Lexi's Editor Letter: June 2016

For our fifth issue, Olivia and I wanted to create a place for teens to find comfort in changes. The theme of reflection fits and suits the end of the school year. More than the overall content, we worked to create a better platform to convey our message.

Olivia's Editor Letter: June 2016

Rose Petal Blush DIY

By Naomi Cordova

After being consumed by melancholy for a while due to not being able to afford the Ladurée rose petal blush, I decided to make my own version of it. This DIY doesn't cost nearly as much- you can get all of the materials from Target, CVS, etc!

Outfits For The Summer: A Lookbook

By Angela Macias

Off-shoulder top. Pair with high-waisted shorts, or with flared jeans for a more 70s look.
Top - H&M
Shorts - Thrifted

Escaping the Haze: A List on How to Portray Yourself to the World

By Iya Perez
   If someone were to ask me what I see when I look at the mirror, I would tell
them that I see a question addressed right at me. Did I have an answer?

The Weight of Growing Up


Photoset by Syahirah Harun

Make Love Not War

"Isn’t it absurd that we, 7 billion of us living in the same planet, have grown further apart from each other?" 

Blue Night

Photoset by Willian Alava
Models: Diana Melo & Diana Meri

Girls / Mirrors

Photoset by Ella Miller

Emma Craft: A Slideshow

Photoset by Emma Craft

The Likeness

REFLECTION: An Interview With Cristian Oliveras

With a near 300,000 followers on Instagram alone, Cristian Oliveras is most commonly known for his exuberant persona on YouNow. His wild sense of humor and kind outlook have garnered a vast audience, especially in recent times. Our editor in-chief Olivia Ferrucci asked Cristian a few questions reflecting upon his career and where he will go from here.

Looking Back; A Playlist

What We See In Ourselves

By Soani Velez

Beyond Glass


A Reflection On My Journey

Conversations with Myself


In Bed

Photoset by Carlos Semedo

From the Tennis Court

Photoset by Lou Marti

Looking Back

By Bridget Fitzpatrick

   Walking into freshman year in 2014, I was ecstatic. I had all my friends from grade school with me, I was finally considered a big kid, and I would finally be taken seriously. Throughout my freshman year, I had the time of my life. I had formed friendships with all different types of people, my grades were great, I had an amazing time in all of the extracurriculars I did, and I loved everything about school.

A Love Letter to San Francisco

By RyLee Weatherby
Two weeks ago, I sat in my dorm room for what would be the last time and reflected on the past nine months that I had spent in San Francisco. I thought about all of the new experiences from that first year and I couldn’t help but feel sad about leaving the place that held all of my first year memories as I stared at the now blank walls and empty shelves. I hadn’t realized until that moment just how much I had grown this first year. I knew that I couldn’t leave without paying some respect to the city that had shaped me my first year, so I decided to visit some common tourist attractions and document my experiences as an ode to San Francisco. As I sat in empty rooms of the De Young Museum surrounded by art, in between the trees of the Japanese Tea Garden, and on the sand of Ocean Beach, I was hit again and again by the realization of how small I was and how big the world was stretched before me. I had never done anything like this by myself as I had never felt comfortable enough, but I was glad that I had because it gave me a chance to experience these breathtaking moments in seclusion and to look back on who I was before and where I now stood. I had become a braver and more adventurous person, at least by my standards, and I was becoming who I had always imagined myself to be. I was now more comfortable in my own skin and less afraid of the world, all thanks at least in part to San Francisco, the city that captivated my heart.


By Lexi Miller

I used to love purple. I was ten and all I loved was the Baltimore Ravens.


By Sam Schraub
Emi stands in front of her mirror, three fluorescent lights overhead casting a solid, warm, yellow light down on her, wrapping her pale skin in an amber blanket.


By Danielle Leard

 They say that hindsight is 20/20—meaning, the mistakes you have made in the past have clear solutions to what you should’ve, could’ve, and would’ve done to make those situations better afterwards.


French Kiss the Mona Lisa

By Breia Gore
I learned to disobey them at a young age- all the wild animals begging for me to be thrown as meat and I, unwilling, to be thrown as meat...to be thrown at all. I am not meat, I am a woman.

