“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”
Going home for a visit, I always look forward to some of my mother’s home cooking. There’s nothing like it anywhere else in the world. Everything coming out of “Mamma’s” kitchen is a unique invention that combines unexpected ingredients into something miraculous. I don’t know how she does it, but I thought I’d feature a sample of one for you all to get a taste (literally). This Pumpkin & Pear Curried Soup was the opener to our Thanksgiving meal this year. The recipe is delicately spiced, perfectly creamy, and just enough sweet. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did. :)
1 Medium Sweet Onion – Chopped
1/2 Lb Carrots – Chopped
1 Large Yukon Gold Potato – Cut into 1/2″ cubes
1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
1/8 Cup Olive Oil
1/2 Liter of Vegetable Stock
2 Ripe Pears
16oz Pear Nectar
2 – 29oz Cans of Pureed Pumpkin
3/4 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
3 Cups of Nonfat Greek Yogurt
3 Tsp Curry Powder
3/4 Tsp Gara Masala
Salt to taste
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds/Sesame oil for garnish
Place onions into a large pot with sesame and olive oils to saute.
As they begin to turn translucent, add in carrots & potato.
When the carrots and potatoes are soft, remove from heat.
Slice pear, and add into sauteed vegetable mix.
Using a blender, puree mixture in batches. For each batch you’ll want to add a bit of vegetable stock and pear nectar to cool it down.
Return pureed mixture to heat on the stove. Stir in pumpkin, brown sugar, spices, and any remaining vegetable stock/pear nectar. Let cook until mixture is heated through.
Pour into a serving bowl, and stir in yogurt.
Garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds and sesame oil, then serve!
Have you guys seen these amazing installations in Iceland by artist Theresa Himmer? The Mountain series consists of these large-scale sequin street art installations, “Glacier,” “Volcano” and “Waterfall.” The use of sequins allows them to reflect light, making them sparkle and appear to come alive like actual ripples of water or molten lava. I would love to see them in person!
Abbey Lee is running through our minds a bit too much lately and with the launch of our Baroque trend, which is full of rich velvets, clashing textures, and beautiful jewel tones, we thought why not experiment with some looks up in the studio. We printed out some inspiration tears and got styling; here are our Abbey Lee looks!
We love Abbey Lee, and we love our new trend Baroque!
For this DIY we used the beautiful jewel encrusted ornament designed by Chan Luu. Our clever team used this ornament to create an adorable headband in just a few easy steps! All you need is a plain old headband and some fabric glue.
Untie the ornament from its hook, and then bit by bit, use the fabric glue to adhere it to the headband. We used clips (pictured below) to hold the ribbon in place as it dried.
That’s it! I love how the hanging chains give this a delicate feel:
We removed the hook from the small gold feather ornament using the pliers, and then untied the red string from the larger feather. We used the string to tie the smaller feather to the ring of the larger feather.
To add a decorative touch, we wrapped the red string around the gold ring, finishing it with a knot. Now just attach the ring with the two feathers to the keyring, and you’ve got an awesome new keychain!
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Our office is pretty quiet today – but we do have this adorable visitor, Mandy :) Our email marketing manager rescued her, I think she’s one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen!
We’ve been gearing up for holidays for quite some time now, and the release of our November lookbook (staring models Linda Vojtova and Ruby Aldridge) confirms that the festive season is finally upon us. It’s a magical time of year that inspires a uniform of glitter and glitz. Everywhere you look ladies have out their best eye-twinkling sequins. Parties are lined with shining gems in head-to-toe metallics – catching the light and bouncing back an elegant glimmer. The world, for two months or so, becomes spectacularly hypnotizing exactly like this book. Which look whisks you off into the twinkling dreamland?
Here’s a rundown of what some of our stores are doing for the biggest shopping day of the year!
Black Friday Sneak Peek at FP Costa Mesa!
November 25; 5AM-10PM
5:00-6:00am fans of Free People South Coast on facebook receive 10% off your purchase! You can “like” them at the door to be allowed in. Get first dibs on exclusive FP merchandise and enjoy cookies and refreshments while you shop.
6:00-7:00am the first 10 shoppers will get handmade leather/fabric totes with purchase!
All day check out online exclusive items only available at Free People South Coast!
**make sure to bring your phone so you can show us you like like our fan page @ the door to get in***
Stop by FP Walnut Creek for a cup of coffee and breakfast treats while you shop! Whether you’ve been battling lines since 3 AM or just stepping into the madness of Black Friday our stylists are happy to accommodate all of your shopping needs! You won’t need to lift a finger, we’ll do all the shopping and gift-wrapping for you! Hurry in, the first 25 customers who spend $150 or more will be entered into an exclusive raffle offering a $50 gift card amongst other gifts. See you there!
Cozy Cocoa and Cookies at FP Houston City Centre
6AM – 10PM
Comfy, cozy, cups of hot chocolate and cookies for our Free People friends and shoppers, to keep you peppy for a full day of shopping! FP fabulous ‘fringed bags’ are back and FREE with $100 or more purchase. And a cozy little contest for our fabulous FP fans… Enter your name with every cozy item purchased for a chance to win a gift from our FP gals to you!!
Shop Now, Be Merry Later at FP San Antonio
8AM – 11AM
Shop early between 8AM-11AM and receive 10% Off your entire purchase! Also, get a sneak preview of this season’s “MUST HAVES” for Holiday 2011 and enjoy a quick “Grab & Go” breakfast before you leave compliments of Free People San Antonio!
We were so impressed with all of your recommendations last week on store music! There were some that are already on our mixes or that we’ve talked about in our meetings, and also a lot of new ones! Read More