New York, Pittsburgh


writer and editor
content manager and communications consultant


48 Hours in Bangkok: Your Next Vacation Spot

Despite the city’s image, nights out in Bangkok don’t have to look like an endless replay of “Hangover 2.” Link to Story

Fresh From Bangkok: 4 Herb & Spice-Filled Cocktail Recipes

Lemongrass, ginger, holy basil, mango, ground fresh chili: Thai dinner menus inspire great drinks. Link to Story

ASK A DESIGNER: Metallics for the holidays and all winter

Holiday decor is all about cheer and sparkle, a task made easier by the popularity of all things metallic.
The Washington Post Link to Story

What Are Adaptogens, and Can They Help You Live Healthier?

Adaptogens: Research is growing into these herbs' stress-protective and energy-giving properties. Link to Story

For wedding favors, personalize, localize, do it yourself

Once, the little gifts couples gave out to wedding guests were elegantly predictable. No more.
The Associated Press Link to Story

The Uneasy Partnership of Motherhood and Wine

Late last Friday night, as my key hovered just short of the lock, I stopped, checking myself. Link to Story

Summer Kitchens: Grilling is Just the Beginning

Elaborate outdoor kitchens are popping up in backyards nationwide. Is your house next?
Pittsburgh Magazine Link to Story

Thanks to Salty Pork Bits, you can have Justin Severino’s cured meats delivered to your doorstep

Chef Justin Severino of Cure and Morcilla is now selling his award-winning charcuterie nationwide. Link to Story

Bought by Kiva Han, Crazy Mocha plans expansion, new coffee roasting and more

Kiva Han Coffee, a distributor and wholesaler located in Cranberry, has bought the local coffee chain Crazy Mocha. What does that mean for Pittsburgh coffee drinkers? Potentially a lot of good things. The chain’s founder, Ken Zeff, will continue as head of retail and director of operations and Crazy Mocha’s 29 current locations (nearly all in the Pittsburgh area) will remain open. Link to Story

Black Gold & Grilled

Tailgating has become part of sports fans' DNA here in Steeler Country. Here's how wildly they do it.
Pittsburgh Magazine Link to Story

ASK A DESIGNER: Kitchen trends and innovations for 2017

Americans briefly scaled back the scope of home renovation projects after the recession began nearly a decade ago, says interior designer and "HGTV Design Star" judge Vern Yip. But even during the peak of that focus on smaller, more sustainable living, the size and complexity of kitchen designs continued to grow.
Houston Chronicle Link to Story



For nearly two decades, Melissa Rayworth has explored the building blocks of modern life -- the ways we design and organize our homes, how we interact with entertainment and pop culture in our marketing-saturated society, parenting, relationships and marriage, and much more -- as a writer for regional, national and global media outlets. She's also served as a print and online magazine managing editor and media consultant.

That work continues, and has grown to include the launch of a private storytelling service called Breadcrumbs, which Melissa has created alongside her husband, writer Ted Anthony.

After three years living and working in southeast Asia, Melissa currently splits her time between Pittsburgh and New York.