A friend sent this to me the other day to check out and I thought it was such a neat concept – a photographer and textile designer collaborated on this shoot and it showcases both of their talents so beautifully! I love the juxtaposition of the fabrics alongside the photos of nature, they complement each other so perfectly.
We look at people who are older than us. They seem so smart – so good at what they do. They have the world all figured out, and you think that you too should be on their level. As a younger sibling, I’ve gotten used to the idea there will always be somebody who has an advance on me in life, but I’ve also learned to not look at it as an intimidation. Look at it as your chance to learn.
Observe your superiors – your parent, older sibling, boss, older friend. Observe what they do, how they react, and how they think through situations. Talk to them about what’s going on in your life. Chances are that they’ve gone through something similar and can help give you a better outlook on the situation. I’ve talked through breakups, financial situations, friendships, and other life matters with my older friends, and each time I’ve found their perspective extremely helpful and eye opening.
I think that sometimes as human beings we live our lives with too much haste. We want to be knowledgeable and skilled beyond our years. We don’t consider that (usually) neither are the type of thing that one just happens upon. They both develop over time, and take effort and learning. Befriending somebody older than you is a good way to realize this truth. Take observatory lessons from a superior who already has the skills or knowledge you seek. Learn from them and take your time. You’ll be old and wise soon enough.
I have this sudden urge to go camping… I think its this time of year, it’s a little bit cooler out and I just want to wander, lose myself among tall trees, write in my journal, and wake up to watch the sun rise.
Such a playful print is running through our minds lately, we can’t quite get enough of this adorable look. It’s a look that made a very popular fashion statement, especially for women’s dresses and blouses during the 1920, 1940’s and 50’s and now it has made its way back and is at the forefront of everyone’s minds.
We like this look either worn full blown retro, like our muse Alexa Chung, or dress it down with casual items, jeans or cutoffs to give the look a relaxed, cool vibe.
Are you happy to wear polka dots?
Photos: Marc Jacobs, Yohji Yamamoto, Alexa Chung
From left to Right: Elizabeth Taylor struck a glamorous pose in a blouse with a polka dot yoke in 1944, the same year she appeared in the award-winning movie National Velvet. Studio headshot portrait of American singer and actress Alice Faye (1915-1998) wearing a polka-dot dress. 1970 London policewomen. Marilyn Monroe circa 1951.
Funky jewelry – check. Little black boots – check. Great floppy hat – check again…
Our senior designer for sweaters here at Free People has a modern day rock star style. She’s a master of textures, and knows how to rock a great sweater outfit (as she should). Just by looking at her style you can tell she’s an expert.
Although you’ll often find her in sweaters which are soft and cozy, there’s a great grunge quality to the way she dresses. She’ll mix in tattered pieces and vintage tees while piling on jewelry for that right amount of edge. I especially love the feather earrings that she often wears. Not only are they sweet pieces, but she will only wear one at a time, and it looks awesome.
She has a great tattoo that says “feed the good” above a wolf. The words were inspired by a Native American folktale:
“An old Cherokee told his grandson, ‘My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, & ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, & truth.’ The boy thought about it, and asked, ‘Grandfather, which wolf wins?’ The old man quietly replied, ‘The one you feed.’”
It’s looking like it will be a beautiful (almost)fall weekend in Philly! We have fun events going on in a few of our stores, including one at our nearby Ardmore store with a prize that involves yours truly… ;)
Cozy up to Fall at Free People Suburban Square!
We’re snuggling up to this crisp Fall weather, and want you to join!
Stop by Free People Suburban Square on Saturday September 17th – Sunday September 18th, and any COZY item you purchase gets you a raffle ticket! What’s the prize??? A tour of the Free People Home Office in Philadelphia with FP Julia and lunch at our amazing cafeteria! (local residents only, transportation will not be provided to and from the office).
More info on their Facebook page. Can’t wait to meet the winner! :)
Free People Topanga Fall Fashion Show!
Stop by Free People Topanga on Saturday September 17th at 2pm for their back to school fashion show! There will be music from DJ Takara and the blogger from Electric Raspberry will be there giving fashion tips!
Plus – get a sweet limited edition tie dye FP bag with purchases over $250!
Finally, this Saturday September 17th Free People Brentwood we will be hosting a FREE YOGA CLASS from 9AM-10AM in our store! We are ELATED to have Yoga Extraordinaire–Brigitte Bedi of Maha Yoga teaching the class. Just bring yourself, some comfy clothes and a yoga mat! There will be refreshments to follow…and of course time to SHOP!
As you may have seen by now, we had a very special cameo by one of our beloved home office pups in the September catalog – Toby! I caught up with Toby the other day to ask him about his experience shooting his first Free People catalog :)
Were you nervous about being a part of our September catalog shoot? I was a little nervous, but once we started shooting, I relaxed.
What did you do to prepare for the shoot? Well, I’m a natural so I didn’t do much. I had a bath and made sure my paws were extra clean.
What did you think of Bambi, the model you posed with? She was great! I think we complimented each other well. At first, she was a bit scared of me, but after she realized I was a gentle giant, she had fun.
What was your favorite part of the shoot? Being showered with cookies and attention from all the ladies :)
Do you get stopped on the street now that you’re a famous catalog model? Not so much…
Will you be doing any more modeling in the future? I hope to. I am available :)
What’s your favorite thing about Fall? Boots and the cooler weather!
Toby wasn’t the only pup on set at the September shoot! He had a bud to hang out with – Ace!
Ace lives on the farm in New Tripoli where our catalog was shot. He lost his leg when he was hit by a car but he is doing just fine now! He had a blast during the shoot and LOVED all the attention from the ladies :) He is one happy dog!
Everyone showed up ready for work and looking good this week. Femme lace and preppy elements like classic stripes and trousers seemed to have a big role in how we were feeling. The classic touches were accented with funky bellbottoms and cheetah print punches throughout. On top of it all there were some great maxi dresses and fun pops of lipstick. I have to say, this week in office style there was much for the eyes to enjoy. Check it out…
I can’t help but notice all of the great new ankle boots we have up on the Free People site. I’m especially loving a bunch of the heeled/wedged styles. I think that my wardrobe could benefit from one or two pairs of the following. What do you all think? Any favorites?
Fall is creeping in, bringing with it crisper air, crunchy leaves and sweater season! We love the trend of sweater dressing from head-to-toe, outfitting yourself in bulky knits, cozy leggings, cute little sweater shorts and trading in summery maxis and rompers for sweater maxis and overalls. Our senior photographer captured some great sweater dressing street style inspiration right here at the Navy Yard!
During every fashion week the streets come alive with bright colours, glorious prints and rich textures. The sidewalks come alive and show respect to high fashion. We headed to Lincoln centre to see what we could capture; here are some of our best shots of the day!