The great horror campout was this June, and I was SO excited for it. Unfortunately, the Great Horror Campout was a great big bore. We were so bored, in fact, that we left early, not even sleeping in the tents they provided. 

 The Great Bore-or Campout

 I got my dossier while I was in my office working, it was T Minus 8 hours until the great horror campout and we (my coworkers and I) were prepping to be scared all night long. We started outlining everything we'd need to remember, the puzzles we wanted to tackle first and read the horror tropes over and over again all day, just so we could be prepared for the night ahead. 

 When we got to the Great Horror Campout, we waited in line for about an hour, with over 200 other excited horror fans, and we were pumped! After getting our camp shirts, we went into our tents and started to plan again. We looked at maps, we scanned the crowds and pointed out the weak links in every group and had a blast. The second night fell, we were bored to tears. Waiting in line for 40 minutes just to get 'buried alive' with 15 other people wasn't our idea of scary (or fun). The one thing we thought would make our nights better, was blood tag. Unfortunately for us, blood tag was limited to 15 feet by 15 feet of forest, and it wasn't really tag, just freezing cold paint inside a watergun. ugh. 

We had such high hopes for this event, and I mean, who wouldn't! Zombies, and Voodoo, and Kidnapping, and all the scary monsters you could ever want in one place actively trying to attack you! That to me sounds awesome! 

The reality of the Great Horror Campout was: waiting in lines for way too long, puzzles that were super easy to solve, naked people running around, and even begging a character to scare us because we were so bored. If you'r a horror fan, and you're thinking about going to the great horror campout, Save your money for Halloween Horror Nights. It's a lot scarier, and you'll have way more fun.

I don't know why, but I can't stop wearing black. Even in summer. In LA. It's about 80 degrees outside right now, and I'm wearing black shorts and a black shirt. This outfit had me thinking 1. Why am I such a Masochist, and 2. How would I style black clothes all Summer long? 

Crop Tops // Crop tops, for summer? How revolutionary. But seriously if you don't regularly wear crop tops, your stomach and back is probably hot and sweating profusely. 

Cross Body Bag // I'm forcing myself to use purses, and to stop giving Kyle all my things when we go out. My bag of choice is a cross body with a bunch of weird buttons on it. 

Floppy Hat // If you haven't noticed, I F-ing LOVE floppy hats, they are the perfect amount of witchy and old hollywood, mixed with a dash of don't talk to me. 

Sandals // I have always been on the fence about the ugly birkenstock trend. This pair of flatforms by asos takes a piece of the birkenstock trend, and updates it. A little less granola, a little more goth. 

Booties // A staple in any modern goth's wardrobe. I wear my little black booties (mine have studs on the back!) with jeans and a black shirt when I go out for happy hour drinks! 

Sunglasses // It's summer, you need to wear sunglasses or you'll be squinting like crazy. 

Dress // I've been wearing a lot of slinky black dresses lately. Even better than a slinky black dress? A casual slinky black dress with awesome straps. 

Black Earrings // When I wear earrings, I make sure i'm wearing studs. Simple & won't weigh your ears down.

How Do You Wear Black In Summer?

Hello again fellow broke girls. This months Broke Girls Guide To... is all about travel! During the summer months, I want nothing more than to leave LA, and go just about anywhere.

1. Check for Local Deals // Groupon (I know, I'm obsessed) does a lot of crazy travel deals for really cheap! ($500 for one week stay in Jamaica + Round Trip air fare? Sounds AWESOME.)

2. Travel In The Off Season // This sounds a little weird, but traveling in the off season (Like going to NYC in the spring vs the fall, or coming to LA in the fall vs summer!) is a really easy way to save money. Prices aren't jacked up astronomically because there aren't many tourists, and things are less likely to be crowded!

3. Public Transportation Is Your Friend // Not only is public transportation cheap, you'll be able to get a better feel for the city, instead of just seeing the touristy parts! If public transport isn't your 'thing', walking around a new city is always invigorating!

4. Do Your Research // This feels like a no brainer, but seriously, sometimes people just don't understand! Researching an area before you travel there is super easy, and you're guaranteed to save some coin.

