Monday

Check out the new trailer for my web series: 
To Live & Date in L.A.


The series follows three friends; Jonesie, Kimmy & Dani as they try to make it in the entertainment industry and navigate their way through the Los Angeles dating scene. After Jonesie's love life takes an unexpected and awful turn, she looks to her friends for support. Along the way the women struggle with career woes and dating mishaps that are as awkward as they are epic. 

Written & Produced by: Me! 

Starring: Myself, Tatiana Mariesa, and Natasha Gable

Head on over to the To Live & Date in L.A. YouTube page and please watch, like, share and subscribe! Thank you so much for your support xoxoxo Jonesie

Social Media Links:
Jonesie: @awkwardgirlla
Tatiana: @tatianamariesa

Sunday

3 Lessons Learned from 2 Years of Celibacy...


     I am currently passing year two of being celibate. Yes, okay, it's been two years...you read that right. Here's the thing, I did not deliberately choose to be celibate, the celibate life chose me! To be perfectly honest, I would love to meet someone amazing enough to break this non-self-imposed celibacy life. We have all made the mistake of equating sex with love right? Think about it, how many stories have we all listened to our girlfriends tell about that guy they went on a few dates with, had sex with, and who quickly and awkwardly moonwalks his way out of their life.

     Sex is a huge factor in relationships and most times we end up having sex with people we are not in committed relationships with. I am not passing judgement whatsoever for those who do...I am explaining why I have taken that option off of the table for the past two years. For me, there is something to be said for two people who actually take the time to get to know each other without the complications of sex clouding their judgement. Often (women especially) have sex with a man in the very early stages of dating, whether it be the first of fifth date. It's not about testing him to see how patient he will be. It's about getting to know someone for who they truly are, and deciding if this is a person we want to be in an exclusive relationship with. Also, if they are deserving of having such an important piece of your body, heart and soul. Being celibate has taught me three important lessons about myself:

Tuesday

Budget Friendly Date Night Meal: Tortilla Soup & Chocolate Cupcakes!

     Hola Kats & Kittens! Well, I've never done a food recipe post here but I am constantly posting pics of all my homemade recipes on Instagram (instagram.com/awkwardgirlla) and thought that I should post a quick, budget friendly, and easy date night meal that will totally impress your date! I guarantee you will end your night with a hardcore make-out session, or just end up in bed having the most amazing love making session ever.

     Okay, okay, I can't in all honesty 100% guarantee that due to legal reasons, but I will say that I highly recommend that you make this meal and it will kinda, maybe, probably, most likely, in all ways, sorta happen. Now let me also state that I recently took a trip to the 99 cent store to buy cleaning products-as we all do-and found Silicone Baking Cups! If you are not a foodie or baker than let me explain how rad that is. Silicone baking cups are amazeballs! They prevent your cupcakes from sticking, are reusable and help to distribute heat evenly when you bake, so basically they are a win-win for everyone involved! So, high-tail your cute little selves over to the 99 cent store where you can not only pick up the baking cups but can also purchase other ingredients for both of these recipes as well. Let's make some Tortilla Soup and Chocolate Cupcakes!

Dinner: Tortilla Soup   Dessert: Chocolate-Banana Cupcakes

5 Date Night Ideas for Under $100 in L.A.

   
     Dating is not cheap, and if you're like me-and never get asked out on dates-I mean, if you're like me, sometimes you have to date on a budget. I as you all know am an L.A. native born and raised, and after my friend asked me where her and her husband could celebrate their anniversary for $100, I came up with these five ideas that I thought I should share with you! Los Angeles is filled with really expensive restaurants, bars, cars, handbags, dogs, shoes and people, but not all of us can spend $200 per week on a date right? Wait, now I'm wondering if a guy has ever spent $200 on a date with me...ummm...Netflix is like $10 a month right? Let's just move on. While there is nothing wrong with a Netflix date my friends, I do strongly suggest you hold off on the Netflix date for the first few weeks. Whether you're an L.A. native, transport or just visiting, why not try these five suggestions for under $100?!

