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.
The man who makes us most weak in the knees.
Jacques Naude, model and filmmaker.
Devendra Banhart, artist and musician.
Rob Schanz, photographer.
The most irresistible and heartwarming animal photo.
All smiles, submitted by @honey_lavender.
Best friends, submitted by @moesig.
Baby elephant, submitted by @vickybenincasa.
The breakthrough artist or band we can’t stop listening to.
Natalie Bergman of Wild Belle.
Jade Castrinos of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.
Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES.
The FP Me user who most inspires us with her styling and creative photography.
The charitable organization that inspires us to give and do more.
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: Sevenly.org 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.
The boutique hotel that gives us a serious case of wanderlust.
Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita in Matera, Italy.
Magic Mountain Lodge in Patagonia, Chile.
Amansala in Tulum, Mexico.
The most uniquely beautiful braided hairstyle.
Purple braid crown, submitted by @moderndaycharm.
Loose braids and waves, submitted by @hollyknitlightly.
A scenic photo that takes our breath away.
Gold sun shines on, submitted by @hannahclevenger.
Winter stream, submitted by @blamp4130.
Texas field, submitted by @rileyblanks.
Most inspiring tattoo used as a form of self expression.
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.