April Favorites video is live!


There are lots of reasons I'm excited for May—including warmer weather, the promise of summer, and the imminent release of the Canon G7X Mark II. But April has been a fun month of product discoveries for me. Here are some of my faves—including a weird spiked mat that helps with my computer-persons' neck and back pain.

How do you know when you're stressed?

We all know how to deal with stress—well, at least, we all know how we're supposed to deal with stress: exercise, yoga, meditation, therapy, contact sports, reckless behavior, vodka (just kidding about those last three). But one of the things I've always struggled with is figuring out how to tell when I'm stressed.

I think I've been stressed out since I was 11, and probably before that. I remember my teacher pulling me aside during lunch, right after I'd delivered a presentation on the life and times of Rasputin (did anyone else cover the Russian Revolution in sixth grade or was it just us?). She asked me if I was OK—which I wasn't, because I'd been under a lot of pressure having just sat for a junior high school entrance exam (#GrowingUpInNYC). I didn't even know what stress was at the time, but I definitely had it—and it took someone else to tell me in order for me to realize how much it had affected my behavior.

Even as an adult today, I so often internalize my stress that physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms manifest before I realize how far it's gone. From talking to friends, I don't think I'm alone. But in order to cope with stress—and take care of ourselves and our health—it's important to be able to identify its symptoms. Here are some weird things that happen to me—or that I find myself compulsively doing—when I'm stressed out and don't even know it.

Storytime: I was a Wilhelmina plus-size model

Here's something that I've never really discussed in great detail with very many people I know: how I became a plus-size model, got signed to Wilhelmina in New York, and what that was all like. Plus, photo evidence!

March Favorites video


...In which I talk about some other stuff and then spend half the video talking about Gianvito Rossi shoes.

My first Influenster box! L'Oreal's #EverPure kit


A couple of months ago I signed up for Influenster.com—a social sampling program that helps you discover new products and new brands totally free. And yesterday I received my first-ever Influenster box: an entire full-size kit from L'Oreal's new EverPure haircare collection, which included a hair mask, a leave-in treatment, shampoo, and conditioner. I can't wait to try all these items and will let you know how they are! Check out Influenster for yourself—and see what free samples fit your lifestyle. What I think is the coolest thing about the program is that the samples are selected for you based on your interests and expertise—so, like, I won't wind up with men's grooming products or pet toys, for example.
"Observe Everything. Always think for yourself. Never let other people make important decisions for you." — from Bad News by Edward St. Aubyn