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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…

We love to Kick It!

A lot of us are probably on similar routines. During the day, we go to our slightly-above-entry-level day jobs. We might make it to the gym later, eat something healthy after, and maybe go to bed early-- but probably not. Because doing the same thing everyday is boring, and you're craving more. Your parents warned you that "play time" would be over after college. But you probably didn't realize the community aspect would disappear. You still hang with close friends for guiltless drinks and food.…

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 Day of Bliss at Bella Santé

I am a self-confessed beauty and wellness fanatic. I am a proud VIB cardholder at Sephora, my skincare routine has more steps than Machu Picchu, and when my clock strikes 5:45 AM, I am up and off to barre, yoga, or spin. With that being said, prior to these last few weeks I was a spa virgin. A lover of face masks, though I'd never had a proper facial. The only massage I've had was when my roommate and I thought…

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…

Namastizzle: HipHop Yoga

Photo taken by @rnd_visual wearing @paridaez I like to think of myself as a workout connoisseur.  My inability to stick with one exercise over the years has shaped me into a well rounded gym buff. Every time I have a gym membership, I end up skipping daily and feeling guilty over wasted money. Instead I purchase passes to classes around the city. I find that I am motivated when I attend different style workouts, because it feels like less of a chore and…

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…

Freeze and Seize the Day

There are quite a few articles out there hinting that you probably shouldn't follow in the (somewhat unstable) footsteps of Lindsay Lohan. This is not one of those articles. Post-reckless starlet days and pre-hijab fashion designer period, actress Lindsay Lohan went through a phase of posting peculiar photos emerging from some sort of frozen chamber on Instagram, clad in only a swimsuit, mask, and gloves, and looking as if she just took a dip in a witch's cauldron for amusement. Since I will…

Poor Girl’s Guide to Makeup and Skincare

When you grow older there are fewer materialistic things that truly excite you in a childlike way. Even Disneyland magic fades with age.  As silly as it sounds, one thing that still exhilarates me is walking into a good makeup store. Charlie may have had the Chocolate Factory, but I have Sephora. My eyes light up upon entering and by the time I've worked my way through the store, my hand looks like an artist's palette from testing every product and my wrists…

New Years 2017

This year I was really reluctant to write a resolutions article. It’s not that I don’t plan on attempting self-improvement next year (I do.) Nor was it that I have failed to complete a resolution in the past (I have.) I’m just lazy, and a little tired of writing the same article 5 years in a row. If I were to write one of these articles, it would be to tell you to: 1.) Be early for your social engagements,…