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located on the corner of broad and locust in the heart of center city, philadelphia, lies one of the city’s most historic buildings and interesting music venues.  it sits calmly in the shadows of skyscrapers on a street lined with flashy buildings, but don’t let its unassuming exterior deceive you – on the inside it is one of the most breathtaking buildings in philadelphia. built in 1857, the academy of music is the oldest opera house in the united states that is still used for its original purpose.

i can vividly recall my parents dragging me here as a child to see the orchestra… the smell of perfume and lingering cigar smoke as we made our way through the crowds of people in their finest evening wear and were shown to our seats by the usher.  curling up in the red velvet seats, my view obstructed by a column but not minding because my eyes were usually fixed on the massive chandelier hanging from the ceiling. falling asleep with the sound of violins and horns fading in and out of my dreams.

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while i lacked appreciation at my young age i’ve come around now and have a whole new love for the building as a concert venue.  most recently, i saw the monsters of folk there and they completely blew me away.  it’s really cool to hear modern music played in such an old, historic space – and despite the small floor seating area and the multiple balconies that extend towards the ceiling the venue has an unexpected intimacy and leaves you feeling like you were a part of something quite special.

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they don’t have concerts there very often so if you’re able to catch one, do. for more info check out their website.

do you have a favorite or unique venue that you love where you live? i’d love to hear about it!

supergirl -Dec 03, 2010, 4:03AM
Just heard about it, I lived far far away from it. Maybe I will go there next year.
laura -Dec 01, 2010, 12:48AM
I heard Medeski, Martin & Wood play acoustic there several years ago. Amazing show, amazing space!

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 My first American Thanksgiving

So, my first Thanksgiving has passed and it didn’t disappoint. I went to Texas and ate enough food to feed an entire nation!!!

I woke with sleepy eyes greeting me and a big birthday hug as it was also my birthday. I walked into the kitchen and it was already hustling at 10am, big love and laughter filled the room as the sweet potato casserole, cranberry salad, vegetables and the best southern pecan pie around was prepared.

American football played in the background on the flat screen TV — as I understand it, big games were played that day. A big turkey bird was deep fried out on the drive in the cold frosty air – southern style — while I sat on the porch gazing at Friesian horses walking majestically across the pasture.

I felt very blessed to have experienced such a beautiful celebration in the US, and I sure did give thanks to a bountiful Harvest :)

I packed light; it was only a 3 day stay so I stuck to basics – a pair of jeans, 3 tops one of which is WTF striped burnout tee.  Accessories included the Chevron Tall Sock Boot which were perfect to snuggle up in and two rings that added a little bit of sliver to my look Long Metal Ring and the Arabian Sand Ring.

I hope everyone had an extra special day too!

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Mary -Dec 06, 2010, 12:13AM
...Just wondering: Where is that blue bag from in two photos up (top left)? Is it a Free People find or elsewhere? Care to share? LOVE it. Many thanks, Mary
fionazhou201 -Nov 29, 2010, 10:35PM
I am hungry now, I want to eat all the food in your photos.

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I have never heard of this place before and was slightly gutted when my sister beat me to it after I’ve been here much longer than her.

The Benjamin Franklin old fashioned ice cream parlor is the place I’m talking about. Isn’t it the perfect place to take some cool photos.

The aesthetic of the place is so delightful and oozes character. I know, I know, it’s getting a bit cold for ice cream, but it’s goooooooooood any time of year, right?!

“The Franklin Fountain aims to serve an experience steeped in ideals, drizzled with drollery, and sprinkled with the forgotten flavors of the American past.”

I was blown away by the original porcelain mosaic tile floor. I wish I had this in my own home!! It’s definitely a place to head to if you want to beat the Sunday blues.

Go here to visit their beautiful website. Their history is pretty magical.

www.franklinfountain.com

 

Nicole -Dec 01, 2010, 12:24PM
I love all the stuff you guys post about Philly! I grew up on Long Island, NY and my best friend since 3rd grade has been living just outside of Philly for about five years now and I always drag her along to do the stuff I've seen here on the blog when I visit her! Thanks for another one!
-Nov 29, 2010, 9:25AM
The souls of the employees that work here are gone. Every time I walk into the parlor, it feels like a ghost town. But the ice cream is delicious. Absolutely to expensive, but still delicious.

