Hello, sweets!

I figured after the last post and some fan prodding, it’s time for a real post. I’m finding it difficult to sum up two years and then blog as if you all know me now. I’ve cherished the privacy that an Instagram post and a catchy caption provided me. But after working in social media for years, I have a craving for depth. I also have a premonition that there will be a return to long-form writing. (If not for everyone, then just for me.)

I moved out to LA in July of 2012 without a job, an apartment or the slightest clue of what my new life was actually going to be like. After a period of honest-to-god insanity, I found myself circling back to healthy habits and routines that have comforted me for years to save me. That is to say, after going out to clubs almost every night of the week while also trying to work a 9 to 5 job, I had to stop before I became a bloated, washed up mess.

It’s weird. I look back on my first few months in Los Angeles as both a blast and something of which I’m ashamed. You know how people go nuts when they get to college their freshman year? I never did that then, back in 2006. I was too wrapped up in perfect grades and a dangerous eating disorder. Instead, I did it just two years ago.

I received some backlash over my more recent posts. People accused me of presenting a “perfect” or “glamorous” life and for not being the same humble girl from Ohio. The thing is…I moved out of Ohio to have insane, even glamorous experiences. I don’t see anything wrong in that. I dreamed of seeing the ocean regularly, dining at incredible restaurants, meeting interesting people. And it’s all happened. But don’t think for a second that there hasn’t also been some really bad shit. Bad nights, bad boyfriends, bad roommates, bad friends, bad choices. There has been bad, but it doesn’t mean I want to talk about it. It all happened so I could be on the positive path I’m on now.

Living in Los Angeles is a privilege in and of itself. Living in Los Angeles in an apartment I can’t believe is (half) mine, with a boyfriend I love, a growing circle of friends and a job I couldn’t have even dreamed of a few years ago? Thankful doesn’t begin to cover it.

I love to look back on SnackFace of 2008, 2009 and 2010. I wish I could have told myself then what I had to look forward to. When I graduated college and faced the difficulty of finding a job in a terrible economy and spent months crying and frustrated, I wish I could be able to tell that girl: Stick with what you love.

In college, I started SnackFace because I wanted to write about food. Simply writing about it in a blog format turned into promoting my blog on Twitter in Facebook. The connections I made via social media turned into my passion. I never knew how I’d do that as a job, though.

Turns out, being one of those freaks who takes pictures of her food turned into the norm. I now run social media accounts for restaurants, chefs and food brands. It barely sounds like a real job, but it’s what I do for a living. It took several other jobs to get here, but I’m finally here.

What’s it like to photograph, think and write about food all day, every day? Really fun. I’m always inspired because food itself inspires me. (But I do have days when I think: “What else is there really to say about mac n’ cheese?” “What’s a new way to write about a margarita?”) The most challenging aspect is trying to predict what people are going to like (and “like” and double tap). It’s a 24/7 job that would be 24/7 regardless because I’m addicted.

Personally speaking, though, my own social media suffers. Like blogging, for example. Who the hell announces they’re going to blog regularly again and then doesn’t actually blog? ME.  Lovely of me, right?

My point is: I do what I loved as a hobby as a profession. Unfortunately, as a byproduct, I tend to slack off on doing my hobby for myself. This is something I’m promising myself to get better with.

AND ON THAT NOTE, what do you guys want to know? Want an apartment tour (the apartment is a big deal to me because for my first year and a half of living in LA, I didn’t even have my own bedroom)? Neighborhood guide? Restaurant guide? Groceries on a budget? Workouts? Sights? Current snack obsessions/music obsessions/beauty obsessions? Let me know! I’m here now.

Love you like XO,
Kailey

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Actually Better: The Better Chip

by snackface on June 30, 2014 · 13 comments

HI, friends, strangers, long lost readers!

The pace of life isn’t slowing down, and neither is my need to snack. I have a problem with saying no when it comes to testing out something I really, truly wanted to try anyway. This is all to say: I know I haven’t posted regularly/in forever, but when asked to review some chips, you know a SnackFace had to throw down.

Enter: The Better Chip.chips

When these first arrived at my doorstep, I was ravenous. I immediately tore into the bag of jalapeño chips. The Better Chip prizes itself on using fresh, whole flavors. These jalapeño chips kicked my ass. The spiciest, most flavorful jalapeño chips I’ve ever had. I found this to be true with the chipotles flavor as well. Strong and incredibly addicting.

For my third attempt with The Better Chip, I opted for a milder flavor: spinach & kale. nachos w bag

These greenies needed a topper (you can taste the kale a bit too much for me). Hummus, feta, cucumber and kalamata olives fit the bill. I really cannot cook (something I’ve come to terms with), but I wanted to do a little more than dip this into a tub of hummus. Thus…nachos

In the Everythingtarian fashion, sharing is caring. Want to try The Better Chip? Fill me in on what recipe YOU would create for your chance to win an assortment of chips and a coupon for more product.

ALSO I PROMISE to come back with a real update.

Love you like XO,
Kailey

The Better Chip provided me with product and/or compensation for this post, however the opinions I shared are my own.

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Filed Under: Things I Miss

by snackface May 8, 2014 Uncategorized
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Tweet I miss the 2009 idea of healthy eating. In 2009, you were golden if you ate a Larabar. Spinach was the queen green. Whole wheat pasta and wraps were clear carb winners. I miss the idea of just putting a little bit of effort into being healthy to actually be healthy. A few simple swaps, […]

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A Really Bad Excuse

by snackface February 11, 2014 Uncategorized
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Tweet Well, hello, friends! What a surprising and lovely welcome. Thank you! I feel as though I have a million wonderful things to write about, and am so glad to be back and have the forum to do so. There is one thing right off the bat I can assure won’t be the same this […]

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St-st-started

by snackface January 30, 2014 Uncategorized
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Tweet Starting a once-daily blog again two years post-hiatus isn’t easy. Where do I begin? What do I recap? How do I post now moving forward? While I have different approaches in mind, I know one thing’s for sure: SnackFace is going to be me, now. Tales will be mixed in, but I can assure […]

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Testing

by snackface January 17, 2014 Uncategorized
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Tweet Just seeing if this works, because if it does, it’s about to change everything.

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On Turning 25

by snackface November 27, 2012 Uncategorized
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Tweet I started this blog when I was 21. That’s four years of life on my little spot on the internet. Those four years have seen the ups and downs of overcoming an eating disorder. They’ve seen me in two (failed) relationships. They’ve tracked incredible friendships that continue to flourish. They’ve witnessed my college graduation, […]

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Hip Hop Happy Friday!

by snackface November 9, 2012 Uncategorized

Tweet Listen, I am well aware that my blog is hanging on by a thread right now. It’s just limping along. Actually, not even that. It’s been dead for a month. (HOW MANY METAPHORS CAN I USE TO DESCRIBE THIS?) I have been busy. Busy working out in the morning. Busy working (a.k.a. blogging) all […]

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Saturday in Santa Monica

by snackface October 9, 2012 Uncategorized
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Tweet Popsicle, this is for you! We had a little work event in Santa Monica over the weekend. It’s stunning over there! It’s kind of sad that the beach is only 20 minutes away, yet I rarely see it because I’m always running around West Hollywood and Hollywood. ANYWAY, I mostly posted this because my […]

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Stocked

by snackface September 17, 2012 Uncategorized

Tweet Once upon a time, we used a dishwasher as a means to keep food cool. (Definitely cool, not cold.)At first it was hilarious, interesting— a fun challenge. And then it became obnoxious. We grew tired of feeling like squatters in our own apartment. One Sunday, we beelined to the back left corner of Best […]

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