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Emily Carrick

August 19, 2016

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I have no idea how this happened: suddenly, it’s the end of August. Sadly, today is my last day as an intern here at HelloSociety, but instead of crying myself to sleep at the thought of saying goodbye, I’m writing this final blog post. Buying back-to-school gear is the only way to console myself about summertime ending. Whether you’re starting high school, entering your final year of college (like me!), or just looking for some September nostalgia, these five back-to-school essentials will make the transition smooth, fun, and easy.

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Emily Carrick

August 12, 2016

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S’mores are the perfect summer dessert—gooey, chocolatey, melt-in-your-mouth, and ideal for lazy summery nights outside. Biting into a burnt-black marshmallow never fails to remind me of my childhood growing up on the beach. But even if you’re not at a bonfire, s’mores are a delicious option for a sweet treat. With a few weeks left in summertime, it’s exactly the right time to try these recipes. Read on for 5 yummy twists on s’mores!

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Emily Carrick

August 5, 2016

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Summer is going by so quickly! With September just around the corner and school starting up again, plenty of people are moving into new houses. Whether your friends are getting their first Adult Apartments, moving in with significant others, or just changing addresses since their leases are up, housewarming gift ideas are always good to have in your back pocket. Read for five fun and easy DIY housewarming gifts!

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Emily Carrick

July 29, 2016

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I love women. All women. So let me assure you of the difficulty of narrowing down this list when I could make a top 100 list of every different shade of woman (Top 50 Latina Women Who Live in Venice and Like Braiding their Hair). Just know that there are a million other women that could be on this list.

Last night, I sat curled up on the couch watching Hillary Clinton’s historic DNC speech while my dad did the dishes in the kitchen. Women are doing amazing things all over the world. Feminism is alive and well and more complex than ever. Here are five incredible examples of inspiring women!

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Emily Carrick

July 22, 2016

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I am a cat person. I grew up with (count ’em) nine different cats; it’s hard to escape that kind of immersion. However, in recent months, I have attempted to overcome my innate fear of dogs and prejudiced preference for cats. My endeavor to become a dog lover is mostly inspired by my dad’s new dog, Bailey, but it’s a universal phenomenon—I’ve started to embrace every dog I come across. (Shout out to HelloSociety’s own Stella, the most beautiful creature I have ever known.) Even my immediate physiological response to meeting dogs has changed recently: I see a dog and my instinct is to start cooing wildly. I try to tone it down for the sake of propriety.

In honor of the pure beauty of our canine friends, here are five adorable dog Vines. (Okay, and one extra. I couldn’t pick.)

1. Yamato

She’s so talented! Look at how great that jump is! She totally deserves that treat.

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Emily Carrick

July 15, 2016

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I am not athletic. If you know me, this will not come as a surprise. However, I have recently started striving to present a semi-athletic aura to the outer world. Like, outdoorsy-chic. Like, I just bought $110 Chacos for the aesthetic. (I live in the South, okay.)

To help encourage this semi-athletic image, sometimes I go hiking. Key word: sometimes. And I always complain a lot. (I have low iron, all right, I get tired really easily.) For any other new hikers, here are five gorgeous, relatively easy LA hikes, as seen on Instagram.

1. Runyon Canyon

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Like any real LA native, I’ve never actually been to Runyon (also because I’m new to this athletic thing). But it’s definitely a location—purportedly great for celeb sightings, dog walks, and casual hikers. Views of the LA cityscape, Griffith Park, and the Hollywood Sign.

2. Will Rogers State Park

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I just went here with my friends and a tiny dog, and with a six-mile loop and great views of the Santa Monica coastline, it was beautiful and not very difficult. This locale features picnic tables near the parking lot and at the peak of the hike, Inspiration Point—so you can even have lunch if you think ahead.

3. Beachwood Canyon (Hollywood Sign)

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Shockingly, I have actually done this, when all of my friends and I said, Huh, we’ve lived in LA our entire lives and never even seen the Hollywood Sign. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a day it won’t be overcrowded with tourists, but it’s still worth trying once, especially if an out-of-town friend is visiting.

4. Point Dume

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I know it probably seems overhyped, but I genuinely love Malibu. I will find any excuse to drive on PCH. One great excuse is this beach hiking trail, which isn’t very long and provides breath-taking views of the Santa Monica Bay and Malibu coast. You literally feel like you’re on top of the ocean.

