new year, new book!

i am very excited to announce our next book club read – just kids by patti smith! a couple of you recommended this book but it was literally yesterday during a conversation with our videographer that we chose it.   here is what she had to say about it…

i’d heard friends talking about patti’s book and how powerful/inspiring/mesmerizing it was…
coincidentally i got tickets to see her play in new york for the new year.
i’m not much of a reader anymore, but…
i started the book on sunday – after seeing her perform which was downright amazing – and stayed up til 1am tuesday to finish it.
i don’t even feel like i can conjure up words to say what she’s already said – though when i read the last page, i texted my good friend,
feeling compelled to say “good lord, there’s good work to be done.”
i haven’t been so moved by a book in maybe…ever.
you’ll want to throw away all of your fears and reservations and excuses and go for it –
it being whatever the heck you want your life to be.

ok sign me up! i can’t wait to start reading it.  i’ll give you all a week or so to get started and then i’ll start posting about it. in the meantime, here are some images of the impossibly cool patti smith.

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a look back

at all the amazing things that happened this year…

we moved into our sweet new digs!

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our catalog team traveled to some amazing locations.

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us bloggers did some traveling too :)

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we introduced you all to the five fp girls!

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and to our new lines, vintage loves and wee people.

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we went crazy for hair trends! the fishtail braid, rainbow extensions, feather extensions, dip dying, we tried it all!

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and fell in love with fashion trends like clogs, bodycons, mixed prints, 70s groupie, underwear as outerwear, old west and crochet.

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we got to meet and work with some awesome bloggers – much love to rumi, natalie, georgia, dylana, chantal and gemma!

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we opened some new stores…

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and our display team made them all look amazing.

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and we made some new furry friends!

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…can’t wait to see what 2011 will bring!

getting to know you

one of the coolest things about my job as free people blogger is that i get to interact with so many of our customers and fans.  whether it’s through the emails i get every day from blog readers, the comments people leave on blog posts, or photos and artwork people upload to facebook, i am constantly inspired by our fans.

but i want to get to know you even better, and share your stories on the blog so everyone can see them. tell me your story about free people – how you first discovered us, why you love free people, where you like to wear your free people, artwork and photography inspired by free people – you name it, i want to see it and hear it.

you can send your stories, photos, drawings, paintings, DIY projects, and more to blog@freepeople.com

i want to compile as many as possible for a little project we’d like to do as an ongoing tribute to you, our readers and fans.

can’t wait to hear from you! xoxo

terrain

i went to our sister store terrain for the first time this weekend, and i must say… it really lived up to my expectations.   i’ve heard so much about it, especially how lovely it is this time of year – with christmas trees, lights, a bonfire and more. but what really got me was the smell.  after browsing the outdoor stuff, we walked through a velvet curtain to check out the inside and were greeted with the aroma of what i can only describe as christmas.  fresh pine, logs burning on a fireplace, hints of cinnamon and spice…i want to bottle up that smell and keep it.

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check out the website here.

free people out west

when our team returned from shooting our december catalog with photos of the incredible western landscape, memories of my own road trip out west came flooding back.  utah, colorado, arizona and new mexico are home to some of the most beautiful land i’ve ever seen – national parks, forests, monuments, campgrounds, rivers, mountains and more.   i put together a little map of the four corners region and some of the amazing places you’ll find there.

this trip would be meadow’s holiday getaway of choice- taking off on a road trip with friends to explore the western landscape. camping at zion, swimming in lake powell and picking up turquoise jewelry and dream catchers at old road stops along the way.

click on each image to see a larger version in flickr, where you can download the entire map!

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stay tuned for our next journey… across the atlantic in beautiful paris!

free people guide to nyc: part three

the third and final part of our new york guide, featuring where to shop and places to visit!

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i hope you enjoyed our guide to NYC and stay tuned because we are doing a guide to go along with our january catalog which was shot in…

… PARIS! one of my favorite cities in the world. i’m so excited!

free people guide to NYC: part one

i am so excited to finally bring you the free people guide to new york city! you may remember a few weeks back, jemma and i went to new york to check out some spots we love and take pictures, and we’ve put together a guide of all of our favorite hotels, restaurants, hang-outs, shops and more. as you look through the guide, keep an eye out for the little red snowflake sticker, which indicates a place that’s great to go to during the holiday season!

there’s definitely a magical air in new york city around the holidays, and it would be the destination of choice for our candy girl who loves tradition and everything about the holidays – the decorations, the music, the smells and of course, the snow.

i will post the guide in three sections over the next few days but starting today you can find the entire thing on flickr – right here – where you can download the large size and print out your own copy of the fp guide to nyc!

first up, where to stay and where to eat!

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stay tuned for part two, where to hang out and go to concerts!

holiday getaways – lou

lou would be in her element at a ski resort where she can snowboard to her heart’s content, and one of the best places for winter activities is lake tahoe. we love squaw valley – which is also where the wanderlust yoga and music festival takes place. lou could stay at the squaw valley lodge where she can ski right out onto the mountain. when she gets tired, she can relax in the outdoor hot tub and then cozy up by the fire in an armchair with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book… even lou needs to indulge herself every once in a while, and for that there’s a fireside indoor spa!

other activities that lou will love can be found at high camp.  a scenic ride up the mountain in the squaw valley cable car and she can enjoy ice skating, snow tubing and moonlit snowshoe tours, all with panoramic views of lake tahoe and the high sierra.

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for more info on squaw valley click here. the website is referring to this past month as “snowvember” because they’ve already gotten eleven feet of snow – and counting!

grand old lady of broad street

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!

A Peek into a Texas Thanksgiving

 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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