10 Types of Men You Will Most Likely Meet On Tinder.

Ohhhh Tinder. The weird little app that let's you scroll through (hopefully) single people in your area to "date". I am ashamed to admit that I have a tinder profile but honestly I think just about everyone in LA does whether they'll admit it or not. Now, I've actually never gone on a tinder date because stranger danger is real my friends & if I don't have at least one mutual friend who can vouch to the fact that you're a real person I'll probably assume that you're a murderer or a robot. That's just me. I did come close to going out for drinks with a gorgeous guy I saw on there in Michigan  while I was filming Roommates on Elm Street but my work schedule just did not allow it & I have been hanging out with a guy who I initially flirted with via twitter…which is just as bad & 100 times more public (in fact his mother tweeted me in the middle of our twitter flirtation soooo… there's that…) therefore. I am not judging those of you who do go on tinder dates. Do your thang (but maybe bring some pepper spray), no shame in the game. 

I am however judging some of the weird/rude/weird/creepy/weird/awful guys that I have come across on this app though. This blog is dedicated to them. 

The 10 Men You Will Most Likely Meet On Tinder:


1. The guy who will never respond - this guy is on Tinder purely for a confidence boost, he just wants to see how many women find him attractive.

2. The guy posing with a puppy- I SEE WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO DO!! Do not fall for this guy's tom-foolery. Everyone looks 77% more adorable if they are holding a puppy. It's science.

3. The guy whose photos are all group pics- Chances are all his friends are hotter than him….and he knows it.

4. The "Honest" guy- This guy will message you in an attempt to be "honest" & "direct" about his intentions to just sleep with you & never call. He will probably send something super sweet like "Wanna fuck *winky face*" He will also probably call you a cunt if you say no. Bye Felipe.

5. The guy who will spend days asking you about yourself but never ask you out in real life.- Not even going to try to understand this person…. They're probably just bored… Or they have a girlfriend who isn't giving them enough attention?

6. Dan Bilzerian- RUN.

7. The guy who is sending the same exact message to every girl he matches with- For example, I give you "Pool Cue Brian" Now, Brian has been caught about 1000 times sending the exact same message to multiple women in the LA area- he was even featured on Buzzfeed…yet that hasn't stopped good Ol' Bri… I was aware of his shenanigans prior to matching with him but I had to see if he would send the same "I kinda want to make out with you" message to me, you know, for science. He did. 

8. The guy you actually know in real life- This is always awkward… 

9. Your friend's shady-as-fuck boyfriend- Do you tell her?? WHAT DO YOU DO? Somethings you just can't unsee.

& last but certainly not least...

10. The guy who will immediately send you an unsolicited dick pic- AHHHHHHH MY EYES!!!

Well, that pretty much covers my experience with Tinder so I think i'll probably stick to the old fashioned thing of meeting men in bars….. 

Xx.

 

Artists & Fleas

This past weekend I had the absolute pleasure of joining my friend Abella at an event downtown called  Artists & Fleas the event originated in Williamsburg, NYC - started a second market in Chelsea, NYC & now they have joined us over here on the West Coast in DTLA! Every 3rd weekend of the month AMAZING artisan vendors, vintage shops, food trucks, tarot card readers and so much more come together to sell their amazing products! If you are searching for some awesome one of a kind jewelry, candles, paintings, vintage clothing- THIS is the place to shop. I completely fell in love with GORGEOUS jewelry from Biological Jewels &  Androgyny Designs, a Fig & Lilac scented candle from FiddleFish , & got a tarot reading from the gorgeous Alyson Redder of Violet & Lark .

Overall it was an incredible day filled with art, good vibes, and lots of laughs! 

I sincerely urge you to check out all of the awesome vendors listed above & check out the event for yourself next month! 

