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Before Anything Else: September

A little over three months ago, I embarked on a journey with Accutane. I’m now halfway through my treatment and am suddenly obsessed with skincare. Like really. The amount of money I spent on products after my last paycheck? Out of this world.

In the Crosshairs

Razors! Lasers! Tweezers! Hot wax!

Bali: A Scrapbook

Joellen Lu, our Senior Social Media Manager, took a 35-hour INSANE-but-totally-worth-it flight to Bali this summer, and came back with billions of beloved photos, food recs, hike recs, beach recs, and just a TON of genuine enthusiasm for Indonesia and its culture. Here, below, is Joellen’s bright, mega-inspiring scrapbook/travel guide. Enjoy it. It’s made with love, just for you. 🏝

Alicia Claire de Mello on Thrifting & Ethical Fashion

Two years ago I decided to start a YouTube channel. I struggled over what video should be my first, but eventually decided on a thrift haul, as I’ve always been an avid thrifter. To my surprise, that video did fairly well, and now thrift hauls are definitely my most watched type of content. Which, of course, excites me, because thrifting has always been my primary way of purchasing new clothing.

Before Anything Else: August

“Monthly Favorites” is the YouTube tag that refuses to die, and for good reason: 1) it’s a great way to share and discover new and thrilling products/tools/snacks/media, and 2) there’s nothing more compelling than knowing what other people find compelling. Before Anything Else is our version of “Monthly Favorites,” and each month we feature a new person with a new perspective. This month’s BAE is Chiaki Samonte, our graphic designer.

Aeshia DeVore Branch, Pretty Girls Sweat

Aeshia DeVore Branch is the founder of PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT, a healthy lifestyle brand that makes fitness fun and affordable for women. She’s also the mastermind behind PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT fest ATLANTA, an annual fitness festival, SWEATlebrity Awards Show, and fundraising effort that benefits Sporty Girls Inc, Girls On The Run, Dance 411, and TeenDiariesFoundation.org.

The 48-Hour Beauty Regimen

Nicole Burt is our Director of Event Marketing, and her beauty regimen is so confusingly on-point - so flawless! - it straight-up scrambles my brain. Don’t get me wrong, I am deeply invested in this s#$t - I love an overpriced zit cream just as much as the next beauty editor. But Nicole Burt is next-level DEVOTED to upkeep. She’s a shiny blur of statement lips, gemstone nails, and reflective, pearlescent teeth. Who has the time - the stamina! - for that level of maintenance?

#HaulTalk: “I’m Scared to Date”

#HaulTalk is our monthly advice column, where we help readers out with their everyday (and not-so everyday!) dilemmas + woes! Are you struggling? Do you need advice? Hit us up at!

Behind the Screen: Brittney Paulson, Art Director

Brittney Paulson is our in-house Art Director, and several times a year she helps conceptualizes and produce photo shoots for StyleHaul featuring the creator community. Here, Brittney talks to us about inspiration, creative vision, and what it really takes to execute a successful shoot.

Savannah Ward, Little Hawk Shop

For teacher-turned-thrifting goddess Savannah Ward, starting a one-woman Instagram shop wasn’t a play for extra cash, but rather, an attempt to give the people what they wanted. “The people,” AKA Savannah’s adoring followers, had been fawning over her thrifted apartment decor on social media for months.

10 Ways to Look and Feel Great Without Makeup

I, Bubz, am 31-years-young, and you know what? I’m wearing less and less makeup these days. It’s partially laziness, partially busyness, but as a mother of two adorable, slightly monstrous little human beings, I now value sleep more than I do primping time.

Before Anything Else: Travel Prep Edition

Traveling is an expensive hobby of mine, but I’ve been guiltlessly devoted to it for as long as I can remember. There’s nothing more thrilling than exploring new places, facing the unknown, and temporarily living a life that’s not my own!