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 blog@freepeople.com 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!

 

Comments

  1. 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

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

  3. Amanda Rose
    Category: Trailblazer
    Blog: vegancibo.com
    About Amanda: Teacher in NYC, developer of plant-based & gluten-free Italian/global recipes, and food blogger for Modavanti (blog.modavanti.com).

  4. MacK Mars of SoulMakes (blog.soulmakes.com, http://www.soulmakes.com) 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!!!

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

  6. 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:
    http://www.thetorontonian.ca
    @thetorontoniangirl on instagram

  7. 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”.

    http://shoalsyoga.com/teachers/

  8. 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 m-e-r-a.blogspot.com. 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

  9. For the “Girl’s Best Friend” category, how could you resist this little face: http://instagram.com/p/evO3N7CKJx/. 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.

  10. 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: http://goldfishkiss.com/

    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:
    http://instagram.com/laurasykora

    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:
    https://puravidabracelets.com/

    Thank you!! :)
    Hannah

  11. 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

  12. Must must check out: http://goldfishkiss.com 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.

  13. 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 http://www.m-e-r-a.blogspot.com

  14. 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

    Website-www.vivierebella.com

    xx
    Dani

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

  16. 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?

    http://www.kakenyasdream.org/

  17. 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 blog.soulmakes.com

    For more info visit blog.soulmakes.com

  18. 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 http://www.cjkvisuals.com. She also has the most adorable husky pup named bay who will steal your heart in all his photos!:)

    Xo, Kegan!

  19. 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 http://www.cjkvisuals.com. She also has the most adorable husky pup named bay who will steal your heart in all his photos!:)

    Xo, Kegan!

  20. 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!! blog.soulmakes.com

  21. 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.

    http://www.TheSkinnyConfidential.com

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

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

  24. 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.

    http://sambatothesea.com/postcards/taste-the-sea/#main

  25. Songbird Nomination – Earth Rising
    http://www.earthrisingmusic.com
    “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: http://earthrisingmusic.com/#sthash.Eab9m6Mi.dpuf

  26. 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.

    http://www.lasselarsen.me/#/

  27. In the Trail Blazer category I nominate Nicole Gargasz for her witty beach blog, http://www.bikinislayer.com .
    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.

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

  29. 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.

  30. I vote for Deborah from inwhirlofinspiration.com for the FP me trendsetter award, she is the best !!!!

  31. In Whirl of Inspiration for the Trendsetter category, sorry for the 2 massages but I misunderstood .
    GOOD LUCK GIRL!!!

  32. 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.
    http://blog.soulmakes.com

  33. 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!

  34. I want to nominate MacK Mars from http://www.soulmakes.com 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!!

  35. 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 http://www.inwhirlofinspiration.com/ for the “Fp me trendsetter” nomination. Fingers crossed :D

  36. 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: https://www.facebook.com/thelast3lines and
    watch their music video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2-FeZt2-_U
    lots of love

  37. Category: trailblazer

    Bikinislayer.com 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.

  38. 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!

  39. 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!

  40. 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!!

    http://www.bikinislayer.con

  41. In the Trail Blazer category I nominate Nicole Gargasz for her witty beach blog, http://www.bikinislayer.com .
    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.

  42. In the Trail Blazer category I would like to nominate Nicole Gargasz with her amazing blog, http://www.bikinislayer.com !!! 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 :)

  43. 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 :)
    Bikinislayer.com

  44. 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 !
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1emNxTNln3E

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

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

  46. I nominate Sevenly.org 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.”

  47. 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 – http://www.hollyemery.co.uk
    xxx

  48. 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 http://bikinislayer.com/ and http://www.slayersurf.com/ to the list of her successes!!! GO NICOLE! SLAY!

  49. 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

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/422341_271016969668827_1094582238_n.jpg

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-y2bOn5Jd6nM/UkgqsQ-4dXI/AAAAAAAAEX0/7Iuf-0QPlLg/s1600/em1.jpg

    https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/s720x720/228570_277519192351938_1602745357_n.jpg

    https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/524167_271033669667157_2041901472_n.jpg

  50. 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 ” !!! :)

  51. 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!

  52. http://www.widespreadthreads.com 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!

  53. 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

  54. 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
    https://soundcloud.com/fmlybnd

  55. 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.

    https://hollyemery.co.uk

  56. 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 bikinislayer.com 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, slayersurf.com which is launching soon!
    w bikinislayer.com
    t @bikinislayer
    fb /bikinislayer
    insta /bikinislayer

  57. Love love love debbie’s In whirl of Inspiration (http://inwhirlofinspiration.com )

    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)

  58. 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. http://keepcalmandchiffon.blogspot.com

  59. 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.
    https://soundcloud.com/rose-paradise
    https://www.facebook.com/RoseParadiseMusic

  60. 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 http://www.aquaaid-international.org.

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

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