Tsumori Chisato Dress / Vintage 70′s Clutch
Greetings from São Paolo! Before I hit the streets of the Jardins for the rest of the day, I wanted to share some photos coming back to the hotel after the end of a long night out in Palm Springs. Wearing my most prized possession: A Tsumori Chisato dress I hunted down on e-bay and a cigarette holder and clutch I dug up at a vintage store in Wicker Park last summer. The weather in Brazil, much like this night in Palm Springs, has me excited for warm nights ahead with Caipirinha’s in hand and swinging around in backless dresses. Até maid trade.
Raen Optics Nera Sunglasses / Vintage Coat / Candela Elle Mini Dress / Belle by Sigerson Morrison Yoko Boots
Every so often when I begin to feel a need for adventure and a fast getaway, I drive sixty miles East of Indio into a small city called Niland, California. It’s an almost forgotten town in the heart of the desert where the people who live here have come great lengths to live in this arid town for a better life. To demonstrate the huge mental shift I’ve under gone in the past couple of months, I used to sympathize for the people who ended up here. Where are the grocery stores? How is there a town with no movie theatre? Why would they choose to live so far away from civilization? It’s not until my last trip inspired by a month of retracing the routes in Into the Wild is when I finally realized that I this thought process was coming from a closed minded view point, mostly shaped by the values of our material driven culture. The people who live here are come by choice and not just circumstance. They have chosen a route outside of society’s standards, and in that there is beauty in a life unconventionally lived.
This post is dedicated to Leonard Knight, who passed away earlier this month. What I love most about Salvation Mountain is captured in this raw scene in Into the Wild. It reminds me of my first trip to this desert landmark. Leonard had approached us with the same warmth and excitement, beaming with pride to tell us about the history and process of his vision. Without men like Leonard with outlandish dreams and a steadfast fervor, experiences like this that are so beautifully accessible would never exist.
Photos by Michael Pagan.