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Fueling the Blaze of Creativity

Fueling the Blaze of Creativiity: A weekly digest of what gets designer Maya Ahluwalia’s juices flowing

The Weekly Edit

Maya Ahluwalia

 

 

This week celebrates the LOVE in the eternal battle between love & loathing of New York, a heavy dose of nostalgia and some essential entrepreneurial motivation.

Spying a piece of street art when walking through the neighborhoods of New York always brings a smile to my face. It is often an unexpected bit of brightness in an otherwise mundane walk.  VolaVida, the artist collective specializing in street art, brings together these daring artists in their East Village pop-up gallery for the summer. 

The re-boot of Romeo & Juliet wrapped up teen angst, flashy cinematography and the ultimate ‘90s star-crossed lover pairing of Leo & Claire in a Shakespearean bow. The accompanying killer soundtrack played backdrop to many a sweet sixteen party. Accessory to one of the great star-crossed lover scenarios of the ‘00s, Leighton Meester gives her own twist to the classic “Lovefool”

Stories of the New York of yesteryear are among my favorites, whether it’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s or Valley of the Dolls. This journey into one of New York’s oldest private residences has me especially captivated. (And also scrambling for my calendar to find time to take advantage of one of the private tours.)

As a new designer with a company just over a year old, I am constantly combating with that little voice that fills my head with self-doubt. Refinery29 serves up some kick-ass reminders to keep going. 

When my family took the weekly trip to the local video store, I stuck with a handful of go-to’s on repeat. My Friday nights were filled with a heavy rotation of Flight of the Navigator, Adventures in Baby-Sitting and Can’t Buy my Love. These 80s classics shaped by childhood. The intriguing subjects of the new documentary Wolfpack take movies of their youth to an unexpected level of commitment. 

While the many iterations of Mad Max were definitely not part of my childhood VCR collection, they were certainly a part of my boyfriend’s. Playing the supporting girlfriend, I went with him to see the latest Mad Max, expecting to really enjoy my diet Coke & popcorn and not much else. While the movie itself lacked a plot and was little more than a two-hour car chase, I was captivated by the cinematography. The sweeping desert scenes juxtaposed with the badass metal compositions were breathtaking.