     Date Spot #1) Perch LA: 448 South Hill St. 
     There are so many reasons to fall in love at this place! Both of the pictures in this post were taken by me at this establishment. Not only can you literally dine on the edge of one of downtown's most amazing rooftops (located on the 15th floor of the Hill building), but they also have not one but two bars, with one being located on the first floor of the bar, and the other on the rooftop outside. There is also this mysterious and sexy entrance, yes I typed entrance, that you take just to get up there...one elevator takes you to another elevator that has an actual Silver Bird for the button to press that will guide your elevator to Perch. Very sexy! Did I also mention that they have a live jazz band, an insane Happy Hour (4-6pm), and hello the views are to die for! 

   
     At Perch you and you date will have a 360 degree view of downtown Los Angeles that is just as spectacular by sunset as it is in the morning (hello, brunch date). The menu is fantastic and I am partial to their Grilled Caesar Salad with Chicken. The chicken melts in your mouth and is cooked to tender perfection, and the salad is literally grilled, a half of romaine is grilled and topped with creamy goodness that is such a hearty portion, you could share it with your date. I am a huge dessert aficionado and their White Chocolate Bread Pudding is drenched in a Bourbon glaze and served with fresh fruit. Do I really need to say more? The menu options are fancy (that's an SAT word hahahah) but, like I said one portion can feed two, so it's a win-win for your wallet and your romance meter will be at like, ten thousand percent. Just be prepared to get super romantic, kissy, loving and score huge points with your date! Thank me later.
   

Monday

Social Media Does Not Ruin Relationships...

   

     Social media does not ruin relationships...people do. There are thousands of ways to meet, find, look up, connect, hookup and explore people online. Online dating is a billion dollar business. Twitter has spawned countless hookups, and relationships. Facebook will reunite you with your elementary school crush, high school boyfriend, his cousin, and your prom date all within a few clicks. All of these outlets can bring you the love of your life, or the embarrassment of your life...Catfish anyone? With the influx of social media, texting, Instagram and every other 'Gram' of some sort available, there was bound to be a backlash.

     I have been reading comments from men and women about how social media ruined there relationship. Many of these comments have been directed at or made after someone has been caught cheating. Is it easier to have access to men and women that you would not normally meet while working at Target? Yes. Has social media made it easier for the "Average Joe" to communicate with the "Unattainable Girl"? Yes. Is it easy to fall for someone based on their Instagram pics? Yes. Does your ex really actually go away if you're able to Facebook stalk their every move? No. Here are just a few other questions for you: Does Twitter have a penis? No. Does Instagram have a vagina? No. Does Facebook call you and ask you to go out with it? No. Okay, just checking.

     The last time I checked, making a conscious decision to actively pursue someone, whether it be through texting, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, is a decision a man or woman makes on their own. The shift in our culture to not respect the boundaries of marriage and relationships has definitely exacerbated by social media. How many of us have hit on somebody we see online? You know you have so don't act like this is brand new. We see a celebrity, model, sports figure, or attractive guy/woman on our timeline and our hormones transform into a free for all of lustful comments, DM's, or "like" clicks on all of their Instagram pics.

Thursday

Can I Be Smart and Pretty?



     In the first grade I was the best reader in my class. Actually I was the fastest reader, speller and everything else you like to be in the first grade. In the second grade I really stepped my "smart game" up and began reading chapter books, practicing cursive writing and studying spelling words like they were the Holy Grail. My school wanted to skip me up one grade but my dad said no-to which I am still pissed about, but I digress...yeah dad, I'm still mad at you for that one-so I continued to push myself further and further, studying every single day. My siblings and I went to private school in Redondo Beach, Ca. For my lovely readers unfamiliar with this city, it is obviously a beach city here in L.A. and in the late 80's, let's just say outside of my siblings, there were maybe two other black kids there. My first day of school I literally raised my hand and answered every single question that the teacher asked the class. Literally raising my hand before anyone else...on purpose. I distinctly remember answering a question the teacher asked and a boy next to me saying, and I quote, "Wow...you really are smart!" That was all the fuel I needed to light my "I am smart" fire.

