This member of the Candy design team has pretty rad style. She’s not afraid to wear something far out. Piled high each day in vintage, she often dresses in motifs and themes. It’s so nontraditional that it works. With little gothic touches, and that wear-whatever-you-want motto, she reminds me a bit of Abbey Lee. Although her style is loud as can be, once you walk up and say hi she’s a quiet nonchalant personality. I love the guts that she approaches fashion with everyday.
Taking pictures and styling clothes, my thirst for creativity and inspiration was well satiated that day. The euphoria of childlike happiness tightened my cheeks and pulled the corners of my mouth up into a googely grin that never left my face. Shooting and collaborating with these beautiful & talented bloggers was something of an out of body experience – one where you pinch yourself… hard. Myself six months ago, the girl who liked to dink around with the camera gifted by her parents (one of the best gifts I’ve ever received btw), would never have thought I’d be doing this. I’ve always enjoyed photography as a side thing – especially the portrait and fashion genres, but I sort of stumbled into getting to do it on the regular for work. Free People has opened doors to explore my hobby in ways I’d never imagined.
I love being at work & I love what I do, but outside of the office I’ve been pretty busy too. I’m always sure to fill my weekends with adventures: brunching, city jaunts, record sorting, flea markets, nights out with friends, and of course, shopping. It keeps me moving and it keeps me inspired. Life has been a whirlwind of fun and love.
I’ve snapped some photos along the way to document…
Grunge has been on our minds. It’s the cool revival of the 90’s with an “I don’t give an F” attitude. Washed and distressed pieces – leather and studs. We’re channeling Alice Dellal and Kurt Cobain as we layer it on.
Last week we invited some blogger friends down to help us interpret the look. We piled all of our latest cutoff shorts, leather jackets, grunge tees, boots, and washed pieces into a display – letting them go at it: styling and telling us which items they liked best.
The trend we are featuring on our website this week is very close to my heart: Grunge. As someone who grew up mostly in the 90′s, I know the importance of that perfectly beat up pair of jeans, soft over-sized flannel and ripped, worn-through t-shirt that you just can’t seem to part with. I watched My So Called Lifereligiously, had a crush on Jordan Catalano and wanted to be Rayanne Graff. I listened to Nirvana and Pearl Jam on cassette tape and wore Doc Martens. Grunge will always be that one trend for me that I never tire of, and will always wear, because to me its more than a trend – it’s part of who I am.
I gasped when I first saw these paintings (yes, paintings!) by Pakayla Biehn, based on double exposure photography. I definitely recognize some of the images she uses as well…a couple are by the amazing Tamara Lichtenstein.
“I bent down the page who’s triangle still marks that instant. Touching that triangle of yellowed paper today is like sliding my hand into the glove of my seventeen-year-old hand.”
“The sentence that had so addled me suddenly made sense (in the paperback…I still own, the phrase has rockets and fireworks scribbled alongside it).”
- Lit by Mary Karr
I’ve been reading Lit, the second book in a series of memoirs by author Mary Karr. Just last month I read her first, The Liars Club, and she’s quickly become a favorite. Her stories – the way in which she weaves them and presents them – have staying power. They linger in my thoughts and keep my brain from rest. Just in the opening chapters of this second installment, she’s gotten me to thinking about my physical presence now, and how it will creep into my life down the road.
It’s beautiful – the way opening an old book, the pages dog-eared and the notes scribbled, puts her right back in the very place she was when she first read it. It goes to prove that sometimes it takes a physical mark or action to remember.
We forget. How can we not? With 24 hours in a day, 365 days a year, and around 100 years of lifetime – a lot happens. You’re not always thinking of one instant long ago, but sometimes you come across proof of your former self. The marks you make have a way of burning themselves in an instant, and upon their discovery you’re immediately transported back to that time and place – the thoughts and feelings that ran through your head become crystal clear.
So, I’ve decided that I won’t hold back. If I want to make a note in my book, rip a page out of a magazine, or draw in my sketchbook, I’ll do it. It’s not ruining something precious; it’s making something mine, and giving me a connection to a certain moment. Of course, it’s already happened some, but I look forward to the day when these little bits of evidence will pop up and remind me of who I was when I would otherwise forget.