one of our readers, annaliese, emailed me a little while back about a sculpture she had created that she wanted to share. she didn’t send any photos but her description was enough to peak my curiosity. i asked her to send along some photos as well, and here they are! read on for the description of the sculpture in her words…
“i made a tree branch grow forth from inside of an unwanted book, bringing life to the pages whose words have been forgotten, left in a charity shop where its bright green cover with a black silhouette of a forest and frolicking rabbits dancing about the undergrowth caught my gaze and sparked my imagination. within the grasp of the branch i made a nest from lines of text that i built up to become a home for a family of birds. above the nest the last bird is flying the nest, facing the time of flight or fall, beating its wings against the invisible air to reach that open sky its desperate gaze is locked onto, leaving behind an empty nest where a single feather lays, lingering like a memory, a remnant of the past.
the book is called “the forest lovers” and was the only material used for this sculpture with glue to bind its former flat pages together.”
what a beautiful description and sculpture! thanks so much for sharing, annaliese.
in the days leading up to a music festival like bonnaroo, it’s hard to think about anything else. one of the first things you need to think about before going are what bands you definitely want to see, because it is never possible to see them all. there are two stages and three tents which all have shows going on simultaneously, so sometimes two acts you want to see will be playing at the same time. bonnaroo announced the festival schedule last week and i immediately printed it out and highlighted the bands i want to check out.
here’s a look at some highlights on thursday and friday!
unfortunately we aren’t getting there until friday- so i was a little bummed about missing these acts!
here’s my tentative lineup for friday, which is jam packed with good bands…
edward sharpe & the magnetic zeros
she & him
kings of leon
the kings of leon will headline friday night – fp jemma and i were talking about this the other day and we agreed – we want to hear the old stuff! i can do without the latest album please play “trani” and “joe’s head”!
another great thing about bonnaroo? it never stops. the shows go on late into the night and into the early morning. a couple of years ago my morning jacket went onstage at midnight and played until 4am – one of the greatest shows i’ve ever seen. if you can hang in, the late night shows are always good for dancing… here are some good ones on friday night/saturday morning:
the flaming lips
the black keys
the first predicament of the weekend – the flaming lips play from 12am – 2am and the black keys from 12am – 1:30am. i love the black keys so normally this would be an easy pick, but the flaming lips rock too and they’ll be playing pink floyd’s the dark side of the moon in its entirety with star death and white dwarfs. which would you see??
here’s a playlist of the above artists for you to enjoy!
first of all thank you so much to everyone who participated in our boho mom contest! we got some amazing submissions which made it extremely difficult to select a winner, but we held a vote and the grand prize and runner up have been selected!
our grand prize winner, who gets the awesome prize of having their mom’s outfit recreated by free people, was submitted by heather:
and our runner up, who gets a $100 gift card, was submitted by india:
it’s a new month and it’s time for a new book club selection! for this selection we went with something that is very different from our last two, but similar in its messages about freedom and happiness. the book is called “succulent wild woman” by sark, and was recommended by a fp girl here at the home office who told us she has given the book to all of her girlfriends because it is so full of positive inspiration. plus, it’s a nice change since our last book (the perks of being a wallflower) focused on a male character and was written from a male perspective. if you’re not familiar with sark, check out her website here.
we’ll give you all some time to check out the book and start reading, and then i’ll be posting images, quotes and inspiring passages from the book in the coming weeks. hope you enjoy!
ten days till bonnaroo! i can’t believe it’s already almost here…myself and fp jemma, along with a couple of other fp girls, will be heading to tennessee to soak up the festival atmosphere, listen to some great music and scope out the fashion down on the farm :) stay tuned for many more posts as we prepare for our trip, and live blogging from the festival!
she’s the body conscious party girl who always seems to find herself with an occasion to dress up, put on some heels and flutter her lashes. her coolness exudes confidence and she and her friends draw attention from every corner. a night on the town, dinner and drinks with girlfriends, and daytime shopping are her favorite pastimes, mixed in with a drop of boy fun. sometimes it’s a mystery where you’ll find her, but she’ll catch your eye when you do.
she is ginger and her summer getaway is the city that never sleeps – new york. she is in her element among the crowds and stops traffic wherever she goes. a day of shopping is capped off with drinks with her girlfriends overlooking the sparkling city lights. she only returns to her suite as the sun comes up. located in chelsea, the xx suite is stylish yet affordable, with plenty of room for her to bring back some friends for a late night dance party before tired heads hit the pillow, in need of a good beauty sleep.
for her getaway ginger makes sure to pack plenty of body con items to wear out on the town, with killer heels and eye catching jewelry. the only other thing she needs are some skinny jeans and a cute top for brunch and daytime shopping excursions.
we voted for our favorite photos for the august catalog…
there was a birthday celebration for one of our visual display artists…
fritz looks up from his comfy bed…
this requires some explanation. we had a sample sale today (when employees can purchase old clothing samples) and sometimes they have leftover samples that they package into “mystery boxes” that we can then buy for $5 or $10. what you’re seeing is some mystery box styling!
…and an orange flag appeared in our lobby :) go flyers!!!
last thursday jemma and i took a trip to NYC for the day to visit a couple of our free people stores! it could not have been a more beautiful day to walk around the city and we had a blast meeting the girls who work in our stores – they are so sweet. it has been quite a while since i’ve been in new york and i forgot how much i love it.
here’s a little run down of what we saw!
the 5th avenue store manager gave us a run thru of their store which was really exciting and interesting. the theme for the front area is capetown, currently featuring cooler colors and lots of blues. we asked about their customers and learned they see a lot of gingers mixed with lou! the geo shapeless dress is the perfect city girl’s dress that she can wear on its own or cover up with the centered pullover and a fedora for a cool night.
we loved this inspiration wall in the back room!
the adorable girls of our fifth ave and soho stores… our fp girls always have the best style :)
she also loves the arrowhead wedges – she told us taylor swift came in and tried them on too. also it’s a little hard to see but she’s got on the sequin slip under the chiffon one – such a cute idea!
and of course we couldn’t resist trying on a few things…jemma snapped some pics in the dressing room of her favorite items:
she loved the chiffon slip, the horse waist belt and the trench. i loved the centered pullover, straw fedora and the super tank mini dress! all in all it was a great day and i can’t wait to go back again :)