April 6 / Articles, Interviews

Sibylle’s Style Diary: PIX11 TV News Anchor and Author Tamsen Fadal

This week’s style diary is about the beautiful, talented, and accomplished Tamsen Fadal. The popular TV news anchor on PIX11 is also the author of “The New Single,” a guide on empowering women after divorce. Fadal knows how to perfectly blend strength and grace, and she shows that you can make anything possible, if you work at it.

Sibylle Eschapasse: How would you describe your style?

Tamsen Fadal: Minimalist. Clean lines. Easy to wear!

Sibylle Eschapasse and Tamsen Fadal on Jan. 19, 2017.
Sibylle Eschapasse (L) and Tamsen Fadal on Jan. 19, 2017.
Ms. Eschapasse: If a close friend were to describe your personality in three words, what would they be?

Ms. Fadal: Enthusiastic. Talkative. Active.

Ms. Eschapasse: How has your style evolved since you were a teenager?

Ms. Fadal: I was an ’80s kid. So I have gone from my side ponytail, big hair, and neon bracelets to solid colors and straight hair.

Ms. Eschapasse: What is the wildest thing you have ever worn?

Ms. Fadal: I don’t know if it’s wild, but I loved these leopard boots that made no sense with anything I had on. I just loved them so much. They were my trademark for years until the heels finally fell off.

Ms. Eschapasse: How do you dress on workdays versus weekends?

Ms. Fadal: Workdays, I am mostly in a sheath dress. I don’t like to overthink things, and I try to make sure that my clothes are never distracting on the air.

Clothes don’t have to be expensive to look good. So, I try to find dresses off-season that are timeless and can last for a long time. I love solid colors. I like both sleeves and sleeveless pieces. And a simple pair of heels. I don’t wear much jewelry. Sometimes, I literally have to make a note to myself to switch my earrings, or else I would just put on the same silver hoops every day.

On the weekends, I don’t dress. Meaning, it’s jeans and a T-shirt around the clock unless I am at the gym. In the summer, I am in my flip-flops all the time. I cherish being comfortable. I love to walk in the city, and I take the subway, so it’s easier to be in good shoes you can move fast in. I am known to cram my heels in my bag and just change out of my sneakers right before I get to an appointment. New York City women know what I’m talking about!
Ms. Eschapasse: What are three accessories you can’t live without?

Ms. Fadal: I cannot live without my phone. It’s like an accessory to me. I also have a ring that is a combination of my mother’s engagement ring and my grandmother’s ring. I cherish it and never take it off. And I always have lip gloss with me. Nars is my favorite.

Ms. Eschapasse: What’s one item that makes you instantly more confident?

Ms. Fadal: Mascara makes me confident. I don’t usually wear any makeup on the weekends, but I will throw on some mascara to make me look awake.

Ms. Eschapasse: Who have been your greatest fashion influences?

Ms. Fadal: Coco Chanel, for the fact that she is timeless; Sarah Jessica Parker, for the fact that she is daring. There are many bloggers on Instagram who have shown me how to DIY with style. I love it. I feel like style is forever revolving around who you are and how you are feeling, and what you want to give off each day.

Tamsen Fadal, Epoch Times

Ms. Eschapasse: Who is your style icon?

Ms. Fadal: Victoria Beckham knows how to dress. I love that she is all about clean lines.

Ms. Eschapasse: What does having style mean to you?

Ms. Fadal: Style, to me, is defined as how you feel about yourself from the inside. You can have a $10,000 dress, but if you wear it without confidence, it does not have style. On the other hand, you can have a $10 dress and rock it with the right smile, walk, and personality. I truly believe style comes from inside. I have interviewed enough people to know that the ones who are truly stylish believe in who they are, and then believe in what they wear.

Ms. Eschapasse: When you go on the red carpet, how do you want your outfit to make you feel? Which designers can help you achieve that?

Ms. Fadal: When it comes to fashion, I like to keep my style simple. “Less is more” is the motto that I subscribe to. I love any designer’s LBD—simple and clean. Black Halo is a line that is good for me. I like the solid colors and the clean lines and the fact that it works with my body. Laundry by Shelli Segal. Maje is fun and playful. Milly has become a new favorite of mine. Ted Baker has great party dresses that have some sparkle.

