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

You Can Now Buy Seedless Avocados & They Look Kinda Weird

"Avocado Hand" is real, and avocado-loving millennials are suffering avocado-related injuries. Slicing into the fruit, hitting the pit, and accidentally slicing your hand is so common it now has a name. And, for your safety, you can now get a pit-fre…
By Brandi Neal

This Worm That Literally Sheds Its Skin To Invade Humans Is Terrifying

If you have a phobia of anything that's creepy crawly, you might want to stop reading now. A worm so heinous that it's been dubbed the 'American Murderer" is invading people's bodies and tricking their immune systems. This killer worm sheds its skin …
By Brandi Neal

7 Ways To Practice Self-Care To Treat Holiday Depression & Anxiety

When you're already struggling with anxiety and depression, the holidays are especially difficult. If you're in this club that no one chooses to be a member of, you're going to want to try these self-care ideas for the 2017 holidays to help ease anxi…
By Brandi Neal

You're Going To Be Seeing This Color EVERYWHERE In 2018

While everyone was gaga over millennial pink in 2017, a new color has dethroned your favorite pastel. The color of 2018 is ultra violet, and it's going to take over your millennial pink obsession. If violet is not your jam, consider this: violet is t…
By Brandi Neal

This Is How Stress & Anxiety Can Affect Your Immune System

If you're one of 40 million people who suffer from anxiety, sometimes you might feel like your anxiety is making you sick. If you think your anxiety and stress is causing you physical illness, it's not all in your head. In addition to making you feel…
By Brandi Neal

These Facebook Groups Are Planning Epic Celebrations For The Royal Wedding

Excited doesn't even begin to describe the feeling people are experiencing over the royal engagement of Prince Harry and actor and humanitarian Meghan Markle. We all need something positive to focus on, and the glamor of the royal engagement has spaw…
By Brandi Neal

16 Gift Ideas For Your Friend Who’s A Proud Wine Snob

If you've got a wine aficionado on your 2017 holiday gift list, then this wine gift guide will take the guess work out of shopping for your vino-loving friends and family. These holiday 2017 gift ideas for wine snobs includes everything from beautifu…
By Brandi Neal

8 Ways To Stay Healthy Over The Holidays, According To Experts

During the holidays, things can get pretty chaotic. Between work, shopping, and running from one holiday gathering to the next, you might sacrifice taking care of yourself in order to fit in all of the merrymaking. If you're wondering how to stay hea…
By Brandi Neal

To Men Who Call Themselves Feminists, But Don't Stand Up Against Sexual Harassment

As more people are coming forward to out predatory men in positions of power, self-described good guys are joining the conversation to condemn alleged perpetrators and denounce their peers' behavior. But, as actor and author Ambler Tamblyn wrote in h…
By Brandi Neal

Hold Up — Whole Foods Is Having A Ginormous, 12-Day Cheese Sale

Ever year around the holidays there is likely some point where you find yourself humming "The 12 Days of Christmas." Let me help you get that song out of your head with this amazing replacement. The Whole Foods' 12 Days of Cheese sale is real, so now…
By Brandi Neal

This New Instagram Feature Lets You Keep Stories On Your Profile For As Long As You Want

While Instagram will likely never give you back your beloved chronological newsfeed, they do keep rolling out features that make this app your go to for posting your favorite snaps. If you've updated to the latest version of Instagram, there's a new …
By Brandi Neal

Here’s How To Protect Yourself Against Mercury Retrograde During The Holidays This Year

You: "It's the end of 2017, and I'd like to wrap up the year without any additional drama." Mercury Retrograde: "Yeah, that's not going to happen." It's true, the cosmic creeper is back, and you're going to need some ways to protect yourself against …
By Brandi Neal

This Opossum Breaking Into A Liquor Store For Bourbon Just Captured Twitter’s Heart

Humans aren't the only ones having a rough time this year. Animals are also feeling the strain of 2017's tsunami of political squabbles and social scandals — case in point, this opossum breaking into a liquor store for bourbon. While many people have…
By Brandi Neal

4 Things That Happened When I Meditated Every Day For A Month

Relaxing is seriously not my thing. I am so go-go-go that sometimes I forget to eat. However, when I undertook a challenge to meditate every single day for a month, I learned that some much needed mental relaxation is a welcome side effect. I'm a pre…
By Brandi Neal

Tonight’s Supermoon Might Seriously Mess With Your Sleep

The forthcoming supermoon, also know as the Full Cold Moon, isn't likely to turn you into a werewolf, but it could leave you feeling tired and cranky. Yes, the December full moon might mess with your sleep, but whether or not you are affected could b…
By Brandi Neal

A Weed Tasting Flight Gift Set Exists Just In Time For The Holidays

If you've got an herb-lovin' Californian on your holiday 2017 shopping list, surprise them this holiday season with the ultimate cannabis gift box. Lowell Farm's One Ounce Cannabis Tasting Flight puts a green spin on the familiar beer flight. And, th…
By Brandi Neal

This Mercury Retrograde Is Going To Be ROUGH For People With These Signs

The good news is that 2017 — also known as the dumpster fire of the decade — is almost over. However, thanks to Mercury Retrograde, the end of 2017 is going to be just as rocky as the beginning. If you're wondering which signs are most affected by Me…
By Brandi Neal

This Is When You Can See This Weekend’s Gorgeous Supermoon

If you're dreading the beginning of Mercury Retrograde Dec. 3, you can counteract the smallest planet's bad mojo by setting your intentions under December's supermoon, which is happening the same day. But some people will want to check out the moon j…
By Brandi Neal

Mercury Retrograde Is Happening During The Holidays This Year & It’s Gonna Be ROUGH

It's back. Mercury Retrograde is returning just in time for the 2017 winter holidays. The one saving grace is that Mercury will go direct two days before Christmas so you won't have to drag its backward energy into 2018. If you're wondering how Mercu…
By Brandi Neal

12 Ways To Celebrate Giving Tuesday This Year & Give Back To Your Community

If Black Friday and Cyber Monday aren't your jam, consider contributing to social good during 2017 holidays instead. You can give back this holiday season with these 12 ways to celebrate Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. While it can be hard to summon g…
By Brandi Neal