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May 28, 2014

Blog Posts Come To Life: The Holstee Manifesto


A funny thing happened at NY NOW this winter.  As I cruised aisles of 2800 exhibitors at this mega design trade show (formerly the New York Gift Fair) a booth display caught my eye. Something seemed familiar about the racks of letterpress cards.  Yet I could not really say what.  So I stepped in and began chatting with the exhibitor, who turned out to be one of the founders.  Still no reason why I would know Holstee, a "Brooklyn-based design studio offering sustainably made posters, cards, and frames that inspire people to live mindfully."  We had a nice chat, I turned to go and Fabian handed me a card with this printed on it:

The Holstee Manifesto.

The very same manifesto I wrote about on this blog in September 2010.  The very same one that sat framed on my desk for years afterward, which I still look at often to remind myself of the kind of life I want to live.  The very same one that took me months of backtracking through the blogosphere to finally track down the original source.

There he stood in front of me, co-creator of the most inspirational poster ever:  a blog post come to life.

The Holstee Manifesto, created in 2009 by Dave, Mike and Fabian / designed by Rachael Beresh, has since been turned into a video and shared countless times on social media.  It is available from Holstee as a poster or card.

This post is second in a Now & Then series highlighting what has happened to people and projects since appearing on Style Maniac over the last five years.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love the Manifesto, it certainly says it all. I know you enjoyed the show. When I had the doll shop, I use to go to the gift show. Keep up the good blog. Waiting for your book.
Elizabeth

Lee Romano Sequeira said...

Love this! How often we (I) forget to live it. Life is simple...we just have to remember what really counts. Thank you for the reminder ;)

Kristy Harvey said...

Oh my goodness, Doreen! How amazing! I also love, love, love this manifesto and had it on my desk. Come to think of it, I probably found it on your blog! Thanks for sharing. xo Kristy

Style Maniac said...

Agreed!

Style Maniac said...

Yes, you did! It was also the post you and Beth featured when you gave me the Stylish Blogger Award. (Thanks again for that -- very sweet.)

Style Maniac said...

Working on that book, Aunt Elizabeth. Thank you for the continued encouragement. xoxo

Heather Lindstrom said...

What a fun story Doreen! The manifesto is inspiring. I want to read more of your series. I just read one of my early blog posts-maybe post 3-from 2012 and I thanked you and Shelly from Lush for being supportive of my blog. Isn't that fun? I had two followers at that point. Thank you for the support and inspiration. Happy weekend!
xx, Heather

Style Maniac said...

How sweet, Heather. Glad I was one of the first to know about your great blog! We've come a long way, haven't we? Here's to all the great things to come ...

'LUSH' said...

Doreen, I don't know how I missed the first post regarding this manifesto. It's just what I needed today, and everyday. Isn't it the best feeling to meet someone who has made a difference in your life, whether big or small? I was going through my blog roll, and stopping by all those blogs that have made a difference in my life. Naturally, yours is one. And, I'm tickled that Heather, Stylemindchic, had commented for the same reason on another day. "Great minds................". Have a beautiful week. xo

Style Maniac said...

It's blog friends like you, Shelly, that make blogging so very special. Thank you for the kind note and for always giving such wonderful support and feedback. And yes, the trio of us commenting on each other's blogs is so special. Chic minds think alike!