if you’re headed to bonnaroo and have the time, try and set aside a day or two (preferably pre-festival so you’re not completely worn out) to explore the city of nashville. the self proclaimed “music city” and birthplace of country music is home to the ryman auditorium (the “mother church of country music”) and a lively bar scene where you can listen to live music any day of the week. broadway and printer’s alley are lined with honky tonks (what they call the bars that also serve as music venues) and just walking down the street the sound of guitar and country music twang will entice you to step inside. at bars like robert’s western world and legends corner you can feel the ghost’s of past musicians in the creaky wooden floors and beat up cowboy boots that line the walls. it is easy to lose an entire day wandering from bar to bar and listening to music – plus a lot of the bands will take requests! i had a fun time trying to get one band to play some stones and the only song they knew was “honky tonk women”. shocking :)
stay tuned for a post on the awesome vintage shopping scene in nashville!
last week i told you all about the trip fp jemma and i took to NYC for the day to visit some of our stores. well we had a small window of free time before our train back to philly so we hit williamsburg in brooklyn for a quick shopping session at stella dallas. this was my first time visiting the vintage store and i could have spent all day browsing the racks and rummaging through boxes in search of antique treasures. i love the smell of vintage stores…like your grandparents attic mixed with an old library of yellowed, crackling books. you always know you’re going to find something special and what that find will be is the mystery.
here are some photos from our shopping excursion…
what was my big find? i was absolutely smitten with the vintage rock tees hanging all over the store- so it broke my heart a little when i saw the sign saying they were part of the owner’s private collection and not for sale…. until I found a rack in the back with a sweet pink floyd t-shirt that i grabbed and would not let go of!
here’s another tip – follow up a day of vintage shopping with food and drinks at blackbird – a charming little corner spot on bedford ave that i would love to spend hours in, reading a book and people watching. it’s got a great atmosphere with wooden shelves lined with books and an old wooden bar full of character.
she’s the body conscious party girl who always seems to find herself with an occasion to dress up, put on some heels and flutter her lashes. her coolness exudes confidence and she and her friends draw attention from every corner. a night on the town, dinner and drinks with girlfriends, and daytime shopping are her favorite pastimes, mixed in with a drop of boy fun. sometimes it’s a mystery where you’ll find her, but she’ll catch your eye when you do.
she is ginger and her summer getaway is the city that never sleeps – new york. she is in her element among the crowds and stops traffic wherever she goes. a day of shopping is capped off with drinks with her girlfriends overlooking the sparkling city lights. she only returns to her suite as the sun comes up. located in chelsea, the xx suite is stylish yet affordable, with plenty of room for her to bring back some friends for a late night dance party before tired heads hit the pillow, in need of a good beauty sleep.
for her getaway ginger makes sure to pack plenty of body con items to wear out on the town, with killer heels and eye catching jewelry. the only other thing she needs are some skinny jeans and a cute top for brunch and daytime shopping excursions.
we voted for our favorite photos for the august catalog…
there was a birthday celebration for one of our visual display artists…
fritz looks up from his comfy bed…
this requires some explanation. we had a sample sale today (when employees can purchase old clothing samples) and sometimes they have leftover samples that they package into “mystery boxes” that we can then buy for $5 or $10. what you’re seeing is some mystery box styling!
…and an orange flag appeared in our lobby :) go flyers!!!
lou is our tomboy all american girl who loves the great outdoors – so there is no better summer getaway for her than a cross country road trip. she is inspired by being on the road and the vast American landscape that sprawls out before her. from lush green forest to open plains to desolate ghost towns and sand dunes she drives with the windows down and the music blasting, the wind whipping her hair across her face. she has a bad habit of stopping at western gas stations and rest stops where they sell cowboy hats, dream catchers and native american woven blankets that she picks up as souvenirs. the white topped mountains in the distance take her breath away.
lou doesn’t reach her destination until she can’t go any further – she has reached the pacific coast, and drives up highway one to big sur, one of the most beautiful spots in the US. Here she hikes to a campground to meet up with others and share stories of the road. she swims in the river and takes hikes down to the beach, coming back in time to cook a campfire dinner and go to sleep, exhausted from the day’s activities, under a canopy of redwood trees.
tomorrow is super adoption day at the piazza at schmidts! this will be the largest adoption event in philadelphia history, plus there will be live music, food and drinks, special guests, shopping, vendors, crafters and more. the event is organized by philly no kill, an amazing organization with the goal of making philadelphia a city where all healthy and treatable animals are saved. there are so many animals in need of homes so stop by tomorrow between 10 and 4 and you may walk away with a new best friend :)
literally, it’s pretty wild! scientists have recently discovered a rare type of bee that makes its nest out of flower petals in a method similar to papier-mâché! the result is so beautiful – i would love to see one in real life…but since that probably won’t happen maybe i’ll collect some petals and try to recreate my own little papier-mâché project. who knew bees could be such talented artists?! :)
i have a love/hate relationship with first fridays in philly. i live in old city…so when i leave my place to go out on the first friday of the month i have to wade through the sea of people blocking the sidewalks, and every place i go is packed. but once it gets nice out, i find myself warming up- literally – to the idea. the streets of old city come alive with all types of creative folk who line the sidewalks with their art, craft and music. i’ll wander around perusing the treasures, stopping every once in a while to talk with sellers, all the while soaking in the energy that is first friday in philadelphia.
the free people home office is looking for an office coordinator!
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in case you couldn’t tell, we here at free people love music festivals. we saw a ton of free people girls at coachella and it definitely got us thinking about ways we can be more involved with festivals in the future. up next is sasquatch, set in a stunningly beautiful gorge in washington state that might have the prettiest stage backdrop i’ve seen yet.
there are always a few select bands making the festival rounds too. this year the XX, the national, phoenix, local natives and black keys seem to be hitting up quite a few. read more for a brief look at what’s coming up this summer and some of the top acts you’ll catch at each festival (although there are really too many to list)!
also make sure you check out our picks for festival fashion right here!
she’s a dreamer, a soul-searcher and a wanderer. drifting along, deep in thought, her eyes tell tales of mysterious adventures. meadow is our bohemian girl who wears loose, flowing tops and dresses that catch the breeze as she roams the earth in search of inspiration. she mixes patterns and prints and piles on jewelry with a handmade, natural touch. on her feet are moccasins or sandals but she’d rather be barefoot. she hears music wherever she goes – at one with nature, she’ll often pause to smell a flower, pet an animal or just to take in the beauty that surrounds her. little trinkets and memorabilia like leaves, stones, a matchbook with thoughts strewn across it, fill her pockets and then the pages of her journals when she eventually returns home.
here are some picks that I could see meadow wearing: