Rachel Epstein
Rachel Epstein
Storyteller • Editor • Visionary

DUJOUR

During my very first summer in college, I landed an editorial internship at DuJour — a luxury lifestyle magazine based in NYC. Among working on a variety of projects during the summer and later throughout the year, I have written for dujour.com under the site's news, style, beauty, culture, lifestyle, and cities verticals.

 
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If You Have a Smartphone, You’re a Filmmaker

Sean Baker never intended to use an iPhone to shoot his critically acclaimed filmTangerine. In fact, if it wasn’t for Baker’s exceptionally low budget, the filmmaker would have shot his comedic drama using traditional film. “I wish I can say this was part of the whole master plan, but it wasn’t,” he says. “This came from a place of desperation, but I’m really happy we shot on the iPhone. In the end it really helped out the film in so many ways.” 

Exploring the Mind of an Artist

Jean-Michel Basquiat is best known for the work he did on canvases and, of course, on walls across New York City. But thanks to the new tome Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks, the late artist’s works on paper—a collection of notes, poetry, drawings and sketches edited by art aficionado Larry Warsh—are having their own moment in the spotlight.

Contributed to winter 2015 issue - DuJour Cities / Washington, D.C.

The Darkness Steps into the Spotlight

After lead vocalist and guitarist Justin Hawkins’ departure from The Darkness in 2007, fans were filled with anticipation about the future of the U.K.-based rock band. Now, their prayers have been answered. After a personnel overhaul in 2011—the band now features brothers Justin and Dan Hawkins as well as Frankie Poullain and Rufus Taylor—and the 2012 release Hot Cakes, the Darkness is back with their newest album, The Last of Our Kind

Party Reporter: Celebrities’ Favorite Scents

You’ve probably never heard of the Fragrance Foundation Awards, but the ceremony has actually been around since 1949, paying tribute to the creative achievements of the fragrance industry and boasting its own Hall of Fame with icons like Estée Lauder (honored in 1974) and Marc Jacobs (inducted in 2009).

The Unlikely Summer Getaway: Las Vegas

Vegas might not be the first place that comes to mind during your pursuit of the perfect summer travel destination, but there are quite a few reasons to head to Sin City during the warm summer months. Here, we make the case for planning your trip this season.

Drink DuJour: Sangria Flora

This summer’s Jazz Age Lawn Party had no shortage of flappers, food and Flora—Sangria Flora, that is. The cocktail mirrors the light, refreshing vibes of the roaring twenties-inspired soireé.

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Great Chefs Know Great Food

What happens when a pastry-turned-Mexican food chef from Massachusetts meets a seasoned food journalist? In this case, it’s the new cookbook Tacos: Recipes and Provocations. The 250-page tome, filled with endless recipes and an undeniable passion for eclectic Mexican cuisine, is out this week from Alex Stupak. The chef made made his name with beloved Mexican restaurants including Empellon as well as stints on The Food Network—and he’s collaborated with the writer Jordana Rothman. Here, the duo reflects on their most exotic taco memories, including an unforgettable three-day trip to the country where it all began.   

Kathy Baker on Her Challenging New Film

In director Dito Montiel’s latest, Boulevard, married Nolan (Robin Williams in his final film role) is forced to come to terms with the truth about himself after an encounter with a younger man during a road trip. And while revealing his secret changes Nolan forever, it also throws the world of his wife Joy, played by Kathy Baker, into a tailspin.

NYC’s New Musical Destination

Sid Gold’s Request Room might be New York’s newest piano bar, but it has an old soul. The Chelsea hotspot, which has been drawing karaoke fanatics, Broadway stars and Hollywood types since opening this spring, boasts not only a grand piano but a chic, retro design and a menu of classic cocktails and bar snacks.

A Cultural Study of the Ladies Who Lunch

Sex segregated dinners are the norm, charitable success calls for a “wife bonus” and former Disney guides have become the new nannies. Wednesday Martin had no idea what she was getting into when she moved to the Upper East Side with her husband and young son in 2004.

Welcome to The Night Shift

After receiving a script from her agent late one THURSDAY afternoon, actress Jill Flint had little knowledge of what was to come. With four short hours until her audition, an interest in the take-charge character and a bit of luck, the very next day Flint landed the lead role as Jordan Alexander on NBC’s new medical drama The Night Shift. The premiere had the highest NBC summer drama series ratings in five years and averaged over 6.5 million viewers throughout the season.

