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Everything I Read in 2017

Two weeks ago I completed my goal of reading 50 books in 2017.  I’ve been overwhelmed by how many of you have read my last article and decided to make a reading goal for this year. It’s really nice to make an impact, so thank you! Anyways, feminist queen Roxane Gay released her reading list today. I really enjoyed her format. So, instead of giving you the order of my reading, accompanied with a thumbs up or down, I will organize…

2017 in the Books

For better and for worse, the past year has changed me. I am, perhaps irrationally, convinced that we are living in the midst of the apocalypse. Yet despite my perception of impending doom, 2017 was the best year of my personal life. To some, the concept of a work-life balance is a myth. I’m fortunate enough that it is my reality. Many people will tell you soul mates do not exist. I’ve somehow managed to find mine. The majority of…

A Guide to LA Wellness Inspired Holiday Gifts

If 2016 was the year of “realizing stuff” per Kylie Jenner’s prediction, then 2017 was the year that finally, a fire was lit underneath us. I’m not going to bullshit anyone, we all know this year was exhausting for many reasons and at times, it felt like I had become a Pavlov experiment as after a while of these notification dings being associated with only bad news, my body would hear the sound and immediately cringe. While receiving what felt…

Lady Bird: The Movie To Watch With Mom This Thanksgiving

It’s time to prepare a trek home for the holidays, reunite with some loved ones, and break bread with people who politically disagree with you. Luckily, the best solution to beat that Turkey-fueled familial tension this year, exists within Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird. In select theaters now, Lady Bird is the most realistic female-driven coming of age film to exist since 2007’s Juno. Saorise Ronan (in case your mom asks or tries to pronounce it - “sersha”) plays Christine “Lady…

We Love Danielle Brooks

There are a lot of lovely ladies in the Orange Is The New Black cast worthy of praise, but here at Mack in Style, we reserve a particular love for Danielle Brooks. On-screen talent Brooks, known for comical yet poignant af Litchfield inmate Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson, has talents that stretch far beyond the TV screen. https://youtu.be/U5tiuMrTCdM (Funny enough--Brooks is actually vegan.) #imnoangel When not sporting a tan prison jumpsuit and advocating that black lives matter at Litchfield, Brooks is busy…

Reset: Views from the Glass Ceiling

One would assume that with degrees in engineering (Princeton), Business (Harvard) & law (also Harvard) World Domination would sound like a legitimate career path. Ellen Pao was a first generation Chinese American whose parents taught her that she could accomplish anything with hard work and perseverance. She grew up believing that any challenge could be overcome when looked at as an engineering equation.  Ellen Pao’s book entitled Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change was as emotionally draining as…

Escape With A Laugh

It’s perfectly reasonable to want to escape with a laugh from these harrowing and bleak times. Escapism is *so hot* right now. Just like maintaining a healthy news diet (see: Free Ways To Stay Woke), maintaining a healthy comedy diet is super easy if you know the right people to pay attention to. Twitter is only salvageable from itself with humor. Being funny is hard, but easier with inspiration. I’m here to help you escape with these funny ass people…

Where Can I Turn In Boston?

Mackenzie and I connected on Twitter after sharing personal stories of trauma, both occurring while in college. I recommended a few Boston organizations that address these forms of trauma, but she hadn’t heard of them. Given the recent rise of publicly talking about sexual assault and domestic violence, it was time to share what people, particularly women, trans men, trans women, non-binary, and gender-queer folks, have for resources in Boston. Many cities have organizations like this if you explore Google…

Cyber Abuse is not Sexy

https://youtu.be/o8VZX4sHn-4 As the wise Lily Allen once said “It’s hard out here for a bitch.” As of late, words have never been truer. A few weeks ago I had to go on a social media purge. From the hollywood rape allegations to the fight against a woman’s right to choose… it’s been tough. Unfortunately, I came here to remind you of yet another reason why we need feminism. At this point you've probably heard of revenge porn. If you've been…

We Love Graphique de France

Over the course of my life, I’ve had many people tell me I live in a cloud. I’ve described myself on several occasions as the human embodiment of a xanex. Yet despite my relaxed nature, I have always been ambitious. Still, few people would describe me as organized. Whatever, haters! Somehow this space cadet has managed to build an awesome brand with several amazing staff members and contributors. I get by with a little help from my friends. Speaking of…