Paris was the perfect setting to capture the fashion of the 1920s for our Through the Decades holiday catalog. The grayish light and romantic architecture created a dreamy backdrop to the 1920s styling worn by Elsa Hosk and sisters Zuzanna and Julia Bijoch.
I always find so much hair inspiration here in the office – we have girls who are experts at perfecting their ‘do. It’s funny though, I think about half of the girls whose hair I took a photo of said they were having a bad hair day – but I think they all look awesome! That’s what is so great about things like hats, turbans, twists and cute little buns on top of your head – you may think you’re having a bad hair day but to everyone else you look completely put together and fashionable.
“I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering…”
Sometimes I feel like the thoughts in my head fly around at a frenzied pace and the only way to sort them out is to get away for a bit. Even if it’s not far away, just to get out of the city, and surround myself with new sights, smells and sounds can do the trick. This weekend I did actually travel though – I went to California for a quick vacation with my sister to catch up with some family and old friends.
California is one of my favorite places in the world – and while I prefer San Francisco, I do love LA. We stayed at the Standard Hotel in Hollywood – located on Sunset Blvd, it has a really cool modern vibe and great location. We spent our days doing some vintage shopping on Melrose (where I found a pair of perfectly beat-up boots in just my size for a mere $20!), hanging out in Santa Monica – where we even went to the pier for the first time in years, and just lounging by the pool at the hotel, relaxing before a night out.
It was just what I needed before flying back to a cold, snowy (!) Northeast on Saturday.
The Standard Hotel
I loved this store Slow – especially its little off-shoot full of vintage treasures called As Is.
Another great store – Wasteland – where I got my boots.
This lovely lady with romantic style is a designer here at Free People. Beautiful wrap dresses and flowing chiffon paired with her head of fiery red curls give off an almost Victorian feeling. She puts an updated twist on the classically beautiful elements with leather leggings, boho wedges, and playful nail art. A master of prints, you’ll often catch this designer in a statement pattern that is to die.
It’s come to that season where gift giving is on everyone’s mind and we always need a helping hand in knowing what special items are out there. We went around our home office and asked our seniors what items they are all about this Fall.
Here they tell us what item they love from out Fall collection
Last week you saw a sneak peek of our holiday catalog, which explores the influential decades of the 1920s, 50s, 70s and modern day. The catalog is now online and each week we’ll be exploring one of these decades here on the blog!
Chapter One: The 1920s
Paris in the twenties – a magical place and magical time. When the “Lost Generation” found itself and found its voice in Left Bank cafes and cabarets. Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway. James Joyce and Pablo Picasso. Josephine Baker and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Freedom, jazz, and love and joy.
Clockwise from top left:
Ernest Hemingway, pictured in his army uniform, who popularized the phrase “une generation perdu,” or Lost Generation, in his novel The Sun Also Rises. The term referred to the generation that came of age during the first World War, and included other writers and artists like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein.
The automobile became a widespread means of transportation in the 1920s, when Ford introduced the affordable Model T. Pictured is a Crossley, a popular car in 1920s Europe.
A shot from our holiday book that captures the 1920s Parisian cafe scene.
An example of 1920s fashion; the 1920s were a time when women were liberated from constraints – they wore flapper dresses, pants, and skirts that bared their calves, menswear style shoes and cloche hats that covered their short bobs.
One of the most iconic novels to come out of the 1920s was F. Scott Fitzgerald’sThe Great Gatsby. Set in 1920s New York, his words paint a picture of glamour and sadness, and of the lost generation that was struggling to find itself.
One of the most influential fashion figures of the 1920s, and still today, was Coco Chanel. She was an innovator in setting trends of the 1920s like menswear-inspired fashion, and launched the famous Chanel No. 5 perfume in 1921.
Stay tuned for more on the fashion of the 1920s and behind the scenes from our shoot in Paris!
Yet another thing to love about fall is the plethora of squash varieties you can discover at farmer’s markets and the grocery store. It’s a great time of year to dream up dishes, and experiment around. The following recipe is one of my favorite results from doing so thus far this season.
1 Acorn Squash
1 Pint of Non-Fat Cottage Cheese
¼ Cup Dried Cranberries
¼ Cup Pistachios – shelled and chopped
1 Tbsp Honey
½ Tsp Cinnamon
½ Tsp Allspice
2 Tbsp Macadamia Nut Oil
Preheat oven to 400F. Cut your acorn squash in half
Scoop out insides with a spoon
Brush squash with macadamia nut oil
Cover a baking sheet with tinfoil
Place acorn squash face down onto baking sheet, and place into the oven to cook until soft (approx 30 min).
When your squash is almost cooked, throw cottage cheese, honey, cinnamon, allspice, and pistachios into a blender.
Stir in cranberries, and then spoon filling into squash. Garnish with cinnamon.