About Me



Hi! My name is Lauren and I am 29 years old. Three years ago I bought a house in Charm City as part of my “independent woman” effort and quickly learned that Baltimore is hardly a charming place to live. Luckily, my experiences here have provided plenty of funny, unique tales to share.

Am I charming? Mostly. I am sarcastic, I cuss a bit and sometimes I drink too much wine and fall down or manage to tuck my dress into my underpants (hey, it happens to the best of us).

I hope you enjoy my stories and reflections and that you will share your writing with me.

Thank you so much for stopping by!



108 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Mike is Happy January 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    Smart writing. Hate you a little. In a good way.

    And speaking of unintended tucking: http://wp.me/pJdsk-bl

  2. crubin February 13, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    I have nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award, details of which can be found on my site: http://carrierubin.com/2012/02/13/the-liebster-who-inspiringly-straddled-the-sunshine/

    As you can see from my rather tongue-in-cheek post, I completely understand if you choose not to participate. I only pass it on as a means of letting you know I really enjoy your blog!

    Have a great day!


  3. jeandayfriday February 21, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    Hi there! I just passed along the Versatile Blogger Award to you! I love your blog! Stop by my blog for more info. :)

  4. Pete Armetta February 29, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    Gosh your SO funny and charming, and have terrific musical taste too NICE. :) Looking forward to sinking my teeth into your blog!

    Pete from Virginia!

  5. Anonymous March 6, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    Hi Lauren! Your blog is great. So candid and relatable. I look forward to reading more! We should catch up again :)

  6. Lafemmeroar March 15, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    Charming and sarcastic are great qualities. It evokes intrigue and excitement … especially in banter … nice to meet you :)

  7. jeandayfriday March 19, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    Lauren, don’t kill me but I just tagged you in a game of tag BUT I also gave you a Good Apple award. Stop by my blog for your questions (although you really don’t have to answer them if you don’t want to!)

  8. Trip X March 23, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    I do love your silly stories and those amazing eyes of yours. I bet you can command the world with them.

    • La La April 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

      Why thank you. You’re sweet (and yes, I do, but don’t tell anyone).

  9. randalldeanscott March 23, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    Welcome, Lauren. Thank you for following my blog. I’m looking forward to reading your written expressions.

  10. www.RoseRibbon.com March 28, 2012 at 2:34 am #

    Hi there! My name is Pam, and I found you through the Crazy Chics Club! Nice to “meet” you! I thought I would stop by and say hello (I’m a little behind on reaching out to new members, SO sorry).

    Love what I’ve seen on your blog so far, so I’ve subscribed. Us Crazy Chicks have got to stick together! Can’t wait to read more. Xoxo Pam

  11. aGreycat April 2, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

    Lovin your blog.
    You probably already have this award, but I nominated you for it anyway. It’s the Liebster Blog Award. You can get info at my blog.


  12. Simon April 30, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    I like your style Lauren, I may have to hang around and look through your archives a bit. If that sounds kinda dirty it is because I was trying to sound kinda dirty.

    • La La April 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

      Ha this just made my afternoon. Thank you!

  13. diirrty May 7, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    you’re just too cool, and you have nice eyes. perfect for blogging. :)

    • La La May 7, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

      Why thank you ;-)

  14. Pete Armetta May 15, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    Nice having a link straight to Poetry on your page! Looks great!

  15. Daniel May 16, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    Baltimore is one of those places where you are walking, enjoying the nice urban quaintness, turn the corner and realize that your life is seriously in danger. You must have a very good sense of humor to thrive there. You’re braver than me!

    • La La May 16, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

      I do, and unfortunately, I know that you aren’t kidding. Thanks for stopping by, Daniel.

  16. Kourtney Heintz May 24, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    Hi La La, I love how much you share of yourself and your foibles here. I’ve nominated you for the TMI Award (though I always always want to hear all the details). No pressure to participate, but if you want to find out more at http://kourtneyheintz.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/blog-awards-time/

  17. lovehaunt May 24, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    Wow, you’ve won a lot of awards! Good writing, so no wonder. Love your profile pic!

  18. Elliot June 4, 2012 at 6:19 am #

    I have nominated you for the “Versatile blogger award”. Participating is not compulsory but should you want to, the info is at http://brainsplats.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/further-adventures-in-blog-awards/

    Or if you have this one but still want to participate, feel free to pick another off the list on the post ! Keep up the fun.

