Girlzone Tag

Posted On September 8, 2015By Jackie RodriguezIn Girlzone, Lifestyle, Miscellaneous

What It’s Like Living with Epilepsy

Living with Epilepsy is like this: It’s going to a theme park with your best friends, only to pass out and have a seizure in the middle of a ride, and waking up with all of them around you. It’s asking, “how long was I out?”, in a heavy, slurred voice, hearing, “only a couple minutes”, but feeling like it was forever. It’s heavy limbs and incredible nausea, being unable to eat your favorite foods in your favorite place on what should be your favorite night. It’s the inability toRead More
Looking for a new drink to get your chill on as the summer winds down? Well, we’ve got you covered, especially if you’re a fan of white wine. Meet Honeyvine. Honeyvine is new to market, and is perfect for sipping on its own, or enjoying in a white wine cocktail. Honeyvine is a blend of natural honey with white wine, crafted by Winemaker Reggie Hammond, whose curiosity yielded a surprisingly delicious taste. Made from the best California grapes, pressed and cool-fermented  in stainless steel tanks, the natural honey essence allowsRead More
College has forever been pushed as perhaps the greatest time in life, but does anyone ever mention the drawbacks? Well, besides the pretty much unimaginable cost, which is touted as one of the biggest drawbacks to anything ever, but doesn’t actually feel real to anyone. For example, I currently owe $8,032 to my university. Having never seen more than five hundred dollars at once, this number feels obnoxiously big and like it could be way, way, smaller. But wait, there’s more…   1. There’s walking. Like a lot. Can someone please explainRead More

Posted On July 31, 2015By Basic BeccaIn Advice For Women, Girlzone, Lifestyle

Thunder Thighs and Idiot Guys

I am fortunate enough to have grown up in a household that never made me question the food I put in my mouth, the shape of my body, the number on the scale, or the size of my pants. I’ve never counted calories, I’ve steered clear of scales, and I’ve worn the same size since I was a sophomore in high school. I’ve managed to live my life as a confident, mildly chubby person with a relatively athletic lifestyle and close to zero body shame. What’s even more curious is the recognition that theRead More
It’s a little known fact that when I was graduating high school, I was also getting my PhD in life. So here it is, for your viewing pleasure– what your (leg) shaving style says about you!   Standing, one leg propped on the shelf First of all, what the fuck is wrong with you? Do you want to slip on the wet tile and fall and HACK YOUR LEG TO SHREDS? What if you slice open a vein while you’re trying to get that Gilette-promised close shave? You probably alsoRead More
1) Being anxious doesn’t mean we are not grateful for what we have: Many people with anxiety disorders are labeled as pessimists, and in some ways, this is quite understandable. I can tell you first hand that sometimes even I am shocked at the worst case scenarios I will come up with. That being said, when we are not anxious, many of us are extremely optimistic. We love our lives, our jobs, our friends, and truly take time to appreciate the people we get to share those experiences with.  Read More

Posted On July 13, 2015By Samantha SurfaceIn Dating For Women, Girlzone

What Happened to the Break Up?

The best story ever told was between someone’s fingertip and their beloved’s skin- a love story of some sort or the tale of two individuals coming together. The only thing more epic than the beginning of a love story is the ending- the final touch or the end of the caress. In today’s society, it seems as though the only thing being touched is the screen on a smart phone to start a text message, and sometimes, the ending of an affair isn’t even granted that courtesy. From my datingRead More
You’d kiss me at the front door — lips cold from a few blocks walk with San Francisco wind, your cigarette boy sweater lingering on your shoulders. I have to wonder now, how many times did you fuck me right after? How many times did you throw pillows on my floor like plates meant to break afterwards? Right after you addressed her emotional bids? Her tears? With one of your “infamous pep talks”? How many of your ‘I love you’s were straddled between messages to her, affirming your ex-girlfriend’s needs throughRead More
Recently, I cut off my medium length blonde hair to an overgrown pixie. It’s short enough where hair ties mean nothing to me anymore, but long enough where you can’t quite see my skull yet. This wasn’t some radical act I did in light of a breakup or in protest for veganism, gender identity, or Bernie Sanders, or anything. I just didn’t like my hair. And it turned out great! It’s the shortest I’ve ever had it and I absolutely love it. It’s fun to wake up every morning andRead More

Posted On June 22, 2015By Jackie RodriguezIn Lifestyle, Miscellaneous, Ramblings

An Open Letter to High School

Dear High School,   It’s me. Four years later, here I am. Well, maybe not four years exactly. Four years and some days, just under four years, hell, maybe close to five years– you know as well as I do that I’m really bad at math. Bad at math, bad at science, and yet you never cared. Every August your doors opened, and your halls welcomed me like the cold, distant home I never had.   Oh, high school. Where do I begin this letter? You were there during myRead More

Posted On June 11, 2015By Samantha SurfaceIn Girlzone, Lifestyle

My Personal Trainer Changed My Life

At the beginning of this year, I quickly realized my metabolism was no longer that of a 20-years-old college athlete, but my sweet tooth that could make Willy Wonda cringe still controlled me. Not only was I stressing about work, being single, and my love handles that seemed to get more love than necessary, I was losing myself and my confidence. Fate would have it, that work would send me to Atlanta for work for a few days and lucky for me, my old college friend, turned trainer said heRead More

Posted On June 8, 2015By Jackie RodriguezIn Advice For Women, Girlzone

Ignore Them

People are people are people. They say things they don’t mean, they write “heartfelt” expressions of affection they don’t ever want you to fulfill, but they always, always, blame you when the expressions of affection are fulfilled, and it usually just leads to sad people everywhere and annoyed people in between. People are people are people, but why do the rest of us have to pay for the insensitivities of most? You know someone like this. These insensitive people show their faces around the end of things. They’ve been onRead More
CALLING ALL ATLANTA FASHIONISTAS!! ShaLaJa Swimwear and Tantrik Swimwear Collection are hosting the first annual Flair Fashion Weekend on Saturday, June 6th. It is the world’s first platform specifically for Resort and Pre-Summer collections. This fashion forward runway event hosts designers from all around the world! It is being hosted at the beautiful and classy Cobb Galleria Centre in Downtown Atlanta! Tickets start at $25 and VIP tickets are $45. VIP tickets include food, beverage, front row seats, and gift bags from sponsors and designers. Doors open at 6pm andRead More
I was honored to be an invited designer of the WERK the RUNWAY high fashion runway show on Saturday, April 11th. It was held at the Best Western Plus Conference Center in Morristown, Tennessee. Among the fabulous designers featured were: The Charming Housewife (Lacey Fleming), Marc Nelson Denim, Charles Josef Bridal, Paulie Gibson – as featured on America’s Next Top Model, and my Victoria Wilmoth Couture. Each of us displayed our collections and then the show was concluded with the finale, “Once Upon A Time: Fairy Tale Meets Fashion.” This collectionRead More

Posted On May 8, 2015By Jackie RodriguezIn Advice For Women, Girlzone

Five Rules for Prom Dress Shopping

It’s that time of year again– the time when department stores start jacking up prices only to mark them down– “SIXTY FIVE PERCENT OFF THE WHOLE STORE”– the time when parents start laying down rules probably never heard of in the house, and it’s the time when salons start having special prices that are higher than their fanciest styles before. It’s prom season. Ahh, prom season. The season when tensions run high, the prices run even higher, and every single girl is waiting for that special night. But the specialRead More