How It Felt

What exactly is closure?
I went seeking for something, 
Anything to close the gaps, 
I could not fill myself. 


By Lou Escobar

Throughout my youth, I was plagued by one thought: what if I end up like my mother?

If a Body, Catch a Body

 “And when at last you find someone
 to whom you feel you can pour out your soul,
you stop in shock at the words you utter—
they are so rusty, so ugly, so meaningless and feeble
 from being kept in the small cramped
dark inside you so long.”
-Sylvia Plath

What Will You Do Today?

By Ry X
She recognized seasons by their texture, rough calluses on a musician’s hand softening after swimming pools in summer, frosty breath of an athlete in the winter. Hours, days, weeks and months recognizable with a single touch.

Is It Too Late

By Wen Hsiao

    Right now, at age sixteen, I find myself being surrounded by friends that seem to have their lives all figured out. My friend are kind, polite, and genuine. They tell witty jokes, and have big plans for the future; plus ways to achieve it.
    And then there’s me.

The Hidden Self

Photoset by Lolo Kane

Reflection Playlist

Unpretty- TLC
It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career- Belle & Sebastian
I Need A Forest Fire- James Blake Bon Iver
Your Nails Look So Pretty- Hot Sugar
Zealots- Fugees
Overgrown- James Blake
samba to massage your mate by- Wun Two
The Love Club- Lorde
Bang Bang - My Baby Shot Me Down- Nancy Sinatra
Devon- Grimes
Blue- Marina and the Diamonds

Listen to this playlist by Sebastian Soros here!


Photos by Jonas Bardin


Photos by Sebastian Soros

Still Thinking

Musical Artist of the Month: AMY WINEHOUSE

Final Drawings of Readers

Abstinence and the Absence of Talk About It

By Norma Leyva
     A lot of the time, our sexual decisions are reflections of others, and it's important to validate both sides. Sex practically bleeds from anything and everything, yet it is one of the least discussed subjects. Sex is not just seen as a way to procreate, but is given a meaning ranging from pleasure to establishing an emotional connection.

Summer Bucket List

By Esther Vdb

Art Class

The Longing to Leave

Harry Potter and the Girl Who Lived

“Don’t ever tell anybody anything.
If you do, you start missing everybody.”
-J.D Salinger’s, The Catcher in the Rye

It hurts just to think of you. Not the ohmygod-I- miss-you kind of hurt, more the I’m-so-selfish kind. I think of you, and I feel empty, a vessel floating on the lonesome sea, its message, its essence lost in translation. There’s a void in the middle of my belly, not of losing you, no. I haven’t lost you, you’re here, right here, I’ve disappeared.

Things I Want to Be Better At

Patience has been a large problem for me in the past, thus; even waiting for little things or in lines has been difficult. If I get impatient, I tend to quit what I am doing and never finish the project or task.

To Find Love

Photos by Alana Chen Gardner

From Month to Month: A Playlist

By Esther Vdb

♪ Nine-La Dispute

'And I remember in a basement sharing sweat 
with all these stranger boys and girls
"we'll change the world" we sang'


By Elijah Collins

Who am I?
with my hazel eyes and crooked grin,
cracking jokes any time I can.
I’m Elijah Collins.

The Past

By Danielle Chelosky

In the Mirror

By Faith Sumastre

Do You Still Long For Me?

By Quin Severo

The Self-Proclaimed Choice of Racial Acceptance

I came across an image online that read, "You were brainwashed into thinking European features are the epitome of beauty." Though to some that may be true, I feel we should know better than to be comfortable with that statement.

Easy Cappuccino

Recipe and Visuals by Laura Oyuela

2 1/2 tsp instant coffee
1 cup water
1 cup milk
Sugar (optional)
Cinnamon (optional)



By Miriam Cooper

Water Lilies

"I'll bury you with the lily pads like you said."
 -Angela Macias

Reflection: A Playlist

By Marisol Medina

Your Obedient Servant from Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
"I look back at where I failed, and in every place I checked, the only common thread has been your disrespect."

My Heart


Photographer- Madison Elderkin. Model- Elizabeth Van Horn