Three Recipes That Have Gotten Me Through Quarantine

By: Daysia Tolentino

Staying at home has turned me into a bit of a stress baker, but honestly, it’s been keeping me sane! As a person who normally doesn’t have the time (or the skill) to bake at all, I’ve found joy and comfort in making easy treats. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite recipes that I’ve made during quarantine. They’re super simple and don’t require a ton of difficult ingredients. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have! 

Monkey Bread

This monkey bread recipe was so so so easy to make. All you really need to do is cut up some Pillsbury Grands and coat them in butter and cinnamon sugar. Usually, you’d make monkey bread in a Bundt pan, but if you’re like me and you don’t have one, you can just line them up in a cast iron skillet and eat them from the pan. 

Clafoutis

The recipe calls for cherries, but you can really substitute them for whatever berries you want. I tend to go for blueberries or raspberries! It has a custardy texture when it’s done, so don’t be surprised if the dough looks a little rubbery.

Cheddar Chive Sourdough Biscuits

This one is for all the people who have spent this quarantine making sourdough starter (or who are just beginning to do so). I decided to try making these because my boyfriend was making some starter, and I wanted to try baking with it. You can use the discard to make these (which is what I did)! These biscuits are great for making breakfast sandwiches and taste great with soup!

Advice Column #1: BS by B.S.

It’s hard to open up about things. I get it. The fear of what your friend might say or think can leave you uneasy after asking for advice. Even if they’re your confidant, the possibility that bias can develop after your confession leaves you feeling weary. That’s what I’m here for! My name is Brenna Shelton, and while I’m not a beauty guru or an ultimate fashionista, I’d like to think I have a rather optimistic way of viewing life. With a minor in psychology, I’ve been able to use my own life experiences and partner them with my knowledge of human thought processes to develop some helpful answers. I hope my column grants a safe space filled with answers, anonymity, and amazing women. So with that, let’s begin!

I’ve had the worst social anxiety for years and have found myself losing friends because of it. My question is how do I cope with this and what are some tips to becoming more confident and outgoing?

This is such a hard spot to be in, and I’m sorry you’re going through it. Dealing with social anxiety can feel crippling and out of your control. If your anxiety has been something that has lost you friends, you may feel pressured to make a massive change without being mentally ready. The first step I would take would be to reach out to your immediate friends you still feel close to, and let them know what’s going on. Many times, your friends don’t understand the significance of what you’re feeling. In their heads, even though it’s not right, they may be thinking that you don’t care about them and that you’re making the choice to seclude yourself. Let them know, “Hey guys, I care about you, here’s what’s been going on with me. If you guys could be patient with me, I would greatly appreciate it.” From there, the pressure to resume going out will be relieved because your friends will understand what you’re dealing with. If they’re meant to be in your life, they’ll want to do whatever they can to help. 

In terms of going out and being confident, that is something that comes from within, and is built over time. Luckily, I have some tips that may help. The first is to not take yourself too seriously. We have this innate feeling as women that we need to be perfect ALL THE TIME. We are scrutinized for our mishaps or appearances, and this causes us to overthink what we wear and what we say. If we mess up an introduction, we can spend the rest of the night kicking ourselves for our slip-up. Confidence comes from loving our mistakes. So what if you called someone the wrong name or wore the wrong color underwear for your outfit! Finding humor out of your mistakes can also be beneficial. Confidence is being able to step back and say, “yeah, I messed up,” then continuing to love and accept yourself. 

Another technique is going to sound a little silly, but I preach this to all my friends and practice it myself. Sometimes you wake up, and you just hate the way you look. Even though you looked the same as yesterday and will probably look the same tomorrow, something about today is just… off. On days or nights like this, here’s what I suggest. Stand in the mirror and look at yourself. Start by looking at your flaws. For me, my eyes are different sizes. It may be hard to tell, but for me, it really bugs me. So I look in the mirror and look into my eyes and say, “I love my eyes. They’re blue and pretty and help me see.” I then look for something I love. I have really thick eyebrows that I love. So, I look in the mirror and tell them I love them. At first, you may think it’s dumb and you may laugh at the first couple things you say you love. However, after about two or three characteristics, you start to believe what you’re saying. After you go through your body, your face, your skin, whatever it is, you can gain confidence in understanding that they all have a purpose. Every mark you have, every imperfection, has some kind of impact that, and as cheesy as it sounds, makes you PERFECTLY you. Love your favorite qualities because they’re beautiful, and love your flaws because they serve a purpose on your body, and without them, you would not be yourself.

