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For their March 2012 catalog, Free People was exploring one of my favorite countries: Vietnam! They explored the capital city, Hanoi, as well as Ha Long Bay, one of the new seven wonders of the world, and Sa Pa, a beautifully scenic mountain-town. And I’m pretty sure I see glimpses of Hoi An–my favorite–in there too!

I especially liked how the photo-shoot was conducted as though the models, Michele and Martha, were tourists and they were captured in that context as part of their surroundings instead of as just subjects against a background.

Click here to see their team’s travelogue containing travel tips and video features for Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, and Sa Pa.

Scott gets to go back to Viet Nam next month and is planning on exploring some new areas, possibly Nha Trang. I’m excited to see what he finds in anticipation of my own expedition back to my favorite country early next year!

[All images from freepeople.com and blog.freepeople.com.]

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For their September 2011 catalog, J Crew traveled to Saint Petersburg to juxtapose their luxurious cashmere and other pieces of their fall collection with the exotic elegance of the old Russian city.

{Ballerinas from The Marinsky School model the cashmere sweaters}

Interspersed between double-cloth coats and Italian suede shoes are a handful of “Travel Notes” about the various, inspirational landmarks featured in the catalog.

{Don’t forget to pack against the sun—a good pair of sunglasses and a hat with a generous brim—as well as against the cold—cozy camp socks and chic leather gloves—for your fall travels}

{Also a must: comfy, cute loafers for your sight-seeing strolls}

{And finally: a trusty yet stylish timepiece}

Check out Refinery 29‘s interview with Marissa Webb, J Crew’s VP for Women’s Design, for tips on how to get the classic, clean and natural J Crew look featuring bright skin, understated eye-makeup, and vivid lips—the ideal, travel-friendly beauty regimen.

Happy autumn travels!

[Images from the J Crew September 2011 catalog–request one here!]

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Pil’crow n. 1. (Print.) a paragraph mark; the symbol (¶).

Anthropologie’s new line of jeans and corduroys, their Pilcro line, is inspired by the style and efficiency of typography. Their three styles—the STET slimfit or bootcut jean, the SERIF corduroy, or the SUPERSCRIPT jean or corduroy—are all about finding the perfect fit and combining flawless, no-fuss fashion with everyday comfort and wearability. Tuck a pair or two away with you in your suitcase for a pair of comfortable, all-purpose, travel pants! Check them out here!

[Image from anthropologie.com.]

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Anthropologie of course never fails to impress with their incredible and enviable shoe styles. And just as I’ve vowed not to spend another penny until all my flights for the coming year are booked and paid for, I’ve discovered this pair of particularly travel-worthy flats.

Flats are the ideal travel shoe because they combine style with walkability, they can be dressed down or up, and they comply with the dress code (no sandals or tennis shoes) for more conservative religious sites. They also take up minimal space in your suitcase.

I think I might have to make one last exception for these…

[Images from anthropologie.com.]

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Alix, Out of Africa

Blogger Alix, of the cherry blossom girl from Paris, was recently invited to Kenya by the Kenya Tourism board and shares her unbelievably beautiful and inspiring pictures from her trip! Check them out here, here, and here! And these amazing safari pictures!

Nzuri! (Beautiful!)

[Images from thecherryblossomgirl.com.]

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“How sublime to look down on the workhouse of nature, to see her clouds, hail, snow, rain, thunder, all fabricated at our feet!”

— Thomas Jefferson, 1786

Even though I’m traveling almost every month out of the year, the majority of my trips are overseas. Road-tripping through the American West is an idealized fantasy of mine, and one I want to make sure I do right. Last summer, my brother and one his best friends made the trip out west starting in Georgia and passing through fourteen states before making the circuit home again. They drove across highways, climbed mountains, and hiked across deserts. Their stories and their pictures share the wonder of our own country’s magnificent natural worlds, rich cultural heritage, and dynamic pride and patriotism. (See more of Wesley’s work at Wesley Dean Photography.)

In this month’s catalog, Free People went to Texas where they were inspired by these same classic American themes: native bohemian, gothic-romantic, and rock-and-roll.

As I travel across the globe, my home country always remains a constant and important source of inspiration to me.

[Images from freepeople.com, and Wesley Dean Photography. Original photography by Wesley Dean Photography, with editing by Kelly Overvold.]

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Check out Free People’s BLDG 25 blog post about a weekend getaway in the Adirondacks. I love their vintage photo effects!

Weekend Getaway: The Adirondacks

[Images from BLDG 25.]

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