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Kirby E. Stirland

Writer + Editor + Brand Copywriter + Marketer

Location icon United States of America

Professional writer, editor and copywriter with a varied background in print and digital journalism, commercial radio broadcasting, lifestyle and entertainment PR and content creation for brands and marketing campaigns.

As a writer and editor I demonstrate meticulous attention to detail, a sensitivity to voice and tone and a knack for crafting clean, concise, relevant and engaging content to suit the context and medium at hand. I thrive in fast-paced, deadline-driven environments, take direction well, learn quickly and enjoy working with a team.

I have experience producing a wide variety of media, including press releases, bios, radio broadcast scripts, SEO/SEM-friendly web content, marketing and ad copy, e-commerce product descriptions, physical product copy and print magazine features. I've covered a broad range of topics throughout my eight-year career, from breaking national and world news to Hollywood gossip to luxury lifestyle and fashion to nutrition and beyond.

I am currently the lead brand copywriter at Sakara Life, a health and wellness startup.

Why You Should Give Ugly Produce A Chance

Photo credit: Lianna Tarantin We all know we're not supposed to judge a book by its cover (very literal example: , plagued by unfortunate cover art). But all too often, this tidbit of kindergarten decorum flies out the window - at least when it comes to perusing the produce section.

The Most Beautifying Foods on Earth

When you hear the words "inner beauty," maybe you think of traits like character, gratitude and generosity...and those traits certainly are beautiful. But this week, we're taking the concept of inner beauty quite literally by celebrating all the ways that the food we put into our bodies helps us radiate gorgeous light outwards into the world.

Sakara Life Newsletter
Why Greens?

Newsletter about the importance of eating your daily greens.

5 Reasons Sakara's Meal Delivery Program is Different

Is it just us, or does it feel like meal delivery services are popping up left and right these days? Every day there's a new ad in your feed, promising to bring more convenience, better health and tastier food to your doorstep.

How to Choose a Protein Supplement

Photo credit: Lianna Tarantin Eating wasn't always so complicated. For our primate ancestors, food was fuel: Eat what you need to do the things you need to do. No obsessing. No labeling. Just eating. But somewhere along the way, we made it weird.

5 Reasons You Should Be Eating a Plant-Based Diet

Photo credit: Lianna Tarantin If food is : that essential to our longevity, happiness and fulfillment (and trust us - it is), we definitely want to make sure we're eating the best possible stuff. And if you are what you eat, don't you want to be a vibrant, beautiful, living, breathing, thriving thing?

The Coveteur
The Bedtime Wellness Routine that Will Help You Sleep

Can't sleep? Us neither. It must be something about the ever present brightly lit screen, or the fact that when we finally do stop catching up on Snapchat, our minds just. can't. stop. There must be some cognitive behavioral therapy or psychological trick to slow it down and close our eyes, and yet here we [...]

Footwear Plus
Millennial Muscle

The sneaker-loving "Fit Generation" inspires versatile, stylish athletic footwear for Spring 2016.

Footwear Plus
Blank Canvas

Fueled by consumers' desire to stand out from the crowd, footwear becomes a vehicle for art of all kinds.

Character Study

With sales on the rise for recent blockbusters and beloved classics alike, experts reveal how to take advantage of the boom in licensed merchandise. Kirby Stirland | June 3, 2015 To understand Frozen mania, it helps to be a kid. But it also helps to understand the essence of licensing in the childrenswear industry.

More or Less

As an obsession with organization sweeps the nation, the concept is ripe for retail. Kirby Stirland | June 3, 2015 If you've yet to clean out your closet according to the KonMari method of organization, you've likely heard all about it from someone who has.

Footwear Plus
Second Wind

Consumers are increasingly willing to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes—and actually pay for it.

All The Trimmings

Children’s retailers – a.k.a. Santa’s real elves – reveal how to make the most of the 2015 holiday shopping season.

Sales Force

Whether you're a buyer or a brand, your sales reps are an essential piece of the retail puzzle, so make the most of their wealth of industry insights. Kirby Stirland | August 1, 2015 Ali Moroze wears many hats.

Time Out
Best Irish restaurants for families in NYC

The name of this restaurant, pronounced "leh kay-lah," loosely translates to "together," which reflects the eclectic, friendly vibe at this lively Washington Heights eatery. Families flock to the weekend brunch for egg dishes, muffins, pancakes and kiddie specials like the Nutella & banana sandwich.

Take a family road trip to the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival

Don't be fooled by the recent balmy days-fall has definitely arrived in NYC. When you're not busy checking out all the awesome fall foliage, celebrate the season with a day trip to bucolic Rhinebeck, NY and a visit to the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival.

