I had the distinct honor and pleasure of being published in Marie Claire today. How fancy is that? Day by day, I'm living my dreams. Here's my personal essay, which I hope you'll give a click:
Sometimes you get lucky. One of my acquaintances—a self-described poet/mermaid—posted on Facebook last week that she was going on vacation and needed someone to cover her writing assignments while she was out of the office. Of course, she writes for the very-cool Jewish parenting website, Kveller. If you think the words "cool" and "parenting" don't belong in the same sentence, you're wrong. Kveller publishes trending stories and personal essays, and manages to be smart, funny, and trustworthy all at the same time. They also have nearly 60,000 likes on Facebook. Not bad for a niche publication. Anyway, guess who got to take over the poet/mermaid's job for a week? This lady! And I'm so grateful!
I'm working remotely (even though the office is in NYC, where I am) and very happily will be producing three posts a day for the site this week. Check out my bylines from today:
I've had the privilege of writing for Bustle since February 2015, but my days there are coming to an end. After writing about everything from makeup tips inspired by my college clowning job to the surprising success of Trump Wine, it's been a great year and a half. My story on UVA's sexual assault policy and classroom reform was even an editor's pick for one of the site's best stories of 2015.
But now I need to prioritize my other writing and art endeavors. Part of that involves cutting back on my "after-hours work." There's no financial reason for me to be a super-freelancer anymore and my new tenure as the weekend editor at Vivala gives me just the right amount of consistent work every week. By reducing the amount of non-fiction work I take on, I can write more fiction, finish editing my documentary Richmond's Dead and Buried, and create more large-scale mixed media pieces.
Strangely enough, even though I'm leaving, I still have a few more Bustle stories due out. Here are two that were posted today. I hope they change some of your political assumptions!
A small selection of my coffee and tea accessories collection. I'm kind of obsessed.
The thought of giving up coffee and tea breaks my heart. That's why I was so relieved to learn that the World Health Organization no longer considers coffee a carcinogen. WHO cancer experts even think regular coffee consumption may reduce your risk of certain types of cancers. Want to learn more? Check out my latest story in Vivala:
Outfit details: Chelsey dress, Dress Barn necklace, Rainbow earrings, Rainbow bangles, vintage Donna K. belt, Michael Kors-style purse (Chinatown knockoff), Franco Sarto sandals.
I may be a classy lady (polka dotted halter, anyone?) but I'm not an uptight one. That's why I recently wrote a few shocking stories for Rebel Circus, the companion blog for the popular e-commerce fashion site. As you'll quickly notice, the content would probably shock most conservatives. That fact alone makes it fun to write. Some ideas need to go and if that involves riling certain up, then so be it. Specifically, I hope that my Rebel Circus content challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about sex and our bodies. Here are a few of my stories:
You can find the rest of my totally irreverent stories here.
The country is still stunned by the Orlando shootings this past weekend. First, singer Christina Grimmie was fatally shot after her concert Friday. Then very early Sunday, a gunman walked into a gay club and killed 50 people. It was the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, the single biggest act of terrorism in the U.S. since 9/11.
I was on duty at Vivala for the weekend, so I inevitably wrote a few trending stories about the shootings. You can click on their teaser images below.
On a related note, if you keep scrolling, there's an image for Poets 4 Orlando Imagine Central Park. More than 600 of us gathered last night to read poetry in honor of all of the members of the LGBTQ, Latinx, and Muslim communities that are suffering right now. It got so big that we had to move from Strawberry Fields to Sheep Meadow and the police kept threatening to shut us down. But we had words and flowers and glitter and they couldn't stop us because love wins. I have included the poem that I read at this beautiful, emotional, and meditative event.
Sure, there are plenty of hipster jokes to make about Williamsburg, but you can't deny its art cred. The neighborhood's commitment to the arts makes it one of my favorite places in the world. That's why I was very happy to display the dress I made for chashama Gala 2016 in Williamsburg today. I was selected to put it up at Williamsburg Walks, an annual event that closes off part of Bedford Avenue and opens it up for the arts. I hung the dress on a portable clothing rack supported by *ahem* found bricks and then added it to the event's Sculpture Garden. And just like that, I brought my collage work to Williamsburg for the very first time.
When many people think of New York, they think of glamour and creativity. That electricity has attracted me to the city from a young age. As a new arrival here, I've had the chance to taste some of NYC's signature excitement several times already, but chashama Gala 2016 was my first heaping spoonful.
This annual gala, hosted by the nonprofit chashama, fundraises money for artistic real estate initiatives throughout the city. chashama helps artists get the studio and presentation space we need. The gala is our chance to impress donors with stimulating visuals and performances.
I was one of the 100 artists selected for this year's gala, which took place at 4 Times Square, the historic Condé Nast building. I created a mixed media/collage installation around representations of the feminine. That meant A LOT of tissue paper and A LOT of Mod Podge! Throughout the night, I worked on collaging two mannequin legs and talking to gala attendees about my mixed media process.
Since the gala started at 6 p.m. and went into the wee hours of the night, I have daytime and nighttime photos of my installation from this fabulous event. Here are a few of my favorites:
My husband took a pic of me holding one very small component of my installation before I left home the morning of the gala.
I didn't wear anything special to go grocery shopping, save for my Lola Sabbia sandals. They're comfy with the perfect platform!
This year, spring was cold, rainy, and gray. It didn't feel all that different from winter. But now summer has arrived and it is HOT. If you're like me and constantly looking for ways to keep your hair off your face come June, you should check out this slideshow I put together for Vivala. I chose some of this season's most artsy and distinctive bobby pins. Click below to read the story:
By day, I am Christine Stoddard, a New York-based magazine writer. By night I am the founding editor of the bewitching Quail Bell Magazine and a Brooklyn bohème who adores art, magic, and revolution. Really, those two personas are not all that different—at least if you're paying attention. This is where I dream, dabble, and muse. From time to time, you'll find me promoting the fairy punk lifestyle, too. And why not? It's addictive. Learn more about me.