What is your summer bikini routine?
Bikini season is daunting for every woman, regardless of her size. We all have our insecurities and I think there is a little bit of comfort in knowing that as women we are all on the same team. A lot of the time we stress about our flaws, and forget to focus on the good with our bodies. Because of that, I don't drive myself crazy striving for perfection. My routine honestly consists of a good spray tan and a swimsuit that fits my body well.
We noticed you have a nice healthy bust, but always look so great in a bathing suit; how do you find suits that are flattering? What do you look for in the perfect bikini?
I can't even begin to explain how hard it is to find swimsuits for my upper half. I have natural double D boobs, which means they aren't perky and tight. I feel like they are always bubbling out somewhere! Whether it is in the front, or the side, or under; it's so hard to find something that is really supportive. In addition, I feel like I'm always walking the line between looking classy or slutty with swimwear, so I try and find swimsuits that aren't very showy. There are a couple great bikini designers that really understand the shape of a woman. Vix swimwear is one of my favorites, because I always feel like my girls are supported.
How do you keep that rockin' body bikini ready?
For a while I relied on the fact that I was young, but over the last year specifically I've noticed things changing. When I was living in New York, I was running a few miles a day on a treadmill. Now that I'm back in Los Angeles, my boyfriend has been teaching me yoga and I have to say that it is so strenuous, but so rewarding. My boyfriend is very active, so he is always showing me new things on how to stay fit. I'm using muscles I didn't even know I had! I'm also very lucky that he is a very clean eater. I could very easily succumb to eating fried foods all day long, I mean I'm from New Orleans! We love our food! But Patrick and I normally stay in and he grills chicken, fish, and veggies. He takes good care of me.
Editing has a big impact on how people are portrayed on TV -- What is something about you as a person that people don't know?
I'm a homebody. I feel like most people think I have this over the top exciting life, but it's quite the opposite. I don't stay out late, I don't really go to parties, I don't go to clubs. If I'm out for something, I'm always counting the minutes until I can be home in bed with my boyfriend and dog watching food or home-decorating shows. Nothing makes me happier than being at home. My home is my sanctuary.
What are your favorite stores to shop in LA?
Well I'll forever be a Zara fanatic. I just feel like it's such a great spot, not only for well-made classics, but also trendy pieces that are affordable. For the most part though, I love shopping online. I love looking at different fashion blogs to get inspired, and then I do my research to find the most affordable options. I love sites like ASOS, Shopbop, Shopprimadonna, Polyvore, and then the all-encompassing site, Shopstyle. I love a good bargain! But my favorite LA spot is the Sunday flea market on Melrose and Fairfax. I always find so many interesting pieces there.
Do you have an secret drugstore beauty buys that we need to know about?
This might not be a drugstore buy, but it's not expensive. I actually wash my face with oil every night. I mix castor oil with argon oil and then use a warm wet cloth to wash it off. I have very sensitive skin, so I can only use all natural products. I'll use a Dr. Bronners bar of soap on my face once a week, but every other day I use oils. Most people are turned off by the idea of rubbing oil all over your face, but scientifically "like dissolves like", so basically the oils I use to cleanse my skin dissolve the oils that are clogging my pores. No expensive harsh face washes or creams needed!
Have you had any work done?
I have, actually. When I was 18, I had a chin implant surgery. It was very strange for a young girl in New Orleans to get a surgery like that at the time, but it was always something I felt self-conscious about. Most people tell me they don't see the difference, but really all that matters is that I do. I truly feel that women should do whatever makes them feel the most beautiful. I do think it is sad that it's acceptable to make fun of people for having "too much" plastic surgery when really it is none of our business. If changing something on your body or face makes you feel beautiful and great about yourself, who are the rest of us to have an opinion about it? To each their own.
Some may say you were the “bitch” of the show--and who doesn’t love a good bitch?! I know I do! -- How did you turn this seemingly negative persona into something that worked FOR you?
I’m actually genuinely baffled and bewildered by this “bitch” label I have been given! I feel like I just speak the truth and call it like I see it. I may be a little aggressive in the way I speak and communicate, and I’m sure that turns some people off. You can’t ever make everyone happy, so all I can do is be myself and hope for the best. A huge portion of viewers have related to things I’ve gone through, and with that comes compassion and understanding. So when I mess up a bit or get a bit too combative, they understand, because they have been there or in somewhat similar situations.