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    Summer in Harlem

    Photography: Sieger & Blanche Studio ( Instagram ) Hair/Grooming: Jennifer Covington-Bowers ( Instagram ) Stylist: Avante Davis ( Instagram ) Modeling Agency: RED Models NYC    Summer in Harlem‘s streetwear shoot is meant to embody the grittiness yet beauty of the Harlem culture using local models & designers.    Rebecca Jeanson of Sieger & Blanche Studio is a photographer based in NYC. Her biggest goal is to give representation to demographics that are often overlooked in fashion and always create work that transcends what’s been published before while keeping true to the trends/waves of fashion.              

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    Controlling the Common Cold

    Controlling the Common Cold by Melissa Hall ( Instagram / Twitter )   Melissa Hall received her MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She currently lives in Austin, Texas where she tutors English and writing to students with learning disabilities. In her spare time, Melissa volunteers as a grant writer for a local nonprofit (Kids In A New Groove), and attends as many concerts as her budget allows.   For the past day and a half, I’ve had a Charley-horse in my right leg. The cramp is so bad that straightening it completely leads to falling awkwardly to the floor. At work, I hobble around, grimacing from…

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    Orient Paris Vintage

    Photographer: Agnieszka Wojtun Stylist: Farah Slimani Model: Julia Maczuga / Como Model Location: InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hotel Orient Paris Vintage presents a mix of pieces from emergeante dubai’s designer shot at the InterContinental Hotel in Paris during the showroom Fashion Forward             This style presents an artistic patchwork of multicultural creativity: Couture & Culture / The Antarctic & The Orient in a modern & vintage vision. The model is wearing an oriental velvet waistcoat with a sculptural cropped top with iceberg sleeves and fabulous retro pants in a deep green color   Designer: ANAYA cropped couture iceberg top POCA POCA deep green retro pants…

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    Dear Thrive: My Creativity Has Dried Up

    Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused. Dear Thrive, I haven’t created anything in a month. Have I dried up? Is this it? Do I give up now? -Beyond Saving — Dear Beyond, I want to be as sensitive to your plight as I can be, because while we have all been there at one time or another, when you’re in the thick of it you can’t see any way out. There’s zero hope. And trying to find camaraderie in it is painful. It tires me out when I’m in a rough patch and someone reminds me that “It always passes.” How do they know this…

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    Mixtape Monday: Rain All Week

      Puppy Knuckles – The Frights Dusk To Dawn On Lygon Street – King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard/Mild High Club Black Hell – The Abigails Burden Of The Captain – The Growlers Never Be Mine – Angel Olsen Labyrinth – Toro y Moi Migration – ORB I Walked In The Fire – Dream Machine Night Songs – The Lemon Twigs Wishes – Beach House Please Turn Me Into The Snat – Connan Mockasin Drowned Beast – Thee Oh Sees  

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    Lunar Eclipse

    Photographer / Art Director / Stylist: Daria Amaranth ( Instagram ) Model: Alisa Inozemceva   As if in a kind of abstract space, a person can find oneself with unexpressed questions followed without any certain answers, an understanding and awareness of something deep and internal without words.              

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    Perfect Blue

    Photographer: Sasha Daritskaya ( Instagram )   Run ’cause there is nowhere to run. Feel everything you can to realize that there is nowhere to hide and no one to be with you.  But the huge blue heart of sleepless streets. It seems to be the perfect color. Perfect blue. In the deep abyss of the melancholy city, lights are never turns off.   Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia              

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    Dear Thrive: Help! I Wanna Create Full Time

    Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused. Dear Thrive, How do I transition from a normal job to pursuing my dream job as an artist/creative? -Lost in Corp-landia — Dear Corp-landia, Sadly for us artists, there is no obvious ladder to climb when it comes to creative work. Folks in other careers have the luxury of clear and direct paths to the top. Companies give them mentors and reviews and steps to succeed. If you work hard, you’re often rewarded with a promotion, a way to reach the next rung on the ladder. Creative work isn’t so direct and while that’s what we love…

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    Poetry by PJ Carmichael

      Poetry by: PJ Carmichael ( Instagram ) PJ Carmichael is a poet, writer, artist, adventurer, and spiritualist from Wakefield, Massachusetts. His work focuses on his interaction with and the contrast between the natural world and the urban environment. He currently runs Mass Love Distro, a multimedia production and distribution endeavor.     Some Nights The train growls in the distance, flashing lights and bells obscured by the land between my house and Main Street. I wonder: a daring entrance, a hurried exit? In nine hours, we’ll be waiting for it, the travelers of this age, running in circles, awaiting escape. (Full moons are much more powerful than I’ve ever noticed).…

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    Dear Thrive: Why Doesn’t Anyone Want to Listen?

    Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused. Dear Thrive, What is it that makes some of us ready to pounce, ready to make the necessary change, while others flounder, become apathetic, or dig their feet into the ground even more? We remain closed for any number of reasons. What does it take for the human spirit to grab on to the hand that’s reaching out to them and take that chance? -A.H. __   Dear A.H., Wow, way to make me work for it! This is a question I think any one of us could spend extensive time answering and debating, because not only…

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    Marlon Williams’ New Music Video “Vampire Again”

    Photo Credit: Steve Gullick   Despite channeling his idea during a crisp Halloween night in Los Angeles, Marlon Williams‘ latest music video for “Vampire Again” feels entirely welcome at any time of the year.  Having released his debut record off Dead Oceans in early 2016, New Zealand’s singer/songwriter Williams paints an aurally infectious and humorous portrait for the comfortably alone. Restless in his attempts to write a new song, Williams decided to venture solo to the LA Opera’s performance of a new score to Nosferatu while decked out in extravagant costume (and simultaneously stoned) on October 31st. Says Williams’ of his experience that night, “when I finally enter[ed] the theatre…

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    Body Comparatives

    Artist: Maciek Kryński ( Instagram )   My name is Maciek Kryński and I’m a 21-year-old Eastern European artist raised in Poland, based in London and Warsaw, and fascinated by performance, live art, experimental & musical theatre, acting and music. I highly regard the idea of contradictions and takes pleasure in realizing the complexity of things. Nothing is simple and no borders are conspicuous. I enjoy immersing myself in the world of blurred barriers between ascetics and hedonism, austerity and lustre, minimalism and abundance. In my work I aim to explore unnoticed oppositions underpinning various phenomena. My work is strongly rooted in the colourful realm of the 2000’s. I grew…

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    Pulled Carrots Recipe

    Pulled Carrots Recipe by Kate Loar   Ingredients: 4-6 large carrots 1 T vegetable oil 1 small onion, minced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 ½ c BBQ sauce (or enough to cover carrots) Liquid smoke, a few drops   Preparation: Julienne the carrots. Heat the oil over medium and saute the onion and garlic. Add the carrots and saute about two minutes. Add the BBQ sauce and liquid smoke. Bring to a light boil and let cook for 20 minutes.   Kate Loar is a trained vegan/vegetarian chef that studied at the Natural Epicurean in Austin, Texas. A midwest girl transplated to the south, Loar currently works as a personal…

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    Elf Power Live at Barracuda

      Photography: Mike Manewitz ( Instagram ) Words: Trish Connelly ( Instagram )   Spanning a two decade plus music career, Athens’ Elf Power has continued to bubble along the indie-rock surface and have since carved out their own niche. A significant player in Elephant 6 Collective (which includes the likes of Neutral Milk Hotel and Of Montreal) the band’s initial lo-fi quality gained them notoriety while their more recent albums have explored a broader musical map of genres and melodic standouts. Elf Power took the stage last Friday night at Austin’s downtown music venue Barracuda for the latter part of their U.S. tour to a gradually bustling crowd. Playing…

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    Dear Thrive: Meeting New People Sucks

      Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused.    Dear Thrive: How do people, like, MEET people now that we don’t live in the dorms?! I have NO idea. Love, H.K. — Dear H.K., Colleges and universities are environments built with one thing in mind: to keep their students paying tuition. Everything is created to cater to you, including giving you the ability to make friends with relative ease. Weeknight dorm mixers, bars with drink deals, teams and groups for every interest imaginable are just the tip of the iceberg. So it’s no surprise that when we graduate we feel a big loss. Our…

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    Mixtape Monday: Too Much Traffic

      Françoise Hardy – Comment te dire adieu / It Hurts to Say Goodbye The Frights – Kids Stan Getz & João Gilberto – The Girl From Ipanema Pink Floyd – Arnold Layne King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Let Me Mend the Past Jeff Rosenstock – The Track the Trash the Trash Shannon and the Clams – Tired of Being Bad Louis Armstrong – La Vie en Rose Leon Bridges – Shine The Lonely Wild – Buried in the Murder  

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    Feel Your Nature

    Photographer / Makeup: Tanya Miroshina ( Instagram ) Model: Evgeny Loginov ( Instagram ) Stylist: Alina Artey ( Instagram )   “You know, I fell and found strange things here – roots, bushes… Has it ever occurred to you that plants can feel, know, even comprehend… The trees, this hazel-nut bush… – This is the alder-tree. – It doesn’t matter. They don’t run about. Like us who are rushing, fussing, uttering banalities. That’s because we don’t trust nature that is inside us. Always this suspiciousness, haste, and no time to stop and think.” – Andrei Tarkovsky’s “The Mirror”   Dress – Monki   Shirt – Wrangler Shorts – Levi’s  …

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    Disiu / “Desert Rose”

    Photographer/Stylist: Luca Cassara ( Instagram ) Model: Chiara Silvestri Location: Fuerteventura   “DisÏu” is a Sicilian word for “desire”. I started to shoot this set by following my instincts: my model Chiara was with me in a gorgeous lagoon in Fuerteventura and the colors were magnificent. I took the red dress from so many others I had in my backpack, turned on portable speakers, and we were isolated from the entire universe. I thought of the song “Desert Rose” by Sting, its oriental sound so close to my Sicilian background. I thought about its words,  “… the desire that borns from love …” Disiu            …

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    River Breeze

    Photography: Ksenia Dolgorukova  ( Instagram ) Photo Assistant: Ksenia Dolgorukova / Artem Sedanov Stylist: Anastasiya Minasyan ( Instagram ) Models Yana Samarkina / Alina Slastunova / Viktoriya Zayac / Yana Platkovskaya Makeup & Hair: Tatiana Morozova ( Instagram ) Clothes Provided By: Svmodnica   A story about girls living in a small town near a big river, smelling freedom and dancing in the rays of sunset.                  

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    Sparkling Boy

    Photographer: Irina Bunyatyan ( Instagram ) Model: Nick Frank ( Instagram ) Make Up and Hair: Elena Malysheva ( Instagram )   I’m mad about photography and all we call ”art”. I adore shooting, meeting talented people and create something intriguing together with them. Sometimes each of us needs to let our inner self out and express our secret emotions. “Sparkling Boy” bewitches us not only with his glowing face, but he shows us his inner beauty as well. — Irina Bunyatyan