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It can never be said that NYT & USA Today Bestselling author Sidney Bristol has had a ‘normal’ life. She is a recovering roller derby queen, former missionary, tattoo addict and board game enthusiast. She grew up in a motor-home on the US highways (with an occasional jaunt into Canada and Mexico), traveling the rodeo circuit with her parents. Sidney has lived abroad in both Russia and Thailand, working with children and teenagers. She now lives in Texas where she splits her time between writing, reading and fostering cats.

How To Tell Your Family You Aren’t Doing Thanksgiving This Year

Let’s face it, holidays are stressful on good years, and this has not been a kind year to our family, much less the social climate in general. Times like these turn what’s supposed to be a celebration of family and friends and love… into one, huge MMA match with Grandma wielding a turkey leg like …

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My House Is Never Clean, And I’m Okay With That

This weekend we’re getting ready to visit my future mother-in-law. These trips are always a nice break from the every day for us, but they also highlight one rather crucial shortcoming in my life: I am not a cleaner. I don’t do the dishes after every meal. I do not sweep daily. I do not wash, dry, hang or …

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LuLaRoe Christmas Prints Are Coming!!!

Seriously, when someone mentioned this yesterday I was torn between hoping and dreading. I mean, if you were around for the Great LuLaRoe Halloween Rush of 2016, you know what I’m talking about. How fast all those uh-mazing prints went. And then I saw the pictures… Oh. My. God. I want candy cane legs! These …

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Move Over Pumpkin Spice, Chai Latte Season Is Coming!

It’s officially fall. Okay, so in some places it doesn’t feel like fall. We’re still weathering 90+ degree days here in Texas, but the leaves! They are falling. Cold weather is in our future. And that means fuzzy boots. Hoodies. Obsessively checking the weather app to see if the temperature is dropping anytime soon. And …

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Why I Chose A LuLaRoe Nicole Over A Little Black Dress (And You Should, Too!)

I recently had the opportunity to go to a super fancy event and let me tell you, the anxiety of getting dressed to go was enough to make me want to hide in a closet under a pile of boxes. Or something. Luckily, I had a secret weapon hanging in my closet that fixed everything: …

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I’m Officially Old Enough To Be Glad I’m No Longer Young

While making the trek home from the United Kingdom to Texas I overheard a rather funny conversation. It was between two college age adults bemoaning how now they would have to go back to getting upperclassmen to buy them alcohol versus being able to buy it for themselves (the drinking age in the UK is …

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I Don’t Always Know What My Kid Is Talking About, But I Will Always Listen

I remember long drives as a child that I would spend talking at my mother. Telling her stories. Jabbering away. Reading to her. I ran my mouth a lot. Now I’ve got my own (step) child and… Mom, if you read this, I’m so sorry. You were a great mom and now that I have …

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A Practical Guide To Dealing With Family Health Emergencies

This year alone we have had around a dozen phone calls to deal with one emergency or another. It feels like ever since college I’ve been prepared, down to a packed bag and ready to go hospital kit. It’s not because we’re accident prone or have unusual health needs. I have an older father and …

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Word On The Street Is…We’ll Be Saying Goodbye To Supernatural Soon, And Some Of Us Aren’t Ready

Anyone who has ever peeped a single episode of Supernatural likely remembers it. It’s one of those shows you either love or hate, and man have I had an up and down road with it. But I’m not ready to say goodbye to the show, which makes the rumors that have been around since September …

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My Husband Never Tried A Funnel Cake Before Now…How Is That Even Possible?

I grew up doing rodeo, which meant that carnivals were my playground. Carnie food was my vending machine. There are a number of foods that people associate with the state fair or a traveling carnival that I associate with my childhood. All of it. Some foods you can get just about anywhere. Cornie dogs, cotton …

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Swimming With Sharks: Scratching One Off The Bucket List

I’m not usually a fan of Big Life Lists, like a New Year’s resolution list or something. They age really fast, events happen and those lists become obsolete. That said, there was one thing I’ve wanted to do for years that I finally got to do: swim with sharks. Swimming With Sharks: Scratching One Off The …

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This Premature Baby Hippo Is All I Care About This Summer

While a lot of you were obsessed about a pregnant giraffe, I’ve been over here following along with the story of Fiona, a baby Nile hippo born around three months premature. Let’s be honest, babies are just about the most globally captivating thing, so I understand the people glued to their screens for a chance to …

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Taking A Trip? Don’t Forget To Pack Your Leggings!