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i am sooo jealous because while they were in iceland our team got to visit the blue lagoon! one of iceland’s top attractions, the blue lagoon is a natural hot spring of geothermal seawater that is probably not only incredibly relaxing, but its really good for your skin too. the lagoon is situated in a lava field, and the water temperature ranges from 98-102 degrees! it sounds, and looks, heavenly. plus there’s a restaurant and hotel there that overlook the lagoon!

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images, except for top two, via the blue lagoon website. can someone take me there now, please?

abigail -Sep 26, 2012, 12:50AM
I have been there on 2006 and it is phenominal exciting, enjoyed the nature and the high cost of what they had to serve turist with. Not much, but that doesn't matter. It's just something to talk about. I loved it!!!
maureen -Aug 23, 2012, 1:32PM
Does anyone know what is the name of the hotel there and how much does it cost a night?

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nancy is our web studio intern and she’s a huge help to our stylists and studio team – get to know a little bit more about her!

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suzie -Apr 22, 2011, 1:25PM
I miss you Nancy!!!
Roya C. Pourshalchi -Nov 29, 2010, 5:08PM
Amazing Nancy ! The answers are so you and clever! Doing mama proud.

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one of our fans reached out to us on facebook to share her connection with free people, and had this to say:

“I just wanted  to say that I personally love the free people philosophies. Not many clothing  brands tend to inspire you as a “person” but free people does a great job at  inspiring their consumers, daily. Through the art and photography in the  catalogs, to the clothing materials themselves, they allow you to DREAM to be the person you feel you are to be, without restraint, without holding back, to have the FREEdom to be who you are, and for that to be a beautiful thing. To live and love in the moment. To dare to be more with your life and to not worry about what others may perceive. Be you, be beautiful (that is  my personal motto) and I believe free people does a wonderful job capturing that specific essence. Great job. Much love,  Candice.”

that is what it’s all about! thank you for the inspiring words, candice, it means so much to us. xoxo.

sherri -Jan 01, 2013, 4:53PM
I actually follow this girl's blog and I noticed the link above for her blog and it's not correct, her blog is http://alisvolatpropriisalways.tumblr.com/
karin -Nov 11, 2010, 1:55PM
i looked her up on facebook, and yes she does have a blog, its worldupsidedown.tumblr.com & her name is candice devan chumley for facebook. i looked up the comment post on fb on fp haha

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Post image for LA, a visual diary – part one

the trip has been magical so far…from an early morning plane ride to a wild night out in west hollywood, shopping in santa monica and watching the sunset on venice beach… california, you will always have a piece of my heart.

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Laurie -Nov 10, 2010, 10:12PM
I love the goat head. Where is this place? Thanks, Laurie
fp julia -Nov 01, 2010, 10:02AM
the cupcakes are from famous cupcakes - soooo delicious, and i don't even like cupcakes usually.

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for rumi neely’s shoot in the october catalog, our team went to the home of our senior designer behind our fp one line and store design.  located in mt. airy, philadelphia, her house is everything you would imagine for someone with her creative spirit.  from the outside it looks like villa you’d see in the south of france, and on the inside it is full of treasures she has collected during her travels (she spends six months of each year in india).

a video is coming soon, but here is a special preview of her beautiful home.

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Swedish girl in Australia -May 14, 2014, 1:59AM
Oh wow I am looking for a book they have there, Traditional Textiles of Central Asia!! Anyone knows where to get it?
-Nov 14, 2010, 5:32PM
where is ur closet organizer from?

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our operations manager’s terrier, dexter, taking part in a scooter rally this weekend.  and yes he’s wearing goggles – safety first!’

amazing. she’s got some talented pups!

Cathy -Oct 12, 2010, 7:24PM
I Love Dexter !!!!!!!!
Mary -Oct 12, 2010, 8:35AM
Doggles!!!

