“How hard it is to escape from places. However carefully one goes they hold you – you leave little bits of yourself fluttering on the fences – like rags and shreds of your very life.”
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Every day in our cafeteria here at Free People they offer the most interesting soups. Since it’s been summer they’ll usually do one chilled option. I’m always intrigued, but never actually like the sample enough to get it for lunch…until the other day. They made this pineapple gazpacho – sounds weird – but I LOVED its mixture of sweet and spicy so much that I ended up devouring it down for lunch. At home I later tried to replicate the dish and found it’s beyond easy. The only thing is, you’ll need a bit of planning ahead since the dish tastes better chilled in the fridge over night.
For the Gazpacho You’ll Need:
1 Yellow Pepper
½ Sweet Onion
5 Sprigs Cilantro (stems included)
2 tsp Rice Vinegar
½ tsp Spicy Sriracha Sauce
¼ tsp White Pepper
For The Garnish:
¼ Red Pepper
2 Sprigs Cilantro (leaves only)
1. Core & Peel Pineapple. Then cut pineapple, yellow pepper, cucumber, and onion into medium pieces.
2. Throw all gazpacho ingredients into a blender or bowl if you have a hand blender like I do. Puree until texture is smooth.
3. Chill over night
4. Garnish with red pepper and cilantro to serve
DO: turn off the TV
Last week my roommate and I took a big step. We got rid of cable. At first, the thought of fewer bills was a large weight lifted, and then the panic began to set in. We were going to have to quit old habits cold turkey. No more dressing to its background noise in the morning, mindless tv watching after work, or simple scapegoat procrastination.
Just because there’s no cable doesn’t mean we have to sit there bored, however, and I’m quite proud of how resilient we’ve been in thriving without it. It’s funny, before I was always frustrated with having too little time to get things done. Now, there’s miraculously enough time, and all I had to do was turn off the tv. Life has taken on new facets. When you don’t have tv there to entertain you, you automatically busy yourself with something else. I suggest turning it off today, and exploring some of what I’ve been soaking up since I too did the same:
A CLEAN HOUSE
LOTS OF GOOD READING
MORE TIME SPENT OUTDOORS
EXPLORING EXISTENT HOBBIES AND PICKING UP NEW ONES
FUN CREATIVE ENDEAVORS
What fun things will you do to fill up the free time?
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i know i’ve talked a lot about these guys over the past few weeks on the blog, what with our catalog release party and the free download, but today i wanted you to get to know the happen-ins from their mouths :) here’s a little slideshow interview with the band mixed in with some behind the scenes photos from our catalog shoot!
paige works in one of our nyc stores and sent along this lovely post about a weekend getaway to martha’s vineyard :) Read more »
Some people like to dress in strictly black clothing. I’m personally more of a white apparel girl, and then there are some who like to dress in between. We had a lot of black and white all over the office today. Black seemed to be showing up in bolder edgy pieces while summer white was all ethereal in lacey frocks and tunics. Check out how our Free People girls were styling the two it colors!
On Tuesday you all got an introduction to our new capsule collection: FP Spun. In general, I’m a big fan of Free People’s crochet and knit pieces, so word of this collection got me very excited. The pieces are all crocheted or knit with elegant Italian yarns, shiny silk blends, or nubbed soft linens. Seeing the final results, I’m awed – every piece is a masterpiece. I think I know which my favorite is, but what do you all think?
The Eighty Stages Crochet Dress
The Retro Sweater Short
The Dreams of Crochet Dress
The Fishtail Maxi Skirt
Today our lovely lady of the week styled an outfit from the sample closet here at Free People. She decided to centralize the outfit around the Avenue West Chemise, her favorite piece of the moment, because she absolutely loves how pretty and versatile it is. She wanted to style it unbuttoned, and worn as a bed jacket today, but she said she would also wear it as a dress or with more layers in the fall if it were a piece in her own closet. “Not only is it versatile, but it’s versatile in two ways: day to night and summer to fall.”
She layered the chemise over her own jeans and a rocker style tank to play down its femininity and give the outfit some edge. The HIGH platform shoes in a nude pink color that she chose had that same balance of pretty vs. edgy. Then she mixed it all up by throwing some earthy flavor into the mix with a fringed suede shoulder bag. It’s unexpectedness kept the outfit interesting, and added a whole new level of detail. The whole look was topped off with simple jewelry, a long jade necklace, to avoid distracting from the elegant fringed chemise and the outfit’s other contrasting elements.
If you answered yes to these questions, we have the perfect job for you: we are looking for a new design talent to join our print and color team!
Please submit 3 prints that shows both your love and understanding of the Free People product and your vision of what the product should look like.
You can paint, draw, sketch…anything you’d like…to clearly express your creativity.
We will be accepting projects until August 19th. Please email a photo attachment (preferably a JPEG) of your project to: email@example.com
The designers whose work we love may have an opportunity to travel to Philadelphia to interview and spend a day with us.
We are very excited to find some extremely talented young designers to add to our growing team!
p.s. to learn more about what our print and color team does, check out this post :)
Who would’ve thought that the victorian bed jacket would make a comeback!
Well… it sure has, but this time with a twist. we are taking the bed jacket away from the conventional way to wear it and bringing it into a rock ‘N’ roll state of mind by adding attitude.
The victorian bed jacket, which was popularized in the 1930’s by Hollywood films, has been making a statement here in our office, and we love how versatile it is. A cute little easy jacket that can be styled up for the night with a mini and boots or dressed down in the day with a pair of jeans and a lose tee. In our July book we mixed up its delicate nature by adding it with leather and rock t shirts.
A perfect mix to achieve that sweet and hard look!
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