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, ...

8 Things Girls Say Instead of "I Gained Weight"

“I think it could be a cyst,” I said to the gynecologist as I laid back on the exam table, “or I might be gluten intolerant. I’m not sure. Maybe it’s my birth control?” As the daughter of a hypochondriac I was instructed from an early age to arrive at the doctor’s armed with a list of questions. Google makes this extremely easy, especially ...
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5 Reasons Happn Is The Improved Tinder

A blonde boy and his baseball cap friend were spotted at my local Safeway near the nuts and popcorn aisle on their way to produce. Hang on, where did the blonde come from? Why had I never seen him? Was he a teenager or of eligible dating age? Before I could even pull up to my apartment, I was ...

Hooking Up Without Expectations

One minute we were eating ice cream cones and pizza. The next minute we were hanging out with Owen and Luke Wilson. “Oh, that’s awesome! Where was it shot?” I asked glancing from the movie producer on my left to Owen Wilson on my right as if this were a totally normal situation. Last night I stood at Bungalow Santa Monica in a denim Brandy ...

3 Things Not to Tell Your Mom About Your Relationship

“Hang on, Mom. Are you crying?!” A ruffling noise was followed by my dad’s voice as he grabbed the phone, “Ootzie, do your old man a favor. Don’t tell your mom about anyone until you’re engaged.” The Cute Guy Several years ago I spent a month being fairly obsessed with a guy who lived in my condo complex. From the moment I met him at ...
Beauty & Style

Crushing on Cactus

I'm not sure if it's moving from Arizona that has made me fall for cactus as of late or the fact that they seem to be everywhere right now. And sporting Lee & Lani's cactus mesh one-piece had me feeling extra prickly at the W Scottsdale pool. With each high-five that was received from fellow pool partiers, my confidence reached a ballsy high. This ...

Could the Apple Watch Solve My Drinking Problems?

Where is my phone? This is inevitably my first thought every morning when I wake up after an evening of drinking. No matter what shenanigans may have taken place, I can breathe a little easier if I find it lying next to my mascara-stained pillow in one piece. Until realizing there are unread text messages and retrace my steps, "Who was the last person I ...

What to Wear to Coachella 2015

"Let's go intergalactic next year," I mused, leaning against the gate near the second Coachella wristband checkpoint. I was sipping on the last of our vodka-spiked mango juice from a highly-sanitized sunscreen bottle. The perfect way to successfully finish your pregame past Security. Looking down at my outfit, one would assume that I had already ...
Girl Crush

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, ...

Why Every Girl Should Try Crossfit

"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 ...

Why You Should Move to New York

“Let’s watch the sunrise on the rooftop,” Jordan said as we emerged from a warehouse building in Williamsburg in the early morning after a long evening of drinks followed by dancing to underground DJ’s. In a few hours we would find ourselves brunching over Bloody Mary’s before she called me an Uber into the city. Welcome to New York indeed. ...
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8 Things Girls Say Instead of "I Gained Weight"

“I think it could be a cyst,” I said to the gynecologist as I laid back on the exam table, “or I might be gluten intolerant. I’m not sure. Maybe it’s my birth control?” As the daughter of a hypochondriac I was instructed from an early age to arrive at the doctor’s armed with a list of questions. Google makes this extremely easy, especially ...

I Didn't Really Move to LA

It’s embarrassing to admit, but I’ve given myself canker sores from eating too much candy before. I’m not sure if I will ever outgrow malt balls, Swedish Fish and root beer gummies. Bumbling and Tindering in the Los Angeles area feels like a candy shop, making it possible to spend hours swiping away as if each cute new guy was a gummy bear or ...

7 Things I Learned from 27

This morning I thought I would wake up in Barcelona with a butterfly tattoo. At least that’s what I imagined 6 months ago. “I want to be a butterfly.” I don’t know how many times I voiced this to my poor officemate who I was certain had to be severely weirded out. (“Yeah, you want to be a winged insect. Got it.”) When I opened my 27th ...
How-To

Raspberry Chia Seed Pudding

Okay, so my friends and I decided to allow wine on the weekends during the Whole30 diet. This seemed like a wonderful idea until I spent the next day hungover on the couch munching on leftover Brussels sprouts. Next time I will have the following Raspberry Chia Seed Pudding prepped for sure. Raspberry Chia Seed Pudding Recipe Whole30-compliant and ...

4 Diet Cocktail Recipes for This Weekend

"What are you taking photos for? I'm a photographer." Things That Give Me Anxiety #311: Strangers approaching me in public while I'm taking photographs. I paused scrolling through the photos and glanced up at a tall, slender blonde male with a side-swoop. Cue the nervous rambling: "They're just for my blog. It's for a drink. I mean, a Mint Mojito. I ...

5 Reasons You Need the Pocket App

My morning Gmail inbox is like a buffet. Blame the coffee or the news junkie in me, but I feel a little rush as I scroll through the daily feeds from my favorite publishers, including TechCrunch, Product Hunt and Refinery29. It reminds me a lot of how I felt on Easter Sunday as I held my plate at the front of the buffet line at El Chorro Lodge. A ...