Many of my school friends get a kick out of the fact that I’ve been a gardener for the past 3 summers. Since many of them have never ventured into my neck of the woods, they think it is so typical that a Maine girl like myself returns home after every school year to work on the farm. I can see how picturing me covered in dirt and performing manual labor (with bugs!) in the hot summer sun can be quite entertaining to them, but the truth is I can’t get enough of it.
Over the years I have developed a passion for gardening from my appreciation of nature, which is can be hard (if not impossible) for anyone to truly relate to who hasn’t had the pleasure of watching a garden grow. Needless to say, being in Philly has deprived me of this hobby of mine and made me realize how much I miss the (real) great outdoors. This is why I have decided to dedicate a post to all garden inspired items that I gravitate towards because of nostalgia.
I discovered these Fairy Houses in a Down East magazine article, and I could not get over how odd but precious these miniature works of art were. I can’t help but envision these as doll houses for free people girl when she was young.
check out our new blog header! with the move to the new building, we felt it was time for a change… plus, we are now in building 25, so our name is now the bldg 25 blog!
for the new header we wanted to use more photos, so i gathered a bunch from our personal files – these images are from various catalog and special shoots. we hung them on the wall behind our desks and picked the ones we loved most, and our awesome graphic designer put together this header.
and when i came in this morning, it was up! you’ll notice on the main free people website, our button has changed as well:
i think the new header looks lovely, hope you guys like it too :)
some inspiration from our last book club selection, succulent wild woman, by sark.
i found this book to be so positive and uplifting and really enjoyed reading it. it is definitely the kind of book that every girl should read. those of you who have – did you have a favorite part or quote?
the other day another fp girl told me about the LA Ladies Choir, her current obsession. i had never heard of them before but i was immediately intrigued. they are a group of 30 women with careers ranging from music, fashion, art, literature and theater, and they sing covers of old folk songs and wear beautiful vintage dresses. how can you not love that? founding member becky stark (front woman of groups kavender diamond and the trio the living sisters) says the one rule of the choir is to sing joyfully, and she doesn’t care if you sing off-key. the ladies perform at venues around L.A., sometimes joined by flea of the red hot chili peppers, whose wife, model frankie raydar, is a member of the group (and her sister missy modeled in our march catalog!).
check out this video of them performing john lennon’s “happy xmas (war is over)” at space 15 twenty:
What is it about summer that makes it so easy to fall for?
I refuse to believe that it is merely the warm temperature. Whenever I had at my disposal a moment to think freely, I caught my mind dancing around that same question, trying to grasp what moments or events define my past summers and make me so nostalgic. Amid my contemplation, with glazed eyes for disguise, I decided that this summer, due in large part to this internship, has been the most memorable of recent years. At moments I still prod myself to see that this is not all a dream.
But what is it for you that gives summer its mystique? Is it the long nights that seem to stretch to infinity until you can no longer tell if you are awake? The warm air that rouses your childhood senses and makes you believe in magic—believe in the power of your dreams. The feel of the wind on your face, the music in your ears, and the electricity that is born of the company of friends. What is the essence of your summer?
vintage. to me a vintage piece carries a certain weight – it has been around longer than i have, it has a history, and an energy that radiates through it. touch it and you can feel the presence of its previous owner, a tiny rip, scratch or loose thread evidence of their past adventures. a dress that was worn by a high school girl at a 1950s sock hop, a patched up pair of jeans worn at a beat poetry reading, or a blouse worn at a 1960s love in…the possibilities are endless. this special uniqueness is what makes each vintage piece so irreplaceable, so treasured, and so desired.
this questionnaire will give you a little bit of an idea of who our vintage buyer is, but it doesn’t paint the full picture. just like the items she works with, ali is one of a kind. in the time that i’ve known her, i’ve learned that ali: 1. has an amazing cocllection of vintage rock tshirts, 2. has an adorable bulldog, named chloe, who is blind, 3. left her car in arizona, 4. has a fisher price record player at her desk, 5. records her vintage purchases in a leather bound journal from the 1800s.
here’s a little more about ali :)
what is your theme song?
“sunny day sweeping the clouds away…” – sesame street!
if you could go anywhere in the world, free of cost, where would you go?
if you were stranded on an island, what 3 things would you want with you?
a bacon egg and cheese mcmuffin, an ipod and a satin eye patch.
how would you describe your personal style?
east meets west…old school urban cowgirl hippi crunchy.
what is your biggest fear?
winter, spring, summer or fall?
all you have to do is call.
what color are you?
what is your motto?
peace love happiness
what is your favorite hobby?
if you could spend a day with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be?