Krystal Skwar is a contributor to Bustle. She holds a M.Ed. from Boston College, which she uses to teach English at a Boston-area high school. She loves Cape Cod, YA lit, and British accents. Actually...she loves all accents.

Cheese And Crackers Just Got A Major Upgrade

You know that moment. You are getting ready for a friend's holiday party when it dawns on you — you completely forgot to make something to bring. Friends, don't underestimate the power of creative holiday cracker toppings. I'm not talking about your…
By Krystal Skwar

How To Make Cheap Champagne Taste Expensive

Ahh, champagne — it's a treat so light, so refreshing, so bright and festive, that I would go so far as to call it holiday cheer in a glass. It can also be pretty expensive. That's why learning how to make cheap champagne taste good is the ultimate…
By Krystal Skwar

8 Tips For Running In The Heat This Summer

Summer is the best time of year for lots of activities — grilling, strolling around the block, reading a book in the park, eating hot dogs. Cardio, on the other hand, can feel like a major chore. But in actuality, your body is designed to adapt to…
By Krystal Skwar

The Best Herb-Infused Cocktails For Spring

Warmer weather and longer days are finally here, and that means fresh herbs — even in your drinks. There's nothing quite like sitting on a patio and gazing at the buds on the trees while you sip on something minty, bubbly, and cool — like these…
By Krystal Skwar

How To Spring Clean The Feng Shui Way

Spring cleaning can feel good — until you accidentally inhale harsh chemicals and get a headache, that is. This year, when I did my annual apartment spring clean, I opted for a feng shui approach. Feng shui cleaning focuses on creating more chi…
By Krystal Skwar

I Interviewed Two Derms About Actual Skincare

The knowledge that the sun damages our skin is so ever-present and powerful that there is no excuse not to use a broad-spectrum SPF every day. And I don’t know too many people who don’t. But what if I told you that sunscreen and moisturizer are not…
By Krystal Skwar

5 Fresh Herbs You Should Have In Your Kitchen

Learning to cook was one part fear and two parts exasperation for me. But after a course called "Cooking with Herbs," my attitude toward cooking transformed. The class connected me to the process, making it more of a creative exercise and less of a…
By Krystal Skwar

9 Self-Help Books That Are Actually Worth Reading

When things fall apart, which they inevitably do at one point or another, it's human nature to search for some solid ground. Death, illness, job loss, the loss of a romantic relationship, or even a close friendship — it can all send the mind into a…
By Krystal Skwar

The Best Winter Recipes From Ina Garten

I am a huge Ina Garten fan. Huge. When my sister and I were growing up, her Food Network show, Barefoot Contessa , was one of those rare things we never argued over. We didn't do much "cooking" as teenagers, but I think we liked Garten herself.…
By Krystal Skwar

10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods You Should Be Eating

Ah, winter. Why do you make me so tired? Sometimes, when we are stressed and eating a poor diet over a long period of time, the body can respond with chronic inflammation. Now normally, inflammation is a healthy response to injury — it's how we…
By Krystal Skwar

6 Foods To Help You Banish Post-Holiday Bloat

Like most people, I scratched down a few diet and exercise resolutions during the last weeks of December — because I'm a responsible adult with goals, and because feeling bloated after the holidays is one of the most uncomfortable things, ever.…
By Krystal Skwar

15 Feminist Books to Read ASAP in 2015

Finally, in 2014, the word "feminism" was more important than ever before. Even Hollywood stars were reclaiming the word "feminism," and it was fantastic to see a heightened awareness of women's issues in the public consciousness. (See, not all of…
By Krystal Skwar

13 Misleading Lessons From Classic Books

I've been teaching American literature to high school freshmen and sophomores for a while. Often, in the middle of the year, one of my students will say, "Why is all the literature we read in school so depressing and weird?" And I'm like, "Huh. Good…
By Krystal Skwar

3 Hearty Winter Soups You Can Make From Scratch

Having a studio apartment can be a bummer when it comes to cooking. When I had roommates, I always had at least a little bit of counter space on which to chop my veggies, cut up some meat, and leave a trail of mess. Plus, I had people to share food…
By Krystal Skwar

Rape or Sexual Assault? Which Word We Use Matters

Maybe it’s the nerdy high school English teacher in me, but the word rape makes me cringe. No, it's not because I’m embarrassed to discuss the concept — it's because the word itself is terrible and outdated. Which is why I think the word rape should…
By Krystal Skwar

8 Herbal Teas To Cure All Your Winter Ailments

Mint-chocolate mocha lattes, holiday parties, skiing, cozy fireplaces, and snowmen. Sometimes, winter really does feel like the most wonderful time of the year. But of course, the cold weather also comes with some pretty unpleasant side effects…
By Krystal Skwar

8 Things Female Teachers Are Tired of Hearing

I've been a high school English teacher for seven years, and I've been a single woman for five of those seven. Over the years, I've gotten some terrible responses from guys — (and gals, but mostly guys) — when the "what do you do for work"…
By Krystal Skwar