Welcome!

DSC_9889Hi! I’m Lia Picard, a journalist living in Atlanta, GA. Connecting with people and sharing their stories is my passion, and I get to do it for publications like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Atlanta magazine, Plate, House Beautiful, Food & WineEater Atlanta, Thrillist, and more.

Within the lifestyle space, I profile people doing cool things, whether that’s a chef, farmer, producer, artist, or maker. I always have my eye on the next food and beverage trend, and I love to tell readers all about my favorite ingredients of the moment. Occasionally, I get to travel and highlight a destination (though writing about Atlanta for various travel publications is a thrill).

Slightly quirky yet resonant features are a specialty of mine. Anything that strikes my interest from picnic tables for backyard squirrels to people finding their style in the pandemic is on the table. I’m also happy to occasionally get vulnerable in an essay (yes, I still wear lipstick under my mask and write myself love notes).

I have a zest for life and it leaves me open to finding story ideas, whether I’m exploring my city or scrolling through Instagram on my couch. Thanks to my knack for connecting with poeple, I have a deep contact list of professionals across industries including chefs, bartenders, real estate agents, architects, tastemakers, and more.

If you’re an editor, I’d love to work with you. If you’re someone doing something cool, I’d love to hear from you. I can be reached at lia@liapicard.com

Here are some recent highlights:

For the Off Duty section of the Wall Street Journal, a look at disco’s return in fashion and decor

For Atlanta magazine, Lia interviewed the owner of Dandy Donuts in Chamblee, GA who was a Vietnamese refugee and now looks toward retirement (this one involved waking up at 2:00 am for an interview in the middle of the night)

For the New York Times, a story about people finding their style during the pandemic

For Robb Report, a look at the recently opened Le Bon Nosh in Buckhead

For the New York Times, Lia shares the story behind the abandoned houses of Instagram.

For Wired, Lia shares the benefits of home hydroponic systems.

For the New York Times, Lia at looks at an adorable and quirky trend taking over people’s backyards.

For the New York Times, Lia looks at how people are finding joy in “Power Picnics” during the pandemic.

For Today Food, Lia deep dives into sumac, a beautifully versatile spice.

For Thrillist Travel, Lia explains why seeking out local doughnuts on travels is a must (hint: it’s not just for Instagram!).

For CNN Travel, Lia spoke with cocktail experts about the international spirits people can enjoy at home.

For Wine Enthusiast, Lia gives an overview of how to enjoy wine in Atlanta from wine bars, restaurants, and festivals.

For the Washington Post, Lia explores the feelings of loving your newborn while still missing the experience of being pregnant.