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The First Ever BLDG 25 Blog Love Awards: Call For Nominees!

This Saturday is a very special day… it’s the blog’s 7th birthday! To celebrate we wanted to do something fun and different this year, and we are so excited to announce the launch of the first ever BLDG 25 Blog Love Awards!  Every day we are inspired by the creativity that we see all around us on the web, on instagram, on Pinterest, and in our day to day lives, and we want to honor our most-loved of the year. We’ve narrowed it down to the following categories and now we need your help! Starting today please send us submissions for nominees in any of the categories below.

You can send us your submissions one of the following ways:

– leave a comment on this post, including a link to where we can read more about the nominee

– email to share a story or image

– tweet @freepeople and be sure to include the hashtag #FPloveawards

– post an instagram and tag @freepeople and include the hashtag #FPloveawards

bldg 25 blog love awards

On Monday October 28th a Free People committee will narrow the submissions down to 3 finalists for each category.  These will then be posted on the blog the following week, and we will have a 2-week period of voting!

We can’t wait to see your submissions!


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preeti -October 14, 2013, 10:02AM

Love the categories! I cannot stop listening to Wild Belle at the moment, love their music. And Heart Throb has to be Simon Baker!

Claudia -October 14, 2013, 10:30AM

oh for the Namaste category, Kendra French is not only an amazing yoga instructor, but her classes heal my soul, and re-energizes me for days ahead. She is beautiful inside and out! Her instagram is Kendra_yoga

Taylor -October 14, 2013, 11:16AM

Very cool! I can’t wait to see who wins!!

Cheyenne -October 14, 2013, 11:37AM

Really cool idea! These are all so creative categories, love them.

Katrina -October 14, 2013, 11:58AM

Happy Monday! Check out the website I posted this designer is awesome and unique!!

Katrina -October 14, 2013, 12:00PM
Allison Courtney -October 14, 2013, 12:10PM

Trail Blazer category: I’d like to nominate Mack Mars of Soulmakesjewelry. More info at

Jenn -October 14, 2013, 12:14PM

MacKenzie Mars (Anderson) for trailblazer. Quit her full time job to pursue her passion of making jewelry, fearless!

Nicole -October 14, 2013, 12:31PM

Amanda Rose
Category: Trailblazer
About Amanda: Teacher in NYC, developer of plant-based & gluten-free Italian/global recipes, and food blogger for Modavanti (

Desirae Zentz -October 14, 2013, 12:32PM

MacK Mars of SoulMakes (, is the definition of a Trailblazing Woman. She is a woman of strength. Over coming any and many an obstacle life may throw her way. She inspires the world with her light and passion. Going against the grain and pursuing the dreams of her soul and doing it with Grace and Gut. Anything SoulMakes creates is Beautiful, but what makes it even more exquisite is the story and Love behind EVERY piece. FP is a huge source of inspiration for MacK Mars, she supports you greatly, I think it’d be amazing if you did the same!!!

Anonymous -October 14, 2013, 12:40PM

Trailblazer: Maura Grace Ambrose

Kaitlin -October 14, 2013, 12:43PM

Done! Just posted all my nominees on twitter :)

Bita -October 14, 2013, 12:48PM

I think MacK Mars of SoulMakes deserves a nomination for Trail Blazer! Her creativity and overall spirit are inspiring and lovely. Her blog:

Lucille -October 14, 2013, 12:56PM

For Trail Blazer, I nominate Andrea Crouse of Gaia Conceptions.

My -October 14, 2013, 12:58PM

This girl is killing it with her new blog. She is a ‘doer’ by nature, and loves to share her experiences, adventures and travels with everyone she loves in a hilarious, well- written way. Her photos are pretty amazing as well. Check her out:
@thetorontoniangirl on instagram

My -October 14, 2013, 12:58PM

The above post is for the category of trailblazer !

Catherine C -October 14, 2013, 1:00PM

For Namaste I nominate Danielle Snoddy who opened my heart and mind to the beautiful world of yoga. Along with myself she has brought yoga to our small town in Florence, AL. The studio started with 10 and now has hundreds of “regulars”.

amanda -October 14, 2013, 2:04PM

Rachel Brathen for Namaste. Instagram name : Yoga_girl
She is the most positive person I’ve ever come across on Instagram.
Her kind words remind me to enjoy and to be grateful for every breathing moment we have.

McKenna Bulloch -October 14, 2013, 2:10PM

Me and my friend recently started a teen style blog and Instagram. We focus on giving other girls inspiration and letting them know that if they have self confidence they can wear anything and they can rock it! I style girls with the clothes that I have from my closet and my friend photographs them in cool places we see around Orange County. We try our best to be an example of easy ways to look good but also look modest and without trying to show off to much of the girls bodies. Our Instagram is @m_e_r_a_ and our blog is We chose the name mera because it is our first name and middle initial in one. Here are a few shots we took just recently. We hope to inspire many other girls and be a FP trendsetter

Kayleigh -October 14, 2013, 2:27PM

For the “Girl’s Best Friend” category, how could you resist this little face: Her name is Little Cat, probably the most cuddly cat ever, she plays fetch and she’s always there for you with purrs and love when you’re feeling down.

