This one hits home.
Courtesy of R.M Drake – Theoretical Collection
This one hits home.
Courtesy of R.M Drake – Theoretical Collection
These pictures were taken yesterday in Tokyo by my friend Shoko. They’re breathtaking right?! I seriously can’t get enough of blooming Sakura !
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It’s April which means yes, festival season has begun but its also:
As many of you may or may not know, I love to write. I know you’re probably thinking “well yeah, you started a blog!” but I especially love poetry. I dabble a bit myself in the writing of poems but I just haven’t built up the courage to publicize any of my work. To me, poetry is a very personal and beautiful form of art. It’s raw emotion being transcribed into words, into something you can share with others. Think of it as a physical transformation of thoughts and ideas. It’s a way to express yourself and what I love the most is that there is no right way to do it. There are a variety of different poetry styles such as Haiku, Ballads, Limerick, the list goes on! My favorite style is definitely free verse because of the way it just flows, there is no particular structure needed. What poetry has to offer is not in the form of hidden meanings or messages and that’s where I think a lot of folks make that misconception of needing to dissect a poem word for word. When it examines life, when it tugs at people’s hearts, when the voice of one tells the story of many, poetry can be anything but boring.. Many poets like to “play” with the sound of language or offer an emotional insight by describing what they see or feel in their own words. We are all full of different emotions and perspectives but there’s comfort in knowing that what you’re feeling, someone else is feeling too.
Being that it’s National Poetry Month I’d like to share some poems with you guys throughout all of April. I would also really like for you to reflect and comment/ message me your thoughts on the poems. Let’s discuss how we connect with these authors through our experiences and emotions we might have bottled up inside.Who knows? Maybe their words will resonate with your current situations and help you remember that we are all human and it’s okay to express yourself. Like a picture, a poem captures a fleeting moment — making the experience timeless. In a sense, poetry helps us to know each other and build community. It renews and expands the gift of our imagination. The more imaginative we are, the more compassionate we become – and that I think that’s something we should all strive for. ♥
I know there are a million poets and writers out there and they’re all amazing but I’ll do my best to post a variety of poems and authors.
My role in society, or any artist or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all. – John Lennon
So my cousin and I got to talking and we both decided that our fav spring nail color is :
Super pretty, super chic, and it has the cutest name!
Periwinkle can be described as a color in between blue and violet. It’s such a flirty spring color, you can’t go wrong with this pretty pastel. It’ll stand out against an all black ensemble or you could even throw on a neutral colored tee (grey/white) to give an all over relaxed vibe. It’s a perfect dusty color so you won’t have to worry about it being too bright on your hands or feet. I’ve even seen girls with their hair colored periwinkle! Our obsession doesn’t just end with nail polish, we love it on cute summer dresses, purses and even make up! It’s extremely versatile and can make for a great splash of color on any occasion . Play off periwinkle’s mysterious allure on your next date or have some fun with contrast by pairing it with some mustard colored shorts at Coachella . (See you second weekend!) Gold and yellow variations are good opposites that compliment periwinkle without having a clash so don’t be afraid to mix it up. The periwinkle possibilities are endless!
I know there’s a million different nail polish brands and colors to go through but we’ve got your back. We’ve put together a list with our favorite P-DUBS colors and we even included the links of where you can find them. (so thoughtful!)
Check out our P-winkle polish picks below and tell us what you think! Don’t forget to comment your go-to nail color for spring ♥
In no particular order:
*My personal fav: YSL- Gris Underground
I had just left the bank and needed a little somethin’, somethin’ to get me through the rest of the day.
I loved the contrast of the sprinkles and the palm trees.
As always, the camera eats first.
So quick Japanese lesson, Sakura, means cherry blossom.
And snitch you guessed it,
In Japanese culture the cherry blossom is a symbolic flower that represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It’s a reminder to us that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but also terribly short.
I had the opportunity to travel to Tokyo last February and it was truly life changing. My whole trip was amazing but I’m going to focus on the land of the rising sun’s most beloved flower. Seeing the Sakura begin to bloom was a beautiful experience, a vision I would never get to see back home in the scorching California desert. The pale pink hues were so romantic and not to mention sooooo kawaii, I couldn’t help my obsession with these dainty trees. In a spiritual sense they can be seen as a metaphor for loss, mindfulness and living in the present, all which stem from Japan’s Buddhist roots. Blooming season is powerful, dazzling and intoxicating, but it doesn’t stay very long. It’s kinda like pool party season in Vegas. The Bloom usually starts in January depending on the region/weather and reaches full bloom in a couple weeks. Hanami (cherry blossom-viewing) is a short spring time love affair that leaves you yearning for more.
Maybe we should take a hint from the cherry blossom themes of renewal and meditate on the idea of starting fresh this spring. Let’s take a look at our current lifestyles and reevaluate our priorities and goals. What things are most important to you? Whether its finishing school or advancing in the workplace, are you living the life you want to be living? Are you spending enough time with family and friends? There’s always room for improvement and what better time to start then now? Only we have the power to change our situations.
A few friends of mine actually just got back from visiting Tokyo this month and during their stay they got to witness a whole lot of photosynthesis magic. Going through their pictures took me back to last year, on that chilly day in Tokyo, strolling through Yoyogi Park . It was my first time seeing a cherry blossom tree in person and I fell in love. They were even more stunning than the photos!
But don’t just take my word for it, check out these adorable lil’ pink puffs yourself !