What are some of your most favorite and most effective diet/workout tips and tricks?

First, I want to stress how important body positivity is. If you are looking to start dieting or working out, make sure that it is something you want to do for yourself. In the age of Instagram models, it’s easy to start comparing yourself to the pictures you see. Why isn’t my butt bigger? Why does my stomach not look like that? Starting or continuing a healthy journey should not begin with comparison, but with an internal decision to make yourself feel better and more confident! 

I’ve been dieting this quarantine, but not in the way you think. I am someone who refuses to give up the craving of a cookie or pasta for a diet regimen. I have been practicing mindful eating habits. What this does is holds you accountable for what you put into your body, and allows you to balance your healthy and unhealthy habits. For example, on days I knew that I would be having cheeseburgers for dinner with my family, I would have a healthier or lighter lunch. On days I didn’t know what I was going to eat, I would just space out what I ate throughout the day. By planning your meals ahead, you’re more thoughtful about the amount you’re eating. The same goes for calories from drinking. If you’re someone who knows you’re going to have a few glasses of wine with your girlfriends at night, you may want to have a healthier lunch and dinner during the day to offset the alcohol. 

In terms of working out, I think what’s most important is finding what works best for YOU. Some people aren’t comfortable with lifting weights, and that’s okay. There are so many other options to help you get healthy. Maybe instead of running on a treadmill, you go rollerblading with some friends. This quarantine, I have been doing Pure Barre programs online. Pure Barre is a workout class that combines small movements and dancing, and it’s been super fun for me! So, I think my best workout advice would be to explore. Be inquisitive and look into new and different ways to get your sweat on until you find your favorite.

How do you make a relationship last during quarantine?

Being in quarantine sucks in more ways than one, especially if you have a significant other. At this point, your S/O and you have learned that this is an adjustment period. Long-distance relationships are hard, even if long-distance means the other side of the country. The lack of physical touch and in-person interaction will take a toll on any relationship. My first tip is that you should standardize talking or facetiming once a day on the phone. Even if it’s just a two-minute phone call to say hello, it’s important to hear and see each other. Texting can become so repetitive, especially when the only thing you’ve done in quarantine is binge watch Outer Banks. I’ve noticed that when doing distance, if you don’t hear or see one another, it’s easy to become disconnected. At some point, you find yourself disassociating your in-person S/O from your pen pal S/O. By using some time to just reconnect once a day, it will be beneficial to your relationship. To take it a step further, facetime dates are essential. Okay, bear with me here, but facetime movie dates are totally a thing! Start a movie at the exact same time, and enjoy it together from different houses. Headphones will be required, but it’s totally worth it. Have dinner together and talk about your day. These little things will help keep you and your partner close in these really hard times. 

My final piece of advice may be the most important. In quarantine, you need to be more communicative than normal in your relationship. Going to your partner’s house to fix an issue is no longer allowed, so disagreements have to be resolved via phone, which is not ideal. So to be pre-emptive, let your partner know what’s going on before it festers and becomes an issue. For example, let’s say you feel really unappreciated. If things were normal, your feelings may be resolved once you see him or her and are reminded that they do care, and may just be a bad texter. But in this new normal, you have to get in front of the “you don’t care about me” fight. Let him or her know how you’ve been feeling and why, in a very honest and vulnerable way, and make sure to not assume how they’re feeling. It doesn’t need to be an attack. It just needs to be an honest, mature conversation to resolve the issue before it progresses into irreparable damage. This doesn’t make you “needy” or “annoying”, it makes you an adult. If you fear your partner may not be receptive to your discrepancies, well, you may want to reconsider the person you’re dating. 

