“let your smile change the world but don’t let the world change your smile.”
image- ashley smith by will davidson
remember when i posted about some of our fp girls in paris the other day? well they also went to stockholm and met up with swedish blogger minna of the blog vintage (a love story). minna posted about it on her blog and i wanted to share some of her beautiful photos along with a translation of her post about their day in stockholm!
On Friday we had a very nice day, the sun was shining, we had toasted sandwiches for breakfast and then we got dressed and went to Skeppsholmen to pick up three girls from Philadelphia – they are designers for the brilliant brand Free People, and made a one-day stop in Stockholm during an inspirational trip to Europe.
Some of the stores we visited were Beyond Retro, Tjallamalla, Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair and Lisa Larson.
Then we went to one of the coolest stores in Stockholm, Unionville. The Free People girls were clearly impressed by the shop and studio.
Douglas showed us bits of turquoise and gold, which they dug up in the Nevada desert.
At Unionville the sound is a mix of vinyl, thumps of a hammer, the drone of a chewing machine and creaking floors, and smells of denim.
for lunch we ate at Nytorget Urban Deli.
Kristal was wearing a terribly beautiful vintage necklace from a shop in NY.
On to Judith for more shopping! Beautiful as always with pink roses and GW Persson.
At Beyond Retro at Zinc, we found an amazing 40’s dress – it had everything, model, color, fabric, details!
In the evening we had drinks and food at Heather’s.
Then we said goodbye …now I really know where Free People’s fabulous clothes come from. They have designers that feel genuine and very different from each other in many ways, and perhaps that is precisely what makes the result so very very good.
thank you so much minna for your kind words and this sweet post! view the post on her blog here.
i am absolutely terrified of flying, but at the same time i am completely fascinated with looking down at the ground from an airplane. i have literally spent entire flights back and forth between philly and california watching the ground below and occasionally taking pictures. where i’m going with this…is that i think that’s why i’m so drawn to these photos by this series of photos by alex maclean called “patterns.”
it would be so cool to be a bird…
check out his website here.
London has some of the best department stores around – all offering a different shopping environment.
Today I headed to Liberty’s, my favorite store of all time. I love the Tudor relation and the creaking floorboards. It makes shopping there a delicate experience. I’m the biggest fan of liberty fabric – I’m drawn to everything that has it, so you can imagine my eyes are wide open every time I’m in there!
As I walked through the main entrance there was a huge hanging display coming from the ceiling. It kind of translated into a basketball net, which makes sense as there was a private event being held there that day for the launch of the Nike air and liberty print collaboration.
For a quick afternoon snack Leon is a beautiful organic cafe. It’s fast delivered and no fuss. I had the sweet potato falafel and cloudy apple juice with mint and lime. Yum!
The second department store I headed to was Selfridges. In contrast to Liberty’s this is a very upbeat shopping experience. Expect loud music, bright colors and flashing lights. A perfect place to shop Friday after work to pick up something to wear out on the weekends. It will sure get you bumping!
So after a lovely day of strolling around being a magpie, I headed home. Below are 4 photos that make me smile. Flowers outside liberty, old bentley racer, shopping for spring clothes and yes, of course I couldn’t help myself – a royal wedding mug!
Tomorrow I’m heading to broadway market – I hear the fashion there is happening on the weekend, so I aim to do some street style. I’m also going to head to buckingham palace – why not :)
C O A C H E L L A fashion show is finally here!!!
*Fashion show is April 2nd at 1pm sharp
*DJ in stores from 1-4pm
*Exclusive limited edition Free People Gift Bags with every purchase of $100 or more while supplies last (pictured above)
*Free People Feather Hair Extensions with every $50 or more while supplies last
We are so excited to have you attend our Coachella fashion show, it’s going to be a BLAST. Free People models, amazing music, and tons of new product, it doesn’t get better than that!
It’s also our store’s third BIRTHDAY so in celebration we are going to have light refreshments and tons of sweets:)
Don’t be camera shy either, we are going to have a photographer at the event to document the show for our Free People blog
Come early to the event so you don’t miss out!
Can’t wait to see you at the show :)
XOXO Free People Topanga
calling all denver girls! we’re having an awesome event at our store at the cherry creek mall – with a purchase of $50 or more, get three featherlocks extensions for a donation of $10 to disaster relief for japan. if you’re in the area stop on by!
the april calendar is here! head on over to our flickr page to download the large size. happy friday!
I headed to the V&A today (Victoria and Albert museum), but before I arrived there I stopped off in Angel. Angel is a great place to go for breakfast and quiet stroll in the mornings. It’s not too crazy, but the right amount of busy-ness to keep you stimulated. They have cute, old world charm restaurants and great vintage stores. The vintage stores are a little more on the pricey side here, the selection is unique and a bit more carefully curated. I adore Annie’s for its reference to the Victorian era. I can’t get enough of the delicate Victorian lace.
The V&A fascinates me every time. I love the location. Situated in the more upper class area of London – South Kensington – you can expect to see a vast majority of pleasant “sloanes” walking about, well dressed and full of charm.
As you walk into the grand entrance of the museum you instantly feel ready to get soaked in culture. I headed straight to the Asia and India section. I was drawn there due to the familiarity of the Free People aesthetic.
Seeing the chintz costumes of the 1600 was mind blowing. A fashion made from Indian painted cotton. In the 1600s, Chintz fabric was a huge fashion statement amongst women — dresses constructed in England made from beautiful hand painted fabric in south east India was the main “fashion” of this era.
I was in awe of the fine Bengali muslin praised as “woven air”, painted so beautifully, they looked so delicate and light. I stood for hours admiring the beautiful aesthetics from Asia and India. Every time I leave the V&A I always feel like I’ve travelled a little around the world and that enlightens me.
around the South Kensington/Chelsea area you get some pretty well dressed people. One of the best Art collages around is situated here “the royal academy of Art”, so you get the incredibly unique art students strolling around. You have a lot of celebrities and models living here. Here are some details that I enjoyed while walking around Kensington. ( above)
After the day was over I met up with my two BFF’s for a drink at Jaguar Shoes Old city. This area is far too cool for school it often hurts my head thinking where all the absurdly “cool” people came from. It’s pretty entertaining. We had a glass of wine and a great catch up then headed home. The day was perfect!
our art director and one of our designers were photographed on the streets of paris for vogue paris streetstyle! don’t they look awesome?!
here are some more photos from their trip!