About Fabulous Iowa
FabulousIowa.com (FabIA) is one of Iowa’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 Hawkeye State. From restaurants, resorts and events to unique and successful individuals, the publication is devoted to showcasing all that makes Iowa exceptional.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Social Media Manager
Mary recently graduated with a Business degree from Arizona State University and loves all things social media. She loves crafting creative ways to express content through various social media platforms. Mary is also an Arizona Cardinals cheerleader and has a huge passion for dancing and performing.
Carissa Johnson lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she is a regional director of an international nonprofit organization. Carissa sits on numerous local boards and councils to assist with the growth of Eastern Iowa. Besides her love and dedication to her community, Carissa enjoys writing about (and eating!) at all the local restaurants, exercising, biking and being with friends and family. Her favorite thing about Iowa is the sense of community and the ability to have a voice and make change happen.