And that’s on not taking any B.S.!

P.S. Meet Enang

Hey lovelies, my name is Enang but people call me E. I’m from Austin, Texas and I am currently a nursing major and psychology minor at Tuskegee University in Alabama. My inspiration for fashion definitely comes from my love for music and my favorite celebrities. My casual but cute style has expanded over the past few years and I hope that the way I express myself through fashion, hair, and makeup will influence others to find their personal style. 

Growing up I was always an athletic and adventurous person. That is where my comfy/cute style came in. I used to always be on the move every week from track practice to dance competitions so backup clothing was always a necessity for me. Also, being a part of such a big cultured family and attending college in a different state has its benefits; I get to travel all the time with my friends and family while meeting new people and witnessing new cultures and new fashion all around the world. 

I feel like in order to reach your full personal style potential you have to take time to get to know yourself as well. I know I set aside time to meditate, drink a hot cup of tea in the morning, read/write poetry, listen to music, and watch my favorite movies. I also love to be out with my friends and go on sight seeing’s. Take advantage of this pandemic to find yourself and do activities that you enjoy doing (while staying safe and healthy of course). Whether it’s reading a new book, meditating, exercising, rummaging through your closet to create potential outfits for future outings and vacations, or just picking up a new skill. Start manifesting the future you want, your goals, and dreams into the world now. Might as well with all the time that has given to us. 

Sincerely,

PSA Enang (E) 

P.S. Meet Michelle Lee

Hello, hello! My name is Michelle and I don’t know what I’m doing, but that’s actually gotten me pretty far… and by pretty far, I mean the life I’ve always dreamed about (minus this whole pandemic). I’m from Southern California, but now I live in New York City and work at Christian Dior. 

My love for fashion came from my two great first loves, reading, and writing. I used to buy magazines to read the book review sections, but I grew to love more than just the latest literary recommendations. I loved the fashion. I love the glossies, and I still love fashion, even if it’s more my job than my hobby now. Making that transition left room for other hobbies like learning ballet, ice skating, drawing, and pretty much anything else that catches my attention.

I’m always striving to live a life of balance. A life that has beautifully quiet moments, and hilariously loud ones. I’m 22 years old and I feel like I’ve had a hell of a ride so far. I’ve gone clubbing in Paris and cried in front of the Eiffel Tower, gone bar hopping in Munich and drank German beer, hopped on the back of a handsome stranger’s motorcycle (if he doesn’t seem too sketchy) and had the summer of my life. Creating the life that I want can be excruciating at times, but I’ve learned that putting in the work and the intention will get me where I’m going, even in the most roundabout of ways. 

(Thank you to PS for having me and thank you for encouraging people to embrace who they are and create who they want to be!)

My Personal Style is Lifestyle

Routines, passions, goals, talents, mindsets… It’s all lifestyle! Well, for me at least. I consider everything a lifestyle. When you think about it, and also by definition, lifestyle refers to the way in which a person lives. For many of us, it’s one of the few (or many) things in life that we can actually control, so why not make the best of it? Personally, I think that the best way to stay sane is to program your mindset; view your life as a canvas that you color in as and how you desire. It sounds cheesy but there is just something about doing whatever the fuck you want that is so liberating… Responsibly and sanely, of course, lol.

I’m a firm believer that mind, body, and soul go hand in hand. It’s extremely easy to forget this sometimes, especially now that we’re all quarantined. Trust me, I get it: this life thing can be incredibly overwhelming sometimes. However, take a step back. Think about what you have and what is at your reach and make something great out of that. Be sunshine. Go on a run or nice long walk. Take it in. Do some yoga, pilates, a barre class, anything. But stay active. Look up healthy recipes. Nurture your body. Remember that food is fuel. FaceTime your friends if you feel like it. It is totally okay to want your space. Have a photoshoot in your bedroom or backyard, no one is judging you. Wear jeans indoors, wear sweatpants all day, wear whatever you want to wear!!! Give yourself a manicure. Don’t know how? Don’t worry, I got you https://oliveandjune.com/pages/oliveuniversity). Take a step back. Read a book. Binge-watch a show on Netflix… or five. Who cares? Wash your hair. Eat the last cookie. Place the order. Spend 4 hours on TikTok. Make a cup of tea before bed. The list goes on. But focus on yourself for yourself and strive towards that ideal lifestyle that you’ve been fantasizing on for so long and if you hadn’t really thought about one, create it. Paint it, splash it, or sketch it on to your canvas. My guess is that you have time, right? 

