I am 100% without a doubt a summer person – I love the heat, I love the sun and the feeling of freedom that hangs in the humid air, even though you still have work. But I will admit, there is no better time of year for a good weekend hike than the fall. The crisp air is much more comfortable to work up a slight sweat, and the scenery is breathtaking. Not to mention, I love the sound of leaves shuffling under foot. Here are some photos from a fall hike in Fairmount Park – a place that lets you forget you’re in a city and reconnect with nature.
I love Thanksgiving. It’s one of the holidays that my family does best – centered on good food and warm sentiments. Each year, my mother wakes up at the crack of dawn to get cooking – something she’s been doing ever since she was eight years old. She starts with the pies – so when you turn up all bleary eyed from your bed, the sweet scent fills your nostrils and puts a drunk smile on your face. A fire is already blazing in the wood oven, and we all plop down on the couch with blankets, dogs, and the Thanksgiving Day parade. Quickly, hot cups of Jo are distributed, and you couldn’t be happier.
This year, once the caffeine had hit my brain, and I was able to pull my couch-loving-self together, I whipped out my camera to document. In the past year I’ve gotten a lot more into food photography. Not just looking at it on the pages of periodicals, but also practicing it a bit myself. Thanksgiving is a visual playground of food, and this seemed like the perfect chance to mess around…
My Aunt came from Italy and we prepared one of my favorite Italian desserts – Monte Bianco. It’s made with a puree of roasted chestnuts and whipped cream.
Abigail looking very guilty after trying to steal some turkey…
I had to include how beautiful the sky was at sunset. Hope you all had a great thanksgiving! xx
We have a very cool giveaway for you today!! When I first saw our fall displays I fell completely in love with the deer – each store got one of the sculptures, which they then painted and embellished so that each one is unique and special to the store where it lived :) Now that our holiday displays have gone up in stores, and Fall displays have come down, we have some deer that we’d like to give away!
Since the deer are large (and heavy!) and fragile, we are offering the giveaways separately in each location where they are available, so that the winner can go pick it up at their convenience.
The following locations are each giving away ONE DEER. Please click on the link for your desired location and fill out the brief form to enter to win. This giveaway will remain open for one week, and then I will pick one winner for each location. I will send the winner a confirmation email and put you in touch with the store so you can schedule a time to pick up your deer.
These would make the most amazing lawn decorations! Good luck :)
*click on the link below for the store closest to you and fill out the form to enter*
Here’s a rundown of what some of our stores are doing for the biggest shopping day of the year!
Black Friday Sneak Peek at FP Costa Mesa!
November 25; 5AM-10PM
5:00-6:00am fans of Free People South Coast on facebook receive 10% off your purchase! You can “like” them at the door to be allowed in. Get first dibs on exclusive FP merchandise and enjoy cookies and refreshments while you shop.
6:00-7:00am the first 10 shoppers will get handmade leather/fabric totes with purchase!
All day check out online exclusive items only available at Free People South Coast!
**make sure to bring your phone so you can show us you like like our fan page @ the door to get in***
Stop by FP Walnut Creek for a cup of coffee and breakfast treats while you shop! Whether you’ve been battling lines since 3 AM or just stepping into the madness of Black Friday our stylists are happy to accommodate all of your shopping needs! You won’t need to lift a finger, we’ll do all the shopping and gift-wrapping for you! Hurry in, the first 25 customers who spend $150 or more will be entered into an exclusive raffle offering a $50 gift card amongst other gifts. See you there!
Cozy Cocoa and Cookies at FP Houston City Centre
6AM – 10PM
Comfy, cozy, cups of hot chocolate and cookies for our Free People friends and shoppers, to keep you peppy for a full day of shopping! FP fabulous ‘fringed bags’ are back and FREE with $100 or more purchase. And a cozy little contest for our fabulous FP fans… Enter your name with every cozy item purchased for a chance to win a gift from our FP gals to you!!
Shop Now, Be Merry Later at FP San Antonio
8AM – 11AM
Shop early between 8AM-11AM and receive 10% Off your entire purchase! Also, get a sneak preview of this season’s “MUST HAVES” for Holiday 2011 and enjoy a quick “Grab & Go” breakfast before you leave compliments of Free People San Antonio!
“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?”
My birthday was last week… its funny how as you get older, you start to worry about birthdays more, and want to acknowledge them less. I’ve always felt that the day itself doesn’t really hold much significance, but whenever it comes around I think of it as a time to reflect on the past year, and also think about the year ahead and what I want to do with it.
My dad got me a new camera. As someone who once aspired to be a professional photographer, and built a darkroom in his parents basement, he appreciates photography and has always been incredibly supportive of my little “hobby.” I’ve taken photography classes in the past, but with film, not digital – and this year I want to make a conscious effort to work on it.
So over the past week I’ve been playing around with the new camera a lot, and using it to capture little bits of what I’ve been up to…
My friend made homemade apple cider using tea-bags filled with spices (and a little bit of rum)… YUM!