     Soon teachers began questioning every test or assignment I turned in. They'd ask me who I cheated off of, or who helped me. One teacher even made me re-take a test I easily aced, because how on earth did this little black girl come in and win. More fuel thrown on my fire. I craved knowledge, learning about any and everything I could. I took piano and won every recital I was in. I read more books then anyone else and did my first book report on Lucille Ball, my comedy idol I'd grown to love while obsessively watching re-runs of her at home. I sang in the choir and memorized my Easter Sunday speeches so well that they would assign me the biggest and longest speeches purposely. I started acting in plays at school and would memorize not just my role, but the entire play often helping kids with their lines while on stage. I wasn't even out of grade school. I was smart. I was smart. I was smart.

Sunday

Money + Relationships = Trouble...Proceed with Caution

    

     No one likes to talk about money. No one. Let me tell you what people like to talk about: How much they paid for their purse or car. How much their new Jordan's or Gucci sunglasses cost. How much money they spent on the gift they just bought, or dinner, or shots at the club. We can't forget about how people love to show off their money too. How many Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pics have you seen of someone holding a gigantic stack of money? I won't even get into how many "Outfit of the Day" pics there are...everywhere. Oh, and how many Louboutin, sneaker, and diamond watch pics do we view on Instagram every damn day? Here's the thing, no one likes to talk about money, and here is what I mean with my statement: where are all the 401k Facebook updates? How about the Tweets about paying off a credit card, student loan, or car debt? I've never seen anyone post about their retirement savings account or what they're doing to raise there credit score. This is what I am talking about when it comes to money, and the difference between the examples I have given, can make or break your relationship.

     Does money matter in a relationship? YES. If a man asks you out on a date, do you expect him to pay? If you ask a man out is it not fair for him to expect you to pay? Money comes into play in the very beginning stages of your relationship. One of the first questions asked by us of a new love interest is, "What do you do for a living?". Issues over money are the leading cause of divorce. Money is an essential and must be discussed. So, how do we get to a point to where we can openly discuss our financials with our partner? By talking! Seriously, communication. That's it. Do it, do it now...well wait until you finish reading this post first, then do it.

Wednesday

If You Chase Him...He Will Run.




     I love guys. I love the way they smile. I love the way they smell. I love how they put their hand on your neck while kissing you. I love men. When I am interested in a guy I expect it to be all easy and sparkly. I want him to bump into me while I'm at the bookstore, reach for the same book on the shelf, touch my hand, feel my sparkle and fall in love with me. What has been my pattern is finding and chasing the most emotionally unavailable men of the Los Angeles area.

     Here's how it goes down: I meet someone who I am attracted to. He may or may not be attracted to me, which I usually have no clue of, because as usual they never just tell me how they feel, so I set out to "find out" if they do. Hence the emotional unavailability. This is when the chase becomes a game I set out to win. I suddenly become a lion chasing after the gazelle in the wild. Letting someone know you are interested in them is amazing. It's a risk that you take and you literally roll the dice hoping that he/she will pick them up, kiss them, and place them in your hand, along with their heart.

     Sometimes, love sucks. Like when you are so into someone and they are not reciprocating your feelings. I'm way to scared to say what I'm thinking when I do have feelings for someone. In my head it's like, 'Hey you cute guy, I like you, and you should totally like me, let's go hang out at the bookstore, and ride unicorns on sparkly highways for the rest of our lives.' In person, I'm totally awkward, talk a lot, and make random self-deprecating jokes out of nervousness when I'm around someone I like. If I see or feel an inkling of that person maybe, sort kinda, just a tad, almost, kind of a little bit liking me back...the lioness in me roars it's awkward head and he becomes the gazelle that I must chase, capture and keep locked up in my heart.