I like to feel comfortable. There is nothing worse than having a dress or outfit fit too tight, or be too low-cut or too short. For me, I must feel comfortable in the outfit so I can be truly confident.

Ms. Eschapasse: What do you think of how others dress, and what’s your advice to people who would like to develop their personal style?

Ms. Fadal: I am always intrigued by people who are bold and don’t subscribe to the rules when it comes to dressing. My advice is to build off a base. I like solid colors. If you are trying to develop your own style, build from a variety of places to shop. Keep it simple. Don’t overbuy. Buy only what you love.

I believe you need to think about what you want. I don’t buy something the first time I see it. If I leave the store and find myself thinking about it hours later, then I am supposed to have it; it is a reasonable buy.

Tamsen’s Favorites
Favorite color: Black for my clothes. Red for the rest of life.
Favorite perfume: Addict by Christian Dior and Comptoir Sud Pacifique by Coco Extreme.
Favorite restaurant in New York: Bar Pitti.
Favorite drink: I love Read My Lips from David’s Tea. It is like a dessert. It is a peppermint chocolate black tea, and I could drink it all day long!
Favorite movie: “When Harry Met Sally.”
Favorite book: “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale.
Favorite quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” —Maya Angelou

Sibylle’s Style Diary is a column that explores style from the perspective of choices, and what that means for different people, with personal advice from some of the most stylish people in New York.



April 6 / Articles, Interviews

Metropolitan Magazine – Winter Issue

February 2 / Interviews

PIX11 News’ Tamsen Fadal on Hosting Broadway and Living in New York City

Tamsen Fadal is someone that you see almost daily, whether or not you recognize it. An eight-time Emmy Award-winning news anchor, she leads the 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM and 10:00 PM broadcasts of PIX11 News. Tamsen also hosts and serves as executive producer of the nationally-syndicated show Broadway Profiles. As if that weren’t enough, she has written three books, works extensively with multiple non-profits (e.g. Shining Service Worldwide, United Cerebral Palsy, Best Buddies International), and co-founded a jewelry company (Shansen Jewelry).

Downtown had the pleasure of speaking to Tamsen about a variety of topics, as there is plenty to learn from how she manages to be so relatable yet so productive. Tamsen can be found online at www.tamsenfadal.com, while she also remains active on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

Check out the rest of the article here: Downtown Magazine NY

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November 1 / Featured, PIX11 News, Tamsen's Blog

Changemakers: Sandra Lee Talks Surviving Breast Cancer

Made from scratch is not just the title of Sandra Lee’s memoir, it is what describes who she really is – and she will be the first to tell you what it takes to get here.

“It takes lot of hard work,” Lee said. “And I always think, you know what, I hope I’m not still 12 years old sitting under the Chinese cherry tree that was in my backyard and this was all just a dream because when I wake up I’m going to be too tired to do it all again.”

An entrepreneur turned celebrity chef, but her semi-homemade brand that she is famous for comes from her real life experience of growing up from humble beginnings.

“I use things we buy in the grocery store that everyone has in their pantry,” she explained.

And it’s what has captivated budget l-conscious shoppers and time-strapped moms all over the world who watch her whip up one dish after another on her top-rated TV show on the Food Network.

Raised in Los Angeles by her paternal grandmother, Sandra said Lorraine was a role model, who filled the house with joy and the aroma of baked goodies.  After her mother remarried, they moved out of state.  By the time she was 12, the family was on welfare and Sandra was caring for her siblings.

Her focus today: preventing childhood hunger.

“I was a founding board member of the  LA chapter of Unicef, which was 17 years ago,” she said. “A big need in all of these countries is that a lot of families and children are malnourished . The problem is they don’t have the food so I’m coming in and working with Unicef  on a nutritional basis now.”

Her other focus: being the right kind of role model.

“You are the person that is relatable, everybody wants to do what you’re doing and don’t make people feel intimidated. How do you do that?” I asked her. “That is my job, I am Aunt Sandy to everyone,” she smiled.

As for what kids need nowadays?

