Tara Hall: Constant Chatter Editor
For the longest time, Texas transplant Tara Hall wanted to be a profiler when she grew up. A bona fide FBI agent with mad analytic skills who could take on crime and the jacked up minds that commit it.
Instead, the long and winding road has led straight to writing.
It all started with an obscure undergrad study spot: the usually empty upstairs of a local live music dive in Austin, TX. Psychology books in tow, Tara would grab a seat in the balcony and read her assignments between performances of local musicians, ultimately leading to an internship with Austin's Citysearch office in the late '90s.
Skip ahead a little more than a decade to present-day. Tara now spends her time interviewing musicians, researching stories and penning articles for entertainment-centered publications and websites such as Metro.pop magazine and SoundSpike.com.
Best part of the job: Researching topics I'm perplexed by and interested in.
Secretly obsessed with: Eyelash extensions. Instant femininity and loads of compliments!
Current dream vacation: An exotic beach locale with a beach bag full of new fiction. A hot man alongside wouldn't hurt either.
Theme song: Nina Simone's "Feeling Good"
Snacking on: Light rye Wasa crackers, little dollop of Dijon and thinly sliced turkey. That, or a spoonful of Nutella, my semi-healthy chocolate fix.
If trapped on a desert island: Cherry Chapstick and a fun, resourceful companion.
Articles by Tara Hall
Dad's an important part of the family puzzle. Show him your appreciation with one of these creative and useful gifts, most of which are easy on the wallet as well.
Finding the perfect gift for Mom can be time-consuming. After spending 30+ years on this earth thanks to her mom, editor-in-chief Tara Hall has finally figured out some of the most meaningful gifting options. Is it intentional that they're also pretty painless on the wallet? Absolutely not, but what a bonus!
With the changing of the seasons comes new fashion dos and don'ts, along with an entirely new class of trends. For some women, this is exciting, but for many, it's a cumbersome part of being female. Regardless of your fashion feelings, we've culled together a list of some of this year's latest nail color options. Have at it.
Moms can be the hardest women to buy for -- they seem to have everything they could possibly need. Constant Chatter Editor Tara Hall has compiled a list of gifts worthy of the important mother(s) in your life. Think she'll guess what you've got wrapped up under the tree for her? Not with these unique options!
Planning on waking early, braving the crowds and heading out to find the city's best deals? Thought so. Before you go, read over these common sense tips to make sure you're doubly prepared for the crowds. You'll be glad you did.
We're just hours away for the craziest shopping day of the year -- Black Friday. Embrace the technology you spend so much for every month and put it to good use. Read on for ways to make your shopping excursion easier with the help of these apps.
Here's a way to decorate your home for fall -- including Halloween and Thanksgiving -- without having to hire a decorator, spend your annual food budget or end up looking like one of those neighbors. Your know the ones. Picture giant inflatable witches clinging to the fake spider web draped over the entire house. Do this instead.
Constant Chatter Editor Tara Hall is moving right along on her mission of self-improvement. In the first two installments, she laid out the plan and got comfortable enough with online dating to find herself a man. Now she takes to the closet, going beyond deep-cleaning thanks to a saved wad of cash and some brutally honest girlfriends.
It sounds so simple: Work out to feel great, lose weight and live a long, healthy life. Except when you're stuck in a rut without a fun exercise escape, what's a girl to do? Tara Hall delves into discovering her perfect workout activity -- the one where excitement trumps excuses.
The self-help saga continues for Editor in Chief Tara Hall, whose latest foray into all things self-sabotaging and scary led right into the wild world of online dating. With multiple friends in relationships thanks to Internet meet markets, Tara braved her inner demons and put herself out there. Here's how it helped her social skills and, subsequently, her love life.
With fast food joints at every turn and grocery stores loaded with sneaky calories, keeping a healthful diet is harder now than ever. Editor in Chief Tara Hall takes a look at food blogger Lisa Leake's Real Food Pledge and what it entails. Can this sweet-tea-sippin' Southerner take on such a challenge?
It's hard enough motivating ourselves to work out without having to sweat the details, like what the heck to wear. Ignore that nagging voice in your head: "You think you can get away with those cute jogging pants? With those thighs?" You can. Here's the skinny on creating the best outfit for getting fit.
Inspired by her personal "Be the Change" movement, Editor in Chief Tara Hall decided to open herself up to outside advice -- in this case, from former celebrity housewife turned writer, margarita aficionado and burgeoning entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel. Is her latest offering, a self-help memoir, as helpful as Tara hopes?
Fueled by an early morning revelation, Constant Chatter's Editor in Chief Tara Hall has embarked on a journey of change, self-reflection and rediscovery. Join her as she shares her adventures in online dating, renewing her wardrobe and a host of other "what the hell am I thinking" moments. Here's Chapter One.
Hello! Bonjour! Hola! Hallo! Bienvenue! Bienvenido! Willkommen! Welcome to the new editorial side of Constant Chatter, inspired by the substantial role women play in all parts of society today. The dynamics and challenges of being a woman are familiar to all of us. Constant Chatter is a closer look at our universal experience.
In this age of social media gone wild, online relationships often outnumber their analog counterparts, bringing with them an entirely new set of tricky social situations that would put even Emily Post's diplomatic skills to the test. Latest conundrum: when "friends" (read: online acquaintances) ask for a place to put their feet up.