Jessica Ritz Jessica Ritz is Los Angeles-based freelance journalist with a professional background in architectural history and historic preservation. An incurable generalist, she contributes to a range of print and digital media outlets, mostly covering design, culture, food, and travel, as well as whatever else she can learn about while dragging along her two kids and TV writer/producer husband. Jessica has a B.A. in Art History and American Studies from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA. Follow her on Instagram and see more work at https://www.jessnritz.com/. About Southern Living Southern Living, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, celebrates the food, homes, places, and culture of the South. We reach 7.2 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.