Author: Sarah Jaihe Lee

Toni & Katrina of Under The Sweater Talk Goals, Blogging & Feminism

Throughout the years, I’ve learned that women supporting other women is one of the greatest things to ever occur. When we go through adolescence, we see girls fighting each other rather than standing next to each other. As we get older and grow more confident with ourselves, we realize that pitting ourselves against other women is a waste of time and energy. With March being Women’s History Month, I hope we can appreciate and value ourselves and also the friendships we’ve made with other women. Don’t pay attention to those glossy magazines that say only one actress can look good in a designer dress. And forget about the “Squad goals”, which ultimately exclude others. It’s 2016 and I say it’s time we join forces with one another. That should be the ultimate goal. On that same note, we’re happy to introduce two amazing women, Toni Esteban and Katrina Bartolome. They are co-founders and writers of the blog, Under The Sweater. They were happy to speak about women’s issues, share their goals, and describe their ideal …

Closing the (Gender) Gap

Here at YHM, we advocate female empowerment and gender equality. So when we read in the October 2015 issue of Glamour Magazine that women’s issues were on the minds of world leaders, we couldn’t keep it to ourselves. From September 25-27, world leaders gathered at the United Nations to establish the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, which is similar to a “global bucket list of things the world wants to get done over the next 15 years.” In the “Open Working Group proposal for Sustainable Development Goals,” it states: Rio+20 reaffirmed the commitment to strengthen international cooperation to address the persistent challenges related to sustainable development for all, in particular in developing countries. In this regard, it reaffirmed the need to achieve economic stability, sustained economic growth, the promotion of social equity and the protection of the environment, while enhancing gender equality, women’s empowerment and equal employment for all, and the protection, survival and development of children to their full potential, including through education. This is exactly what we need during this time as women in …

Editor’s Favorite Places in New York City

Editor’s Note: When I first joined Young Hot & Modern Magazine in 2013, I was a junior at Rutgers University and an intern. Now, I’m the Senior Contributing Editor and starting my post-grad career at Men’s Fitness/Muscle & Fitness/Flex/Muscle & Fitness Hers. It’s amazing how much YHM helped me become a better writer, editor, and feel more comfortable in my skin. I’ll always be grateful for that. YHM has grown so much throughout these past couple of years and has truly made an impact on myself, and the community. The magazine strives to encourage and celebrate women of all backgrounds. You can be an artist, a designer, a musician, or a cook but we all have something in common: we’re following our dreams while trying to be as authentic as possible. We embrace diversity, struggle, and hard work and I truly hope that message comes across. Yegide, the Creative Director and Founder is an awesome colleague and person. She’s not only my “boss” but a close friend whom I trust. Young Hot & Modern Magazine could not be in better hands. Congratulations …

The Woman Behind Crave.it; New York City’s Authentic Italian Café

Starting your own business isn’t easy. Starting your own business in a foreign country is a whole different ball park. Yegide Matthews, Creative Director, and I had the opportunity to sit down with Selvaggia Pizzetti, owner of Crave.it in New York City. We learned how she managed to create a successful business in one of the toughest cities in the world. Crave.it is a contemporary gelato-café, Italian bakery, and lounge. They serve gelato, specialty coffee drinks, Italian pastries, and savory dishes. Selvaggia and her team were kind enough to let us take a few treats home and try a few dishes off their menu after the interview. The food was displayed so beautifully and Crave.it clearly understands the concept: You eat with your eyes first.  YHM: The previous general manager pointed out that there are differences between Italian pastries and other countries’ pastries. What are some of the major differences? Selvaggia Pizzetti: Italian pastries are not too sweet. There is a very little amount of butter used so they’re very light. They usually use very old fashion ingredients. With Italian …

Pursuing Your Passion with Sarah Fennel of Broma Bakery

As a blogger myself, I understand the ups and downs that come with running your own website. However, I find the positive definitely outweighs the negative. I had a conversation with photographer and blogger Sarah Fennel about how to overcome obstacles that may come with blogging and her perspective on pursuing your dreams. I also learned that we share the same belief about butter. YHM: Under your ‘about me’ page, you mention that Broma Bakery is your way of sharing your love of food with others while indulging in your passion for photography. What else do you love about blogging? Sarah Fennel: One thing that I really love about blogging is that you can connect with other people. You can get a lot of feedback on what you love doing and you can see what other people are doing as well. If it excites me then others will be excited about it too. YHM: Have you come across any obstacles and/or difficulties from blogging? If so, how did you overcome them? SF: It can be really easy to compare yourself …

To Heel Or Not To Heel

Everyone wants to look like they put some effort into their appearance whether going to school, work or a girl’s night out. More often than not, I see young women walking around in painful six inch heels that they end up holding towards the end of the night. I firmly believe you can look glam and put together, and be comfortable at the same time. Here are 4 tips for those of you who don’t want to sacrifice comfort or style. Accessorizing with jewelry is a great way to express your personal style. However, you don’t want to have too many focal points in your outfit. If you’re wearing a statement necklace AND bedazzled heels, it can look overdone. Pick one, not both. You can still wear heels and be comfortable. However, choose a heel that’s 3-4 inches or less. Wedges, like the one below, are a great option because they give a lot of support. So for those of you who are asking, “To heel or not to heel?” You can definitely heel. If …