The best pumpkin patches for kids

There's plenty to do at this 47-acre historic site. It's the oldest continually farmed land in NYC, and in addition to pumpkin picking-on weekends in October- tots can visit the animals in the petting zoo, scope out farm equipment or get lost (and found) in the Amazing Maize Maze, a three-acre interactive corn maze that's open weekends from September 20 through October 26.

The best farm-to-table restaurants in NYC for families

The stroller-pushing denizens of Park Slope and Prospect Heights flock to Flatbush Farm for rustic, American fare made with local ingredients (like fruit from Stone Ridge Orchard in upstate New York and meats from Fleischer's in the Hudson Valley).

Halloween costume stores in NYC for kids

Although they're mainly known for home furnishings, Pottery Barn's kiddie branch has a surprisingly decent selection of Halloween costumes for babies, toddlers, little and big kids. No blood and gore or monster masks here- from tutus to onesies, these ensembles are more adorable than scary.

Watch six famous families take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

These celebs turned the chilly charity stunt into a family affair By Kirby Stirland Unless you live under a rock (i.e. don't use Facebook or Instagram), you've probably heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge, which is currently taking over social media and helping to raise millions for The ALS Association.

Broadway Week: 2-for-1 theater tickets for families

Not since Billy Elliot has an English musical import been so hyped. And, sort of like that blockbuster, Matilda centers on a young person trying to find freedom and self-expression in the world of oppressive adults. We look forward to hearing Tim Minchin's score for this family-friendly tale of a telekinetic schoolgirl, based on the Roald Dahl children's book.

London's The Artesian Named World's Best Bar - Hautetime

Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world ...The Artesian at London's Langham Hotel has been named the absolute best. Experts at the eighth annual Tales of the Cocktail, an international bartending festival held in New Orleans, have bestowed the title on the boutique hotel bar for the second year in a row.

Watches of Switzerland Opens Regent Street Flagship - Hautetime

Europe has a new destination for luxury timepieces. At three stories and more than 17,000 square feet, Watches of Switzerland's new flagship store in London's Regent Street is the continent's largest luxury watch showroom. The store seeks to "revolutionize luxury watch retail" by offering customers the opportunity to peruse a wide array of prestigious brands, boutiques and displays.

Scotland Joins Race for UK's First Spaceport - Hautetime

Scotland is poised to be on the cutting edge of intergalactic travel. New government plans suggest the country could potentially be home to the UK's first dedicated base for spaceplanes, which officials hope to establish by 2018. Currently, six of the eight aerodromes shortlisted to host the spaceport are in Scotland.

Alain Ducasse Brings a Taste of the Riviera to London - Hautetime

Renowned French chef Alain Ducasse has already made his mark on the city of London with his eponymous eatery at The Dorchester. Last month, he expanded his empire with the opening of Rivea at The Bulgari Hotel & Residences in Knightsbridge. Rivea London mirrors the relaxed sophistication of the original Rivea, located at Hotel Byblos in St.

Huge Luxury Department Store to Open in Abu Dhabi's Yas Mall

Abu Dhabi's Yas Mall isn't even open yet, and it is already breaking records. It was just announced that the mall will be home to the region's largest department store, thanks to a lease agreement between Aldar Properties and luxury brand retailer Chalhoub Group for 200,000 square feet of shopping space.

Donald and Ivanka Trump Tee Off in Dubai

Business mogul Donald Trump makes waves wherever he goes, so it's no surprise his recent visit to Dubai caused quite a stir, attracting a swarm of TV crews and photographers. Trump was in town this week with his daughter Ivanka for the unveiling of his latest golf course and luxury residential development, The Trump International Golf Club at AKOYA, a joint venture with DAMAC Properties.

Fendi Pop-Up at Harrods Makes Shopping Fun

It's game on at legendary British department store Harrods, where Italian fashion mainstay Fendi has established an exclusive pop-up shop. Inspired by an arcade, Fendi Fun is decked out in bright colors and neon lights, and offers ready-to-wear apparel, accessories, fur coats and more in a playful environment.

Suspected New Banksy Artwork Appears in Cheltenham

The latest piece of street art attributed to the famous- and famously mysterious- British graffiti pro Banksy has cropped up in the English town of Cheltenham, in Gloucestershire. The image features what appear to be three secret agents straight out of the 1950s, dressed in brown trench coats, trilby hats and dark glasses.

Chanel Redefines Summer Chic in Saint-Tropez

Chanel is once again summering in Saint-Tropez, and it's not hard to see why the renowned French fashion house has chosen the charmed locale for the fifth year in a row. The summer pop-up, or boutique éphémere, is housed at the palace of La Mistralée, a stunning 19 th century manor with a customized interior inspired by Chanel's 2013/14 Métiers d'Art Paris-Dallas collection.

