"You guys know about vampires? … You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all. I was like, “Yo, is something wrong with me? That the whole society seems to think that people like me don’t exist?” And part of what inspired me, was this deep desire that before I died, I would make a couple of mirrors. That I would make some mirrors so that kids like me might see themselves reflected back and might not feel so monstrous for it."

— Junot Díaz (x)

TJ’s Mother’s Day Bouquets DIY

First of all, I have to hand it to Trader Joes’ for the cheap flower selection. You can get some pretty interesting blooms for 3-5 bucks a bunch. As someone who loves having fresh flowers in the house constantly, that’s fine by me. I just pick the colors and textures I’m feeling that week and try to make interesting combinations. The more unexpected, the better!

Right now I’m feeling protea in a big way! I’ve had these little alien bursts with dogwood branches on my desk for weeks. Love the stark look. Today I thought I’d try to add some yellows, pinks, and softer textures in bouquets for my mother and aunt. I love the challenge of taking grocery store flowers and making them look like something more. I also love how far I can stretch my dollar—five arrangements for the price of 1.5 at the fancy flower shop!

I’d love to take a floral design class to learn more. This month’s Martha had some good tips for making flower arrangements that last, and got me inspired as I perused it during breakfast. I also love this post on taking grocery store blooms to the next level.

Now I just have to get these bad boys on the train tomorrow. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies out there!

"Do not try to be pretty. You weren’t meant to be pretty; you were meant to burn down the earth and graffiti the sky. Don’t let anyone ever simplify you to just “pretty.”"

Things I Wish My Mother Had Taught Me | d.a.s (via laurenlegary)

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Summer lovin’.

My summer calendar is full and I couldn’t be happier.

Palm Springs with my mom and sis. L.A. photoshoots. Bey and Jay. Camping in the Redwoods with the boyfriend. Vegas. Family reunion in Michigan. Art Pop Gaga nonsense. Turning 28. And Candace is threatening to have a roller disco birthday.

I’m kicking summer off early with an all day skate session slash 90’s sleepover party with my ride-or-die LA babe Sadé tomorrow. Why not? The weather already has.

It’s been a while since I’ve been free to wander or felt truly young. I’ve got the sun on my face and lightning under my skin. Bring on summer.

"So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun."

— Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild (via quotes-shape-us)