Hallway Haute

Photos and writing by Mara Strobel-Lanka. Back to school shopping has been my favorite excuse for makeover moments since my first day of kindergarten. I may not be in school anymore, but I still love seeing Moms and Daughters wander into the shop looking for the perfect pieces to start the (school) year afresh. With… Continue reading Hallway Haute

I Got It From My Mama

Written by Janeca Cua. Edited by Mara Strobel-Lanka. Where do I even begin? My mother is such a wonderful, selfless human being that I'm blessed to have in my life. If it weren't for her I wouldn't be the person I am today. With her guidance and knowledge, I am molded into a successful, young… Continue reading I Got It From My Mama

Little Artsy Girl in a Big World

Written by Chelsie Boyd. Edited by Mara Strobel-Lanka. You’re going to write a poem about New York. It will be the first of many dreams you place on paper, words flowing together like music. The poem will be titled “Empire,” and you’ll read it to your elementary class about how you yearn to be in… Continue reading Little Artsy Girl in a Big World

Best Laid Plans

Written by Anna Claire Hodge. Edited by Mara Strobel-Lanka. In the photo, I’m wearing unflattering overalls; my arms are thrust high in the air and light pours through the atrium of the dead mall. It’s not where I’d imagined spending our first anniversary, but my face was joyous and like a child’s. The movie Jide… Continue reading Best Laid Plans

Summer Growth Spurts

I've started calling this season "The Summer of Big Girl Decisions," named for the surplus of opportunities to make choices that change the course of my life. As I approach the laughably young year of 22, I've attempted (blunderingly) to take ownership of the things and places I do and go. It's a task I've… Continue reading Summer Growth Spurts