Lo -October 14, 2013, 2:54PM

emilie layla lovaine – Instagram @lovaine_ for trail blazer

J -October 14, 2013, 2:54PM

Emilie Layla Lovaine –
Instagram @lovaine_

Sabrina Santiago -October 14, 2013, 3:31PM as a FP Me trendsetter!
The blog incorporates both fashion and photography! From daily outfits to photographs from latest photo shoots, this blog has it all. The blog’s mission statement is: A fashion and photography blog with the Dream and Desire to Inspire others.

Hannah -October 14, 2013, 3:39PM

emilie layla lovaine – Instagram @lovaine_ for trail blazer

Karou -October 14, 2013, 3:46PM

My cousin! She’s worked so hard at her blog for the last year, and I think she’s a great person overall. She has a lifestyle blog, that just makes me smile every time I read it. She write about topics such as: fashion, beauty, and random tidbits of her life! I especially love her book recommendations!

Denysia Yu

Leonie -October 14, 2013, 3:47PM

emilie layla lovaine – Instagram @lovaine_ for trail blazer

Megan -October 14, 2013, 4:09PM

Greg Holden for the songbird category!

Rachel -October 14, 2013, 4:17PM

Emilie Layla Lovaine – – for Trail Blazer
She has such a lovely blog and I am always insanely jealous of her style and lifestyle and she really seems to be living her dream!

Dana -October 14, 2013, 5:02PM

I can´t stop listening to Chvrches. I love the voice from this girl.

Cameron -October 14, 2013, 6:01PM

Please have a look at for a worthy Trendsetter : )

Heidi -October 14, 2013, 6:13PM

Emilie is killing it with her blog!

Laura Truelove -October 14, 2013, 6:23PM

emilie layla lovaine – Instagram @lovaine_ for trail blazer

Hannah -October 14, 2013, 7:17PM

I’m nominating Rebekah Steen for “Trail Blazer.” She is a popular Blogger and Instagramer, known for her vibrant personality and lovely pictures that inspire others. You can read her blog here:

I’m nominating Laura Skykora for “Namaste.” Her instagram is filled with amazing and complex yoga moves, one could only hope to accomplish. Even her adorable family contributes in some of her posts. Her instagram:

I’m nominating Pura Vida Bracelets for “Give.” With every fashionable bracelet sold, money helps artisans in Costa Rica achieve full time jobs. Read more on their website:

Thank you!! :)

Eliza -October 14, 2013, 7:26PM
Hayli -October 14, 2013, 7:46PM

This family, especially Penny Williams, has given their heart and soul into making a difference in the lives of many teenage girls in Costa Rica. I personally spent a week there and helped with starting the home about a year ago, and so much has happened since. They deserve the G I V E award and all their work should be recognized not to bring them fame, but to benefit the thousands of girls in Costa Rica who have become child slaves. They have such beautiful souls and they are generating an income through making beautiful bracelets.

Check it out! <3

Hayli -October 14, 2013, 7:47PM

The link to the website ^^

Phyllis -October 14, 2013, 7:53PM

Must must check out: for TRAIL BLAZER Many individuals and large companies have been inspired (or influenced) by her unique artwork and photography style. Products she has featured in her beautiful landscape shots can always expect an immediate spike in sales. Love getting lost in her beautiful images from Hawaii and Seattle – it’s a MUST see.

Ryan Cook -October 14, 2013, 9:35PM

Me and my friend together created a blog called MERA. MckennaEllisRyanAshley (our first and middle names) It is our way of expressing our styles through clothing and photography. We style the girls from our on closets with clothes from popular stores, than take them to a cool/ unique location around Orange County for pictures. Each outfit has a specific look and style that matches where we take them and what style of pictures we do. Our goal is to influence girls everywhere to dress stylish and hip while being modest and appropriate. Running this blog has been so much fun for Mckenna and I and we hope to inspire others by winning FP me Trendsetter.
**Check us out on insta @m-e-r-a- or our blog

Danielle -October 14, 2013, 11:12PM

My sister Amy Marietta from Viviere Bella started a website/blog-Viviere Bella- where she shares inspirations, fashion, travel experiences and music. It has been so awesome to watch her site grow and inspire thousands of people along the way. So proud of her.

Instagram- Amy_Marietta


Aimee -October 15, 2013, 4:02AM

emilie layla lovaine – Instagram @lovaine_ for trail blazer – forever inspiring girls to be healthy and happy!

Kate -October 15, 2013, 10:23AM

GIVE – Kakenya’s Dream

This amazing Kenyan woman was engaged when she was five. She was meant to be circumcised around 11 – a tale that was true for all village girls in her area. Until she said no. She was determined to get an education and negotiated with her father and village elders to let her go to school. And go to school she did. After getting her Doctorate in Education, she started a school for girls in her village where girls receive free education if their parents make similar promises not to force their daughters into circumcision or marriage. This woman is INCREDIBLE. She has even been named one of CNN’s top ten heroes this year. Just writing this made me want to donate more! Kakenya is a woman who has dedicated her life to giving girls the chance to be free women, free people. What could be more fitting?

