Post image for Monday Quote: Whisper Your Name To The Wind

“Whisper your name to the wind. Ask the wind to take it to the end of the world.” – Yoko Ono Read more »

Alexa Sonken {Invitations for Creatives} -Oct 15, 2013, 12:14AM
Awesome quote.
Megan -Oct 14, 2013, 6:20PM
love this quote! perfect for a Monday

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This post comes from our contributor FP Naomi. Read more »

Julia -Feb 05, 2014, 4:09PM
That is really true about the technology before bed! The light from electronic screen actually emit very similar wavelenghts to early morning light. So effectively when you mess around on your phone or laptop right before bed, you're actually telling your brain that it's morning and it's time to start the day again (it stops your natural melatonin production). So interesting how the little things we do can have big effects on us and our body's natural schedule!
Jessie -Jan 16, 2014, 7:09PM
Hey, Thanks for the great tips! As a homeshooler it's really easy to say, "I don't have to go anywhere today... I can sleep in." So, thanks for the extra push! :) ~Jessie

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Post image for Musical Muses: Joni Mitchell & Country Roads

This week’s Country Roads trend had me thinking backwards…

To a time where gates were seldom and untouched land was vast… where neighbors shared open doors and landline telephones still gave their distinct rings from kitchen walls.

I think of home. I think of the old dirt road I grew up on… in the Redwood forest… where my closest friends were my ponies and my imagination. Read more »

JuleneTheGypsy -Oct 13, 2013, 12:44PM
Lucille - Those lyrics gave me the chills. Time to add some Joni to my ipod. A beautiful post FP! Gypsy Plunder Vintage Shop
jena -Oct 11, 2013, 4:22AM
Good post, thank you for your sharing!

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Post image for An Interview With Photographer Joni Sternbach

The best of friends are those that pass along good art, and wise words.

In this case, the name Joni Sternbach was introduced to my daily perusing through a dear friend. Peruse and pursue I did, and what I found was nothing short of breathtaking. Joni’s Surfland collection immediately blew my mind, the entirety in tin type process. Read more »

Hailey -Oct 13, 2013, 11:22AM
I wrote a report and gave a presentation on Joni Sternbach in a photography class in college. I was/am enamored with her work and her ethereal images comforted me when I was living in Colorado and homesick for my hometown of Redondo Beach in Southern California. Absolutely beautiful, thank you for this special interview FP!
jessi -Oct 10, 2013, 3:41PM
I love this so much, in a way it makes me sad because I wanted to study photography in school but now i'm doing psych/environmental studies in a concrete jungle with absolutely no inspiration. I just want to photograph nature and mother earth.

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Post image for Lost In Tokyo: Catalog Behind The Scenes, Part 2

One of my favorite things about traveling is watching people.  My senses on high alert, I always find myself picking up on pieces of conversation, watching peoples’ facial expressions and movements, wondering who they are and what they’re doing.  Traveling forces you to step outside of your everyday “bubble,” and you notice more.  No longer a part of the pack that’s rushing to go to work or catch the subway, you’re a bystander, standing still as the world moves around you at its same hurried pace.  It’s one of my favorite feelings — almost like you’re invisible, just a tiny spec in a sea of people and lights and movement. Read more »

Laura -Oct 15, 2013, 3:27PM
I have just returned from Tokyo and these photos made me so nostalgic. When I travel I always and up saying "I could live here"... I guess this is my favorite thing :)
Cassie -Oct 12, 2013, 11:14PM
My favorite part of traveling is being surprised... new foods, new places, new things to discover!

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Post image for Monday Quote: Don’t Back Down

“When you feel in your gut what you are and then dynamically pursue it – don’t back down and don’t give up – then you’re going to mystify a lot of folks.” – Bob Dylan Read more »

Alexa Sonken {Invitations for Creatives} -Oct 08, 2013, 10:25AM
Love this. Good words! And gotta love Bob Dylan ;)
Juliette Laura -Oct 07, 2013, 7:39PM
This quote really resonates with me, very inspiring! xo, Juliette Laura

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Simplicity. Even the word seems to bring an immediate sense of calm over me. Read more »

