Freelance Writer

Blurring the lines between work & play. Ad copy, editorial, social.


Magazine Scene

Columnist/Contributor to top SoCal magazines


Social Influencer

Oh, the places we’ll go. OC gal with stories to tell.


I’m a Jane of all trades. And master at many. As a career advertising writer, I’ve written for the top ad agencies in Orange County—for brands from Oakley, PacSun, Wet Seal and Irvine Company Resort Properties to Land Rover, Jaguar and Mazda to Mattel, Sony and more. I also write for OC public relations firms and am a columnist for many Orange County magazines, which have included Pelican Hill Magazine, Bask, Laguna Beach Magazine, as well as CBSLA, OC Family Magazine and many others. Finally, I’m hired as a Social Influencer and Brand Ambassador for local OC brands from etnies to Legoland, in all arenas from kids and family to fashion and beauty. It’s a little of this, a little of that, and a lot of love for what I do with gratitude for those I work with. [read more]

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The Dream Cream On My Vanity Counter

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I was handed this kind of nondescript bottle and told to use it on my face every night for two weeks before my upcoming laser treatment. I had no expectations really, I just nodded and agreed that I would use it religiously each evening. It’s called Firm and Fade—a special compound available at CosmetiCare—and it’s designed to lighten and brighten the face. Firm…


SCFTA Jazz and Blues Weekend – May 7th and 8th, 2016

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Unwind with SCFTA, and get your jazz—and blues on. Orange County audiences can look forward to two special concerts in May that will highlight the best of jazz, blues and R&B music. And both concerts take place in the beautiful Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. The first concert is May 7 at 7:30 p.m., and features venerated bluesman Charlie…


Considering Laser Resurfacing? Here’s The Secret First Step.

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When people hear that I’m planning to try Laser Resurfacing on my face, they almost always say: “I’ve thought about that. I need to give my skin an overhaul!” (That’s except for my 4-year old, who just asks if it’s going to be a red laser like Darth Vader’s, but anyway …) Here’s the deal, if you’re going to do a laser,…


Bring it! Rainy Day fun at Disneyland. Tips to soak it all up.

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I want a do-over! To do it all over again at Disneyland, with more rain, more fun and more Screamin’ good times. Seriously. If I could soak it all up once again, I’d be there in a second—rainboots on and mascara running. We didn’t melt. We rode through the storm, umbrellas up and ponchos in place. If you’re like us, and you hit…

Debbie Lavdas writer OC

The Downlow

– About Debbie Lavdas –


When I’m not writing, I’m either in Pilates class, on a paddle board with my kids and husband, trying to do a full lotus in yoga or dining out in search of more protein and less carbs—as a vegetarian on the Paleo diet. I could also be alfresco shopping for all things midcentury modern, or tending to our too-full animal house. It’s a full life, in which balance is key, and work is pleasure. Thanks for stopping by. Please get in touch if you’re in need of a writer. I love meeting new clients, who are nice people and make cool things.

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 Pilates Saturday. Post class. #rcsav #ocfitness #pilates  Still lets me hold his hand
 Impromptu anniversary dinner. #14years ❤️  Post-Pilates class. Now doing some work over oatmeal and hot water with lemon. And Fox is in preschool here. Working moms, this is the setup. @renclubsport has Social Memberships too (code for you get childcare & you get work done, etc). #winning #sanity #RCSAV
 Post-Pilates. Day 4 Tear-Down diet with @body_concierge. Veggie soup at the Club. Hot water with lemon. #down4lbsin4days #ocfitness #fitfabforsummer #ocmommag  Stopped in my favorite medspa today. In good company. #cosmeticaremoms #ocmedspa #ocmoms #newportbeach #realmoms #ocbeauty
 Another Seal Camp Friday night for the kids. Lotta pups in the pens. Kudos to @pacificmmc and their hard work and big hearts.   Just wow.
 What would these 2 do without each other? Harlow & Hollywood. My deux #chartreux #catsofinstagram  #camping

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