  19. Geoff Clow June 5, 2012 at 2:51 am #

    Hello beautiful,

    I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. Please check it out http://gorgeouscompany.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/beautiful-blogger-award/ and nominate a few others of your choice.

    Love + Light +Hugs,


  20. Travel Culture Food July 18, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    wow 27? you look way younger, and your eyes are beautiful :D

    • La La July 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

      Aww thank you, that’s so sweet!!!

      • Travel Culture Food July 18, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

        my pleasure! ;) <3

  21. Costa Boutis July 21, 2012 at 11:54 pm #

    Beautiful picture Lauren

  22. clownonfire July 31, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    La La,
    Blogrolled. I’m that magnificent, I know.
    Le Clown

  23. Carolina Courtland August 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    You have beautiful eyes.

  24. mikeakin1 September 25, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    Ahhh, to be in Baltimore; just to visit. lol I grew up north of there about 50 miles into Pennsylvania. I miss the GREAT seafood :)

  25. zfthrimej September 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    In my most recent (9/30) blog post, i nominate (and with questions for) you for the Liebster Award. Check it out, and congratulations La La.

  26. Maddie Cochere October 1, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    Happy Birthday, La La! Hope you had a wonderful weekend and a more wonderful birthday day! :-)

  27. Rebel In My Mind October 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    Girl Im in Love With You ..

    • La La October 5, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

      Well. Thank you. I don’t know you, but I’m sure you’re neat.

  28. Nafees October 14, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    yeah you’re charming especially you got stunning eyes

    • La La October 14, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

      Thank you :)

      • Nafees October 14, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

        welcome :)

  29. theauthorrwfoster October 27, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    What’s your fave & least fave parts of Not-So-Charm City?

    • La La October 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

      Favorite places? Probably Fells Point (bars) and Hampden (artsy fun culture) and least favorite is west Baltimore (scary).

      Stuff? Favorite is seafood and Ravens and least favorite is heroin junkies knocking on my door at night.

      • theauthorrwfoster October 28, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

        C’mon, my neighborhood isn’t *that* scary, La La. The sounds of gunshots and dogs barking are rather soothing. lmao :D

        If you get a chance, you should checkout 713 W. Pratt St (just below MLK Blvd). It’s a cool cooffeeshop/internet cafe called “Peace & A Cup of Joe.”

  30. ummqamarblogs December 7, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    How did I guess the charmig city you spoke of is Baltimore. More power to you honey, as I’m originally from D.C. I can’t decide which is more charming- S.E. or Baltimore St.

    • La La December 7, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

      You feel me….haha. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  31. Jim December 10, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

    Very beautiful, and what a sexy collarbone…..Lol

    • La La December 10, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

      My collarbone is my most popular feature.

      • twinklysparkles January 11, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

        Thanks for stopping over and following my blog! I hope to stop in some times and you are welcome to do the same (duh!). twinkly

  32. tracy fulks January 13, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    Bmore in the house! I was combing through Weebles’ birthday wishes, watched your vid, checked out your blog, and voila…in this big old blogosphere, we are neighbors. I used to live in Federal Hill, playing kickball for Mothers’ and barhopping like it was my job about 10 years ago. Since then, I have moved up to the county, as so many of us do who want to raise children without fear of getting mugged or shot. Just wanted to say a neighborly hey hon. ps. how ’bout those motherfucking ravens baby!

    • La La January 14, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

      HI! I was working in Fed Hill when I read this. I live in Hampden and grew up near Towson. What fun!! I am coming to check you out promptly. On the interwebs of course.

  33. Clark Kent February 11, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    Many Many Moons ago I stumbled into Baltimore.. Lived in Silver Spring for a few years.. I thought it was wonderful well parts of it anyway.. I look forward to reading your adventures my dear young friend! :)

  34. funnyphilosopher February 14, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    I just moved to Bmore almost 3 years ago. I clicked “follow” for this blog.

  35. Nowan Zen April 18, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    Sarcastic? Not possible. I’ve never had the tuck the dress issue, but have managed to find that invisible speedbump in the floor several times.

  36. onechicklette May 15, 2013 at 10:54 pm #

    Are you on Twitter? I want to tweet a link to your hilarious vajunk post & include your handle if appropriate. I’m @1chicklette.

