Melissa Langsam Braunstein


Is 'Verily' the Future of Women's Magazines?

By Melissa Langsam Braunstein

Is 'Verily' the Future of Women's Magazines?
If you’re a woman who loves reading about fashion, culture and relationships — a woman who finds that Cosmopolitan and Glamour don’t speak to you — you should know about Verily magazine. It’s not your typical women’s magazine, and it’s motto proves that fact: “Less of who you should be, more of who you are.” Launched in June, Verily speaks candidly and respectfully to women, just like a good friend. Co-founders Kara Eschbach (Editor-in-Chief and Publisher) and Janet Sahm (Style Editor) recently spoke with The Sisterhood by phone about their new venture.Read More


Raising a True Beauty

By Melissa Langsam Braunstein

Raising a True Beauty
Would you rather be beautiful and stupid or ugly and brilliant? Think about it for a moment.Read More


Cupid in a Kippah

By Melissa Langsam Braunstein

Cupid in a Kippah
On Valentine’s Day, one is absolutely the loneliest number. It helps if you can make plans with some single friends, but most people would prefer to be out with their perfect person.Read More


The Jews in 'Suits'

By Melissa Langsam Braunstein

The Jews in 'Suits'
Shortly after graduating from college in 2000, I found myself living and interning in Austin, Texas. Someone apparently mentioned to the friendly policeman who worked by my office that I was a Member of the Tribe. He was thrilled; he’d never met a New York Jew — or any Jew — before. He lived 100 miles outside Austin, far beyond any eruv.Read More


Who Needs Baby Albums Anymore?

By Melissa Langsam Braunstein

Who Needs Baby Albums Anymore?
Why do we still buy baby albums? Last year, 4.2 million American babies were born, and category leader C.R. Gibson — which sold the first baby books in 1898 and now has over 20% of the pre-fab baby book market — sold roughly 800,000 traditional, hard-copy baby books to their families.Read More






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