The Melt

Photography: Emre Unal | ELLE, Turkey

Photography: Emre Unal | ELLE, Turkey

With every summer comes the obligatory melt. The melt that is electric in currency, that sparks creativity, as much as it does resignation. It forces us to slow down, to pay attention to our breath, to acknowledge (albeit in frustration sometimes) how our body moves and feels and to really pay attention to what it needs.

So as frustrating as it can be, “the melt” helps us self-regulate, and slooooow it the f&%* down, because as wild and hectic of a world as we think we may live in, it is no match for creation.

So here is to letting that frustration and resistance go, and to taking it slow, sexy & slow. -tM

What are You Saying?

Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

There has always been something tough about the asethetic of North American fashion, versus that of the elegance with which European fashion is conveyed. Even in our most sophisticated moments there is still this undertone of grit.

It goes to show you that fashion is so much more then the clothes that you choose to wear. It is also about attitude, culture, self-worth, creativity, social status, and a freedom of expression that is more often then not inextricably linked to where you have grown up and what you have internalized on a psychological level.

It is living art made beautiful by what you choose to say with it, in attitude and in style. -tM

Stories of Old

As simple and as delicious as it is, it has never been straightforward. Bread has always been a direct reflection of economics. To look at bread, is to look at taxation, revolts, and subsidies. It tells the story of life, its struggle and its triumphs; bread is endless in what it can represent. It’s good to critically think about our food beyond our initial consumption from time to time. There is often a narrative there worth understanding. -tM

Photography: Unknown

It's Always a Matter of Size

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Design: Pietro Russo | Milan, Italy

Design: Pietro Russo | Milan, Italy

Necessity is said to be the mother of all invention. And that is exactly what designer Pietro Russo put to good use when designing his own home. Wanting to fit and incorporate a cadenza that wasn’t quite suitable in depth, as the room was too narrow. Solution: carve open the wall and insert. -tM

How Deep Is Your Love?

Architecture: Roger Dean | Green Style; Willowater

Architecture: Roger Dean | Green Style; Willowater

Peace, Love, and Sustainability are the design backbone to these eco-friendly apartments.

All of the suites follow the curved lines of the human psyche in relation to interior spaces. Dean found that we crave spaces that not only look good, but feel good, and according to him the curvilinear line does just that. Perhaps it is a throwback to the womb in conception; however primitive in origin, its movement is both progressive in thought and design, shifting our perception of what it means to live in a community that works in harmony with nature, design, and economics. -tM

Baptism of the Wild

We need the tonic of wildness, not all things should be manicured in a “civilized” way. Parts of the land and sea should always be indefinitely wild and unexplored.

Wild beaches are a place where I can feel completely alone yet completely connected. Uninhibited I strip down and in harmony I let the five elements move in and around me; Space, Air, Water, Fire, and Earth. I get lost in the mystery and the knowing of it all.

We can never have enough of nature. -tM

Photography: Unknown | 1. The Creeks of Callelongue; 2. The Beach of Gold Mine, Pénestin ; 3.The Beach of Espiguette, Port Camargue

Cocktails & Chill

Winding down for the holidays has made me long for nights by the Mediterranean and silent days spent in frivolity. The playful interior of this hideaway nestled in among the olive groves definitely sets the stage for my summer dreaming (expand to get the full calm down effect). -tM

Solo Measures

Photography: Unknown | Natural Pools, Bolivia

Photography: Unknown | Natural Pools, Bolivia

There has always been something empowering about alone time for me.

Silence is underrated here in North America, so when I can, I sit, walk, or swim, alone. It is my holy trinity of rituals (mind, body, soul connection) an autonomous communion and need to feel myself. In truth, that is how I connect to the Source of Life; directly through me, in silence, and amid nature. For ultimately, we are all alone. No one can truly feel our joys, our sadness, our pains. Only we know the multitude of layers that our emotions carry. So it is important to cultivate that time with the self, in growth, in healing, in reflection, and in rejuvenation. It keeps us strong, and it does the body, mind, and spirit good. -tM

Ride it to the Rhythm

Photography: Bruce Davidson | Summer Love, NYC Subway, 1980’s

Photography: Bruce Davidson | Summer Love, NYC Subway, 1980’s

There is something easy about summer loving. Its intensity and passion are met with ephemeral ease. Perhaps that should be our approach to love all of the time, moving with it in transience, bending as it bends, paying attention to the seasonal shifts and the moods that follow.

Summertime, when livin’ and lovin’ is easy. -tM

Narratives

Philip Loraca Dicorcia’s staged photography takes an in depth look at the worlds we have created. The juxtaposition of character and place, between fiction and reality, is what fosters and encourages the telling of the story. I find that his images point in a certain direction but never provide a definitive map.

Art is subjective after all, leaving ample space for us to fill in and question the rest: “What is appearance, and what is truth?” -tM