Post image for Free People Book Club: Jitterbug Perfume, Part 4

To wrap up our posts on Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins, here are some quotes from the final part of the book that inspired me.

I loved the ending of this book. After reading the final page, I put down the book and sat for a while in silence, drinking in the words and thinking about their meaning. I couldn’t help but smile :)

“To be sure, she was exhausted; obviously, she was confused; but she was excited, as well. She felt that she was caught up in some chaotic but grand adventure that was lifting her out of context and placing her beyond the normal constraints of society and biology.”

“he moved through the world as if he was intimate with it, as if he belonged in it, as if there was not the remotest chance that he would fall down in it and break a hip.”


“A mask has but one expression, frozen and eternal, yet it is always and ever the essential expression, and to hide one’s telltale flesh behind the external skeleton of the mask is to display the universal identity of the inner being in place of the outer identity that is transitory and corrupt. A mask, any mask, whether horned like a beast or feathered like an angel, is the face of immortality. Meet me in Cognito, baby. In Cognito, we’ll have nothing to hide.”


“What bothers me today is the lack of, well, I guess you’d call it authentic experience. So much is a sham. So much is artificial, synthetic, watered-down, and standardized.”


“Information gathered from daily newspapers, soap operas, sales conferences, and coffee klatches is inferior to the information gathered from sunlight.”


“Live by the heart if you would live forever.”


“The lesson of the beet, then, is this: hold on to your divine blush, your innate rosy magic, or end up brown. Once you’re brown, you’ll find that you’re blue. As blue as indigo. And you know that that means:

Has anyone else finished the book? Leave your thoughts below!

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Hannah Isis Darling -Feb 09, 2012, 1:49PM
Love everything about this post.. Tom Robbins is a genius, truly. His writing is digs right through you and stays forever. & the above photography is arresting! Thanks for this :) “It is better to be small, colorful, sexy, careless, and peaceful...” ― Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume
stacey -Oct 04, 2011, 2:21PM
"the highest function of love is that it makes the loved one a unique and irreplacable being." Tom Robbins, Jitterbug perfume. I read it when I was 16. Shaped every love affair since...

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Post image for POPPED! Music Festival this weekend in Philly

With ACL wrapping up this past weekend you probably thought music festivals were done for the year, right? Wrong! This Friday and Saturday, just down the road from our home office, the POPPED! Music Festival will take place! The festival is back after a hiatus last year, in a new location  – FDR park, just across from the Sports Complex at Broad and Pattison – and with a better lineup than ever.  We will be there both days to cover all the music and fashion for the blog, so if you’re planning on attending holler at us! Read more »

Stargirl -Sep 21, 2011, 11:19AM
Awesome! I love the Cults!!!!
Laura -Sep 20, 2011, 6:25PM
You forgot Kreayshawn! Have you heard "Gucci Gucci?" The video is pretty awesome :) She has a great style

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Lives in: a cozy apartment on the west side of LA on a hill overlooking the city. It’s decorated with antique Victorian furniture and tons of artwork all over the walls. It’s the perfect place to host tea parties, which I do on a regular basis.

Shoots with: a Canon 7D with 1.4 L series Canon Lens, a 1953 Rolleiflex and an assortment of old 35 mms and Polaroids.

Favorite Subject: I love a good heroine. I work with a lot of girls around my age because I relate to them. Adventure, magic, friendship, and gaze are themes seen throughout a lot of my work. Youth is relevant as well because I’m still so young and I feel the need to capture it. all of my settings are characters in one way or another. Nature is vital. It has a mind of its own and adds unexpected organic elements to whatever my idea is. My goal is for my photos to appear timeless so viewers are left with a nostalgic feeling. I want them to be as relatable 50 years from now as they are today.

Inspired by: Travel is one of the biggest factors. The need to be on the move and covering new ground fuels a lot of my work. I also take my dreams seriously. I analyze them and translate them into different mediums. I like to try out new visual themes and then mold them to fit my work so it stays true to what I want to say or want to feel. If I see a cool geographical location I might get really excited and try to bribe my friends into going there with me so I can photograph them. It usually doesn’t take much. I have a lot of creative friends who enjoy modeling as much as I love taking pictures.

Random fact: I once let someone play connect the dots with all the freckles on my face.

A self portrait:


View more of her amazing work on her website.

Such a beautiful and inspiring young talent. Thank you Claire!

christi -Sep 20, 2011, 3:10PM
These are so great! All the girls look so beautiful and lovely.
Kate -Sep 20, 2011, 12:58PM
So amazing!! So glad you shared.

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I caught up with some of our favorite fashion bloggers to ask them what trends they are most excited about this fall! Up first, the lovely Liz of Late Afternoon.


