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

Sista Sista

My best friend was born when I was thirteen. She lives a thousand miles away and calls me every night saying, "Sissy, I grew last night," reminding me how far apart our lives are. We get to spend about three weeks of the year together, which is just enough to cherish but of course, never,… Continue reading Sista Sista

Keep Yourself Company

I belong to a routine. Every morning I wake at seven, suffocate my cat with snuggles, pour water into my french press, sweep my hardwood floors, sit on my futon until eight, steam my face with coffee and catch up with myself. I need this time, and need it dearly; it feels hugely important to… Continue reading Keep Yourself Company

Style Evolution, Fairy Wands, & Dressing for Yourself

Shy. Demure. Indecisive. Reserved. These are words you will not find associated with my name in any definition of self. One thing you will find - confidence. I have it in spades. Sometimes to a fault, no doubt. My expression of style over the past three decades is no exception. I have gone confidently in… Continue reading Style Evolution, Fairy Wands, & Dressing for Yourself

Let’s Get Started

January is one of my favorite months of the year. This sentence might make you skeptical. It's kind of like saying "grey is my favorite color," or "I really love the taste of tofu." You either don't believe me or you think I'm the most boring human you've ever come across. But indulge me for… Continue reading Let’s Get Started

Hurts So Good: Discomfort & the Creative Process

Once, a friend who suffered from severe seasonal affective disorder described his autumn-induced depression as “seeing grey.” He was spot-on. Late last month,I spent two weeks living and working alongside dozens of other artists and writers in a compound in the tiny village of Johnson, Vermont. The first few days felt like living in a… Continue reading Hurts So Good: Discomfort & the Creative Process

The Art of Table Setting

  Photos by Stefanie Keeler. Styling by Mara Strobel-Lanka. Florals by The Wilding Collective. Baked goods by Community Loaves.