if you’re headed to bonnaroo and have the time, try and set aside a day or two (preferably pre-festival so you’re not completely worn out) to explore the city of nashville. the self proclaimed “music city” and birthplace of country music is home to the ryman auditorium (the “mother church of country music”) and a lively bar scene where you can listen to live music any day of the week. broadway and printer’s alley are lined with honky tonks (what they call the bars that also serve as music venues) and just walking down the street the sound of guitar and country music twang will entice you to step inside. at bars like robert’s western world and legends corner you can feel the ghost’s of past musicians in the creaky wooden floors and beat up cowboy boots that line the walls. it is easy to lose an entire day wandering from bar to bar and listening to music – plus a lot of the bands will take requests! i had a fun time trying to get one band to play some stones and the only song they knew was “honky tonk women”. shocking :)
stay tuned for a post on the awesome vintage shopping scene in nashville!
free people highland park is turning one! they’ll be celebrating all weekend long with refreshments and live music from their very own janelle kroll on saturday from 12 – 5pm. plus all weekend customers can enter a raffle to win a personal styling session at the store to be featured right here on the blog!
our suburban square store is having a sidewalk sale starting today through sunday! suburban square is a really cute outdoor shopping spot in the suburbs outside of philly. if you’re in the area, stop by our store and cool off with some lemonade and cookies! they have some really great new summer merchandise and markdowns to take advantage of as well :)
last week i told you all about the trip fp jemma and i took to NYC for the day to visit some of our stores. well we had a small window of free time before our train back to philly so we hit williamsburg in brooklyn for a quick shopping session at stella dallas. this was my first time visiting the vintage store and i could have spent all day browsing the racks and rummaging through boxes in search of antique treasures. i love the smell of vintage stores…like your grandparents attic mixed with an old library of yellowed, crackling books. you always know you’re going to find something special and what that find will be is the mystery.
here are some photos from our shopping excursion…
what was my big find? i was absolutely smitten with the vintage rock tees hanging all over the store- so it broke my heart a little when i saw the sign saying they were part of the owner’s private collection and not for sale…. until I found a rack in the back with a sweet pink floyd t-shirt that i grabbed and would not let go of!
here’s another tip – follow up a day of vintage shopping with food and drinks at blackbird – a charming little corner spot on bedford ave that i would love to spend hours in, reading a book and people watching. it’s got a great atmosphere with wooden shelves lined with books and an old wooden bar full of character.
one of our readers, annaliese, emailed me a little while back about a sculpture she had created that she wanted to share. she didn’t send any photos but her description was enough to peak my curiosity. i asked her to send along some photos as well, and here they are! read on for the description of the sculpture in her words…
“i made a tree branch grow forth from inside of an unwanted book, bringing life to the pages whose words have been forgotten, left in a charity shop where its bright green cover with a black silhouette of a forest and frolicking rabbits dancing about the undergrowth caught my gaze and sparked my imagination. within the grasp of the branch i made a nest from lines of text that i built up to become a home for a family of birds. above the nest the last bird is flying the nest, facing the time of flight or fall, beating its wings against the invisible air to reach that open sky its desperate gaze is locked onto, leaving behind an empty nest where a single feather lays, lingering like a memory, a remnant of the past.
the book is called “the forest lovers” and was the only material used for this sculpture with glue to bind its former flat pages together.”
what a beautiful description and sculpture! thanks so much for sharing, annaliese.
first of all thank you so much to everyone who participated in our boho mom contest! we got some amazing submissions which made it extremely difficult to select a winner, but we held a vote and the grand prize and runner up have been selected!
our grand prize winner, who gets the awesome prize of having their mom’s outfit recreated by free people, was submitted by heather:
and our runner up, who gets a $100 gift card, was submitted by india:
it’s a new month and it’s time for a new book club selection! for this selection we went with something that is very different from our last two, but similar in its messages about freedom and happiness. the book is called “succulent wild woman” by sark, and was recommended by a fp girl here at the home office who told us she has given the book to all of her girlfriends because it is so full of positive inspiration. plus, it’s a nice change since our last book (the perks of being a wallflower) focused on a male character and was written from a male perspective. if you’re not familiar with sark, check out her website here.
we’ll give you all some time to check out the book and start reading, and then i’ll be posting images, quotes and inspiring passages from the book in the coming weeks. hope you enjoy!
ten days till bonnaroo! i can’t believe it’s already almost here…myself and fp jemma, along with a couple of other fp girls, will be heading to tennessee to soak up the festival atmosphere, listen to some great music and scope out the fashion down on the farm :) stay tuned for many more posts as we prepare for our trip, and live blogging from the festival!