A former East Coast newspaper and magazine writer and editor, Brandi now lives in Los Angeles where the weather is the same every day. The editor of two anthologies, Brandi's writing has been published in more than a dozen magazines and journals, including MovieMaker Magazine, Teaching Tolerance, Freshly Hatched, Common Dreams, Coast Magazine and more. She enjoys wearing hats, all things related to Stevie Nicks, Lauren Graham, and Carrie Fisher, and spending time with her special-needs beagle who has to eat all of her meals in a dog high chair.

Latest Articles

There's Probably Plastic In Your Seafood

Here's a fun little fact from the United Nations: Apparently, if you're eating seafood, you're likely eating plastic, too. The United Nations Environment Program reported that there is now so much pla...
By Brandi Neal

The Nutella Cafe Is Now A Thing

If you love Nutella — and let's face it, who doesn't? — you can now get your fix without searching for that giant jar of Nutella you know you bought last time you went grocery shopping: Nutella is ope...
By Brandi Neal

Instagram Face Filters & Hashtag Stickers Will…

Instagram is upping its game with hip new hashtag stickers and camera tools to make your already beautiful stories even more stellar. Now you can use Instagram's Hashtag Stickers to transform your sel...
By Brandi Neal

How To Use Instagram's New Eraser Brush

Instagram is rolling out rad new features May 16 to allow you to get even more creative with your photos. Among these fresh new options is the Instagram eraser brush, which lets you erase things you’v...
By Brandi Neal

A Private School May Allow Boys To Wear Skirts

For me, one of the worst things about going to Catholic school was being told what to wear to school every day. At my school girls wore plaid skirts like the one Rory wore on Gilmore Girls, and boys w...
By Brandi Neal

Here's The "Evidence" Behind The Avril Lavigne Conspiracy

You know you've "made it" when strangers take the time and effort to fabricate wild tales that you've died and been replaced by a clone. This is what's happened to Canadian musician Avril Lavigne, and...
By Brandi Neal

How Does Jupiter Retrograde Affect Your Love Life?

If you've been re-evaluating your love life lately, this newfound relationship introspection could be influenced by Jupiter Retrograde. While some planetary retrogrades affect external factors, Jupite...
By Brandi Neal

Was Avril Lavigne Replaced By A Lookalike?

Oh, why do you have to go and make things so complicated? Just like many things on the internet, rumors of the death of pop star Avril Lavigne are greatly exaggerated. In fact for those wondering is A...
By Brandi Neal

Why Your Sleep Patterns Can Get Worse In Your 30s

You might dread turning 30 for a whole host of reasons — like having to finally admit you're an adult, or something. And, while in your 20s you can get by on little-to-no sleep for days at a time, you...
By Brandi Neal

The Benefit To Always Being Late

Have you ever wondered how your life would be different if you weren't perpetually five minutes late? Well, you can officially stop feeling bad for never being on time because research suggests that p...
By Brandi Neal

The Real Reason You're Afraid Of Bugs

I'm afraid of bugs; the kind of irrational fear that makes me scream as if I am being attacked by Freddy Krueger instead of attempting to squash a spider. I have often asked myself why I am so scared ...
By Brandi Neal

Empowering Women's Organizations You Need To Know About

It's often said that necessity is the mother of invention, and empowering women — while always vital — has become more necessary than ever under the Trump administration. These empowering women's orga...
By Brandi Neal

This Powerful Photo Series Captures How Young Women See Themselves

For many women and teenage girls, looking in the mirror or being photographed is emotionally difficult, perhaps because we often can't reconcile what our culture teaches us we should look like with wh...
By Brandi Neal

This Weird Trick Might Help You Get To Sleep Easier

Sleep is kind of like dating someone who never texts you back. After a slew of missed texts, or in this case sleepless nights, how confident can you be in that relationship? If you're lying awake at n...
By Brandi Neal

Why Is Jupiter Retrograde So Long?

Jupiter Retrograde has been quietly facilitating your path of personal growth since Feb. 6, and it's not over yet even though it's already May. So, you might be wondering: why is Jupiter Retrograde so...
By Brandi Neal

How To Stop Saying "Yes" To Everything

Some people have no problem saying "no." But for many people, especially women, the desire to please others often leads to saying "yes" to things you either don't want to do or for which you don't act...
By Brandi Neal

What It Means If You See The Same Numbers Over & Over Again

Maybe you see the sequence 222 or 333 over and over again. Some people think seeing 11:11 on the clock is lucky, and a sign to make a wish. But what does it mean if you see the same sequence of number...
By Brandi Neal

Not A Morning Person? It Might Be Your Genes

I am not a morning person, and despite having to be up between 5 and 5:30 a.m. four days a week, it is extremely difficult for me no matter what time I go to bed. However, it turns out that might not ...
By Brandi Neal

The Scientific Case For Picking Your Nose

As a child, your mother probably told you repeatedly not to pick your nose and eat it. Looks like mom may have been wrong about this one because new research indicates that picking your nose and eatin...
By Brandi Neal

Blue Prosecco Is A Thing

Summer time, and the living's easy, especially with warm weather, good friends, and a cool drink. It's time to get a jump on sampling summer go-to beverages, because today is National Beverage Day, an...
By Brandi Neal