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.

Mercury Retrograde Summer 2018 Will Affect These 3 Signs The Least

During Mercury retrograde, which begins July 26 in Leo, the best advice is always as follows: when in doubt, don't. When Mercury is retrograde — also known as hell on Earth — travel, technology, and communication are most likely to go awry. However, …
By Brandi Neal

If Amazon Prime Isn’t Working For You Right Now, Here’s What To Do

If you've been anxiously waiting for the start of Amazon Prime Day, and went to the website at 3 p.m. ET to score some deals, you may have encountered a problem. Wondering what to do if Amazon Prime isn't working for you during Prime Day? Lucky for y…
By Brandi Neal

These Mysterious Space Fragments Could Tell Us How The Universe Was Formed

There's a lot about the potential of life in galaxies far, far away that humans are still struggling to understand. One of these mysteries is the origin of the elusive ghost particle. After more than 100 years of research, astronomers and astrophysic…
By Brandi Neal

This Month’s Full Moon Is Going To Send All Zodiac Signs Into Emotional Overdrive

July is a cornucopia of astrological activity culminating in Mercury retrograde July 26 and a full blood moon and total lunar eclipse July 27. If you haven't heard of blood moons, and you're wondering if blood moons affect your zodiac sign differentl…
By Brandi Neal

Here’s What This Summer’s Mercury Retrograde Means For You, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

It's baaaack. Yes my friendlies, Mercury retrograde is almost upon us again. While Jupiter went direct a few days ago — giving you a short reprieve from the summer of eleventy-million retrograde planets — beginning July 26, Mercury will be in retrogr…
By Brandi Neal

Public Transportation Seats Might Have Bed Bugs On Them

It's no secret that public transportation is an ideal way to combat gridlock and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars. However, if you sit down on the bus or subway on the regular, the gross things on public transportation seats might make you v…
By Brandi Neal

If You’re Already Over Summer, This Pumpkin Wine Will Put You Right In The Fall Spirit

After an arctic winter and a summer comparable to hell's mouth, it seems like there's no happy medium. If you're already looking forward to fall and its accompanying pumpkin-spice lattes, Three Lakes Winery Pumpkin Wine will make you feel like your f…
By Brandi Neal

The Scientific Reason Some People Just Don’t Like Beer

Part of #adulting is figuring out what you like and dislike, and for some of us, beer is firmly in that latter category. But when everyone and their mother seems to love nothing more than a cold lager on a hot day, you might wonder why beer tastes so…
By Brandi Neal

13 Bastille Day Instagram Caption Ideas That Work Even If You’re Not In France

Today, Bastille Day, is the French celebration of the day in 1789 credited with the beginning of the French Revolution. If you want to celebrate what is known as la Fête Nationale in France, these Bastille Day 2018 Instagram caption ideas about resis…
By Brandi Neal

Here’s How To Get Mac & Cheese On The Cheap For National Mac & Cheese Day

The best holiday of the year is today, and that can only mean one thing: National Mac And Cheese Day 2018 deals and freebies. Because the only thing better than eating mac and cheese is eating free mac and cheese and being treated to top-secret mac a…
By Brandi Neal

Spooky Captions For Your Friday The 13th Instagrams

Do you have paraskavedekatriaphobia? According to the website HISTORY, this gibberish refers to the fear of the unluckiest day — Friday the 13th. If you answered yes, these spooky Friday the 13th Instagram captions will help you quell your fears by p…
By Brandi Neal

This Kind Of Dog Food Might Be Linked To Heart Disease

With choices ranging from raw, organic, dehydrated, and kibble, it can be difficult to discern the best diet for your dog. However, according to the FDA, there are some things you shouldn't feed Fido. New reports claim that potato, pea, and lentil-ba…
By Brandi Neal

10 Ways To Celebrate National Mac & Cheese Day This Weekend

If you've been yearning for the comfort of your childhood during these troubled times, you're going to want to celebrate National Mac and Cheese Day July 14 like it's the royal wedding of cheese. Because it is. While it's unclear who we have to thank…
By Brandi Neal

Casper Just Launched A Nap Club In NYC & It Even Comes With PJs

When was the last time you opened a conversation by saying, "I'm so tired?" Let's face facts; humanity is more stressed out — and consequently, more exhausted — than ever before. That's why napping is sort of having a moment right now. And mattress c…
By Brandi Neal

Jupiter Retrograde Is *Finally* Over & Here’s What You Can Expect

Five retrograde planets may have you feel like you're swimming up stream, and you're probably wondering when you can expect someone to throw you a lifeline. The good news is that Jupiter retrograde 2018 is almost over and Jupiter goes direct July 10.…
By Brandi Neal

Here’s How This Month’s New Moon Will Affect You, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Every aspect of July's cosmic chaos is vibrating with intense emotional energy, and the July 12 new moon in Cancer is no exception. How the July 2018 new moon will affect your zodiac sign largely depends on how flexible you are. Signs that have a har…
By Brandi Neal

You Can Now Get A Rosé Flavored Sangria Juice Box & It’s A Summertime Dream Come True

Juice boxes aren't just for the jungle gym. Seriously, just because you're a grown-ass woman doesn't mean you can't enjoy a juice box every now and then. My friendlies, if juice boxes are your jam, I have good news. Beso Del Sol Sangria Juice Boxes c…
By Brandi Neal

7 Products Around Your House That Might Have Formaldehyde In Them

If you think formaldehyde isn't something you have to worry about unless you work in a lab, this may not be the case. A recent report from POLITICO alleges that the Trump administration suppressed the release of an Environmental Protection Agency stu…
By Brandi Neal

If You Love ASMR Videos, It Could Give You A Mental Health Boost

If you can't get enough of those whispering videos on YouTube, you now officially have permission to watch as many as you want because ASMR is good for you. Yes, you read that right, ASMR whispering actually has both mental and physical health benefi…
By Brandi Neal

12 Trader Joe’s Products For Vegetarians That Are Actually Out Of This World

Whether it's fresh produce, prepared salads, or pre-packaged lentils, Trader Joe's is your go-to grocery store when you want to get quality vegetarian friendly foods and beauty products on the cheap. The best Trader Joe's products for vegetarians ran…
By Brandi Neal