Mid-May my now husband and I eloped to Jamaica. I knew going in that I’d have some, shall we say, wardrobe struggles? You see, I wear leggings 99% of the time these days. I can dress them up, down, work out in them and not worry about my comfort, thigh chafing or being appropriately dressed. …

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If You’re Thinking About Eloping, Here’s What You Should Know!

Adventurous. Selfish. Daring. I’ve been called a lot of things since my now husband and I chose to elope mid-May, and I have no regrets. Most girls have visions of the princess wedding, the dress, a cake, the family and friends, their prince charming. Heck, when I went to seminary it was common for girls …

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Summer Prep: How Sunblock Saved Me From The C-Word

I’ll never forget the day I sat in my doctor’s office and he said that someday I would get skin cancer. Not might. Not maybe. Not it can happen. Would. Summer Prep: How Sunblock Saved Me From The C-Word I was in middle school and it was required to get a routine physical to participate …

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10 Reasons You Should Be Stalking Your Favorite LuLaRoe Consultants RIGHT NOW

Seriously, if you don’t know about LuLaRoe yet, you MUST be living in a cave. But since your cave apparently has Wi-Fi, here are 10 reasons you should be stalking your favorite LuLaRoe consultants right now. Really, don’t even wait…you will experience major LuLaRegret if you do! 10 Reasons You Should Be Stalking Your Favorite …

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Men Want To Wear Rompers. Get Over It.

Today during one of my caffeine deprived breaks to scroll Facebook I came across not one, not two or even three, but SIX videos lambasting the “newest” male fashion. What fashion is this? Rompers. Sorry, Romphims. Men Want To Wear Rompers. Get Over It. Yes, you heard me right. Rompers. The one piece outfit that can …

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Two Things You Love Are Having A Baby: Disney + LuLaRoe…Can We Say UNICORN LOVE?

Yesterday LuLaRoe put out this super short video on Instagram. I was trucking through the airport in Montego Bay when I saw it come across my feed. Disney fans, go couch hunting for coins, because LuLaRoe is going Disney! I remember how bummed I was that I didn’t score any of the princess palace or …

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About The Time My Eye Swelled So Badly I Looked Like Rocky Balboa

I’ve been on a kick lately to take better care of my skin. I’m in my thirties, I’ve accepted that I’m aging, and there are things I can do to age more gracefully, shall we say. It’s all fun and games until your eyes swell shut! Yup, I changed my facial routine and ended up …

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“I Am Alone” The Great Lie We All Tell Ourselves

The other night I was laying awake in bed, desperately wanting to talk to someone. The person I thought of came up in my Facebook feed…of this person talking about how someone else is their BFF. This person and I haven’t been as close in the last few years, but I still felt that pang …

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May Is Mental Health Awareness Month. So Of Course I Have To Totally Lose It Day One

Currently it’s May 1st, almost 2pm. I’ve cried four or five times for no reason, I feel like the Apathy Monster has swallowed me and the poor people in my life are shifting into Do Something Mode to throw me a life line. In some sort of odd happenstance, this is all going down on …

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You Never Really Know Someone Until You Have To Wash Dishes With Them

Our dishwasher broke sometime over the last week, and I didn’t know it but my fiance just kept running the dishwasher assuming that eventually the dishes would get clean. Spoiler: they didn’t. Our dishwasher is busted. Super busted. And it turns out, you never really know someone until you have to wash dishes with them. …

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I’m Excited About The Wedding, But Freaked Out About The Dress

I’m engaged. It’s still weird to say those words. My boy-er-fiancee and I have been together just under five years. You’d think the progression of dating, co-habitating, and getting married would be pretty standard by now. But it’s still so weird! That’s another post entirely. This one? It’s about…the dress. *gulp* I’m Excited About The …

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I Knew He Was The One When I Realized Life Was More Fun With Him In It

I saw a meme the other day that perfectly captured my relationship with my future husband. I can’t find it, no amount of googling has made it resurface, so I figured I’d blog about it. The night I met my fiancee is stuck in my head like an award winning movie. I can almost remember …

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This Ain’t Makeup, Sweetheart, It’s War Paint!

