“you may say i’m a dreamer, but i’m not the only one…”
“what is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-by. but we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”
what did you all think of part two of on the road? this section of the book finds sal (kerouac) back on the east coast settling in to a quiet contentedness with his girl and school and family, when a surprise visit from dean takes him on another wild cross-country journey. this trip’s scenery, traveling in dean’s car along with his girl Marylou and their friend ed dunkel, reminds me of my own road trip as they take the southern route across the country. they stop in new orleans to visit old bull lee (in reality, william s. burroughs), a heroin addict who brings out the madness of the intimate group. after new orleans, they continue moving on through texas, new mexico, arizona, and then into san francisco via the oakland bay bridge. this portion of the book is more about their journey on the road than what happens when they get there…which ends up not being much, as sal finds himself broke and homeless, wandering the streets in search of something he never finds. part two ends with him returning back east, unsure of whether or not he’ll ever see dean again. why do you think he went on this trip? and why do you think it ends on such a melancholy note?
have any of you ever taken a road trip? where did you start and where did you end up?
some friends of mine are involved in a nonprofit organization called the firefly literacy fund that I think is really cool…it’s all about bridging the opportunity gap in the city of philadelphia by working with families, teachers, schools and shelters. they have donated hundreds of books to elementary school students and this past october they worked really hard on turning the library at the southwark elementary school into a relaxing and inviting space where kids would want to spend time…and they did a great job, as you can see in the above images. they’re having an event this wednesday to raise money and awareness for this important cause…click here for details, and check out their website fireflyfund.org!
are any of you involved in good causes? what charities are you most passionate about?
these wedding photos are absolutely gorgeous…the beautiful bride, who works in our new york showroom, was kind enough to share them for the blog. the wedding took place at the hotel dupont in wilmington, delaware, and the outdoor portraits below were taken at the nearby gibraltar gardens. looks like the epitome of a fairytale wedding to me…that dress is incredible!
**those of you wondering who designed the dress…monique lhuillier!
The photos were taken by marie labbancz…you can check out more of her wedding photos on her blog.
i came across the work of illustrator mia overgaard on the decor8 blog and i just had to share it…she does such cool fashion and beauty illustrations! here are some of my favorites…
i also thought her handwritten bio on her website was really cute…it’s transcribed underneath, in case it’s hard to read :)
i love to draw! so luckily i am supporting myself as an illustrator…i recently moved from my hometown in denmark to the US to follow my dreams and basically taking charge of my time here on mother earth! apart from loving to draw i possess a strong fascination with birds, insects (not spiders!) and anything floral! colors, baking, rye bread, blowing bubbles and flying kites, green tea, old fashion mailbox letters, honey, and waking up from a good night’s sleep with the sunbeams playing on my eyelids. the smell of tuberoses and bare feet in green grass. that’s me!
you can read more about mia and check out her work on her website.
inspiration from foreign cultures and fashions has always been important to free people. our designers travel to faraway locations to immerse themselves in different cultures, meet people and visit markets and shops, seeking unique finds and treasures to incorporate into free people designs. this video is from a few years ago, but we’ve never shared it on the blog…it was taken by two of our designers on a trip to tibet.
i hope to keep bringing you more imagery and video from the places our designers travel in the future!
our new december catalog was photographed by david mushegain, an extremely talented photographer based in new york. our team discovered him when they saw these photos he took of model angela lindvall at her home in topanga california for the july 2009 british vogue. here are some of the photos from that shoot, which served as inspiration behind our december catalog.