Journalism

Welcome to my journalism portfolio! Thank you for stopping by. As a freelance journalist, I have written articles on arts & culture, history, books, celebrities, fashion, architecture, travel, and food. To view a story, please click on its title.


Books & History

10 Books We Can’t Wait to Read This Summer. As the weather is finally getting warmer, it’s time to start planning our reading lists. So, here are 10 summer 2018 books you won’t be able to put down (29secrets.com, 2018)

The Best 10 Books of 2017, That Also Happen to be Written By Women. Here, we have rounded up a list of the top 10 tomes of 2017, from poetry to fiction to cookbooks, so you don’t have to miss out on any of the year’s must-reads (29secrets.com, 2017)

The Best Books for Every Book Lover On Your Holiday List. We’ve curated a list of the top books for all the bibliophiles you’re buying for. From the time-travelling history lover to the crime thriller junkie to the foodie, we’ve got something for everyone (29secrets.com, 2017)

Three Time-Bending Tales to Read Now: As the temperature drops and weekends find you sitting indoors next to a fire (whether said fire is real or not), you’re going to need some reading material. So, because we like you so much, we’ve rounded up three new must-read novels. But these aren’t your typical linear tales. Instead, each one weaves together stories from two different time periods, because sometimes two is better than one (S/ Magazine, 2016)

Alexandra in Wonderland. Reading Alexandra Risen’s memoir, Unearthed, you can’t help but imagine her as Alice from Alice in Wonderland, as she invites readers into her beautiful, whimsical garden, tucked away behind her downtown Toronto home (S/ Magazine, 2016)

Reclaiming History: Renowned historian and author Alison Weir gives female figures from the past a voice in her upcoming series of novels that bring six of England’s most iconic queens—the ill-fated wives of Henry VIII—to life (S/ Magazine, 2016)

Five Books to Reach this Autumn: Take a great leap forward with stories that capture the spirit of tomorrow (S/ Magazine, 2015)

The Virgin Queen Revisited: Historian Alison Weir on Her Latest Book. Alison Weir has remained an authority on English history for decades. Her latest novel breathes new life into the story of Queen Elizabeth I, one of the most talked-about figures in history (S/ Magazine, 2015)

Author Kate Williams Discusses New Josephine Bonaparte Book. Here, Williams discusses the importance of history, the fascinating role women had in politics and her next novel (S/ Magazine, 2015)

Winter Reading List: If you’re not literally vacationing this winter, you can still enjoy a great literary escape. These six novel selections will carry you away to another time and place (S/ Magazine, 2014)


Celebrity

You’re Going to Want to Get to Know Samira Wiley: We caught up with the lovely lady, to gain some insight on her life, her inspirations, what it’s like to play the role of Poussey Washington, and who she wants to be when she “grows up” (S/ Magazine, 2016)

A Woman You Should Know: Deborah Ann Woll: Here, the actress talks about Daredevil, her personal style, role models and inspiration (S/ Magazine, 2016)


Interviews & Profiles

What’s Her Secret: Storyteller & Mental Health Advocate Meghan Yuri Young.  We chat about The Sad Collective, how to broach the topic of mental illness, and how celebrities like Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato are helping the cause (29secrets.com, 2018)

What’s Her Secret: Heidi Sopinka, Novelist & Co-Founder of Horses Atelier. We chat about books, fashion, nature, and fearlessness (29secrets.com, 2018)

What’s Her Secret: Culture Writer & Essayist Scaachi Koul. We discuss her new book and she shares her thoughts on Twitter trolls, racism, and the awful year that was 2017 (29secrets.com, 2018)

Model/Producer Jessica Lewis on Straight/Curve & Body Diversity. We discuss her experience as a model, her vision for what the fashion industry could and should look like, body diversity, and whether we should do away with the term “plus size” (29secrets.com, 2017)

What’s Her Secret: Ally & Taylor Frankel of NUDESTIX. I chat with Ally and Taylor about going into business as young women, their go-to beauty products, and what NUDESTIX is all about (29secrets.com, 2017)

What’s Her Secret: Beauty Journalist and Activist Kayla Greaves. We discuss Greaves’ work as a journalist, her journey to accepting her natural hair, and what feminism means to her (29secrets.com, 2017)

