“sweet as can be, she shows off her inner romance with pretty neutrals and feminine lace styles. dreamy sheer fabrics and off the shoulder shapes embrace her soft, sexy demeanor on the haziest summer days.”
i may be a “lou” girl but i still love our pretty in pink trend on our website right now- the shots are so beautiful and calming! which of these items from the collection is your favorite?
Seeking inspiration and exhilaration, I joined my husband Scott and his band, Family Band for the southern leg of their tour with Warpaint. These are some of the photos from that week of sultry, lush tropical southern magic.
We went to Durham, Asheville, Nashville, Athens, New Orleans, Houston and Austin. After a brief taste of southern culture I’m already itching to go back and really explore these places!
Everyone (except me!) took turns driving. Kim & Jonny’s glowing dash pyramid guided the way.
Family band and crowd at one of the sold-out shows.
the merch booth is a great place to meet the locals! Kim, the singer of Family Band, is an amazing fine artist. She probably drew the image on the right in her sleep.
Scott picked up a deck of cards on Olivera St. in LA. and Family Band had a tradition of picking a new card every day. I love arrows, so this was a favorite. On the right is Little Dreamer, our sweet chariot!
I wore these Free People jeans every single day! On the right is the Mercy Lounge in Nashville – there were freight train tracks directly behind the venue.
Me and Scott out back of the Mercy Lounge looking introspective.
On the way to Athens, GA, we used swimmingholes.org to find a quick swimming hole – this is Kim crossing on the way out.
Tour is a total blur as you are usually doing 7-9 hour drives every day, so I’m not positive where this was, but I think on the way to New Orleans. I loved the design of these bridges.
You can’t deny the romantic architecture of New Orleans. We had a few hours off here, but I need to go back for more. The club in New Orleans had gothic chandeliers and timber framing.
Kim’s vintage sequin butterfly shirt is so rad! On the right she is wearing a Lindsey Thornburg dress from Bona Drag in New Orleans.
Barton Springs in Austin – This is the most amazing cold-water spring. It’s all natural and has rocks and plants growing in the cool water. We had a day off in Austin and spent an afternoon here swimming and people-watching.
Breakfast tacos and Migas are the order of the day at Polvos restaurant in Austin. Right – Michaladas are the best! It’s like a bloody mary with beer.
Left – Backstage art at La Zona Rosa in Austin.
Right -Family Band and Warpaint shared a goodbye meal and hang at the wonderful Justine’s in Austin.
Little Dreamer resting after a long day’s work!
photos #2,4,6,7,8,11,12,17 & 18 by David Torch; all others by Emily Hirsch.
i’m so jealous! thanks so much for sharing emily! be sure to read all about talon and my interview with emily here, and check out her awesome amulettes on our website here!
just a couple of days to go before we head down to austin for our july catalog release party! we are so excited to go back to the live music capital to celebrate with the happen-ins, who are featured in the catalog, and photographer alexandra valenti!
i’ll have more photos and info (and a free download!) from the happen-ins once the catalog drops, but today i wanted to introduce you to the guys who will be playing a live show at our party on friday!
the happen-ins are (from left): ricky ray jackson – guitar/vocals, john michael dayspring – bass, falcon valdez – drums, and (front) sean faires – guitar/vocals.
formed in early 2009, the happen-ins quickly grew a following in austin where their blend of r&b grooves and gritty americana rock suit the live music capital to a t. their sound and style has an authenticity to it that is refreshing, setting them apart from other up and coming acts. they pride themselves on developing their own culture and building a community around their music – their connection to their fan base is a huge part of what makes them so loved. for all of these reasons, we knew they were perfect to appear in our austin catalog! their long haired, bell bottomed, vintage rock style and good looks were of course a plus :)
here’s a little preview of some of their tunes to get you ready for friday’s party. check them out and just try not to shake your hips!
I actually first heard about Nicole Vaughn when Jolyn, a reader, commented on one of my music posts about her. I went to her website to take a listen and I loved what I heard. A peaceful voice, relatable lyrics, and emotionally charged melodies are what make up her tracks. It just so happens that the singer/songwriter is also a huge Free People fan! She sent in an FPme photo that we recently posted on the blog (she’s the third one down). It’s hard to believe she’s not already a huge sensation. Nicole is one of the music scene’s best kept secrets that needs to be let out of the bag.
Nicole gladly answered a few questions for you all to get to know her better. She’s also made her song, “Stuck on You,” available for free download to you all! (Thank you, Nicole!) Read up on our interview with the inspirational woman and take a listen to her music!
Where were you when you wrote your first song?
I wrote my first official song on guitar at 13, I was sitting on the floor of my room with my guitar and a notebook of some poetry (not very good poetry), and sort of just started to put the pieces together.
What is your favorite song off of your most recent album, “Say It,” and why?
