"Young, wild and free is exactly how we should be"
Oh, to be youthful - To have the ability to throw caution to the wind; set sail on the open sea, or jump on a plan, train or in any automobile you please. And that’s exactly what 23 year old photographer, Gunner Hughes and I did. We decided on a whim to embark on a last minute road trip through my home state of Florida. Starting in New Smyrna Beach around 7pm on a Monday evening, we then drove down to Ft. Lauderdale where Gunner’s dear friend was performing a live DJ set. Soon after, we continued on our journey. I tried my best to keep my eyes open, but dozed off not too long into the drive. I awoke at the southern most tip of the Sunshine State, somewhere between the beach and Duval Street. I was in the Florida Keys! Several cups of coffee later, I was ready to rock-n-roll. We found our camp site, more towards the northern portion of The Keys, and set up shop. It wasn’t too long after that we got straight to business; capturing everything this magical place had to offer. We went on several hikes, scoped out the scene and took more photos than I had ever thought humanly possible. Every day was something different, something new and exciting. We met some pretty classic characters, caught some fish, made s’mores and bonded a newfound friendship. Check out what we were up to in this Tropical Dreamin’ lookbook.
Name: Lindsay Perry
Hometown: Satellite Beach, FL
At first pass, Lindsay Perry is the epitome of the “California Girl,” combining her passion for art, music and surfing into a life of chance and opportunity few will ever experience. But her West Coast style is deceiving—as it turns out, she’s a bit of a Southern Belle: “I get asked about California all the time, but I’m actually from Florida” she tells Stance. “I’ve got a neat little place there in New Smyrna Beach and a lot of roots in the south.” Wherever she’s from (and wherever she goes), we have our eyes peeled for what’s next from this free-spirited multi-hyphenate.
How would you describe your style to someone you’d never met over the phone?
I love to dress funky, but comfortable. Mixing patterns and layers is always something I’ve been into.
If you could only travel one more time in your life, where would you go?
I’d love to go back to Europe for a while!
Who are your style icons?
Hmm, I get really inspired by so many different people/magazines/websites. I think Zippy Seven has an amazing style, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and my girlfriend, Cailin Russo.
Ever have a gnarly surfing accident?
Oh yeah, a few! I had a really bad scare in Northern Nicaragua a few years back and once in Hawaii, right after. I definitely know my boundaries now!
What makes you feel most alive these days?
The first thing that comes to mind, is love. I’ve had an amazing boyfriend for a year now. We do a lot of traveling, exploring life and all it has to offer. Anything creative makes me feel alive—art, music, surfing, snowboarding, designing.
What’s something about you we’d be surprised to find out?
Ha! So much. I’m kind of a weird person. My all-time guilty pleasure is Full House and anything on Lifetime. I love Britney Spears and have a small obsession with buying electronics.
Do you prefer the beach or the mountains more?
My heart will always be at sea level but it’s been incredible to be in the snow lately. I just think it’s important to broaden my horizons and try new things.
Knee socks or cut low?
Mid-shin to knee-high. Nothing more fun than a funky pair of tall socks .
What’s your favorite way to wear Stance?
Mid-shin high, bright and with a pair of Chuck Taylors or some vintage boots. Love them with shorts and oversized flannels.
Fall is such a magical time for me.. The colors, the smell and the fashion. There’s just something so amazing about the brisk air, snuggling with the one you love & hot coffee. Everything about it just piques creativity. I’ve never been one to carve pumpkins. In fact, I’ve only carved one prior to this.. But when my friend, Rob Grieb, and I drove past this pumpkin patch, we couldn’t help but spiral into a creative oblivion.. With a little fun, spontaneity & a 7D, we went for it.
When I first became in contact with Jenna Campbell, of Love-Water.org., I was immediately drawn to her kind and warm spirit. From there, she and I developed an instant friendship. She then told me about Love Water and how I could help. Basically, Love Water brings water to those in need, who would otherwise continue to drink unclean water, develop diseases and eventually die. I felt the innate responsibility to do anything within my means to help. The first step for me, was acknowledging the power that I (we) have to make an impact. And in all honesty, it does seem nearly impossible to make such a big difference, from so far away. But then I realized how much we can actually do, in small ways. Bringing global awareness, donating to the cause and representing the organization are just the beginning steps. The more people that have knowledge, the more impact we can make.
Love-Water is a 501c3 that exists to prevent water borne illness, disease, and death, and to restore health and life to those without access to clean water. We believe that the basic need of water must be met in order for there to be a complete socio-economic transformation from poverty to sustainability. Our organization is built of people who are dedicated to this fight and do not accept payment for our passion. We depend on quality and meaningful relationships to help us achieve our low cost, all funds go to the field approach. We are eager to promote Love-Water, as we believe lives are forever changed by what we do. Not only do we provide access to clean water we also partner with job skills and training centers in the communities we serve, further empowering them by opening up a global marketplace for their artisans and newly trained widows. It is our goal to transform the impoverished areas we visit into thriving and selfsustaining groups. Our idea is easy, “Every purchase helps people in need”. Our statement is clear, “never thirsty again”. And our heart’s goal is that by 1 item at a time we will provide clean water for people and stop the perpetual cycle of illnesses and poverty due to dirty water.