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8 Modern Pieces To Style Your Entryway

Minted's "Keys, Wallet, Phone" gold-foiled print couldn't have arrived at a better time. After a week of business travel to Texas accompanied by BBQ and wings, I was ready for a uniquely-LA, pseudo-hipster, cheap-but-amazing type of weekend. Before running down to meet our Uber to head towards Silverlake's monthly BREW HAHA, my friend and I did a quick "keys, wallet, phone" check. And when we later arrived home after free beers, free treats and a large bar stamp on our arm that we ...

10 Pairs of Work-Appropriate Shorts for the Office

"You can wear anything besides a bikini," my future boss told me during the interview for my current position. Flashbacks of sitting in class at ASU donning a Juicy Couture cover-up from the pool because I could came flooding back. I was sold. As soon as I started though, despite the lax dress code, the phrase "Dress better than your boss" haunted me like a Catholic school nun whose ruler was constantly within arm's reach to measure questionable shorts and skorts. I secretly blamed the 1" ...

Survey Proves Girls Prefer Short Swim Shorts

In the summer of 1985 a young man lounged poolside at the DoubleTree Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. His shorts were inches from his waistline, but he had nothing to hide. The Newport Beach tennis courts provided just enough of a tan in time for his friend’s wedding weekend, and the Gold’s Gym squat rack ensured his legs were primed. To be unprepared for one’s swim shorts would be a crime, and a resulting confidence meant he could wear whatever sunglasses he wanted. Little did ...

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 hour... I went to the store. Randomly researched birth control on Google ("Are IUD's free with Obama care?"). I cooked chicken. I ...

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 for going out. The 5-pack is great and will last forever. Available at drugstores, Target and Walmart. 2) Measure: If it's the first time ...

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 speculation over the whereabouts of that missing Bumble boy. Even on Sunday Funday. Now Rachel and I stood with crossed arms - not ...

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 Boulevard. Yes, really. Was that it?  Moments earlier I sipped on a Vodka soda while half-standing in the bathtub to shave my legs in an ...

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 explanation due to the distraction of my reflection in the corner of the Facetime window. Is that what I really look like when I talk? How does ...

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 into an additional suitcase like an Old Navy Black Friday shopper on crack. “I can always go shopping,” I told myself while hauling the ...

10 Swimsuits Girls and Guys Still Need

"Could you please not?! This is really embarrassing," I asked the three young men who peeked their heads out of the kitchen backdoor. This was the third time I had caught them staring at the spectacle that I had created in the alleyway. I couldn't blame them though. One minute I was posing. The next minute I was running to the tripod to set the timer again. Back and forth in my bikini like a trainwreck tennis match, and the restaurant's kitchen staff weren't the only spectators. There ...