the weather forecast for sxsw is looking beeeauuutiful! sunny skies and temperatures in the seventies – could it get any better than that?
with that in mind here is a suitcase of suggestions for what to bring if you’re heading to texas this week…straight from one of our experts who is going and has been there before:
first of all – pack light! bring a backpack. inside she recommends a pair of amazing, wear-anywhere jeans, easy lightweight tops and a good pair of boots and/or sandals. a breezy skirt or dress to wear during the day and into the night, and make sure to bring a light jacket because it gets chilly at night! i also threw in a bandana and a small bag that’s just big enough to hold a wallet, phone and camera for shows. sunglasses are a must and i never go anywhere without a journal – use it to keep track of shows and setlists! oh and the bathing suit in case you take a break and hit up barton springs, or one of the other awesome swimming holes austin has to offer.
if you’d never been to austin before and you were walking down the street and passed mrs. bea’s, you probably wouldn’t even notice it. you definitely wouldn’t think it’s one of the best venues to see a show during sxsw. but head around back and you’ll find an outdoor stage, dance floor and bar where no matter where you are you have an up close view of the band. plus music is always better outside in my opinion!
check out these amazing photos one of our fp girls shot at the no age show at mrs. bea’s during last year’s sxsw:
today’s featured sxsw band is also one of my current obsessions – local natives!
i heard the opening notes of the first song “wide eyes” and they had me hooked immediately…i’ve been listening to their album gorilla manor nonstop for a couple of weeks now and i love it from start to finish.
it’s full of beautiful harmonies and intricate arrangements and a sort of moody, haunting undertone that i always seem to be drawn to. i wasn’t surprised to learn they list the zombies, crosby stills & nash and animal collective as some of their influences.
they’ll be playing a couple of shows at sxsw this year, one of them in urban’s backlot.
take a listen to the first few songs from their album and let me know if you’re loving them as much as I am…
the sxsw music festival starts this week in austin, and two of our girls are headed down to partake in the action! this week, i’ll be bringing you tips on must-see bands, the best venues, the best food, cupcakes and more!!
last week’s poll was all about feather accessories and the winner, with 28% of the votes, were the lovely feather earrings – nice choice!
this week we have an awesome selection of patchwork items that i am loving…i think it’s really cool how a couple of these styles are one-of-a-kind – each with their own unique wash and patches of fabric collected by our designer in india. which do you like best?
we just opened a store in toronto, and for all you readers that live there, here’s an art exhibit definitely worth checking out! it’s a group exhibition presented by 01 magazine – we’ve posted about a couple of the artists involved before (david horvitz, jennilee marigomen) and they’re ridiculously talented. today i wanted to post some of the work of alexander binder because it reminds me so much of our tangerine dream imagery…and it’s just pretty awesome:
i picked today’s featured band for a few reasons- their new album came out today, they’re playing at SXSW, and they also happen to have a show in philly tomorrow night!
they are the morning benders, a san francisco band who make sunny melodic pop music reminiscent of the beach boys. the album, big echo, was produced by grizzly bear bassist chris taylor, who helped give the songs a sort of fuzzy, vinyl-like sound. i really like the song “excuses” – check it out below!
the morning benders have a few shows during sxsw – you can find the full list of shows on their myspace page, here. and if you’re in the philly area, you can check them out at johnny brenda’s tomorrow night!
very exciting news! we just opened a new free people in toronto’s hudson bay flagship store – the first fp in canada!
free people officially launched its 1,000 sq. ft. hardshop on the much talked about contemporary floor, which houses brands such as opening ceremony, McQ, LnA, halston heritage, tucker, catherine malandrino, vena cava and doo ri.
reflective of our creative roots, this shop is truly one-of-a-kind. it is a beautiful blend of modern and vintage, mixing the earthiness of our teak tables and cane globe lanterns, with linear designed wood and metal racks. our fabulous team of artists worked their magic, painting columns and back walls with gorgeous green flora and fauna, creating that special free people experience that keeps our girl coming back for more!
canada is big country, so stay tuned for more exciting free people launches where hockey may be golden, but sparkles and crochet will always be the way to a girl’s heart.
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