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This post was featured in and on cover of ESLV Mag Issue V, check it out for the full feature.

When we create a piece of artwork, it becomes an extended metaphor of ourselves. There’s embedded expressions that come from our subconscious’, inscrutable areas we continuously attempt to understand and control. Art Therapy taps into this aspect by using the creative process to increase self-awareness and induce personal development in a positive manner. And while therapy often implies existence of a problem, art therapy can actually benefit any of us, as long as we’re open to such aid. View Post

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It’s not really summer until you visit Storm King Art Center, my version of the beach. With access to sunny weather and impressive sculptures, the park is a modern update to traditionally indoor museums. Filled with acclaimed artists’ works such as Calder and Noguchi, the roster is only the beginning of an imaginative and breathtaking experience.  View Post

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Runway shows by no doubt drive fashion’s glamorous image. Yet, with media platforms democratizing the front row experience and economic uncertainty plaguging the future of high-end retail, there’s definitely a shift in the function of runway shows.While they have always served a business purpose to some extent, utilizing them for branding has become a developing trend amongst designers. View Post

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All of us have heard “Dress appropriately” or some variation of that “warning” at some point in our lives. It’s an implicit order to follow socially acceptable standards for whatever the circumstances are. Although some occasions like important ceremonies do require dress codes out of courtesy and respect, it’s time to realize that fashion is a right we can exercise at our discretion to help break antiquated customs. View Post

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Coming from an international school background, I’ve had my fair share of jet-setting. It’s no coincidence that travel culture has become extremely popular, since fascinating destinations are just a few clicks and steps away. And with travel comes new cultures, new experiences and new people that await us. However, it’s tempting to let ourselves loose and seek an escape by bringing out old habits that inhibit those excitements. That doesn’t mean we can’t be ourselves, but there’s certainly more to travel than validating our experiences.  So here’s how to make the most of your travels. View Post