothes in 2005 and became a contributing editor at Cookie magazine. Lucy lives in the West Village with her husband and 2 young sons and travels frequently to Europe.

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TOM DELAVAN

TOM DELAVAN - Decor Editor

Tom Delavan is an interior designer and stylist who draws on two decades of experience looking critically at fine and decorative art, furniture, objects and interiors. As the Editor-at-Large at Domino Magazine, he was responsible for the highly popular inspiration column as well as makeovers of celebrity homes. In addition to a roster of celebrities, Tom's clients include In Style, Real Simple and Architectural Digest, among others. Tom came from an art world background, having been a specialist at Sotheby's and the director of the Armory Show.

Tom is a graduate of Middlebury College and the Harvard Business School.

Tom has worked with celebrities including: Gwen Stefani, Amanda Peet and Rashida Jones.

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LULU DEKWIATKOWSKI

LULU DEKWIATKOWSKI - Decor Editor

Lulu deKwiatkowski is the founder and designer of Lulu DK Fabrics. Her signature style – bold, generous use of color and whimsical, hand-drawn designs – has made her textiles some of the most sought after and recognizable in the industry. Lulu grew up the youngest of six children on the sandy beaches of the Hamptons and the Bahamas in an eclectic, color-drenched house decorated in bold style by her mother. After completing a fine arts degree at Parsons School of Design, Lulu spent five years in Paris studying trompe l'oeil painting before embarking on a series of travels that took her as far as India, Morocco, Europe and Peru. The patterns and textures of these distinct worlds can be seen in Lulu's textile designs, alongside the inspirations and memories of her childhood home.

Lulu DK Fabrics was launched in 1998 after Lulu happened to visit a small artisanal fabric mill in France. The men there worked by hand in the detail-oriented manner of another time. Mesmerized, Lulu worked feverishly to adapt motifs from her fine art paintings into textile designs, with a clear mission – to merge the artistry and craftsmanship of the old world with the youthful modernity and joie de vivre of the new. Not long after its inception, Lulu expanded her brand to include wall coverings and in recent years, she has also collaborated with the luxury bed linens firm Matouk, Elson & Co. carpets and Elite Leather to bring her inspired, wholly original style to their product lines.

Most recently, Ammo Books published Lulu, part travel journal, part art book and part autobiography, hand-written throughout and featuring colorful mixed collages of Lulu's travel, life and loves.

Lulu DK fabrics have been featured in Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Vogue, the Wall Street Journal and Town and Country, amongst others. Her textiles decorate some of the world's premier luxury resorts, including the Four Seasons, the W and the St. Regis. Additionally, Lulu's patterns have been featured on the sets of Sex in the City and Friends.

Celebrity fans of her fabrics and designs include: Drew Barrymore, Steven Spielberg, Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera and Courtney Cox-Arquette.

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HILLARY THOMAS

HILLARY THOMAS - Decor Editor

Hillary Thomas is an exciting new design talent based in Los Angeles. Her style has been described as "wabi-sabi," "boho chic" and "funky fun." She's inspired by a broad range of designers including Dorothy Draper, Tory Burch and India Hicks and is guided by her love of harmonizing chaotic and competing design elements. The result is an eclectic, timeless, imaginative, bold and chic design. Her clients range from leaders in entertainment, fashion, finance and real estate. A treasure hunter at heart, you'll find Hillary scouring flea markets, estate sales and auctions finding pieces of art or furniture to restore, reinvent and curate for her clients.

Hillary was born and raised in Locust Valley, Long Island and has lived in Los Angeles for the past 15 years with her husband and 2 children. She a founder and principal of Hillary Thomas Designs, a new kind of design boutique.

Has worked with celebrities including: Greg Kinnear, Peter Farrelly and Ted Griffin.

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STEPHANIE JOHNSON

STEPHANIE JOHNSON - Fashion Editor

Stephanie Johnson launched her namesake line of cosmetic cases and travel accessories after leaving a career as a successful telecommunications executive to pursue her passion for uniquely compartmentalized design.

