Melinda Gale

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Los Angeles Substitutions in Raleigh

Everyday, someone asks me how my move has been and everyday I say "'s okay??". The follow up question is always "Do you miss LA?". I don't. But I do. I was in Los Angeles for 7 years and it's hard to let go of it as I feel like so much of my identity was shaped there. However, it's good to be home. 

Since day 1 in NC, I have tried to figure out my new "go to" spots so I figured I would share some of my LA substitutions in Raleigh as well as my weird bootleg rating system. 

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ALICE + OLIVIA Festival-Themed See-Now Buy-Now Runway Show

Last month, I was invited to check out ALICE + OLIVIA's festival-themed See-Now-Buy-Now runway show at NeueHouse in Hollywood. After seeing a bit of the collection and the celebs that would be in attendance (Emily Ratajkowski, Kourtney Kardashian -- just to name a few), I knew I had to invite my partner in crime, Shelby! When we arrived, we were immediately handed champagne to start the night off right. 

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Training Mate: Studio City Opening Party

Training Mate started on the shores of Sydney harbor in 2009 with a simple belief - that moving your body and having fun with your mates could get you in the best shape of your life. While other trainers focused on yelling and screaming, founder Luke Milton drew on his professional rugby background and harnessed the power of positivity and sense of camaraderie to get the best results for his clients.

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The Makeup Show LA

For someone who wasn't necessarily what society would consider "girly" growing up (shout out to gender stereotypes!), I've always loved makeup. Being a cheerleader, I would always do my teammates makeup while riding on a bouncy bus to away games. When I heard about The Makeup Show LA, I knew I had to go because it sounded like my kind of party!

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Wine Wednesday: Malibu Wines

As a part of our "super healthy lifestyle" initiative, Shelby and I decided to go sober for a little bit. What better way to kick off going sober than to use an expiring Groupon for a wine tasting?! Late Sunday afternoon, we ventured all the way out to the Malibu Family Wines tasting room over at Angeles National Golf Course in Sunland. Just a 25 min drive into The Valley and we were already obsessed with how beautiful everything was. 

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Sam Hunt Concert

Sam Hunt is the ultimate in my book. He's tall, southern, talented, and played college football (a fact I wish that his team/media outlets would stop pushing because he is so much more than a former athlete). My Sam Hunt obsession started over a year ago and I have been waiting to see him live ever since. He's played in LA a few times but it always sells out quickly. Recently, when I found out that he would be playing a special GRAMMY concert, I knew I had to grab tickets before I missed my chance to make my dreams a reality. 

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Weekend in Photos

Saturday = Malibu Creek Start Park, Malibu, CA, Facial at Stript Wax Studio, Wine + Movie at Arclight

Sunday = LACMA, Los Angeles, CA

The Newest Innovation In Women's Safety Is Here

Being a single female in Los Angeles can sometimes be frightening. I live alone and have street parking which means I sometimes have to walk blocks to my apartment in the dark. Walking to and from my apartment, I always make sure to have my pepper spray and to be hyperaware of my surroundings. In the 6 years I have been in the City of Angels, both my car and my apartment have been broken into. Not the most fun for a slightly paranoid girl from small town NC.

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Wine Wednesday with Club W

When you have champagne taste on a beer budget, it can be hard to find the perfect wine club. Club W is the answer. With bottles as low as $13, this wine club is completely customizable. Club W suggests wines to you based on your Palate Profile and you can choose them or pick something else from their massive selection. A Club W monthly Experience starts at 3 bottles a month for $39 + $6 flat rate shipping. Club W covers shipping on orders of 4 or more bottles!

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Travel On The Cheap in 2016

I don't know about you but I have a few travel goals set for 2016. After years of only using my vacation days to go to NC, I have decided it's time to be adventurous! You can imagine how stoked I was to see that Budget Travel's Where To Go 2016 list is bigger and better than ever with amazing (and amazingly affordable!) destinations from around the globe.

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Thanksgiving Recipes

Admittedly, I am not the biggest fan of Thanksgiving. I have my reasons but for the most part, it all boils down to the stress that surrounds it all. The task of making a huge meal for your entire family can turn the sweetest person into the girl from the Exorcist. I am, however, a big fan of food! Coming from a traditional southern family, I feel like we have the exact same food at every holiday meal: turkey, ham, peas, some sort of potato dish, sweet potato dish, biscuits, cornbread, stuffing. That's it. We never change it up. Because of this, I decided that when I became a REAL big kid, I would be creative with my Thanksgiving meal

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