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Galentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Okay, sure, I’m sort of a Valentine’s Day hater even whilst happily ensconced in the throes of love. (Have I ever been ensconced in the throes of love? Moving on.) Galentine’s Day, however, I’m all about regardless of relationship status. Seriously. What can you say about Galentine’s Day that isn’t a total joy?


Of course romantic relationships (with anyone on the gender spectrum) are wonderful. But the relationship between women (cis or otherwise), is worthy of celebration, too. Female relationships should be like a great bra – support and elevate!

If you’re in a loving – or lustful – relationship this year, celebrate Galentine’s Day with the women who have your back when you’re looking for a plus one. If you’re single, spend Galentine’s Day with the gal pals who will happily listen to your gushing stories when you find someone to love. Remind your friends that they are family, that you love them for who they are. What a wonderful person that is! I know this because you are a smart lady, Dear Reader, and don’t love just any old person. You, Dear Reader, have excellent taste.

Obviously. Why else would you be here?

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Curvy Girl Fitness

Have you been following me on Instagram or Snapchat lately? Then you may have noticed that I’ve been very into this place called Mazi Dance Fitness Center. So into it, in fact, that I got them to hook one winner up with a free pass to use at any of their three Chicago locations. (Did you enter yet to win the pass and more fitness-themed prizes valued at over $300? Only one more day!)

What you might not know about me is that my obsession with Mazi is a return to an active lifestyle that I avoided for a long time. The thing is, I grew up a sports-obsessed tomboy.I lived and breathed sport. I relished nothing more than beating some girl to the ball and ruining her chances to score on our goalie. Seriously – my first dream was to be Mia Hamm. No, that was my second dream. My first was to make girls from opposing teams cry from my Ty Cobb-like swing and (less violent) intimidation tactics.

Then I found theater and ended up with a C-cup before I hit 14. (You think middle school was rough for you? Remind me to tell you about the time my bra came undone in 7th gym class.)

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1 My Sweaty Bands don’t move for my entire workout. Totally worth the $15. | 2 Do yourself a favor and get fit for a good sports bra. I recommend the ladies at Nordstrom and this bra by Panache. | 3 It’s also a great idea to be fit for shoes based on the workout you’re doing most. Regardless of what you choose to do, hit up a running store and tell them what you need. Bonus points if the shoes end up cute! | 4 There is nothing wrong with waving your nerd flag while you’re working out. What’s yours? | 5 Toss everything you need in a cute bag the night before your workout and set it by your door. | 6 If you’re working out during your lunch hour, do your coworkers a favor and shower. Do yourself a favor and do your hair with beautifully packaged Amika products because it’s just fun. | 7 I refuse to pay a lot of money for workout clothes. I wait until Old Navy is having a big sale and then stock up on high-waisted workout leggings because no matter how hard I try to keep my pants up, they always slide down. At least if my pants are high-waisted I have to pull them up less.


What I Wore to Turn 30

I regret to inform you that I had so much fun on Saturday night celebrating my birthday that I didn’t take any pictures.

Just kidding. I have no regrets.

I was more freaked out about what to wear for my party than I was about actually turning 30. I have a long history of freak outs surrounding special events and clothing, so combing the two has a tendency to really screw with my head. I bought two dresses, a top for that wonderful tulle skirt of mine, and rented a gorgeous (but ultimately too sparkly) BCBGMAXAZRIA sheath dress.

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