• Artists On Our Radar: Rebecca Chitticks

    Artist: Rebecca Chitticks ( Instagram )   I’m a contemporary figurative artist working in oil on canvas. I find my work to be informed by the creeping influence of the digital realm. This sphere that we participate in casually within our day to day life seeps into our unconscious and I feel this influences my artistic practise. Whilst browsing through feeds and skimming streams of data I am constantly soaking up ideas and finding relationships, imagined narratives between disparate threads of information, fragments of pictures, colours and these are used as my references. Oil paint acts as a conduit through which I am able to convey the fleetingness and allure of beauty. I hope to incite emotion through my choice of imagery…

  • Purify

    Photography: Kaci Owens Model: Susan Lee Riggs ( Instagram ) Owens and Riggs’  intimate photoshoot for “Purify” describes a woman who can’t seem to get rid of negative relationships or problems. This woman thus has to cleanse herself with her feelings.              

  • The Add-Me on Facebook Cop-Out

      The “Add Me on Facebook” cop-out is the great escape maneuver of our time; the politest “I’m not particularly interested but don’t want to be a dick”, or “not right now but maybe in a couple of weeks” response in existence. Is it lazy? Sure. Does it keep potentially very nice people at arm’s length? Absolutely. But when you’re single and looking (and occasionally doing more than just looking), you can’t just hand your phone number out like it’s a Domino’s coupon. The “Add Me on Facebook” cop-out is a carefully formulated form of discretion for the modern single woman. I guarantee that if Sex and the City were…

  • Intimacy and Distance: Photography by Ophelie Rondeau

    Ophelie Rondeau is a French self-taught film photographer from Paris, currently living and working in London. Six months ago she started shooting girls on film as a way to capture her perception of friendship, love, and natural beauty in girls she meets, based on the concept of repetition. She finds beauty in every individual and succeeds in capturing girls of different colors, shapes, and origins in her photography. Her focus on relationships and friendships originates from how the internet has affected human contact, depicting human connections as either present or absent. Her inspiration comes primarily from her own life and memories, and by the every day things she sees, hears,…

  • My Midnight Heart Takeover!

      MY MIDNIGHT HEART is a sonic exploration of constantly shifting landscapes. Through her music, Puerto Rican/American songwriter Angélica Allen describes her dreams and nightmares with haunting realism. Her vocals—which are at once soulful and feather-light, have drawn comparisons to early Mariah Carey, Tori Amos, and Kate Bush. My Midnight Heart was crafted during 2010 as Angélica toured with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Previously writing primarily on acoustic guitar and piano, she was relegated to working on music quietly in the back of the tour bus as they traveled through Europe and America. “I didn’t have the same sonic space to clang out chords on a guitar, so production started to…

  • Valentine’s Day Anonymous Q+A

        A: What’s your favorite thing about me? T: I can’t name just one! I love how dedicated and committed you are, your sense of humor and the funny voices you make, how you’re always open to trying new things, as well as how caring and affectionate you are. You also rank up there with my mom for one of the most selfless people I know.   A: What’s the best aspect of our relationship to you? T: The best part of our relationship is having you to share my passions and happiness with, as well as the rough times with. I love trying new things with you, and…

  • Dating Sucks Ass

    We’re not gonna lie. The email attached to this glorious piece read a little something like this, “So I posted this on FB a while ago claiming I read it, but in reality I wrote it about a girl and was just too much of a puss to claim it as mine. But today is my 21st birthday and I’m kinda drunk so whatever. Here ya go. ” Mad props to this guy.   She was striking. She was poison. She was the ferocious whirlwind of discovery and chaos that threw me into the sky. She was serene. She was tenacious. She walked on sunbeams and had a voice that…

  • Love, Dating, and Other Things That Suck

      At almost every family gathering my aunts and uncles tell stories about how they met each other, about when they were dating, and about their wedding day.  Their stories seem so far removed from the way most people date now.  In their experiences it was always that they met, they liked each other, they were exclusive, and they eventually either got married or broke up. It’s so much more complicated now. We meet someone; we like them, but do they like us? We hangout, but are we dating? Are you seeing other people? Wait, do you still like me? Should I text you? Modern dating is one of the…

  • 5 Tips For Making A Long Distance Relationship Actually Work

    Summertime means a lot of things to a lot of people: sunshine, swimsuits, sno cones, and sand in your shorts. But, for some people, summer means leaving school and having to deal with the whole long distance relationship business. This can be challenging if you’ve never had to deal with it before. But, hopefully these tips will help you and your loved one make it all the way to the end of summer. Then, you two love birds can have your own cinema moment, slow run towards each other, and jump into the other’s arms.   Plan ahead: Summer schedules can be hectic, it’s important to schedule a time when…

  • The “B” Word

    Boyfriend. It’s the name of a painfully awful Justin Bieber song, a style of jeans that I like to wear on the weekends, and, in my opinion, one of the most sickening, cringe-worthy words in the English language. Boyfriend. Ugh. Photo Source I can’t put my finger on why exactly I hate this word so much. It could be the b-word’s heteronormative connotation  (I once read that straight allies should try to refer to significant others in gender-neutral terms such as ‘partner,’ but to me, that feels just as icky as “boyfriend”). Or, maybe, it’s the annoyingly clichéd girls at my school who will use any excuse to blab about…

  • Diary Of A College Girl

      Photo Source “I’m literally this close to going over there and telling them to SHUT THE HELL UP.” “Oh my gosh, quiet down, they’ll hear you!” Lisa was never one for my shameless acts of verbal aggression. “I don’t care! I’m trying to eat my Ihop in peace, and they are being ridiculously annoying.” I was never one for loud, obnoxious idiots in public restaurants as midnight. We did power through, though, and managed to finish our eggs and bacon before I went ape shit on the customers across the room. While waiting in line to pay for our meals, I looked over to the table of boys –…

