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
When I was offered a spot as a model in my favorite boutique’s second annual fashion show, it was like receiving my letter from Hogwarts. But as the day of the show approached, I became nervous, palpably so. I felt like I hadn’t prepared at all. The outfits had been chosen, sure. But was I… Continue reading Model Citizen
The second edition of our Women of Jax column has me inspired as ever by the ladies of this bold city. While Valentine's Day may be a great day to binge watch Nicolas Sparks and send cute cards, it's an even better opportunity to take a look at your life and discover what makes you… Continue reading Women of Jax: What Makes You Feel “Loved”?
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
I met with Becky Cardenas inside of Vagabond Coffee Co last week, in the heart of the Murray Hill neighborhood she's called home for almost nine years. She's long, lanky, and has an "it girl" quality that reminds me of someone between Hermione Granger studying in the library and Carrie Bradshaw asking me for a… Continue reading Getting to Know the Wilding Collective
As a child, I snuck into the kitchen when my parents had friends over. I’d cut bananas and apples, arrange them on a plate, and deliver it, saying “Would you like a fruit plate?” I was precocious and loved the attention. That continued for quite some time, and those impulses linger. Last week, I left… Continue reading Approval Rating
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