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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Newbies to hot shots, Pirate Coast SUP Summer Camp is perfect

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We’re big fans of Pirate Coast, and have been for many years now. So much so that we even got our own SUP boards after a few years of hanging with the Back Bay crew. My 10-yr. old knows all the tricks, my 12-yr old is more into chillaxin’ on her board and my 5-yr. old recently stood up and…

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My Erbium Laser Resurfacing Treatment: the good, the bad, the ugly, the new

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Everyone wants dewy, fresh skin. But what lengths you’ll go to get it depends on you. You can do facials (good), peels (better), or seriously turn it up with a laser resurfacing (best), which I recently did. Laser is the only way to actually stimulate your skin to start producing collagen. So you deeply resurface the dead skin and promote new “baby skin.”…


Summer is the season to RETREAT. RELAX. REVIVE at Rodger’s Gardens

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Roger’s Gardens is always a great escape, but this summer is a must-visit with an array of great events and workshops, including the below fun. SUMMER WORKSHOPS TO CHECK OUT: Children’s Garden Series | Birdhouses for Backyards Workshop with Cathy McEntire – Saturday, May 21 at 10 AM  & 3 PM Succulent Driftwood Workshop with Onita Castillo & Rex Yarwood | Sunday, May…


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…

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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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 What's better than pizza? Pizza + @purplecorduroy (wine co. created by Ty's epic surf coach & brahs). Shoulda known cool Sgt. P folks would serve it. #tastycombo #oc #surferwine #awesomepizza #thursdaytreat  Ty's 3rd week of Guards. And I catch him playing volleyball. Dare I say this kid is tired of the ocean? Doubt it.
 And tonight's bottomless Apple Crisp brought to you by this little cupcake. #chefschool #bakingcamp #oc she's getting good at this   Best way to do salt creek. The $1 shuttle.
 Zoe's going to lose. Boys have her flourless chocolate cake outnumbered. #chefschool #oc #bakingcamp  Girl in a bubble. (Anti gravity at work for Zoe and her healing ankle).
 Too cool.  Black. What else do you wear to the fair? #ocfair
 He really is my son. Really #summerblondy  Totally got our #ocfairface on

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