Stephanie -October 15, 2013, 10:26AM

It’d be an honor to nominate MackMars from Soulmakes for the Trailblazer category. Someone who never gave up on following their dream, Mackenzie makes some of the most unique and amazing pieces I have yet to see.
On top of making gorgeous jewelry she also has an inspirational and beautifully-written blog that I read on the regular. @soulmakesjewelry is also one of my favs to follow on Instagram. Free People has been such a huge inspiration to MackMars it would be super cool to see her win this!!!!! =)

For more info go to

For more info visit

Kegan -October 15, 2013, 10:47AM

One of my favorite young photographers, and personal best friend- Caitlin Kelleghar (for the trendsetter category!). She’s built her own photography business and is inspired by lots of Free People styles. Check out her Instagram at cdubbs7 and her website at She also has the most adorable husky pup named bay who will steal your heart in all his photos!:)

Xo, Kegan!

Kegan -October 15, 2013, 11:21AM

One of my favorite young photographers, and personal best friend- Caitlin Kellagher (for the trendsetter category!). She’s built her own photography business and is inspired by lots of Free People styles. Check out her Instagram at cdubbs7 and her website at She also has the most adorable husky pup named bay who will steal your heart in all his photos!:)

Xo, Kegan!

Madisyn -October 15, 2013, 11:51AM

I started a blog this year after my FPMe visit at the Home Offices! Would love to be the FPME Trendsetter! Check out my blog here:
Instagram: rebekahmadisynf
FPMe: madisynfecko

-Madisyn Fecko

Nicole -October 15, 2013, 12:01PM

I nominate Mack Mars for the Trail Blazer Award; Mack is a creative genius and absolutely loves free people. She’s a trail blazer in style, in her jewelry business, in growing spiritually and she’s getting married this May (blazing the trail for the rest of us ladies!) I couldn’t think of anyone more fitting than Mack for the Trail Blazer. Check her out!!

barb -October 15, 2013, 1:19PM
Bre -October 15, 2013, 2:12PM

I nominate The Skinny Confidential for the Trail Blazer Award. Her blog is completely different than anything I’ve ever seen and she is SO funny. She also talks about Free People all the time. I’ve been reading her blog for two years and she’s so consistent, relatable, and is a stand out blogger.

Leah -October 15, 2013, 2:52PM

I nominate Goldfish Kiss for the Wanderer category:

jessi -October 15, 2013, 3:34PM

can we submit photos of our own animals for the girls best friend category?! if so my dog daisy will definitely win:)

jessi -October 15, 2013, 3:39PM

heart throb: JAMES FRANCO.

jessi -October 15, 2013, 3:42PM

give: WWF- word wildlife fund does AMAZING things to save endangered species including plants, animals, and habitats
as well as another organization dedicated to conserving and preserving animals

Kristen -October 15, 2013, 4:13PM

Surfing ruined my life. Last September I quit my corporate banking job, packed up my apartment, and moved to Costa Rica to work for Mr. Endless Summer and surf legend, Robert August. As a gal that never leaves home without her camera, I routinely find myself in these “moments” that make me stop in my tracks and smile…only letting a few seconds pass before I reach deep into my bottomless surf bag to grab my trusty camera. To say the least, I have amassed quite the library of Costa Rican sunsets and local wildlife.

Three months ago I started bringing my vision to life and I have hand selected the best shots from my photographs and then added whimsical quotes to create beautiful and unique postcard keepsakes, all inspired by the beauty of Costa Rica. Better yet, these gems are printed on recycled paper and have a beautiful matte finish, perfect for jotting down a note to a loved one. It is my goal to create and share these unique postcards with y’all, and it was quite the challenge to further narrow down the best shot from my line of postcards. After consulting with some friends, I hope the link to the photograph makes you smile and takes your breath away at the same time, like it does to me every time I see it.

Blakelee Bartik -October 15, 2013, 4:20PM

Moon Taxi for Song Bird. Check them out- promise they won’t disappoint!

Lexie -October 15, 2013, 5:27PM

For Trail Blazer I nominate my absolute favorite!
For the FP Trendsetter I nominate

Kaitlyn -October 15, 2013, 5:33PM

Trail Blazer award

chari -October 15, 2013, 6:58PM


Nicola -October 15, 2013, 7:37PM

I nominate Rebekah Steen and her blog: for the category “Trail Blazer”. She is a kick-ass female who inspires the lives of readers all around the world! ~ Aloha XoXo

Nicola -October 15, 2013, 7:37PM

I nominate Rebekah Steen and her blog: for the category “Trail Blazer”. She is a kick-ass female who inspires the lives of readers all around the world! ~ Aloha XoXo

Kayla -October 15, 2013, 7:38PM
Sis -October 15, 2013, 7:38PM

nice idea… heart throb: Zac Efron

Jessica -October 15, 2013, 9:28PM

Songbird Nomination – Earth Rising
“What you’ll get here is Rachel Delgado’s weirdly calming, Portishead-ish, ’90s alt-vocals, stirred into a rhythm section that does anything from psychedelic to country to Latin to drum ’n’ bass-rooted percussion, all to a degree of intensely flexible comfort, more jammy than closely regimented, and just the right amount of cutesy.” – Max Plenke, Las Vegas CityLife (1/16/13) – See more at:

Kelby -October 15, 2013, 9:32PM

Best blog for pictures, nature, fashion, fitness and life dreams!!

