stories-yet-to-be-written:

The Best Pictures Of This Year’s Japanese Cherry Blossoms

The Japanese cherry blossom, known as the Sakura in Japanese, is the flower of a cherry tree that is cultivated for its decorative features rather than for cherries (it doesn’t bear fruit). The overwhelming beauty of the cherry blossom bloom has been known and adored for ages. The blooming period is associated with Japanese traditions, culture, aesthetics, and is a bittersweet metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life itself.

The blooming cherry blossoms herald the beginning of the centuries-old Hanami festival – the traditional Japanese custom of picnicking under trees rich with flowering Sakura branches and enjoying this short but striking first breath of spring. The blossoming wave usually starts in Okinawa in January or February and progresses through all of Japan until April or May. The cherry blossom front (Sakura zensen) can be conveniently tracked every year using this calendar.

Source: Demilked Magazine

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willambelli:

supjeffreydahmer:

Willam is my favorite queen ever for plenty of reasons, but I’ll add this to the list - this is the best, least privileged-asshole response I’ve seen about this whole debacle.

I speak truths and shit.
WILLAM

willambelli:

supjeffreydahmer:

Willam is my favorite queen ever for plenty of reasons, but I’ll add this to the list - this is the best, least privileged-asshole response I’ve seen about this whole debacle.

I speak truths and shit.

WILLAM



asylum-art:

Fresh Paint by Martin Klimas

After his latest series “Flower Explosions” photographer Martin Klimas offers an experience out of the ordinary of depositing fresh paint on a speaker and then run it at full power, and then enter the moment with his camera. More result, graphic and creative to find photos. 



chronic low self-confidence is simultaneously why I’ve gotten so far in life - but also why I’m always questioning whether it was good enough and therefore I can’t enjoy it



Sometimes I think I’ve done nothing meaningful with my life, but then I remember I’ve had an awkward interaction with Drake at Lenox Mall and realize I’ve already reached a pinnacle that can’t be matched.



“Until you’re about the age of twenty, you read everything, and you like it simply because you are reading it. Then between twenty and thirty you pick what you want, and you read the best, you read all the great works. After that you sit and wait for them to be written. But you know, the least known, the least famous writers, they are the better ones.”


lazybeautytips:

sephora:

SWEET CHARITY: THE JOSIE MARAN MODEL CITIZEN CAMPAIGN
Josie Maran joins forces with Mary Alice Onyura, founder and executive director of ESVAK Community Development Initiatives in Kenya.
Every year, Josie Maran creates a limited-edition beauty line to benefit a charity connected to somebody she calls “a model citizen of the world—someone who proves that doing good is a beautiful thing.” This year’s products are special African red rooibos-scented versions of her Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter, Argan Cleansing Oil, and 100% Pure Argan Oil. And this year’s model citizen is altruistic Kenyan community leader Mary Alice Onyura. The Sephora Glossy caught up with both trailblazing, community-minded women to hear more. BECKY PEDERSON
How did you two meet? MARY ALICE ONYURA: I met Josie during the Empowerment Workshop at the Empowerment Institute. She made the bold and courageous step to visit [with me in] Kenya and not only observe but also actively participate in the training of the poorest of the poor women in Mathare, the oldest slum in Africa. JOSE MARAN: Mary Alice is a force of nature. When I met her, her passion, courage, and commitment to empower women in some of the darkest places in the world moved me deeply. I am so happy to recognize and honor her as a Model Citizen.
What charity are you supporting this year? JM: Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Imagine Initiative to support women’s empowerment globally. In addition, proceeds will also provide Mary Alice with a $25,000 prize to further her work.  MO: I am founder and Executive Director of ESVAK Community Development Initiatives, a national NGO [that partners with the Imagine Initiative]. Currently, ESVAK works with marginalized rural and urban women in 24 of the 47 counties in Kenya.
You two also filmed a documentary together, Imagine: I Am And I Can. JM: The film came about after I was introduced to the Imagine Initiative. I was incredibly inspired by the work the women of the initiative and blown away by the results they were having.
How did you settle on this scent for the products? JM: I’ve been a big fan of red rooibos tea for a long time. When we asked Mary Alice to be our Model Citizen, I asked her what scents she loved and she said African red rooibos, so I knew that it was meant to be!
Can we talk about the concept of beauty in Kenya? How do women value beauty products? MO: Kenyan women like a beautiful, youthful look. They work hard to maintain this. The cosmetics industry is booming with emerging products. The Kenyan woman is currently more inclined to [try] products that contain more natural ingredients.
Just like Josie is! Do you think women can use their beauty to feel empowered? MO: I most definitely think so. A beautiful skin is a sign of inner health. A healthy woman is attractive to others. [Receiving] appreciation from others gives a person confidence, which correlates to achievement.
So you think outer beauty is a reflection of inner beauty? MO: Without inner beauty, there can be no authentic outer beauty. Inner beauty is strength, confidence, kindness, selflessness, compelling vision, hard work, passion…. If you feel good on the inside, it easily shows on the outside.
SHOP JOSIE MARAN MODEL CITIZEN AT SEPHORA >

