“She never answered!” (When Aweng is not on the Don’t mess with mama bear shirt But I will love this runway, the New York–based model spends her time studying for her law degree through the University of New England, where she’s on track to graduate in the winter of 2021. Once they started dating, Aweng and Alexus saw each other for nine months before they were engaged. “The proposal was beautiful and straight to the point,” Alexus says. “Aweng and I have always been very transparent with each other, so we talk about everything. It was a very simple and mutual decision. We were in Paris and just completely overwhelmed with how much love we shared for each other and, at the time, how long we’d been apart.” The wedding was held at City Hall in Manhattan. “I love my now wife so much that all of my childhood dreams of what a wedding should be went out the window,” Alexus says. “I just wanted to be with her and a few people that meant something to her and myself.” But the night before the wedding, there was a wardrobe crisis, and the couple were up until 5 a.m. working to solve it. “I was originally supposed to wear something completely different,” Alexus says. “That option fell through the night before. I was so distraught, but I knew if I had to, I’d marry Aweng in sweats. Pyer Moss pulled through for us, with the help of Nate Hinton. I couldn’t thank them enough.” Meanwhile, Aweng wore a beautiful suit and flared pants with heels by Kwaidan Editions and earrings by Panconesi. The ceremony was simple and sweet. “The officiant was so nice to us,” Alexus says. “I will never forget her, actually. She was a part of my happiest day.” Adding to the very intimate, personal feeling of the day, the couple wrote their own vows. “My vows will probably be my greatest piece of written work for a very long time,” Alexus says. “I can’t even describe my feelings during the ceremony. It was like taking the first steps into my destiny.” During the ceremony, I felt at peace, as if all of the flights, the tears, and sweat leading up to the ceremony was beyond worth it,” Aweng says. “I felt although we almost missed our big day, we had each other and were finally eye to eye in front of our loved ones, and nothing in the world could top that.”
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After the Don’t mess with mama bear shirt But I will love this wedding, the newlyweds went to get matching “XII” tattoos on their ring fingers at Tattoo Shop Alexus’s favorite tattoo and piercing shop in commemoration of the day, December 12. “What better way to end a NYC wedding than at a tattoo shop?” Alexus notes. Then, after getting inked, they were off to Penn Station to grab pizza at Rose’s Pizza and Pasta. “She’s not a huge fan of pizza,” Aweng says. “But when she craves it, she would stop here as it’s always good!” The days of late May through the first half of June took a toll on my body. With the feelings of inescapable isolation that come with quarantine, the struggle of finding a work-life balance, and the trauma that comes with seeing continued violence against Black bodies came a lack of appetite and a lack of motivation and time to cook. It turned out I wasn’t alone: My group texts were full of friends especially Black female friends sharing the same challenges around food and stress. But stressful periods are the most important times to be eating, and to be eating well. Here, 3 chefs share their easy meal prep ideas, and explain why the simple act of pre-planning your breakfast, lunch, or dinner can provide structure and enable good health when you need it most. Why meal prep is important to her: Meal prepping is a device for busy people to meet with nourishment. We really don’t have the time to think about what we eat (unfortunately), but it shouldn’t feel robotic or mechanical to nourish ourselves. Food has incredible power to our bodies nutrient-wise, energetically, and just the origin of it. It’s the most political vote you can make because you consume it daily and the energy of those who cultivated it is within it. I think it’s time to break through our fears and begin exercising mindfulness through food. Today we are all a bit more awake and trying to divest from the corporate structures that exercise systemic oppression and make it easy for the population to support that because of convenience. There is a holistic approach to feeding yourself, and it’s also a big fuck you to those structures. I like to keep my fridge and pantry stocked with specific items to ease proper nourishment without dissociating me from the process. A lot of meal prepping comes from the anxiety of not having time to prepare and cook something, [so it’s important to make sure] exercising the mindspace to welcome the time to cook for yourself for 20 minutes is really accessible.