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Stop putting the brakes on your life. That yellow caution light? Disable it for a while. Go full speed ahead on a project that seems pointless. Yes, you can learn to read music just for fun. Yes, you can write the book you think no one will buy. Yes, you can stop stalling and look for a new job.

Worry less about crashing and more about being stuck in cruise control. Recant “can’t.” What if you never step out of line? Never gamble your peace of mind? Never trouble the world? Life will just climb through the window if you try to lock the door on it. It wants your Yes, your Now, your Full Monty. Out there, you’ll find danger and dragons, detours and disappointments, but it’s also full of magic and miracles, joy and juice. Go get some. Cover copy by Nikki Hardin, art by Skopein

“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” J.K. Rowling


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Founder Regional Vice President Nikki Hardin Michelle Schneider michelle.schneider@morris.com Creative Director

Caitilin McPhillips Founder caitilin.mcphillips@skirt.com

Features

Nikki Hardin

Market Manager Creative Director Kate Cooper Metts Caitilin McPhillips kate.metts@skirt.com caitilin.mcphillips@skirt.com

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Contributing Editors Associate Publisher Jenny Dennis Maxwell Jenny jennymaxwell@mindspring.com jenny.dennis@skirt.com Gracie Shepherd Senior Editor gracie.shepherd@gmail.com Margaret Pilarski margaret.pilarski@skirt.com Sales Director

Shark Swim Leslie Absher ....................................... 32 Shakira and Me Kim O’Donnell ................................... 58

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Lisa Dorn Account Executives lisa.dorn@skirt.com Natasha Beard natasha.beard@skirt.com Sales Executives Rachael MacQueen Doressa Hawes rachael.macqueen@skirt.com doressa.hawes@skirt.com

In Every Issue Just Add…..........................................34 Features Menu ...................................................37 Lady in Red M. Terry Bowman..............................11 He’s So Original ...............................41

AdLisa Design Taylor Cristina Young lisa.taylor@morris.com CHSads@skirt.com

Maidi McMurtrie Thompson Office Manager maidi.thompson@morris.com

Justin Burke justin.burke@skirt.com Mary Porter Vann

Alone in the Desert Always.................................................42 Susan Harian......................................13

mary.vann@morris.com Contributing Writer Katie Toussaint Circulation

Spring Fever.......................................45 In Every Issue

Jessica Seigler Photography jessica.seigler@morris.com Marni Rothschild Durlach Alice Keeney Photography

LetterStyle from........................................50 the Editor......................4 skirt!

Sara Caldwell Fashion & Product Stylist Molly Harrell Alexandra Munzel

He’s So Original................................23 Hello April ....................................... 54

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FROM THE EDITOR

Meet. ....................................................24 The Smile List ...................................71

adventure. From that, 1,058 candidates were selected. I know one of them. Maybe you do, too. Jan Millsapps, a writer and filmmaker, was my professor at the University of

XOXO Nikki.....................................34 Meet ....................................................72

South Carolina when I was in grad school.Yes, she’s one of those hoping to relocate to the fourth planet from the sun.As I follow her Facebook updates, I wonder if she will. First, she’d have to be selected for the next round, which involves some sort of simulated life-on-Mars reality TV-ish experience. Then, she’d have to leave loved ones for a trip from which adventures, and I guess there’s only one person who has to think they make sense. Otherwise, we might not have had Amelia Earhart, Nellie Bly or Sally Ride.This month, you can read in our pages about Earth-bound adventures, maybe even dream up one of your own.And if you’re curious about Jan’s next chapter, keep tabs on her through Twitter @JanOnMars. Jenny jennymaxwell@mindspring.com

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Typewriter..........................................26 Take 4 .................................................69

A mission to build a colony on Mars is underway. More than 200,000 applied for the

she doesn’t expect to return.We all have our dream

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Product. .................................................9 We Salute ..........................................67

About the Cover Artist

Skopein is the artistic nom de plume of Luiz, a Brazilian artist based in São Paulo. Luiz studied graphic design and illustration and has worked in editorial and advertising. cargocollective.com/ kot-illustration/skopein

XOXO Nikki ....................................75


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Very funny, I get it now. We’re inside adventure! Exciting times to be alive.

