Just Me

 

I like being alone. I like my thoughts to be heard without drowning in the constants chatter and opinions of others.

I like waking up to an empty house and playing the same songs I’ve been listing to all week on repeat (FKA Twigs new album). 

I like waking up early to eat breakfast and then going right back to sleep.

I like wasting a few hours of the day on an old TV series I've committed to watching after the hype has died down a bit (The Walking Dead).

I love wishing I could just go back for a bit but then realize how much I rather just stay where I am.

I spend my day wanting to make better eating choices and maybe put on those cute workout clothes I insisted I would use but, always somehow falling victim to the easy to reach carton of ice cream. 

I think pizza, ice cream and cupcakes are in fact a food group and a balanced meal. I spend my money on absolutely nothing (I’m the worst at managing money). The only living creatures I can truly relate to are cats and thus being a cat lady is my contingency plan for my life.

I spend most of my free time scrolling through Tumblr, Instagram and watching sappy romance anime. I come up with shitty trendy tattoo ideas that my faithful friends thankfully shut down. 

I live in one of the biggest most exciting cities and yet, I feel absolutely alone and bored.

I moved to New York to find something...and I guess I’m still trying to figure out what that is exactly.

I have absolutely no idea what I want to do with my life... and for the first time I say that with a smile on my face and very little worry in my heart. I guess I’m going to stop trying to think I can control anything and just let life show me the next step. Ignorance is bliss?

“Life is like a long hallway of doors, you peek through a few and try this and that...” till you walk through the one you are meant to? (Not sure a whisky drinking Mexican Cowboy said something along these lines the other day).

I always think I’m right. I’m stubborn, hard headed and sometimes stand behind things even I know are wrong just to be right. I hate being told what to do or sometimes told anything at all. I dislike most things and even more people. But secretly I know I love everyone.

People amaze me, frighten me and most of all intrigue me.I love to learn, to be proven wrong and to laugh.

-Ariel

 

Blue Jean Dreams

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Love stories are possessed  with women misunderstood and seeking measurement through others. In Brooklyn, two women redefine their love stories. With a focus on inner beauty, spirituality, and freedom; FaintlyMasculine is our romance. The world is full of complexities, yet beauty is simple. It's an aesthetic which acts as a portal to a narrative purely indicative to that moment. 

In this moment, amidst the storm, we celebrate our voice and the power within it. As women we constantly feel the need for adornment...but, in the simplicity of our American blue jeans, we've never felt more Free.

xo,

Rayya & Ariel

Now Playing: Lana Del Rey "Blue Jeans"

Photography by WabiSabi NYC's Sal Stamatti


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Racing the Rain

American Apparel Dress and Varsity Jacket, New Balance 574. 

American Apparel Bra, Double RL pants.

New York City summers are magical. It's been proven. Like a reliable friend or antidote, it never ceases to inspire and rejuvenate. Here we are getting a dose of sun right before the rain...though, what's second to sunny summer days? That breaking point when rain erupts from candy clouds and the unmoving sun smiles on.

We live for those days.

xx,

Rayya


The clamor of trickling water

 

Still my thoughts and calm my mind...
May the steady sound of rushing water wash away my worries and fears,
In this place I am finally alone...
I have found piece and comfort in a place where others may not disturb or distort me.     I can hide from them and yet see myself as clearly as the water surrounding me. 

May my tears and cries be deafened by the clamor of trickling water, that in this tranquil moment may you wash with you the fifth of the day and confusion this moment has brought you.

May you cleanse my soul and calm my heart.
I am reborn, I am clean so that I might find the strength to continue. 

-Ariel

 

A fresh start

 

Wearing: Brandy Melville jersey dress and sweater. 

Wearing: Vintage skirt and shirt.

 
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It's been too long you guys! It has been a long year and I appreciate all the support and interest you have all had in me and the blog getting back up. 

A huge announcement is my partnering with my best friend Rayya who will now be the second half to this blog. Rayya and I met in Boston just last year and decided to move to New York together! Faintly Masculine will still offer personal style and beauty tips, but will evolve into a portfolio of our journey as friends, women and discovering the world and ourselves. 

The road has not been easy for us, but as insane as this move has been, we are excited and hopeful. We are both absolutely crazy and (somehow) end up in the most ridiculous situations!  

Join us on this journey to self discovery and adventure...

- Ariel