January of 2013 the company I was working for shut the doors to their Dallas office and I became one of the telecommuting proud. I knew it was coming. The signs had been there for a while, so I wasn’t unprepared, but I was also in no way ready for that kind of transition. Three …

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The LuLaRoe Obsession Starts With Just A Pair Of Black Leggings…

I’ve gotten a lot of questions lately from people about LuLaRoe and where to start. I might not be the best person to hand out advice on how to navigate this obsession. I dove right on in last February and bought up a bunch of the Valentine’s Day leggings right off the bat, but most …

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Sometimes It’s Not Anyone’s Place To Tell You What To Do

We live in a world where we are our own island, adrift in this ocean and sometimes we find others like ourselves we can group together with as friends, form a community and prosper. One of the great things about having people in your life is that, the really good friends, can call you on …

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I’m Pretty Sure I’m Part Yeti, Or At Very Least Related To The First Bearded Lady…

I’ll never forget being on a company retreat. I was maybe twenty-five or six at the time and my COO was in the bathroom primping for the evening activity along with one other employee. They were discussing weird hair they were getting in their later years in life. They turned toward me, laughed and said, …

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How I Learned Not To Use Dollar Store Razors Near My Lady Bits…

This year we’re really trying to cut costs. Since I’ve transitioned to writing full time I’m always looking for ways to save a buck. The other week we decided to visit our new dollar store and load up on some essential items where cost cutting is allowed. We were strolling the aisles, looking for some …

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How Bathing A Cat Shows What Kind Of Relationship You Have

I love my boyfriend. We have a solid relationship built on love, trust, and mutual care of our three cat overlords. I say this because sometimes when you have cats things…happen. And when said things happen (read poo gets stuck in fur, fur must be cleaned), it’s usually a two-person job. Thus I have learned, …

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You Know It’s True Love When He Buys You Depends

My boyfriend and I have been together a while now. We’re beyond the honeymoon stage and firmly into making this our happy life together, crazy as those words sound. But I didn’t really know how much he loved me, until he got me Depends. Yes, Depends. As in, adult diapers. You Know It’s True Love …

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Can I Touch You? And Other Odd Questions Only Another LuLaRoe Addict Will Understand.

Okay, yes, I’m fully aware of my LuLaLove. Pretty sure I’ve got a fan club badge around here somewhere. Oh wait. I’m wearing it. 😀 I was chatting with Totally The Bomb’s writer Mary the other day, recounting some of the absurd questions people have asked me since I dove into this crazy pool and …

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About When I Was Home Alone And Googled My Vertigo Symptoms…

Last weekend my boyfriend tip-toed into my office. I was on a triple book deadline. One needed to be formatted, another needed to be revised and the third…oh the third needed huge rewrites. I was stressed and dreading a weekend with both my boyfriend and step-son underfoot. I love them, but some days I swear …

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Christmas Eve Eve Shopping Is The Worst!

If you’ve seen that meme about someone drinking and Priming (Amazon Prime that is)… that’s me. It’s not my house, but I’m that person. Can it be ordered online? Can I schedule a pick up and never have to go into the store? I’m that person. Which is kind of funny since, yanno, I’m an …

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Why We Have Not One…But Seven…Christmas Trees

You read that right, we don’t have one Christmas tree. We have seven. Believe it or not, that’s our version of compromise. When two people move in together not all things are going to be wonderfully in synch. For as great as my boyfriend and I have combined our lives there are some things we …

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Hunting The LuLaRoe Unicorn: A How To Guide

We’re just about to my one year, LuLaCrazy anniversary. I’ll never forget the invitation from a friend to the on-line pop up and the absolute madness that ensued. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, let me break it down to you real quick. LuLaRoe is a clothing line that’s not sold like …

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The Last Day I Wore Pants… (A LuLaRoe Love Story)

I remember my last day wearing jeans. It was the week PokemonGo became the thing to do. We’d planned our first big, group hunting expedition and I was really worried that my newly found love of LuLaRoe leggings would run way too hot given the extreme Texas heat. So to be safe I opted to …

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Stop Telling People How To Celebrate The Holidays

I’m a serious, die-hard Christmas’er. Maybe because I’m a December baby, but I go all in. Like, seriously all in. Just about every room in our house has a Christmas tree. I’ve got wreathes of Christmas cards. I used to be That Person who sent personalized letters every year. One of our biggest goals was …

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How Do You Split The Holidays Without Disappointing Everyone?

