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BLDG 25 Blog Love Awards: Vote For The Finalists!

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for… the BLDG 25 Blog Love Awards finalists!! We can’t thank you enough for all of the incredible submissions — you made it very difficult for our committee to narrow each category down to just three finalists!  You guys have opened our eyes to some amazing people, places, charities, and more.  The period of voting starts today and will last for two weeks.  The winners for each category will be determined through a combination of your votes, and an internal Free People committee.  Read on to see the amazing finalists and place your vote!


A woman who is paving the way for others through her achievements, creativity, and innovation.


Paris Gerrard is the blogger, model, and visual artist behind the blog Charcoal Alley, a place where she creates, channels, and shares her endless ideas and discoveries.

Kristen Beddard is the woman behind The Kale Project, a movement to bring the healthiest green vegetable to Paris by making it available at markets, integrating it into restaurant menus, and educating citizens on its health benefits.

Ariele Alasko is a builder, a fixer, and a do-it-herselfer, who uses reclaimed wood to make furniture and cheeseboards, among other works (seen here) – all with a useful purpose.

Heart Throb

The man who makes us most weak in the knees.

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Jacques Naude, model and filmmaker.

Devendra Banhart, artist and musician.

Rob Schanz, photographer.

Girl’s Best Friend

The most irresistible and heartwarming animal photo.

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All smiles, submitted by @honey_lavender.

Best friends, submitted by @moesig.

Baby elephant, submitted by @vickybenincasa.

Song Bird

The breakthrough artist or band we can’t stop listening to.

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Natalie Bergman of Wild Belle.

Jade Castrinos of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.

Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES.

FP Me Trendsetter

The FP Me user who most inspires us with her styling and creative photography.

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The charitable organization that inspires us to give and do more.

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Kakenya’s Dream: Founded by Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya in 2008, the Kakenya Center for Excellence (KCE) is a non-profit organization focused on serving the most vulnerable and underprivileged girls in Kenya.

PAWS: The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving Philadelphia’s homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals. PAWS is Philadelphia’s largest no-kill animal shelter.

Sevenly: creates weekly cause campaigns where customers can purchase products that give $7 to a weekly charity — a way to crowd-fund for causes, and drive massive social awareness.


The yoga instructor who best nourishes the mind, body, and spirit.

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Rachel Brathen

Kathryn Budig

Aaron Ogden


The boutique hotel that gives us a serious case of wanderlust.

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Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita in Matera, Italy.

Magic Mountain Lodge in Patagonia, Chile.

Amansala in Tulum, Mexico.

Breakout Braid

The most uniquely beautiful braided hairstyle.

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Purple braid crown, submitted by @moderndaycharm.

Sideways braids by @pompadours, submitted by @freepeopleboulder.

Loose braids and waves, submitted by @hollyknitlightly.


A scenic photo that takes our breath away.

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Gold sun shines on, submitted by @hannahclevenger.

Winter stream, submitted by @blamp4130.

Texas field, submitted by @rileyblanks.

Inked Work of Art

Most inspiring tattoo used as a form of self expression.

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Finger tattoos, submitted by @wildflowerxoxoxo.

Eunoia, Greek for “goodwill,” literally “beautiful thinking,”  submitted by @yo_knee.

“Love” written in Braille. Why? Because love is blind, submitted by @kristinafabela.

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Joanne -November 5, 2013, 12:09PM

I love the bloggers on BLDG 25. I would love to be featured one day!!

SkinnybyTara -November 5, 2013, 2:46PM

I’d love a feature!


SkinnybyTara -November 5, 2013, 2:47PM
GOGO -November 5, 2013, 4:49PM


preeti -November 6, 2013, 8:04AM

Can I just take this time out to say you guys are amazing! Love this list, the people mentioned are incredibly inspirational and creative, for once voting for something is actually kinda fun!

Daniella -November 6, 2013, 8:22PM

Hope to be featured one day too :)

Eva -November 7, 2013, 5:45PM

Yoga teacher Aaron Ogen is the greatest! Come experience him first hand a Sagrada Wellness yoga retreat center in California’s breathtaking Central Coast! Julia we loved having you here!

Kim McDonald -November 14, 2013, 12:02AM

Amansala is amazing! If you have the chance, please go and experience this for yourself! Spent a week there with my BFF in October and met some really amazing people ~ a vacation of a life time!

Rachael Rose -November 16, 2013, 11:49PM

So many inspirational beings spreading their joy!
It was hard to choose only one for the “give” category.

{freespirited} -November 19, 2013, 10:02PM

When are the winners going to be announced? i can’t wait to see who of these amazing contestants will win!! #ontheedge #freepeople #freespirited

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