Mira -October 16, 2013, 1:54AM

Inspired Soul, a new lifestyle blog full of inspiration, pics, fitness and health tips, and much more

Jennifer B -October 16, 2013, 9:29AM

MACKENZIE!!! She’s so creative and brillant. She’s fearless for quitting her job and following her dream of making jewlery. She’s definately a Trail Blazer.

Ayesha -October 16, 2013, 11:32AM

I am nominating Lasse Larsen. Maybe he looks familiar from a TV show, commercial, or modeling gig. Yes it’s obvious he is way easy on the eyes! But let me inform you of a few things that may not be so obvious. He has now dedicated his life to spreading his message about health, spirituality, and mindful living to the masses. He is the founder and creator of My Vegan Journey and his non profit called The Sexiest Non Profit Ever. My Vegan Journey is a coaching program he created after being a vegan for over a decade. He saw so many incredible changes within himself that he wanted to share his knowledge and wisdom. He picks 3 new scholarships every ninety days and coaches newbies through the rigors and triumphs of a plant based diet at no cost. I am a proud graduate of the first class and the changes I experienced are still hard to believe. His mission is the same with TSNPE and he wants the world to see healthy as the new sexy. And that’s not all. He has traveled all over the world and studied with yogis, gurus, and other enlightened souls. So he has a very unique approach to making big changes in life. He is talented, handsome, kind, and wants to be a part of making the world a better place. I feel his unique perspective, travels, and experiences would make him an excellent man for the men we love. I hope you will consider him.

Abbagail Jewel -October 16, 2013, 12:21PM

For the trailblazer category, I am nominating:

Jess Ainscough from


Emilie Archer from

Both for there bravery, kindness & spirituality. They are amazing examples of following thier passion, every young woman should look up to these woman as they are shining examples in the blog world.

Randy -October 16, 2013, 1:22PM

In the Trail Blazer category I nominate Nicole Gargasz for her witty beach blog, .
She inspires people to live a fun carefree life by enjoying the beach and everything there is to offer. She gives tips to eating healthy, staying in shape along with the latest trends in style.

Jon -October 16, 2013, 1:55PM

surfer and fitness inspiration Emilie Layla Lovaine.
check out a interview with her here

sam -October 16, 2013, 1:58PM

trail blazer – Emilie Layla Lovaine or aka LOVAINE.
such a cool photographer! she is so creative. check out her video here of a photoshoot

Ashleigh -October 16, 2013, 2:03PM

For the “Girl’s Best Friend” category, I nominate Piper:
She’s literally always by my side (at work, when I’m driving, even in the shower…weird much?) and she’s the best little girl friend I could ever ask for! :)

Hayli -October 16, 2013, 2:38PM

I am nominating my beautiful friend Katey Sullivan for the Song Bird award.
She is truly an inspiration through her music, art, and her positive disposition. Her music is all original and I think deserves to be recognized!

Check it out :)

Tajuana -October 16, 2013, 2:50PM

Please take a look @

Sondra -October 16, 2013, 3:44PM

For the wanderer category you should check out Alex Behn! She’s an amazing yogi and takes the most beautiful nature photos. She has a beautiful soul and her blog is filled with nature and natural healthcare! I love following her blog –


janai -October 16, 2013, 5:37PM

Devendra Banhart!!! He has to win the Heartthrob category!! He is from Venezuela, born in Texas, and is going to marry a Serbian photographer/artist. He speaks Spanish, sings in Spanish, English, German, and OH MY GOD HE JUST HAS TO WIN.

IRENE -October 16, 2013, 9:01PM


Laney -October 16, 2013, 9:17PM

This blog has gotten me through so much, is started by my two role models, Teresa Palmer and Phoebe Tonkin, and continues to inspire me daily!! My favorite community health blog.

Anonymous -October 16, 2013, 9:34PM

Songbird: Wilderness Crew
From my home town on the Sunshine Coast, this band is upbeat, fun, and has a passion for loving life and going with the flow.

Stephanie Mathews-Smith -October 16, 2013, 9:35PM

Songbird: Wilderness Crew
From my home town on the Sunshine Coast, this band is upbeat, fun, and has a passion for loving life and going with the flow.

Source: The First Ever BLDG 25 Blog Love Awards: Call For Nominees! | Free People Blog

Anonymous -October 17, 2013, 2:19AM

This girl takes amazing photos!!!! CHECK HER TUMBLR OUT!!! She really deserves to win!

Emily -October 17, 2013, 9:15AM

Alex Behn – @alexbehn on Instagram for wanderer! She takes beautiful photos and is a yogi :) Her blog is awesome as well I’ve been following her for a while and i love her posts!

Holly -October 17, 2013, 9:48AM

Just found out my sister nominated me for the wanderer category! About to travel Australia & Feeling so loved! :)

photographer –

Dimi -October 17, 2013, 12:20PM

I would vote for my best half, Deborah from ” In Whirl of Inspiration” for the Trail Blazer Award, because she deserves it. She really does. Such a passion and great photos are a rare combo for me!