Never say “I can’t,” “I won’t ever,” or “It’s not possible.” Time to buy roller skates, fly a kite or have an exotic vinegar-tasting party.

Usually an adventure is an undertaking that is bold. Risky. Exciting. May is the month to do something you can’t believe you did.

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destination:enjoy the earth.

"I am one of those who never knows the direction of my journey until I have almost arrived." Anna Louise Strong

Pack light. Trek the terrain with a knapsack named Alice on your back and leave the clutter of dreams behind: safari scenes, exotic themes, all those reasons to take a few days off so you could lift off. You’re already en route to the ends of the earth.

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Freewaters Molly sandals from Zappos, Thelma and Louise on Netflix Instant, bumper stickers from CafePress

destination:sieze the day..

"Traveling-it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller." Ibn Battuta

Put away the map and put on a pair of Freewaters—you’re headed for the unknown. Collect photos, collect travel stickers, collect time you spend lost—that isn’t lost time. Turn the wrong way into the right way. It’s your way.

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destination: you only live once.

"It's better to see something once than to hear about it a thouseand times," Asian Proverb

Slip your passport into your Kate Spade handbag and soar overseas. Craving quiet? Try St. Andrews. Spicy salsa clubs? Barcelona is for you. Endless blue? Move toward the Mediterranean. Baby, you were born to roam.

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"Beauty is whatever gives joy." Edna St.Vincent Millay

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Phone cover from Society6, aviator sunglasses by Ray-Ban, cowgirl hat from Athleta

destination:enjoy the view.

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but having new eyes." Marcel Proust

Asian Proverb

Hear the call of the wild. Answer with your Ray-Ban Sunglasses—you’re headed straight for the sun. Call back with a cowgirl hat—experience, meet style. Before you come back, take one last look and make sure your iPhone is on for that next call. Wherever it may take you.

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2014

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xoxonikki Founder of skirt! Magazine

Where I find the magic:

Uppercase is a quarterly magazine aimed at “the creative and curious”

I want to know how the

and filled with eye candy.

sun looks like rising over

There’s never an issue

an African plain. How the

without something to

rain sounds on an English

inspire me or make me sigh

moor. How the thyme-

or make me want to try.

and sun-scented hills of

“We are homesick most for the places we have never

I only wish it were

Greece smell on a summer

published more often.

afternoon. Home is never enough for me, and yet home is a haven I hate to leave. Maybe I’ll never take

this month I am loving~

the Trans-Siberian Railway, but my imagination has a ticket to ride.

known.” Carson McCullers

May days

Treating Myself To Citrusy pamplemousse skin cream

BIKING TO STARBUCKS, FOLDABLE WELLIES, COLD PINK ZIN

will find me:

...And the hot new single “Seasons” by Future Islands.

Trying

My new French press

Painting One bedroom wall dirty pink.

Wearing “Kickass Kentuckian” tee on May 3rd Turning Up the Heat With Bacchanal Pepper Sauce

Worship each moon as if it's the first you've seen.

Anticipating Lucinda Williams at Spoleto

may

My boots are constantly itching to find the perfect place to live. Like Goldilocks, I’m always looking for “just right.” A place I’d recognize instantly, where I’d feel at home in my body, at peace in my soul, at one with the landscape. It’s not that I think my life would be better elsewhere, but that I’d finally belong somewhere. But this yearning seems to me innately human. Aren’t we always scanning the horizon, straining to catch a glimpse of heaven? When it’s probably the ground under our feet and the people we carry in our hearts, no matter where we are. Follow Nikki’s blog at fridaville.com. 34  may

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