Listening Skills & Relationships: Breaking the Golden Rule

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The expression ‘treat others as you want to be treated’ is one of those old sayings of kindness used as a North Star for listening skills in relationships everywhere. You probably heard it on the playground when you were small, you probably hear it now from friends and co- workers, and there is good reason […]

Mary Alice Monroe

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Mary Alice Monroe lives by the guiding principle, “If they care, they take care.” For her, this exemplifies her mission as an author: to help readers become aware of the issues facing endangered species. Mary Alice has felt an inherent bond with animals and a passion for nature since childhood, which she uses to craft […]

Ballet Photography: After the Curtain Call

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When we admire ballet photography, we are usually met with images of ethereal beauty and elegance—graceful bird-like creatures with legs high in the air, elaborate tailor-made tulle dresses, and muscles so toned they make you swear off ice-cream—images that whisk us into the dreamlike world that is a ballet performance. Darian Volkova takes it one […]

Online Luxury Shopping: A Well Traveled Closet

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Online luxury shopping is here to stay. Before the beginning of 2020, online shopping was already a trillion dollar industry, and since COVID-19 emerged, retailers have raked in an extra 107 billion in sales. But if you find yourself struggling to determine which online luxury shopping site is right for you, it’s time to try […]

Letter from the Publisher: Summer 2020

Karen Floyd

It is our hope that the pages of ELYSIAN offer women of all ages a place to connect and find reprieve during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Our issue’s focus, Arts and Culture, allows you to be encouraged by inspiring interviews, captivated by beautiful images and bold stories and motivated by time-sensitive philanthropy. Our daily routines […]

Contemporary Artist Rebecca Louise Law & The Garden of Earthly Delights

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Walking through British artist Rebecca Louise Law’s installations is an exercise in experiencing the sublime. Known for her site-specific creations, the artist uses dried and fresh plant material to turn public spaces into immense, immersive indoor gardens in a bid to get viewers to contemplate the relationship between man and nature. It’s a type of […]

In the Footsteps of Marie Antoinette: A Walking Tour of Paris

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When planning a trip to Paris, it is difficult to choose from the myriad of monumental landmarks, works of art, and incredible restaurants the city has to offer. Allow Ulrike Lemmin-Woolfre to take you on a Paris walking tour through the eyes of Marie-Antoinette and become even more in love with the City of Lights. […]

Atlanta Artist Carla Contreras is Not a Machine

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Once there was a particular MARTA bus stop on Peachtree Street in Atlanta, Georgia that Carla Contreras used to spot from the train station at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Some might have called the bus stop insignificant, even a blemish on the cityscape, or maybe it was their lifeline to the […]

And She Was Loved: On the Power of Toni Morrison

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My first encounter with Toni Morrison’s words was as a bright-eyed, hopeful sophomore at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was required summer reading. Toni Morrison books cracked me open, and 20 years later I am still examining parts of myself that this fiction writer […]

Restoring the Heart of Female Painters

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Nearly everyone knows who Michelangelo and da Vinci are. But you’ve probably never heard of Irene Parenti Duclos, Elisabeth Chaplin or Violante Siries Cerroti—female painters who lived and worked in Florence just as the guys famous enough to go by one name did. Advancing Women Artists (AWA), an American nonprofit based in Florence, Italy, is […]