Let's Kiss Summer Goodbye!
My absolute favorite time of the year: autumn! For whatever reason, I have been eagerly waiting, at the edge of my seat, for autumn to finally grace us with its presence. Maybe it is because my daughter is finally at an age where we can partake in fun family activities, or maybe it is because Midwest fashion is taking over the industry with trends featuring classic plaids, denims, and, of course, as many layers as possible! Either way, I am thrilled to welcome autumn back in style.
My vision for this issue was to bring beauty to both the darkness and light throughout our world. Since I battle with depression day in and day out, I have spent many days in the dark feeling that there was no way out. As I have grown, gaining knowledge about both myself and my depression, I have been able to embrace the darkness by designing beauty with everything that surrounds me. For example, if I felt I was entering a dark place, I would sit down and write my feelings. Eventually these words would form themselves into a poem, which helped my loved ones understand what I was thinking and feeling. This practice has led to deeper connections with not only my family, but with myself, teaching myself that no matter what I am going through, I can create something beautiful. I believe you can do the same; it is just a matter of your mindset and embracing all of you (flaws and all).
I am ecstatic to announce that this is our first ever dual cover, featuring two fantastic Minnesota models: Alexander Denning & Vanessa Lawson. Although they are both active models within the industry, they have endured extremely different lives providing them each with a unique outlook on life and the trials and tribulations faced throughout the journey.
In this issue you will notice our pages aren’t quite as colorful as past issues. I wanted to build off of both darkness and light, curating a dramatic mood throughout the magazine. Fall in love with the striking images our photographers captured and notice the edgier vibe throughout each editorial staying true to our dark meets light theme. As always, you will find a plethora of fashion inspiration featuring the chicest trends of the season as well as a variety of knowledgeable content perfect for fall.
While reading this issue, take some time to find beauty in both the darkness and the light throughout your life. Maybe write down your innermost thoughts and see if you can create something beautiful with them. Whether it be a painting, a poem, music or a story, beauty can be created from the darkest of moments. Instead of hiding in the dark, it is time we embrace all aspects of our lives and become the light.
Now grab your pumpkin spice latte, cozy up in an oversized flannel and let’s fall in love with ourselves. ALL of ourselves
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Meghanlee Phillips is the Editor-in-Chief of The Volk Magazine. With a passion for fashion, a love for writing and her lifestyle focused around mental health; she has been able to bring all three together to create the mid-western fashion/lifestyle magazine, The Volk. Keep up to date with her and her vibrant outfits by following @msmeghanlee (Instagram)