Anna Parsons
Senior Creative Strategist for Branded Content and Bustle Studios. I'm happy to work where I live — the Internet.
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Young Women Have Big Questions, And We're Answering All Of Them On Season 2 Of "The Bustle Huddle"

Huddle up, podcast listeners, because The Bustle Huddle is back for our second season, which means more women on the mic, and so much for you to be excited about. In the upcoming weeks, Bustle editors, celebrities, and experts will be answering some…
By Anna Parsons

These Are Dr. Pimple Popper's Favorite Popping Videos For Beginner Popaholics

Confession: Whenever I, a 32-year-old woman, encounter a cockroach, I cope by imagining that I am Wall-E and that the cockroach is my friend (and conveniently also the last living being on Earth). This technique has gotten me through many cockroach e…
By Anna Parsons

These Were The BEST Podcast Episodes Of 2017, According To Experts

Podcasts are everywhere right now. Your favorite comedian has one, the guy who lives two doors down has one, and maybe you're even thinking of starting one. Get this — according to Apple, there are currently 450,000 active shows and 15 million episod…
By Anna Parsons

8 Stages Of Waiting For Your Next Paycheck

If your favorite day of the month is payday and you've never met an ATM you can look in the eye, here are the eight oh-too-real stages of making it to the next paycheck.
By Anna Parsons & Claire Joines
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Would You Be Willing To Follow Anonymous Advice?

For most people, a guilty pleasure means making sure no one ever hears embarrassing 90s pop blasting from your headphones. Me? For most of my 20s, I harbored a secret addiction to self-help books. Just one look under my bed would reveal titles like Y…
By Anna Parsons

8 Tips For Making It In Film & Television

In the world of college broadcasting, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call Katie Maraghy a visionary. The co-founder and executive producer of ELN Morning, the first morning show to debut at her alma mater, Elon College, Maraghy and her team took a…
By Anna Parsons

9 Things Guys Want You To Know About Online Dating

It's 2016 and meeting someone through a friend or serendipitously running into your old crush at the DMV has been replaced with a strange and unusual mating ritual that begins (and often ends) with a swipe, match, and “hey there ;)”. The dating scene…
By Anna Parsons

Does The Reverse Hair Washing Method Really Work?

Born with the simultaneous blessing and curse of thick, coarse red hair, I long held the belief that I was immune to flat hair. Having grown up with a triangle-shaped 'do, I've been a lifelong student of frizz self-defense while paying zero attention…
By Anna Parsons

Listen To People Confess Their Biggest Sex Secrets

Harboring a lifelong secret desire to sex up an anthropomorphic cartoon character? Worried that you're the only one who's encountered the wrong types of body fluids in bed? Conflicted on whether or not you choose a furry or adult baby as a sexual par…
By Anna Parsons

New Yorkers On The Weirdest Places They've Done It

I've long suspected that beds don't actually have a monopoly on where people have sex, even though the sexually active population tends to be hush-hush about their alternative spots of choice. Driven by suspicion that this lack of admission is a prod…
By Anna Parsons

Girl Talk: Blogologues On The Worst Of The Web

Welcome to Girl Talk, a new series where Bustle features funny females you should know about. We’ll subject them to a round of the ‘80s throwback game "Girl Talk" (you know you remember it) and talk about their upcoming projects — and we'll promise t…
By Anna Parsons

Submit A Nominee For The 2016 Upstart Awards Now

Do you know a 2015 graduate who started to change the world before she even had a diploma? Bustle wants to honor members of the Class of 2015 who are making an impact in their respective industries — and doing so at an age when most of us were just b…
By Anna Parsons

Meet Our 2014 Upstart Awards Winners!

There’s no shortage of creative, cultured, and impressive women on Bustle's pages. And as a young company, we're especially cognizant of women getting their first big break. That’s why we created the Upstart Awards, a program designed to celebrate th…
By Anna Parsons
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Can You Force Yourself To Be A Morning Person?

Perhaps the biggest problem plaguing my adult life has been my inability to wake up at the first buzz of my alarm. I always have big dreams of getting up at 6 a.m. to take a run, eat a healthy breakfast, and tend to email before heading off to work. …
By Anna Parsons
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What To Do In Raleigh This Summer

While North Carolina, the Tar Heel state, is famous for basketball, pork barbecue, and iced tea, it is often overlooked as a summer destination. But times are changing! North Carolina is beginning to receive long-deserved attention for its temperate …
By Anna Parsons
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What To Do In Atlanta This Summer

Let's get one thing straight: Atlanta is pretty sweltering in the summer, so the "Hotlanta" nickname is not unearned. But still, there's something magical about the city in the warmer months. True locals know that there's an art to thriving in Atlant…
By Anna Parsons
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Female Firsts In Military History

It's hardly breaking news, but it bears repeating: women are integral to the U.S. military, and they always have been. OK, so maybe you already knew that ... but not everyone does! When former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta lifted the ban on women…
By Anna Parsons

5 Bad Ass Women To Give You Serious Career Inspo

Whether you work at a desk from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or have a career that requires non-traditional hours and nary a cubicle, you've probably heard "advice" that tells you to maintain a perfect coif for the sake of looking professional. Women’s magazines…
By Anna Parsons
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What To Do In Orlando This Summer

Each year, 50 million travelers agree that Orlando, Florida, is pretty magical. Consistently ranked as America's most visited destination due in part to its title of "theme park capital of the world," it's easy to forget just how much Orlando has to …
By Anna Parsons
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Mint Julep Recipes With 5 Ingredients Or Less

Just the phrase "mint julep" alone inspires thoughts of socializing at a Kentucky horse track or lazing about on a front porch in warm weather. This deceivingly fancy drink is actually incredibly easy to make and requires only bourbon, sugar, and min…
By Anna Parsons