remember last week i mentioned all of our store managers were here at the home office? well our visual manager for the west coast, who always sends me amazing photos of our stores and displays, snapped a bunch of photos of their outfits! our store girls have amazing style, they always represent free people beautifully :)
in honor of yoga month, please enjoy the first in a series of guest posts from one of our awesome fp girls :)
Hi there! I am former blogger “fp girl” and now I work on the accessories buying team. This spring I got certified to teach yoga, and being that September is Yoga Month, thought I’d share a bit about my yoga journey.
I first started practicing yoga about 5 years ago as a way to stay in shape and decompress after work. I hear a lot of people get frustrated finding a studio they like. I was very lucky to find a studio right away that I connected with. The teachers were knowledgeable, friendly and caring. The space was simple and beautiful. The regular students that went there seemed to really enjoy their practice, and that enthusiasm helped me to instantly feel at home. I continued practicing there in the Jivamukti style for the duration of my time in Philadelphia.
I later moved to New York and have tried several different types of yoga. Some classes feel like a tough strength-building workout you’d get at a gym, some feel slow paced and peaceful, some concentrate on stretching and flexibility, and others require more thought, meditation, and reflection. And sometimes, when I’m lucky, a yoga class perfectly blends exercises of the body and mind that leave me feeling alive, creative, peaceful and full of energy all at the same time.
My favorite thing about yoga is how curious each new learning and experience leaves me. This curiosity sparked my desire to complete a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certified training in New York. Training taught me a little bit of everything including the history of yoga, Sanskrit, anatomy, meditation and how to practically instruct a class. Over the next few weeks of Yoga Month, stay tuned for more posts from me including inspiring web sites, people, and products. And feel free to ask questions!
lately i’ve felt really stifled by my apartment…it’s cluttered and in need of a makeover. fall is the perfect time to do it as the cold weather makes me want to spend more time at home. i’m longing for a plush couch and armchairs draped in tapestries, hardwood floors and oriental carpets, long flowy curtains to keep the cold outside my windows, candles, glass bottles and unexpected touches of nature.
i wanted to bring some special attention to this lovely little decorative touch from our september catalog shoot. these little floral arrangements decorated the tables where our team hung out during breaks from shooting – using jam jars! i think it’s such a sweet little touch, and a great way to re-use the jars too.
our september catalog was shot by the talented iain mckell, whose editorial “kate and the gypsies” was a huge inspiration for our team. they even got to see his art book first hand, with outtakes and notes from the shoot. here are a few shots from that editorial, as well as some photos from his amazing series called “the new gypsies.”
i’m so fascinated by these new gypsies…i would love to spend a week with them.
at about 12:53 an email popped up in my inbox that said “come see best coast in building 7 NOW!” umm…twist my arm? builing 7 is home to some of the urban offices, and best coast had set up in the lobby to play a quick set just for us! not a bad break on the tuesday after a long weekend :)
and here are a couple of their songs for you to listen to – if you’re in the philly area, they’re playing tonight at first unitarian church!
our september catalog was shot in rural kent, the “garden of england,” on a property with a quaint cottage and a red caravan nestled in a lush garden bordered by sprawling fields. a tent strung with lights and flag banners served as a resting spot during the day and took on a magical multicolored air at night. the setting could not have been more perfect for the styling of the catalog and our team fell in love with the couple who lived there, a pair of kind souls with a pet fox named rosie.
thank you to our producer and creative design assistant for taking these photos!
set in the hills of kent, england, our september catalog evokes the spirit of the nomad.
the girl in mind is a traveler; a rock ‘n’ roll boyfriend accompanies her. they’re the new gypsies who hang out in old charismatic caravans and create a magical smokey air around them. they believe in nostalgia and recite poetry until they are lost, lost in a world of deep thought… a world of allurement and hocus pocus. the colors of their imagination are deep and mystical just like them. paisley patterns and velvet surround them. long lengths and exquisite textures make up her outfit while her boyfriend’s leather jacket is thrown on to add a raw rock ‘n’ roll edge.
the product: crushed velvet, soft dresses, shawls, fedoras and heavy jewelry contrast against ripped jeans and shaggy knitwear. chunky wedges and tiered chiffon slips. the collection makes you want to escape to a forbidden forest and lose yourself amongst folklore and witchcraft.
enchanting. this trend will send you right into a whimsical fall.
shot by iain mckell, featuring models dewi dreigen, karolina babczynska and her fiancé adam wallace.
Then take me disappearin’ through the smoke rings of my mind
Down the foggy ruins of time, far past the frozen leaves
The haunted, frightened trees, out to the windy beach
Far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow
Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free
Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands
With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves
Let me forget about today until tomorrow