wake up to the sun rising over the mountaintops, shedding light over the nature and beauty of squaw valley, california. breathe in the crisp, refreshing air and stretch your limbs with an energizing yoga class. take a cable car with astonishing views to the mountaintop to explore meadows and streams and lose yourself in nature. come back down to the village where music, bongo drums and laughter fill the air. wander among the booths and shops and indulge in delicious locally grown food as the sun goes down. the stars twinkle above and the village heats up with fire dancers, acrobats and late night music sets by renowned djs like moby, bassnectar and pretty lights.
this is wanderlust, and free people wants to take you there.
we have teamed up with wanderlust festival to bring you the ultimate yoga and music festival experience! now through july 2nd you can enter to win 2 seeker tickets to wanderlust (3 days access to a carefully curated schedule of yoga classes, 3 days and nights of music, 2 nights of lodging, and travel stipend) AND a $200 free people gift card!
two runners up will receive pilgrim and daytripper passes, and a $100 gift card. the pilgrim passes are good for one day of music and yoga and the daytripper passes are good for one day of music only.
our creative director has just returned from a trip to montezuma, costa rica, and was kind enough to share these beautiful photos and story from her trip…
“montezuma is a small town on the pacific side of costa rica. i stayed in a bungalow at a place called los mangos that was a little ways from the beach and surrounded by mango trees where many howler monkeys lived! our first night there we were awakened early in the morning by strange howls and we assumed it was wild dogs but it was the howler monkeys. they love to eat mangos and it was most entertaining watching them feel each one trying to find the ripe one.
the food was great – we ate lots of ceviche which is fish cooked with fruit acids and served cold with saltines. it is so delicious and refreshing! in the mornings we drank the costa rican organic coffee which is so chocolatey and rich, and we ate cosados which is rice and beans with eggs, guacamole and sour cream. my boyfriend loved the local beer called imperial which you can drink everywhere and at all times! at the airport all the taxi drivers offer you beer and water :)
we took a 4 hour horseback riding journey to many gorgeous beaches and to one beautiful water fall. i loved just being submerged in nature everyday, swimming in the ocean and riding horses. it was all great fun and mind clearing!!!”
for our latest trend, “summer nights,” our team headed over to penn treaty park which is located in fishtown, philadelphia, on the bank of the delaware river. it was a warm night in early june as the sun went down and the ben franklin bridge twinkled in the backround…
…and then the cops showed up.
fortunately, once they laid eyes on our gorgeous model renata and our team explained what they were doing, they were happy to help out – they turned on their red and blue lights which added to the mood of the setting, giving it the feel of an outdoor disco, and made for a pretty great story!
you can see the tint of their red lights pretty well in this photo:
our team also brought along some sparklers :)
i think the above and below photos are incredible.
read about the summer nights trend here, and shop it here!
if you’re headed to bonnaroo and have the time, try and set aside a day or two (preferably pre-festival so you’re not completely worn out) to explore the city of nashville. the self proclaimed “music city” and birthplace of country music is home to the ryman auditorium (the “mother church of country music”) and a lively bar scene where you can listen to live music any day of the week. broadway and printer’s alley are lined with honky tonks (what they call the bars that also serve as music venues) and just walking down the street the sound of guitar and country music twang will entice you to step inside. at bars like robert’s western world and legends corner you can feel the ghost’s of past musicians in the creaky wooden floors and beat up cowboy boots that line the walls. it is easy to lose an entire day wandering from bar to bar and listening to music – plus a lot of the bands will take requests! i had a fun time trying to get one band to play some stones and the only song they knew was “honky tonk women”. shocking :)
stay tuned for a post on the awesome vintage shopping scene in nashville!
free people highland park is turning one! they’ll be celebrating all weekend long with refreshments and live music from their very own janelle kroll on saturday from 12 – 5pm. plus all weekend customers can enter a raffle to win a personal styling session at the store to be featured right here on the blog!