Here she is: Go girl!

Heather Roma -October 17, 2013, 12:30PM

My fave blogger of all time is @bikinislayer. The name says it all. This girl slays the sickest bikinis

Dimi -October 17, 2013, 12:44PM

Ooops I wanted to vote for FP ME TRENDSETTER for In Whirl of Inspiration. Sorry

Carolina -October 17, 2013, 12:50PM

This is such a sweet idea. I can’t wait to see the winners :)

Gio -October 17, 2013, 2:40PM

Such an amazing blog! Worth to take a look and of course to be the winner for Fp me trendsetter :) Good luck Deborah

Anonymous -October 17, 2013, 2:48PM

Love to read it!

Anonymous -October 17, 2013, 2:49PM
Mola mola -October 17, 2013, 3:15PM

Art – Crafts – Food – Travels with a touch of science. All in one. It’s Deborah bitches.

Cheetah -October 17, 2013, 3:18PM

Because she’ll become famous and then I’ll get to be friends with a celebrity. FUCK YEAH

Sabrina the teenage witch -October 17, 2013, 3:22PM

She feed me today. Vote for Deborah, so that she wins, gets rich and feeds me on a daily basis. Vote for so I will never be hungry anymore

Maro -October 17, 2013, 3:30PM

Vote for that chick, because more people have to find out!

Vivian -October 17, 2013, 3:37PM

I vote for Deborah from for the FP me trendsetter award, she is the best !!!!

Plousia -October 17, 2013, 3:47PM

She is fabulous. vote for her for the ‘Fp me Trendsetter’ and i will take you with me to the lovely Kardamyla.

Marilena -October 17, 2013, 3:55PM

Vote for the most cheerful and colorful blog ever with great photos,recipes,tips and much more from Deborah!!!!

Marilena -October 17, 2013, 3:57PM

Deborah for the “Fp me Trendsetter”!!!!

Callie -October 17, 2013, 4:02PM

Dana Marie for Nameste. She is an amazing yoga instructor and a huge inspiration to live life fit, calm and confident!!:)

Callie -October 17, 2013, 4:02PM
Plousia -October 17, 2013, 4:37PM

I vote In Whirl of Inspiration for the Fp me trendsetter nomination, forgot to mention

mary -October 17, 2013, 4:37PM
Maro -October 17, 2013, 4:39PM

In Whirl of Inspiration for the Trendsetter category, sorry for the 2 massages but I misunderstood .

mary -October 17, 2013, 4:40PM
i vote for it , it’s the beeest !

Lemonia -October 17, 2013, 4:44PM

the amazing for the “Fp me trendsetter” award! I love the variety,the colorful images and the wonderful perspsective of this blog! go, Deborah

Claire -October 17, 2013, 5:08PM

The Grey Colt is the perfect hideaway! so much fun, funky stuff!

Bugsy -October 17, 2013, 5:47PM

Duh! For Trail Blazer it MUST be MacK Mars from SoulMakes! She is the most beautiful lady with the kindest soul. Her journey through life has been nothing short of a true inspiration. Getting a glimpse at the world through her eyes is always a treat.

Aristea -October 17, 2013, 5:49PM

I vote the amazing for the Trendsetter award!!!!

Kaith Ntirintaoua -October 17, 2013, 7:15PM

of course for the “Fp me trendsetter”. It is sick gurlzzz. It taught me how to dress and how to be sooo cool

Christina -October 17, 2013, 8:14PM

I vote for the “Fp me trendsetter” because it has style and a unique overlook!

Nefely -October 17, 2013, 8:18PM

I vote In Whirl of Inspiration for the Fp me trendsetter nomination! Deborah is the best and her blog represents perfectly her vivid personality and her extraordinary imagination!! Work it Guuuurl!

Dana -October 17, 2013, 11:09PM

Alex Behn for wanderer! She’s my roommate and awesome and she takes really great photos. She’s also an amazing artist!

Check out her blog and Instagram please she loves Free People more than anything haha

Cait` -October 18, 2013, 12:53AM

I want to nominate MacK Mars from for the trailblazer award!! She makes BEAUTIFUL bohemian jewelry and uses her amazing artistic talents in every single aspect of her website and jewelry designs. At 24 (two years my junior) she is my role model and the biggest inspiration in my life. Help me get her the trailblazer award so she can change more lives with beauty!!

Klairy -October 18, 2013, 4:03AM

I may not have met her in real life, but I read her blog for the longest time and I really feel her like a friend of mine. She is so funny and when she brings up her awesome cynism or her inspirational idea or the delicious meals, I have such a great time at her place. I hope really that she will win because she does deserve it, that girl has a star for sure!! So for the “Fp me trendsetter” nomination. Fingers crossed :D

Midori -October 18, 2013, 4:45AM

Love this awards! My songbird is the band THE LAST 3 LINES from Barcelona. They have their own unique and amazing style and have just release a new EP 100% worth listening to! I will be enough happy if some of you, freepeople people and followers, would just take the time to listen to them! That would make me happier that anything else! Keep doing like you do with this super cool blog!
Enjoy The Last 3 Lines here: and
watch their music video here:
lots of love

Ian -October 18, 2013, 7:44AM

I want to nominate This site is witty, informative, and a pleasure to read. Truly awesome. Would love to one day meet the blogger herself.

