About

About

Queen Regnant is a lifestyle publication curated by Alyssa Pillay with its roots in content across seven key pillars: Wellness, Travel, Food, Beauty, Style, Work and Impact. We believe that life imitates art and we aim to inspire you to style your canvas.

OUR HISTORY

Launched in February 2015, out of Alyssa’s study as an amateur social feed, AP wanted a place to organize her unbiased style recommendations, hearty recipes, and beauty tips for friends and family, and she also wanted to get her own questions—about health, fitness, and the psyche—answered.

It has always been a place for AP to get to know some of the incredible experts who have inspired her throughout her life, and a place where readers can find lifestyle suggestions from a trusted friend—not from an anonymous, crowd-sourced recommendation engine.

OUR VALUES

We believe that the little things count, that good food is the foundation of love and wellness, that the mind/body/spirit is inextricably linked and we have more control over how we express our health than we currently understand, that it’s better to buy fewer things that are better.

We know who we are; our words and actions are aligned; and we take a curious, unbiased, open-minded, and service-centric approach to the work we do. We test the waters so that you don’t have to. We will never recommend something that we don’t love, and think worthy of your time and your wallet. We value your trust above all things.

BEAUTY

We are creating a new standard in beauty, one that we simply call “clean,” in our editorial stories. Clean, for us, is quite intense: It means a non-toxic product that is made without a long, ever-evolving list of ingredients linked to harmful health effects from hormone disruption, to cancer, to plain-old skin irritation.

We look at studies and decide what ingredients we can live with, and those we can’t. It can be a murky science, but we go with the clear offenders: Do you want antifreeze (propylene glycol) in your moisturizer? We’re going to guess no.

FOOD

We believe that good homemade food is the cornerstone of health and happinessand that the best moments of the day happen at the dinner table. We think ingredient sourcing is important: for the planet, for our guts, and because you need fewer things and simpler recipes when the components stand on their own. A vast majority are accessible for even insecure home cooks—they require minimal prep and shopping, and they appeal to everyone, including dudes and kids.

STYLE

We don’t offer exhaustive coverage of fashion weeks from around the globe (though, always fun to look at). Instead, we focus on what you can wear in e focus on the most wearable trends.

Ultimately, we think that style should be both easy and effortless, and that often comes from buying fewer things that are better—because they last for multiple seasons, because they play nicely with others, because they hold their shape and form.

We believe you can build a great, multi-faceted wardrobe from a handful of true essentials. This is reflected both in our trend alerts and style profiles, where you will only find looks that offer true mileage.

TRAVEL

We’re all time and resource-strapped, which means that there’s no room in the itinerary for bad pizza and sad desk lunches.

We traverse citieslooking under every rock for the bucket-list meals, experiences, and shops that allow you to milk the hell out of every travel opportunity, whether it’s a fancy dinner or a quick bite at the food truck down the street.

We also recognize that not every trip is a vacation, which is why we also include kid-friendly hotels, coffee shops where you can perch and work, and shortcuts and services for maximizing your days.

WELLNESS

We approach health and wellness from a place of unbiased and open-minded curiosity: In short, we want to get our own questions answered, with the idea that those same questions might be held by many of our readers.

We are drawn to doctors who are interested in both Western and Eastern modalities and incorporate the best from both, as they generally believe that while traditional medicine can be really good at saving lives, functional medicine is more adept at tackling issues that are chronic.

Many wellness themes, from ancient (yoga, cupping, and acupuncture) to emerging (gluten-free, conscious uncoupling) while initially derided, have now become mainstream. This is primarily because the derision means that people begin to have conversations about them—they’ve examined them, laughed at them, looked deeper into them, adopted them, discarded them, perfected them.

WORK

We believe that work/life balance is an outdated concept that has put women and families in the unenviable position of complete overwhelm.

Our work section redefines what that means, and encompasses everything that feels both mandatory and consuming, whether or not it happens within the confines of a 9-5.

You will find career advice from women who are dominating their fields, advice on navigating potentially toxic work situations and tips for managing money and investments which typically requires the majority of our collective emotional energy. This section represents how we spend our days, in the new normal.

IMPACT

Team QR has carved out a section focusing on doing something that will make an impact on something larger than yourself.

When you divorce politics from policy there are many bi-partisan issues that acutely affect women, children, animals and the planet.