My boyfriend and I are on year three of living together, and we still don’t have a real plan for how to split or manage the holidays. Add to it my birthday is in December, and, well…the season is always a marathon of family, parties and too much peopling. For one, he has a large, …

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Can We All Just Agree That Bras Are The Worst?

Earlier this year my favorite bra, from a company who recently closed, died a rather mortifying death. The underwire popped up from the boob valley, sticking out of my cleavage while having dinner with friends. My second favorite died about a month ago, by also snapping in half and cutting me. Basically, I’m having a …

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I Give Up. I Hate Overnight Oats

All year I’ve seen these artfully prepared mason jar breakfasts people call overnight oats. It looks like something that came out of a baby’s back-end, but they’re all the rage. I wasn’t totally sold on the concept, so I held out until our latest breakfast staple got a little boring and we needed to do something …

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This 2 Ingredient Hair Mask Will Change The Way You Treat Your Hair!

When it comes to hair and cutting corners, I’m all about what I can do for cheap. I’m the kind of person who goes to a cosmetology school for a price break on the fancy conditioning treatments, I bleach and dye my own hair, and I make my own hair mask. There are a lot …

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Why I Chose To Be A LuLaRoe Evangelist

Calling myself a LuLaRoe Evangelist sounds way better than saying I couldn’t handle it as a consultant. Over the last few weeks I’ve had a lot of people say to me, “Man! You’d be a great LuLaRoe consultant!” And you know what? I probably would be! But I don’t choose to be. And there are some really …

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You Can’t Dry LuLaRoe In A Dryer, So What Do You DO!?!?!

If you are wondering what happens when you dry LuLaRoe, the answer is honestly that it doesn’t last as long. The stuff is pretty much cheap crap and you shouldn’t buy LuLaRoe at all. If you did buy a bunch of LuLaroe, then don’t dry it. And if you’re thinking about selling LuLaRoe, you should …

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Don’t Settle For Fake Or Subpar Friends! Find Your Tribe And Flourish!

This morning during a casual exchange a friend mentioned that people in our circle are doing a new thing. Together. All of them. So why wasn’t I there? No one invited me. After some stammering and awkwardness on my friend’s part and some painful feelings of disappointment on mine, we moved on. Don’t Settle For …

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LuLaRoe Leggings: An Introduction To Their Clothes, Review And Suggestions For Styling

Welcome back! So far we’ve covered what LuLaRoe is and why some people feel their clothing is worth the price tag. Today I want to run down what they offer in leggings, some basic reviews and what to expect, and a few styling suggestions, tips and tricks. Just in case you didn’t know yet, LuLaRoe is LIFE …

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That Time I Took A Sleeping Pill Instead Of My Vitamins…

This morning wasn’t one of my greater days. I got up, thoughts swirling in my head, and went to take my morning vitamins. It’s the first thing I do after my feet hit the ground. Except… I opened the wrong cabinet. That Time I Took A Sleeping Pill Instead Of My Vitamins… Let me repeat …

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LuLaRoe Dresses: An Introduction To Their Clothes, Review And Suggestions For Styling

Welcome back! So far we’ve covered what LuLaRoe is and why some people feel their clothing is worth the price tag. Today I want to run down what they offer for dresses, some basic reviews and what to expect, and a few styling suggestions, tips and tricks! With so many options, you should have no …

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LuLaRoe Shirts: An Introduction, Reviews And Suggestions For Styling

LuLaRoe Shirts are awesome, and the LuLaRoe Randy is one of the shirts that people ask about most of the time. That’s because the sizing on the LuLaRoe Randy is a little different than the others. Let me tell you all about it! So far we’ve covered what LuLaRoe skirts are and why people feel …