  • The Art Of Moving On

    It’s Sunday afternoon, or morning for you, as you are just waking up after a long night of partying and drinking your heartbreak away. You drag yourself out of bed, drink about a gallon of water, and swallow some Tylenol to get rid of your killer headache. You check your phone, and embarrassingly read a total of four drunk texts that you sent to the guy who broke your heart about — you glance at the calendar — 23 days ago. On Facebook, after stalking your ex’s page, and staring aimlessly at the picture of him and a girl that he was tagged in, you type up a long, drawn out…

  • Sleeping: An Underrated Bond

    “I want to sleep with you.” Now, after hearing that, your initial thoughts are probably along the lines of “I’m about to get laid,” or something of that sort. However, in this modern day and age, the activity of sleeping has transformed into something else; it has become a new form of bonding between two people. I’ll admit, saying that I sleep with someone usually gets me some weird looks, and even some awkward head tilting, but I am here to tell you that sleeping together is not about sex. When I say that I want to sleep with someone, I honest-to-God want to sleep… and possibly cuddle. All of the above,…

  • There Is No One Alive Who Is You-er Than You.

      So, you’re in a relationship, or pursuing one, maybe looking for a casual fling, or maybe you’re like me and have gone through the “admire from afar” phase.  Currently and amazingly, I am in a stable and long-lasting relationship of nearly two years.  I sometimes like to think I know what I’m talking about but the truth of relationships is that no matter whom it’s with or how happy you might be, you’ve signed up for a giant shit show.  I love my other half to death, but hot damn, it’s a rollercoaster not only between the two of you, but most of the difficult battles are internal.  No matter…

  • Diary Of A College Girl: What Is Waiting?

    As a child, I was always taught that sex was completely off limits for people who were not married. I couldn’t argue with that, because I was 6 years old, and what did I know about sex? As I got older, I started watching more Lifetime movies and saw The Notebook for the first time, and I saw that couples were having intercourse…but weren’t married. It actually made me really frustrated. It blew my mind; why were these people doing that? They’re not married!   As I progressed further into my teen years, I lost the braces and glasses, and started getting boyfriends. I started dating this one guy, let’s name…

  • 10 Things That Girls Want Guys To Know

    For this list, I interviewed 4 different girls. Here is a short list of 10 things that they came up with! Check it out, and pay close attention, all you men out there! This information is vital for all of you, no matter if you’re in a relationship or not! Be A Gentleman This includes holding open doors, offering to pay, holding the umbrella when it rains, or even doing so much as to go get the car when it’s raining. BE CHIVALROUS.  I know that most girls say that they want to be treated equally, but that doesn’t mean they want to be your “bro.” They want to be treated like you cherish them as a woman, not just…

  • Lessons Learned: A Little More Personal

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned during my 19, going on 20, years of life on this beloved planet, it’s that there are some lessons that only your mistakes can teach you. Since I was young girl, I craved affection from the opposite sex. It might have been because of my daddy issues, or it might have just been that I liked boys, or it might have been a little bit of both. Either way, I had crushes and I was also very upfront about it, and that came with a lot of rejection. During my awkward middle school stage I was even more blunt in revealing my crushes, which…

  • Facebook Affection: A Rant

    Prepare yourselves, ladies and gentlemen, because I am about to rant your face off. Now, Valentine’s Day was a while ago, and on that fine day, your news feed was probably filled with unusually affectionate things. Of course, that is to be expected. However, then you come across the girl who writes things such as “Honestly, I don’t know what I would do without the best boyfriend in the world,” and “You make my days brighter and my heart feel like a butterfly in metamorphosis…blah blah blah.” You get the picture. Now, these kinds of comments are permissible on Valentine’s Day, but what pisses me off is the kind of…

  • 6 Things That Change After Your 1 Year Anniversary

      When you first start dating someone, it’s a really exciting thing. You’re all like “wow, this person is so interesting and funny and just totally different,” and all that jazz that comes along with infatuation. This changes, ladies and gentlemen. This changes a whole lot. those feelings in the beginning are all fluffy kittens and puppies and kissing and all that, but once you hit that golden year mark, things get a little bit more…real. So judging from my personal experience, here’s five things that change once you hit that “milestone”   1: You become WAY more comfortable Before the year mark: ok, before you two have been together…

  • Two Rules Every College Girl Breaks

    Two Rules Every College Girl Breaks Finding a boyfriend in college these days is pretty much like finding a Chanel bag at a discounted price; it just doesn’t happen. Now, granted, I’m speaking for the average college girl. The “I like to get drunk, hang with my friends, and I think I am a pretty attractive girl”. We all know the “I’m super involved in church girl” automatically gets wifed up in college after being here for maybe 30 seconds. But like, why is it so difficult for the rest of us? From a guy’s point of view, it’s pretty simple. For them, it’s college. This is the time for…

  • A Rant On The Life Decisions Of My Peers

    BEGIN RANT. Last time I checked, I was ONLY 20 years old. So, how is it that every single time I log into Facebook, people that I know are getting engaged, married, and/or having BABIES? Since when did that become okay? That’s basically babies having other babies. I’m not going to say that it’s not possible to find someone this early in life, because I know quite a few people that have, but it just blows my mind that someone at the age of 20 knows who they want to spend the rest of their life with. What on earth is the rush to tie the knot THIS early in…