Heather Magee
Heather Magee is a digital strategist and freelance writer, currently living in Los Angeles. More of her stories can be found at thelasessions.com.

Entries by Heather Magee

Sex Sells, But Hate Doesn't Have To

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2017 | 1:34 PM

In the good old days, titillation was a tool commonly used to sell an idea, brand or product (sex sells!). Mark Wahlberg helped catapult Calvin Klein into a megabrand, selling millions of men's unmentionables by flaunting his famous eight-pack. Carl's Junior has leveraged this tactic by casting beautiful, scantily clad...

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Unwinding Under A Million Stars On Colombia's Isla Coralina

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2017 | 3:10 PM

There aren't many affordable island paradises left in the world that have been minimally impacted by tourism while maintaining the original mystique that led travellers there in the first place. I've been fortunate to experience a few: Malaysia's Perhentian Islands, Nicaragua's Corn Islands and Bali in the 90s...

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Add This Caribbean City To Your 2017 Travel List

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2016 | 9:04 AM


Arriving in Cartagena the day the government signed a historic peace deal with FARC (The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) heightened both my excitement and anxiety about choosing Colombia for a winter getaway. A peace deal that had been rejected by Colombian voters...

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Living In Canada Is A Privilege, Not A Consolation Prize

(154) Comments | Posted November 4, 2016 | 5:36 PM

With the U.S. election less than a week away, the number of celebrities, public figures and everyday people threatening to migrate north should Donald Trump land in the White House are multiplying.

I guess we should feel flattered that our American neighbours consider us a suitable alternative. Like we're...

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Last Minute Halloween Costumes For Lazy-Ass People

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2016 | 9:29 AM

I used to be one of those people who planned their Halloween costume weeks in advance. Something unique and clever that usually capitalized on a sensational current event. Perhaps one of my personal bests was in 2008 amidst another monumental US election where my husband and I went as Foreign...

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Backdoor Journalists Like Me Are Beating Media At Their Own Game

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2016 | 3:57 PM

When people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, for as far back as I can remember I would enthusiastically answer "journalist!" But when it came time to choose a subject to study in college, journalism seemed untouchable. Only the emo artsy kids who wrote poetry,...

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Women Can And Should Unapologetically Ask For What They're Worth

(1) Comments | Posted August 2, 2016 | 2:07 PM

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Feminism feels like it's more top of mind than ever before, at least in my lifetime. A day rarely goes by without stumbling upon an inspiring video clip or discovering a new organization aimed at advancing rights for women. It's a wonderful time...

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Love Outnumbers Hate: Trying To Make Sense Of The U.S. Gun Debate

(51) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 10:17 AM

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A sign at a candle light vigil in memory of the victims of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting, June 13, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

I grew up in a home where firearms were present. My dad is an avid hunter so he had guns...

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Canadian Talent Honoured At Star-Studded L.A. Soiree

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2016 | 8:39 AM

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Los Angeles is looking a little shinier and feeling a little buzzier this week as we are close to the 88th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday. While Oscar parties are popping up in all the usual Hollywood haunts, the only soiree...

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Giving LA Foster Youth A Sense of Home

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 1:46 PM

When my husband and I decided to move to Los Angeles last spring, I distinctly remember a colleague of mine asking why we would want to live there. LA, as he put it, was the loneliest city in the world. From the moment we settled on Venice as our new...

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Stop Praising Jennifer Lawrence For Being A B*tch

(60) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 10:25 AM

Stars, they're just like us! Every time I see another headline about Jennifer Lawrence, J. Law, or whatever fangirl-induced nickname she's going by these days, I'm reminded of that ridiculous Us Weekly column that's been around since the dawn of time. Look, Meryl isn't wearing make-up! She's just like us!...

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Helpless But Not Hopeless In The Wake Of The Paris Attacks

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 9:11 AM

I went to see a film with my husband last night and I couldn't shake this feeling of guilt. We rode to the theatre, silently and listlessly gazing out the window as our Uber driver fiddled with the radio, neither one of us picking up our phone to see if...

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I Took A 'Sound Bath' In The Middle Of A Desert

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 1:56 PM

There's something strange and mystical about the desert that can draw you in like a thirsty traveler to an abundant oasis. The climate is almost perfect at certain points of the year, while the dead of summer could result in just that -- death. Natural environments capable of creating extreme...

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Let's Stop Body Shaming Skinny Girls

(4) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 7:16 AM

With the rise of the #nomakeupselfie hashtag and the frequency of celebrities sharing their unedited photo-shoot proofs with millions of Instagram followers, it's clear the public loves to rally behind so-called realness.

The act of holding famous folks accountable for fading out a few blemishes or digitally...

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Why We Should Sympathize With the Exposed Ashley Madison Users

(44) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 8:37 AM

As the news cycle continues to churn out a lively discussion among people infuriated by the millions targeted in the Ashley Madison privacy breach, many commenters seem to call for the accountability of its users. "About time a group that really cares about 'family values' took decisive action,"...

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This Is Why Everyone Loves Amy Schumer

(8) Comments | Posted August 16, 2015 | 11:16 PM

Don't call it a comeback or a renaissance or the rise of the female comic. Funny women have been around for years. Radner, Tomlin, Notaro, DeGeneres, the list goes on. But the number of newcomers dominating the genre and repping for the "fairer "sex has proven that not only have...

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Let's Stop Labelling Ourselves

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 1:06 PM

We humans have an innate desire to define things, don't we? To make sense of what we don't understand or to apply status to things we'll inevitably aspire to be. Let's slap a label on something to determine it's perceived value, purpose or meaning. It's how we categorize and compartmentalize...

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Love in the Time of Uber

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 5:12 PM

I recently re-located to Los Angeles from Vancouver and have become somewhat reliant on Uber to get, um, everywhere. Naturally, my interaction with the multitude of drivers I encounter each day has become quite loose, as getting into a strangers car can be somewhat of an intimate experience. Every driver...

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Take a Whimsical Hike in the Hollywood Hills

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 5:12 PM

I'm always drawn to cities that have easy access to nature. Having lived in Vancouver for the past 13 years -- steps away from the ocean -- I don't think I could exist in a proper concrete jungle, despite my urbanite tendencies.

Los Angeles is a lot like Vancouver, although...

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Playboy Magazine Needs More Style and Less Sex

(11) Comments | Posted March 29, 2015 | 10:45 PM


I am not a millennial, although my affinity for Lena Dunham and SnapChat might suggest otherwise. The year I came screaming into the world dances delicately on the cusp of gen X and this demo, but my tastes and values usually align more...

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