About

What is VRAI Magazine?

There’s a style to true living. From real food and recipes, fashion to beauty, travel destinations around the globe and home & garden ideas, the digital pages of VRAI Magazine are created each month by real storytellers, creative writers, authors and talented individuals who come together for one purpose — to genuinely inspire from unique a perspective.

Welcome to VRAI Magazine.

Meet the Team

Danny de la Cruz @ VRAI Magazine Danny de la Cruz, Publisher & Founding Editor

Danny was the voice behind 1227 Foster, a lifestyle blog before launching VRAI Magazine in the Spring of 2014. Though he’s traveled extensively throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe and South East Asia, his favorite city in the world is Madrid in Spain.

Chef Karista Bennett @ VRAI MagazineChef Karista Bennett, Food Editor

Karista is a food writing, farm loving chef, capturing everyday moments with extraordinary food. She currently works as a professional recipe developer and food photographer, living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and she is also the voice behind the blog, Karista’s Kitchen.

Jim O'DonnellJim O’Donnell, Travel Editor

Award-winning writer and photographer Jim O’Donnell is fortunate enough to call Taos, New Mexico his home base. Both his photography and writing focus on the nexus of human culture and the natural world. O’Donnell is the author of Notes for the Aurora Society: 1500 Miles on Foot Across Finland and Rise and Go. Learn more at Around the World in Eighty Years and Jim O’Donnell Photography.

 

Emily Kennedy -- VRAI MagazineEmily Kennedy, Home & Garden Editor

The blogger behind the blog Two Purple Couches. A self-proclaimed dabbler; from sewing to painting to decoupaging and more, chances are she’s tried it, or it’s on her ever-growing to-do list. With her high-school-sweetheart-turned-husband, they are learning their way through DIY to put a unique stamp on their builder-grade home in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Ksenia SkvortsovaKsenia Skvortsova, Food Editor

Ksenia started Saffron & Honey in 2009 while living in London and working as a business consultant. Her passion for food took her back to New York, where she grew up and back to culinary school. She graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education in 2011. Her family has made their home in France and she journeys back and forth, bringing a piece of her beloved Provence to a small kitchen in NYC.

MJ Cadiz -- VRAI MagazineMary Jo Cadiz, Creative Director

Mary Jo or MJ, was born and raised in Chicago. She’s a graphic designer, art director and illustrator by trade and mother of 3 very active teenagers. She turns to the Chicago Art Institute as her place of sanctuary and for inspiration and a reminder of why she fell in love with art in the first place.

 

doris profile picDoris Hobbs, Contributing Style Editor

Doris Hobbs is a San Francisco, bay-area based fashion blogger and writer of the fashion and personal style blog, Rich in Love Fashion. She was voted Best of the East Bay by Diablo Magazine. Doris connects with her readers through a classic, feminine profile, featuring accents of an era gone by, which she plays off of with fabrics, textures and accessories.

Mabel Gago Profile PIcMabel Gago, Contributing Style Editor

Born & based in Barcelona, Mabel grew up with fashion as part of her DNA. Her studies in Business Administration and Public Relations have helped her growth as a professional in building synergies and she focuses her experiences and skills in her passions of fashion and communication.

mia torres profile picMia Torres, Contributing Food & Wine Editor

Contributing Editor, Mia Torres is a Californian residing in Las Vegas, Nevada. She hosts a web show, called “Let’s Go”, is well-traveled and enjoys writing about events, food, wine and travel in her blog Table For One.