My Everyday Face

I confess that I am a skincare fanatic, even though I realize that 90% of what your skin looks like probably comes down to genes, food, and hormones. This post is all about what I do for the other 10% .   Morning In the morning, I don’t wash my face and just put on sunscreen. I have been using Elta…

Do You Listen to Music at Work?

Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. I get too distracted by my favorite auditory medium- podcasts- so music provides a nice background noise while I tap tap tap away at my keyboard, as one does. During the most basic tasks I can jam along to Kesha, Macklemore, and Miley Cyrus (recently at least), but for more focused work I rely…

Love Rupi Kaur? Hate Rupi Kaur? Either way, read some more poetry.

Whatever you think of super-famous Instagram poet Rupi Kaur, you have to admit that she is a phenomenon. Her first poetry collection, Milk and Honey, has sold 1.6 million copies–remarkable for any debut author, but unthinkable for a poet. Her second collection, called The Sun and Her Flowers, was released on October 3rd and quickly became the book that launched a thousand thinkpieces: The…

October in Southern California

Before pumpkin spice everything became mainstay and before I lived a place cold enough to be able to appreciate what real sweater weather is, I could never understand why anyone anywhere enjoyed autumn. Growing up, October meant a very busy time in school, hot weather without the many perks of summer, shorter days, and brush fires. I realize now how…

No Poo

I have spent $0 on shampoo and conditioner in the past 2.5 years. And no, it’s not because I won a raffle that guaranteed me free hair care products for life. It’s because I’ve stopped using them! Yes, I can hear the gasps from the audience (especially you, KT!), but I’m here to tell you that everything is okay and…

I Turned 24: Week in Pictures

It started off with a long run, where I saw these beauties. Morning commute shadows. My Monstera is settling in to its new spot so well! What a cutie. Much needed dinner, wine, and movie night with Wesley. And her adorable kittens! Did you know cats did this?? But the REAL excitement of the night happened at 2 am when our…

The State of Affairs

Last week, I was planning a 2-day post detailing what would have been my first stab at going to a concert alone. Though solo concert-going may be a trivial endeavor to some, I tend to be of the mindset that I enjoy concerts more when I’m enjoying the music alongside my friends. The concert in question required the presence of…

A Nod to the Pod(cast)

In 7th grade, one of the electives that my middle school had available was something like “digital communications.” I can’t remember the exact name, but what I do remember about the class was that we were required to record and upload a podcast to iTunes as one of the projects. This was my first introduction to podcasts, and I don’t…

In Defense of YA Fiction

Let’s be real for a second. I will NEVER be too old to read young adult fiction/fantasy and it will probably always be my favorite genre. I’m pretty sure I spent at least half of my childhood living through fantasy books (shoutout to author Tamara Pierce). The adventures, the fights, the magic. The very clear Good and Bad People. The feeling…