Your Crush Is Coming…

Act Natural.

The most AWKWARD thing I ever did in front of a crush: seventh grade I left something in my desk, I went back to my last class to retrieve it. Unbeknownst to me my crush sat in the same spot. In front of the whole class my left eye started twitching uncontrollably. The closer I got to him the worse it became, I was mortified. That’s never happened before, or since. A hot ass mess. What’s the most embarrassing thing you did in front of someone you liked? Via: Music Ain’t Dead

You Can See Inside Me

Two people, just meeting
Barely touching each other
Two spirits greeting
Trying to carry it further

You are one
And I am another
We should be one
Inside each other
You can see inside me
Will you come inside me?
Do you wanna ride inside my love?

Photographer: Robin Lirb

Muse (Noun)

A woman, or a force personified as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist.

Photographers: Diego Palomino, Shot By Nae & Demetrius Washington

“Teenage Smoker”

I’ll never forget being in front of the Pinkberry on 82nd and second with my friend about to start the night, when my dad randomly pulls up in his car. We walked over to say hello and I COMPLETELY forgot there was a cigarette behind my ear. I tried to pull it out low key, but it was way too late. My friend jumped in and said it was her cigarette that I was holding. The dumb shit.

Now when I see teen smokers I’m like what are you five? They look like babies, but when I did it I thought I was so grown. Now I know how infantile we looked to adults giving us the side eye. Adults we asked to get us cigs when we had no other choice. I quit one million times before finally kicking the habit five years ago. Now I can’t believe I smoked (Marlboro Gold’s) at all, crazier still is that cigs were $5 a pack when I turned 18 and now they’re three times that.

The first time I smoked a cigarette I was five and my grandmother threw one out in the yard. It was still lit so I picked it up and inhaled, the way she did, my idol. I coughed like mad and stamped it out after one pull. That didn’t stop me from starting forreal in high school, how lovely it was relieving stress and topping off substances. What is your relationship to cigarettes? Photographer: Ed Templeton

Rolling Out

Happy weekend, I hope you find whatever you need to refresh. Take time to relax in a safe manner. I will be rolling into a bottle of wine, wishing I could have taken the two vacations that tempted me to travel during this pandemic and reflecting on the past one million I made secondary over the last five years. If I could turn back time I would have gone, instead of confining myself to meeting big goals before I could enjoy myself. Balance is key. What are you reflecting on this weekend? Via: Rock The 80s

A Woman’s Place…

Is wherever she wants it to be. Women are people with different goals and ideals pertaining to how we want to live our life. Stop putting pressure on us to fulfill roles set by the patriarchy, deeming us useless if we can’t meet your societal standards/deadlines. Stop asking women when they are going to get married or have children, like it’s an obligation. How about do you want instead. Better yet mind your business. Women have the right to choose. Are you someone who pressures women to fit into societal stereotypes? Are you a woman being harangued about your life decisions? Artist: Lainey Molnar

Come On Get Happy Or Not

Until it [the last seven days] ended I was unaware of the despair and anger I was feeling. Photo’s from youth of my missing friend found deceased put a damper on my entire week. Sadness filled me for obvious reasons, rage was due to his story ending so tragically, while malicious people out in these streets spreading their shit. I know life isn’t fair, but seeing that picture hurt. Frozen in time his future held so much potential, what could be, now I know what is. I wanted to update more, but I just couldn’t and that’s perfectly fine. Going with the flow is better than forcing positivity. This week I went half speed. I needed that for my mental health. Remember not feeling your best is totally fine, you don’t always have to get happy, do what you need to do. Rejuvenation is essential. When’s the last time you honored your mental and emotional health? Via: The 70z

Nina Garcia Is…

Literally the reason I stayed with Project Runway, but most importantly my inner voice when I’m critiquing something. I go straight into Nina mode, all the gestures, faces and her voice take me over. Who’s your analytical spirit animal? Via: Nina Garcia