Marybeth -October 18, 2013, 9:06AM

I would like to nominate for Trail Blazer! The site is so cute and fun just like the blogger herself! Makes me want to run to the beach every time I read it. Great ideas, inspirational and super creative.

Adrienne -October 18, 2013, 9:29AM

Category: trailblazer is the blog. Nicole Gargasz is the girl! Shes an engineer and entrepreneur, with a passion for all things beach. I highly recommend her for this category.

Lauren -October 18, 2013, 9:39AM

I too want to nominate the Bikini Slayer blog for the trailblazer award. The Bikini Slayer (aka Nicole) has found a unique niche in which to share her love for all things beach. In a world where it seems like everything has already been done, she has shown through experience that her opinion matters, made her voice heard and people can’t help but want to hear it. It’s quite inspirational I tell ya!

Nancy -October 18, 2013, 9:51AM

I nominate BIKINI SLAYER for the Trail Blazer award. I love this blog! All things beach and bikinis!!!

Lizette -October 18, 2013, 9:53AM

I’d like to nominate for the Trailblazer award. Her blog is fun, trendy, and stands out from every other blog!

Alex -October 18, 2013, 10:04AM

I’d like to nominate a beach loving, bikini slaying babe, Nicole C. Gargasz of Her blog is awesome and as a native of the shark bite capital of the world, she knows what she’s talking about.

Connie -October 18, 2013, 10:11AM

Hands Down! For the trail blazer category, Nicole Gargaz. She is a true inspiration to all who know her. She has proven what following your passions and hard work can do, you can conquer the world. Go Bikini Slayer!

Linda -October 18, 2013, 10:15AM

I would like to nominate the beautiful bombshell, Nicole Gargasz for the trail blazer category! Not only does she have an amazing blog about hot, hot, HOT bikinis! But she’s a total beach lover who is passionate about her blog! Who doesn’t love the beach, sand, and hot bikinis? She’s a complete inspiration! Bikini slayer for the trail blazer nomination!!


Lee -October 18, 2013, 10:17AM

Please check out A friend started this blog and it is growing like crazy!!

Francesca peel -October 18, 2013, 12:11PM

Nicole Gargasz from Bikini Slayer gets my vote!

Melissa TALTON -October 18, 2013, 1:00PM

In the Trail Blazer category I nominate Nicole Gargasz for her witty beach blog, .
She inspires people to live a fun carefree life by enjoying the beach and everything there is to offer. She gives tips to eating healthy, staying in shape along with the latest trends in style.

Lin -October 18, 2013, 1:27PM

In the Trail Blazer category I would like to nominate Nicole Gargasz with her amazing blog, !!! Loving all her insight on hot bikinis. For those who have not been to her beach blog check it out! Nicole is a great, loyal friend! She is a hard working engineer who loves nothing more than the beach! As she says, LIFE IS BETTER IN A BIKINI :)

Christin -October 18, 2013, 2:43PM

I want to nominate Nicole Gargasz for her awesome blog bikini slayer. She is awesome and has a great since of fashion. Check out her bikini blog :)

maria -October 18, 2013, 3:10PM

vote for for the “Fp me trendsetter” category cause it’s awesome and truly inspiring!love her photos and posts!more people should check it out. you are the best! good luck girl :)

jamie -October 18, 2013, 7:37PM

Hii :) please can I vote for Emilie!
(@lovaine_ on instaa)

Emilie Layla Lovaine. She inspires me to do more, try everything and i’m sure she would do the same for lots of girls like mee! She is a musician, I’ve watched her on youtube for years, followed her photography, brought the magazines her work has been published in, followed her career. I’m proud of her and I only know her over the internet!!

This video is the best way to show you why she deserves it :) creative, happy and passionate !

Emilie Layla Lovainee for TRAIL BLAZER!! <3 <3 <3

Anonymous -October 18, 2013, 7:44PM

I would like to vote for BikiniSlayer THE best bikini blog!!! LOVE!

She’s definitely a Trail Blazer!

Rosanna -October 18, 2013, 9:37PM

Rebekah Steen of for “Trail Blazer”! Her blog accessible, creative, while keeping it funky-fresh! Always gets me inspired :)

Nicola -October 19, 2013, 2:00AM

I nominate Rebekah Steen and her blog: for the category “Trail Blazer”. She is a kick-ass female who inspires the lives of readers all around the world! Much Aloha XoXo

Nicola -October 19, 2013, 2:08AM

I nominate for the “GIVE” category.

“In January of 2011, two young Entrepreneurs Dale Partridge and Aaron Chavez got together with the mission of leading a generation toward generosity. With a belief that people mattered, they began a journey to change the world. On June 13th 2011, Sevenly was born. By creating weekly cause campaigns where customers could purchase products that gave $7 to a weekly charity, Sevenly successfully unlocked not only a way to crowd-fund for causes, but to drive massive social awareness as well.”

