The city of Paris makes me feel more alive than any other I’ve visited. The loving, happy spirit amidst struggle is as abundant as the people are diverse. As they say, Parisians have a certain je ne sais quoi that can be found nowhere else.

That’s all I could think of on Friday while watching the news unfold. These vibrant souls were enjoying their weekend — taking in an international soccer friendly, celebrating birthdays over the most delicious food you’ll ever eat, watching an American rock band in one of the best music venues in the city. And just like…

A few weeks ago, Snapchat released one of the hottest app updates yet, adding face lenses like heart eyes, tears and puking rainbows to videos and photos. A few days later, the update still had the internet going nutz and it’s time for me to explain why Snapchat is not only the best social media app out, it’s growing fast and will soon dominate the majority of our handheld use, if it’s not doing so already.

Snapchat was started in 2011 by three Stanford frat bros who later ended up in a lawsuit over exactly what you would expect from…

After 5 years in California, it’s time to bring it back East and celebrate with all the homies! The 3 day weekend is just ahead of us and this Sunday, October 11, will be the perfect evening to unwind on the dance floor.

Come out to Rock & Roll Hotel, on H St. NE in Washington, DC where six highly talented DJs will be spinning tunes on the rooftop under the sunset from 5–9pm, and while we get sweaty on the 2nd floor from 9pm-3am. There will be live art and more surprises! It’s free and 21+.

As a kid I listened to a lot of the Mamas and the Papas. Playing the flute and not relating so much to classical music or movie scores, I had sheet music for “California Dreaming,” “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Your Flowers in Your Hair),” and all the others. Junior year of high school I did a report on The Summer of Love in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury after reading as many books on the subject that I could find at the local library.

Around that time, my parents took us on a trip to San Francisco and at a…

This writing isn’t well edited. It’s emotional. And real.

Life is a rollercoaster and some are more gentle than others. July was rough. After helping my sister reach her Kickstarter goal, I live illustrated at the United Nations in New York City for the Nexus Global Youth Summit. I’m about to start my creative tech dream job in Silicon Valley in one week. I’m on a 21 day fix, have been working out again for the first time since a skiing accident in March and have recently been complimented on my “reverse aging.” I’ve had an amazing month but it’s…

Ellen Lovelidge

Renaissance woman, designer, DJ & music fanatic, sustainability obsessed. / hip hop & BASS, wine, puppies, cooking, sports, nature & storytelling. LOVE LIFE.

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