Accessories jazz up any outfit ensemble. I’m addicted to adding a quirky belt and an unusual necklace to any outfit.
Us girls here at the office love accessories especially rings, and I’m always blown away by some of the collections people have.
People style in the office yesterday was on fire.
with earth day literally just around the corner, i felt that the timing was perfect to tell you guys about some special bags we’re carrying right now that are made out of recycled materials. not only are these bags gorgeous, but you can take comfort in knowing that they are crafted out of repurposed items like vintage military bags, vintage fabrics and old leather jackets.
the gorgeous belmont backpack by ashley watson is my favorite. the vancouver based designer draws her inspiration from leather jackets she finds in thrift stores, and each bag is crafted from recycled leather jackets, incorporating features like pockets and seams to make them unique and special. the leather is perfectly worn and soft, carrying with it a history all its own.
i fell in love with both of these bags by foley and corinna when i saw them on sasha pivovarova in our april catalog, but i love them even more now that i know they are made from recycled and vintage materials. dana foley and anna corinna met when they both had booths at the chelsea art and antique market in 1998 – dana sold her original creations and anna sold vintage clothing. they joined together and started designing pieces that were both original and incorporated vintage elements. the musette satchel is made of vintage military bags with delicate, hand-crocheted fringe, and the bora hobo is made of varying, colorful found fabrics so they are each one-of-a-kind.
this fanny pack is another favorite, by artists and revolutionaries – an organic and eco-friendly label based in brooklyn. their philosophy is “to create unique handcrafted items, using eco-friendly materials and processes.” like the designers above, they use repurposed and up-cycled materials in addition to hemp and organic cottons. the fanny pack is made of repurposed vintage leather and has unique details like buttons and pockets, and a braided belt buckle strap.
by now you guys have seen the lovely martha hunt on our website and in our catalogs, but did you ever wonder what her real life is like? martha was kind enough to put together a post about a recent trip she took to paris for our blog!
I had the lucky task of jetting to Paris for a couple of weeks to schmooze with clients. The City of Lights has a lot to offer, so I try to fit in as much as possible in between castings!
I checked out the Montparnasse Cemetery on the left bank. It is a hauntingly beautiful cemetery jam-packed with tombstones of many famous names, including the legendary Serge Gainsbourg and philosopher Jean Paul Sartre. Rest in peace!
Donned a black bob – I loved my Mia Wallace moment. Elderflower juice takes me to my happy place– you just can’t find it in the states!
Luckily I bumped into one of Free People’s very own, the lovely, Lauren. I hung out with her and her friend, and one of my favorite photographers, David Bellemere. Tres chic!
Je ne sais pas?
The American explorer in me values a good road trip. My boyfriend and I drove to a town called Cambremer, two hours northwest of Paris. We visited Chateua Les Bruyeres, which happened to be the perfect spot to rock my new Free People skirt! We rode bikes, tried local cuisine, checked out a few Normandy towns, but mostly enjoyed the country view. Not too shabby! One hard lesson learned: tripe is a delicacy that consists of intestines, not fish.
“Je moooooo fous!”
Never miss a photo op…
…never leave a field un-frolicked.
Back in town, stolling through the Place des Vosges.
I can’t leave Paris without having grilled-over-an-open-fire-steak at my favorite restaurant, Robert et Louise! It’s located in the heart of the Marais district.
Model or C.I.A. agent? I’m a woman of many faces, er well— hair do’s.
I shot at Hotel Le Meurice with famed photographer Guy Aroch. Just another hard day at the office!
Not a bad view. The Eiffel Tower in the distance fades away. Until next time, Par-eeeeeh! Bisous! X
another lookbook poll for you guys today! i am a HUGE fan of this one, featuring the always-amazing martha hunt and shot by our senior photographer. it’s so full of attitude and color – the body paint is such a nice touch, too. which look is your favorite? Read more »
lovely lace! the dress on the left is a january item that’s currently unavailable but we will be getting more in june! the maxi on the right is a may catalog item – it has arrived in some of our stores and should be online soon :)
cute skirts and dresses look awesome paired with converse kicks.
this is one of my fave fp tops ever – i wore it all last summer! love how it looks with the polka dot shorts.
for my last day in austin i decided to go off on my own and explore the city while i had the chance. my first stop was south congress street, a hip area known as soco. i was told beforehand that this was THE place for vintage shopping and getting a good taste of what austin is all about.