Sophie -October 19, 2013, 7:35AM

I nominate my inspiring big sister Holly for the Wanderer Love Award!

So much love for her passion with photography & travel – making friends where ever she goes and inspiring me to follow my passions too, please check out her work!
Photography/lifestyle blog –

alison -October 19, 2013, 11:39AM

In thinking what positive things I’d say about my nominee Nicole Gargasz, I was overwhelmed. Everything is positive about Nicole! She’s one of the coolest people I know. I met her years ago as one of my clients at Bloomingdale’s and through the years she’s become one of my dearest friends. She’s one of those people who radiates positive energy, and not in a fake annoying way. She pulls you in and you almost can’t help but want to be around her. She has a lust for life and enjoys most anything and everything. This positive attitude helps her be successful in everything she does: she’s in a marriage to one of her best friends, she has a plethora of friends who love her dearly and she’s a successful civil engineer. Now, she’s using her positivity for two of her other passions: bikinis and the beach. I’m proud to wear her products and promote an amazing woman. Rethinking my first two sentences, I guess now the ONLY bad thing I can say is I don’t get to hang out with Nicole as much because she’s so busy building her bikini slayer empire – adding and to the list of her successes!!! GO NICOLE! SLAY!

Jaime -October 19, 2013, 1:01PM

I want to nominate for the trail blazer award.

Sara -October 19, 2013, 3:15PM

Brynne Caleda is so deserving of the namaste award – she is a national and international instructor of yoga, namely for children and women. Her life’s work is centered on empowering and educating women and children through the practice of yoga.

Based in Hawaii, Brynne has founded: Stretch Your Imagination ( and Omolulu Yoga for Empowered Living ( She also works with Yoga Ed (

Lee Lee -October 20, 2013, 5:46AM for trail blazer xo

Lee Lee -October 20, 2013, 5:58AM

I just read all the other categories and Emilie can fit in 2 more!

She has some awesome ink! – INKED WORK OF ART

A tattoo that says ‘the ocean and I’ as she is a free surfer… i think its beautiful.

Also FP ME TREND SETTER her style really separates her from a lot of people.
Check out these photos of her

MAX -October 20, 2013, 8:53AM
Ilias -October 20, 2013, 9:02AM

I vote cause its simply da best!

Melissa -October 21, 2013, 12:41AM

Alex Behn for Wanderer!!

I follow her blog and Instagram and she’s awesome. She takes beautiful pictures and is an amazing artist and yogi. Seriously please check her out she would die if she won or was nominated!!

Marina -October 21, 2013, 5:39AM

I vote for ” In Whirl of Inspiration ” for the FP ME TRENDSETTER category because I like it very much and I think that it’s really beautiful and inspirational . Good luck ” In Whirl of Inspiration ” !!! :)

sam -October 21, 2013, 7:57AM

Emilie Layla Lovaine, @lovaine_ for trail blazer and trend setter

Dona -October 21, 2013, 1:42PM

I would vote for for the fp me trendsetter nomination cause she really deserves it. Funniest gal around

Eryca Schebler -October 21, 2013, 2:06PM

How We Give:

It’s simple, every time a Widespread item is sold a movement of kindness is created through your charitable purchase. Whether it be our apparel’s B.O.G.O. (Buy one, give one) Program; where a Widespread shirt is given to a child in need every time a Widespread shirt is sold, or through our very own Movement Bandz. Where 100% of its profits are given to specific charities. Widespread Threads even gives 15% of it’s hat proceeds to the Childrens Hospitol. Giving is good, but movements of it are great, and the unique thing about Widespread Threads is that our movement begins with you!

Eryca Schebler -October 21, 2013, 2:08PM for the Give Category

How We Give:

It’s simple, every time a Widespread item is sold a movement of kindness is created through your charitable purchase. Whether it be our apparel’s B.O.G.O. (Buy one, give one) Program; where a Widespread shirt is given to a child in need every time a Widespread shirt is sold, or through our very own Movement Bandz. Where 100% of its profits are given to specific charities. Widespread Threads even gives 15% of it’s hat proceeds to the Childrens Hospital. Giving is good, but movements of it are great, and the unique thing about Widespread Threads is that our movement begins with you!

Sarah -October 21, 2013, 4:10PM

FP Me Trendsetter
Simply because I refuse to live a predictable life and nobody would have predicted that.
I can totally rock this award #ornot but at least I throw myself out there #norisknorun

Sarah -October 21, 2013, 4:31PM

that’s my blog

hope curran -October 22, 2013, 12:14AM

hey free people! You must check out FMLYBND! They are a local band from Isla Vista California. They originated from a church music group and have made it big- opening for the US Vans Surf Open! here’s there link…. you’ll fall in love. Braelyn, the vocalist is a total inspirer and is so fashion forward

Andrew -October 22, 2013, 8:46AM

Holly Emery – Wanderer

For following her photography passion by never leaving the camera at home! Seriously, I cant get it off her.
She is also a surfer in training, soon to be travelling Oz, and one of the most genuinely nice people I have ever had the pleasure to meet.