A frequent flier, world traveler and consummate organizer, Johnson sought to create a destination-inspired line of travel toiletry cases that was as practical as it was pretty. The result is a collection positioned at the intersection of fashion and function; bags featuring bold prints and rich textiles and boasting eye-catching silhouettes that run the gamut from streamlined simple shapes to multi-function cosmetic valises. A busy mom who totes her active two-year old daughter across the globe for work and play, Johnson understands the importance of hassle-free organization. While she keeps a careful eye on the latest trends, she ultimately focuses on creating beautiful, durable, classic pieces that stand the test of time and have garnered her a who's who of celebrity followers. Johnson's bags are available at high-end retailers including Neiman Marcus, Cambria Cove, Saks Fifth Avenue, Anthropologie and Bergdorf Goodman, and have been featured in publications such as InStyle, Real Simple, O the Oprah Magazine, People and Redbook.

Celebrities fans of her brand and products include: Cameron Diaz, Teri Hatcher, Heidi Klum and Britney Spears.

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LULU POWERS

LULU POWERS - Lifestyle Editor

Lulu Powers, chef, author and lifestyle trendsetter started her career in food at the age of 7 hulling strawberries for her mother.

She learned from her parents how to create an inviting home, filled with unforgettable, colorful and stylish, sometimes lavish parties, that showcased superb food and striking décor. Today, Lulu Powers shares her family secrets and know-how with tips ranging from food to design in her new, bestselling entertaining guide and cookbook, Lulu Powers Food to Flowers. Lulu's east coast "preppy chic" and west coast "relaxed" flair have attracted the likes of everyone from President Clinton to Madonna. Living à la Lulu is more than entertaining; it's about inspiring yourself and friends to enjoy even the simplest of events and turning them into memorable occasions.

Lulu has worked with celebrities including: Madonna, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Arianna Huffington and President Bill Clinton.

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RONA OCONNOR

RONA O'CONNOR - Beauty Editor

Rona has developed a reputation from LA to New York a as a Celebrity Color Expert. She has created signature colors for some of the most sought after hues for many of our favorite characters from TV and film since the early 90's; Debra Messing's Iconic Reds, Brooke Shields' many shades of Brunettes, and Blake Lively's much coveted (New York) Blonde, for Gossip Girl – naming just a few of her trademark shades of color.

A true artist who uses hair as her canvas, Rona's first love growing up was drawing, shading and dying fabrics, making her a natural for working with hair color. A Toronto native, Rona came to LA to study Studio makeup and hair. There she met her husband and partner, Luke O'Connor, with whom in 1992 she opened the beautiful LUKARO Salon in Beverly Hills, California.

Rona has appeared on numerous make over shows; Extreme Makeover; TLC, A makeover story; and How do I Look. Coloring the hair of many A-list celebrities on both coasts has earned her a segment on CNN's Road Warriors, where she is sharing beauty travel tips with millions of viewers. She has also been chosen by Allure Magazine as one of the top colorists in the country. Rona has a holistic approach towards beauty. She believes in beauty from the inside out.

Has worked with celebrities such as: Blake Lively, Debra Messing, Brooke Shields and Christie Brinkley.

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STACEY BENDET

STACEY BENDET - Fashion Editor

Launched in 2002, alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet is a sophisticated, yet eclectic brand with a playful sensibility, which epitomizes the personality and quirky style of its founder, Stacey Bendet.

It all started with Stacey's search for the perfect pair of pants. While designing web sites for other fashion designers, she finally decided to stop searching and came up with the idea to make her own.

The line gradually grew to become a full lifestyle collection offering everything from party dresses and coats to embellished t-shirts and sweaters, to the pants with the perfect fit that started it all. In the spring of 2008 a kids line was introduced, and with the birth of Stacey's daughter Eloise last year, the line has grown to include t-shirts, sweaters, dresses and coats for little girls. Stacey is also expanding into accessories with jewelry and scarves and will be launching the alice + olivia shoe collection in 2011.

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ELYSE WALKER

ELYSE WALKER - Fashion Editor

As far as professions go, fashion stylist and mathematician might well be polar opposites, but in the world of Elyse Walker, these two interests created a unique and powerful formula that ultimately led to her expansive, thriving boutique in the Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles.

Armed with extensive experience, Walker launched her namesake store in 1999, carrying designer clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories. Since its opening in 1999, Elyse Walker has expanded three times, quadrupling the boutique's original size.

Over the years, Walker has built a reputation as a sharp stylist with an eye for color and proportion and a keen buying sense. She is known for dressing her clients from head-to-toe for occasions ranging from the soccer field to the boardroom to the red carpet.