 

Holiday Fashion Must Haves

Ok, I will say it. The holidays are the death of me. Don't get me wrong, I love egg nog and pumpkin flavored things, the smell of a Christmas tree, and cuddling by a fire with someone special. HOWEVER on the flip side, buying gifts is not REALLY in my budget right now, having nice outfits for the multitude of Christmas parties I've been invited to is STRESSING ME OUT, and my family is very blended so I always feel bad when I choose to spend Christmas with either parent. Thankfully at least one of these problems is completely fix-able (is that a word? I'm not sure..) ANYWHO, back to clothes. I find that for holiday parties it is best to keep it simple and wear your everyday clothes and include a bold statement piece such as a sequin blazer over that perfect LBD you already own or a patterned dress with some tights and jewelry you've got lying around- maybe even a cute jumpsuit! I also think it's a good move to wear something LOOSE in the stomach area- um hello, you'll probably be eating way more food than normal. 

I have recently teamed up with Fevrie Fashion for this holiday season to give my readers 25% OFF of their entire site until December 31st! They have TONS of amazing statement pieces (like the amazing dress below which was a HIT at my family Thanksgiving get together- and it was loose and comfortable enough to wear while over-eating and dancing around like a fool with all the kiddos in my family! This site has it all- from classy lace brocade tops to go meet your boyfriend's parents in to sexy-yet-classic dresses to wear for a night on the town with your old friends from high school (who has the best style now? um you...duh.) Just type in the code LAURABARRETT at check out and you're all set! 

Photos by Alycia Creative. 


Deal Breakers.

So something that most actors who follow the casting breakdowns know is that you can actually get PAID to go be in the audience for certain shows- they're usually silly shows like Judge Judy or Let's Make a Deal- it's an easy way to go make $50-$100 cash on your day off and sometimes it's actually a lot of fun. Yesterday I was given the opportunity to get paid to attend 2 tapings of The Real, a new show hosted by comedian Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai, Tamara Mowry, & Tamar Braxton (Toni Braxton's little sister). It was actually a lot of fun & I even scored some cool swag along with being paid to go, I also got to meet Tamara Mowry who is so gorgeous and sweet- so overall, it was a pretty great day. 

A few topics that they discussed actually stood out to me though- one woman and her husband came out and discussed the fact that she takes TWO HOURS to get ready on any given day and it was causing problems in their relationship. We later played a little game called "date or diss" where we were given scenarios and asked whether we would still date the guy or diss him. It was interesting to see how many of us disagreed on some of these topics. For instance: I think it sounds BAT SHIT CRAZY to take 2 hours to get ready just for something as simple as dinner or a baseball game- an awards show or photoshoot MAYBE, but AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT on a regular basis, well, or so I thought. Some of the hosts completely agreed with this woman and sort of got on the husband for not understanding everything that women have to go through.  Another topic a lot of us disagreed on was whether they would "date or diss" a guy based on the fact that he talked to his mother on the phone every day. I said DISS- but quite a few of the women said that that was totally fine! 

So this got me thinking, what are your dating DEAL BREAKERS?? I'm willing to budge on a lot of things, but there are certain things that I will not compromise on & feel free to ask anyone I've ever dated (or my parents) I am stubborn as all hell.

Ok so here goes.

1. Mama's boys- don't get me wrong- I think everyone should love and respect their mothers, update them on their life, send flowers on their birthday or even just because- but when it crosses that line where you're telling your mom good news before your girlfriend, she has a key to your apartment, or she's still doing your laundry. No. Buh Bye.

2. Texting my girl friends- Unless you're asking for advice on what to get me for Christmas or setting up a surprise party for my birthday, no. I know a lot of other girls who are not weird about this, but for reasons I won't go into on this blog, it's just not my thing.

3. Bad Tippers- As someone who has had many serving jobs while trying to support my dream of being an actress it really irks me when people are rude to waiters and don't tip at least 18%. To me this shows that he views himself as "better" than these people and I can not with pompous assholes. Bye.

4. Cigarette smoking- Gross. & I don't want to smell. The end.

5. Being Homophobic- My gay besties were here before you & they are not going anywhere, so deal. I have no room for intolerant macho bullshit in my life.

6. Video Games- I've dated THAT guy. Nope. I don't want to spend my Sunday afternoon watching you play video games, I want to go to the beach, & let's be real, unless you're a millionaire- do you REALLY HAVE TIME to spend 5 hours playing WoW? 

