I am one of those people who never throws things away, I always find some sort of sentimental reason to keep them around. But lately my place has been feeling really cluttered and I find myself craving simplicity… bare wood floors and clean walls, crisp white sheets and minimal clutter.Read More
There’s no question, we love the feather hair clip trend. It’s a great way to add a unique touch to a simple outfit and they are perfect accessories for summer festivals (like Outside Lands this weekend!). Read More
Yesterday I showed you some festival styling ideas that I’m thinking about rocking at Outside Lands 2011, and today it’s time for the ladies who work for our Norcal stores who I’m attending the festival with!Read More
I can’t believe it has already been a year since we launched our Vintage Loves line! But what a year it has been…here’s a look back at some Vintage Loves highlights from its first year at Free People, culminating in a very special birthday celebration :)
And believe me when I say… you ain’t seen nothin’ yet…we have some new vintage items coming in for holiday that will completely blow your mind – I promise!
visit our vintage loves shop.
Last week I had the opportunity to take part in a press conference with Mark Foster of the band Foster the People and Nate Query of the Decemberists. It was great chatting with these guys and hearing what they’re looking forward to this weekend!Read More
I am so excited for Outside Lands in San Francisco this weekend!
Festival fashion at Outside Lands differs a little bit from the other summer festivals because of its location. Read More
Jitterbug Perfume: the two key ingredients for making the most intoxicating and powerful perfume in the world are jasmine and beets. I love the way that Tom Robbins describes these two plants in the book as if they have personalities… he has such a magical way with words.
“A few other flowers may be as sweet, but jasmine is sweet without sentiment, sweet without effeteness, sweet without compromise; it is aggressively sweet…Expansive, yet never cloying, romantic, yet seldom melancholy, jasmine has the poise of a wild creature, some elusive self-sufficient thing that croons like an organic saxophone in the tropical night.”
“The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious.”
“The beet is the ancient ancestor of the autumn moon, bearded, buried, all but fossilized; the dark green sails of the grounded moon-boat stitched with veins of primordial plasma; the kite string that once connected the moon to the Earth now a muddy whisker drilling desperately for rubies.”
“Although the contention that matter can transcend, at will, its material character would have had Descartes spinning in one or the other of his graves, a person who can believe in physical immorality is merely a step away from believing in dematerialization.”
Let me know how far along in the book you guys are and what you think so far!
click on images for sources.
This recipe idea came to me one day when I was out for drinks with a couple friends sipping on sangria. The restaurant we were at made a carbonated sangria. Sipping it down, I had a stroke of genius right then and there. I wondered what it would be like to use Kombucha instead of whatever club soda/sprite type thing they used (Kombucha is a fermented drink said to bolster immunity and be good for one’s health). So a week later I tried it out. It still had that fruity flavor with a kick of bubbles like the one at the restaurant, and the Kombucha served as a nice contribution to keep it from getting too sweet. It was also extremely easy to make. Needless to say, it’s delicious, and I stand by my statement that the idea was truly a stroke of genius. Let me know if you agree =)
3 Cups Fruit Juice (I used cranberry/rassberry)
6oz Pineapple Juice
2 Cups red wine or non alcoholic wine
2 Cups Sliced Strawberries
2 Cups Sliced Pineapple
Pour it all into a pitcher, mix, and chill!
I am always on the look-out for artists and photographers to post about on the blog, and it was by pure coincidence that I found this one about a week before our August Catalog dropped. Robert Crum is a fine art photographer, and his images of Venice blew me away. They almost look like paintings – I expected the rich color and scenery to be idealized on a canvas, but no…they are photographs, and these are typical scenes that you can expect to see in Venice. Stunning.
See more on his etsy site.
DO: look at something that makes you smile.
I started these Saturday DOs with the importance of laughter and self entertainment. But there are moments where you have nothing to put that smile on your face, and so you look to other places for that good laugh. I’ve realized how important it is sometimes to have those go-to’s stored up to do so. It’s as simple as following a funny twitter account and checking back in on a rough day to see their latest updates. Or maybe, you’re bored some evening and you can rely on some old videos for entertainment (I can’t help it – cute puppies get me every time). Whatever it is, whether you’re enjoying it by yourself, or sharing it with a friend – look at something that will make you smile today.
And then pass along your funny sources! Let us know what’s making you smile. =)
Click on all images for sources (and funny websites, Twitters, and Tumblrs.)
I swear, I was just thinking the other day about how it had been a while since I posted about a wedding and lo and behold, one of our lovely readers named Sascha sent me an email.
“I just recently got married to my special sweetheart. I have been so inspired by Free People whether its your blog, stores, catalogs, and of course the clothes that I have been rockin’ for the past twelve years. My inspiration definitely shined through while preparing for one of the biggest days of my life. I just wanted to share my special day with you and say thank you for empowering us ladies and our creative minds.”
She included a link to her wedding photos and they completely melted my heart. The enchanted-forest-like setting, vintage decor and casual touches, plus the love that simply radiates from the photos. I had to share with you guys!
Sascha’s now sister-in-law and close friend found her dress at a vintage store, La Rosa, in Haight Ashbury in San Francisco – how cool is that?
Thank you so much for sharing, Sascha! Congrats on your beautiful wedding.