Dayana Aleksandrova

Bulgarian-born nomad, Dee has been traveling the world alone since she was 16. A photographer, food lover and party animal, you'll find her hanging around Barcelona, telling the most ridiculous travel stories. Drop by her website and say hi.

5 Things That Happen To Your Body (And Self-Esteem) When You Go Vegan

By Dayana Aleksandrova
Before I went vegan, I had been and on-again-off-again vegetarian for a few years. I couldn't make up my mind about my diet because, on one hand, I always felt lighter and more energetic without meat and fish. On the other hand, I hung around…

6 Reasons I Stopped Worrying And Started Loving My Body Just The Way It Is

By Dayana Aleksandrova
I used to struggle with body image. I lived through a rollercoaster of early morning workouts, bland spinach and grilled chicken salads and self-loathing every time I saw a shredded Instagram model. It took me a while, but I was finally able to…

6 Ways Canceling My Gym Membership Helped Me Lose More Weight Faster

By Dayana Aleksandrova
I spent the last eight years strapped to the gym. Obsessed with pursuit of that summer six-pack, I bobbed up and down on the elliptical like there was no tomorrow. I thought the only way to work off the third slice of avocado toast was to pound the…

How Traveling The World Was The One Thing That Taught Me How To Love My Body

By Dayana Aleksandrova
Ninety percent of my existence in college was spent worrying about my body. I woke up at 6 am to hit the gym. I ate nothing but dry spinach and grilled chicken seven days a week, and I drank a gallon of water every day. I lived in misery. I had let…

5 Ways Being Happy And Single Will Get You 'The One' Faster Than Serial Dating

By Dayana Aleksandrova
I used to be a serial dater, much like Kim Kardashian in her pre-Kanye days. It was a constant cycle of dating apps and breakups until one day, someone broke my heart and I decided things had to change. Instead of diving head-first into the…

Why Staying Friends With An Ex Sets You Up For A Healthy Love Life Down The Line

By Dayana Aleksandrova
I used to think of being friends with an ex was absolute taboo. I mean, the guy has seen me naked (and often drunk and sloppy), for God's sake! To me, an ex is someone I've let my guard down and showed my insecurities to. Having him in my life meant…

5 Simple Ways To Lose Weight Without Dieting Or Setting Foot In A Gym

By Dayana Aleksandrova
I used to pound the treadmill every morning and feel absolutely miserable. Not only was I slaving away the hamster way, but I still couldn't get rid of the last few pounds I carried around my hips and stomach. Then one day, I just thought, "Fuck…

Saying These 7 Things When Running Into Your Ex Will Make Them Regret Losing You

By Dayana Aleksandrova
For some of us, running into an ex can be absolutely horrifying. For me, it's pretty much the emotional equivalent of having a heart attack while trying not to vomit. Luckily, I've run into exes one too many times, and by now, have developed a clear…

5 Reasons Why The Mediterranean Diet's Perfect For People Who Don't Want To Diet

By Dayana Aleksandrova
Except for a few months of slipping up here and here (ugh, college), I've followed the Mediterranean diet my entire life. In return, I've been rewarded with good health, a balanced weight and delicious meals. It all started with my mom back in…

Here Are 8 Revelations I've Experienced While Embracing The Single Life

By Dayana Aleksandrova
At 24-years-old, I can't remember the last time I had a relationship or anything that wasn't a one-night stand. Although my 70-year-old grandmother — who has a new boyfriend, by the way — keeps calling to ask when I'm getting married, I've got to…

6 Things You Can Do Every Day To Cope With Seasonal Affective Disorder

By Dayana Aleksandrova
Every year, it's the same shit: pleasant spring, perfect summer, colorful fall and then pure hell. As someone who thrives in the sun and is heavily addicted to the sweet Vitamin D, I fall into a winter blues as soon as the calendar marks…

10 Reasons Why January Isn't The Most Depressing Month

By Dayana Aleksandrova
Having lived in the frozen hell that is the North East for longer than I'd like to admit, saying I despise winter is an understatement. Being a firm non-believer in New Year's resolutions, January is usually a waste of a month for me. This year,…

Why You Shouldn't Feel Guilty About Paying For Travel Over Student Loan Debt

By Dayana Aleksandrova
Ah, student loan debt, the reality all too familiar to most of us who get as creative as possible in avoiding the dreaded payment date (show of hands: who here has tried to fake their own death yet?). I've personally toyed a lot with this one, in…

8 Ways You Could Be Unknowingly Damaging Your Hair Every Day

By Dayana Aleksandrova
It's no secret that hair is an integral part of our signature looks, and the better care we take of it, the better it will look without the help of wigs and extensions. Just take a look at this year's Victoria's Secret angels, Jennifer Aniston and…

6 Things To Do Before Noon That Will Make You Happier All Day

By Dayana Aleksandrova
Is there a single soul who enjoys Mondays? I hate Monday mornings, even though I consider myself a morning person. I have an office job and every week it's the same struggle, trying to make it through the day without dying of boredom and do my best…

7 Tricks To Try So You Never Drunk Text Again

By Dayana Aleksandrova
What's the worst possible thing you could see after waking up with your head thumping from a vile hangover? That would be the drunk texts you decided to send from the night before (provided you didn't bring home that annoying bro from the bar who…

How Staying In Is The Best Way To Be Healthy While Doing Absolutely Nothing

By Dayana Aleksandrova
FOMO is so last year. The fear of missing out no longer drives 20-somethings past the couch on a Saturday night. Ain't nobody got the time or energy to go get fucked up just because everyone else is. Looks like we've finally managed to make our own…

10 Dating Truths You Need To Know So You Don't Sabotage Your Chances At Love

By Dayana Aleksandrova
When it comes to dating, I've experienced some of the do's and a million of the don't's. I've even learned a few lessons along the way. Do yourself a favor and stick by these 10 truths. 1. If he really likes you, he'll make it happen. For years I…

6 Things That Happen When You're A Tomboy In A Group Of 'Girly Girls'

By Dayana Aleksandrova
I've never been a girly girl. I've never known how to do things with my hair or make my eyes pop. I'm more of a tomboy. In fact, in a world of Regina George, I've always been a Cady Heron, the homeschooled jungle freak from "Mean Girls" who thought…

Everything To Expect When You Start Hooking Up With Your Roommate

By Dayana Aleksandrova
I've always lived by the old saying, "Don't shit where you eat," because, let's be honest, it's messy and awkward. Besides, finding a decent apartment that's also appropriately priced for a broke, unemployed college grad is close to…