Take care. 

XO,

Ema 

P.S. MEET KAITLIN MOORE

Hi friends! My name is Kaitlin and I am super excited to get to be a part of this amazing company! One thing I love about P.S. is the fact that the message is to empower women to choose how THEY want to shine. Not everyone is the same, so it’s important to embrace our uniqueness! That being said, my favorite phrase is “Own Your Power.”

Who am I/What do I do? I was born and raised in LA and work as a fitness (spin) instructor here in Santa Monica. Along with that, I currently work as a social media freelancer both on the management and on the creative side for different platforms. I graduated Chapman U in 2019 with a BFA in Film Production Directing, and two minors in Broadcast Journalism and Business Admin. Which leads to my first and most important loves: acting and film directing.

I am passionate about a LOT of different things so the way I explain my life to people is: I have a puzzle that is my life, and I am currently actively putting together the pieces. My current puzzle piece while in quarantine is: finding ways to make the memories feel extra special.  So, I am starting to put out photos and videos of my major life adventures thus far, especially when I was able to travel the world! I love living in a fast pace environment, with lots of projects and creative ventures in the works! But friends and family forever and always mean the most 😊 Thank you P.S. for the amazing work and for having me!!

I Saw it on TikTok

By: Carolyn Vaimoso

During this quarantine, social media has been a black hole that I find myself lost in for hours, most specifically Tik Tok. That app has caused me to ruin my sleep schedule, and it honestly boggles my mind that something so ridiculous could occupy my attention for an unhealthy amount of hours. Whether it’s dances that I embarrassingly try to teach myself, comedy skits that make me laugh until my stomach hurts, singing duets that I listen to on repeat, or fitness tutorials that have me feeling that my life is together after 2 minutes. With all of these short videos, I find myself trying things that I would not do normally.

 Amazon and the Dollar Tree have always been my go-to place to pick up products that I see constantly popping up on my “For You Page”. I have retrieved some fun gadgets that make quarantine life a bit more fun, elevating my “self-care” mantra. Instead of drinking regular hot coffee in the mornings, I grab a whisk and fix myself some whipping coffee- purely because TikTok suggested it. The amount of beauty tools that inspired me to spice up my boring beauty routine is beyond me. I question myself all the time, “am I really wasting my time?”  The answer to that is yes, yes I am. However, what else is there to do during quarantine? 

I only see positives coming out of following the trends on this app. I am getting in shape from the workouts, mastering the dances that I follow make me feel accomplished, and the beauty tips that I have received just educate me further. One could argue that I am being a follower, that following trends cannot possibly build your individuality. My argument is that because of the mass variety of content, I can pick and choose whatever suits me best. It helps to branch out a bit once in a while, but in the end, I am only being myself. I also can produce my own original content. It would be pretty cool to go viral, but at the end of the day, my intention is just to keep myself from being bored. So why not? Go out there, test out things you would never find yourself doing before. You never know, you could be adding something to your daily routine that you could not believe you lived without before.

#WearUrFlair

Hellooo everyone! My name is Andrea Lee and I’m a PSA. 

I’m a Hong Kong and Boston based content creator, and my friends will describe me as a bubbly, high-pitched gal who almost always seems to have too much excitement about absolutely nothing. You can tell me you casually bought some brie at Trader Joe’s and I’d be over the moon for you. 

I attribute a lot of who am I right now to A Flair, which is this little corner of Instagram that I created almost 6 years ago. It has helped me understand what my personal style is, and has allowed me to embrace my personality —on my own terms and on my own agenda— without the incessant need to compare myself to the latest trends of clothing styles. I can wear whatever the heck I want, whenever the heck I want. 

