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

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

Passport Perspective

Written by Chloe Lyden. Edited by Mara Strobel-Lanka. Over the past few years, I have developed a love for airplanes. Not the cramped, smelly, delayed situations, but the experience an airplane allows to its passengers. After countless flights in the past few years, I manage to get the same, proud, blissful feeling in every seat… Continue reading Passport Perspective

Renaissance Woman

At first glance the Renaissance woman has been a romanticized figure in history. The porcelain paintings of upper class damsels sum up her original role quite well: to be seen, not to be heard, not to be louder than the grandiose men of her time. Rare queens gave the Renaissance woman images of power and… Continue reading Renaissance Woman