I’m Janene Mascarella, a freelance journalist living in the NY area with two amazing children and a husband who had no idea he married Mrs. (Always) Write! I'm a lifestyle writer who frequently covers travel, beauty, health, personal finance and parenting topics. (Hey, that just about covers everything, doesn't it?)
My work has been published in The Washington Post, CNN Money, Self, Glamour, Cooking Light, Women’s Health, Woman’s Day, BabyTalk, Parenting, Parents, Family Circle, AARP Bulletin, Arthritis Today, American Baby, American Way, iVillage, Salon City, Shop Etc., Sweet 16, Relate, The Tyra Show, NY Metro Parent, Mint.com, AOL Travel News, WalletPop, Currency, AOL Real Estate, Kaboose.com, Everyday Health and many others. I'm also the Parenting and Family Life columnist for the Long Island Exchange.
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These are the first two pages of the “Beauty Breakthroughs” section I write for each issue of BELLA magazine. I’m the beauty editor for the publication and I also write a “CURRENT OBSESSIONS” column where I swoon over all kinds of love-worth things–(beauty/fitness/dining/travel/heath/fashion…etc, etc)
Check out all my past obsessions here: Janene’s Obsessions
Very excited…I just wrapped up a fun 4-page feature for Cosmopolitan magazine, a sexy/sassy essay coming soon to a newsstand near you. I’ll have some new work in Parenting magazine, Newsday and a bunch of other publications…stay tuned. Oh, and the latest issue of BELLA hit the streets. If you see the Jan/Feb issue, please take a peek at the articles I wrote–pages 21-26. I cover the Beauty Breakthroughs section. Here’s the fab spa roundup I wrote:
And here are some of my latest health features for NEWSDAY!
I was very honored to be asked by Parenting magazine to share a holiday tradition essay for the November issue! It’s available online but to make it easier to find/read, I pasted it below.
The Wishing Tree
It began when I was in the third grade. I would carefully creep down the hall through the darkness, and turn on the Christmas tree lights. I’d lie beside it, almost underneath it, and make a secret wish. They started off so simple—-things I deeply wanted but exceeded my grasp. A baby doll; a Barbie dream house. As I got older, they grew deeper. A call from a boy in my
class. And more meaningful. Please say it’s benign. The ritual was all mine.
Until last year.
“Shh, come with me,” I said, scooping my 7-year-old daughter from her bed, a few days before Christmas. “What are we doing?” she asked half asleep.
“You’ll see.” While I was making my wish that night, it dawned on me that my daughter was deep enough to appreciate this. This was a girl who, at 5 years old, said she was “waiting to be born because she always wanted to meet me.” So I knew this secret wish would be something she could wrap her sweet mind around.
I placed two couch pillows on the hardwood floor, guided her to look deep into the blinking lights, almost beyond it, and make a private wish. She softly giggled, squeezed my hand, and insisted we tell each other what we wished for because (wisely enough) we could help each other’s wish come true. We breathed our wishes in each other ears. Me: A safe and fun family ski trip to Lake Placid. Her: A super-sized stuffed teddy bear. Yikes! That was not on her list.
The next day, I found a gigantic teddy bear at Marshall’s. I strapped him in a seat belt and drove him home feeling lucky because I know one day her wishes will extend beyond my reach. They will grow as she does—-deeper, and more meaningful.
I haven’t updated my site in so long! Promise to scan my latest print clips and revamp this site real soon. This month has been crazy. Good crazy. Here’s what I’ve got brewing …
Newsday: I report on a health topic about once a month. So far I have covered: 1. how althletes avoid injury, 2. the benifits of yoga, 3. knee gel injections, 4. how to remove a tattoo, 5. fitness moves you can do at home, 6. the best foods to eat to get glowing skin, and others. You can take a peek at my Newsday articles right here.
Fodors Travel: I’m the health/beauty travel blogger. My latest:
How to Look Good on the Go (a roundup of fab beauty products to keep you from, well… looking like your passport photo!)
How to Beat Jetlag and Get Your Beauty Sleep (expert tips on how to catch your zzz’s when you’re far from home)
Olympics-Themed Getaways (three thrilling Olympics-inspired trips you won’t have to train for)
Top Fitness Picks for Travelers ( eight fabulous fitness finds worthy of a spot in your suitcase and on your itinerary)
Parenting magazine: I’ll have articles in the next 3-4 issues. My recent essay for Parenting “Why Women Lie” landed out becoming the subject of a Today Show segment and was covered by CNN. Many of my past articles for Parenting are below.
Are Grandparents Giving Too Much? Twenty-five percent of grandparents have spent $1,000 or more on their grandkids in the past year.
The Benefits of Older Parents More people are becoming parents in their late 30s and 40s and are finding that there are surprising benefits in older pregnancy
Why Women Lie to Their Kids One mom explains why parents lying to their children is nothing new–and why it won’t stop any time soon
I’m the beauty editor for BELLA and I produce the ‘Beauty Breakthroughs” section in each issue–about 5-7 pages of beauty tips, product roundups, spotlights and more. For example:
For the current May/June issue I also wrote a feature profiling four savvy biz owners who had the courage to take a “Leap of Faith”.
For the summer issue, I rounded up the NYC area’s best wining and dining hotspots: BELLA’s BEST
Update: I’ll be blogging for BELLA weekly about my “Current Obsessions”. For instance, here’s my “tech” obsession. Stay tuned for my weekly obessions covering trends, fashion, fitness, gadgets, snacks, beauty, tech…just about anything I find love-worthy!
Long Island Pulse: I write beauty reviews in each issue. Spray tanning, facials, waxing, nail trends, hair treatments–ah, all in the name of beauty!
Long Island Resturant News: Another fun feather to add to my cap–resturant reviwer. My most recent reviews: Nisen in Commack, Mirabelle in Stony Brook and Vittorio’s Resturant & Wine Bar in Amityville.
CBS’s “Mancave Daily”: Here’s my personality page for the site. I’m doing a beauty+brains series plus a lot of fun lifetyle roundups such as:
Very excited to be named “Beauty Editor” of BELLA magazine–I’ll be rocking my new title on the masthead for the Jan/Feb issue!
In the current holiday issue (with the very handsome Bret Michaels on the cover) I cover the entire “Beauty Breakthroughs” section and I also wrote a feature in the middle of the book, “Create a Lavish Holiday Look” where I rounded up some fun items to make the holidays extra festive. Oooh, and there’s a little blurb about me on the contributor’s page.
If you see the magazine on newsstands, please pick up a copy–so many great articles in there.