And after several months of living in my current apartment, I FINALLY got around to hanging up some artwork! The fish is by my sister’s super talented boyfriend; one of my best friends had the painting on the left below done of my shore house –the sweetest gift I’ve ever gotten.
I spent some time yesterday working on a DIY with these fun colors of embroidery floss! Can’t wait to share :)
And lastly, I thought I’d share a few of the Free People items i can’t stop wearing lately! The velvet extreme flares are the most comfortable, luxurious pants I’ve ever worn – they’re getting a lot of wear this season. My sister got me the marled yarn pullover in this lovely wine color and it’s my new favorite sweater! And technically my Gola sneakers are from February of last year when we sold them before, but I still love them just as much today and am contemplating getting another color… put together these items make a cute outfit too!
And, my kitten Jam, who always wants to be the center of attention :)
Oh and to answer the question I started with… I think I would think I’m in my early twenties. How about you??
Remember a little while back, we shared a guest post from one of our stores associates in Brooklyn who makes really amazing crochet vests? Well our SoHo store is having a cool event this weekend and she will be raffling off four of her beautiful creations!
Stop by the store this weekend (November 19th & 20th) and purchase a “Cozy” Product: Sweaters, Scarves, Cold, Weather, Socks, etc – and we will enter your name in the raffle to win one of the four vests! Enjoy some hot cocoa and apple cider while you shop as well :)
Our friend Elsa of the blog Styleabaad put together this awesome guest post. Enjoy!
Philadelphia Style Through Swedish Eyes
If Stockholm was a garment it would without a doubt be ablack leather jacket – classic, chic and a safe style bet. Philadelphia on the other hand would be something more complex, like amulticolored romper – experimental, colorful and a bit risky.
Moving from my native Sweden to Philadelphia was a cultural shock in several ways. Never had I talked to strangers in elevators before or got a compliment for my hat from someone on the street. I also quickly realized that when my beau and I went out for a bite at night people thought we were attending a black tie event rather than having an evening snack. The 60’s vintage silk dresses I felt so comfortable wearing for dinners in Stockholm suddenly made me feel like a snob in the bar next to people in flannel shirts and flip-flops.
Stockholm is known worldwide for it’s phenomenal street style and I couldn’t agree more. The streets are crowded with well-groomed guys in slim fitted jeans and 5.8 ft. women looking like they’ve just stepped out of an edgy editorial. However Sweden has always been a homogenous society, at least compared to the multicultural United States. This may be the reason why I’ve always thought that the Stockholm style was so uniform; everyone seems to have such similar idea of fashion, to the degree that I’m wondering where the creativity is. Maybe the carbon copy fashion is in our Swedish genes because of our society’s homogenous history… but one style fits all? I don’t believe so.
In Philadelphia I found myself reinventing my style. I had been detoxed of the minimalistic and formal Stockholm style and now felt this new city inviting me to express my personal style. Philadelphia is such a diverse city. Cultures, styles and trends all blend into a mix that might not necessarily be the most trendy but has influenced me to experiment more with how I dress. In Philadelphia I dress more casual, I wear more colors and I care way less about what everyone else is wearing. I’m thankful for the inspiration my new city has given me and I kind of like what my personal style has transformed into. In fact I’ve never expressed myself more through my style than I do today.
The latest trend we can’t get enough of is Snow Angel. With a new chilliness to the air and less hours of sunshine in the day, we’re brightening our spirits with shades of pink, ivory and icy blue and cozy, comfy textures that warm our souls. Winter doesn’t have to be about black, gray and deep tones, it can be as light and airy as the snow outside :) This trend makes me think of sledding all day, rosy cheeks, icicles and candy canes!
Saturday 11/19 at 8:00am until Sunday 11/20 at 5:00pm
FP suburban square is partnering with the region’s largest hunger relief organization, Philabundanceto provide food to families in need this Thanksgiving. Bring by any non-perishable food item, and with your purchase receive a hand made FP Infinity Scarf to keep you cozy this Holiday Season.
Kick off the Holiday season at FP Glendale! Enjoy the cookie buffet and hot cocoa bar while shopping to DJ Takara, live in the store! They will be having raffles and giving handmade gifts with purchase. Then at 7:30, take a break to watch the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on the lawn at The Americana. The ceremony includes Cirque de Santa, flying reindeer, flipping elves, and an amazing firework finale!! Did we mention, there will be snow in the air as well! Come be with us for this magical event!
We opened a new store in Aspen, CO on Friday and it is beautiful! The store is decorated with our new holiday displays, so it fits right in with its wintery setting! It’s like a snow globe on the inside and out :) Here are some photos of the magical new store…
Our beautiful new store front! And check this out, here it is back in the day:
Before and after :)
“Sequining” the display bike! And how cute are the sweater pedals?!?
Stay tuned for a tutorial on the awesome wrapping paper!
Beautiful accessory display! One of our FP girls made the little tags for higher price-point bags and accessories using Aspen postcards! I love this idea for holiday gifts – check out a tutorial here ;)
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