Read You Like A Library

Like RuPaul, I’ve always been good at reading, and there’s no time like summer to open the library. For your literary pleasure, I’ve put together some reading recommendations, based on favorite TV shows or movies. If you love Game of Thrones… read The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (later Brandon Sanderson) I absolutely…

Serendipity: A Semi-Love Letter To Miami

I can count the days on one hand, until I leave Miami. This is what I thought I wanted so many times, and yet, something still lingers. Countless times, I’d cursed myself out. Why had I subjected myself to leaving a comfortable, Connecticut lifestyle for what often felt like a 100 percent humidity hellhole? At…

That Rihanna Reign Just Won’t Let Up: Met Gala 2017

Rihanna has cemented her place as the undisputed Queen of the Met Gala, Empress of Couture, Almighty Sovereign of Style, etc. She won the Met Gala this year, in her artistic CDG ensemble and delicious Dsquared2 laceup shoes, articulating the theme in a way which was both respectful to the honoree, Rei Kawakubo, yet fully…

You Betta Werk: Barry’s Bootcamp vs. OrangeTheory Fitness

Here are some of my favorite things right now: Alyssa Edwards (!!!), grapefruits (preferably organic), Kylie Jenner in a cowgirl hat, Colonial-era saltbox houses, The Upside Down,  and HIIT workouts. While I strongly recommend you get acquainted with every item on the above list, I specifically want to chat about the last one, and how…

Elevating (eLIVating?) Your Club Style

There is nothing wrong with a basic crop top and matching skirt set for the club except that it’s exactly that, basic. When the same look is advertised on The Shade Room’s sponsored ~fashion~ Instagrams every day, it’s time to step it up. Dressing for the club can be complex in that you want to…

5 Products To Help You Survive Without A Glam Squad

  There are lots of benefits to being a top-tier celebrity. Endless free Balmain, flying private, 7-figure book deals written by a ghostwriter, etc. While I would happily accept any and all of those perks, the A-List luxury I personally crave the most is a daily glam squad. From #makeupbymario tutorials to music video lookbooks…

How I Fit Into A Size 4 Dress and Got Glowier Skin

This weekend, I wore a size 4 MSGM dress, which was a huge deal to me since I haven’t been able to fit into anything that size since like, 2012. [~The dress~] Normally, I would never even attempt try that size on. I accidentally tried on the size 2 (!!!) at Neiman Marcus/RTR in San Francisco…

High/Low San Francisco: The Opulent and Affordable (+ My SF Money Diary)

San Francisco is arguably the coolest and most innovative city in the United States. It also has a reputation for being the most expensive city in America. However, with a few smart tricks, you can channel your future Real Househusband of Silicon Valley and ~hack~ your way into an amazing vacation by mixing and matching high/low cost…

Hysterical Paroxysm

Shifty-eyed, sepia-toned society ladies hold court in frames outside of the laundry room. Creepy carnival masks and saffron-saturated bookshelves stacked with seemingly every issue of National Geographic line the communal hallways. My room has the strange feeling of mostly belonging to 1906, the year the hotel was erected to house displaced earthquake victims. Time is…

Miami Fitness Crush: Mark Strong

If you want abs that ache for days, but give you the confidence to rock that crop top that’s been sitting in your closet for weeks, you have to take a class with Mark Strong. Mark and I met through mutual ~fitness friends~ and immediately bonded over our love of Bad and Boujee, tall men,…

The Life Aquatic: Part Two

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Plato’s “Apology”, quoting Socrates When you are on a boat off the coast of Key Largo, you have a few choices. You can stay on the boat. You can lightly probe the shallows, immersing yourself somewhat. Or you can fully commit to exploring the deep, pushing yourself past…

The Life Aquatic: Part One

I have always hated New Year’s Eve. The holiday is perpetually and unnecessarily stressful, whether I had a socially acceptable/”good” NYE, meaning all of my plans worked out and I was embarrasingly drunk at an overpriced bar in midtown Manhattan (’13) or house party on Long Island (’09) with friends, or I had a bad NYE and was…