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{this girl speaks my language}

Smart, hilarious and gorgeous.
These are the first three things that pop into my head when thinking of Amanda from
The Laurel Gazette.
I mean, girlfriend has got it going on. 
If you have never ran across her blog before, today is the day.

Feel free to go and follow her right now.
OR you can read this q&a first...
and then go and follow her. 
It's worth your while.

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What motivated you to start blogging? 

 I was working full time in politics, going to law school at night, and cleaning up after my husband (then-boyfriend) in my free time. Basically, I just needed an outlet. Weirdly enough, blogging has helped me channel the frustration and stress of my day-to-day life into sarcasm and (hopefully) wit, even though writing posts can be stressful in and of itself…Anyway, it’s not a perfect science but once I started, I couldn’t stop. 

 Your blogs name is The Laurel Gazette. Why did you choose that name? 

 A good question, considering my name isn’t Laurel - that throws people off a lot. Back when I was in grade school, I started a weekly gossip newspaper called The Laurel Gazette. The girlfriends who’d encouraged me to write the original were the same ones encouraging me to start a blog, so it seemed fitting to give it the same name. That’s pretty much all there is to it!

When you're not blogging, what other things do you like to do? 

 Hmm. This is the hardest question --- that can’t be a good sign. When I’m not blogging, I’m generally doing things I have to do (work and school) or traveling, but I also like to (in no particular order) read legal non-fiction and trashy magazines, get a little drunk, shop online, and eat salt bagels. None of which makes me even remotely interesting, unfortunately.

 Share some of your favorite posts with us and tell us why they're your fav. 

 I never read my old posts – I pretty much tell myself I hate them as soon as I hit “publish”. The ones I end up liking best are the ones that got a strong reaction, because it's cool to write things that get other people thinking or relating. Case in point with my post about cruises. I worried I'd sound like a snob but it turns out a lot of people feel the same way. Some of the old posts, like this one, crack me up. I had no idea what I was doing back then, which makes me wonder what I'll feel like a few years down the road when I go back and read the posts I'm writing now. Then there's the post I wrote called "On Building a Bridge and Getting Over It", in which I gave myself advice that is actually still relevant to me.

 Give us something that has made you laugh recently. 

Everything they're writing at ManRepeller is hilariously clever, but I really loved this post about being "basic."

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And now you may commence un-creepily stalking her:

blog | bloglovin' | twitter | instagram | pinterest

She's the best.



  1. Amanda, your face is similar to mine when picking out booze ;) Where was this when I was in DC last weekend needing food advice!

  2. love being introduced to new blogs, thanks!


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