“there are better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
– c.s. lewis
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Fp Naomi, our resident chef, is away in Hong Kong right now so for today’s recipe I thought I’d share this video I came across recently. The recipe is for a cake made with beets, and although yes that does sound interesting and potentially delicious, what I love about it is the beauty of this video – it’s magically done, focusing on the physical act of making something as an art form. I couldn’t take my eyes away!
Check out their blog, Tiger in a Jar – I’m in love with pretty much everything they do.
DO: write something.
I didn’t always want to be a writer. First it was an astronaut, then archeologist, and then about a hundred other things. But I started keeping a journal in middle school and I never stopped – I have boxes of them stored away, a somewhat haunting record of everything I’ve been through.
It wasn’t until a few years ago that I started to seriously consider writing as a profession, and it was something Charles Bukowski wrote that actually had a huge impact on me. In “Tales of Ordinary Madness,” he wrote that you don’t choose to be a writer, it chooses you. As simple as that may sound, it rang so true… all my life I had been compelled to put my thoughts down on paper and subconsciously I was drawn to it as a profession. It wasn’t a decision that I made, it was a natural evolution that led me to where I am today.
Everyday life tends to create clutter in my head, hundreds of thoughts and emotions swirling around, bumping into each other and the only way to clear my head is put them down on paper. Try it today and see if it works for you too – write something. It doesn’t have to be long, it can be about anything you want – it can even be something you just made up. Write it down – put it on paper, and see how it makes you feel.
“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.”
– Charles Bukowski
Despite the fact that the weather has been a little strange lately, the fashion in the office has still been quite innovative;
Cute beach dresses found in surf shacks by the oceans worn with biker boots, heavy vibrant embroidery, denim skirts tied in knots and texture in lace.
Come rain or shine we still get inspired.
As sad as it may be, I always get excited when it cools down enough to wear corduroys again! I love cords, and I’m really excited that we have so many great different styles to choose from this year! which one is your favorite?
the fp skinny cords:
the super 70s cord:
the floral skinny cord:
or the high rise corduroy:
take your pick!
see all corduroy pants.
The day has finally come! I know a lot of you have been anxiously awaiting the opening of an Atlanta store (I feel like every time I post about a new store opening, I get people asking for an Atlanta store!)…the doors officially open tomorrow morning, but there will be a special preview event taking place tonight at 6pm! Stop by and say hello if you’re in the area :)
Let’s meet the lovely ladies who will be managing this store!
What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time? Vintage Shopping. I spend my weekends planning out what estate sales or vintage spots to check out!
How long have you lived in Atlanta? 2 days!
What is your favorite movie? The Rocky series.
What is your favorite item in your closet? My father’s fur coat, I have had it since he passed away.
What is your favorite thing to do in Atlanta? Walk through Piedmont Park.
Where is your favorite place to eat out? I have so many but sushi at Mijori in Oakland, Ca, chicken tacos at Tacubaya in Berkeley, Ca and grits from Flying Biscuit in Atlanta are some of my favorites!
What is your favorite vintage find? My Burberry leather clutch, I found it in a thrift bin for $2 bucks.
What is your favorite Free People purchase? I recently bought the Scoot Inn Oversized Pullover in black and love it. It is super comfy and can be worn over most things in my closet.
Where is your favorite vacation spot? Barcelona, Spain! I went there to visit my best friend and had a blast.
Who is your celebrity style inspiration? Emma Roberts, we both have a similar edgy style.
Where are you from? Chattanooga, TN
Who is your favorite band? Needtobreathe. Southern Rock & Roll!
What is your favorite thing about Atlanta? The Starlight drive-in, it is the perfect date night. And the Braves!
What is your favorite food? A chili dog from Turner Field.
Beautiful girls! Welcome to the free people family :)
No, there is not something wrong with my camera…that is pink string hanging in our lobby as part of a little installation we are doing! I love the concept:
DO WHAT YOU LOVE, LOVE WHAT YOU DO
Each employee will attach an item to one of the strings that represents what they love most about their job or what motivates them most about their job. We’ve just started attaching our objects, it’s so fun to see what people choose!
The object I hung was thank you card from one of our blog readers – every once in a while I get a card or package in the mail and it always makes my day to hear that something I wrote on the blog inspired you or made you feel good. So thank you guys!
And now I have to introduce you to this little cutie pie, Carter – he belongs to a fp girl’s roommate and I’m smitten with him! I love how puppies tire themselves out and crash, they’re so cute when they’re sleepy :)
Yesterday I showed you our incredible new fall store displays, and today I have a really fun DIY project featuring an item from those displays!
One of my favorite parts of the displays are the patchwork flannel canvases hanging on some of the walls – I love all the detailing like cutouts, tassels, beading, fringe, etc. But in addition to looking awesome on their own, these flannel blankets can also be used to make a pretty sweet lantern!
Wouldn’t these look amazing at an outdoor party? They’d look good inside too, of course, but I just keep envisioning them outside at night, with the light bouncing off of the sequins and creating a beautiful sparkly light. I love the rustic touch of the tree branch to hang them, too :)
Wanna learn how we did it? Watch the video!
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