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as you guys probably know, october is breast cancer awareness month.  i wanted to share a cool thing you can do to support the cause, called pink hair for hope.  through the month of october, participating salons will put a pink hair extension in your hair for $10, with all proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. this is such a great idea and a fun way to raise awareness! i think i’m going to have to re-dye the ends of my hair to be pink again :)

for more info click here.

Cat horn -Oct 13, 2010, 9:55AM
I want to find a place in Philly that is participating in this. What a great way to show support.
Amanda -Oct 11, 2010, 1:16AM
I agree with vero. Where is the info to tell us where to get the pink extensions at?

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Post image for as yoga month comes to a close…

…our resident yoga expert shares some of her favorite yoga resource!

The above image is the Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures by Sri Dharma Mittra. This poster hangs in the studio where I frequently practice in Brooklyn and I can’t help staring at it!

Yoga Journal

Obvious, yes, but this is definitely the most general and appealing website/magazine out there. They have great tips on integrating a yoga practice into your daily life and are constantly exploring the history, spirituality, and practicality of yoga.

YogaDork

A funny blog about yoga!

The Prophet

A beautiful poetry book that isn’t necessarily “yoga” but relates to all of the beauty and wisdom of life that yoga helps bring into consciousness. I cannot believe I did not read this book until this year!

Intimately FP

We have the cutest bras to peek out under your sweaty tees and tanks and the seamless tops are awesome for yoga too. I know yoga teachers that LIVE in the halter bras!

Yoga to the People

This is where I did my teacher training. They have studios in New York and California and their website features free podcast classes you can follow at home!

and here’s a collage of my ideal bag for yoga!

the monrow vintage sweatpants and heathered sporty bra would be perfect for yoga class, after which i’d throw on the super stripe tee, fairisle reversible beanie and trapper moccasins for the walk home :)

Samantha -Oct 23, 2010, 4:33AM
Yes, very cute yoga attire!! I'm definitely going to check out Yoga to the People soon! I've been looking for a place to get my certification, I've only known of Greenhouse Holistic in Brooklyn and Laughing Lotus so far. So happy that you blog about yoga, Free People. Namaste
Erin -Sep 30, 2010, 10:21AM
We have that very same Master Yoga Chart at the Jivamukti center in NYC that I always practice at :) I always stare at it as I wait for my class to start.. I'd love a poster of it

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i love yoga, and when i first started going to classes i realized that i needed a case to carry my yoga mat to and from the studio.  i went to a few different stores and found the cases to be way too expensive when it seemed like something i could make pretty easily using supplies i already had at home. turns out it was!

all you need is fabric, a needle & thread, measuring tape, scissors and your strap.  for fabric i used an old tapestry and for my strap i used a soft belt (the kind that you tie, without a buckle) that came with an old pair of pants.

unfortunately i did this a while ago so i don’t have photos documenting the process.  but basically what i did was rolled up my yoga mat and measured the length and the circumference of the mat.  i added on a few inches to both the length and the circumference to be safe, and then cut the fabric to that height and width.

next i folded the fabric in half, with the patterned side of the fabric on the inside, and sewed the side and bottom together – leaving the top open. then i turned it inside out so the pattern is on the outside and the extra fabric and stitching is on the inside.

for the top of the case, where the opening is, i folded the top edge of the fabric a couple of inches on the inside, so there was a double layer, and then did two rows of stitches about an inch apart.  next i strung a shoe lace through, in between the two rows of stitches, creating a drawstring for the case.

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now for the strap! i kinda did this my own way.  i cut two small holes near the top of the case and two near the bottom, put the belt through and knotted it.  some may want to sew the strap to the case but i found this works just as well and was probably a lot easier :)

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i’m really happy with the result :) i’ve had it for a few years now and it has held up really well!

Sarah -Sep 29, 2010, 7:14PM
aw this is great, will definitely have to make one :) i'm in the middle of a teacher training right now, have loved the yoga month posts! www.flickr.com/artbysarah

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