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Big Blue House

I have many fond memories of a big blue house. On an island off the coast of northern Maine, is a town called Deer Isle. There are less than 2,000 people who live there, two of which are my grandparents. Their house sits on a hill surrounded by several acres of land. It was the kind of place that required a John Deer tractor and many, many pets to fill the space. There was no shortage of cats and dogs…

A Q&A with Eleanor Wheeler: Disabled Activist & Social Media Queen

Meet Eleanor Wheeler, a badass disabled 17-year-old queer activist from Orange County working to erase ableism from activist spaces. Founder of We Exist Collective, The Superhero Project, and a social media queen on Twitter and Insta @elliewheels - the Mack In Style team was dying to know more about this badass lady in action. This week, I was fortunate enough to chat with Eleanor about her story, her movement, and the fact that the disabled communities aren't looking for any…

Free Ways To Stay Woke

It can feel harder to keep up with a healthy news diet than keeping up with the Kardashians these days (Seriously, how do I not watch their show but still innately know there is so much drama with Scott?). But it costs $0.00 to stay informed and maintaining a healthy timeline of diverse stories is doable, with very minimal effort. If you are a person who mooches Netflix passwords and still has to skip ads on Spotify, this is for…

Sexy Summer Reads 2017

Everything going on in the world right now is exhausting. I can’t check social media without seeing an article about our impending doom. What used to be a land full of Buzzfeed quizzes and “10 Reasons to Love Your College Roommate” articles has turned into an echo chamber of everyone’s frustrations. This year, in attempt to manage my newfound anxiety, I have started reading more. Like, a lot more. I have a library card that I actually use. I have…

Unlearning Sex

It’s my freshman year of college around 4am. I’m sitting on the concrete floor of my dorm room in a drunken haze devouring pizza with someone I met at a Halloween party, Andrew. I dressed as a sexy nerd. He dressed as a giant banana. My “sexy” costume consisted of two push-up bras, jean shorts four sizes too small, orange goo (tanner) on my face, thick eyeliner, and poisoning myself with cheap vodka. Andrew interrupts my pizza love-making. He grabs…

A Year Logged Off.

I deleted all of my social media and started meditating everyday for a year .....pretty much everything changed For years I struggled with having an online presence. It felt inauthentic. I portrayed only the happy side of myself. And it felt like I was in a happiness competition with others. My worth was measured by how many likes I got on a post or a photo. I spent an unhealthy amount of time stalking other profiles and comparing myself. First…

Floating on a Cloud at Balans Organic Spa

I've entered a new phase of my life...a health and wellness phase. It happened accidentally, and while technically a good thing, the timing couldn't have been worse as a senior in college. When else is it acceptable to have a Tito's & Soda fueled social life?! Catch me at home with hot tea and a hydrating face mask, how bout dah. One of my spin instructors was even slightly puzzled when I walked into her 6 am class on a Friday…

Intersectional Feminism: A Starter Book List

Intersectional feminism. It’s a term that is gaining momentum in the media, especially in the wake of the Women’s March on DC. In a nutshell, it is the idea that we have to pay equal attention to issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality in order to truly be feminists. All of these issues are connected. We cannot fix one if we don’t fix them all, so I have put together a reading list to up our feminism game. The…

Our Bipartisan Valentines

Do you remember the scene in Mean Girls where the water fountain in the mall turns into a watering hole in the jungle? Well, that’s how Facebook has felt lately. For many of us it’s frustrating. For other, alienating. We have one thing in common, we both find this political climate utterly exhausting. For many of us it’s all-consuming. I’m tired of the hate that I personally feel, and I’m confident i’m not alone. So this Valentine’s Day, i’d like…

Mind Your Manners

I am no expert on manners. I am not a Duchess. I don't rub elbows with Lords and Ladies. My family doesn't hold a "high tea" fit for a queen, even though we certainly do guzzle the magical liquid down in enormous quantities (tea solves everything, but that is a story for another day). I didn't go to cotillion to fine tune my etiquette and learn the fox trot. Luckily, my parents simply raised me correctly, instilling proper conduct and manners…