I’ve always been a fairly clumsy, messy person. I’m incapable of wearing a white blouse without soiling it with mustard stains, even if I don’t eat any foods with mustard on them (“Phantom Mustard Magnet” isn’t just a great band name, it’s my reality). I tend to trip at really inopportune times, and not in a charming Jennifer Lawrence way. My soup-in-mouth vs. soup-on-face ratio is about 1:5. I should probably buy stock in Tide To-Go Pens. I can assemble full meals with all the crumbs I find in my cleavage at the end of the day. You get the idea. So anyway, last night I was having dinner at a Mexican restaurant. While telling a story, I began gesturing wildly with a chip in my hand, and — wouldn’t you know it? — I ended up with a large glop of guacamole in my hair. So gross. Or was it? I mean, I had been meaning to do an avocado scalp treatment this weekend. Wasn’t this basically the same thing? After all, like the old adage says (I’m paraphrasing here): “When life hands you guacamole in your hair, just rub it in and make an avocado scalp treatment.” Inspired by my margarita-fueled beauty epiphany, here are 10 beauty treatment ideas for all my fellow klutzes! Keep reading »
Would you judge me if I told you I’ve had couscous for dinner every day for the past week? Would you judge me if I told you I’m not even close to sick of it and will probably have it for every dinner for the next year? Seriously, it’s just so delicious and so versatile — it works great as a base for thick stew or stir fry; it’s amazing in salads, as a side-dish, or just on its own. It’s also fairly healthy, depending on how much butter you put in it (confession: it is not at all healthy when I make it). Click through for 10 mouthwatering couscous recipes, guaranteed to turn you into a crazy couscous freak like me!
Loose curls are one of the sexiest hairstyles ever, especially for dates. But like many seemingly simple hairstyles, achieving the perfect “I woke up like this” waves can be much tougher than it seems. Enter this brilliant shortcut for date night curls. It’s not only super easy (like, I’m pretty sure even I can do it), it also significantly decreases the chance of burning your ears off with a curling iron. Win-win. Get the full tutorial (that’s so simple it will blow your mind) over at Floridian Weddings.
The other day, my boyfriend Nick and I were in the middle of ordering our drinks at Starbucks when two or three different coffee timers started going off at at the same time behind the register. Our frazzled barista gasped, “Oh my gosh, just a second,” then sprinted back and forth between brewing machines, frantically trying to locate and reset the offending timers. Nick and I smiled sympathetically; we knew her plight all too well. “We both used to work at Starbucks,” I said, “so don’t worry, we understand!” When she had finally silenced the cacophony of urgent, high-pitched beeping, she leaned over the cash register and whispered, “When you worked here, did you ever hear that beeping … like … in your head?”
“YES,” we both answered immediately.
“It was like a ringing in my ears that never stopped,” said Nick.
“I had recurring nightmares about a coffee timer that had no reset button,” I said. “It just kept beeping for all eternity. I used to wake up in a cold sweat!”
You see, working at Starbucks, it changes you. Whether you love it or you hate it, you’re never quite the same after you don that famous green apron. The experience is equal parts educational, inspirational, and traumatizing, but one thing’s for sure: all Starbucks employees, past and present, share a very special bond. Here are a few surefire signs that you are one of us: Keep reading »
When TJ Maxx got in touch and asked if I’d like to be part of their Spring Organization Challenge, I jumped at the chance. The mission: pick out a few items from the TJ Maxx/Marshalls home goods section to help organize a messy spot in my own home. There was no question in my mind which spot I was going to organize, because I was already sitting in it when I got the email: my office. Thanks to that whole “selling all my possessions before I moved” thing, my house doesn’t have too many clutter or disorganization issues right now, but all the issues I do have are confined to my office. I’m really bad with paperwork, files, and mail especially, and since I just close my office door at the end of every day, it’s been easy to put off figuring out how to organize everything. Read on to check out my embarrassing “before” photos and the super cute storage solutions I found, not to mention a life-changing time management trick! Keep reading »
Red Robin will always hold a special place in my heart. It was the most affordable “fine dining” establishment in the suburb a few miles from my small town high school, which made it the go-to place to celebrate birthdays, volleyball wins, SAT scores, and System of a Down CD releases. I spent many late nights there with friends, eating bottomless steak fries and chicken Caesar wraps while discussing boys who would never love us back. So many of my fondest teenage memories are set in a Red Robin booth. I stopped going there because I grew up, and also because of that one time my mom thought she was biting down on a particularly stringy onion in her Whiskey River BBQ Burger, only to realize it was a large clump of human hair.
BUT Red Robin might have found a way to win me back as a customer with an exciting new menu item: the wine milkshake. Keep reading »
Arcade Fire has been treating fans to new covers on every stop of their Reflektor tour, with songs chosen specifically for each city. What did they play in Philadelphia? Why, the Boyz II Men classic, “Motownphilly,” obviously! I’ve watched this video like 6 times and I still can’t decide if their rendition is amazing or cringe-worthy. My boyfriend, the world’s #1 Boyz II Men fan, insists it’s a travesty. Let me know your vote in the comments! [Rolling Stone]
The #1 reason I love to travel is also the #1 reason I love to, umm, be alive: FOOD. Sure, experiencing other cultures is nice, and expanding my horizons, and seeing cool stuff, blah, blah, blah, but when I think back on my most memorable travel moments, nearly all of them involved a truly unforgettable meal that I could never have gotten back home. A couple of friends and I got to talking about our best travel meals ever the other day, and the ensuing conversation was so drool-worthy that I thought it would make for a fun open post. After the jump, read some other travel food highlights from the rest of The Frisky staff (spoiler alert: most of our best food memories are from Italy, but hey, can you blame us?), and please share yours in the comments! Keep reading »
I started running regularly about six months ago, moving slowly from the “Oh My God I Hate This So Much” stage to the “Hey This Is Kind Of Cool” stage to the “If I Go More Than 2 Days In A Row Without Running I Miss It And Get Really Aggro” stage, which is where I’m at now. As someone who was always the slowest runner in gym class, whose favorite workout has always been “anything but running,” learning to enjoy my almost-daily jogs has been something of a revelation. The craziest part? Realizing that the cliche about running being 90 percent mental is totally true. As I slowly build up my mileage on the treadmill, it’s the mental obstacles, not the physical ones, that intimidate me most. Self-doubt, insecurity, body image issues: these challenges are invisible to everyone but me, but they’re real, and finding ways to conquer them has been one of the most rewarding parts of my running journey so far. Here are five invisible obstacles I have to overcome every single time I run. Keep reading »
As part of my home-buying process, I’m collecting home design inspiration photos like Celine Dion collects giant mansions. Last week, I drooled over dreamy kitchens. This week, it’s bathrooms — more specifically, bathtubs. Here are 15 fairytale bathtubs to inspire you (“ooh I want that!”) and depress you (“there is no way in hell I could ever afford that!”). Proceed with caution…