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Picture this: Your best friend’s birthday is coming up. Their family is throwing them a surprise birthday party and they asked you to make the cake. You’re beside yourself with excitement. You immediately start brainstorming ideas, bound and determined to make your friend the best birthday cake they’ve ever had.

You eventually decide on chocolate cake (your friend’s favorite) with vanilla buttercream frosting. You also decide to pipe some flowers over the perimeter of the cake. Your friend loves red roses, so you grab your favorite piping tip and some red food coloring. This is where the trouble begins. You…


These strips of fabric tricked people into thinking I was a professional

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I love cake. Tied with brownies, it’s probably my favorite dessert. It’s also my favorite thing to bake. Chocolate, vanilla, carrot, red velvet, strawberry, you get the picture. You name it, I’ll bake it. However, there’s one little problem that’s been plaguing me since the first time I ever took a cake out of the oven.

Domed cake layers. The bane of my existence. The reason my cakes turned out wonky and uneven. Sure, you can trim them with a serrated knife or a cake trimmer, but who out there can successfully trim their cake layers evenly? And while it…


I didn’t realize this path could come with so much pain.

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I honestly thought my spiritual awakening was going to be more fun than this. I was expecting a “Let it Go” moment a la Frozen. Instead, I’m getting mood swings and existential dread. I’m not experiencing the ecstasy of connecting with Mother Nature, I’m holed up in my New York City apartment during a pandemic that shows no signs of slowing down. I’m having a rough time. I’ve been unable to find a job and I’m completely financially dependent on my parents. I’m struggling to get acting jobs. I find it hard to get up in the morning. …


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Thanksgiving is right around the corner. This means so is the anticipation of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, pie, and other foods to gorge yourself on. Things are different this year due to the pandemic. Because of social distancing guidelines, you may not be having your whole extended family over like you’re used to.

2020 has been tough but you don’t have to let it get in the way of having a happy Thanksgiving. I, for one, am going to be baking all the fall-themed desserts I can, starting with apple pie. My roommates are going to either love or hate me.


On March 4, 2017, I graduated from the New York Film Academy’s Musical Theatre Conservatory. Two weeks later, while many of my peers were auditioning, I flew back home to Milwaukee. It may seem a bit strange. I had spent the previous two years honing my craft and preparing myself for the professional world. I had hours of voice lessons, acting classes, and dance classes under my belt. I shot two short films. My audition book was in order. I was ready to get out there and achieve my dream of being a working actor.

So why did I leave?


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If you’re a makeup addict like me, chances are you have a few products that you absolutely cannot live without. Like, if you were stranded on a deserted island, those products are what you would bring with you. If you had the option to bring makeup products to a deserted island, that is. But sometimes your favorites can get boring, and you want to change things up.

Or maybe you’re new to makeup and not quite sure where to start. Maybe you’re wandering around Sephora feeling like a lost tourist that doesn’t speak the language of the country they’re visiting…


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“Stand clear of the closing doors please.” If you live in or have visited New York City, then you definitely read that in that oddly enthusiastic robot voice. You’d also know the feeling of panic when you have to run to catch your train — followed by the feeling of relief when you catch it, or the frustration and anger when you don’t.

It’s easy to curse the subway system when you’re stuck on a train stopped between stations (thank God for air conditioning), but without a car, you’d be lost without it. Love it or hate it, the New…

Andrea Kummer

Actress, Singer, and Copywriter living her best life in NYC

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