there were several amazing stores in soco, but this one was by far my favorite – i literally could have spent the entire day there. it’s called uncommon objects and is basically a massive assortment of rare vintage objects including postcards, found familiy portraits, boots, mexican blankets, home furnishings, skulls and an array of bizarre items.
after shopping i stopped for lunch at jo’s cafe, right by the hotel san jose. it’s got great outdoor patio seating perfect for people watching!
next i walked back towards downtown austin, with a view of the impressive texas state capital guiding my way.
beautiful lady bird lake.
the oldest hotel in austin, the driskill, is rumored to be haunted.
next i headed down 6th street, also known as old pecan st, which is lined with bars and is the central location for SXSW-goers.
i headed west on sixth street towards lamar, where one of our free people stores is located! the girls were super sweet, as always, and very excited that we were in town shooting!
by this point i was pretty tired and sun-burnt so i headed back towards our house, and passed this amazing place on my way…
almost every house i saw in austin had a porch. one day i will have a house with a porch.
our team returned from their day of shooting and we headed out to dinner, where we drank texas mules (tito’s, ginger beer and lime) and i had one of the best veggie burgers EVER. then it was off to bed to get some sleep before my early morning flight.
austin, i miss you already.
p.s. i am putting together a whole guide of our favorite spots in austin so stay tuned for that when the catalog drops in july! xoxo
The platform has taken a quirky new direction. A new sole has appeared on the fashion front and we’re diggin it.
The flatform was a key statement throughout the spring/ Summer runaway shows – Derek Lam, Prada, and Vena Cava
All made their silhouette that much more interesting by adding this elevated shoe.
They have the comfort of wearing flats but give you that attractive 5 inch lift without the cripple factor.
We here at the office love them and find them the perfect way to add quirkiness to any outfit.
Flatforms, are you digging the shoe of this season?
sometimes artwork is a lot more complex than it might appear at first glance, and that is certainly the case with these paintings by mark warren jacques. don’t get me wrong, i love the colors and patterns and imagery he creates but even just knowing the titles to these pieces gives them a much more meaningful context.
“work is love made visible”
“i wasn’t there when you made it but i feel like i’m there when i’m lookin at it.”
“you and me and our perpetual emotion”
“suddenly we meet”
“a daydream / spacing out”
“the things i think, they dangle from me like this.”
“smile in the morning, everyday is a beautiful day.”
“tonight we are the moon, glowing in the light of the sun, and woman you are my shelter, happy for the warmth of my fire.”
My friend Lauren has lived in Australia for a couple of years now. She is British and has settled into the low key lifestyle Australia has to offer perfectly. She has an adorable blog that she uses as an online visual diary – sharing her thoughs and inpiration with the world. She let’s us take a peek into her lifestyle there. Below she shares her thoughts on Yamba one of her favourite beaches.
I live in the land of sun and sky, beaches and beauty. I moved to Australia from the UK just over two and half years ago and have based myself in Brisbane.
Just over three hours drive from home and I can be in Yamba. One of Australia’s best-kept secrets, same beauty and wonder as Byron Bay but imagine it before the travelers took over.
One pub perched on the cliffs overlooks the beach and a perfect place to sip beer and soak up the views. The home of Billabongs creator and a pro surfer attraction with the famous Angourie surf break just down the road.
Yamba calms me, it has a presence and a serenity that I search for and haven’t found anywhere else yet. Beautiful coastline, perfect for learner surfers like myself to practice my surf skills and to get tossed around by the waves.
Pitching a tent and spending a few days is all you need to unwind and escape from the city.
Yamba I love you with all my heart, one day when I have made my mark I will buy a plot near the beach and call you home.
i am so incredibly excited to have the opportunity to join our team for a catalog shoot in austin! i just arrived and am still wide-eyed and soaking it all in but here’s a little peek so far…more to come :)
what i packed – it is hot down here and i am loving it!
so long philly…
hello austin! of course the live music capital of the world has a band playing in the airport :)
the house where our team is staying- it is absolutely breathtaking! i’ll have lots of pics for you guys don’t worry!
this place has such an amazing laid-back vibe…i can’t wait to explore downtown tomorrow and see what it’s all about! stay tuned…
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