• Dear Thrive – How Do I Start My Personal Essay?

      Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused.   Dear Thrive- When writing personal essays do you start with a story from your life you understand or do you use the writing of the essay to make connections? I want to start writing pieces like this but I never feel like I have well-rounded tales to tell. -Personally Square —   Dear Square, I love that you’ve asked this question because I’ve been attempting to get back to my own essays. I took some time off to collect my thoughts and feelings but lately it has felt like I’ll never go back. Thanks for…

  • 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.   Sunday Night A welcome caress from the night’s cool breeze, wind beginning to lay itself lavishly over the darkened landscape. Water is in the air as Spring creates cyclical dreams. The rain falls as any does: pensive, brooding, lost in its own thoughts. My body craves the bare of moonlight, a forest secluded by heavenly shadows. My animal heart howls…

  • Poetry by PJ Carmichael

    Poetry by: PJ Carmichael 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.   Haymarket, Flickering Lights The trains going out carry more bodies than the trains coming in.   The station: a funeral home of empty bladders, growling stomachs, carnivorous impossibilities.   Many languages are spoken here.   Faces pass like loved ones, my broken leg remains so like the future of yesterday.   (I have never felt a pain so beautiful as the distance of…

  • Alexa Chung Wore This Lipstick to the Met Gala

    Alexa Chung wore this lipstick to the Met Gala, so we had to buy it too. Nars’ Brigitte gives our (lips | front tooth | bathroom drawer) that perfect brick-y, nude-y, rose color we’ve been searching for for, like, e v e r. Get it before we buy them all first. Thirty-two dollars to be (pin thin | envied | invited to the Met Gala)? We’ll take everything you’ve got.   NARS Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte, $32 on sephora.com   Margaret Williamson Bechtold is a creative consultant, fashion editor and culture writer who’s recently relocated to Austin from NYC. You can follow her on Instagram and Pinterest.  

  • I’m Just A Kid

    Corri Spencer is a 19 year-old illustrator, recording artist, web designer, app developer, writer and recent screenwriter. Having made more than half of his art with free or stock software, he aims to show people that they don’t need a lot of money to make quality digital art, but rather to just get creative with what you have. He also wishes to tell kids to simply be their true authentic and original selves.   You can find out more about Corrie Spencer on his website and his Twitter.