Tuesday, September 30, 2014

My Bruce Bogtrotter Moment

Getting REALLY real with today’s post—heads up

Last Monday at work (shh) I was reading a blog post about how much your period really costs you. For the life of me I can’t remember where I was reading this, so unfortunately I can’t link to it, but the writer’s main point was talking about how much money we end up spending due to our periods. She didn’t just mean things like tampons, pads, or ruined underwear (tmi?)—but what about a movie you bought to cheer yourself up, a gallon of ice cream to scarf down, or a new tube of lipstick because you’re feeling less than your best? As I was reading, I was smugly thinking to myself: “Wow, some people have no willpower! I spend exactly the same way on my period or off my period. What a silly, little article”

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Fast forward to Friday of that same week, and I was justtt about to start my period. I stopped at the grocery store to pick up cupcakes and a couple things for my roommate for her birthday. I’m strolling through the bakery section, when all the sudden I am overcome with the urge, no, the NEED to eat chocolate right that very second. I’ve never done something like this before, but I bought an individual slice of chocolate cake (did you know they sell those? I didn’t, but thank goodness they do), hightailed it out to my car and WITHOUT A FORK, napkins, or a plate began shoving the cake into my mouth with my hands. “Who am I?”, I thought, truly horrified with myself but not slowing down a bit in my effort to demolish the cake. When I finally finished and my craving was temporarily satiated, I burst out laughing. You win universe—guess I do have different spending habits when I’m on my period.

p.s. here’s a hilarious re-enactment of the scene with the original cast in 2013 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Wikipedia black holes, Tom Ford, and an Interview Tip

I have a weird habit of accidentally falling into Wikipedia black holes, which are less dangerous and more informative than youtube holes, but still not a wholly practical way to spend my time. I’m almost positive other people have this problem. You're sitting at your desk and a thought comes into your head like, I wonder where Reese Witherspoon is from? Or what year was Maximillian Robespierre born? To Google you go, which then inevitably brings you to Wikipedia…which makes me think I should skip the middle man and just go straight to Wikipedia in the future, but anywayyyy…and suddenly the page on Reese links you to Ryan Philipe or Legally Blonde and then it’s thirty minutes later and your still happily reading away. It’s kind of an if-you-give-a-mouse-a-cookie scenario.

This week, I was in a serious Wikipedia black hole, when I ended up on Tom Ford’s page. I love to hear how people got where they are so I was totally enthralled with how he turned around Gucci and made a name for himself, when I stumbled upon this important interview tip. Tom Ford first got his foot in the door of the fashion industry by calling designer Cathy Hardwick every day for a month, which is impressive, but is not the interview tip.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

My Beef With All About That Bass

I’m certainly not the first person to talk about all about the bass, the hit single by Meghan Trainor is certainly attention catching. Let me first start off by saying that Meghan Trainor is clearly super talented, and I really hope the very best for her continued success in her music career.  I know some have expressed distaste with Meghan’s choice to use the term ‘skinny bitches’ in a song that allegedly supports body love. I definitely see that, and in fact recently read about a survey by Glamour that showed that thin women are unfairly stereotyped as bitchy, where fat women are stereotyped as lazy. 

My issue actually lies with a different lyric of the song. Trainor sings: “My momma, she told me, don’t worry about your size, she said boys like a little more booty to hold at night”.


Not, “don’t worry about your size because you are talented beyond measure” or “don’t worry about your size because you have straight A’s and are ambitious and strong-willed” or “don’t worry about your size because you are oozing creativity from every one of your pores”

Sunday, September 21, 2014

On Giving

My roommate is an exceptionally good person. Not just in the she shares her waffle fries with me kind of way, but in the fact that she works with homeless youth and works more (unpaid) overtime than anyone else I know. It’s actually more than that even.  She always describes herself as “someone who people feel compelled to share their life story with”, and while I, of course, believed it, I was so lucky as to get to experience a small does of this in action this past weekend. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Humble Pie Brought To You By: Google Analytics

