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Loved.

Love is hard to describe when you’re in it. What I can say is that love transcends this Valentine’s “holiday”. This will be my third Valentine’s Day with my boyfriend, but I’m still one who mainly looks forward to the days after the 14th when candy gets marked down 50%. Because 1) who doesn’t like inexpensive treats? and 2) love is an all year thing.

However, I will attempt to tell you a little bit more of what love is like, even though plenty of poets, writers, and musicians have painted this abstract picture much more vividly. Love is different for everyone. Despite being its own emotion, it’s a combination of other emotions. People express love in various ways and not all love is romantic. There’s also platonic love between friends and good old familial love. In terms of romantic love, there is simply a grand feeling you get you when you see the person you’ve fallen for. Vague as it sounds, it’s true. And it’s not unlike the happiness I feel when I see two people show just how much they enjoy being with each other, like real-life couple Josh and Anne (featured below).

With that, Dream and I present you with Loved, volume 5 of Fleurish1994.

– Shante

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Couple: Anne & Josh

Photographer: Dream M.

Stylist: Shante H.

 

 

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Fleurish Five

Fleurish Five | 2.5.16

Hey! What’s Up, Hello! It’s Dream and here are five things I’ve digging this week.

  1. Melat | Mercury in Retrograde

So I’ve been casually surfing the Saint Heron page a few weeks ago and I happened upon this astrology based song. I’m obsessed with the stars and cosmos and what they mean so I had to give it a listen. The sound is markedly Scorpio, mysteriously sexy, but the lyrics speak of a misunderstanding

2. Prison Kids | Fusion

Like so many of us, I check my phone when I wake up almost immediately. When it comes to the featured channels, I noticed I enjoyed Fusion’s content the most. It’s my new favorite channel. Lately, they have been running a fascinating and informative investigative documentary about juvenile incarceration.

3. Ava Sarah Perkins | Jamie and Nikki

I have a confession: I have baby fever. It’s most likely because so many of my friends are pregnant or new mothers but my God, it’s in full bloom. One of my favorite YouTube couples have just given birth to their adorable baby girl and I honestly shed a few thug tears watching it.

4. Loyle Carner | Florence

I was surfing Tumblr one day, procrastinating probably, when I saw a video of a freckled faced boy making a pancake. I’m always up for cooking videos but when I turned on the audio, it was the sweetest ode to a girl that I’ve heard in a minute.

5. Frida Kahlo art

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Griz and Norm’s Flowers

Lately, I have seen so many artworks with Frida Kahlo as the subject. Between her flower crowns and her feminism, I have really been loving the love for her. I might even draw her myself. Find the art here. (I’m sorry I don’t know the name of the artisan that makes the pillows. They were set up in Union Square Park and I didn’t catch it. I’ll be looking though.)

With care,

Dream M.

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Aligned.

IMG_1996For Volume 4, we’re gonna talk about chakras. A Sanskrit word for wheel or disk, a chakra is an energy center within the body. There are seven major chakras; learning the functions of each and wearing their associated colors can help keep the chakras aligned.

Muladhara – Root/Base Chakra (red)

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The Root Chakra relates to how grounded and connected to the Earth we feel. Located at the base of the spine, we chose to start with this chakra because it is where energy begins to flow as it rises to the top of the head. Qualities linked to the Root Chakra include: matters of the physical world, health, and individuality.

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Svadhisthana – Sacral/Navel Chakra (orange)

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The Sacral Chakra is associated with sexual energy and physical vitality. It is connected to water and stones including carnelian, coral, amber and gold topaz. One can wear orange-colored waistbeads to bring attention to the Sacral Chakra and help it stay in balance.

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Manipura – Solar Plexus Chakra (yellow)

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The Solar Plexus is located above the navel. It is linked to the nervous and digestive systems and emotions. Qualities associated with the solar plexus include humor, self-control, and energy. Healing crystals such as citrine and tiger eye increase energy flow; visualization can enhance the balancing of the Solar Plexus Chakra.

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Anahata – Heart Chakra (green)

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The Heart Chakra is a center of love, compassion, and devotion. It energizes one’s blood and, in addition to the color green, is connected to the color pink. Emerald, rose quartz, malachite, and green aventurine are all useful healing stones when working to balance your heart chakra.

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Vishudda – Throat Chakra (blue)

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The Throat Chakra relates to speech and communication, as well as self-expression. Qualities associated with this chakra include: honesty, integrity and truth. It also benefits from the power of blue crystals and stones such as turquoise, aquamarine, and celestite.

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Ajna – Third Eye/Brow Chakra (indigo)

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The Third Eye Chakra is located at the center of the forehead/between the eyebrows. It is associated with the mind and relates to one’s intuition, insight, and imagination. The Third Eye Chakra is also associated with the pineal gland, which is located in the center of the brain and behind the eyes.

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Sahasrara – Crown Chakra (violet)

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The Crown Chakra is aptly located at the top of the head (although, some say above the head). This chakra benefits from deep meditation; when balanced, it is a center of pure consciousness. Qualities associated with The Crown Chakra include: divine wisdom, idealism, and spiritual will.