July 2010, she launched elysewalker.com, providing forward-thinking shoppers an unrivaled e-commerce experience. Featuring sharp buyers, stylists and editors, whose fingers are continually on the pulse of what's next, elysewalker.com brings it's avid shoppers a compelling and unique look at fashion. Elyse Walker is the Editor-in-Chief of EW magazine.

Celebrity fans of her store and style include: Jennifer Garner and Kate Beckinsale.

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BETH BLAKE AND MELISSA AKEY

BETH BLAKE and MELISSA AKEY - Fashion Editors

Beth Blake (at right) launched Thread Bridesmaid in 1999 for one very simple reason: She had nothing to wear to her sister’s wedding. After searching for chic bridesmaid dresses and coming up empty-handed, she decided to simply design the dresses herself. One wedding, seven bridesmaids dresses and hundreds of compliments later, Beth realized she wasn’t the only one looking for stylish bridesmaid dresses, and soon thereafter launched Thread.

Melissa Akey joined Thread three years later, and by then girls were buying Thread dresses to wear not just to weddings, but to parties of all kinds. And so, in 2006, Beth and Melissa launched Thread Social, a line of perfect party dresses and quirky separates. Thread Social's nostalgic and flirty aesthetic became an instant favorite of girls everywhere, from girls next door to fashion editors, and the line has since been regularly featured in magazines such as Elle, Harper's Bazaar, InStyle and Teen Vogue.

Prior to launching Thread, Beth worked for American Vogue and Chanel, while Melissa was at Barneys New York and Stila Cosmetics. While both women currently live in New York City (Beth in Tribeca with husband Corbin and son George, Melissa in Williamsburg with husband Alex), both originally hail from the Midwest, a circumstance that may explain their fast friendship, their love for all things shopping and their kill-'em-with-kindness approach to business.

Celebrity clients include: Jennifer Lopez, Lea Michele, Rashida Jones, Kim Washington, Sophia Bush, Madeleine Martin, Angie Harmon, Vanessa Hudgens, Kim Kardashian, Kate Walsh, Kelly Ripa, Marcia Cross, Cheryl Cole.

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JO GARTIN

JO GARTIN - Fashion Editor

In 2001, Jo Gartin planned her own wedding. While some brides-to-be become overwhelmed by the planning, Jo relished the creative process and began experimenting with floral and stationery design. One year after walking down the aisle, she started her company, love luck and angels - named after a childhood preference to end all correspondence with the signature phrase!

After working with several friends on their weddings, word of Jo's enviable style and professional work ethic spread quickly throughout Hollywood garnering nationwide press and a loyal group of clients, who retained love luck and angels for events of all kinds. Jo offers clients a boutique À la carte menu of everything one could wish for when planning an event. She showers clients with unique ideas, personal touches and impeccable presentation... all ensuring a celebration remembered by all.

Throughout the last six years, Jo's custom invitations, exquisite floral design and memorable events have drawn a clientele that includes Brooke Shields, Courteney Cox Arquette, Kate Walsh, Molly Shannon, Taye Diggs, Tori Spelling, Tim Allen, Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen. In 2010 Jo planned ABC Television's The Bachelor Wedding Primetime Event and partnered with Crate and Barrel as its wedding correspondent.

Her first literary endeavor, Jo Gartin's Weddings: An Inspiring Guide for the Stylish Bride, lets brides-to-be in on the secrets of one of Hollywood's most sought after wedding planners and is available at Amazon and all leading bookstores.

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ASHUNTA SHERIFF

ASHUNTA SHERIFF - Beauty Editor

Time spent working with master teachers such as Vincent Longo, Laura Mercier and Pat McGrath and experience with high-profile celebrity clientele has polished Ashunta Sheriff into one of today's top makeup artists, constantly sought out to create the hottest trends in beauty. Ashunta has spent the last 10 years molding and creating her own signature flawless clean beauty technique.

Ashunta's "less is more" foundation theory keeps her clients looking fresh and beautiful. However, she also loves drama and feels that makeup should be a fun form of expression. Ashunta's creativity and bold, trend-forward style, has allowed her to introduce amazingly innovative products to her clients, new markets and women worldwide.

Ashunta has worked in all mediums of makeup ranging from Broadway, film and advertising to runway and red carpet. Ashunta's client base includes some of today's hottest stars. Her excellent skin care knowledge and use of quality products to nourish clients' skin, provides the "it" glow that Ashunta is known for.

