A Los Angeles based writer, editor, storyteller, and mental health advocate, Brandi is a weekend Lifestyle Writer at Bustle. The editor of two anthologies, her writing has been published in more than a dozen magazines and journals. She enjoys wearing hats, all things related to Stevie Nicks, Lady Gaga, Lauren Graham, and Carrie Fisher, and spending time with her special-needs dog who has to eat all of her meals in a dog high chair.
Latest Articles

This Goat Gave Birth To Twins During Goat Yoga & No, You’re Crying

It's possible that the only thing cuter than a session of goat yoga is witnessing the birth of goat babies during your yoga class. That's exactly what happened when Tassi the goat birthed twin goats during a goat-yoga class in Suwanee, Ga., the New Y…
By Brandi Neal

15 Instagram Caption Ideas For When You Want To Celebrate Rosé Season

If you're kicking off Memorial Day weekend with a rosé-all-day marathon, you're going to need some punny Instagram caption ideas for your rosé season pics. Because, you can't post "rosé all day" for every snap. Writing a witty Instagram caption can b…
By Brandi Neal

You Can Now Buy A Literal Rainbow Mermaid Tail To Wear At The Pool This Summer

After the dumpster fire of the last few years, a little fun is the least you deserve this summer. Well my friendlies, fun you shall have because Fin Fun mermaid tails exist for adults so you can live out thoseThe Little Mermaid-inspired goals IRL. Be…
By Brandi Neal

7 Ways Social Media Literally Changes Your Brain, According To Science

The internet is a wild place that's given us many good things, and just as many not-so-good things. Whether you slot social media into either camp is entirely up to you. But one thing experts are starting to understand is how social media changes you…
By Brandi Neal

Ways To Keep Bugs Out Of Your Apartment Using Stuff You Probably Have At Home

Summer means rosé all day, pool floats, and uninvited house guests that won't leave, and I don't mean your couch-surfing friends. These freeloaders are much worse — bugs. However, there are natural ways to keep cockroaches and other bugs out of your …
By Brandi Neal

You Can Now Get A Giant Pool Float Shaped Like Colonel Sanders (Yes, *That* Colonel Sanders)

Just in time for summer, KFC is giving away giant pool floats shaped like the chain's mascot, Colonel Sanders. This means you can eat a bucket of chicken while floating in the arms of the colonel. Because, summer goals. "We want this to be the best …
By Brandi Neal

These Are The Gross Habits That Everyone Has, But Will Never Admit

Whether it's clipping your toenails in bed or picking your teeth and smelling it, there are some gross habits everyone has but no one talks about. On Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw called this "secret single behavior," or SSB, and I think that's a…
By Brandi Neal

This Could Be Why You Don’t Have Instagram’s New Mute Feature Yet

If you just can't take another food gram from one of your Instagram friends, but you don't want to unfollow them, you might be furiously googling: Why don’t I have Instagram’s mute feature? The app just rolled out this new feature on May 22, which fi…
By Brandi Neal

10 Cat Breeds That Are The Most Social & Will Enjoy Being Cuddled By You All The Time

While some pet parents seek an independent cat that will do its own thing, others want a cat that won't mind when they try to hang out with it all the time. If the latter is you as a cat parent, it's important to know which cat breeds are the most so…
By Brandi Neal

This Is The Biggest Sign You Might Be An Empath, Even If You Don’t Realize It

If you've ever sat next to someone you've never even spoken to before and felt an overwhelming sense of an emotion you can't place — or have even felt pain in your own body that seems to have no physical cause — there's a possibility you're an empath…
By Brandi Neal

Gemini Season Is Going To Shake Things Up For EVERY Sign This Year

If you've been feeling stuck lately, the stubborn energy associated with Taurus season is making its exit and the changeable vibe of Gemini season is here to help propel you forward like a boss. Wondering what Gemini season means for your sign? "This…
By Brandi Neal

How To Tell If Your Cat Is An Indoor Or Outdoor Cat

If you've had cats all of your life then you know that some feline friends are perfectly happy to live a life of indoor-domestic bliss while others will tear out a screen to get outside. If you're not sure how to tell if your house cat is actually an…
By Brandi Neal

Meghan Markle’s Wedding Speech Was Reportedly As Beautiful As We Knew It’d Be

One of the reasons everyone is royally fascinated with newlyweds Meghan Markle and Prince Harry is because the royal couple is breaking myriad longstanding traditions, including norms about who gives speeches at the wedding. Meghan Markle's wedding s…
By Brandi Neal

7 Things Dating Someone Who’s The Same Zodiac Sign As You Will Teach You

There's a dating theory that a relationship needs both flowers and gardeners because if you have two flowers there's no one to tend to the garden. Couples who have the same zodiac sign can fall into this trap. However, there are things you can learn …
By Brandi Neal

The One Super Gross Thing Your Bed Is Probably Dirtier Than, According To Science

I'm sorry my friends, but this latest discovery about your bed might have you losing sleep. Turns out, your bed is probably dirtier than you think — and the thing it's probably dirtier than is super gross. This is where a healthy dose of denial is to…
By Brandi Neal

9 Ways This Royal Wedding Was Way More Modern Than Past Ones

The newly named Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, made history with their storybook courtship and wedding. What's more, there are myriad ways the royal wedding 2018 was more modern than previous royal weddings. From deciding…
By Brandi Neal

The 15 Best Twitter Reactions To The Royal Wedding You Probably Missed This AM

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is one of the only times when millions of people voluntarily got up before dawn on a Saturday. And, the best Twitter reactions to the royal wedding prove that even the most bleary-eyed royal-wedding watch…
By Brandi Neal

This Is What Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s Body Language At The Royal Wedding Means, According To Experts

The royal newlyweds have never been shy about expressing their affection for each other in public, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's body language at the royal wedding is just as full of meaning as their body language throughout their courtship. F…
By Brandi Neal

Prince Charles Walking Meghan Markle Down The Aisle Is An Even Bigger Deal Than You Thought

If you're a devoted royal-wedding watcher, you might be wondering: Why is Prince Charles walking Meghan Markle down the aisle? The recent news that Thomas Markle, father of the royal bride to be, won't be attending the wedding of the century due to h…
By Brandi Neal

There’s An Important Meaning Behind The Royal Wedding Décor

From the cake to the drinks to the dress to the flowers, tradition informs every part of royal wedding preparation. While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have broken tradition with a number of their wedding plans, the royal wedding color scheme was li…
By Brandi Neal