stop by and say hello y’all!
This week is Earth Week, so I thought I’d bring you guys a post about our lovely home and some tips for living in harmony.
I am part of the sun as my eye is part of me. That I am part of the earth my feet know perfectly, and my blood is part of the sea. There is not any part of me that is alone and absolute except my mind, and we shall find that the mind has no existence by itself, it is only the glitter of the sun on the surfaces of the water.
– D. H. Lawrence
as we celebrate our beautiful home this week, here are some simple things you can do to give back to planet earth. Remember, the earth is what you make it…
- 1. Cut down on waste: By using a reusable water bottle/coffee mug, or buying a mesh/cloth coffee filter for your coffeemaker you can significantly reduce the amount of waste you produce.
- 2. Clean your clothes smartly: Wash your laundry in cold water instead of hot and line dry as many pieces as possible (especially linens) to save energy.
- 3. Make your own cleaning products: Rather than products with harsh chemicals, did you know you can make your own with ingredients you most likely have around the house? Combine baking soda and vinegar then flush with boiling water to clean out clogged drains. Lemon juice is great to remove mildew and corn starch can be used to deodorize carpet.
- 4. Conserve Paper: Use both sides of a piece of paper in order to print things out. Instead of throwing away used paper, keep a pile of scrap to either print or write on.
- 5. Buy Local: By purchasing locally produced meat, produce, and dairy products you can cut down on pollution. Not only do the goods not have to travel as far (car, train, airplane pollution), but it also doesn’t need as much packaging or preservatives.
- 6. Use your legs: Whenever possible, walk or ride your bike. it’s better for you and it’s better for the planet! If you must drive, try to carpool and consolidate trips.
- 7. Know your impact: It’s good to know how green you are living. By calculating your carbon footprint you can also learn the areas in your life that could use improvement. There are a lot of tools out there, but I used footprintnetwork.org, and really like it. Test it out.
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.
Here’s her Blog Baumbach
The Yamba Story.
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.
our fp girls in the northwest and southwest districts did a fun little project where they took photos of their outfits for a week and uploaded their favorites to a photo album that they shared with me for the blog! they always have the best styling ideas and look amazing- see for yourself:
so cute!!! thanks ladies :)
it’s that time… for a lookbook poll! jemma gave you a little peek behind the scenes of the lookbook shoot the other day, and now i want to know which outfit is your favorite!
click on each image to go to our website and view details on the outfit.
we’re opening a store in studio city, california, and we are looking for sales associates! for more info and to apply click here.
in addition, our santa monica store is looking for store managers – for more info and to apply click here.
if you’d like to get in touch with our store hiring team directly, check them out on facebook here!
our april catalog has dropped and in it are some amaaaaazing maxi dresses – i love how they’re all so different! which of these dresses would you wear?
the hinted florals maxi:
the vibrations kaftan:
or the roaring era dress:
vote for your fave!
a couple of weeks ago a package came in the mail for me and i opened it up to find this insanely cute pair of owls that one of our fp girls in denver had made. i immediately had to find out how she made them and she was kind enough to send me photos and instructions!
what you need:
needle & thread
2-3 fun mismatched fabrics (perfect use for an old free people bag!)
small piece of felt
use a paper template like this one to cut out your pieces of fabric – use different fabrics for the top and bottom to give it a fun mis-matched look! you’ll need two pieces of fabric for the top (front and back) and two pieces for the bottom (front and back).
the first thing you want to do when sewing these little guys is sew on the eyes and beak – use buttons or felt for eyes and a felt triangle for the nose. for the smaller owls, add on a little piece of fabric at the top if you want to be able to hang it (these would be awesome christmas tree ornaments!)
get funky with this little project, the more fabrics and different things you use, the better! you can use beads, buttons, felt or embroider them.
next you want to sew the the head to the body, for the front side of the owl and the back. sew on the reverse side of the fabric, which will be on the inside of the owl.
after completing this step, you can add a thin strip of fabric to cover the spot where you sewed the top to the bottom, if you choose – just adds to the mix of patterns and looks super cute!
Finally you get to sew the front and back together! place the right sides of the fabric together and start sewing the little owl together all the way around, leaving a small opening the bottom. turn the owl inside out and stuff the owl – you can even put a little lavender in there to make him smell beautiful!
last but not least, sew up the opening & you are finished!
thank you so much michelle!
C O A C H E L L A fashion show is finally here!!!
*Fashion show is April 2nd at 1pm sharp
*DJ in stores from 1-4pm
*Exclusive limited edition Free People Gift Bags with every purchase of $100 or more while supplies last (pictured above)
*Free People Feather Hair Extensions with every $50 or more while supplies last
We are so excited to have you attend our Coachella fashion show, it’s going to be a BLAST. Free People models, amazing music, and tons of new product, it doesn’t get better than that!
It’s also our store’s third BIRTHDAY so in celebration we are going to have light refreshments and tons of sweets:)
Don’t be camera shy either, we are going to have a photographer at the event to document the show for our Free People blog
Come early to the event so you don’t miss out!
Can’t wait to see you at the show :)
XOXO Free People Topanga
calling all denver girls! we’re having an awesome event at our store at the cherry creek mall – with a purchase of $50 or more, get three featherlocks extensions for a donation of $10 to disaster relief for japan. if you’re in the area stop on by!