The Royal Guide to the Health Insurance Marketplace

With my 26th birthday just a few weeks away (Hey Scorpios!!) I have been forced to start contemplating what I’m going to do about healthcare coverage. Thanks to the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act, we are all allowed to stay on a parent’s health insurance until the age of 26, after that you’re SOL and have to get on your own plan or face a penalty. Being a public health student and future doctor it was an easy decision to seek coverage, as oppose to paying the penalty, but where was I suppose to start? (more…)

Affordable Fashion: J. Crew edition

Helllllllllllo fashionistas! This is my first fashion-related post and I can hardly contain my excitement. Just like most girls I LOVE shopping. Boring days can be brightened up with the perfect outfit or a little online shopping. Now that my internship has started and I’m anticipating getting a public health job this summer, I’ve been trying to build the “work” section of my closet. I’ve most recently been obsessed with J. Crew. The catch is, I’m a royal living in reality, so it is an absolute necessity that I am always budget conscious and let’s be honest J. Crew ain’t cheap. I recently racked up on goodies from J. Crew and EVERYTHING I got was on sale. On this particular trip, I went to the J. Crew Factory Outlet, where things are already discounted. In addition to that, many items in the store were additionally discounted, my 30% off punch card was full (shop three times, get 30% off), and I had my student ID to take advantage of an additional 15% off! Since I started having to be budget conscious, I make it a point to always check the clearance/sale area for any last season steals. Despite the dwindling temperatures here in St. Louis, I have no problem buying cute summer dresses, shorts, or tank tops and saving them for next year. Low-key, because the weather has been so unpredictable (it was in the low 80’s today) I’ve been able to wear some of this stuff layered under sweaters or with a cute jacket. (more…)

My Quest to become a Naturalista

I LOVE HAIR WEAVE! Long weave, short weave, red weave, blonde weave….pretty much anything that even closely resembles a natural hair color I’m all for it (I’m not bold enough to rock blue hair). Unfortunately for me, The Boy does not share my passion for weave and after several months of various protective sew-in styles he asked me to let me hair breath (-__-). Determined not to loose all of the healthy hair gains I’d achieved from months not manipulating my hair, I refused to cause damage to my hair by frequently straightening it. So just like that I decided to become a naturalista! I’d pinned so many cool hair do’s on Pinterest and watched enough Youtube videos to be an expert….or so I thought. My mom and I thought a perm rod set would be super cute, so we gathered our supplies and set off. It took FOREVER to get all the rods in my hair and we couldn’t figure out how to get them tight to my scalp. (more…)

Prince Charming spreading his charm too far

The past few weeks Elaina Watley, beautiful fiancee of football star Victor Cruz, has been in the media for sending a group text to several other women believed to have sexual relationships with the football star. Watley’s message is here:

spreading his charm too far
Screen shot courtesy of MediaTakeOut

There have been mixed reviews from both men and women dying to chime in their two cents. Some have ripped Watley to shreds claiming that she was wrong for contacting these women and she should have taken this up with her fiance. Others have sent words of encouragement to Watley. Reading these comments really got me thinking. How could these everyday Joes and Janes possibly weigh in on this situation? Let’s take a closer look… (more…)

Mother ALWAYS knows best

When I was a teenager, I definitely thought my mom was trying to ruin my life. Our most memorable rift was over a boy (duh) I just knew I was going to spend the rest of my life with. He was the literally the boy next door and represented everything the boys at my boring private school did not. He was older, had “street cred”, was adorably shy, and man was he handsome. At first, even my mom couldn’t get enough of the boy next door, but eventually his bad boy ways caught up to our fairytale romance. She banned me from any and all communication and told us both she had no problem burying us in the backyard because she’d kill us both before the relationship carried on. I vividly remember being “heartbroken” and calling myself being sneaky so that we could carry on this secret love affair. Eventually, he messed up even more and I realized that my mom had been right all along. He was indeed really handsome and had a sweet personality, but his life choices were not those of a man I should spend my life with. Mom-1, Roxy-0. (more…)