Why We Must Let Go Of What We Can't Control

“I got you something,” he said, motioning towards the small paper bag marked Royal Coffee Bar lying on the dining room table. It was 10:30 a.m. on an October morning in 2014. “A donut?” I asked as I picked it up. “A donut hole. They said it was made with love,” he replied back with a smirk. I took a small bite and imagined him standing ...

Does A Fear of Flaws Prevent Relationships?

“If I were you, I would move this here,” he said, gently gripping the bright pink tube of Baby Lips in a gray hooded sweatshirt as he looked intently at Cartel Coffee’s portable chess board. “Mmm hmm,” I murmured back, pretending to absorb the information. An attempt to learn chess was hijacked by the cute way he sincerely stared at my various ...
Beauty & Style

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 ...

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 ...
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

Avocado Shamrock Protein Smoothie Recipe

Lyle the Leprechaun visited my brother and I every year. On March 17th I would wake up with a small jar of green glitter sitting next to my bed with a note from him saying, "Happy St. Patrick's Day." This glitter was everything. I'm not sure if I thought it was magic fairy dust or Lyle's glitter eyeshadow, but I coveted it. And likely brought it along in ...

5 Things to Consider for Your Running Routine

For the past 15 years of my life I've consistently run as part of my fitness routine. Until the last year of my life. This is what my friend and I established over FaceTime a couple weeks ago when I updated him on my life. What was supposed to be a catch up about Marketing turned into an unexpected set of focus items by the end of the FaceTime session...

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 ...
Love/Sex
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Does A Fear of Flaws Prevent Relationships?

“If I were you, I would move this here,” he said, gently gripping the bright pink tube of Baby Lips in a gray hooded sweatshirt as he looked intently at Cartel Coffee’s portable chess board. “Mmm hmm,” I murmured back, pretending to absorb the information. An attempt to learn chess was ...

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 ...

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 ...