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February 05, 2016

How I "Happn'd" To Meet My Boyfriend

Being single in a big city can be a bit overwhelming. I was constantly faced with one of life's biggest double-edged swords, and that's having too many options. We forget that love and relationships come in many different forms, and we often don't take that leap of faith in approaching someone that may not seem quite our type. I can say from personal experience I wasn't always as open to straying from what I felt was familiar than I should have been. I found myself always ending up on dates with the same kind of guy: egotistical, narcissistic, and someone who would rather spend every waking moment with his bros, than he would trying to form a connection with a potential partner.

While these sorts of guys would always tend to be great to look at, they somehow always left me feeling empty. Empty of a real connection. Empty of something more. Empty of a feeling of wanting to wake up on a Sunday morning and make breakfast with, and we all know it's the person you miss on a Sunday morning, and not the person you miss on a Saturday night for a good time, that matters. These types of men are what flooded my single, dating life here in New York City, until I found Happn.

I joined Happn a little over a year ago after hearing about it from a friend. I was single, living in Manhattan, and was new to the dating app game. It connects you with people you've actually crossed paths with, and not just those within your social circles, or with similar interests. It's real people, right now. The concept of being connected to people that were either already in my radius, or were at some point, was very intriguing to me. I was able to see exactly when and where I passed each person, and how many times we crossed paths. Some were one-time wonders, as I like to say, and others I had seen popup on my timeline as high as 8 times. One of the guys? My now-boyfriend, Xavier.

Xavier and I were living in the same apartment building at the time, and both of us were active users on Happn. Because of our close proximity, Happn kept throwing us up on each others feed, until ultimately we both hit that magical "like" button. After a few days of chatting on Happn, we decided to meet for drinks. We spent hours getting to know each other, and even had a friendly disagreement about how many treadmills were in our buildings gym, in which we may or may not have stumbled up to later on that night to find out. Don't tell our landlord.

I learned that Xavier was working in social media, something I clearly know a thing or two about. In fact, I distinctly remember one of our first conversations being about Snapchat, and he explained the (then) new discovery page to me. He had me try my first moscow mule, and I most certainly won the big treadmill debate. If you asked us what the "defining moment" in our evening was, he might tell you it was in our first kiss later that night, or even maybe at our first hello. I think it was within the different connection that I felt with him. The ease in our conversation. The non-awkward moments between two self-declared awkward people. I felt something I had never felt, and it was definitely something I wanted to explore more with him. Our first date led to a second date, which led to a third, and almost a year later, here we are.

Maybe the universe would have eventually brought us together in another way, but I believe Happn was the gateway to allow that to happen (no pun intended but sort of pun intended). This app has brought one of the most important people in my life to me, and that right there is enough for me to be able to stand up and honestly say that you have to try it. When we die we usually don't regret the things we've done, but the things we didn't do. Your mate could be right under your fingertips (literally) without you even knowing it.

Happn is available on iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone, and free to download.

January 25, 2016

How To Pack Your Carry On Like A Pro

We've officially entered the armpit of winter. With 30+ inches of snow sweeping New York over the weekend, if there's one thing that's on my mind, it's definitely escaping this weather. Unfortunately, I do not have any tropical plans ahead of me, but a girl can dream right?

January 19, 2016

Low-Cal Raspberry Watermelon Vodka Cocktail

Continuing on with our partnership for 2016, I was on a quest to create my first cocktail of the year using one of IZZE's Sparkling Waters. I had a few ideas, mixed a few different things together, got a little tipsy trying things out, and then... then I came across a wonderful discovery -- there's only 10 calories in the entire bottle. 10 FREAKING CALORIES IN THE ENTIRE BOTTLE. What?? Why have I been using juices and sodas to mix cocktails my entire adult life? Who would ever need those again? No one. No one would ever need those again if you have a few of these babies on hand.

So, I did what every super creative mixologist would do -- I mixed it with vodka. And bam! A perfectly crafted (literally took 2 seconds) cocktail was born. 

January 14, 2016

5 Goulash Recipes To Try When It's Cold As F#CK

I'll be the first to admit that I used to have no clue what goulash actually was. I've heard it referenced here and there, of course, when the temperatures reach rock bottom and nobody knows how to properly function. Goulash is one of those dishes that, unless you're in an actual Hungarian restaurant or household, tends to fall to the bottom of the list of winter comfort foods.

I'll also be the first to admit that it may just be one of the most unattractive foods that will ever grace your plate. It's goopy, it's bloppy, and I continuously replay the sloppy joe's scene from Billy Madison in my head over and over again whenever I see a plate of this stuff. I'm sorry if that doesn't make sense to you, my brain is a weird place.

But what I can say for certain, is that if aesthetics aren't your thing, and you're looking for a food that will embrace you in warmth, cherish you, and send you a good morning text, goulash is probably a good choice. It's hands down one the greatest things to snuggle up with on the couch with your beau this winter, while binging Making A Murderer.

Because let's be real, you're binging Making A Murderer.

January 04, 2016

And the most popular fashion trend of 2015 was...

When's the last time you thought to yourself "Man, I really need some new sneakers" without realizing your one pair of Nikes were falling apart and/or completely lost in the shadows of your closet because you hadn't been to the gym in months? Or what about actively seeking out some new leggings or a new spandex running sweater to wear outside of working out? It probably wasn't until recently that these thoughts ever crossed your mind. Work-out clothes.. to dinner?

With our world ever changing, and technology continuing to destroy any shot of us ever being able to save a penny evolve, our priorities as millennials has shifted. Where we once spent our monies on flashy designer labels, we're now spending on things like rent, electronics, #foods, dranks, real-life adult stuff, and yup -- you guessed it -- more comfortable clothing. 

December 17, 2015

Last-minute Gifts Under $30!

So, picture this. The holiday season rolls around, and you have a list of things that you already know you'll be purchasing for each person on your list. The stores are empty, there are no lines, and you get a parking spot right in front.

The sales lady smiles at you, inputs her employee discount, then tells you that you actually owe nothing because, surprise(!), the guy in front of you just paid for everything without you knowing. You walk out of the store, get into your just-washed Mercedes, and drive off into the sunset having left behind the memory of a seamless holiday shopping experience.

Now picture this. It's a week before Christmas and the only thing you've picked up so far is a new pair of boots for yourself. The N train is down and you can't get uptown to Herald Square from your office at that startup company that you work for in Chelsea thats been draining your hours and has left you with no time to Christmas shop. It takes you an hour and a half to get to Macy*s just before closing time for you to run through the store Home Alone style trying to check off each person on your list. What size shirt is your brother? Who cares, he can return it. Does Kelly have her ears pierced? Whatever, she does now.