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Kristen Marano

I interview women in business.

I'm passionate about women in business, and sharing stories of the emotional challenges they face in the work they do. These stories are also shared on You Inc., an online community for entrepreneurs.
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In Tel Aviv, Fashion Flourishes With Less

Conversations about Tel Aviv rarely involve fashion and accessories designer Gili Rozin wants to change that. Rozin believes that the young and promising fashion creators of Tel Aviv can place the Israeli city on the world stage alongside iconic hubs like New York, London and Paris.
06/03/2015 12:12 EDT

Creative Women: Be Authentic First, Confident Second

My father was a carpenter, which is why I find woodworker Erin Malloy's work so fascinating. She's a woman who works everyday in a woodshop in Victoria, a state in the southeast of Australia, and competes in an industry that is traditionally dominated by men.
05/19/2015 11:29 EDT
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Three Ways to Make Time for Your Passion Projects

When I hosted a creative women's event recently, the question of how to make time for "passion projects" came up. Creating time is a tough undertaking when most of us work at least 40 hours a week. But here are three approaches to make time for your passion projects and unleash your creative potential.
04/30/2015 07:49 EDT
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Three Ways to Rethink Fair Wages

In my opinion, the appropriate wage would be set against local economics to cover basic living conditions like food, housing, and healthcare, and ensure that people can take care of their families without having to work multiple jobs. I asked three experts to answer the question, what is a fair wage? Three distinct ways to rethink fair wages emerged.
04/23/2015 12:58 EDT
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Learning to Consume Less Starts at Home

The average American throws away about 70 pounds of clothing and other textiles every year, and this amount has grown substantially in the past decade. Here are three ways people of all ages can understand and teach consumption, without sacrificing or diminishing individual definitions and enjoyment of fashion and beauty.
04/08/2015 08:24 EDT
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Five Handmade Fashion Brands for Your Special Someone

I've always believed that Valentine's Day was a time to extend love to anyone or anything in your life that you appreciate. For me, fashion has always been the number one "thing" that I love. I want to give a little love to five of my favourite designers who sell fashion made by hand, so you can buy something for your special someone.
02/12/2015 12:57 EST
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Fast-Fashion Report Card: How Well Do You Know These Five Retailers?

If you follow the fast-fashion industry, you'll know that every fast-fashion retailer has been called out for garment factory violations. It's the unfortunate reality of lengthy supply chains and manufacturing overseas. I wanted to know more about where some of the biggest fashion retailers are operating and what they're doing to improve conditions so I can decide where I want to shop.
02/03/2015 09:19 EST
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Five Style Lessons for Today's Young Woman

I've never understood the desire to dress like everyone else. Our teenage years are an opportunity to start building individualism and independence, and fashion is a passageway. I've assembled what I've learned into five style lessons for teenage girls to consider today.
12/23/2014 12:18 EST

A Letter to My Father Eight Years After His Death

Dad, I thought my life ended the day you died. I was always by your side from six to 16. Tickle me dad, try to make laugh, I would squeal as your little girl. You taught me how to comb my hair into...
11/14/2014 08:57 EST
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What It's Like to Travel With Your Partner Long-Term

My boyfriend Kavi and I had only been together for about a year-and-a-half before we left Toronto to travel for a year. We also hadn't lived together beyond spending a few nights a week at each other's apartments. A lot of people asked if I was worried about traveling with Kavi. Through the eight-month planning process it was the furthest thing from my mind.
11/05/2014 12:50 EST
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How I Keep Relationships Alive on the Road

The thrill of hearing from a relative or friend that they received my letter--after traveling from remote corners of Vietnam to the other side of the world--is filled with a lot more happiness than a Facebook response. It also takes more effort and planning. Here are four rules I've learned to keep relationships alive on the road.
10/17/2014 12:25 EDT
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These Laos-Based Designs Are the Opposite of Fast Fashion

When I shop, I want to know how the pieces I like are made. I look at the tag. I ask where the fabrics are from. I read about the designer. These details reveal the process of a piece that earns a hanger in my closet. This is what separates Heather Smith's designs of Laos-based shop Passa Paa from fast fashion retailers and puts a value on owning her pieces.
07/15/2014 05:49 EDT
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27 Things I Learned About Backpacking at 27

My boyfriend and I are not seasoned backpackers. We've both traveled a few countries in Europe and the Caribbean, and now we're traveling Asia-Pacific indefinitely. We're learning a lot about modern day backpacking and the rewarding sacrifices that come with living on a budget. Here's what we're learning.
06/18/2014 12:34 EDT

Enter a Flea Market in Saigon [PHOTOS]

I learned about the Saigon Flea Market when searching #saigon to find places to wander. The photos of vintage jewelry and print-screened bags revealed similarities with Toronto's Junction Flea or New York City's Brooklyn Flea, both outside markets that attract trendsetters on the hunt for special vintage clothing, jewelry and antiques.
06/09/2014 01:43 EDT