Lessons Learned From Mindy Kaling


Ladies and gentlemen, let’s all take a moment to send Kelly Kapoor some birthday love! Happy 30-something birthday, girl! Keep on keeping on and proving that women can very well be smart, sexy, HYSTERICAL approachable and yes, successful. I’ve learned so much from Mindy – where do I even start?

Don’t take yourself too seriously 

Whether she’s making a fool of herself as herself on The Mindy Project or via her amazing Twitter  mini-rants with her bff BJ Novack, she never takes herself too seriously and that’s highly refreshing. I love that despite everything that solidifies her celebrity status and borderline Oprah-ness she can still laugh at herself/be completely accessible.

Write an honest book and you’ll hit the Times list

If you haven’t read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and Other Concerns) stop reading this subpar post and immediately read Kaling’s masterpiece. I belly laughed through all 240 pages and refer back to many a quote on the daily. Case in point:

“Sometimes you just have to put on lip gloss and pretend to be psyched.”

“You should know I disagree with a lot of traditional advice. For instance, they say the best revenge is living well. I say it’s acid in the face—who will love them now?”

“Listen, my body is attracted to your body but when you speak it makes my brain angry.”

Wear color

The woman is not afraid to throw on a crazy print with a magenta heel and own the fact that she looks like a fruit rollup. I love it. Thanks, Mindy for inspiring us all to stop wearing black on black a la NYC and venture into the California rainbow.

Work hard, Play Hard

She went from being a minor character on The Office to being one of the head writers on the show + more face time as Kelly to bestselling author to writer/producer/lead actress of her own show which I adore. With all that + speaking at ivy league commencements + media tours she has to be EXHAUSTED, right? Apparently not as much as normal humans because how is she celebrating her birthday?  In Vegas with her favorites and that makes her my favorite.


Yes, that needed to be screamed. I will not go on and on with a rant about how the media screams at women all day long to be waif-thin BUT I do love that Mindy owns her figure and is all the more beautiful for it. She’s not afraid to take chances with her wardrobe and she’s not afraid to eat a cheeseburger after the gym. She’s a REAL WOMAN and this girl who always eats way too much Mexican after yoga can relate.

Mindy, be my best friend.


Screen shot 2013-05-16 at 12.00.38 AM

Bonnaroo 2014: What You Missed

 tumblr_m5mdusdvSK1qhsmllo1_1280I did it! I managed to survive another Bonnaroo, thanks to LOTS of water, good friends, veteran booties, mini-fan/mister and far too many pistachios/assorted trail mixes. Now that I’ve regained (most of) the ability to hear, I’m processing all the ridiculousness of the four days on the farm. Oh and let’s be clear: we did not camp. We’re far too smart for such shenanigans. We left the “riff raff” every night and went back to a sweet little cabin complete with a screened-in porch and yes, a hot tub in the living room with view of the flat screen. You’re welcome. The promise of a hot shower and good sleep in a real bed is all that kept me sane amongst 100,000 smelly, sweaty people for 8-10 hours. So whether you’re considering attending next year or you’re just here for the laughs – who isn’t? – here are some highlights from Bonnaroo 2014. In no particular order and yes, I am partial. Deal.

Jack White, Saturday Night Show, Main Stage

It’s no secret I have a slight obsession with this guy and every project he touches, but there is no denying his ability to put on a phenomenal show. Maybe it was because we were backstage or maybe it was because there were upwards of 100,000 people who didn’t move for 3+ hours, but this is one of the best shows I’ve seen. Period. I had my nerd-alert ear plugs in and still couldn’t hear for a solid 24 hours after. It was one of those “yes that really happened and I was lucky enough to have a front row seat” nights. Well played, Mr. White.

Kanye’s Rants That Kept Him From Actually Performing Which Led To Much Boo-ing 

Exhibit A: “If you’re a fan of me you’re a fan of your _____ self. They try to make me look CRAZY.  I don’t see the people in the press performing for 90,000 people. They can’t even perform for they CHILD.”

Exhibit B: “In all honesty this may not come off as humble but I’m not concerned about anybody who’s actually living. When I talk about Walt Disney (pause), Henry Ford (longer pause), Shakespeare (pause)…they all had they time on earth. I’m only 37 and I’m rocking for 90,000 people RIGHT NOW. So I’m not going after anybody on the radio, I’m going after Walt Disney.”

Exhibit C: “Somebody once told me if you have 100,000 people jump at the same time you can feel the EARF move so JUMP!”

Amish Donuts – Hot and Ready and Amazing 

Those Amish really know what they’re doing and let me tell you, there is nothing sweeter (pun the pardon) than a massive, hot donut handed to you by an Amish brother after a long day of listening to music.

