Beautifying Earth: One Wall and One Person At a Time

“The reason for this interview is because, as you might know, last year was a little rough for me,” I explained to Ruben, a fellow Crossfit Reflex member, who sat across from me in a black winter coat. A thin layer of dew covered the small table and chairs where we sat across from each other. The brightly painted storefront of Novel Cafe stood out ...

8 Slightly Inappropriate Valentines for Guys

You can take the girl out of the slightly inappropriate greeting card company, but you can't take the slightly inappropriate greeting cards out of the girl. Guys might not love Valentine's Day, but they do like to be reminded that you're still into them. At least this is what I've gathered from talking to my male co-workers. Below are my hand-picked ...
Beauty & Style

I Found a Women's Watch I Like - And It's Wood

Police cars and caution tape blocked the entrance of my Crossfit gym this morning at 5:25 a.m. Apparently the corner of Centinela & Pico where we are typically found doing wall balls and sprints was instead a rainy crime scene this morning. Welcome to LA. While every ounce of me wanted to crawl back in bed, I decided to take advantage of the extra ...

10 Quick Steps to Fake Lashes

Confession: I've worn fake lashes almost every day for the past 5 years. Most days it's the only makeup I wear. Because of this, many people have asked me, "Doesn't that take forever? How do you do it?" Here is how. 10 Quick Steps to Fake Lashes 1) Purchase lashes: I always buy the Ardell Demi Wispies/Natural for a natural look or Ardell Glamour ...

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 ...
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 Depression Taught Me Last Year

Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona has two hiking trails: Cholla and Echo Canyon. Cholla’s subtle ascent makes it a great option for less experienced hikers or hungover mornings. Conversely, Echo includes steep inclines and provides an undeniably better ass workout. However, the advanced workout is not the only reason why I often chose Echo during ...

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 ...
How-To

For Guys: How to Do Valentine's Day

What do blueberry pancakes and rhinestone Hello Kitty bracelets have in common? Nothing... except everything. Valentine's Day can be rough for guys. I know this because as February nears, I can expect the same Facebook and/or text messages to enter my inbox before Super Bowl invites are even received... "Hey Annie, I was wondering if you could ...

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 ...
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8 Slightly Inappropriate Valentines for Guys

You can take the girl out of the slightly inappropriate greeting card company, but you can't take the slightly inappropriate greeting cards out of the girl. Guys might not love Valentine's Day, but they do like to be reminded that you're still into them. At least this is what I've gathered 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 ...

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 ...