Dr. Devgan sits down with Stephanie Nass, better known as Chefanie, a professionally-trained savory and pastry chef and Founder of Victory Club and Chefanie Sheets. Stephanie studied in France and then staged some of the most highly rated restaurants in Manhattan. With a passion for desserts, Stephanie caters in NYC, and her clients include celebrities, fashion designers, and media. Dr. Devgan hopes you enjoy this delicious episode.
Dr. Devgan sits down with Liz Bert, founder of Valnoir, Columbia Law student and fashion model. Listen as Liz talks about her luxury fashion brand, that sits at the intersection between luxury and lounge, her incredibly successful modeling career, working with brands such as Rimmel and Michael Kors, and her analytical side that she expresses through her studies at Columbia.
Dr. Devgan sits down with Erika Wasser, founder of Glam+Go. Erika is a dynamic young entrepreneur whose brand of blow dry salons Glam+Go has become the fastest-growing salon chain in the country, doubling in size in 2018. Erika, a former standup comedian and TV host, has turned the traditional blow dry bar model on its head: partnering with hospitality and fitness venues, she developed a service menu of 30-minutes-or-less traditional blowouts and 15-minutes or less dry blowouts, giving women great hair where they need it most.
Dr. Devgan sits down with Lauryn Evarts Bosstick, Founder of The Skinny Confidential. The Skinny Confidential is a cheeky resource that has evolved from a fitness blog into a full-on lifestyle. The Skinny Confidential has created a community where woman from around the world can connect and discuss all things wellness, relationships, fashion, home décor, beauty travel, & everything in between.
Along with an insatiable appetite for all things aesthetic — Claire Olshan has been equally absorbed by her passion for health and wellness. In 2012, Claire founded Fivestory, the go-to shop to find emerging designers with a whimsical approach to dressing up. In a sense, Claire has always supported those that think out of the box and weave a sense of play into their work. With DADA Daily, Claire bridges the gap between the fashion and food worlds: elevating healthy snacking to an artful event.
Dr. Devgan sits down with Barbara Close, Founder and CEO of Naturopathica. Starting in 1995, Naturopathica is a holistic beauty brand offering skin, body and herbal remedies rooted in naturopathic medicine to support overall well-being. From the beginning, Barbara’s mission has been to educate on the benefits of a holistic approach to skin health, reinforcing that the skin mirrors what is going on inside of the body.
Jill Donenfeld and Tiana Tenet of The Culinistas are bridging the gap for busy households by giving them access to delicious, balanced and routinely home cooked meals. The Culinistas offer customized in-home private chef services for family-friendly weekly cooking and special occasions in New York City.
The Culinistas develop weekly menus of vegetable-forward, modern homestyle cooking that is prepared in the home by trained chefs, and served or stored for the week ahead. The Culinistas handle the menu planning, personalized local grocery shopping, cooking, and clean-up. Find them year-round in New York City, the Hamptons for the summer, and Aspen and Palm Beach for the holidays.
Dr. Devgan sits down with Dr. Zahir Dossa, Co-founder & CEO of Function of Beauty. Graduating from MIT with a PhD in sustainable development, Zahir is a wealth of knowledge. Combining his background in computer science and ecommerce with a deep understanding that the beauty industry is constantly changing, Zahir created Function of Beauty. With a mission to celebrate every person’s unique beauty and an innovative and industry-leading algorithm, Function of Beauty can create 27 trillion unique formulations for shampoo and conditioner.
Dr. Devgan sits down with Lucy Lang, a career prosecutor who was recently appointed as the Executive Director for the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College. Lucy grew up in New York City with a passion for public service. She has been a Manhattan Assistant District Attorney for 12 years, ran Manhattan’s Intelligence Driven Prosecution Symposium, and pioneered a first-of-its-kind college in prison class in which incarcerated students study criminal justice alongside prosecutors.
Dr. Devgan sits down with visionary hairstylist Ursula Stephen. Ursula is the owner of “Ursula Stephen The Salon”, in Brooklyn, NY, and a Unilever global haircare brand ambassador. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Ursula attended a vocational high school and earned her cosmetology license even before her high school diploma. From there she has gone on to become one of the most sought-out stylists by artists such as Rihanna, Kerry Washington, Queen Latifa, and Zendaya, to name a few.
Shirin von Wulffen is co-founder of the beauty and lifestyle brand, Bastide, from Aix-en-Provence (along with her husband Frédéric Fekkai). Born in Iran to German parents, with an American education and fluent command of four languages, Shirin is truly a citizen of the world. She is also the former VP of Public Relations for YSL, VP of Public Relations for Tom Ford, and former communications director for Gucci.
