You know when you meet someone for the first time, and within just a few minutes of interaction you know you and that person would be good friends? That’s exactly what happened to me when I first saw the senior store stylist, Kelly, working at Free People Walnut Street. With this being the go-to Free People store for all of us who live in Philly, I’ve frequented quite a time, and Kelly just always looks amazing. She’s got a layered up cool girl look that inspires me every time I’m there to shop. It’s no question why her FP Me account has such awesome pictures. If you have that kind of eye for style, an eye for capturing and presenting it should come just as easy.
I did a little shoot with Kelly last week around Center City and had her style 3 different looks to her liking. Evey time she came out of the dressing room I was just like, “Girl, please let me get all of those things because you know how to sell them.” Check out her awesome style below, and read up a bit more about this FP Me user we love.
Where are you from? How did where you grow up shape the person that you are?
I was born and raised right outside the city, so my whole life growing up was Flyers games, cheesesteaks, and birch beer. I love Philly and the rough and tumble reputation it gets, and it’s definitely shaped me as a tomboy from the start.
How long have you lived in Philly? What neighborhood?
I moved into the city nearly 5 years ago, and have been living in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood for 2 years and hopefully for a long time to come. My neighbors all love fairy lights and flowers hanging from homes and decorating stoops, and I get to pet a lot of dogs on my walk to work.
How long have you been working at Free People Walnut Street and what is your favorite aspect of your job?
I’ve been working at the Walnut Street store since it opened just over 2 years ago, and prior to that I worked at both our King of Prussia and Ardmore locations. The best thing about my job is that my biggest concern is to make sure everyone is having a good time and feels taken care of. Whether or not I’m the one styling you for the big date on Friday or whatever it may be, I just want to make sure that when you’re in the store with us, you’re enjoying yourself.
Which Free People girl do you relate the most with?
My childhood definitely shaped me into a Lou; my summers were always spent swimming in lakes, exploring wooded areas, I even had an amazing Backstreet Boys skateboard. Lately I’ve been inspired by Ginger looks, especially with our newest trends and focus on intimate layers. So lately, in small doses, I’ve been discovering this cool new way to express femininity without needing all the lace and ruffles.
I heard you have gone “no ‘poo” for 6th months now. How is that going?
It’s been the best adventure. I had tried everything to get healthy hair, from horse shampoo to expensive masks and became hopeless until I experimented with baking soda and apple cider vinegar. Now that, mixed in with milk & honey washes, is all I use and I couldn’t be happier with how giving up shampoo has affected my hair! It definitely makes you more aware of your hair’s needs but forced me to pay better attention to my body and what it was asking for and I’m excited to see how it looks in another 6 months.
Describe your style in 3 words…
Layers, textures, comfortable.
What blogs are you into at the moment?
I’ve been really into The Floral Coat and Viciously // Cyd (from the major babe behind Stone Cold Fox) for a while now, and just recently started getting lost on Humans of New York – the stories of strangers are so incredible it makes me feel small but still connected.
What inspires you the most?
Adventure. Whether it’s a road trip with my best friends to the beach or a flight halfway around the world, I never come back exactly as I was.
3 Instagram accounts that you are really digging right now?
jassettiva is the perfect surfer girl that leaves me endlessly inspired and envious, carolmahonillustrates‘ sketches are like little treats I get to see throughout my day, and the freepeopleshowroom account has been a lot of fun to look at lately!
Favorite hidden gem (or gems) in Philly?
La Citadelle is a teensy coffee shop in my neighborhood I mostly like due to the sweet man with a thick French accent who works the counter and always calls me “mademoiselle,” and Thai Singha House To Go in Rittenhouse has the best Thai food in the entire city and the sweetest people to say hi to when you pick up your food!
Your FP Me pictures are always well captured and thought out. Any tips to fellow users out there at achieving great images?
Use your location to your advantage. Outdoor shots are always so interesting because it sort of helps the clothes tell a story based on where you are. I’m always on the hunt for a new backdrop, whether it’s in a park, down an alleyway, or on an interesting street corner. It urges you to see things in new ways!
What’s the greatest piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“Work hard and be kind.” It’s not always easy, but it’s always right.
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What does being “free” mean to you?
Being free means being true to who I am, and developing a sense of self in the process. You can’t spread love if you can’t first love yourself. It means going to bed at night knowing I had a positive affect on the things surrounding me, and letting that shape me.
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