Look at this condescending, colonial bullshit.

Ugh, fuck her and buy argan oil from Garden of Wisdom where you can get 4 oz for $32 instead of $96 because this ~unique and special neocolonialist~ needs those $$$.

lazybeautytips:

sephora:

SWEET CHARITY: THE JOSIE MARAN MODEL CITIZEN CAMPAIGN

Josie Maran joins forces with Mary Alice Onyura, founder and executive director of ESVAK Community Development Initiatives in Kenya.

Every year, Josie Maran creates a limited-edition beauty line to benefit a charity connected to somebody she calls “a model citizen of the world—someone who proves that doing good is a beautiful thing.” This year’s products are special African red rooibos-scented versions of her Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter, Argan Cleansing Oil, and 100% Pure Argan Oil. And this year’s model citizen is altruistic Kenyan community leader Mary Alice Onyura. The Sephora Glossy caught up with both trailblazing, community-minded women to hear more. BECKY PEDERSON

How did you two meet?
MARY ALICE ONYURA: I met Josie during the Empowerment Workshop at the Empowerment Institute. She made the bold and courageous step to visit [with me in] Kenya and not only observe but also actively participate in the training of the poorest of the poor women in Mathare, the oldest slum in Africa.
JOSE MARAN: Mary Alice is a force of nature. When I met her, her passion, courage, and commitment to empower women in some of the darkest places in the world moved me deeply. I am so happy to recognize and honor her as a Model Citizen.

What charity are you supporting this year?
JM: Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Imagine Initiative to support women’s empowerment globally. In addition, proceeds will also provide Mary Alice with a $25,000 prize to further her work. 
MO: I am founder and Executive Director of ESVAK Community Development Initiatives, a national NGO [that partners with the Imagine Initiative]. Currently, ESVAK works with marginalized rural and urban women in 24 of the 47 counties in Kenya.

You two also filmed a documentary together, Imagine: I Am And I Can.
JM: The film came about after I was introduced to the Imagine Initiative. I was incredibly inspired by the work the women of the initiative and blown away by the results they were having.

How did you settle on this scent for the products?
JM: I’ve been a big fan of red rooibos tea for a long time. When we asked Mary Alice to be our Model Citizen, I asked her what scents she loved and she said African red rooibos, so I knew that it was meant to be!

Can we talk about the concept of beauty in Kenya? How do women value beauty products?
MO: Kenyan women like a beautiful, youthful look. They work hard to maintain this. The cosmetics industry is booming with emerging products. The Kenyan woman is currently more inclined to [try] products that contain more natural ingredients.

Just like Josie is! Do you think women can use their beauty to feel empowered?
MO: I most definitely think so. A beautiful skin is a sign of inner health. A healthy woman is attractive to others. [Receiving] appreciation from others gives a person confidence, which correlates to achievement.

So you think outer beauty is a reflection of inner beauty?
MO: Without inner beauty, there can be no authentic outer beauty. Inner beauty is strength, confidence, kindness, selflessness, compelling vision, hard work, passion…. If you feel good on the inside, it easily shows on the outside.

SHOP JOSIE MARAN MODEL CITIZEN AT SEPHORA >

Look at this condescending, colonial bullshit.

Ugh, fuck her and buy argan oil from Garden of Wisdom where you can get 4 oz for $32 instead of $96 because this ~unique and special neocolonialist~ needs those $$$.







ladycrappo:

Nothing on TV: static + test pattern.

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