The Coffee Table with Marissa A. Ross

On this fine day in December, I’d like to introduce a Los Angeles lady whose talents are as long as her hair! Ladies and Gentleman, personal assistant to hilarious actress Mindy Kaling, writer, actor, amateur wine taster, and music connoisseur:

coffee stain

Currently Brewing

We just wrapped production and are about to start editing the last four episodes of my web series, Tangents & The Times. I’m not one to usually be too boastful about my projects, but I genuinely believe it’s some of the best work I’ve ever done and I am beyond excited about it. Other than that, I’m just working on scripts and spending too much time on my too many Tumblrs.

Favorite Drink

It would have to be iced coffee with a touch of almond milk. Drinking good iced coffee makes me feel a thousand times smarter and more productive than anything else outside of the black market.

It’s the Little Things

Outside the obvious, like my loved ones and laughing until I cry, I would have to say:

  • The smell of wet grass
  • Palm Springs’ Alexander Homes
  • Cheese samples at Whole Foods

My Coffee Table

Coffee Table

My coffee table is always covered in hardbacks of my pool photography & my boyfriend’s graphic design books, stacks of artsy surf magazines, random editions of Sunset and Travel & Leisure, notebooks, and random scripts of mine. My boyfriend and I made homemade coasters; it’s neat because they’ve sort of documented our artistic inspirations over the years and a so-cute-it’s-almost-lame way to get crafty with him. The ones pictured are mine though. His are all of skaters and Native American art and I mean, who cares this is about meeeee!

coasters and magazines

My boyfriend and I bought our coffee table when we first moved in together, and it’s always felt a little out of place. But whatever, it’s covered in weed dust ninety percent of the time anyway and has a thousand water marks from the many sleepovers we’ve hosted with bands coming through Echo Park. You’d think with all our adorable coasters we wouldn’t have a problem, but people get to drinking and don’t think about coasters. Yet. One day we’ll grow up and everyone will be super into coasters.

Words of Wisdom

My personal mantra is, “Know the destination and life will present the path.”               …Most people think that it’s too new agey, so my back up is usually something along the lines of, “No one is going to believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself.”

Both have the same general sentiment–believe in yourself and believe in what you do.

Oh, one more for the road: “Don’t take yourself seriously, take what you do seriously.”

Experience the wonderfulness of Marissa on Twitter, Tumblr, and HelloGiggles!
(posted with love by Kathryn)

Item of the Day on HelloGiggles!


by Kathryn and Amanda

( Recently posted on HelloGiggles )

Here at YFB, we love a great blend. These delicious, organic, vegan blend of superfood powders are something I feel guilty keeping all to myself!

Bullet Points about the Blends:

  •  Sophie Jaffe, certified Raw Food Nutritionist and Raw Food Chef, created her Philosophie superfood powders out of the necessity for a convenient and healthy way to get an anti-oxident packed superfood fix.
  • The recipe on the back of the package- YUM. Sophie provides other recipies on her site, but after months of using her powders, I have yet to get tired of the classic smoothie recipe. Below are the powders’ ingredients- some might sound foreign, but trust the classic recipe which results in a creamy coconutty vanilla flavor (or chocolately for the cacao magic).
  • Cacao Magic includes Chinese medicinal mushrooms- reishi, cordyceps, chaga, maca, cacao powder & nibs, chia seeds, tocos and fresh vanilla.
  • Green Dream includes spirulina, fresh vanilla pod, raw vegan sprouted protein powder (hemp), maca (balances mood, high in iron and protein), tocos (vit.E), chia seeds, mesquite and chlorella.
  • The smoothies fill me up and leave a natural energy boost- they’re my favorite mid-morning/day snack that I whip up in my magic bullet (On a budget, the contents of the smoothie are more important to me than the blender).

So there you have it. Easy to make and so gosh darn good for you; it’s a win-win situation.

Item of the Day: Philosophie Superfood Powders

(available at ThePhilosophie.comErewhon, and Cafe Rivva)
Yours Truly,

You Exist, Therefore You Create

This week I contributed to the wonderful online world of “Hello Giggles” and shared my thoughts and favorite quotes on creativity. ♥ K



A note to all snowflakes far and wide (that’s you) :

To be alive is to be creative.

I’ve heard one too many people say, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body!” or “My sister is the creative in the family.”

We are born unique and complex snowflakes that, over time, tend to let society’s labels and others’ opinions melt our creative confidence. Even in daily life when you’re thinking, imagining, problem-solving and conversing, you are being creative. Creativity doesn’t have to be something that hangs in a museum or tops the billboard charts. Look around you and within you; the “artist” and the “businessman” are just words. You are an energy, a life force waiting to be expressed.

My favorite quotes to remind myself and others of our innate ability to create:

There is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is; nor how valuable it is; nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. – Martha Graham, icon of Modern Dance

Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity that you are doing. It is an attitude, an inner approach- how you look at things…Not everybody can be a painter – and there is no need also. If everybody is a painter the world will be very ugly; it will be difficult to live. And not everybody can be a dancer, and there is no need. But everybody can be creative… Whatsoever you do, if you do it joyfully, if you do it lovingly, if your act of doing it is not purely economical, then it is creative.” – Osho, Indian mystic, guru, and spiritual teacher 

Practicing any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow…Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something. – Kurt Vonnegut, American writer

And last but not least:

Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live. – Mae Jemison, American physician and NASA astronaut 

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Stories About Growing Up and Still Growing


Sept. 9th! 7:30pm!  Lyric Hyperion Theater and Café 2106 Hyperion Ave. LA CA 90027.

Check out: “Ellen” and “2 Broke Girls” writer Liz Feldman @LizinHollywood, “Hello Giggles” writer and star of her own upcoming pilot produced by Chelsea Handler, Ingrid Haas @ihaas, “Family Guy” writer and “Dog Days” author, Dave Ihlenfeld @daveihl, Gawker writer Louis Peitzman @LouisPeitzman, Fuel TV producer and actor, Ryan Flynn, @hellogiggles writers and BFFs Amanda Kretzmann and Kathryn Wahl, and more!!!!!