Thank You.








By Kathryn Zix

A Glimpse: A Light I Wish I'd Never Seen You In


A photo story by Kathryn Zix
Starring Addie and Bella








2016 Favorites


  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
  • Morphe 350M Palette
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow WIz
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette
  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
  • Joanne by Lady Gaga
  • Rupaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2
  • Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
  • Luxie Highlighter Brush
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Montgomery Ricky by Ricky Montgomery
  • American Eagle Soft and Sexy Shirts
  • MoonGlow Bracelets
  • Sephora Play! Subscription Box
  • All Time Low Straight To DVD 2
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
  • Vera Mona Color Switch
Text by Bridget Fitzpatrick 
Visual by Kathryn Zix

Get Energized: A Playlist


Angel with a Shotgun - The Cab
Hallelujah - Panic!At the Disco
Tear in my Heart - TØP
J.A.R. - Green Day
Viva La Vida - Coldplay
It’s Time - Imagine Dragons
Don’t Stop Believing - Journey
Thunderstruck - AC/DC
Little Lion Man - Mumford and Sons
Geronimo - Shepherd
Borderline - Tove Styrke

Playlist by Erin Hopkins and Visual by Madison Sharp

A Study On the Speed of Light and Its Relationship With Color










By Danielle Leard

Recharge with Lithium: Advice from the Team on How to Conquer Your 'Creative Block'


No successful artist or creative has ever said that they never went through the strenuous prison of artist's block. We've all been there, even the most famous ones, the "greatest ones" who have left a legendary mark on human history. We, here in the Lithium team, have been going through the same thing and perfectly understand how excruciatingly annoying it is—wanting to be able to create something for yourself and for the world, to be able to express yourself freely, and then being hindered by the hostility of solely a creative block. 

Science tells us that one of the most important uses of Lithium is in the batteries we have in our homes, and basically just everywhere else. So allow some of the members of the team to help everyone in dire need to Lithium-ize away that creative block in order to squeeze out all your creative juices, all for the growth of yourself and for the goodness to the rest of the whole world:

Find inspiration by always taking note of why you're doing 'what' you're doing. Even though I'm a visual artist, I look for inspiration from various things like film, poetry/writing, music and even the people around me. I find it helpful since it changes your perspective and from there, you can stitch out your own ideas and start creating. -Julia Tabor

Listen to music that inspires you. Loud. Sit down, take a deep breath in and just write whatever comes through your brain—it doesn't have to be good. You have to get through the bad stuff to get to the good stuff. Once you know it's getting good, you have two options: go with whatever you're writing or google prompts that give you ideas and make them your own. A good addition is hot chocolate and a cozy sweater with blankets in a cold room. The main idea though is to GET inspired. Don't wait for inspiration, force it to come to you; make it sit down, strap on and enjoy the ride. -Dvita Kapadia

When I am in a creative block, I think about a problem that is occurring in my life, or something that is bothering me or on my mind at the time, and I think about how I can express it through art. -Kathryn Zix

Whenever I really want to draw but have absolutely no idea what to draw, what I usually do is look through my photo albums on my phone. I do this because whenever I'm on social media, I screenshot things that inspire me. Looking through really helps me get an idea of what I wanna draw. -Daisy

Usually, we encounter a creative block when our minds are preoccupied and 'unmotivated' to get things done. If you can't get things done right away, don't pressure yourself, don't rush. Don't devote yourself to being a slave to time solely. Relax for a moment and try to unwind in simple ways: take some breaths out of your abode, allow more sunlight in your working space, clear/organize your working space as well so that your mind doesn't reflect a confusing mess. If views outside of your window inspire you, allow yourself to work facing a view. If you're easily distracted though, it's best to face a blank wall where you can allow your imaginations to dance freely. 
As a writer, I find inspiration through good (quick) reads from online zines or those mind-bending passages I've saved up from my favorite books. As a photographer, my main source of inspiration is by going outside and immerse myself in just wherever, translating everything I find in sight and correlating them with anything I'm feeling or thinking. Basically, just experiment, experiment, experiment. -Iya Perez

Compiled by Iya Perez
Visual by Julia Tabor


Songs to Scream To


By Esther Vdb

Angels


angels won't take care of what's rooted inside me
deep
but not deep enough to shatter my spine when uprooted;
it more reopens scars than anything
and those who glance my way suspect
it's my teenage angst
or maybe i'm just sad today
or maybe i'm just sad
every other day
or
maybe i'm
just
sad.

angels sometimes grab my hands.
some days i'm hanging by my fingertips.
some days they're dragging me up by my arms.
but one day they opened my palms
and held them.
i don't think i'm standing up straight;
balance, they sing
and i attempt
to oblige.
i attempt
to compromise.
i am handing them my life
and they return it,
say, it's yours,
say, keep it.
they sing sweet hymns
and i
am taken.

you are endless,
they tell me.
an affinity
between me
and them
seems like an impossibility
but they've let me look their way.
why my eyes
haven't burnt out of my skull
is unanswerable.
instead my eyes are glowing.
instead i'm freely falling,
floating against the winds they've given me.

i've deserved the most precious gift
buried within the clouds they sleep on:
hope.

and it's installed into me like a battery.
i feel my back open, exposed
i feel hollow even,
until somebody reminds me that i am still whole.
the unfamiliar, cool and easy feeling
slips into me like smoke.
there is a click and a brush of
what i believe
is a feather's touch.

i think i can defy gravity now;
a new effervescence for simply existing
shoots through my veins like a drug.
i think i can defy gravity now,
i say
and that triggers a jerk in my wings
(the ones i didn't know i had).
they roll themselves in hope; they
kill all the demons; they
undertake for the sake of me
to stay.


Text by Gwen Peralta and Visuals by Natalie Ondrik



Divine











By Emma Craft

Charged



By Faith Sumastre

Life in Town


By Ruby McVicar

Free Speech

            If there’s something that can never be taken from us, it’s our voices. Let us speak from our mouths, or our eyes, or both. Thank you to everyone involved who allowed me to capture those vulnerable moments. 


“Describe your relationship in one word.”
“Amazing!”
“Lovable?”




“How are your friendships right now, [x]?
“Pretty good!”




“Do you believe in love?”




“What are you passionate about?”
“[Bystander]: Tell her about the whales!”




“Do you love your ex?”
“Oh. Yes. …Are you putting that?”




“What are your thoughts on [x] trying to talk to [x]?”




“What do you think of our friendship?”
“[My best friend]: It’s the best. In the world.” 




“Describe yourself in one word.”
“F*** if I know!”

By Angelica Crisostomo