Lifestyle

Thank you.

Thank you.

With the end of the year approaching, it’s a good time to slow down and reflect on the things that bring us joy. Sometimes, it’s only when we pause that we realize just how much we have to be grateful for.

Here’s my list of blessings; I hope it inspires you to find the things that make you happy and hold them close, too.

Good for the earth, good for your vagina: A sustainable menstrual hygiene guide

Good for the earth, good for your vagina: A sustainable menstrual hygiene guide

Traditional menstrual products are often full of toxins, not to mention huge contributors to landfill waste. Luckily, there are tons of sustainable, toxin-free alternatives. Turns out that what’s good for the environment is also good for your vagina!

Happy six months! (with my IUD)

Happy six months! (with my IUD)

As promised, I’m checking in six months after getting my Mirena. This is the third part of my IUD series (read part one, about the procedure, and part two, about the initial side effects).

An annotated guide to following your dreams

An annotated guide to following your dreams

I’m about to get real with you in this post and share my personal post-grad existential crisis—because if you’re going through your own, I want you to know you’re not alone! Here’s my guide to following your dreams, annotated with examples from my own journey of how I ended up in the world of marketing and communications with a degree in physics.

Getting my first tattoo (stick and poke/hand poke)

Getting my first tattoo (stick and poke/hand poke)

I got my first tattoo a couple weeks ago. It was a hand poke, which means the tattoo artist uses a needle to manually poke you and embed the ink into your skin rather than a machine. Stick and pokes have a stereotype of being a DIY thing that adolescents do at home with sewing needles, but a lot of professional tattoo artists have made hand poke tattoos their craft.

Since hand pokes are a little more controversial than their machine counterparts and there’s less info out there about them, I wanted to share my experience! 

Stay close despite the distance: Long-distance friendships 101

Stay close despite the distance: Long-distance friendships 101

What I miss more than anything about college is the proximity to my friends and support network. Now that I’ve graduated and moved away from home and many of my friends, it’s more important than ever for me to maintain and strengthen the relationships that have nurtured me and helped me grow. It’s not easy to stay close to people when you’re physically far apart, but here are some of my tips for staying tight with your far-away buds.

the urban explorer’s travel guide to Barcelona

the urban explorer’s travel guide to Barcelona

Barcelona is a beautiful, lively city with so much to explore. I spent 5 days here and wish I could’ve spent weeks! Here are my top five recommendations for things to do in my favorite European city (so far).

the foodie’s travel guide to Barcelona, Spain (vegetarian & vegan friendly)

the foodie’s travel guide to Barcelona, Spain (vegetarian & vegan friendly)

Before visiting Barcelona, silly, naive me thought Spanish food was nothing to get excited about—but I soon discovered that Barcelona is a fantastic food destination! Here are some of my picks for eating your way through Barcelona, including some vegetarian and vegan options which are notoriously elusive in Spain.

staying sustainably stylish in Spain / SS17 trends lookbook

staying sustainably stylish in Spain / SS17 trends lookbook

Confession: I am a chronic over-packer. I just like to be prepared for every sartorial situation, you know? But let’s learn from my mistakes so you can pack smart and stylish for your next vacation! I’ve compiled a list of my spring and summer vacation essentials that will keep you comfy, clothed, and looking super cute in every #travelgram.

36 hours in Granada, Spain

36 hours in Granada, Spain

Here’s my itinerary of things to see, eat, and do in Granada!