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Be That Easy


Easy like;

Waking up late, your makeup still on from the night before. Once, it was because you sobbed yourself sober after a heartbreak you just didn't see coming. This time, it's because you danced all night long with your best friends, and don't exactly remember getting home and eating cold Thai noodles or taking that Uber from the East Village, Uptown, back to Brooklyn, then over the bridge, again
You've lost your wallet, it held your passport, 
bankcard, and a photo of your ex that you just couldn't bring yourself to let go of; it's getting lost, long overdue. Some times, you're not as responsible as you're willing to admit. You don't wash your face before bed, sit on the floor eating takeout, watching mindless television, and doing things like losing your wallet, or holding onto sentiments that are better off getting lost, then found by someone else. 

Then there are the nights that remind you of who you are now. Laughing until sunrise and reminiscing with your two best girlfriends about where life has taken you, so far. Old friends, who know you from the inside-out and can remind you of that time you cried on their stoop for over three hours, just because he didn't call you back. Who remind you of how far you've come, how much you've dared to love and be loved in return. And, although the tears won't ever really stop coming, this time they're because one of us has gotten married, another giving birth to their first baby girl, one of us falling in love for the first time since college, buying an apartment all on their own, as a pair, two-by-two, old flames, or new ones; finally. 

Like a lost bird,
found. Like everything you've ever needed, come back to you. Twice over
No, things will not always be perfect, and the people you love, will somehow let you down. 
You might even let yourself down, more than a time or two. But what won't fail you, is the fire that burns within, whether you choose to feel it
or not.

If you've been in search of something to rekindle your free spirit, you are not alone.  





Film by Phil Sullivan.

Lilith on the Subway




Poetry by Erin Lynn

Lilith on the Subway 
The noon train moans through the valley of ashes
toward the gray skyline, liquid silver in daylight.

In the tunnel her reflection warns of the year
that starved the sex from off her bones.

She serves oysters rockefeller at the dinner
shift and thinks of Montauk, brine and storm.

By night, the other passengers have aged,
having digested and discarded the morning paper.

Another stack of bones is not news,
the bulge in every pocket is a gun or a gun.

Lilith would prefer a train of oysters,
each with his nacre and no taste for chatter.

Eat this dinner and forgive our kind.









Breathe

I swear, sometimes I'll be staring off into space and stressing about this

that 

or the other, and I won't breathe for what feels like a solid thirty minutes. I don't think you can actually get away without breathing for this long - or without blinking for that matter! - but I swear, it feels like I've done it. Maybe this started the year my heart first really sunk.

When I decided to settle down into my changing skins and consciously peel back every layer of uncertainty; my late-twenties, what a ride.  

The light, doesn't stay dimmed for long.

I remember that faith is visionary. That the world around me functions and dysfunctions, and it breathes, too. It gives, just as much as it pulls and always teaches you that being the big spoon, is what matters
most of all. 
The trust
of it all. The way in which you have to choose, in each moment: within yourself and eachother,
To love harder. Louder. More than you ever have before. To mean it with all your heart

and soul.

 





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Photos by Spencer Kohn

Sleep-In




Sometimes a girl just really wants to sleep all the way in. In a bed big enough to love herself in or
side by side; forehead to forehead; big-little spoon; Sunday Kind of Love. To let the sweetness of yesterday linger for just a little while longer, even when she's exhausted all of her resources, except the right to wake up late and keep her phone on do not disturb. To take in the smallest moment of how vulnerable it feels to be the big spoon and remember that there is balance in being still. Two lovers under covers, slipping in and out of daydreams, peeking our heads out from under the sheets only to watch the sun rise from our northeast corner window. The window I keep wide open, even though there is no screen. The windowsill where I've left our love-fern to soak in light; beneath it a spare key, attached to a keychain that reads, home is where the heart is. I take small sips of coffee and search for a documentary about a man who travelled by foot across America or maybe the one about a family of nine who shared an RV and thrived. Until I find one to settle into, I read a book of poems out loud, then whisper,

Even subtraction is never loss,
just addition somewhere else:
five sparrows take away two,
the two in someone else’s 
garden now.

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Photos by Phil Sullivan

American Blonde

It’s no coincidence that Caramel has been on my mind; the
sweetness that only a summer of freedom and a lot of love can bring. The kind of openness and adventure that changes your mind about how good it feels to really let go, to fall in, and give yourself the gift of feeling alive. Kind of like

the desire to turn yourself on. To stay awake, catch the sunrise, and remember how fierce a being you really are. 

To remember that chances, the ones you take, even the small ones you feel you’ve missed, leave you exactly where you’re meant to be; eyes wide with starlight, surrounded by inspiration, and change. 

A lot of change. 

The kind of newness that just feels really good. The kind of change you want to grasp into your hands and taste; the freshest air, sweet, and serene. 

If you were to call me a dreamer, I wouldn’t disagree. I’ve spent my life seeking light and loving, hard. Now, something about my twenty-eighth year, that has just got me sprung on adventure and embracing everything new. So, after a season of travel, a move to a new apartment, and some freshness straight from the heart, I jumped hair-first into the chance to introduce some sweet, sweet

caramel 

to my life. A little nervous at first to try something wildly new; to dye my hair for the first time and bring to light (literally) how I’ve been feeling, for so long. It might be the same girl, new look but thanks to Matrix and LashaKeller for shining a little light into my life and making me the ultimate 


Sometimes, 
maybe others can see things that you just don’t. Or, aren’t really ready to see, yet. Like, that you are stronger than you know, 

more beautiful than you feel, and more vibrant than ever. Besides, a little caramel blonde wave, can really help a girl get her groove back, just in case she forgot that she'd never lost it - in the first place.






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