“our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. they must be woven together.”
– anais nin
happy martin luther king day.
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one of our facebook fans posted a link to this gorgeous bohemian and french inspired wedding and i wanted to share some of the photos! i’ve never been the type of girl that’s into weddings or has any desire to have one (unless it involves bare feet, the beach and tribal tattoos) but i will say i find weddings to be beautiful and am always inspired by the tiny little details that people incorporate. for instance, i love the little french touches in this wedding!
the bride, an artist, painted the image for the wedding invites and had them printed as fine art prints, with the details on the back, so that people could keep and frame them if they wanted to.
they set up an antique french dresser with a stack of vintage postcards that people could write notes on and leave in a drawer for the couple.
there was a coffee bar at the reception, and tea boxes were used as centerpieces for the tables.
dried flowers and lavender were used as well for centerpieces, inspired by french country homes.
so beautiful! source.
our january catalog has some gorgeous new items from our fp-1 line – a couple of my favorites in the book, actually. which one of these fp-1 beauties do you guys love most?
the sunburst maxi dress:
or the spot swirl maxi skirt:
and here are your results from last week!
from the moment i set foot in the streets of paris and gazed around, wide-eyed, at the most beautiful architecture and scenery i had ever seen, i made a silent promise to myself that i would one day live there. growing up, i was very lucky to have the opportunity to spend a lot of time in paris as my dad taught a course at a university there in the summer – we would fly out towards the end and spend time in paris before driving south to spend a couple of weeks in a house we rented from a friend in provence.
nothing ever captured my imagination quite like paris… i wanted to soak it all in. i learned about the architecture, the art, learned my way around its winding streets, and eventually learned the language. it’s a fascinating city and culture and i know that i will find myself back there one day, living in my little apartment in montmartre …the shutters open so i can listen to the sounds on the street as i paint, read and write to my heart’s content.
should you find yourself in paris, or if you want to get more familiar with the city, we’ve put together a free people guide to paris that you can download from our flickr page! these are our favorite places to stay, eat, shop and hang out while in the city of lights. hope you enjoy!
view large sizes and download the guide at our flickr page.
all photos in the guide were taken by thomas northcut while our team was in paris shooting our catalog, with the exception of the following:
page 11, page 12 (marche aux fleurs photo), page 13, page 15, page 16 (park photo and cemetery photo), page 17, page 19, page 20 (hotel apostrophe photo), page 23 (top and bottom left photos), page 24 – all of which were found via google image search.
oh and stay tuned for an insider look at paris from gauthier, the male model in our january catalog, and michelle, a model we love who spends a lot of time in paris!
some of our arizona fp girls were featured on azcentral.com for their awesome style! check it out:
left: brianna from tempe AZ, wearing the off the shoulder tunic pullover. personal style? girly and bohemian. must-have beauty product? nars blush.
right: zoe from scottsdale, AZ, wearing the floral cozy vintage coat. personal style? flats, florals, skinnies. must-have beauty product? mac “ruby woo” lipstick.
left: michaela from tempe, AZ. personal style? urban meets contemporary. must-have beauty product? mac foundation.
right: colby from gilbert, AZ, wearing the windows of lace top. personal style? vintage inspired. must-have beauty product? philosophy hope in a jar.
pretty paper lanterns that went up in our stores in the interim between holiday and spring display. these pics are from our dallas store.
and last but not least…
cute kitty in a pile of fp bags, from our bellevue store :)
i am sooooo ready for spring and summer… it doesn’t help that we have the most amazing selection of bathing suits in our swim shop! which of these swim styles is your favorite?
the lattice bikini:
the esmerelda one piece:
or the vacancy bustier bikini:
i am so inspired by this story and artwork sent in from reader keely, from savannah, georgia. a college student who paints on the side, she was inspired by one of our summer display bikes to create jewelry out of wood, hemp, floss thread, scrapbook paper, fabric and free people catalogs!
it was this bike – specifically the wheels – that sparked her inspiration:
and here’s a look at the jewelry she created:
here are some of her paintings, which she creates using mixed media such as fabric, paper, glitter and acrylic paint. i love how colorful and cheerful they are:
finally, i had to share this photo of her christmas tree, decorated with all DIY ornaments!
now that’s a free people tree if i ever saw one :)
check out more of her work here. thanks so much for sharing, keely!
our graphic designers have made a new downloadable/printable calendar for 2011!
i can’t stop looking at it, they did such a beautiful job and have captured the mood of each month perfectly.
click here to go to our flickr page and download the large size – they made two versions, one for regular screens and one for wide screens :) enjoy and happy new year!