i am in love with all of our new patterned and colorful shoes for summer! how could you not be happy with any of these on your feet? i’ve already decided which pair i want :) which ones are your favorite?
In response to popular demand, I messed around with some scrap fabric this weekend, and came up with this extremely easy to make dog leash!
Cut scrap fabric into about 2.5 inch-wide strips. They should be at least a foot long.
Taking three strands, make a knot about 2 inches from the end.
Make another knot about 10 inches from your first knot
Fold the section between your two knots in half and begin braiding. You’ll want to add the tails left from your first knot into the braid at the beginning so that they don’t stick out.
Add in new strips of fabric as strands are running out. Don’t worry if they stick out a little, it gives the leash a nice hand-made look. If you don’t like the way it looks, you can always trim them down afterward.
Once the leash is your desired length, tie off the end with a hair tie – leaving about 10 inches of excess unbraided fabric at the end. Feed the unbraided strips through the end of a Swivel Eye Bolt Snap Hook (you can get this type of snap anywhere, but I got mine from the home depot)
Tie off the end by making several knots around the hair elastic. You shouldn’t be able to see it once you’re done.
i’m a huge fan of our vintage loves collection and always love the items our buyer finds…but every once in a while she comes back with a batch that completely blows me away and gypsy caravan is one of them. the items in this collection are so special and amazing i had to share some of my favorites…
this yves saint laurentpeasant skirt was pulled from his 1976 “rich peasant collection” – one of his most loved and influential collections that was the first to re-introduce peasant skirts and blouses into the modern fashion world. a huge inspiration for today’s bohemian fashion, it is only fitting for us to have it in our vintage loves collection. the mix of prints in this skirt is gorgeous!
yves saint laurent rich peasant collection
the first thing that caught my eye from this collection were the amazing denim jackets. the hand embroidery and detailing is exquisite – these are definitely the kind of item you purchase and treasure forever!
this one has an exclusive hand-painted floral tapestry motif done by an artist in upstate new york just for our vintage loves collection:
and the fabric sleeves and detailing on this one are so gorgeous! i think its my favorite:
finally, i had to mention these amazing jeans…the fabric at the bottom is, as our buyer says, far out!
Fringe has been everywhere lately – it’s definitely a trend we’ve fallen for here at free people. I love how the look can be interpreted differently depending on the garment or material. Sometimes it takes on a light and airy ethereal look, while other times it looks tough and edgy. No matter how it’s used, fringe gives off a great bohemian vibe that I just can’t get enough of.
Here are some of my favorite examples of fringe I’ve collected…
photo by alexandra valenti
photo by alexandra valenti
At Free People we’ve always loved fringe & our collection contains some really great pieces. I’ve had my eye on a few that I want to pick up for spring. Here are three of my favorites:
brooklyn-based band the antlers got a lot of critical acclaim for their debut album hospice, released in 2009, but it wasn’t until last year when their songs kept popping up on my pandora that i consciously noticed them and started listening. in reading more about the band, i learned that it started with singer peter silberman, who began writing songs solo in his brooklyn home – these songs would make up hospice, a heavy concept album that was his elegy to a dying friend. in contrast, their new album burst apart does not have a central concept – silberman describes it as “less like one story and more like a change in a way of thinking over time. it begins in a pretty negative, anxious place, at arm’s length — and as it progresses, it becomes warmer and more trusting.”
that statement could be true about so many things.
but it certainly is an accurate decription for an album that opens with the lines “you wanna climb up the stairs i wanna push you back down,” (titled “i don’t want love”) and ends with the gorgeous “putting the dog to sleep” where he’s changed his tone and sings of not wanting to die alone.
no matter what he’s singing about, i couldn’t stop listening. i was surprised to learn that the group is a trio – the range of soaring instrumentals and dreamy atmosphere they build is deceptive. i’d love to see what they’re like live!
check out some of the songs from their new album below and let me know if you love them as much as i do.
when i first saw our may catalog photos, my eyes were immediately drawn to the amazing floral headpieces on the models. this type of lei is called a haku lei, and they typically have a base of braided leaves into which other plants and flowers are woven, and are worn on the head or around the wrist or ankle. Read more »
our featured jewelry designer for the month of may could not be a more perfect match for the aura and location of our may catalog. heather benjamin’s special pieces are handcrafted using fossils, minerals and gemstones reminiscent of the sea, and silver and gold worked into unexpected, organic shapes. inspired by coastal cultures, rituals and symbols, her one-of-a-kind rings are like pieces of treasure washed up on an island shore, carrying with them the beauty and mystery of the ocean and earth’s basic elements. the use of natural stones and gems ensures that no two pieces of jewelry are exactly alike.
here are some beautiful photos taken in bali where she has a design studio and hand-crafts all of her jewelry:
her inspiration photos, also from bali, beautifully illustrate what her jewelry is meant to symbolize.
a ceremony making offerings to and honoring the sea.
take a peek behind the scenes of our may catalog shoot in honolulu, hawaii…
the may catalog was shot by frédéric lagrange and features models tallulah morton and elsa hosk. these magical behind the scenes photos were taken by thomas northcut. shop the catalog online here, and stay tuned for much more behind the scenes to come!
Here’s a delish breakfast for those of you in search of a good way to surprise your mom for mothers day. If you missed breakfast, well, who doesn’t like brupper (breakfast for supper)? Either way, she’ll think you’re the best kid in the entire world.
Ingredients (makes 8 six inch waffles):
2 cups almond milk (vanilla or plain), or any non-dairy milk
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (all purpose works, too)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup sliced bananas
1 cup sliced almonds
2 cups greek yogurt (can leave out the yogurt or use non-dairy yogurt if you want to leave the breakfast entirely vegan)
Combine almond milk and apple cider vinegar, set aside to curdle.
Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl.
Add the flax seeds to milk mixture and mix vigorously until frothy (approx. 30sec-1min)
Add milk mixture, water, olive oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and half of the bananas to flour mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon until mostly combined then fold in half of the almonds until all ingredients are moistened.
Preheat waffle iron and let the batter rest. Cook according to waffle iron directions. Be sure to spray waffle iron with oil or cooking spray between each waffle.
Garnish with extra bananas, almonds, and a spoonful of yogurt. (as an idea, drizzle the whole thing with honey instead of maple syrup, it’s so good!)