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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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While I was in Prague this summer, I read Milan Kundera’s magnificent and heartbreaking novel, The Unbearable Lightness of Being. The story takes place in Prague in 1968, during the Prague Spring and the subsequent Soviet occupation. Tomáš, Tereza, Sabina, and Franz are the four characters through whose lives, loves, and losses the insignificance of life and the fate of the individual are examined.

What better place to lose oneself in one of Kundera’s passionate novels than in Prague, where the author attended university and the setting for most of his books. From the top of Petřín hill to the old castle grounds at Vyšehrad perched above the Vltava River, the city of Prague encapsulates a beauty, mystery, and romance reflected in the poignant and sometimes surreal writing of Milan Kundera.

{View of Prague Castle from Petřín hill}

{Petřín hill}

{View from Petřín hill with Prague castle in the distance}

{View of the Vltava, Prague castle, and Petřín hill from Vyšehrad castle}

{View from Vyšehrad castle}

Recently, while browsing through Free People’s blog, BLDG 25, I stumbled upon some posts from their Book Club series featuring Unbearable Lightness of Being pairing favorite quotes with images that evoke the sentiment of the novel. Here are some of my favorites…

“chance and chance alone has a message for us. everything that occurs out of necessity, everything expected, repeated day in and day out, is mute. only chance can speak to us. we read its message much as gypsies read the images made by coffee grounds at the bottom of a cup.”

“while people are fairly young and the musical composition of their lives is still in its opening bars, they can go about writing it together and exchange motifs…but if they meet when they are older, their musical compositions are more or less complete, and every motif, every object, every word means something different to each of them.”

“When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object.”

“…and finally there is the fourth category, the rarest, the category of people who live in the imaginary eyes of those who are not present.  they are the dreamers.”

See more of Free People’s favorite quotes from the book here, here, and here.

[Images by Kelly Overvold, from amazon.com, and from blog.freepeople.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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Free People embodies the bohemian adventurer aesthetic perfect for warm weather getaways this summer. Things in my suitcase: fringed edges, crochet details, worn denim, and raffia hats.


[Images from freepeople.com.]

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