“They need to learn the skills, boys need to learn to cook,  they are going to grow up and be men, they need to learn how to do the dishes just like the rest of us cook and clean,” she added. “I think it’s girls and boys, I am just as involved with my nephews as I am with my nieces and of course, Andrew’s daughters.”

She is talking about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, her partner for more than 11 years. A partner who has been there for the good times and the bad. May 2015, Sandra Lee was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy.

“Breast cancer is not something you go through alone, I was very lucky I have Andrew, my sister and my family,” she said. “My girlfriends were incredible but as a couple you go through it together.”

After the surgery, doctors said the cancer was more aggressive than they originally thought.

“At the end of the day I want to stay here I want to be here,” she said. “I have a lot more work to do, I have a lot more things to accomplish and a lot more fun to have.”

In September 2015 she was declared cancer free. I spoke with her around the same time after Pope Francis gave her a blessing when he came to visit NYC.

“It’s not easy to keep up with the appetite of her 2.5 million viewers, but somehow she does it – along with 22 cookbooks and a tv show so, what’s next?

“You know what, since I was a young girl I never talked about what I was going to do because I didn’t want to jinx it,” she smiled.

But she will talk about her go-to meal when she’s not in the spotlight.

“I love tacos!” she laughed. “I could have Mexican food morning, noon and night.”

But her favorite thing to do?

“Spend time with my girlfriends, Andrew and the kids,” she said.


October 4 / Interviews, Tamsen's Blog

Search Results for: tamsen fadal Tamsen Fadal, Author of “The New Single” on Glambition Radio with Ali Brown

This was an interview that was so inspiring to do. I have been following Ali Brown for years so needless to say I was so excited to talk to her about what it takes to own your power. Ali Brown was Named the “Entrepreneurial Guru for Women” by Business News Daily, Ali Brown provides business coaching and advice to over 250,000 followers via AliBrown.com, her social media channels, and her Glambition® Radio show. Here is a look and listen at the interview she did with me.

GLAMBITION RADIO: New York TV news anchor Tamsen Fadal has won eight Emmy Awards, reported live from war zones, and even starred in a Broadway show – but her own story could be the most inspiring one she’ll ever tell. After a VERY public divorce, she hit the reset button on her life and rediscovered her peace, passion, and personal power.tamsen-fadal-glambition-radioOn this week’s episode of Glambition Radio, Tamsen tells us why she’s made it her mission to help smart, successful women survive and thrive after a break-up or divorce with her book, “The New Single.”

Link to EPISODE 91


July 29 / Tamsen's Blog

This Is The Coolest Aunt-T

My dear friend Melanie Notkin is a Savvy Auntie if I have ever met one! And, I so love the shirt she sent me! I cannot wait to wear it with my little nephew !

Here’s the history behind the coolest T around for aunties! What happens when Boy Meets Girl founder Stacy Igel, one of the Coolest Aunties ever, meets Savvy Auntie founder, Melanie Notkin? They immediately become Bestie Aunties and create the Coolest AUNT-T Collab!

The Coolest AUNT-T is the coolest gift for yourself and all cool aunts, anytime. But hurry, because the Coolest AUNT-T is available only for a limited time through August 31, 2016.Aunt_Tamsen

Since 7-in-10 Savvy Aunties say their nieces and nephews view them as a mentor, Stacy and Melanie want to help inspire more women to Step Up and inspire teen girls through STEP UP‘s after-school and mentorship programs. That’s why we’re donating 10% of all sales of the Coolest AUNT-T directly to the STEP UP. Ya, we think that’s pretty cool, too.

Go get your COOLEST AUNT-T at BoyMeetsGirlUSA.com!

July 26 / PIX11 News, Tamsen's Blog

A Tasting Event To Benefit SHARE

A Tasting Event to Benefit SHARE



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Amy Scherber
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The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, The John Dory Oyster Bar
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Abigail Kirsch Catering


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Delaware & Hudson

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Porchetta, Porsena

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The Beatrice Inn

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Parents Are Wiping Out On Hoverboards

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Changemakers: Arianna Huffington Talks About The Importance of Sleep

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Daveed Diggs of Hamilton talks about Broadway and his Tony nomination

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