Paris fashion week to me has a certain unique edge to it that gives the glamorous silhouettes a bit of funk. From tinsel skirts at Balenciaga worn with a structured top half to Chambray denim worn with foiled gold at Balmain, The designers featured at Paris always know how to mix the young with the old.
Valentino brought 1920’s lace back into the picture and wasn’t scared to hit the ground with it, while Chloe brought interested and unique proportions down the runway; I love the exaggerated details in the garments – why not call out a great waistband or a cool sleeve.
Here’re my highlights from Paris, what did you guys think?
Balenciaga, Balmain, Valentino and Chloe - Street style by Tommy Ton via style.com
Fairisle is one of those words that awakens certain senses… it symbolizes chilly weather, playing in the snow and bundling up by a fire to warm your bones, crisp air and red cheeks.
I never knew this, but fairisle is named after a small island in northern Scotland. The traditional knitting technique uses multiple colors to create the signature fairisle patterns, and first gained popularity when worn by the Prince of Wales in the early 1920s. Today its one of our favorite patterns for knitwear and we love it in all different forms – sweaters, leggings, socks, bags, you name it – it adds pattern, color and a touch of coziness to a basic outfit.
Here’s how some of us are rocking fairisle in the Free People office!
We love this cropped pullover to pieces! It’s the perfect sweater to throw on over a tank and jeans all fall and winter long.
I had to get a close-up of these amazing studded ankle boots too!
We’re dying over the new colors in the Pocono sweater leggings – These have snow day written all over them :)
Add some color to your outfit with a fairisle bag like the Peruvian ski satchel!
Lastly, this fairisle tunic is amazing! Just throw it on over some tights and boots, and you’re set!
A few weeks ago I went to see one of my favorite bands, The National, play at the Academy of Music. There were two opening acts, and the first one was called Wye Oak, a band I’d never heard of. We missed their set, but I was curious so I looked them up. Big mistake – I totally regret not catching them live. Read more »
The fashion blogger and creative researcher here at Free People is a little pixie with amazing style. Using her sharp British eye she blends rich colors and details, and always knows how to style vintage pieces in a way that strays from dowdy. She’s one of those select few who can pull of a vintage floral-print jumpsuit and make it look modernly chic. She rocks the borrowed from the boy look with nostalgic touches of corduroy, elbow patches, and canvas – keeping her silhouette streamlined, but relaxed. A lot of her clothes she either makes herself or she’s picked up on a vintage store run. And then there are those pieces it seems that she is religiously attached to. You can almost bet she’ll have on her black lace-up walking boots and silver rings. They seem to go with everything she wears, always adapting to the spirit of each outfit.
This fall we’re all about borrowing from the boys - giving menswear style blazers, sweaters, shirts and denim a cool girl attitude. We had some fun in the studio last week shooting this video starring our production assistant and stylist intern!
“The bridge will only take you halfway there, to those mysterious lands you long to see. Through gypsy camps and swirling Arab fair, and moonlit woods where unicorns run free. So come and walk awhile with me and share the twisting trails and wondrous worlds I’ve known. But this bridge will only take you halfway there. The last few steps you have to take alone.”
These days the word “granola” seems to be slightly vague. When you go to the grocery store there are so many versions. It can be made with oats. It can be made with nuts. There can be cinnamon, or vanilla – even chocolate. You get the point. Basically, to be granola it has to have crunch, and it has to be delicious. When you make it at home, however, there are even more versions to experiment with. The options are endless, so I wanted to share some of the interesting granola recipes that have been catching my eye lately. I love the idea of making your own granola, and really controlling what goes into it. I’m still deciding which I should throw together, but if any of you try one, let me know how it is!
Crunchy Quinoa Granola
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup dry quinoa
1/4 cup flaxseeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons agave syrup
2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
Preheat oven to 300F.
Combine all dry ingredients (oats, quinoa, flaxseeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds) in a large bowl. Mix well.
In a small bowl stir together all wet ingredients (applesauce, cinnamon, vanilla, agave, molasses).
Pour over the dry ingredients and stir until well coated.
Spread the granola on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Turn it over every 10 minutes or so to provide even toasting.
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Dash of ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups old fashioned oats
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup almonds
1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
1/4 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
Preheat oven to 350F
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt.
Stir in the brown sugar and maple syrup until smooth.
Add the oats, dried cranberries, raisins, almonds, coconut, and pumpkin seeds, stirring until granola is evenly coated. It will be moist.
Spread out evenly on prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes and stir the granola around. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.
Allow to cool completely before storing in an air-tight container. Granola will crisp up once it has cooled down.
Everyone is someone, and everything has a story. I love stories. Stories fuel the imagination and fill the soul with emotion. We read books and watch movies, falling in love with the tales of other’s lives, but the real world never seems to have the same luster. Maybe, if we pay attention, it can.
Look around, and pay attention. It’s amazing the stories you’ll find. People falling in love, friends overcoming challenges together, world changing events, it’s all going on around you. Look at it in the context of a story. By doing so you give lives and events a path – a start, ups and downs, and a future. It is a way to understand the world with emotion and recognize the beauty in everyday life instead of simply floating along.