I’ll never forget the first time I went away with my (now) boyfriend. We had only been dating for about 6 weeks, and we went on a long weekend trip to Cape Cod. He came from Manhattan to Connecticut right after work, where I was to scoop him up in my car to begin our journey. When I pulled up to the train station, I realized he had arrived with only the clothes on his back. I repeat: Four day trip, with only the clothes on his back. Continue reading
This is a smoothie concoction I came up with while researching cures for hormone-induced acne. While that may not sound too appealing, food is the best health care, and this smoothie is as delicious as it is nutrient-packed.
So what ingredients are good for a glowing complexion? Orange for texture-improving vitamin C, coconut oil for essential fats, turmeric and ginger for brightening, maca powder for hormone balancing, spirulina for zinc, iron and deep sea minerals, and plenty of greens. I try and keep the fruit content here relatively low, as sugar is not good for acne flair.
So here’s a weird confession: Ever since I adopted a dog back in December, my sex life has been dwindling. Since my manslice and I live in a studio space, our pup is within an arm’s reach at all times. We started off sleeping him in a crate, and there’s nothing sexy about doing—well, anything–while a melody of soft whimpers runs continuously in the background. Not exactly mood music. So sex was stalled out temporarily.
We figured as he got older, the pup would mellow out a bit, which did happen. Now that he can snooze through the night, he has graduated to the floor, and he sleeps pretty soundly—until any hint of activity reaches his (adorable) ear-range.
We tried to ignore him for a while, but ever since the awkward time he started gently tonguing my foot while I held down bottom, well, sex has been infrequent. Or silent. Or hurried. It feels like high school. We’re stealing away to fellate in the bathroom or having hushed, rushed, bottom lip biting sessions because our parents are sleeping down the hall. Except it’s not our parents, it’s our dog.
This is absolutely ridiculous. But I know I’m not alone.
A friend of mine has told me stories about locking her dog out of her bedroom while she has sex, only to be barraged by a symphony of howls the entire time. Another friend talked about how his girlfriend’s gigantic Shepard jumped onto the bed mid 69 sesh. And then I remember when my ex boyfriend nick-named my cat “cock block,” because he insisted on either sleeping in my bed or yowling at the bedroom door. The cat, not the boyfriend. Well okay maybe both.
We’ve recently moved to a place with a fenced-in yard, and I’m pretty stoked to be able to toss the dog outside If I want to come without an audience.
So tell me if your pets stay in the room while you get down? Does your cat sit and watch angrily on the radiator? How do you remedy this situation?
I’m always looking for new ways to liven up my daily greens intake. I have a huge salad at least once a day, and I usually make my own dressings and drizzles. After I was gifted an abundance of locally grown limes, I came up with this spicy, citrusy creation. The fat content in the tahini (mmmm….tahini) cuts the spicy ginger, and with only a handful of ingredients, it’s super snappy to whip up. Store it in the fridge for up to a week and drizzle it all over your greens, roasted veggies, grains – anything, really.
Ginger Lime Tahini Dressing
– Juice of 2 limes
– 1/2 inch nub of fresh ginger, peeled
– 3 tablespoons of unsalted tahini
– 1 clove garlic
– 1/4 tsp salt
– pepper, to taste
– 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
– 4 to 6 tablespoons of water to thin
Throw ginger, garlic, lime juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and 3 tablespoons of water in a high-speed blender and let ‘er rip. If you like a thinner dressing, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
Once finished, throw that baby on some greens, or use as a dip.
“I love you, but your friends suck.” Ouch. A discrepancy in social circles can really hinder a healthy relationship and act as a point of contention between the two of you, and your friends. Everyone has that buddy that is, well, hard to get a long with. Then there is the unfortunate truth that if you don’t like your partner’s friends, they probably don’t like you either. Fake smiles are easy to spot. Continue reading
The one thing I really loathed about singledom was the whole “in-between” stage of casual dating. You know, the swampy ground that begins after the third date and haunts you until you’re forced to have an uncomfortable conversation that usually begins with “So…what are we?” The relationship pre-ejaculate, if you will. It’s not as exciting as the real thing, but still a necessary stepping stone…
Valentine’s day is the cilantro of the American holiday circuit …you either love it, or it leaves a nasty taste in your mouth. Personally, I have a tumultuous relationship with the holiday, which started during an excruciating 4 month stint working at Hallmark in high school, where I was forced to stock mass produced, impersonal greeting cards and listen to Michael Bublé’s Caught in the Act album on repeat. I still cringe whenever I hear a Bublé track. Continue reading
Several months back, I was at a friend’s pool party, and over the buffet table, she made a passing comment about how I was vegan. You know, the usual “Zoe isn’t going to want any of that lamb, since she’s vegan.” As I continued to attack the hummus platter, you can imagine my surprise when a complete stranger to my left turned and said “So if you’re vegan, why do you have acne?”
Uhm, hello extremely rude stranger. Despite how off-putting the comment was, I managed to put on a friendly face and explain that since I went off birth control 3 plus years ago, I have been dealing with some intrusive hormonal acne. THANKS FOR ASKING.
Anyway, I’ve been making some dietary changes to try and tackle my hormones, like including more evening primrose oil and maca, stocking up on magnesium and probiotics, and limiting caffeine and sugar. But while I make those changes, I have also been on the hunt for the very best vegan acne products around. Continue reading
Ah, depression, you miserable bitch. Anyone who has ever suffered from this condition knows it can be dark, cold, and hopeless. Whether you’re depressed due to life circumstances, or a chemical imbalance, or (most usually) both, depression is never fun, and it’s hard to shake. But what happens when it’s not you who is down, but your partner?