From the award-winning magazine Martha Stewart Living to the best-selling product lines that bear her name Martha Stewart shares the creative principles and practical ideas that have made her America's most trusted guide to stylish living. Millions of consumers rely on Martha Stewart as their guide to all aspects of everyday living - from cooking and entertaining to decorating and home renovating and much more.
Martha has always drawn inspiration from her surroundings. Raised in Nutley New Jersey in a family with six children Martha developed her passion for cooking gardening and home-keeping in her childhood home on Elm Place. Her mother a schoolteacher and homemaker taught her the basics of cooking baking canning and sewing; her father a pharmaceutical salesman and avid gardener introduced her to gardening at the age of three in the family's small but orderly backyard plot.
While earning a bachelor's degree in history and architectural history at Barnard College Martha worked as a model to pay her tuition. She was married in her sophomore year and upon graduating became a stockbroker on Wall Street where she gained her early business training. After moving to Westport Connecticut in 1972 with her husband and daughter Alexis she developed a catering business that showcased her remarkable talent and originality. Her unique visual presentation of food and the elegant recipes she created for her catered events were the basis for her first book Entertaining published in 1982.
Martha's creative vision is the blueprint for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and its expansive multimedia and merchandising portfolio. MSLO's media offerings encompass award-winning magazines such as Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings; innovative websites including marthastewart.com and digital apps; Martha Stewart Living Radio on SIRIUS channel 112 and XM Radio 157; and bestselling books like Martha Stewart's Cooking School Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts and Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook. The sixth season of the Emmy Award-winning daily "how-to" series The Martha Stewart Show premiered in September 2010; the show anchors a full slate of programming from MSLO on Hallmark Channel.
Martha was a pioneer in bringing high-quality products to mass market with Martha Stewart Everyday products at Kmart. Today the company's merchandising offerings include the Martha Stewart Collection of products for the home at Macy's; the Martha Stewart Living line of home-improvement products at The Home Depot; Martha Stewart Crafts at Michaels; Martha Stewart Clean home-cleaning solutions with Hain Celestial Group; destination weddings with Sandals Resorts; Martha Stewart Pets products at PetSmart and more.
In 2007 Martha unveiled the new Martha Stewart Center for Living at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. The center is an outpatient facility for geriatric medicine providing clinical care and education for patients offering training for physicians and coordinating healthy-aging research and practices. Martha was inspired to create the center by her mother Martha Kostyra who remained active and engaged in life to the age of 93.
Bethenny Frankel has a knack for making healthy food taste delicious. That knack which started out as a hobby and was enhanced with formal training has elevated her to national prominence as a celebrated natural food chef the creator of the sought-after Skinnygirl Margarita and The New York Times best-selling author of Naturally Thin The Skinnygirl Dish and A Place of Yes.
Frankel who calls herself a "health foodie" and attended the National Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts focuses on sharing her knowledge and passion for healthy living. In addition to being regularly featured in national publications from The New York Times to life magazines like Shape she has a monthly column in Health Magazine and is a Contributing Lifestyle Editor for the US UK and Australian editions of OK! Magazine. She's also a sought-after guest on national news and entertainment television where she brings her expertise and irresistibly candid and funny take not only to food segments but to any conversation about living healthy and living well.
Frankel's wit wisdom and humor first came to national attention when she was named first runner-up on NBC's "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart." Network executives saw a personality they couldn't ignore saw her connect with audiences and put her center stage on Bravo's hit series "The Real Housewives of New York" for three seasons. She emerged as the star of the series with a huge network of fans which led Bravo to create a spin-off series "Bethenny Getting Married?" that premiered with the highest ratings ever in Bravo history and continued with a second successful season called "Bethenny Ever After..."
Naturally Thin: Unleash Your Skinnygirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting debuted on The New York Times Best-Sellers list and stayed for an astonishing 18 consecutive weeks. Frankel's second book The Skinnygirl Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life was released just in time to support "new year new me" resolutions with delicious practical effective recipes and lifestyle tweaks. The Skinnygirl Dish showcases Frankel's renowned "fix-ology" her ability to take calorie-rich foods and revamp them to create healthier versions without compromising flavor. Her most recent release is A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out Of Life which is currently on the The New York Times Best-Sellers list for its third week.
Her skill as a fixologist applies to cocktails too. She has launched the Skinnygirl Margarita a bottled pre-mixed beverage made with clear tequila lime juice and only a splash of citrus liqueur which drastically reduces the calories of the traditional cocktail. Lightly sweetened with agave nectar it has only 100 calories in a full 4 oz. serving. Households across the country have made Skinnygirl Margaritas their "it drink." In March 2011 Skinnygirl Cocktails was acquired by Beam Global. Bethenny will continue to serve as the committed brand collaborator developer and marketer.
Bethenny's empire does not stop there. She has also a created Skinnygirl Daily- a high quality all-natural nutritional product line that makes health and wellness more accessible. The products provide options and solutions to create and maintain a vibrant healthy lifestyle and function as a part of a daily regimen. She has also developed Skinnygirl Smoothers n' Shapers- a line of problem solving undergarments for everyday.
As the go-to expert for all things reality and lifestyle Frankel wields her pen (and blackberry) like a sword ensuring that her fans will get the unvarnished truth along with common sense expertise and a healthy - always healthy - dose of humor. She is on a mission to democratize healthy living making information available to everyone she can reach through her appearances books columns and blogs.
She currently resides in New York City with her husband daughter and dog Cookie.