Jess -October 22, 2013, 9:30AM

Deborah from In Whirl of Inspiration ( ) for Fp me trendsetter

Awesome style, she says she is a biologist but she should be a food photographer for sure, funniest blogger around and seriously she is the best. BOOM! Rock it girl

Joy -October 22, 2013, 11:19AM

An amazing new blog that follows the adventures of a gypsetter and brings the world closer to her readers.

LeeLee -October 22, 2013, 6:16PM

In Whirl of inspiration ( ) for fp me trendsetter for being a totally cool girl. Her site is truly something special out there among tons of new blogs everyday. She deserves a spot in the sunlight. :)

Debra -October 22, 2013, 8:33PM for fp me trendsetter

She is the best. vote for her

Kim -October 23, 2013, 4:29PM

Emilie Layla Lovaine for trail blazer

Jacquelene -October 24, 2013, 10:39AM


Why? For living an inspiring and adventurous life while working in human rights. Most recently returning from Ghana after working on a book with an anti-slavery organization.

Bikini Slayer Fan -October 25, 2013, 11:35AM

Huge fan of Bikini Slayer!
I nominate Nicole Gargasz, a.k.a. Bikini Slayer, for the Trail Blazer category.
She has a passion for everything beachy and started a blog to express her love for the beach, sun, surf, showing healthy skin, body and mind and embracing life’s creativity. The blog inspired her to become an entrepreneur and follow her dreams of having an online beachy boutique, which is launching soon!
t @bikinislayer
fb /bikinislayer
insta /bikinislayer

Sammy -October 25, 2013, 5:15PM

I would like to vote for Lovaine blog.
Emilie Layla Lovaine for Trail Blazer and Trend setter x

Ashli -October 26, 2013, 6:33AM

Love love love debbie’s In whirl of Inspiration ( )

I had the opportunity working with her too and apart from being super funny and inspirational, she ended very professional too. She does it all and she does it really well!

(for fp me trendsetter)

Alex -October 26, 2013, 3:43PM

I would like to nominate Erica Mackie for the WANDERER category; the link for her photo blog is below. Gracias!

anonymous -October 26, 2013, 4:48PM

I’d like to nominate Austen Tosone for the Trail Blazer category. She is a fashion blogger and an art history major at Barnard College. She is a trailblazer because she combines all of her interests on her site and she puts together street style looks with clothes that every girl can afford! She definitely stands out in a field of today’s bloggers.

Rachel -October 26, 2013, 8:15PM

I would like to nominate Alex Behn for wanderer & trendsetter!! Check out her photos on Instagram (@alexbehn). She takes beautiful photos and has amazing style. You can also check out her blog! She is an artist and a yogi, please consider her!!

Ruth -October 26, 2013, 9:20PM

Song Bird:
Please don’t miss the opportunity to get to know the lovely and soulful Rose Paradise. Rose is an 11 year old singer/songwriter from Stinson Beach, CA. She has been writing and recording music for about a year and her style is deeply connected to the natural world around her. She strives to write music about making a change and about the changes she sees around her. Besides music, Rose is passionate about surfing. She is working on her first EP and hopes to do some touring this summer at local California Music Festivals.
Check out some of her Free People fashion choices! She wore FP at her audition for America’s Got Talent, and for many of her open mic performances at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley.

Kat Clark -October 27, 2013, 12:31PM

I’d like to nominate Marla from for the category of trail blazer.

Chelon Rieniets -October 27, 2013, 7:09PM

TrailBlazer: Sophie Hollingsworth is a 19 year old sea captain, ballerina, and globe trotter, with a sophisticated bohemian style, who founded the nonprofit organization AquaAid International (at the tender age of 17) to establish sustainable sources of potable water and basic sanitation in rural Nicaragua. Check out her website at

Emma Hollingsworth -October 27, 2013, 9:22PM

I would like to nominate AquaAid International for the ‘Give’ category. AquaAid’s founder is a college student showing young girls around the world that one person can change the world. AquaAid educates local children about hand washing and sanitation practices while working with communities to develop sources of safe drinking water.

whitney -October 28, 2013, 3:16PM

I would nominate Claire Boucher, better known as grimes for the song bird award.

Rochelle -October 30, 2013, 5:03AM

You should consider Jen Sundeen for the Namaste award. She is a wonderful yoga teacher whose impact on our community is extraordinary. you can learn more about her and the various events she creates on her facebook page: and additionally you can get a sense of her style and ongoing programs from her website :

claudia mazzotta -November 5, 2013, 9:20PM

for the trail blazer l would love to nominate Paris Gerrard http/
I think she is inspiring thought provoking and innovative. She makes me smile, makes my heart sing and my mind contemplate the uncontemplatable .

Marielvia -November 6, 2013, 5:10AM

Rachel Brathen for Namaste. Instagram name : Yoga_girl

Source: The First Ever BLDG 25 Blog Love Awards: Call For Nominees! | Free People Blog

Marielvia -November 6, 2013, 5:12AM

Rachel Brathen for Namaste. Instagram name :

Amber -April 5, 2015, 11:17AM

City Style and Living The Editors Notebook Travel and Style Blog:
Insta: @citystylemag

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