    • La La May 15, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

      @acharmcitychick and you are AWESOME

      • onechicklette May 15, 2013 at 11:01 pm #

        It’s my pleasure–important to share when you read something good/fun/enlightening.

  37. meticulousmick May 17, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    Wonderfully written. I lost my twin sister just over a year ago and completely endorse what you say. Good can come from out of it (though I still obviously miss her so). Enjoy life and good luck 🍀

    • La La May 18, 2013 at 11:32 am #

      Good luck to you as well. That must be difficult for you and I hope you’ve been healing and seeing the wonderful things in life. Best to you!

  38. Lady Lovely May 17, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    La La,
    I don’t how I stumbled upon your blog, but I’m glad I did.

    • La La May 18, 2013 at 11:32 am #

      Why hello! Thank you :)

  39. BrainRants May 23, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    You are blogrolled. Because: awesome, and bacon. In no particular order, either.

    • La La May 23, 2013 at 10:20 am #


      • BrainRants May 23, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

        Ooo, I get hearts!
        How do you do that?

        • La La May 23, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

          I saw it one day and copied and pasted it, so when I want to use it I just go copy from the last place I put it. There’s an easier way I assume…

        • La La May 23, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

          (otherwise known as magic)

  40. Lois Lane & Clark Kent June 5, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    BTW a very heartfelt thank you and another nomination back to you for both of the awards that say what it means to me. http://wp.me/p2ML45-17C Thank you from my heart inside of yours! CK

  41. anangelu June 11, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    I love d the lesbian story, but how much of it is true? Did some of it happened? Love the style!

    • La La June 11, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      It is a true story, I live in quite a unique neighborhood. :) Thank you so much for the compliment!

  42. TheSweetestGirlEver July 9, 2013 at 6:32 am #

    awesome blog…am loving your post…do check out mine ok? http://www.dasweetestgalleva.worpress.com..

  43. javaj240 July 13, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    Just found your blog — love it!

  44. Trent Lewin July 20, 2013 at 10:36 am #

    Digged your post on outlier collective, thought I’d follow it through – great to meet you.

    • La La July 20, 2013 at 10:46 am #

      I just curtsied. Lovely to meet you as well!

  45. theclocktowersunset October 17, 2013 at 5:26 am #

    I bet there’s something wonderfully sinister behind that smirk.

    • La La November 26, 2013 at 10:17 am #

      I was actually just smiling…unless by “wonderfully sinister” you mean that you somehow know I ate an entire box of Thin Mints in 2 days or that I sing Lou Bega’s Mambo No. 5 and change all the names in it to my own. Then yes, wonderfully sinister. Absolutely.

      Also, a little less sinister of a subject, I like your gravatar. I love Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott” and the Waterhouse painting is my favorite. I’ve always found her expression, the fallen leaf, the gray sky and forest in contrast to the tapestry particularly spellbinding.

      • theclocktowersunset November 26, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

        It invokes a certain feeling of remorse, regret, longing, loss, realization, and woeful acceptance. Spellbinding is perfect description, I would agree. It has always been my favorite but I won’t hang it up. Too powerful for everyday contemplation, but I can stare into it for hours on end. It’s lovely that way.

  46. Duke March 14, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

    Big Dog

    • La La March 14, 2014 at 9:24 pm #

      Giant, really.

      • Duke March 20, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

        I have had large dogs so it is relative. Keep up the writing.

  47. pastramibasket March 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    Always enjoy reading your posts. I’m working on a collaboration with Andrew at Shut Up Dad and he suggested talking to you as well. Any chance you’d ever want to collaborate? Perhaps an illustration or two for one of your posts?

    • La La March 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

      HELLS YES. I’m emailing you.

  48. annarosemeeds March 26, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

    Charming can be meant in many ways. True charm – in my opinion – comes from a sense of humor, optimistic view of the world, and inner beauty that shines from within. You certainly seem to have all of that. :)

    • La La March 28, 2014 at 10:06 am #

      AW thank you so much. This really made my morning!

  49. Deanna Herrmann April 14, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    Hi! Stopping by for Tiosy Lit although we’ve crossed virtual paths many times. :-) Loving your blog. Looking forward to reading your poetry. I don’t see any other places to follow? Social media?

    • La La April 14, 2014 at 10:02 am #

      Just added you on Facebook!

      • Deanna Herrmann April 14, 2014 at 10:04 am #



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