About Fabulous California

About Fabulous California

FabulousCalifornia.com (FabCA) is one of California’s premier online lifestyle publications. Founded in 2020 by Cynthia Sassi, the website has become the go-to for travelers wishing to visit or locals yearning to learn more about where to eat, stay, play and give back in The Golden State. From restaurants, resorts and events to unique and successful individuals, the publication is devoted to showcasing all that makes California exceptional.

Cynthia Sassi

Founder, President

Cynthia Sassi has been a force in online publishing for over a decade, working with some of the nation’s most respected brands and publications along the way. The President and Founder of Fabulous Arizona (and its parent company Fabulous Media Group), Cynthia has a passion for helping local business owners and being a resource for readers. She is an authority on the subjects of online publishing, social media, digital marketing, web design, and entrepreneurship. In her spare time, Cynthia works with over a dozen local charities and frequently gives speeches on subjects ranging from digital media to female entrepreneurship in the 21st Century.

Melissa Larsen

Editor In Chief

Melissa Larsen is an Arizona-based writer and veteran editor with 16 years of experience in print and online luxury lifestyle publications. Originally from New York, Melissa graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has written about culinary, travel, nightlife, fashion, fitness, beauty, nonprofits, real estate and the Valley’s most high-profile events, including Waste Management Phoenix Open, Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale and Super Bowl XLIX. Melissa is a mom of two and loves to spend her free time cheering on her sons on the field or the court, visiting the best local breweries and coffee shops, seeing live music and comedy acts, baking all the carbs and traveling with her family.

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Kyley Warren

Managing Editor

Kyley Warren is an award-winning writer, editor and multimedia architect who specializes in lifestyle and entertainment reporting. Her versatility has allowed her to maintain impactful roles within a number of prominent publications and PR agencies. Kyley earned her journalism degree from Arizona State University and has since had bylines featured in USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, U.S. News & World Report and the Miami Herald, among others. She’s a fierce champion of female storytelling and is passionate about helping connect young women to their greater purpose. In her free time, Kyley enjoys traveling, working in her garden, aimlessly strolling through antique stores and finding any opportunity to channel her inner Martha Stewart in the kitchen. 

Kenzie Barrena

Marketing Coordinator, Writer

Kenzie Barrena is a marketing coordinator and writer based in Scottsdale, Arizona. With over four years of experience in digital and print publications, Kenzie continues to focus and grow her love for luxury lifestyle writing and digital marketing. When she’s not working, she is spending time with loved ones, playing video games and traveling. 
 

Alison Bailin Batz

Contributor

Alison Bailin Batz, better known as @ABSeesItAll online, is a veteran public relations executive at the award-winning HMA Public Relations who began freelance writing as a hobby in 2007. One story turned to two, and two to about 2,000. Today, she is a contributor on all things luxury travel, wine, food and spirits for Fabulous Media Group as well as Wander with Wonder, WHERE Magazine, City Lifestyle Richman Media Group, AZ Big Media Times Media Group and many more in addition to serving as director of client service at her firm (and volunteering in the kitten ICU at the Humane Society). Alison’s aim in life is best summed up by her social handle as “AB” truly does want to “see it all.” Then she wants to share it all with you.

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Adriana Desiderio

Contributor

Born and raised in Phoenix, Adriana Desiderio has been soaking up the California sun in Orange County for six years. By day, she works in digital content marketing and by night, she enjoys trying new restaurants and taking Pilates classes. On the weekends, you can find her with friends at the beach or sipping a cocktail at a rooftop bar. 

 

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Christina Tetreault

Contributor

Christina Tetreault is an award-winning reporter and anchor, most recently with KRON4 News in San Francisco. Following her passions after graduating from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from Arizona State University, Christina won the title of Miss Maricopa County, a local position in the Miss America Organization. With being a survivor of suicide loss and having deep passion for humanitarianism, she spent her year of service holding the platform of Suicide Awareness and Prevention and started The Commit Campaign, a mental health and illness awareness campaign and non-profit, which works to break the stigma associated with those topics. Now you will find Christina hosting a weekly interview series called “Business in the Bay,” featuring Bay Area local businesses. Outside of work. Christina is a chocolate addict, proud auntie, avid runner and very proud Sun Devil alumna.

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Daniel Billington

Contributor

Daniel Billington is University of Arizona graduate turned PR professional. When he is not working, he is spending his time exploring, visiting the coolest spots and eating at the best restaurants.