7. Boundaries- I live in a controlled access building in an apartment alone with my cat for a reason- I like my space, do not show up unannounced. I will think you are creepy. Fact.

8. Owning a snake- Sort of joking. But like....really.... I will never live with a snake so... this probably won't work out....

9. Dismissing the idea of Marriage and Children- Men who are in their 30's in LA still CRINGE at these words and it's so ridiculous to me. I am 25, it's time to start being honest with the world about what I WANT. If you don't ever see yourself getting married or having children, NEXT.

10. Referring to his ex-girlfriend's as "Crazy"- If a guy tells me that ALL of his ex's are crazy bitches, I'm going to assume that this dude DID SOMETHING TO MAKE THEM CRAZY BITCHES. Bye.

11.  HYGIENE.- I get it, you're a dude- but I appreciate some manscaping and deodorant, k thanks.

Oh & Cheating. But that's a given.

OK so those are things that I WON'T BUDGE on, and after being on the show yesterday I know that not everyone agrees with me! However, there were a few things that most of the women said they would "Diss" a guy for that I was like WHATTTTT?!?!?!

The one in particular that comes to mind is "Would you date or diss a guy who wished his ex a happy birthday on Facebook?" Most of the women in their 30's said DISS. Stating that people shouldn't even be friends with their ex's on social media and they would feel it was a slap in the face if their man publicly wished her a happy bday... I on the other hand have to completely disagree. I would MUCH rather him wish her a happy birthday via social media than do something more personal like call or text... to me social media is very impersonal, so I'd totally give that a pass.

Another thing I disagreed with a lot of women on was the topic of dating a dude with a roommate. Personally- We live in LA rent is fucking blasphemously expensive, so if a guy is single and has a roommate to me that shows that he is being financially responsible.  

As for the rest of it, I can deal. I can handle putting up with someone's shitty taste in music or poorly drawn tattoos, I'll probably just roll my eyes if they use the word "yolo" and I won't ditch you if you can't cook. 

So what are your dating deal breakers? I would love to hear them!

Cheers!

Laura.

One Year.

In exactly one week I will have lived in this great city we call Los Angeles for a whole YEAR. Wow, I blinked and it was gone. There have been a lot of ups and a lot of downs, I have made some incredible friends and unfortunately said goodbye to some old friends as well. I got an agent, lost an agent, booked some really cool acting gigs, got invited to join the Screen Actors Guild, went to the Grammys & The kids choice awards, went an Oscar after party, The ESPYS, partied at Drake's house, attended an insane amount of club/bar/restaurant openings, wrote a webseries, & hiked every mountain in town. But it still feels like just yesterday I was packing up my car from Scottsdale & driving to my first LA apartment in Mar Vista, yet so much has changed since then! 

When I first got here I was excited, so happy to be in my DREAM city pursuing my DREAM job! Everything was going so well at first, and then it wasn't & I have had to pick myself up and pull myself together about 1000 times this year. Los Angeles is mentally and physically draining in so many ways. After a year, I, like most people I know in this city, have mixed feelings about LA. The events, the gorgeous people, the opportunities that the city presents to you are like none other, & I have had ALL OF THE FUN experiencing everything I have been given so far.... OH & HELLO we have the BEACH, which is my HAPPY PLACE; On the other hand, the traffic is WORSE THAN THEY SAY, like.... INSANE. Which makes it sort of difficult to maintain friendships & relationships, the city is incredibly spread out, going to the West side from DTLA is a whole day adventure, everything is EXPENSIVE not so much like, $30 drinks in Miami expensive...it's more the little things that add up, such as the fact that parking is rarely free, parking tickets are given out the second street cleaning starts, gas is always over $4 a gallon, and rent is probably more than your parent's mortgage; which sort of makes you feel like this sometimes:

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Those things COULD be a really bad thing if you let them affect you negatively- but I've chosen to see some of them in a positive light, because I know that the people in my life really WANT to be there, I know this because they just drove 45 minutes to see me just to grab a $6 latte or a $15 beer, then dropped another $5-$20 on parking and THAT is some dedication guys! 