Ashunta has been recognized with many accolades from top magazines including the Beauty Genius of the Year Award from ELLE and a feature in the Glamour Beauty Stars anniversary issue.

Ashunta looks forward to continuing as a leading force in the "new school" of makeup artistry, creating timeless beauty and fun new trends for years to come.

Ashunta has worked with celebrities including: Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Ciara, Hillary Duff, Ashlee Simpson, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah, India.Arie, P. Diddy and Usher.

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KARA ROSS

KARA ROSS - Fashion Editor

In 2003 Kara Ross was founded, which has rapidly grown from its origins in fine jewelry and is known for its bold and unique use of exotic skins and gemstones across several jewelry lines, handbags, and belts. The newest addition to the brand is the Kara Ross Gemstone Collection, debuting this fall through exclusive US launch partners Neiman Marcus and Net-a-Porter.com, Harrod's in the UK, Holt Renfrew in Canada and TSUM in Russia.

Kara's pieces have been featured internationally in top fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, W, and Elle, as well as on celebrities including Kate Hudson, Cameron Diaz, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Kate Beckinsale, Eva Longoria, Anne Hathaway, Demi Moore, Alicia Keyes, Miley Cyrus, and Oprah.

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SALLY HORCHOW

SALLY HORCHOW - Lifestyle Editor

Sally Horchow is a lifestyle expert, journalist, on-air personality, celebrated L.A. hostess, and co-author (with her father, Roger Horchow) of “The Art of Friendship: 70 Simple Rules for Making Meaningful Connections” (St. Martin's Press, 2006). Sally regularly contributes her point-of-view on all lifestyle trends to publications like The New York Times, The Huffington Post, PureWow.com, and DailyCandy.com, she is a Contributing Editor at the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and she has appeared as both guest and host on multiple national television and radio shows - from NBC's Today to CBS's The Talk.

Sally is a Producer on the upcoming Broadway revival of the musical, “Annie.” She creates “Sally Horchow”-branded charitable events for Gilt Groupe, and she has served as a spokesperson for Pepperidge Farm and Philips Electronics.

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AMY SWIFT

AMY SWIFT - Lifestyle Editor

As the founder of SMARTY, a network for entrepreneurial women, Amy sees thousands of products and services a year, often designed and created by small business owners inspired to solve a problem or add their creative edge to the marketplace.

Monthly, her team produces events and panel discussions designed to highlight business stars, design leaders and fascinating personalities in an effort to connect women through authentic, entrepreneurial stories.

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JEN PATE AND BARB MACHEN

JEN PATE AND BARB MACHEN - Family Editors

Jen and Barb are the creators and hosts of the award winning web series, Jen and Barb, Mom Life. Both married over a decade with four children between them, they are celebrating family life while maintaining their own identity, not an easy task!

With over 70 episodes under their belts, interviewing experts from psychologists to sports stars, and over 50 million views, Jen and Barb have their finger on the collective pulse of moms: what they are talking about, what they are looking for and what they need.

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IDA HSIANG

IDA HSIANG - Beauty Editor

Ida has a passion for style and trends, be it fashion or beauty, and translating them to wearable, every day looks. Able to travel the world extensively, Ida brings a global view point that is eclectic and accessible to all. With degrees in Literature and Fashion Design and a FIDM alum, Ida has been able to do what she loves, which is writing and editing about the latest in fashion and beauty, for Stylehive, FashionNomad, Like.com and others.

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SOPHIE OKULICK

SOPHIE OKULICK - Accessories Editor

Sophie Okulick is the Accessories Editor for ThisNext.com, a California native and the designer of contemporary wood jewelry line, Sophie Monet. Designing wearable sculptural pieces keeps Sophie on the tips of her fashion toes while on the constant lookout for new inspiring looks.

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LOREN SIMPSON

LOREN SIMPSON - Editor on a Budget

Loren eats, breathes and lives for FASHION! A consummate Stylista, Loren has worked under one the top-celebrity stylists in the nation assisting on both cover shoots and red carpet looks celebrities including Blake Lively, Ashlee Simpson and Molly Sims. She began, her fashion career as Assistant Editor for both Marie Claire and Domino Magazine. Loren's signature style incorporates current high fashion trends with classic pieces creating looks that are both fresh and timeless AND fit for a budget!

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