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I’m sitting on my couch, wrapped in a blanket, unsure of what step to take next. I have so many things that I need to accomplish – both for my immediate and long-term well-being – that I don’t know where to start. I’m easily overwhelmed, I suppose, and clearly prone to anxiety, but it’s really no excuse. I need to get my shit together.

On that subject – if anyone wants to help me get my shit…

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I have a love/hate relationship with Halloween. I love any excuse to throw on a wig and wear major makeup. I hate that it falls so close to my birthday because it’s hard to have a non-costume party. I love when Reese’s makes their peanut butter cups in pumpkin shape because it has the optimal chocolate/PB ratio. I hate the amateurs who, as Dan Savage brilliantly points out, make their Straight…

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Girl Crushing It | Heidy Best of BECLOTHESMINDED

I met Heidy Best at my very first Chicago Blogger Network happy hour. Immediately after striking up conversation, I decided to stalk her for the rest of the night. There are some people in this world whose aura sucks you in – Heidy is one of them. She’s clever, full of laughter, and my ideal blend of positivity and snarky humor. You can’t ignore an independent woman who started a business (BECL…

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Dear Canada,

I know you often get the short end of the North American stick as the flamboyant countries to your south constantly demand the world’s attention, but I want you to feel appreciated on this day of Canadian Thanks. You are, Canada, a beacon upon the hill if for nothing else than your love of hockey.

Of course, you offer much more than the greatest sport of all time.

You can be proud,…

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I take after my grandmother. She had curly red hair (sometimes more natural than others), a figure that “called for a belt” (direct quote), and pale Irish skin. I was only in the third grade when she passed away and don’t remember much, but I remember sparkling eyes and a gentle laugh. As a grown up (or so they call me) I’m honored to have some of her jewelry, but it doesn’t quite fit. I’ve…

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Malori Maeva Girl Crushing It

Dear Blogshop,

Thank you for introducing me to Malori Maeva because she is freaking cool. Por ejemplo: she quit her day job and started her own floral business. It’s like my dream…only, you know, if I had a sustainable idea for a business. Segundo: she’s got a great blog (which Ginger readers may recognize from a listof my favorite reads). Most of all, she’s my kind of girls’ girl – not too…

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Perhaps by now you’ve seen the Fat Girl Tinder Date video that’s gone viral. The auteurs deem a the video social experiment – apparently the number one fear of men in the online dating scene is to realize their date is fat – but I think it’s the latest in a string of experiments(et tu, Meredith Viera!) designed to incite faux outrage and shock.

If you haven’t seen the video, allow me to recap.

S…

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Advice to My Future Children | 3

RuPaul in and out of drag
Be your own. Your own muse. Your own reason. Your own savior. Your own companion. Find whatever it is you need within yourself and think of the others who help inspire those feelings within you as a bonus. No one can live up to the expectation you’ve set on them to show you the world. No one should!  RuPaul in and out of drag I’ve been a fan of RuPaul since the fifth grade, when he popped up in The Brady Bunch Movie 

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Johanna is a wife, mother, and business woman who graciously shares her modern femme style on the blog 101 Things I Love. She’s the best kind of style blogger in that she clearly has a great sense of humor, enviable – and affordable – style, and an interest in living a multi-dimensional life. If you’re not reading it regularly or following her on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter you are…

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So here’s s weird thing. Apparently I’ve gotten to a point in my adult life that I take business trips. Well, a business trip. One. Not plural. And, in all honestly, not important.

Hey! Free trip to Vegas! Also: when telling dudes who ask what you’re up to this weekend, it’s important that you acknowledge a woman saying she has business in Vegas sounds kind of like she’s a hooker. No judgement –…

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