5. Eaton Canyon

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This four-mile hiking trail in Pasadena features a 40-foot waterfall. Need I say more?

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Emily Carrick

July 8, 2016

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When I came home to LA for the summer, the first thing I wanted to do was head straight for California Pizza Kitchen for their kids’ mac and cheese. Also, obviously, In-N-Out and the beach and all of the one million boba tea shops. But nothing compares to the cheesy goodness of mac and cheese. Whether classic and kid-friendly or gussied up to appease adults’ fancy palates, mac is literally always good. In honor of yesterday’s National Macaroni Day (naked macaroni rather than the cheesy variety, but it’s the spirit of the thing), here are five delicious YouTube recipes.

1. Waffled Macaroni and Cheese

Mac and cheese WAFFLES. Have you ever heard of such glory? If there’s one food item better than mac, it’s waffles. Plus this recipe is from the Today show, and man do I love the Today show. (My body may be 21, but my soul is a 45-year-old housewife.) See more here.

2. Southern Baked Mac and Cheese

I go to school in North Carolina, and in my three years below the Mason-Dixon line, the biggest thing I’ve learned about the South is that they love their mac and cheese. One of my friends from NC loves Southern-style mac and cheese so much that she refuses to grant the Kraft variety the name “mac and cheese.” (If it’s not baked with breadcrumbs on top, it’s just “pasta with cheese sauce.”) Here is one such example of “true” mac and cheese. See more here.

3. Truffle Mac and Cheese

If you’re looking for a more frou-frou style, you can’t go wrong with white truffle mac and cheese. Truffle mac represents an incredible phenomenon of today’s cooking: basic stuff made fancy by the sheer pretension of the modern palate. It’s like you want to be eating mac and cheese, but you’re not five, so you feel like you gotta kick it up a notch. I love the irony of it all, but I also love the result: fancy mac and cheese is bomb.

4. Mac and Cheese Pizza

Chances are, if you’re the type of person who likes mac and cheese, you’re also the type of person who likes pizza. I don’t want to generalize, but c’mon, let’s be real. So what would be better than combining the two? This type has bacon stuffed into the crust.

5. Orange and Black Mac and Cheese

Combine pop culture and mac and cheese. Watch Danielle Brooks and Samira Wiley from Orange is the New Black make Dorito-and-Cheeto mac and cheese. This cooking duo calls itself Pasty (their characters Poussey + Taystee, playing off those “Tasty” recipe videos you see all over Facebook). “Them Doritos and them Cheetos make it wassup,” Samira says. Couldn’t have put it better myself.

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Emily Carrick

July 2, 2016

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As HelloSociety’s tiny, bright-eyed summer intern (Emily, the selfie-obsessed academic from last post), I am freshly 21 years old. My birthday is today, July 1, so the Fourth of July always feels like a big celebration just for me. Especially this year, with the 1st on a Friday and the 4th on a Monday—it’s essentially an entire weekend of nonstop excitement, plus a lot of red and blue. This year, like I said, I’m turning 21, so it’s the perfect time for some Fourth of July cocktails. Here are five fun ways you can get your booze on this Independence Day. Happy drinking, and happy freedom!

1. Blueberry Coconut Sparkler
Bubbly and summery with the coconut addition. Perfect for your 4th happy hour (or hours).

Ingredients:
3 cups fresh blueberries
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup coconut rum
2 1/2 cups ginger ale
Ice
Coconut Flakes (optional garnish)

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Emily Carrick

June 24, 2016

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National Selfie Day 2016 was just a few days ago, on June 21. Having recently written a 15-page essay on the visual and social implications of selfies, I consider myself a connoisseur of selfie culture. As an homage to selfie academia and the recent official holiday, here’s a top five list of best grammed selfies.

1. Kim Kardashian

It wouldn’t be a selfie list without Kim Kardashian West. This is an iconic Kim selfie. Posted in late 2014, the image shows Kim’s sultry, pouty face… and a little sliver of baby North, who is mostly excised from the image. When criticized for cropping her daughter out, Kim tweeted: “Her eyes were closed and I was feeling my look! Can I live?!?!” Never change, Kim.

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Jorge Rivera

June 3, 2016

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Donuts are the absolute best dessert ever! You can eat them anytime anywhere. Here are 5 of some of the tastiest donut recipes that you can try at home! Happy baking/frying!

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