Mix It, Shake It, Stir It: Your Weekly Guide To Spirits and Cocktails (All-American Whiskey!)

Welcome back, my dear sippers and shooters! I told you that I would, indeed, be back this week with all things American Whiskey.  It seems fitting that yesterday was National Bourbon Day- I’m always a day late and a dollar short, it seems- and in case any of you missed National Bourbon day, you’ll get […]

Mix It, Shake It, Stir It: Your Weekly Guide To Spirits and Cocktails (Gin-It’ll Make Ya Sin!)

Greetings and salutations, my lovely imbibers!  I’m back after an awesome road trip with Bianca and ready to talk about a much misunderstood and often-times snubbed spirit, gin. Now, having worked for a gin distillery for a year, I’ve grown quite partial to the spirit.  This took some time, though. I was totally one of […]

Sexy Beach Hair- Anytime You Want!

Beach Wave!

If you’re anything like me, seeing lovely ladies in bathing suits makes you want to take a trip to the beach, get sand in your ass-crack, and have a few margaritas. A long day at the beach normally leaves me feeling refreshed, sun-drenched, and wavy-haired. That wavy hair, aside from the freckles that appear all […]

Mix It, Shake It, Stir It: Your Weekly Guide To Spirits and Cocktails (It’s Vodka Time!)

Greetings and salutations, my dear tipplers (that’s old-timey for “drinkers”)!  Cecelia Strick9 here, your resident feminist bartender extraordinaire!  I’ve decided to help all of you lovelies learn about the world of spirits, taking you across the globe and back, all in a glass. The world of spirits and boozing can be really intimidating at times. […]

Expectations: Why Having Them Hurts More Than Helps

I’ll be the first to admit that expectations are hard to escape.  We allow for extraneous factors and events to affect what’s currently going on in our lives, and sometimes this can be incredibly detrimental, especially when embarking on a new relationship. Past experiences inform a lot of the ways we act on day to […]

Aftercare: New AND Improved! Not Just For BDSM!

In the BDSM community, aftercare is something that’s pretty openly talked about and, in my experience, pretty universally used as a method to bring two people back to Earth after an intense experience. Aftercare has a way of emotionally bonding people, validating the experience that the two just shared. SO WHY ON EARTH WOULDN’T AFTERCARE […]

Why I Drink: First-Hand Experiences Dealing With Victim-Blaming and Rape Culture

Trigger warning: This post contains descriptions of sexual abuse and may not be suitable for everyone. Commenting has been disabled on this piece by the author’s request. I will be the first one to admit this openly and freely. At one point in my life, I subscribed to a version of victim-blaming that suited my […]

Shopping In The Men’s Department (Or, Tits In An Oxford Shirt)

My latest job venture is literally a 5-minute walk from my house.  This fact, in and of its self, is pretty unbelievable.  Going to work without using public transit or my car? Sign me up! I’m a bartender by trade, and thus have had to wear some pretty horrendous uniforms, including a bowling shirt and […]

Bruises, Brass Poles, and High Heels: How Pole Dancing Taught Me to Love Myself

It all began about a year and 3 months ago; I was on the verge of leaving mypartner of three years, hated my job, and was in fairly unstable roommate situation.  You know, normal things for a late 20-something living in Chicago.  I felt the most un-sexy I can remember, and needed desperately to get […]