3 Reasons I Hired a Nutrition Coach

"I will never judge a guy for drinking milk out of the carton." I've thought this many times as I hesitantly grab the carton of coconut milk from the fridge, peek out the kitchen window to ensure no neighbors are watching and take a drink of the delicious coconutness, despite potential backwash and feeling like an undomesticated boy. But apart from ...

Giving Up My Vibrator Was The Best Idea Ever

“I’ll grab some batteries for the Roku tomorrow,” my roommate said. VICE episodes and Netflix documentaries would sadly have to wait. “No, hang on, AAA?!” I ran to my room, opened the closet doors and stood on my tip toes as I reached for the wicker basket containing a collection of prized belongings. Like a recovering alcoholic, I pulled out ...
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

She's Traveling the World for a Year to Make Art

"Just go around us!" I motioned to the driver of the Hyundai Sonata who was visibly pissed as Caroline leaned against her car, and my camera hung from my neck. Reluctantly he squeezed by so we could resume our 9 a.m. impromptu photo shoot in the alleyway next to my parking garage, just to the right of the dumpster. Perhaps I should have been on my ...

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 ...
Living

What To Do When Vulnerability Feels Scary

“Can I tell you a story?” I asked my new roommate as I sat on my rolling office chair, the lone seat at the kitchen counter in the absence of my last roommate’s dining stools. “Sure...” he responded while searching through the kitchen cabinet. “Do we have bowls?” “Um, no.” I took a big sip of the skinny margarita mix. “No ...

3 Things to Remember When You're Struggling

“Well, if it isn’t my prodigal daughter!” This is how my dad has answered the phone for years when I call. I never once questioned the fact that I didn’t know the definition of “prodigal.” With his sweet, chipper tone, I figured it must mean something like “lovely” or “genius” or “great calves.” The Prodigal Daughter Saint ...

What's Working for You and What's Not?

On two different occasions I have driven over cement parking bumpers, scraping the undercarriage of my car, while obliviously attempting to pull through the empty parking spot in front of me. Needless to say, while most people excitedly step on the gas when spotting such an opportune pull-through, having the foresight to avoid any potential dividers, I have ...
How-To

6 Essentials for Your Reading Corner

"That is part of the beauty of literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong." - F. Scott Fitzgerald Reading hasn’t been at the top of my list of things to do in the past couple months and neither has completing the reading corner of my bedroom. It’s been priori...

How to Create a Home Office for Under $500

I'm the type of person who doesn't fully move into a new home until it's time to move out. That also makes me the type of traveler who doesn't unpack from a trip until it's time to pack for the next one. With each adventure I tell myself that things will be different this time around. But it never works out that way. Realistically, it probably won't ...

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 ...
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Giving Up My Vibrator Was The Best Idea Ever

“I’ll grab some batteries for the Roku tomorrow,” my roommate said. VICE episodes and Netflix documentaries would sadly have to wait. “No, hang on, AAA?!” I ran to my room, opened the closet doors and stood on my tip toes as I reached for the wicker basket containing a collection of ...

I Can't Afford to Date Right Now

“He probably couldn’t afford to take me out another night,” I concluded. For a split second this revelation eased the anxiety that had mounted in the early morning hours as I stared up at the ceiling of the Soho Airbnb on my last trip to New York two years ago. Grabbing my phone off the nightstand, I typed in Glassdoor.com and searched the salary ...

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 at the bottom of a prayer basket in Illinois is a handwrit...