5. Eat Where The Locals Eat // aka Avoid tourist traps at all cost! Places that cater to tourists are probably a lot more expensive than that cool vegan diner, or tiny gastropub that's just around the corner from the tourist traps!

6. Split Costs & Travel With A Friend // Traveling alone is awesome, but if you get a group of your friends together, that 100$ a night hotel room is suddenly a lot cheaper, and it will leave you with a little more money in your pocket.

7. Keep An Eye On What You Spend // On vacation, its super easy to completely ignore your bank account, and ignore how much you're spending. Give yourself a daily 'allowance' and you'll be sure to avoid fees and random charges!

 Do you have any tips for traveling on a budget?

I'll admit it, I'm a giant procrastinator, and at times I'm not the most productive person on the planet. Luckily, we live in the 21st century, so there's apps to help me become better at productivity.

Evernote // it's 2015, if you don't use Evernote yet, you might be a lost cause. I use Evernote to jot down quick notes, draft blog posts, and I use it for preproduction on my YouTube channel! It's honestly a giant lifesaver, because I don't have to worry about syncing anything. I'm actually using it to write out this very post while I walk home from work!

Outlook // I had a gmail meltdown, in which all 5 emails I have in one inbox unlinked, so I had to find a new mail client so I don't have to stress out anymore. The outlook app for iPad and iPhone is totally killer, they have a feature called 'focused inbox' which filters your emails so the most important ones are separated from all the junk mail. Seriously awesome. Outlook also puts all of your email calendars in one convenient place. Another cool thing about outlook is the ability to link your box, Dropbox, and Google drive accounts so you have all of your attachments in one place.

1Password //  are you the type of person that forgets passwords? I definitely am. Thankfully 1password keeps everything together, and under lock and key. Just don't forget the master password! 

If This Then That // This is single handedly making me better at social media. IFTTT uses "recipes" so you can get more use out of your social media! For example, when I post to my Instagram, that picture will automatically be posted to my twitter, and Facebook Fan Page.  You can create any recipe for whatever needs you may have!

Clear // Simply put, this is one of the most beautiful apps out there. It is a to do list, and nothing other than a to do list. If you're fond of writing to dos by hand, you'll absolutely love this app!

What Apps Do You Use For Productivity? 

Moving into a new place is the worst, but it's also the best, because you're able to completely redecorate everything. My new favorite decor obsession is hanging a bunch of polaroids on strings and putting them against my brick wall! The only problem with that is that polaroids are really really expensive. 

Luckily, I found this amazing company, Printl, and they sent me my 10 most popular Instagram images from the past month. Surprisingly (not at all, actually) is I got sent a lot of selfies, but there were pictures I totally blanked on, that would look awesome on my wall!  

For only 9.99 a month, you'll get your most popular Instagram pics sent to you in a super cute little envelope! Getting these in the mail is really fun, because you never know what pictures were your top ten of the month! 

What would YOU do with 10 of your printed instagram pictures? 

Use this code ‘PRINTL70’ to get 70% Off your order! 

So you’ve seen my tips for building a better instagram, and now you want to monetize your social networks, but you don’t know where to start? Or maybe you’ve seen girls promoting things from your favorite brands, and you want to get in on the action? Luckily, dear reader, I’ve got you covered. As someone that works in social media as well as monetizing my own personal networks, I’ve used basically every app in the book and now I’ve built a comprehensive list that will help you use your badass social skills to make money. 

My favorite sites for monetizing your social media! 

Famebit // This is for YouTube only, if you have over 1k subscribers, it is actually quite lucrative! FameBit allows companies to post briefs about what they're offering, and what they expect in a video. It's super easy, and really fast to get you set up.
BONUS: their customer service is truly awesome.

Instabrand // InstaBrand allows companies to reach out to you based on the theme of your Instagram, and offer you products in exchange for promotion. 
BONUS: you get your own ambassador to help you get started with these brands.

ShopSense // This is for monetizing your blog! It's an affiliate marketing program, meaning you post a link to a product, and if any of your readers clicks the link, you'll get a commission based on the products your readers purchase. It's super simple, and has a great interface!
BONUS: ShopSense will send you kick ass sales from time to time!