Cate -Apr 01, 2014, 4:46PM
I would like to validate Daria, Viv, Emma, and Maria in the pain that they have felt and in their frustration with the messages to just "be positive", "doing x, y, and z will fix all your problems", etc. I suffered many years with internal issues that lead me to great resentment toward people who promote such ideas of an easy fix to deep suffering. I have worked hard on my issues for two years now and have recently, and quite joyfully, discovered the Free People Blog. I have found this blog extraordinarily inspiring and helpful in its ideas to create a mindful, joyful life. True, none of the posts have solved my life's issues in their entirety, but I do not believe that that is Free People's and its bloggers intention. It is merely a lifestyle blog to share conceptualizations and visualizations of accumulating positive experiences, thus contributing to a life worth living. In regards to Maria's thoughts on essentially how messed up this post/blog/company is for selling pricy, non-essential items and exclaiming seemingly hypocritical messages about simplicity, I absolutely see where you are coming from. I thought about buying my FP vegan leather jacket for over five months simply because the price tag overwhelmed me. (Happy to say, I finally bought it and truly love it! Hard earned money well spent.) At the same time, they are a clothing company in a capitalist society. Of course they put a pretty price tag on their items. I have not seen them deny that fact; however, I only discovered this blog a month ago. As a FP customer (and a budgeted college student), I buy these products and follow this blog because, as mentioned above, it gives me great thoughts on living a centered life. I have bought a few items from FP because I feel that the particular item exudes my own personality when paired with other meaningful items I own, such as a pendant my mother and grandmother bought me a few years back. Some blog posts, of course, are not my cup of tea; however, some resonate with how I live my life and how I can improve the quality of my life based on my personal values. I bring myself to the blog instead of expecting the blog to bring forth my self. Just wanted to give another prospective on the ideas presented! Naturally, I am coming across this post and these comments nearly 6 months later...nonetheless, I hope you all can pick through and find some posts that are meaningful to your own life, as I know I have found it to be quite enjoyable!
Emma -Feb 10, 2014, 12:46AM
Spot on Daria! The article is lacking and I came away feeling empty. Thank God I searched through the comments and found yours. You should have written it ! Btw, do you have a blog? I'd love to follow it

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Post image for Why Getting Outdoors Will Make You A Happier Person

This is a guest post by Johnie Gall of Read more »

ayesha -Oct 15, 2013, 4:40AM
Such a wise post! Thanks! I'll definitely start running!
Juliette Laura -Oct 07, 2013, 7:47PM
Getting outside is SUCH a must for me! xo, Juliette Laura

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Post image for Lost In Tokyo: October Catalog Behind The Scenes

I always love looking at the behind the scenes photos from our catalog shoots, and this month I was especially excited to get a glimpse at Tokyo. Read more »

Ariena -Oct 06, 2013, 11:36PM
I just back from Tokyo, it is really an amazing place to explore with modern and vintage style. I go to both city centre and countryside of Tokyo to look into the city. Very interesting experience. I took a lots of photos and can share with you if you want. But I do not have instagram. Do u have emails so that I can share with free people lovers.
fp julia -Oct 04, 2013, 6:10PM
you got it ;)

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Post image for Follow The Leaves Road Trip & Contest!

As the warm summer breeze gives way to the cooler, crisp air of fall, changes in nature occur noticeably around us. Read more »

Juliette Laura -Oct 03, 2013, 9:48AM
MAINE. That is my home, if you went further up it would've been like it was in Vermont. Although Camden is beautiful. SO perfect. You have me missing Maine in the fall (currently in boston). And definitely entering the insta contest! xo, Juliette Laura
Aura Jade -Oct 02, 2013, 4:39PM
I am so excited to see the pictures from this contest. I will definitely submit a picture! My boyfriend and I are going to Salt Lake City, Utah and doing a mini-roadtrip to southern Utah to see the amazing otherworldly, desert terrain. I can't wait for the adventure.

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Post image for Blogger Diary: Nature Walk

I spent last weekend on Long Island, where I grew up. Yesterday, as I was preparing for my drive back down to Philly, my sister asked me if I wanted to join her for a walk. “It doesn’t have to be long,” she said. “I just need to be outside.” And so we walked. Read more »

Crista -Oct 06, 2013, 8:31PM
great post, i love the photo of the spider web. that's hard to catch!
Jessica -Oct 01, 2013, 11:19AM
It is amazing how a nature walk can be both relaxing and energizing! Since I live in the country I am able to experience it on a regular basis just outside, but I like to take a longer nature walk every now and then myself. Here is my most recent walk through the woods, which I recorded in my blog:

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Post image for Monday Quote: The More You Know Who You Are

“The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.” -Lost In Translation Read more »

Silvia Piccone -Oct 06, 2013, 5:37AM
Love this film, this quote, your photo and this blog…that s enough? <3 Source: Monday Quote: The More You Know Who You Are | Free People Blog
-Oct 06, 2013, 5:36AM
Love this film, this quote, your photo and this blog...that s enough? <3

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