MAY IN REVIEW

May was a whirlwind-  I can’t even believe it’s almost over. I graduated college, bummed around and balanced my time between being productive and being lazy, eating ice cream and taking it easy.May in Columbia is the best because it’s not sticky and overwhelmingly hot- it’s bearable and for the most part actually enjoyable, and once school’s out, the city slows down. Southern summers aren’t so bad.

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I’ve been spending a lot of time on rooftops with my twin  Alexandra, who captured me in the photo above. But that’s not all I’ve been up to!

Here’s what I’ve been doing/ listening to/ watching this past month. Enjoy.

The Accessory:: Root Vegetable Head Scarf

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I got this scarf at Hip Wa Zee for $2 and almost puked! It has the sweetest root veggies on it- aka BEETS- aka the greatest vegetable there is. They’re the prettiest color, stain everything and taste like dirt- I get it. I paired the scarf with the heels I got for graduation, my favorite Topshop jeans, and a tank top and sunnies from Urban Outfitters. I wanted to keep the silhouettes of this look sleek to make sure the scarf popped. Red lipstick seemed like a natural choice.

The Cemetery:: Elmwood

IMG_6850I know a lot of people have a very hard time hanging out or visiting cemeteries, but for me they’re a place of peace, of reflection, of love and remembrance and honor. I’ve been spending sunny afternoons in Elmwood  Cemetery, with some tarot cards, my Book of Shadows, the song of the crows and sometimes some friends. Elmwood is huge- it’s 169 acres and was established in 1854. I’ve been to Elmwood alone plenty of times and have never been bothered- it’s peaceful, safe and a sanctuary that I never anticipated finding in Columbia. IMG_6628My beautitful, long lost triplet Amanda came to visit me from Charleston and we spent our afternoon basking under the sun. We read tarot and talked and laughed with Amelia of The Midheaven and Ivory of Forgotten Feather in what we realized is our newly formed coven- each of our astrological signs represent a different element, and our names even spell GAIA. Goddess Squad!

The Soundtrack:: True Widow

True Widow popped up on my Spotify Discover Weekly Playlist a couple weeks ago, and it’s probably the best thing to happen to me in a long, long time. True Widow is the dark, stoner rock I never knew I needed. I love having new music to dive into, especially if there are three albums worth of tunes to learn.

You know how sometimes you find music that sounds like the feelings you’re having?True Widow’s self-titled album does that for me- especially Flat Black. It makes me feel like I’m in some weird movie, and I love it. It’s a an auditory manifestation of all the feelings I’m feeling, and that’s pretty magical. 

 

The View:: The Quarry

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“The Quarry” is a magical place, somewhere deep in the woods of Columbia, South Caroline, where a (clay?) mine once was. And as horrible as this place is for Mama Earth, I can’t hep but admire the otherworldly beauty that it holds. I’ve only been here a couple of times, but each one has been special and magical, peaceful and relaxing- and slightly familiar. The vivid reds, lavenders and cerulean blues are overwhelming., as are the cliffs and acres of trees that surround the two biggest pools of water. It is truly incredible.

One of  my most unfounded childhood fears was my fear of quicksand- as if after a California rain, the sand at the playground would consume me whole. Thankfully I’ve never had to deal with this fear- until I was at the quarry and sunk hip deep into quicksand. Thankfully I knew that I wouldn’t go much farther, and that if you keep still it doesn’t keep pulling you down. After freaking out for a second, I regained my composure and pulled myself out- shoes and all.  Godspeed! IMG_6505IMG_6576You have to park and then wander to get to the quarry, and thankfully this is right where I parked my car. I’ve been watching Donnie Darko repeatedly over the past few weeks (see below) and this clearing with this couch and sick television is as close as I will get to having the field Donnie hangs out in.

The Movie:: Donnie DarkoIMG_6802

When I was 17 I was told to watch Donnie Darko– three times in a row if I could- and I did and I’ve been watching it obsessively since. The movie follows Donnie Darko, a suburban teenage boy, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, who has to save the world from its end when a parallel universe occurs.IMG_6822

I always forget I have this movie on DVD, probably on purpose subconsciously, because once I remember I won’t watch anything else. I’ve watched Donnie Darko every day this past week with no regrets. I recently realized it’s my favorite movie- the only one I can watch over and over without getting sick of it. It always manages to put me in a weird mood. So if you haven’t watched it, don’t tell me that and watch it. And if you have watched it- watch it again. You’re welcome.

The Twilight Zone Episode:: Eye of the BeholderIMG_6629

Donnie Darko may be my favorite movie, but The Twilight Zone is easily my favorite show. One of the most amazing things about this show is the values and lessons it teaches- over 50 years later and the episodes are still relevant. Case in point- “Eye of the Beholder”, an episode that examines what it means to be beautiful- and why it’s all objective anyway. If you haven’t seen this famous episode, watch it! It rings especially true during a time when all politics seem to focus on is what separates us from one another.

Inspired by The Twilight Zone

Easily one of my favorite shows, The Twilight Zone is easily the best to watch when you want to dive into the subconscious mind by going into an alternate universe. The show features vignette style episodes that deal with a variety of macabre topics including aliens, time travel and apocalypses. I grew up watching this show with my parents, and I have many memories watching it on on New Years when they have their marathon on Syfy,

The season change, or rather “season change” in Columbia, has made me want to do nothing more than curl up in bed with hot chocolate or coffee and watch this show. The fact that the show is black and white (it started in the early 60’s) just makes it better; the old school glamour of this show is unparalleled. Rod Serling is the mastermind, and narrator, behind The Twilight Zone; he  has also been featured on Breathing Fashion because he is so classy and dapper.

I couldn’t resist creating a few looks inspired by some of my favorite episodes.

 

The Number 12 Looks Just Like You

In this episode everyone goes through “the transformation” when they turn 18. Like the book The Uglies, everyone looks the same; as soon as you’re of age, you undergo surgery to look like one of the number of models there are to pick from. But what happens when you think you’re beautiful before the transformation? What if you don’t want the surgery? These are the sort of problems that arise in this episode of The Twilight Zone

 

Twenty Two

In this episode, Liz, a “dancer” is hospitalized for being delirious and having reoccurring dreams. In this dream, she wakes up suddenly, only to break a glass, hear the clock ticking and hear footsteps down the hall of the hospital. When she gets up to follow the footsteps she sees a nurse disappear into the elevator. When Liz gets on the elevator to the bottom floor, she gets of and she walks down the hall only to be greeted by the same nurse who’s standing in front of the morgue and who greets her with one sentence; “there’s room for one more honey”. What exactly does this mean? You’ll have to watch the episode to find out.

 

Come Wander With Me

In this episode of the show, a man drives to the woods in an attempt to search for inspiration for his newest folk hit. He finds a guitar shop and a woman with a haunting voice. He hears this siren singing a beautiful song and he tries to steal it from her. Things don’t go as planned, and how could they, in The Twilight Zone?

What’s your favorite episode?

Namaste

Gabriela