Dr. Devgan sits down with Craig Elbert, co-founder and CEO of Care/of. Care/of brings a refreshing honesty and personalization to the vitamin experience. Care/of delivers personalized daily supplement packs to your door monthly. Inside each pack is a mix of vitamins and supplements unique to you and based upon your goals, lifestyle and values.
Prior to founding Care/of, Craig Elbert led marketing at Bonobos, where he helped grow the company from 10 employees to over 250. Craig has an MBA from Wharton, where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar, and a BA from Dartmouth College. He lives in New York with his wife and son. Because raising a newborn and launching a company in the same year is maybe a bit draining, he is a fan of the herb Rhodiola Rosea.
Nina Lorez Collins founded the Facebook group, “What Would Virginia Woolf Do?” two years ago. The Facebook group is a closed community where literary-minded feminists over 40 years old come together to offer support, resources, inspirational stories, and laughs. It was through this community that Nina felt inspired to write her own book, which is appropriately named, What Would Virginia Woolf Do?
Dr. Devgan talks with Nina about how she got her start as a writer, what inspires her, reinvention, and how the amazing community she has built has gotten her through the toughest of times.
Jane Larkworthy is recognized as one of the beauty industry’s most respected editors. She is known for her authentic voice, and using it to help navigate all the complexities that come with being a woman.
Using her expertise she has kept us connected in the beauty world through her work with publications such as W, Elle Decor, Coveteur, The Cut, L'Officiel, In The Groove, as well as has her own blog, The Fraudulent Chef.
Listen in as she sits down with Dr. Devgan to discuss everything from her favorite beauty products, how she started her career as a beauty writer, and the importance of being able to constantly adapt to change.
Ellie Burrows is the Co-founder and CEO of MNDFL, a meditation studio in New York City. She talks with Dr. Devgan about how she was able to establish herself as an insider in New York’s rapidly growing wellness industry. Listen in as Ellie takes us through her journey in creating a modern, non-religious, drop-in studio where one can explore traditional meditation techniques in a contemporary context. MNDFL’s mission is simple and yet profound: MNDFL exists to enable humans to feel good. Ellie touches on simple ways people can implement mindfulness and meditation into their everyday lives.
Aleen Kuperman and Samantha Fishbein, two of the three founders of Betches, sit down with Dr. Lara Devgan to discuss how they started their careers and developed their company from a website into a wildly successful social media and digital media company.
They dish up some secrets about exciting up-coming projects including their third book, When’s Happy Hour, which will be released on October 23, 2018.
They talk about some of the challenges they faced and surmounted, and how building up their confidence has helped them get through the difficult times.
Listen in as fashion mogul Sharifa Murdock talks with Dr. Lara Devgan about her journey to the top of the fashion game. Sharifa is responsible for the launch of countless brands through Liberty Fairs, which she co-founded with her dear friend and mentor Sam BenAvraham.
Sharifa grew up wanting to be a dancer but always loved fashion. In her early twenties she worked in the customer service department of Louis Vuitton before she took a leap of faith to leave and launch Project, one of the industry’s contemporary fashion forums. She is currently the co-founder, at Liberty Fairs where she concentrates on bringing new brands to life through the industry’s newest menswear showcase.
Through her journey to success, she learned that the relationships you nurture and the people you meet are often more important than any specific decision you make.
Seema Bansal and Sunny Chadha are partners in life and business, and that is not entirely coincidental. A disappointing Valentine’s Day bouquet prompted them to jointly find a better answer to a question many have asked but very few have decently answered: how can you make those beautiful flowers last? In this episode of Beauty Bosses, Dr. Lara Devgan speaks with Seema and Sunny about bootstrapping their business, working together as a couple, and the boost their business got after being flagged by the Kardashians.
Marikh Mathias ended up not finding love on the latest season of The Bachelor but luckily for her this was but one of the many things she has going on in her active life. In this episode of Beauty Bosses, Dr. Lara Devgan speaks with Marikh Mathias about what goes on behinds the scenes in the house on The Bachelor, running her own restaurant, and the next steps in her already stellar career.
Joey Zauzig came to New York City to launch a career in public relations and broadcast journalism but ended up becoming a leading fashion influencer on social media, an LGBT activist and a health & wellness advocate. On this episode of Beauty Bosses, Dr. Lara Devgan talks to Joey about why social media is the new normal in marketing, just how much hard work goes into looking relaxed on Instagram, and why being comfortable with yourself the key to style and happiness.