Contributors

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RAMSIN KHACHI

 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Ramsin Khachi is a designer, writer, and media personality.

In the media, Ramsin shares his wisdom on various platforms such as the Marilyn Denis Show on CTV, the Toronto Star, the National Post, and various lifestyle magazines as well as his own online luxury magazine. Known for his vivacious personality and distinctive style, he educates on topics such as design trends, innovative products, and the latest in techie gadgets.

From real estate sales, commercial design, and construction to building custom homes, Ramsin’s experience has turned his once small, one-man construction company into a full service Design/Build firm. A leader in his field, Ramsin’s unparalleled integrity for quality and his knowledge of construction and innovation integration has made him a prominent member of the design community and a trusted influencer in design and lifestyle trends. In addition to his media appearances, Ramsin frequently lectures at public forums and to professional organizations and is a brand advocate to select partners.

KATE SHELTON

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

Kate has led a diverse career in both the arts and business management. From dancing with the prestigious National Ballet of Canada to earning a Bachelor of Arts degree at Ryerson to then taking on the entrepreneurial role of running a small business, Kate’s wide range of experience has allowed her to develop a keen eye for art and design. As an avid Crossfitter, Kate has a true appreciation for leading an active, healthy lifestyle. She currently lives in Oakville, Ontario, with her husband and their wonderful son.

MEGHAN GREELEY

DIGITAL CONTENT PRODUCER/CONTRIBUTOR

Meghan Greeley is an actor and writer originally from Newfoundland. She has performed in films that have screened at festivals around the world, including Cannes, Karlovy Vary, the Utah Indie Film Festival, the Montreal World Film Festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival. As a writer, her works have been published in The Stockholm Review, Metatron, Riddlefence, Nelson Publications, and the Breakwater Book of Contemporary Newfoundland Drama. She is a winner of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival’s Playwriting Contest and first place winner of the Sparks Literary Festival’s Poetry. She currently resides in Toronto.

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CAMILLE LLOSA

Camille Llosa is a freelance writer and editor who is food-obsessed. She holds a degree in Print Journalism from Sheridan College and her work focuses on finding the connections between our everyday common experiences and how they can impact our life, wellbeing, perception, and purpose.

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LAUREN ROSEMARIE

Lauren Rosemarie is an enthusiast for healthy living. She is a graduate of the George Brown College for Culinary Nutrition Management and is certified as a Canfit Pro Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor, Yoga Instructor, and Nutrition Wellness Coach. She will further her study of health and wellness at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in January 2016. You can follow her on Instragram at @lauren.rosemarie

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ANTHONY MARCUSA

Anthony Marcusa is a Toronto-based freelance journalist whose writing dabbles in film, TV, music, sports, and relationships – though not necessarily in that order. He’s simultaneously youthfully idealistic and curmudgeonly cynical. But he’s always curious. You can follow him on Twitter @MrAnthonyWrites.

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HANNAH LAMARQUE

Hannah is a freelance writer and copy editor living in Europe. She writes about travel, art, design and culture and loves discovering hidden places in the cities that she visits.

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OLIVIA JELENIĆ-ŽIVKOV

With a fervour for design and an addiction to décor, Olivia has been part of the Khachi team for nearly a decade. After studying Fine Arts at the University of Western Ontario, Olivia sought to further her studies and received her Bachelor of Interior Design from Ryerson University. Since graduating, she has worked internationally in Dubai with Cecconi Simone, assisted in Design & Art Direction on HGTV’s “Design Rivals” with Steven and Chris, and currently resides as Senior Designer and Decorating Manager for Khachi Interiors. Olivia has a strong love of all things beautiful, and channels her savoir-faire into every project. She is a dedicated wife and Mama who enjoys getting in touch with her spiritual side by practicing Reiki and reading Tarot.

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LISA WILBRINK

Lisa’s goal has always been to pursue a career through which she could both inspire and be inspired. She has never viewed interior design as a job; it’s a passion and a lifestyle, a means of expressing her ideas and sharing her creativity with those around her. Born and raised in Burlington, Ontario, Lisa is one of five siblings and has always been a family-oriented person. She enjoys and celebrates beauty in all forms, and this passion is evidenced by her eclectic style. Lisa holds a Diploma in Interior Design from Sheridan College and her unique design and decorating skills are put into practice each day as an Interior Decorator at KHACHI. She continues to grow and broaden her knowledge of the field with each new project.

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JAMES MARCH

James March is an interdisciplinary designer and educator who creates all forms of printed and digital matter, including identities, user experiences, front-end interfaces, custom lettering and interactive installations. Technology is a critical component of March’s academic and professional pursuits. His education includes a Master of Design from York University, a Master of Science in Experimental Psychology and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology from Memorial University. Over the past eight years March has taught interactivity design, typography, statistics and health psychology and has been a speaker and visiting critic at conferences and institutions in Canada, the USA and the United Kingdom. March is currently a full-time professor at Sheridan College in Oakville, Canada.

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ZACK DRISKO

Raised by a police officer and a U.S. Marine, Zack Drisko was taught the ways of the world and hammered on the anvil of life until he became a decent writer and a decent human being – probably in that order. Feel free to follow him on Instagram @zack.drisko.

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ADESSA KIRYAKOS

Adessa Kiryakos is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago. She is a Bay Area, California native, and soon to be a Greater Toronto Area transplant. When traveling, you can find her in art museums, botanical gardens, staring in awe at the local murals and graffiti, taking public transit, hitting the beach, enjoying the local food, trying out the best coffee shops, dancing her way through the nightlife, and taking pictures to document it all.

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SOFIA BANZHAF

Sofia Banzhaf is a holistic nutritionist, actor and writer in addition to being a contributing beauty writer for KHACHILIFE. Her novella Pony Castle was the recipient of the Metatron Prize for Rising Authors and was handpicked by Amazon to become a Kindle Single in November 2015. As a long-time Lyme sufferer, Sofia appreciates the way our body and skin tells us what’s going on inside and that well-being and beauty require a multi-faceted approach.

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BECKY BAYDA

Becky is completing her education towards Holistic Nutrition and is focusing her research on mental health and sports. She uses her blog to help share her vision and knowledge, which focuses on restoring balance and empowering people through wholesome living.

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JUSTIN KAEHLER

Justin Kaehler is a Los Angeles-based writer, photographer and auto enthusiast who has been sharing his passion for cars for over 15 years.

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MARK WILLIAMS

Mark Williams is a gadget guy.

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EMILY SOUTHEY

Emily Southey is a freelance writer from Vancouver. Currently based in Toronto, it was during her time studying History and English at McGill and University College London that she became interested in writing. When she’s not working, you can typically find her in a museum, baking cupcakes, watching Disney musicals, or Instagramming her new favourite coffee spot.