I saw these Bicycle Portraits on Miss Moss and was so intrigued by the photos and the story behind them. Over the course of a 2 year journey in South Africa, Stan Engelbrecht & Nic Grobler compiled portraits and stories from over 500 cyclists. The beautiful photographs have been divided into three books, each containing 55 stories as well as essays by local South African and major international cycling figures.
On their website, the photos are displayed along with the location of where the photo was taken, pin-pointed on a google map. In the books, the photos are laid out with little water-color depictions of the maps – so lovely and creative!
Do you ever feel like it’s hard to enjoy yourself because some aspect of life is cluttered? Take the time to tackle those cluttered areas and set up some sort of organization of yourself this Saturday. Once you have a system in place you’ll find less stress and more free time to enjoy other activities. I personally find that there are three areas in my life that collect the clutter most: my desk, my closet/bedroom, and my life documents. I’ve been doing a bit of research to get my life in order, and thought I’d share some tips with you all to help get organized.
Organizing Your Desk
File: organize desk papers into a filing system. Set up a desktop filing rack close at hand for current projects – making each project its own separate folder. Once a project is done with, file it away into a filing cabinet organized A-Z.
To do lists: to do lists are very important. I’ve just recently discovered teuxdeux.com, and can’t get over how amazingly helpful it is. I input all of my tasks and assign them days to get done. Within each day I rank items in the order I’d like to complete them. As things come up, even if it’s something I have to do a month away, I put it into my teux deux calendar. It’s a very helpful way to organize and prioritize.
Scratch Pad: Keep a scratch pad by your telephone with pens and pencils to have readily available. You never know when you’ll have to write down a number, idea, name, etc.
Take Ten Minutes: at the end of each day, take ten minutes to put everything away before you leave your desk. This will help to insure that everything is where you expect it to be, and you won’t lose time searching.
Organizing Your Closet
Color Code: I’ve never been much of a closet color coder, but I think it’s something that I need to do. If waking up early is not your thing (it’s not mine), then this will help to speed the morning process along. Clothes will be less likely to get lost, and you’ll know exactly where to find what you’re looking for. Within each color, organize pieces from light to heavy (ex. tank tops, then short sleeves, then long sleeve, and finally sweaters).
Edit: Every couple of months or so, edit down. Go through your closet, and pick out items that you never wear. Do this with a friend whose opinion you trust. Ask them if they think you’ll wear it again or if they like it. Bring items that get the cut to a buy/sell/trade thrift store so that you can get something in exchange.
Eye Level: Keep items you use frequently at eye level. Place items you rarely use higher up or away in labeled boxes. You can rotate labeled boxes depending upon the season.
Hooks: Mount a hook outside of your closet. If you have the time, pick out an outfit the night before and hang it on the hook.
Organizing Important Papers
Accordion Folder: Pick up an accordion folder to sort out bills and other important papers. Make sections for unpaid, gas, electric, auto, receipts, insurance, etc. Before a bill is paid, it should always live in unpaid. Once it’s taken care of, move it into its respective category. Some people even like to scan the old papers, and then throw them out. If you have a scanner handy this is a great idea.
Mail Tray: Make a spot to place mail right by the front door. Immediately recycle any junk mail, and then drop the keepers into your tray. Each weekend, go through and clean it out, so that you never get too much buildup.
I hope everyone’s feeling more organized! Have a great Saturday J
When it comes to Valentine’s Day (or any day for that matter!) there’s nothing better than a handmade gift from the heart. On Saturday February 11th, head on over to your local Free People boutique and make something special for your Valentine. Read more »
As you may recall, we had a little contest this month in conjunction with our January catalog and its NY vs. LA theme. We picked a winner for each city, and now its time to learn a little bit more about these stylish ladies – up first, our LA winner, Eva of Cathedral City, California!
I definitely love the diversity that exists in L.A. It’s this huge melting pot of all kinds of people…mostly strange people [haha], but that is what makes L.A. interesting and unique. It’s one of those cities where self expression is a must.
Three words that best describe California style are: Cool, chic, and trendy.
How would you describe your personal style? Which Free People girl are you?
I would have to say I’m Meadow and Ginger mixed into one!! I love the relaxed, carefree, bohemian look when I’m out during the day running errands, shopping, or having lunch/coffee with friends. But I definitely appreciate a sexy mini dress paired with 5 inch platforms when I’m hitting the town!
What is your favorite trend this season?
Colorblocking seems very popular this season…haven’t tried it yet, but definitely something I would love to try. Who knew that not matching could ever look so cute?!?!
There’s a distinct trend in fashion that has been extremely noticeable around the office these past few months. Employees are embracing their feminine side with a look marked by retro-inspired blouses, peter pan collars, and oxford shoes. The flouncy shirts of the 40’s and 50’s are getting their second life – coming back styled with the coolness of inspirations like Alexa Chung. The retro look couldn’t be more refined and sophisticated, yet adventurous and hip at the same time. We like to pair the lady-like retro pieces back to jumpers and floppy hats for a look that we love so much, we’ve launched a new FP Girl inspired by the trend. Stay tuned next week to learn all about her, but for now, here’s a bit of ladylike and cool inspiration from around the Free People home offices…
Spring is running through my blood and there’s no stopping it, I want to drink sunlight until I glow and smell the sweet scent of flowers. Whenever spring comes upon us I get fueled by love and curiosity, I think it’s the turn of a new season – it makes me want to launch my heart into the unknown and try something new, like a new trend, a new way of dressing or a new makeup update. This spring we are excited about flowers, flowers all over the place and even doubling them up just like Jazzmine from Garance Dora. We’re all about it and you’ll be seeing a lot more of this these next coming months. Don’t worry, we’ll be giving you style tips on the blog on how to wear this powerful trend.
You may typically think “maxi” when you think of Free People, but this coming Spring we’re mixing it up, and delving into an assortment of mini’s. They’re fun and flirty – definitely a playful item to have in your wardrobe. Some are sexier while others are more lady-like. Which style do you all prefer? Read more »
I have been so excited to share our February catalog sneak peek, featuring one of my favorite models - Freja Beha Erichsen! She brings an amazing edgy attitude to our tomboy Lou styles and looks beyond gorgeous showing a softer Candy and Meadow side as well. The catalog was shot by Joshua Allen and drops next week – here’s a little preview!