What’s Her Secret: Publicist & Feminist Talya Lee Macedo. We chat about her work with HER Collective, her personal style and beauty regimen, feminism, and her advice for young women (29secrets.com, 2017)

She.Lace Wants to Empower Women Through SneakersJamila Husbands, Kiah Welsh, and I discuss their work with she.lace, what inspired them to start the blog, and of course, which sneaker-sporting style icons they look up to (29secrets.com, 2017)


Art & Culture

Hanging by a Thread: Amanda McCavour takes embroidery to new heights by stitching ethereal, threaded installations that nostalgically capture familiar spaces  (Festival Style, 2017)

Autumn’s Must-Experience Art Exhibitions: Travel, art, sleep, repeat (Festival Style, 2017

Hip Hop’s Big Bang: Visionary filmmaker Baz Luhrmann makes his television debut this fall with a captivating tale set in 1970s New York City, where hip hop culture was first born. Sienna Vittoria Lee-Coughlin discuses the series’ bold costumes with designer Jeriana San Juan (S/ Magazine, 2016)

Ways of Seeing: In a new exhibition, the Whitney Museum of American Art explores the evolution of cinematic art since its early twentieth-century beginnings (S/ Magazine, 2016)

An Exercise of Imagination: Meet Guillaume Côté, the mastermind behind the National Ballet of Canada’s newest original production, Le Petit Prince (S/ Magazine, 2016)

A Soul Whose Intentions Are Good: Musician Nina Simon is honoured with a special documentary this summer. Sienna Vittoria Lee-Coughlin speaks to director Liz Garbus about the film (S/ Magazine, 2015)

One Man’s Perspective: Artist Stephen Andrews discusses a new exhibit that showcases the past 15 years of his career (S/ Magazine, 2015)

Once Upon a Time: With folkloric motifs dominating the runways and childhood characters appearing on screen like this Christmas’ much-anticipated Into the Woods starring Meryl Streep, we had to ask: why all the fairy tales? Sienna Vittoria Lee-Coughlin explores this current cultural obsession (S/ Magazine, 2014)


Travel & Food

Sleep Amongst the Art: Travellers are seeking accommodations that offer more than just a bed and a flat-screen TV. Created as works of art, these new types of hotel stays offer immersive cultural experiences for the boldest art aficionados  (Festival Style, 2017)

City Guide: San Sebastian: Pack some sunnies and an appetite, and prepare to conquer the Basque beach town that’s become a Spanish mecca of gastronomy, arts, and culture  (Festival Style, 2017)

A Day in the Life: Janice Wong. Glimpse into the delicious world of pastry chef and creator of edible art, Janice Wong of Singapore’s famed sweet shop, 2am:dessertbar (S/ Magazine, 2016)

Experience Vancouver Right with this Handy Guide: Where to stay, indulge, and explore in Canada’s west-coast metropolis (S/ Magazine, 2016)

What’s Old is New Again: Experience old-time elegance at one of Paris’ classic art nouveau hotels (S/ Magazine, 2014)


Design & Style

Behind His Lens: A major retrospective and accompanying book pay homage to legendary fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh. Sienna Vittoria Lee-Coughlin speaks to curator and Linbergh expert Thierry-Maxime Loriot about the enduring brilliance of his vision of femininity and natural beauty (S/ Magazine, 2016)

In Bloom: Christian Préaud has been fascinated by nature since he was a child. Now, the trained architect and landscape designer runs the Paris-based Atelier Jardins, which creates dazzling garden in locales such as Switzerland, France, and Morocco. Here, the designer shares his inspiration and creative process with writer Sienna Vittoria Lee-Coughlin (S/ Magazine, 2016)

Boundary-Pushing Blueprints: Move over bricks and mortar. One architectural firm is turning to 3D printing in a bid to change the way buildings are constructed (S/ Magazine, 2015)

Clementine’s Boutique is Changing the Way We See ConsignmentSeated on Yonge Street in Toronto’s Summerhill neighbourhood is Clementine’s, a small and charming boutique. When you walk into the light-filled shop, you will first be greeted by the bark of a puppy named Bear, followed by a warm welcome from the store’s founder and creative director Christina McDowell (S/ Magazine, 2015)

A Modern GentlemanToronto’s reigning king of menswear opens up to Sienna Vittoria Lee-Coughlin on fashion, business and life in the city (Fave Magazine, 2014)