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LuLaRoe Skirts: An Introduction To Their Clothes, Review And Suggestions For Styling

Welcome back! So far we’ve covered what LuLaRoe is and why some people feel their clothing is worth the price tag. Today I want to run down what they offer for skirts, some basic reviews and what to expect, and a few styling suggestions, tips and tricks. My biggest recommendation, and will always be, is …

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Questions You Didn’t Think To Ask: A LuLaRoe Q&A

In asking questions and preparing for this LuLaRoe blog series I had a bunch of questions. I’ve corralled as many of them as I could, and will keep answering what I know! If you have more questions, leave them in the comments below! Questions You Didn’t Think To Ask: A LuLaRoe Q&A Are there panty …

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You Paid How Much For That? Why LuLaRoe Is More Than Money

Look, you could read the rest of this if you are wondering, “Why is LuLaRoe so expensive?” But let me be honest with you, I have no idea why it’s so expensive. Even LuLaRoe sellers know that LuLaroe Leggings are total crap, and you should NOT waste your money on the LuLaRoe dresses, shirts, or …

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LuLaRoe Alert! Halloween Prints Have Been Spotted!

Okay, so if you’re a LuLaRoe fan, you know that their holiday and special themed runs are to die for awesome, and super small. As in, there’s only a couple thousand of the prints and styles made, so if you want it, be ready to Thunderdome style fight for what you want, because it’s going …

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LuLa…Rows, Where? A “What Is It, How To Shop, And What The Deal Is” Guide To LuLaRoe.

Chances are if you are even remotely online you’ve seen people on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and SnapChat taking pictures of their legs while wearing crazy, print leggings and talking about #HowIRoe or something called a LuLaRoe. What Is It, How To Shop, And What The Deal Is Please, someone tell me, what is a LuLaRoe? LuLaRoe …

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The Day My Vagina Looked Like A Vikings Extra

When it comes to menstruation, I’ve been pretty lucky. For most of my life I’ve had six weeks between periods, then bleeding for exactly three days. It’s not so bad, though once a year I’ll have the cramps from hell. Of course now that I’m on birth control it’s a whole other thing and I …

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Why You Should Totally Show Off Your Bra Strap

In high school I remember my mother’s absolute horror whenever someone, me included, would have visible bra straps. It was possibly the worst thing in the world to her. As a result prom dress shopping turned into prom dress making, and every bathing suit ever made never met standards. I remember having one, count ’em, …

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#SelfcareSeptember, A Body Love 4 All challenge

Get your selfie sticks, lip gloss and confidence ready girls! This September the Body Love 4 All campaign is celebrating self care through a thirty days of challenge Instagram event. If you’ve never heard of Body Love 4 All, that’s okay! This organization is all about empowering people to discover, celebrate and love themselves with a …

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That Time Being An Adult Meant Coaxing A Snake Out Of A Tree

Spoiler warning: My life is a hot mess. Hi, I’m Sid—or Sidney—and playing tug o’ mouse is just thing that’s crazy about my life. Someone lied to be when they said there would be this grand day when I knew how to adult. I’m 31, I own a house, I’m a step-mom, there are animals …

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Tips, Tricks And Hacks For Do-It-Yourself Funky Colored Hair

Over a year ago now I decided to just…change my hair color. I’ve never been scared to play with it, but it’s usually been for periods of time. As of today I’ve been some shade of pink for over twelve months and I have zero plans to go brown again. But the crazy hair colors …

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I Wear What Makes Me Happy (And You Should, Too!)

Over the last year the legging fashion has caught on and more and more women have begun wearing fun patterned leggings as everyday leg wear. Multiple companies have sprung up to feed this fad and communities of wearers have cropped up around them, supporting each other and calling for more. More leggings! The patterns you …

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The Odd Experience Of Being The Token White Person

I’ve been mulling this post over for a while. It started as wanting to share an odd experience that I believe shaped me growing up. Now, with the events of Charlottesville behind us, I feel it’s more important to speak up. To talk about our differences and similarities. To celebrate them. To talk about what …

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