Honorable mentions: 
Popular pays // Popular Pays is an app that connects you with companies that will offer products and services in exchange for promotion. I really liked this app, until it stopped working for me, and I got harassed on Twitter, because I said I didn't like it. Oops.

What are your favorite sites for making money with your social media accounts?

This 18 year old girl is making ridiculously beautiful gowns (When I was 18, I could barely dress myself!)

Are you weird?

How do you start charging for something you do for free?

You made me like you is my new obsession. Art + Fashion found everywhere!

Solo travelers are on the rise! 

Kids are creepy and shouldn't be trusted.

Boss Bitches of history will be your new favorite thing on youtube.

This Swedish pizza is stepping up the pizza game. Would you want to try a slice?

Make your own deep conditioner from home!

You can tell six intimate details about people just by looking at them, crazy!

A handy guide to gentrification (this is currently happening in my neighborhood... eep)

The startup castle is looking for roommates, but you probably wont meet the INSANE requirements.

Have you ever looked at your closet and realized you had way too much stuff? I always notice that I keep tee shirts from everything. "Going to a comic con? Better get a shirt, beauty convention? New shirts!" Luckily, I've found a way to keep all of my T shirts, and eliminate the clutter!
Project Repat will take your old T Shirts and make them into a quilt filled with memories, for a lower price than anyone else on the market right now! I got a large quilt, which was thirty T shirts, all sewn together. It's super simple to order your shirts and get your quilt made! The process took less than 2 weeks to send them my shirts and to get my quilts back! 

One of the best things about Project Repat, is that these quilts are 100% hand made in the USA, and they create fair wage jobs for a lot of workers in Fall River, MA & Morgantown, NC!

It's graduation season, and this makes the best graduation gift ever, it's a great price, and you'll be able to save memories better than you'd ever thought possible! Check out this cute video on why these quilts make such an awesome gifts here!
When the weather heats up, I start to crave warm foods. I honestly don't get it sometimes! This is my favorite simple soup recipe that tastes amazing, and isn't as heavy as soup normally is!


5- 6 leaves of fresh basil
3 fresh tomatoes
1 can of peeled tomatoes
1 can Chicken stock
1/2 cup heavy cream
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
Cut your fresh tomatoes in half, and place on baking sheet
Place all of your peeled tomatoes on baking sheet
Rip basil leaves and place on top of tomatoes
Drizzle olive oil and salt and pepper on tomatoes
Heat for 20 minutes, or until tomatoes start to crisp
When tomatoes are done, add to blender with chicken stock, and cream
Take blended mixture and add to saucepan to heat up
Once heated, enjoy!

What is your favorite simple recipe?

Getting new glasses is seriously the best feeling ever. I can SEE again, and it's magical!  My friends at Firmoo sent me this pair of glasses to use and to love forever and ever. And I do.  I usually get big thick black glasses from Firmoo, but this time, I tried something a little different, and went with tortoise shell and clear frames!

I knew these babies would look good on me before I got them, because Firmoo has an excellent feature where you upload a picture of yourself, and you can virtually try on any pair of glasses in the Firmoo store! Cool Right?

Right now, Firmoo is giving you your first pair of glasses FOR FREE! What are you waiting for? Go to Firmoo now and get some glasses!

See these glasses in action HERE!
Living in LA, you can’t walk down the street without running into a smoothie place! I love picking up an ice cold smoothie, but spending $8 a day on smoothies was a little ridiculous. To save money, we bought a blender and we’ve been making our own smoothies. Here are my favorite simple recipes Using today's sponsor, Mountain High Yoghurt!
Blackberry Vanilla
Blend 1/2 cup blackberries, 1/2 cup raspberries, 1 cup Mountain High Vanilla yoghurt, 1/2 cup orange juice and  1 tablespoon honey.

Super Greens 
Blend 1 Cup Kale, 1 cup Spinach, 1/2 Avocado, 1 Cup Blueberries, 1/2 cup Mountain High Vanilla Yoghurt, and 1 cup of coconut water! 
Sweet Strawberry 
Blend 1 cup strawberry, 1 Cup Mountain High Vanilla Yoghurt, 1/2 Banana & Ice!

What are your favorite smoothie recipes? Post them below!