So, I started #WearUrFlair! I wanted to help my little Instagram community embrace their own flair by having them share what makes their style unique, and what makes them feel confident as their best self. Because, style at the end of the day is inherently tied to emotion. It all depends on what you are in the mood for and what your actual and idealised self-concept is that day. That’s all 100% normal! Your style is fluid and dynamic, and most definitely, has allowed you to grow to be the person you are today. 

So… what’s your flair? 

P.S. Meet Amanda Benavente

Hi everybody, My name is Amanda Benavente and I am a P.S.A!

I met the founder, Elise, of this beautiful company, my freshman year of College. We both were newbies playing college soccer at Emerson. I always thought Elise was the most extravagant, outgoing, STYLISH, motivated girl I have ever met. One thing that really stood out to me was how she truly supported me always. We had this reciprocal “fan girl” friendship toward each other- which we still do. As years went on, I continued to play soccer, even becoming the Captain of Emerson Women’s Soccer as a Sophomore and studying Business of Creative Enterprises at Emerson! And Elise went on to focus on building her dream career and business which I SO respected.  While she was developing P.S I wanted to help her out, as much as I could, because her passion made me so happy and I wanted to be involved! Look at where we are now…

After 3 years of knowing each other we have grown A LOT- we have had great internships, experiences, and memories! For me, Elise has always been that girl boss friend of mine that I am proud to have! However, Elise now wants to turn the spotlight on me to showcase the collaborative space that P.S is really about, shining a light on everyone’s Personal Style!


So as a P.S.A I wanted to share with you all a little more about me! I am 21 years old who is from Boca Raton, Florida. I have a passion for athletics, marketing, business, fashion, and design; and I strive to be the best at these crafts. I just, recently, made my website www.ByBenavente.com, to showcase my work, portfolio, tips, tricks, and stories, so I can share my skills with other people and even businesses! For my P.S takeover, I wanna share my personal style that is focused on fitness and positivity! I wanna show the world how getting a workout can boost your happiness and make you feel more alive (even when you are having a rough day and don’t wanna get a workout in).

Therefore, I am giving you all an “Abs by Benavente” Workout Challenge! I want to get creative and show how doing a little a day can overall go a long way. This does not just mean for fitness but for life- for example, if you wanna start a company or a new skill! One step at a time gets you closer to your goals, but you have to remember to keep on going even when it gets rough. I have attached the ab workout here! I hope you guys enjoy this and get your friends and families involved in this challenge.

 P.S Who did it Best ?!? #AbsByBenavente #PsAbChallenge

P.S. Meet Tay Lavine

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I’m Tay Lavine. I was born & raised in Austin, Texas. I’m 24 years old and just figuring out my way in this crazy world. 

I graduated from UNT with a degree in digital retail. I worked on the social media team for a small marketing agency in Dallas for one year but I just truly felt the Lord calling me in a different direction.

I’ve always had a strong passion with mentoring and giving advice to younger friends of mine. I’ve seen a lot of hardship myself, such as extreme depression and anxiety. I just want to let the youth know that they are not alone and there is at least one person who understands what they may be going through. I also love fashion, so I was trying to figure out a way to combine it all together.

Boom. I’m going to work on becoming a high school teacher for electives like a business, marketing, and fashion. So I moved back home, with my parents, lol. I’m going to save up money and take it all step by step.

At first, I was really iffy about it all but I’m just really learning to trust the process and have faith.

For my Tay-Day I just want to share my day and things that I like, such as clothing, and certain products that get me through the day.

As I’m the oldest of all the ambassadors, I just want to share that it’s okay to not understand who you are, or to not know your future plans. Life is crazy y’all. I mean look at where we all are right now with the ‘rona. I’m sure it ruined a lot of plans for just about everyone. You never know what’s going to happen and so you just gotta go with the flow of life, and do the things that make you happy. 

I want to use my story to help and inspire others. I’m an open book and always down to chat with people who need it. 

I’m excited to learn from these other ambassadors as well.

xx

Tay