So in honor of my one year anniversary in this hot & cold relationship I've been in with Los Angeles I am going to make a quick list of things I wish I knew before moving here in hopes that it will somehow help those of you who are making the move- or even thinking about it.

* You are NOT ready to move here: Now, hear me out: When I first moved here I thought I was THE SHIT, I had some money saved, my parents had given me some Whole Foods gift cards, I found a cute beachy apartment for basically pennies & I had just signed with an agency in Beverly Hills. I didn't have a job yet but I am personable, I work hard, & I have plenty of cocktail serving experience, I would get a job in NO TIME! I thought I was good to go!  WHAT I DIDN'T KNOW was that every cute girl under 30 who is pursuing acting, modeling, singing, and dancing needs a cocktail serving job- this meant that every interview I went on there were over 100 girls in the waiting room with me. Eventually I secured a job, but it took 2 months & by that time I had drained the savings that I had & I was almost back to square one. At least I still had my agency right?? Wrong. After 3 months of being out here the agency went bankrupt & I was back to submitting myself for roles and managing my own career, all while working a serving job, going on auditions, and filming the roles that I did get. Well..at least I had my cute beachy apartment right?? Nope, I ended up really disliking my roommate & moving across town to Los Feliz, and then 6 months later got my own loft downtown...yup, I moved THREE times in the last year.

*Insert Oh shit what have I done? Face here*

Now- I am NOT saying this to discourage you, COME TO LA, CHASE YOUR DREAM!! I am simply saying that there will most likely be unforeseen scenarios that will be thrown at you, so be prepared to learn how to roll with the punches.

Download WAZE: Waze is an app that gages traffic conditions by asking the people who are already on the road. For example: if I'm on the 405 and it is completely standing still, I would report that on Waze & if you were about the get on the 405 in the same direction, it would re-route you to a less congested street. It's not always perfect, but it saves my ass more often than not. It also alerts you of accidents and cops ahead. You're welcome.

Join Meetup Groups: There are tons of these! A friend of mine runs a site called Crushee.com that posts fun meetup events all the time, and there are also facebook groups for jsut about every neighborhood in LA. These were CRUCIAL for me because you get to meet like minded people and go to fun events. Creating a network and a support system is so important in this city.

Don't wait, MOVE!: If you've been thinking about moving to Los Angeles for a while now but you're waiting to save enough money or whatever- stop. Stop putting off your dreams in hopes to give yourself a sense of security in this city upon arrival. I applaud the sentiment, but refer back to my first point. No matter how much you prepare, things are going to change! I'm not saying to have to move here homeless and shit broke but I in fact know people who did that and are now fine, living in totally decent apartments and working totally decent jobs. Sleep on a friends couch, live in a motel for a week or two, if you want to move here, make it happen. It's easier to find jobs and apartments once you're actually HERE.

Learn the city layout: I REALLY REALLY REALLY wish I had done this before moving here. There's a great quote about how LA is "72 suburbs in search of a city" & that couldn't be more accurate. Please realize that the beach is roughly 30 miles from Downtown LA & between 3-8 PM that will take you over an hour. Each neighborhood is different too, which is actually GREAT NEWS because that means there really is a place that is right for everyone.

Join a gym: Or a yoga club, cardio barre, whatever. Stay in shape, because everyone else is & it will make it easier to meet people and get jobs. Plus it makes you look and feel great! 

Parking: You need it. You will rack up parking tickets if you don't have it at your apartment. No one enjoys getting up at the ass crack of dawn to move their car to the other side of the street for street cleaning. If you can even find a spot at that point. No thanks.

Know when you need a break: I see a lot of my friends literally burn themselves into the ground working and picking up odd jobs and what not. I admire the hustle, it's important- especially when you're chasing an artistic dream. But know when to call it quits & drive down to Laguna & have a mimosa. It's good for the soul.

Alright my dears that's all for now! Kisses!