I think that my favorite song off of album would be “Everything We’ve Built” or the title track itself, “Say it”. These are the most personal and soul-bearing songs on the album and are extremely raw and honest in their story-telling and how I felt about the subject matter.
What is your picture of success?
Success to me would be to continue creating quality music and lyrics that I’m excited about and playing and collaborating with talented musicians that I admire. If I get some fans and make people smile, feel, connect, or dance along the way, I am happy. I’d also like to open for Wilco or Mason Jennings one day, but that might be pushing it ;)
What’s the last album you bought? What else is on your iPod right now?
I recently bought Paul Simons greatest hits, Dawes’ new album, and Barrett Johnson’s album “In Case I went Missing”. Some of my iPod go-to’s are: Mason Jennings, Neko Case, Cass McCombs, Alexander, Rolling Stones, Lissie, Muddy Waters, Bon Iver, Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, Arcade Fire, Patsy Cline, Wilco, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Randy Newman, Sharon Van Etten…just to name a few! I love it all.
What is your signature look?
I’m not even sure, I think I’d have to ask someone else, hah! I just wear what I like and I’m comfortable in. Fancy stuff when I’m on stage, but lately off stage I’ve been really casual. I just like jeans, plain T, some turquoise or native american jewelry, and some boots. I like simplicity more and more these days.
What sort of hobbies do you have besides your music?
I love reading a good book, surfing, camping, going to shows, road-trips, hiking, running, rock-climbing, spending time with my pups, anything adventurous and spontaneous. I like to keep life interesting and unpredictable.
What is your favorite book?
East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I’m a big fan of Steinbeck.
One thing you cannot live without is?
Guitar. Or my wonderful mom. Or my dogs. I mean that’s a pretty tough question. haha
What does Free mean to you?
Free means having a free state of mind, not being confined by status quos or trends-free of influence, loving what you love just because YOU love it! Doing what you want, because it’s what YOU want to do.
from boston: sales associate stephanie is rocking the american flag scarf– she’s a hippie child and a dreamer! she looks super cute and casual, showing you don’t have to be over the top, and can totally pull them off everyday. and becka, the soon to be natick ASM, is wearing the grey in an adorable beach style with the pintuck lace square neck top!
i have an interesting twist for your thursday poll today! our videographer made this lovely video featuring model martha hunt demonstrating three great ways to wear the fp one smiles returning tube dress – check it out and then vote for your favorite of the three!
Actually, my name is Liz. I am a young designer, a recent graduate from Parsons The New School for Design, and a current associate at Free People in Soho, NY. I started crocheting these vests this past year and asked some of the Free People girls to rock them for me.
This past season I looked to craft and the charm in handmade objects for inspiration. I had just moved into my new loft in Brooklyn, NY and found my place was a collection of crafts. My most prized possession is a yellow chevron pattern crocheted blanket my mom made when I was young. I owe all of my talent to my mom, who taught me how to crochet. As for the vest itself, I focused on creating a piece that would complete every outfit in my closet. My style is that similar to that of the Free People girl. I look to Pamela Love and Erin Wasson for style inspiration, who both share that endearing, yet individualized free-spirited vibe. I feel like a vest is something you can wear year round: in the winter, I’m always looking for another layer and in the summer, it’s great with a tank and shorts or just over a bathing suit!
thank you so much for sharing liz!!! not only did you quote one of my favorite songs but the vests are amazing and i’m insanely jealous of your rooftop garden…xoxo
i am so excited to tell you guys about something special we’re doing to celebrate our july catalog! you may remember that i was down in austin a couple of months ago, where we shot the book with local band the happen-ins. well we had such a blast that we decided to go back and throw a party to celebrate the catalog release! And what better way to do it than with some live music from the happen-ins?! if you aren’t familiar with these guys yet, you will be soon… their music – a blend of r&b, americana and classic rock – is intoxicating. not to mention, we love their style :) check them out on facebook here.
the event will take place friday june 17th at 5-8PM
at austin’s mohawk room– where we shot part of our july book!
located at 912 red river st– a strip of austin’s hottest live music venues.
come hang out with us while enjoying live music from the happen-ins, a special viewing of our catalog video before anyone has seen it, and enter your name in a raffle for a chance to win a $500 or $50 gift card to FP!
we’ll also hand out fliers for a 15% off discount that you can use at our austin store locations – downtown and at the domain.
***this is an all ages event!***
i’m so excited to go back to austin! i hope to see lots of you there!
memorial day weekend will always carry with it a sense of freedom and memories of that long weekend when i’d get out early from school and head to the shore with family and friends for beach, barbecues and SUN – the first taste of the languid summer days ahead. it has always been the beach for me, but there are tons of other getaways that would be wonderful this weekend…
camping under the stars…
a lake hidden by trees, preferably with a rope to swing out on…
wherever this is, i want to go there.
a weekend boating excursion would be amazing!
…or bike trip!
crash at a friend’s house with a pool :)
and if you can’t go anywhere at all, build yourself a blanket fort :)
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