Lauren Malamala (known to most as “Mala”) is a singer, songwriter, and pianist. Originally from Hawaii, she grew up in Bellevue, WA and lived in London for four years before taking the NYC plunge. After six years living on the Upper East Side, Lauren is currently taking a “sabbatical” back in Bellevue for the next year or so but will be returning to New York.
An avid multi-tasker, Lauren is the marketing director at Tracy’s New York Life, the marketing director and a contributing writer to a luxury magazine, and has her own blog at Halela & 5th. In terms of non-work-related interests, Lauren loves international travel, sports, “scary movie nights” with her BFFs, rooftop bars, museums, staying out past 4 a.m. and all things shiny.
Kate Murphy is a native of Pennsylvania. After receiving a degree in Art History, she moved to New York City to test the waters. She enjoys writing about art, culture, fashion, design, and travel. Additionally, she works with artists, helping them to reach their creative and professional goals. In her free time, Kate loves going to movie matinees, drawing and painting, and making jewelry.
Stephanie Crocker is a New Yorker at heart, even though she lives in Digby, Nova Scotia – the scallop capital of the world. She loves growing jalepeños, kayaking, and spending time with her Pug Jackson. When she’s not working as an innkeeper in historic Annapolis Royal, you can find her writing with coffee in hand, or planning her next trip to NYC. Most recently, Stephanie’s been bitten by the travel bug and dreams of touring places all over the world.
Eric Barao is originally from Manila, Philippines. He moved to New York City in 2014 with his wife Liv and their 7-year-old daughter Demelza. Photography is Eric’s passion. He loves shooting street photos, events, travels, landscapes, candid portraits, and anything he finds interesting. He believes photography is a language that can be expressed without saying or doing anything. “It doesn’t matter how good your camera is, it is the artistic eye that captures the slice of life.” Eric is available for photo assignments. See his work on Flickr. Or contact him – ericbaraophoto at gmail dot com.