The Spirit of Halloween: A Candlelit Ghost Tour of Manhattan’s Most Haunted House

New York City is full of ghost stories. During the month of October, the city’s dead come alive through countless ghostly attractions. The nighttime streets of the Village are crowded with walking ghost tours, Brooklynites can hop Madame Morbid’s incredible Ghost Trolley Tour, and you can even take a Haunted Broadway Walking Tour (if you’re…

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The Broken Girls

by Simone St. James Goodreads Synopsis Vermont, 1950.┬áThere’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears,…

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What It’s Like Having Your Gallbladder Removed

Last Monday I was scared. I was in horrible pain and lying in a very uncomfortable hospital bed when my doctor told me that I would have to undergo a laparoscopic cholecystectomy first thing in the morning. Aside from having my wisdom teeth removed (which, admittedly sucked and I do not mention lightly), I have…

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World Mental Health Week

My experience this past month can best be summarized in a short phrase: When it rains, it pours. Recently there have been issues with our living situation, a stressful period at work, and, most importantly and unfortunately, an extremely close family member was involved in a horrific car accident. And after all of this, I…

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How I Care for my Ultra-Lightened Hair

I have a confession to make. This is not my natural hair color. Three years ago, I walked in to my salon with a pretty rough hair situation. My roots had grown out, and the rest had been bleached and dyed multiple times, ending up at a brassy and extremely unflattering orange. I told my…

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Review: Ready or Not

Let me preface this by saying that I did exactly no research going into this theater. I had seen one trailer, but I didn’t undergo my usual routine of deep diving through reviews and ratings prior to reclining in those swanky new theater seats. To be honest, if I’m shelling out $15 to go watch…

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On Weight Loss and Taking a Gym Hiatus

Today’s blog post is going to be a bit more personal, but it’s one that I wanted to share. I don’t know exactly when I first started noticing that something was off, but I had been experiencing issues with my breathing for some time. I’m not sure if it was the extremely arid Arizona climate,…

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Arizona

This past May I was standing at the brink of responsibility. I was about to quit a job that I hated, take on a job that I hoped would become a career, and move out of the room I rented to sign my first lease with my boyfriend. Everything was about to get very grown…

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Where I’ve Been

It’s been a little while. Last time I was here I was living in Brooklyn, working for a real estate appraisal company, and spending most of my time planning the next big steps in my life. Since then I’ve taken some of those planned steps, along with a few that were more unexpected. I’ll be…

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My Cashmere Hair Extensions

Once upon a time, I had a mullet. In 2010, Emma Watson kickstarted a massive pixie cut trend that had girls all over the world chopping off their hair. I was one such impressionable 18 year old, and as much fun as the Twiggy look was, I soon began to experience the inevitable doubts, regret,…

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