 

Photographer: Dream

Creative Director & Stylist: Shante

Models

Root, Solar Plexus, and Crown Chakras: Dalia

Sacral and Third Eye Chakras: Khadija

Throat and Heart Chakras: Habiba

Notes about chakras were learned through The Chakra Awareness Guide by A.M.I. and The Chakra Bible by Patricia Mercier.

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The Fleurish Five | 1.28.16

DREAM

1. Mustard Yellow | Around New Year’s Eve, I was looking for a good color to feature on the @fleurish1994 twitter when I happened upon this mustard yellow. It’s my new favorite and apparently, Michelle Obama’s as well.

2. JUNGLEPUSSY | Pregnant with Success

Back with her sophomore album, the brown queen of health and style is out here trying to remind girls of their worth and their potential. I finally got a chance to listen uninterrupted and I’m upset I didn’t do it earlier. Personal Favorites: Spicy 103 FM, Pop For You & ‘Bout You. Listen here.

3. River Island Utility Playsuit In Floral Print

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Photo via ASOS

It’s so gloomy lately here and honestly, I just want it to either snow or just let spring come. For the latter, I’ve been eyeing this playsuit. (It also features mustard yellow.)

4. I’m a Sagittarius so by nature,  I’m prone to bouts of wanderlusting (it’s a verb now, ok?) Lee Litumbe and her blog, Spirited Pursuit has been feeding my lust to break out of the US.

5. Adidas Tubular

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Photo via Hypebeast

I confess, I am a sneaker head. I love them, I cherish them and I pine for them. I first saw these on Twitter in a beautiful olive green and just knew. Momentarily, I am searching for it in a more unique colorway but right now, I just want to stare at its beauty.

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  1. Song Exploder – A podcast that breaks down elements of an artist’s song through interviews with that artist and/or influential people involved with its production. It can uncover Easter eggs hidden in the song and often makes me have an “A-ha!” moment. I came across this podcast when I was very into the song “Inside Out” by Spoon. This episode is still one of my favorites. Other episodes/songs I really enjoy:

The most recent episode is about “Time to Pretend” by MGMT, which brought up feelings of teen girl nostalgia for me. MGMT is a band that I listened to heavily during high school and I’ve got the Last.fm stats to prove it. What I’m looking forward to is the next episode which will break down “Rewind” by Kelela.

2. Vegan Doughnuts – One day, I went to lunch with one of my best friends since high school and we ventured into the West End. There, we went to Tassili’s Raw Reality, a plant-based restaurant serving kale wraps, salads, and the like. I didn’t order a meal, but what caught my eye were these pastries that were initially ambiguous. Once I asked, and found out they were doughnuts, my sweet tooth led me to a large chocolate-covered one with blueberries on top. This was probably in November and I can’t stop thinking about it. Especially now that I have a flyer for a vegan doughnut shop, also in the West End, sitting in my drawer.

3. Kelsey Lu – Morning After Coffee  I have followed Kelsey Lu for quite some time on Instagram. I’ve seen her feature on StyleLikeU and I was aware that she made music. For some reason or another, I hadn’t actually heard her music until now. Because I am speechless over how much I enjoyed this (and I’m wondering why it took me so long to listen), I’ll let the video speak for itself.

4. Self-Care – Cold wintry days can sometimes make people feel blue. And for people who feel this way more often, this season can be especially dreary. We have to be attentive to our emotional (and overall) needs; make a self-care kit or talk to someone you trust if you feel comfortable. Just remember to take care of you.

5. This article with a slideshow of outfits worn by Solange, proving that she looks great in every color and slays all year long.

 

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Crystallized.

 

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We’re presenting a lesson in mineralogy and serving you black girl magic with Volume 2 of Fleurish1994. Crystallized. features outfits inspired by some of our favorite crystals: Amethyst, Malachite, Blue Lace Agate, Blue Goldstone, Tiger Iron, Opalite and Bloodstone.

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Blue Lace Agate

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Blue Goldstone

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Tiger Iron

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Opalite

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Bloodstone

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Fleurish1994 Vol. 2 | Crystallized. 

Models:

Amethyst, Opalite and Tiger Iron: Larissa

Malachite and Blue Goldstone: Taylor

Blue Lace Agate and Bloodstone: Kayla

Creative Director and Stylist: Shante H.

Photographer: Dream M.

Special Thanks to Chris H.

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Crowned.

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Crown 1: Birds of Paradise

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Crown 2: Silver Sage, Chamelaucium, Alstroemeria

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Hair Comb: Straw Flowers, Billy Balls, Cymbidium Orchids

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Crown 3: Silver Sage, Green Dianthus, Gomphrena, Alstroemeria

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Crown 4: Hanging Amaranthus, Silver Sage

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The debut editorial of Fleurish1994

We here at Fleurish1994 are so excited to bring you the premiere visuals behind our little brainchild. Starting from just a little idea, we are so pleased to actually present it to the world. Please enjoy these visuals as much as we enjoyed making them.

Xo, Fleurish1994

Fleurish1994: The brainchild of two black girls with endless dreams and colorful visions

Co-Founder and Photographer: Dream M.

Co-Founder and Creative Director: Shanté H.

Models: Makaela, Habiba, Myielle

Flowers: Candler Park Flower Market; Crowns by Shanté

Special Thanks to Khepra

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