Looking East for Inspiration

Throughout the year, we yearn for a time when we can take a step back and immerse ourselves into a simpler, albeit sometimes more exclusive, world.

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The damage inflicted on your hair from heat styling, over-washing, coloring and more demands attention and care, and the latest trend in creating softer, healthier strands is decidedly slick. Hair oils add a layer of moisture and protection—plus they’re incredibly easy to use.

How to Make Your Handbag Last

Buying that beige Celine Phantom bag seemed like a brilliant idea at the time—it was the perfect wear-with-anything neutral!—but now, 10 months later, your once pristine suede bag has suffered a red wine stain, an ill-timed thunderstorm or, worse yet, an ink pen explosion. Enter Leather Spa, the New-York based luxury shoe and handbag repair service that brings your beat-up bags back to life.

From YouTube to…Everywhere

Three months ago, Rolling Stone named Tori Kelly one of the top “10 New Artists You Need To Know,” but contrary to the title, 22-year-old Kelly has been making music for quite some time. The California native has been posting videos on YouTube since the age of 14 before making her way to American Idol two years later. Although she didn’t make it past the early stages of the competition, she didn’t lose hope. 

Blazers of Glory

If it wasn’t clear from the PhD in archaeology he’s currently finishing at Oxford University, 27-year-old Jack Carlson has a fondness for history. For the past four years, Carlson has traveled around the world creating Rowing Blazers, a tome dedicated to the traditions and sartorial cultivation of the original rowing blazer. 

Get Out of Town

Sartorial enthusiasts have found the latest excuse to travel. The affluent menswear line Turnbull & Asser has teamed up with mod travel brand, Globe-Trotter to create two limited-edition travel cases. The brands cultivate their 19th century origin through the accessories’ antique, trunk-like semblance while still embracing a contemporary, lightweight feel.

Drink DuJour: The All Star Passion

After training with famous bar consultant Nick Strangeway at London’s Hawksmoor restaurant and bar, mixologist Noel Medeiros decided to return to his roots and move back to Brazil to create the ultimate World Cup cocktail—the All Star Passion.

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Dicey Hollow’s Big Debut

When your friend asks you to create a film score, you do it—and when that same film falls through, you take that music and create your own self-titled EP. At least that’s what happened for Alberta Cross lead singer Petter Ericson Stakee and Jamie Biden, the longtime friends who have combined talents for their latest venture, Dicey Hollow.

Scary Talented

Two years ago, Cassidy Gifford said goodbye to her home on the East Coast and headed to California to follow her dreams. And despite her name recognition—the 21-year-old stunner is the daughter of TV legend Kathie Lee Gifford and football great Frank Gifford—Gifford says she still had moments of uncertainty, and was waiting for her turn in the spotlight. “There were a lot of times I regretted the move, thinking, am I making the right decision,” she says now. “Then I ended up booking a couple of smaller things and I was like, OK, you know what, it’s worth it.”

Inside An Iconic Closet

Since 1955, ephemera from the life of late socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post have been stored inside her Hillwood Estate. Amazingly enough, the 25-acre grounds still brim with fine Russian art, 18th-century French décor and an extravagant garden. Now, Post’s 70-year-old clothing collection is set to display throughout the D.C. museum—channeling seven decades of culture and sartorial elegance.

Beauty at the Click of a Button

Traveling is stressful—and we’ve all forgotten our favorite mascara or brand of after shave in the hustle of getting our carry-ons packed up. That’s why brands are now making it easier than ever to grab beauty and grooming goods on the go.

Speaking Up

As the Executive Director of a major LA-based nonprofit, Deborah Marcus regularly finds herself speaking before large groups of influential people. Her role at CISLA (Communities In Schools, Los Angeles)—the country’s top high school dropout prevention organization—requires presenting at A-list galas, raising funds from donors and running meetings with the staff of the talent agency CAA, CISLA’s partner company. But despite the frequency of her presentations, Marcus admits she hasn’t yet perfected the art of public speaking.

Drink DuJour: Summer Sensations

The polar vortex has said its final goodbyes and warm weather is here to stay. That means short sleeves, open windows, weekends away and—maybe most importantly—summertime cocktails like the Billy Elliot at Philadelphia’s 1 Tippling Place. “The drink is light, floral and fruity, making it perfect for hot summer evenings,” says the bar’s owner, Anne Frey. “Plus, May through August is the best time to enjoy crisp and satisfying aperitifs before dinner.”