Valerie June 

She’s one of my favorites, and not just because I adore her entire family. We go way back. The girl killed it and looked fabulous in 90 degree heat, singing tunes from her album + old church hymns that made my heart happy.

First Aid Kit

Two sisters from Stockholm with great hair and even better harmonies put on quite the show. They just released a new album – Stay Gold – and I highly suggest you give it a listen on your next road trip.

People Watching That Trumps Anything You’ve Ever Experienced, Trust 

Everywhere I turned there was man tank covered in cats, Biggie Smalls, an assortment of Aztec prints or my personal favorite, “Skys Out Thighs Out.” There was a guy who wore an actual TV, a girl with a Kanye backpack, lots of guys dressed up as random superheroes and WAY too many girls who seemed to have thought a top made solely from neon orange duck tape was a good idea.

I love you, Bonnaroo but you can’t compete with a show at the Ryman with a trip to Jeni’s after.


Screen shot 2013-05-16 at 12.00.38 AM


B’s Guide To Staying Entertained (and Awake) On Your Next Road Trip


I’m a huge fan of jumping on a plane and getting there faster – America! – but there’s something to be said for packing up and driving across a few states to embrace the good ole’ road trip. I’ve always been an easy traveler – according to my mother I would sleep in the car, in my stroller, wherever they took me. Now as a semi-adult, I usually find myself sleeping once I’ve been in the car past the 30 minute mark (not much has changed) unless I have all the necessities to keep me awake, alert and of course, entertained. So without further adieu, here is everything you need for your next road trip:

Comfty clothes

Ladies, I’m talking yoga pants or a sundress with shoes that come off the second you’re in the vehicle. Guys, anything but yoga pants but maybe not jeans. The last thing you want is to be stuck in the seated position in scratchy denim for 5+ hours.

Snacks on snacks on snacks

There’s something about a bag of cheese chex-mix and a Dr. Pepper that makes me want to drive forever ever or okay, until we arrive at the desired destination. Also, sour gummy worms/octopus are also a must-have. (TRUST)

Good playlist

The radio is terrible, yes? Yes. Get on that Spotify and make a killer playlist full of everything from Kayne to Kacey with a little Coldplay thrown in there. Bonus points if you add The Lonely Island into rotation. Make sure you have plenty to sing/rap to, and more to serve as background music while you’re talking about anything and everything.

Pit stops

Take in the local culture. Buy that cheesy neon shirt from the shady gas station just because it’s ridiculous and awesome and you want to. Use a lot of hand sanitizer no matter how “decent” the bathroom appears, and do a yoga pose or four before hopping back in your seat.

Fun travel companion

Whether you’re traveling with your best girlfriend(s), new boyfriend, adorable pup or your brother via phone – experiencing it all with someone you enjoy spending time with is KEY. You know it’s love when you still want to look at each other after 11+ hours in the car.

Story time

You don’t have to get super heavy “what is the meaning of life” while driving through the middle of nowhere but sharing is caring, people! Open up and get to talking. Humor optional but highly recommended.

What did I miss? Feel free to add and if you find yourself driving through Arkansas in the pouring rain at 1am and start to fall asleep, roll down your window for 3-5 minutes. It works.


Screen shot 2013-05-16 at 12.00.38 AM


7 Highly Attractive Qualities That Are Highly Underrated


Messy Hair

Messy hair, don’t care, right? There’s just something about the bedhead look that makes my heart skip a couple beats and above all it screams “I didn’t spend 10 minutes styling my hair because I’m a man.”

Willingness To Watch What You Love

Find a man who will watch back to back episodes of House Hunters with you without complaints and you’ll be in good shape.

Eagerness To Teach You New Tricks

A decent golf swing, the ability to whistle…these are party tricks I need help mastering, and it’s all the more fun when you’re attracted to the teacher.

Carefree Sense of Humor

Being funny without trying is a beautiful thing – never underestimate the power of making a woman laugh.

Being Even-Tempered

Getting annoyed and frustrated is normal, but no one likes a psychotic rage monster. Calm ladies and gentleman who don’t react to obstacles by punching walls or losing their marbles have a good hold on their temper and are unlikely to lash out irrationally.


He can cook, sew a button, and MacGyver everything from a dysfunctional key fob to the drippy faucet. It’s nice to be with someone who is solution-focused and not quick to whine/give up.

Not Afraid To Share the Sweet

I don’t want to date a Hallmark card, but I do appreciate an honest, well-timed display of affection. Who doesn’t melt when told how beautiful and funny and adored they are?


Screen shot 2013-05-16 at 12.00.38 AM