Better Together

Last week, family and friends gathered to honor the life of my great aunt Elaine, who died at age 89 after a long illness. I showed up just a few minutes before the service began, as is my way, and settled in next to my little sister, Betsey. Displayed on the dais of the funeral… Continue reading Better Together

Momni Milestones: Making Room to Grow

A month ago, I stood in front of 350 people, looking out at a Fashion Show that a dream team of coworkers and I had spent four months -- who am I kidding -- a whole year planning for. That Thursday I had opened the shop, sold last minute tickets to the show, taped line-up… Continue reading Momni Milestones: Making Room to Grow

Self Care Benders

Grey light brushed my eyes on a Tuesday morning with soft severity. An exhausted snooze button met my hand for the sixth time, and I rolled over a dark mass of pillows to find my round tabby cat, Pumpkin, staring at me with an exceptionally annoyed look. I know that seeing, "Get up you lazy… Continue reading Self Care Benders

Model Citizen

When I was offered a spot as a model in my favorite boutique’s second annual fashion show, it was like receiving my letter from Hogwarts. But as the day of the show approached, I became nervous, palpably so. I felt like I hadn’t prepared at all. The outfits had been chosen, sure. But was I… Continue reading Model Citizen

The Same, (Sad) Sex Story

At 21, I interned at an alternative news weekly in Charleston, South Carolina. Though I was tasked with writing the blurbs and human interest stories that staff writers hated, it led to a gig as a columnist. On the magazine’s back page, nestled with ads for escorts and strip clubs, I was given space to… Continue reading The Same, (Sad) Sex Story

The New Era of “It Girls”

It's been one of my greatest fortunes to grow into an adult amidst the "Girl Boss" movement. I signed for my first apartment, started working for a business run entirely by women, and began my professional life during an era that pushed girls to be their best, brightest, and most hardworking selves. I'm in awe… Continue reading The New Era of “It Girls”