I’m pretty open about the fact that no one reads this blog. I wasn't even sure I wanttted anyone to read it when I first started, and I actually haven’t told anyone I’m writing it. That being said, this week, I got a little caught up in seeing my views go up on blogger. I had been saying for a while that I wanted to learn how to use google analytics, and I figured this was a perfect opportunity to learn who these amazing readers were and where they were coming from.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bath Mat Mishap

You know what bugs me about Pinterest? It always seems like all the best and cutest home d├ęcor ideas are bright white. It's hard resist the crisp and chic look of all white bedding, a white couch, or a white bath mat....so I’m blaming pinterest for my latest first apartment faux-pas.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Universe List

Have you ever learned a new word and then suddenly (seemingly) you see it everywhere? I recently had  somewhat similar experience with Maxie McCoy’s #Universe list idea. I read Maxie’s guest post on College Prepster about the five lists you should be keeping last week, and I thought her idea of keeping a #universe list—a list of all the weird coincidences that happen in your life—was cute and unique, but not something I would actually do.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

How to: Cure Homesickness

During my first year living in Los Angeles there were many times that I was tempted to create a running list of the most ‘LA’ things to happen to me.  There was the time that my hair dresser told me that the ocean is a great place to network (your guess is as good as mine when it comes to who, exactly, she was networking with) or the time a guy tried to pick me up in the produce section of the grocery store with the winning line ‘so, do you juice?’. Needless to say, LA can seem eons away from my Midwestern roots, and it’s pretty easy to get homesick from time to time. What’s a Midwestern girl to do when she’s homesick you ask? Obviously, dig into the biggest and best plate of chicken and waffles this side of the Mississipi—I guess this answers the question about whether or not I juice as well…

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Emergency J. Crew Factory Sale

Doesn’t it always seem like the day you go on a diet is the day your co-worker brings in donuts? That’s how it feels right now with my shopping ‘diet’. Suddenly, it seems like everything I want is on super sale and resisting buying everything is taking mucho willpower.

Case in point—J. Crew Factory is taking a leaf out of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale playbook and offering their new arrivals at 30% off for 24 hours only (ending at midnight tonight...eek!) .  Did I mention that they’re also offering free shipping on these items? Yup.  On top of that Gilt is offering a FREE 30% off J. Crew factory coupon up on Gilt City right now.

I mean, am I crazy to think the universe is conspiring against me or what?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Juniper Books

Until very recently, I haven't really been someone who cares much about interior design. I blame my disinterest on not ever really having my own space, what with moving each year for college, and also on still developing my own personal taste and aesthetic. (And also, I obv have no money or energy for interiors when I spend all my money on clothes)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

No Shop September

One thing that the real world has been determined to convince me during the 2 months that I've been a part of it is that adulthood is really expensive. It's not that I didn't know that adulthood came with some serious bills, bills, bills, it's just that sometimes it can be overwhelming how everythinggg costs money, especially living in LA where even if you want to do something free, you're paying an arm and a leg of gas to get there.

In the past month, I often find myself tumbling into pits of worry that I won't be able to support myself, and I'll end up moving back into my parents house with my tail between my legs. In an effort to curb this anxiety, I decided to try to cut back on my discretionary spending. It helps for me to think of things that I can effect in my budget and things that I can't. I can't change my rent (unfortunately) or my salary (although someday... #girlboss), but I can stop myself from spending money on clothes I don't wear, food I don't eat, or just generally things I don't need (aka this sad, but adorable, piggy bank featured below)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Bed Ordering Blunder

I’ve only been living in my first real adult apartment for less than one month and I’ve already experienced quite a few “learning moments”. I’m doing my best to have a sense of humor about all of it—gotta laugh to keep from crying, right?! Jk, I’ve cried like twenty times.

Anyway, for your benefit (whether that be that you need a good laugh, a self-esteem boost because hey you’re not as dumb as me, or a few words of advice) I decided to compose a list of first apartment faux pas.

Let’s start with my biggest screw up to date and the reason I’m typing this lovely post from the comfort of an air mattress….