I am a bi-monthly columnist at The Lingerie Addict, as well as the NYC Lifestyle Writer for Rally by Eventbrite.

A Day in the Life: Lingerie Brand Founder Helena Stuart of Only Hearts

"She doesn’t want to do another red for Autumn/Winter 17, because they did it for the two seasons before. The shade in question is a rich blue-toned red called Rosehip. Roseanne, one of the design assistants, says, “if you cut Rosehip, you don’t have a sex color.”

“Is that not a sex color?” Helena asks, pointing at a vibrant shade of blue-toned orchid.

Roseanne gives the fabric swatch a big side-eye. “It is for someone,” she jokes."

Why Empathy is The Most Important Trait in a Lingerie Boutique Employee

"Almost every single woman I fit says something bad about her body. It’s not typically spoken for a rebuttal or dismissal, but just in general, like a universal apology that someone else has to see the body she exists in. I expected it, as it happens in apparel stores as well, but it’s such a constant occurrence in lingerie retail. It’s difficult to handle because it’s a little heartbreaking every time, but it’s not something that should be completely ignored, simply scoffed at, or replied to apathetically."

What Influences Lingerie Sizing?

"The modern ready-to-wear lingerie industry is a blessing and a curse. On the bright side, it means great lingerie is widely available to many people, as opposed to just those privileged enough to have custom-made intimates. On the other hand, ready-made lingerie doesn’t fit everyone. No one fits perfectly into all available styles, even in the sizes they expect to wear. Plus, most lingerie labels sell narrow size ranges that sometimes leave consumers feeling excluded when they fall outside of the size chart.

But those size ranges are crafted for a multitude of reasons–reasons that likely have nothing to do with excluding anyone. Even the biggest lingerie lines cannot start out by making every single style in every single size, and adding sizes takes more than simply deciding to do it."

Why Dating in NYC is Actually Awesome

"Some parts of dating—like being catfished, harassed, or having your heart broken—are never going to feel awesome or be OK. But there are a lot of things that make the attempt to find “the one” (or “one of the ones,” whatever) particularly great, when you live in this metropolis that over 8 million of us call home.

Disclosure: I am a heterosexual white woman in her twenties who is currently in a relationship. The worst, I know. Y’all are gonna hate-read this article and probably angry-tweet at me. But this is my truth—or, you know, the truth I tell myself when I’m on a first date and the guy just told me he thinks eating organic peppers cures cancer."

7 Vegetarian Restaurants That Meat-Eaters Won’t Hate

"Obviously, if you’re one of those fragile carnivores who says salads are for rabbits and will talk about consuming bloody animal flesh in detail to make vegans feel uncomfortable, you won’t like any of these restaurants, either. And that’s okay, because you’re likely a jerk with no friends and won’t be eating in public with anyone anyway!

But if you’re an omnivore who is at least a little open to eating a vegetarian meal that doesn’t feel lacking, read on."

Where to Go When You Feel Like Being a Kid Again in NYC

"Ahh, adulting, the eternal struggle of the millennial. Who wants to do their own laundry, cook their own meals, and choose between following their passions and having an actual savings account? Sure, we might be stuck in arrested development, but between rising rents and Metrocard prices going up again, being an actual adult in NYC can be understandably frustrating.

There are perks, though, like eating at the best restaurants, enjoying the most exciting nightlife, and, well, acting like a kid whenever you feel like—or, more realistically, when you can afford to stop thinking about health insurance for a minute. Time to get way-too-excited about life and forget your cares for a few hours by regressing into your childhood at these carefree NYC spots."