Southwestern Quinoa and Butternut Squash with Chicken

WE HAVE A MICROWAVE! After 10 months of being too stubborn to purchase one for our Los Angeles apartment ("We really shouldn't be using a microwave anyway...") my roommate's coworker gifted us her daughter's from college. If I stop to think about this too long I'm freaked out about the direction my life is going. Even in college I had a brand new ...

Peaches & Cream Protein Overnight Oats

I don't think I'm getting enough protein. This is not scientifically proven and could very much be in my head. However, when my gym shorts aren't as filled out in the back as I would like them to be and my thighs feel like they're jiggling (yes) for the first time in... ever, I'm going to blame it on protein powder instead of turning 29. Plus, with ...
Beauty & Style

What to Wear for Sunday Funday in Santa Monica

We should have requested the Uber earlier. There is a certain window of time when the line at The Bungalow isn’t 100 people deep. But we had clearly missed it while drinking white wine through straws in my apartment down the street. Deadlines often cease to exist when girlfriends catch up on the latest sunless tanning solutions found on Amazon and ...

15 Valentine's Day Gifts Under $15

Does he have his window rolled down because of me? "My roommate used a bleach pen on my shirt, and I think it was old because now I smell like vomit. And I have a date!" I blurted to the Uber driver seated to my left, hoping that he would quickly squash the insecurity. "Oh really?" he casually asked back while whipping a U-turn on Santa Monica ...

4 Winter Essentials Neutral Girls Need

“I used to talk crap on fashion bloggers.” Regret immediately set in as one of my favorite fashion bloggers stared back at me on the iPhone screen. It was like calling up Bruno Mars and admitting you always thought “Uptown Funk” kind of sucked. I quickly attempted to explain the blasphemous confession but struggled to find the right ...
Girl Crush

Doing Something Bigger Than Yourself

A lot of what motivates me is that I feel really fortunate to have been born in America and to have this huge, big family who loves me to death no matter what and that if I can do the smallest little thing to pay back my country and that my family sleeps well every night and has nothing to be scared of... If I can just play a small role in that, I want to ...

Why She Quit Her Job and Traveled the World

“The key?” Christina said, holding a comb in the air. A group of Arizona State sorority sisters huddled around our pretty blonde Social Chair while preparing for a party. I anxiously anticipated Christina’s next words as if they were the formula to a 1.5” thigh gap. “The lift.” With wide eyes we watched as she aptly teased our friend’s ...

How to F*@king Go For It

“I always imagined that you would paint it pink with zebra stripes for some reason,” Jessie said over the phone as she prepared to go to our 10 year high school reunion. Though I was camped out at a coffee shop across the country, the conversation took me back to those high school hallways where two friends dreamt of their future a decade ago. Someday, ...
Living

What Is Holding You Back?

“How are you doing though, Annie? What are you working on?” Five solid months of living in Santa Monica may have robbed me of disposal income but has provided the simple luxury of a daily routine that includes encounters with familiar faces. Thursday morning started with Married Mark from standup class who paused from scribbling in his leather ...

What Are You Meant To Do With Your Life?

Instead of going out after Saturday Open Mic I headed home to work on this blog post while sobering up with water, a Wetzel Pretzel and Vanderpump Rules. At 11:25 p.m. a text was received from my friend Cody. The message simply included a link to Inc.com’s “11 Remarkably Inspirational Quotes to Brighten Your Day.” I found it comforting that someone ...

5 Things That Happened When I Gave Up Coffee for a Month

Every morning at 7 a.m. for 2 years I pulled into the McDonald’s drive-thru with sweat-filled hair post-Crossfit, paid $1.07 and grabbed my small black coffee from the same friendly employee. While preparing quinoa egg scramble at home, I scooped one teaspoon of coconut oil into the coffee which melted as I set the table. Once seated I would take ...
How-To

Southwestern Quinoa and Butternut Squash with Chicken

WE HAVE A MICROWAVE! After 10 months of being too stubborn to purchase one for our Los Angeles apartment ("We really shouldn't be using a microwave anyway...") my roommate's coworker gifted us her daughter's from college. If I stop to think about this too long I'm freaked out about the direction my life is going. Even in college I had a brand new ...

Peaches & Cream Protein Overnight Oats

I don't think I'm getting enough protein. This is not scientifically proven and could very much be in my head. However, when my gym shorts aren't as filled out in the back as I would like them to be and my thighs feel like they're jiggling (yes) for the first time in... ever, I'm going to blame it on protein powder instead of turning 29. Plus, with ...

The 7 Best Restaurants in Hollywood

They do the twin thing really well. I was impressed since first Instagram-stalk with these two bloggers, the Garsow twins. Being the girl who is guilty of telling her parents when she was little that I wish I was an only child, I've always wondered what type of anxiety I might face with an identical twin. How do you date? Do you like the same things? And ...
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I Don't Care About Dating Rules

The bright lights keep me from finding faces in the audience, but I can see his beneath a baseball cap as he leans against the far wall of the theatre. The nerves that accompanied me in the cab are now cornered and have no choice but to recite the only open mic set I have prepared. “Somewhere ...

"See You There" Makes Dates Finally Happen

When you’re a single girl living in Los Angeles, the movie billboards are exciting at first. On nearly every street corner, bus stop and apartment building you spot larger-than-life scenes of your favorite actors announcing the next movie that you must see. Nothing quite beats staring at a 12-foot poster of Ryan Gosling posing for “The Nice Guys” ...

3 Ways Happn Helps You Date IRL

“Can I borrow your hose?” she asked as he knelt down, scrubbing the tires of his sedan. It was the summer of 1980 in the parking lot of Baywood Apartments in Newport Beach, California. Richard looked up to find a bright-eyed brunette peering back and eagerly reached for his soap bucket to lend a hand, not caring that his Gold’s Gym t-shirt was ...