We’re introducing a new category called Photo Diaries! We hope it brings you inspiration, encouraging you to live your life to the fullest every day. You are welcome to share your week through your camera lenses by sending us a submission at firstname.lastname@example.org. Much love & enjoy our first segment!
September 5. 2016
Artist of the day: Yo La Tengo
Instead of my usual routine of waking up at 7 am, this Monday called for staying in. It was labor day holiday, so that meant no classes. I ate some oatmeal for breakfast and watched an episode of Narcos. I blasted Yo La Tengo’s biggest hits all day, in the shower, while getting ready and on my way to my favorite coffee shop. It took my sister and me about 10 minutes to get there walking. We ordered our favorite vegan trio meal and two chai tea lattes. After eating an endless amount of pita bread & hummus, we got down to school work. On our way back home, we did an improv photoshoot in front of an old cinema. It’s the simple places like this that create beautiful sights.
September 6. 2016
Artist of the day: Cigarettes After Sex
Tuesday was eventful, to say the least. I had been counting down the days to see Cigarettes After Sex perform live. They were performing in my hometown which just happens to be their hometown as well. Tuesday morning I breezed through my history class, not entirely focused which always occurs the day of a concert. The doors didn’t open until eight, so my friend and I went to eat vegan pizza at a local pizza place. After consuming an entire pizza and playing countless rounds of Connect 4, we headed to the venue. It began to rain which perfectly set the mood for the night. I ran into a friend at the venue and recognized a few other faces.
“That is one of the things I love about attending concerts. The people I meet, I seem to connect instantly with. I don’t end up talking about the weather and the conversation simply flows easily. We can always obsess over our love for the artist if we run out of things to talk about. “
The opening was a local band called Sluur. I took a few shots of them with my disposable camera and grooved to their sound. Cigarettes After Sex was up next. I repeat Cigarettes After Sex was up NEXT. The moment Greg Gonzalez walked on stage, my heart skipped a beat. His voice took my breath away. I simply can’t explain it in words. By the time they finished playing Affection, I was up in the clouds. I surprised my friend who adores them and facetimed her during their last song. The night seemed like a dream. If you get a chance to see Cigarettes After Sex perform live, I encourage you to do so. If you haven’t heard of them, take a listen here.
September 7. 2016
Artist of The Day: Talking Heads
Wednesday consisted of errands and journaling. I woke up early and went to one of my favorite coffee shops with a lovely terrace. What I love about mornings is that the sun is out, but it isn’t overpowering. I enjoyed my cup of coffee and wrote in my journal. After, I went to Target for a few house supplies I needed but somehow ended with ten more things that weren’t on my list. Finally, I went grocery shopping. All I had left in my pantry were potatoes, so it was necessary. (TIP: Don’t go grocery shopping when you’re hungry) If you guys want a full affordable vegan grocery list on the mag, send us a message!
September 8. 2016
Artist of The Day: Spiritualized
Thursdays are the definition of Friday for me. If you have the chance not to take Friday classes in college, do it! I usually finish class early, so I spend the rest of the day doing schoolwork to have the rest of the weekend off. After class, I headed to my local library to check out a novel for my YA Literature class. You heard right. We read young adult books and analyze them for a grade. It is so important to choose classes you enjoy in college! You have the liberty to do so, why not choose your path? Around 8, I met my friend for coffee to do some homework. The view outside paired with a chai latte made for a lovely night.
Artist of The Day: Loft tunes playlist on Spotify.
I usually spend my Fridays relaxing. I went for a walk in the morning and then headed to a tea house. They recently introduced vegan Thai ice cream, but I figured it was too early in the morning and opted for a wellness shot. I have been getting in the habit of taking one at least once a week. It makes me feel energized and ready for the day. Later, I went thrifting with my mom, and we grabbed take-out on the go. To end the night, we watched “Like Water for Chocolate” one of her favorite films and devoured dairy-free Ben&Jerry’s.
Most Saturdays I find myself taking a bus trip downtown. This Saturday, I ditched the earphones and enjoyed the sound of city life around me. I strolled the streets, as usual, buying some flowers, finishing my film roll, and admiring art pieces. If you asked me which part of the city I know like the back of my hand, I would definitely say downtown. It has everything you need. What fascinates me, though, is that you can find some of the city’s oldest buildings still intact. Local businesses surround the streets of downtown. It is still rich in its culture no matter how many years go by.
September 11. 2016
This day was spent in remembrance for the souls lost on September 11. I remember as a junior in high school our whole class paid a silent tribute for those who lost their voices on this day. I decided to pay this vow of silence again this year and reflected my thoughts in my journal. We must continue to remember this day for all the innocent lives lost.
Words & Photography by Grecia Villa.
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