Edamame Quinoa Salad Recipe

  Sorry Ralph's, but I'm ripping you off. We're all guilty of impulsively purchasing simple dishes from the salad bar that could easily be reproduced on our own for half the price. But you're in a hurry. You're hungry. Your decision-making has been maxed for the day. Routinely I entered Ralph's and grabbed a small $6 portion of edamame salad ...

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 ...
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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 ...

10 Items to Pack for Long Trips

“I was thinking, Ootzie. Why don’t you just fly straight from Phoenix to St. Louis instead of going back to LAX?” my dad recommended only hours before my flight to San Francisco on November 19th. Crap. He had a point. Before even hanging up, I ran into my Santa Monica bedroom and psychotically started cramming random sweaters, shoes and coats ...
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“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 ...

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"On Saturday morning me and my roommate woke up hungover but forced ourselves to go to the gym to prove that we could lift as much as you girls," my athletic 26 year old brother told me after attending the video shoot featuring girls from my Crossfit gym. "We were pretty nervous we couldn't clean as much." He wasn't talking about dishes and ...
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My 2015 Resolution Backfired

Sigh (v.): emit a long, deep, audible breath expressing sadness, relief, tiredness, or a similar feeling I can’t stand chronic sighers. More specifically, I am annoyed by the type of people who routinely let out deep sighs while doing mundane tasks, such as washing their hands in a public restroom, sitting down in a chair or sticking their TV dinner ...

10 Things Guys Could Learn from this 2 Year Old

They say you never forget your first. And what about the second? A plaid button-down hung loosely over a pair of dark acid wash skinny jeans. His hair was parted to the side for the occasion, and girls swarmed around him as he nonchalantly made his way around the crowd. Later while everyone sang "happy birthday" to him, he wrapped his arms around his ...

Dear Loneliness, Leave Me Alone

The carpet does it’s best to hide popcorn kernels that are scattered on the floor. An ounce of wine sits at the bottom of a stemless glass on the coffee table. And there is a Skinny Cow wrapper lying beside it. My laptop screen displays 19 open windows, including drafts of drunken emails to D-List reality TV stars. Around 9 a.m. on Saturday morning ...
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Edamame Quinoa Salad Recipe

  Sorry Ralph's, but I'm ripping you off. We're all guilty of impulsively purchasing simple dishes from the salad bar that could easily be reproduced on our own for half the price. But you're in a hurry. You're hungry. Your decision-making has been maxed for the day. Routinely I entered Ralph's and grabbed a small $6 portion of edamame salad ...

Cauliflower Lentil Tacos Recipe

My roommate is a badass Navy pilot. And a guacamole-guzzling vegetarian. So what do you do when she's had a long work week consisting of early morning flights? Seek savory - yet healthy - veggie dishes on Pinterest to enjoy over wine and chips with friends when she gets home. Cauliflower and lentil tacos were the perfect way to indulge on a Friday while ...

Chickpea Avocado Toast Recipe

Don't judge me, Mr. Latte-Drinking Book Writer to My Right. My hand reaches into my leather backpack and withdraws a handful of pre-packed trailmix at Groundwork Coffee on Montana Avenue. As I pick out the raisins, another plate of avocado toast passes in front of me before reaching one lucky coffee shop patron. Sure, that could be me. Except: ...
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New Years Eve. The evening of little miracles. ... is how a quote by author Beau Taplin begins. And he’s right. 5 years ago a little miracle certainly occurred when two best friends decided that at ripe old age of 23 we had outgrown our favorite place, the W Hotel. We sought a more sophis...

Is Love at First Sight Like Pizza?

A week of working out and healthy eating coupled with a night of drinking and dancing produces a need for 2 am pizza so acute that few other things seem satiating. Not cupcakes or crackers or quesadillas can cure the craving quite the same. And after years of not eating cheese, it seemed safe to assume that the Vegan sitting next to me was enjoying his ...

What Girls and Guys Think of Girls' Pubic Hair

“Leah, I feel like it’s time for me to commit,” I said, lying back in the chair. It was the first time she heard me say these words in the past 7 years together except the Tinder crush of Summer 2013. “But what if I change my mind someday?” "That could happen," Leah, my esthetician, replied. And pulled another strip of wax. "HOLY hellllll...