FREE SPIRIT

Don your leather, fringe or Pendleton jackets break routine for a while, exercise the free spirit inside you to dare to be a bit spontaneous and entirely fearless. For a little inspiration, we can look to our female pop culture icons, real and fictional!

Patti Smith has been long hailed as the original romanticized free spirit. Arriving to New York fresh out of college with next to no money to her name, Patti hustled her way through the city’s underground art scene and socialized with familiar faces such as Andy Warhol and Allen Ginsberg. First a visual artist and poet, then finally becoming a punk rock icon in her 30s, Patti Smith has become a role model for many to follow their passions fearlessly, regardless of age.

Margot Tenenbaum, a character in Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums film, is an unconventional free spirit, fiercely independent, but trapped within her own emotional and marital circumstance. When I think of Margot Tenenbaum, I think short bob; kohl rimmed eyes, a giant fur jacket and secret smokes in a bathtub. She’s probably writing multiple plays, while displayed as misunderstood, creative and glamorous. Supposedly based loosely off one of J.D. Salinger’s Glass children, Margot is intelligent yet shy but simultaneously a master of her own agency.

So embrace your own free spirit, whether you are punk rocker, Patti Smith or sensitive playwright, Margot Tenenbaum, take your passions and run with it!