What trend are you most excited about for fall?
This fall, I’m really excited for lots of colors, cropped knits, and wide leg denim.

Your must have Free People item?
The Super 70′s Cord is perfect for fall!

What is your favorite fall activity?
Carving pumpkins and baking pumpkin pie!

I could definitely see Liz rocking our color blocking trend, couldn’t you?


What trend are YOU most excited about for Fall?

Caitlin -Sep 20, 2011, 12:40PM
LOOOVEEE the pants!
KYBOE USA -Sep 20, 2011, 12:26PM
That stripped tank looks fabulous paired with the pant!

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New York Fashion Week is over, and while I don’t really consider myself to be the most fashionable person, I still like to check out the shows online and follow some of the behind the scenes coverage on tumblr. And beyond just the fashion inspiration, I found myself saving so many photos of hair styles! I doubt I’d be able to tame my mess of hair to look like any of these but it’s still great inspiration… Read more »

-Sep 19, 2011, 5:37PM
any pics on some short cuts?
Urs Lunar -Sep 19, 2011, 5:04PM
You know what I think? Have a hairstyle which you like :3. Kisses to you Free People, muah!

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“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
- Albert Camus

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-Sep 19, 2011, 11:26PM
ahhhh i love this! fall is so inspiring and happy. love <3
Jennie -Sep 19, 2011, 2:26PM
Words cannot describe how much I loooooove this post!!!

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Because we all need a laugh every once in a while…

I was stressed out a little while back and Jemma sent me this video… it did the trick.

amanda -Sep 20, 2011, 1:49AM
LOL. Hilarious. I love it!
Julie -Sep 19, 2011, 3:17PM
Awww, I love this :) Jemma you need to teach Daisy and Poppy!! ;)

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Post image for Superfood Watermelon Chia Fresca

One of our amazing readers, Julie Morris, is an employee for Navitas Naturals and just came out with her very own recipe book, Superfood Cuisine. She kindly sent me a copy of the recently published book, and I have to say, it’s amazing. The whole concept is cooking delicious cuisine with high-energy, nutrient-rich ingredients – superfoods. She defines superfoods as natural food with an exceptionally high nutrient density (nutrient:calories). They are ingredients that help to rejuvenate the body and keep the mind sharp. The funny thing is that most of these ingredients (mostly fruits, roots, seeds, plants, and berries) were discovered long ago by ancient cultures, but have since lost their popularity. The book is packed with info on superfoods. If you’re interested in learning more on why they’re so good to incorporate into your diet, I suggest picking up a copy.

I decided to recreate one of the many delicious looking recipes in Julie’s book for this week’s recipe. Watermelon Chia Fresca is made using the superfood chia seeds. These tiny seeds were originally used by the Aztec, Incas, and Mayans to increase stamina on a long journey. They are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber (1tbsp = ¼ daily fiber needs), and important minerals like calcium and iron. Another fun fact about Chia seeds is that they can absorb 9x their own weight in water which means that once in the stomach they will expand and increase your feeling of being full. Check out this delicious fresh beverage using the powerful superfood, and stay tuned next week for another of Julie’s recipes.


1 Cup of Water

2 Teaspoons of Chia Seeds

2 ½ Cups of Chopped Watermelon Flesh

1 ½ Tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice

Stevia or Agave Nectar to taste (I used Agave)


Combine water and chia seeds. Stir.

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Place into the fridge for 10 minutes. After ten minutes, take out and stir. Then place back into the fridge for another 10 minutes. This allows the chia seeds to plump up.

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Place chia mixture and remaining ingredients into a blender and blend.

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Chill and then serve.

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sharron -Jun 08, 2013, 7:01PM
Yummy. I didn't think it needed a sweetener
Jordan -Sep 22, 2011, 2:06PM
This was so light and yummy! Even my 12 and 13 year old brothers had some :) I would definitely make this again. I think it would be a perfect punch for a party.

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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.











Designs and Artwork by Tara Bromham.
Photography by Bohie Palecek.

View in its entirety here.

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DO: befriend somebody older than you.





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.

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przewierty sterowane -Oct 19, 2011, 8:28PM
really wonderfull
prace maturalne -Oct 19, 2011, 12:16AM

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Post image for Weekend Getaways: Camping

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.









Photography by one of my favorites, Jess Gough.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a beautiful weekend in the fall?

Post image for Trend Spotting: we LOVE polka dots

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.


dotted lace tee, mesh panties, mesh dot ankle socks, polka dotted boho blouse

Monique -Sep 17, 2011, 3:12PM
i especially love big polka dots!
Laura -Sep 17, 2011, 1:49PM
i love polka dots, I love Alexa Chung. This post has inspired me!

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