safety first

When I first moved to Los Angeles, I’m pretty sure my mom had a heart attack. Can you blame her? I was a young girl in a big, scary city. She always wanted to know where I was, who I was with, and what I was doing and would sent text regular text messages to stay up-to-date. 4 years later, I’m more adapted to the city and she’s [slightly] more relaxed but it can still be dangerous.


To feel a little safer I always carry pepper-spray, try to avoid deserted areas, and rarely venture out at night alone. Unfortunately, sometimes situations still arise that make me nervous. Things as simple as walking to my car at night or meeting up with someone for a blind-date can be uncomfortable…

Guess what?Β There’s an app for that.


KiteString is a new website and mobile app that helps keep tabs on you– it’s basically your “virtual mom”. After creating a free account, you log-in, let them know when to check up on you (in 30 min., 2 hours, etc.), and then click “embark”. KiteString will send you a message after the allotted time and, if you don’t respond, will notify the emergency contacts that you’ve chosen. Pretty cool, right?

In my opinion, this is the type of app that we’ve desperately needed for decades and that everyone can benefit from. Is it something we’ll use every day? No, probably not. But it’s a nice comfort to have if you know you’re going to be in a vulnerable situation (and I guarantee your mom will love it!).

Here’s to safety-first…


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  1. adashofmeg said:

    omg so cool babe!

  2. Wow that is so awesome! I had no idea that app even existed! Definitely worth downloading. Thanks for posting about something so unique! I love out of the ordinary posts like this! πŸ™‚

    • Emily said:

      Thank you, Kaila! I just discovered it last week and had to share. I think it’s something we can all benefit from!

  3. Taylor said:

    Your mom sounds exactly like mine in regards to moving to the big city…except I’m 21!
    I will definitely be showing my parents this app (and using on occasion!) as well as buy some pepper-spray πŸ˜‰

    • Emily said:

      Definitely jump on the pepper-spray bandwagon. It seems silly but it’s nice to have in your hand when you’re walking around the city alone!

  4. Oh wow… I never even would have thought of an app like this but it’s super cool. Truth be told, living in LA sounds all sorts of daunting. I live in a pretty safe city, and while I do my best to take extra precautions and not ask for trouble, there haven’t been a lot of situations where I felt genuinely afraid. I’m super happy to hear that you’re keeping safe though ❀

    • Emily said:

      I never would have thought of it either but it’s really brilliant, in my opinion.
      LA can definitely be scary (at times) but crime can happen anywhere and I try to always remind myself of that- especially when I’m in my small hometown. (:

  5. squigglefloey said:

    Wow I can’t believe you moved here 4 yrs ago??? LA takes a lot of adjusting, even though I’ve lived in Cali most of my life :). I’m still not used to the traffic though…eww…

    • Emily said:

      I don’t think I’ll ever get used to the traffic… haha

  6. Marian said:

    That’s a cool app! Do you know pepper spray is illegal in Spain? If someone tries to rape you and you spray it, the rapist can sue you, funny, huh? So i always bring a deodorant or any kind of spray with me.

  7. Irina said:

    Oh my gosh thank you so much for sharing this! Seriously. Living in a city all alone and far away from all close friends & family has made me super aware and overly paranoid about every adventure I have here in NYC. Confession time (I’m gonna sound slightly crazy right now): I usually write down where I’m going and the name/number of the person I’m going out with on a piece of paper. I leave this paper on my desk in case…you know…something happens and police need clues LOL. Told you I’m crazy! But better safe than sorry right? This app is a game-changer πŸ™‚

    • Emily said:

      haha. Then at least my family and the police have some sort of clue. How crazy are we?

      The app is really awesome though. I had to share! I’m glad you appreciate it as much as I do. πŸ™‚

  8. This is so cool! My parents sound exactly how your mom was/is. When I was away at college for a semester they always wanted to know that I got back safely to my dorm at night.

    • Emily said:

      Haha yep! Parents crack me up. I’m sure we’ll be the same way!

  9. Ashley said:

    This is such a good idea for an app! My mom is the exact same way, especially now that I’m living in a big(ger) city a long ways from home, but I think it’s just a natural thing for parents to be worried about their kids. I started carrying pepper spray and I’m considering getting an alarm system for my apartment–always better to be safe than sorry!

    • Emily said:

      Oooh…an alarm system is a really good idea (especially if you’re living by yourself!). I’ll have to look into that. πŸ™‚

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