winter strikes again… a little over a foot fell in the city and i went for a little walk this morning and took some photos before beginning the trek down to the navy yard. i actually love the brief period of time after a large snowfall when everything is blanketed in white and the snow muffles the usual sounds of the city, creating a peaceful lull. people even seem to say hi on the street more often, offering a warm smile of commiseration for others out shoveling or trudging through snow up to their knees.
but don’t get me wrong, i am more than ready for spring! enough of this nonsense :)
have you guys checked out our january lookbook, featuring french blogger miss pandora? i love it – it doesn’t hurt to have the beautiful city of paris as the backdrop :) which look do you guys love most?
(click on the images to see details on each outfit)
i’m heading to new york tomorrow for our april catalog shoot and i am beyond excited – the photographer will again be the amazing guy aroch and the model is sasha pivovarova! we may have a few other tricks up our sleeves as well…;)
i will check in from time to time and maybe give you a little sneak peek so stay tuned…
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.
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!
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!
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