London Becomes World's Billionaire Capital

London is officially the home of more billionaires than any other country worldwide, with 104 billionaires calling the UK home for the first time. The capital city's billionaire contingent surpasses that of Moscow and New York (in second and third place respectively), accounting for nearly 10% of all the billionaires in the world.

Haute Auto of the Week: Tesla Model S Project California

Eco-consciousness and high style combine in the deluxe customized Project California from Tesla. The fully-loaded electric vehicle's $205,820 price tag warrants the title of world's most expensive Tesla Model S. The original top-spec Tesla Model S will run you $123,700, but an exhaustive list of bespoke features upgrade this EV to another level entirely.

Luxury Publisher and Bookseller Assouline Coming to Piccadilly

Maison Assouline, the international purveyor of "the most sophisticated books in the world," is set to open a brand-new store in London's Piccadilly. The luxury bookseller's upscale fashion, beauty, lifestyle, art and photography coffee table tomes will be on display at 196a Piccadilly, in a building designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens that formerly housed the Midland Bank headquarters and the Hauser and Wirth Gallery.

Shangri-La Hotel Opens at The Shard in London

With stunning views, luxurious amenities and an ideal central location, the newly-opened Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard in London is high-end in more ways than one. The Shangri-La, located on floors 34 through 52 of Western Europe's tallest building, was officially unveiled last week at a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by London Mayor Boris Johnson, Lord and Lady Coe and several international dignitaries.

St. Regis Abu Dhabi Boasts World's Highest Hotel Suite

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi has redefined high style, offering guests the rare opportunity to stay in the world's highest suspended hotel suite. The two-story suite, located on the hotel's 48th and 49th floors in a skybridge that joins Abu Dhabi's dual Nation Towers, stands 656 feet off the ground.

Haute Jet of the Week: EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style Helicopter

Inspired by the luxe saloons of the premiere German automaker, the EC145 Mercedes-Benz style helicopter brings the exquisite style and superior function of some of the finest European cars to the skies. The modular interior of the EC145 was designed at the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio in Como, Italy.

Karl Lagerfeld to Open 25 New Stores in Middle East

Karl Lagerfeld is expanding his namesake brand across the Middle East, with 25 new store locations slated to open by 2018. Ten new Karl Lagerfeld concept stores and an additional 15 shops-in-shops are included in a new deal between the German fashion mogul and the Dubai-based Chalhoub Inc.

London Cabbies Threaten Gridlock to Protest Uber

Tech-friendly car service Uber may be taking off worldwide, but it's facing some serious pushback in the UK. Since Uber launched in London in 2012, it has garnered both positive and negative attention.

Clubino Pianobar Offers La Dolce Vita in London

La dolce vita comes to London at Clubino Pianobar, the city's newest members-only nightlife destination. A joint venture between Anglo-Italian entrepreneur Luca Del Bono and London nightlife pioneer Piers Adam, Clubino Pianobar is the latest addition to the city's growing population of members-only clubs.

Apartment Sale at One Hyde Park in London Sets New Real Estate Record

If it appeared London's property market was off the charts before, now it's all but certain. The city set a new record recently with the sale of a $237 million apartment. The over-the-top exchange even has the developer of the luxury building admitting that some real estate prices in Britain have become "unrealistic and not sustainable."

Jaeger-LeCoultre To Open First New York City Boutique

Legendary Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre already has stores in many of the world's major luxury capitals, including Paris, Geneva, Beijing, Shanghai, London, Moscow and Singapore. Now, the company prepares for its New York City debut. This fall, the brand will open a brand new boutique at 701 Madison Avenue, joining the ranks of some of the city's most upscale retail destinations.

Haute Yacht of the Week: Nirvana

Spanning nearly 300 feet and boasting such features as helipads, jet skis, a swimming pool and a nightclub, the Nirvana yacht truly lives up to its name. Making its debut at the 22 nd Dubai International Boat Show, the multi-level Nirvana is as imposing as it is luxurious.

Haute Auto of the Week: Ferrari 458 Project F

Fans of the classic Ferrari 458 Italia will surely be intrigued by the Project F, a one-of-a-kind, futuristic reimagination of the vehicle by visionary Dutch design firm Ugur Sahin. The proposed Project F retains the sleek aerodynamic look of the original Ferrari 458 supercar, with the addition of several exaggerated, space-age features that include an extremely low roofline, bulky extended fenders, a souped-up rear and a wraparound windshield.

Designers Join Forces for D.C. Design House

This year's seventh annual D.C. Design House showcases the work of more than two dozen different design teams, proving it's possible for a wide variety of styles to be cohesive. Twenty-seven design teams were selected to completely remodel the almost 8,000-square-foot stone Colonial home, which is located at 4600 Linnean Ave.

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