memorial day weekend will always carry with it a sense of freedom and memories of that long weekend when i’d get out early from school and head to the shore with family and friends for beach, barbecues and SUN – the first taste of the languid summer days ahead. it has always been the beach for me, but there are tons of other getaways that would be wonderful this weekend…
camping under the stars…
a lake hidden by trees, preferably with a rope to swing out on…
wherever this is, i want to go there.
a weekend boating excursion would be amazing!
…or bike trip!
crash at a friend’s house with a pool :)
and if you can’t go anywhere at all, build yourself a blanket fort :)
We had some beautiful sunshine today, which made us all poppy and dotty!
Neon pops was a trend that was carried through the office in small dosages.
Retro polka dots were also seen in vintage dresses and vintage skirts. Color pops and polka dots is the style phase today!
ever since i first heard about the site the burning house i’ve been completely fascinated with it. it’s based on this simple premise: if your house was burning down, what would you take with you? sure, it’s not a pleasant thought but it’s a really interesting way of seeing what possessions are most valuable to people. when i was growing up, this was my biggest fear- i would literally lie in bed thinking up a plan for what i would grab on my way out of the house (usually our cat).
the photos are beautiful and often quite touching.
to see more and read about the items these people pick, check out the site here.
so i was inspired to pull together my “burning house” items and it was really difficult but here’s what i came up with:
1. favorite hoodie that was my mom’s from back in the 70s
2. buddha that i inherited from my dad’s collection
3. my huge photo album that encompasses high school through college and is full of amazing memories
4. stack of vintage postcards
5. journal from my road trip a few years ago
6. favorite book
7. photo of my mom and her ring that rarely leaves my finger
8. favorite record of all time- an original copy of the white album that i found at a thrift store in ocean beach san diego
9. vintage film canister and loupe from my dad’s childhood darkroom
10. good luck charms: friendship bracelets, lucky lighter and case, handmade necklace with charms, pocket knife and little stone and turquoise frog that probably has more sentimental value than anything else in this photo.
what would you guys grab first on the way out of the burning house?
summer is right around the corner and to celebrate, we have a giveaway that you will want to use every day until the cold creeps back in – our display team has donated one of the incredible swings from our new summer install and one lucky reader will get to call it their own!
these swings are completely sturdy and usable, with wooden slats as a base and colorful netting to cover it with. as with many of our displays, our team drew inspiration from india, where our senior store designer spends half of each year. the netting, trimmed with beads, pompoms and tassels, is the same kind that is draped over the backs of camels in india. the rope used to hang the chair is also the same kind as camel reins in india, and consists of colorful string carefully wrapped around thick rope. we used similar pieces on the camel in our august 2010 catalog shoot and the same netting was used on the horse in our march catalog shoot!
camel in jodhpur, india
left- august 2010 catalog; right – march 2010 catalog
i can just imagine this swing on the front porch of a house or hanging from the limbs of a tree in the backyard of one of our devoted readers… dreaming the summer days away, reading, listening to music and swinging gently in the summer air.
and not only are you getting one of the coolest store display pieces EVER, you also get something that is quite symbolic of the free people aesthetic. this swing is truly special!
1. fill out the brief form located on our facebook page here.
2. at the bottom of the form, make sure you “like” us on facebook
3. come back to the blog and leave a comment on this post letting us know you’ve completed the steps!*
*the winner will be selected at random from the comments on this post – make sure to leave your email address so we can contact you!
the giveaway will remain open for one week- a winner will be selected wednesday june 1st.
the swing will come with all the pieces you need to hang it, as well as instructions.
i’ve got lots of great diy inspiration for you all today so lets get right to it!
one of our readers made this bike lock inspired by our dog leash DIY! i love the fabrics she used…this is a great way to jazz up your bike lock, just wrap different scraps of fabric around it!
another reader, autumn, sent this awesome project she made for her environmental perspectives class, in which they were required to create an interior or apparel item made entirely out of recycled materials.
she made an up-cycled outdoor chandelier using an old wire basket, recycled glass jars, various necklaces and chains found in her dresser, a coat hanger to hang it up and a little bit (or a lot) of creativity! she spray painted the wire basket to match the necklaces and coat hanger, used some wire to hang the jars from the necklaces, filled the jars with collected sand and seashells then topped it off with a votive candle…..perfect for an outdoor summer garden party!
speaking of outdoor parties, i can’t get over these string chandeliers from the blog wednesday!
a new vintage loves vignette went up today! this one is called animal instincts and i think its pretty apparent why :) i found a bunch of great vintage photos of ladies rocking the leopard print that i wanted to share, maybe they’ll provide some inspiration!
i love this more modern vintage take- jeans and converse kicks go with everything! here are some of the vintage pieces we’re carrying that i have my eye on…
i’m sad that this is the last batch of behind the scenes images from hawaii! i loved the photos so much (taken by the talented thomas northcut). the pics of elsa hosk and tallulah morton frolicking in the surf are making me SO ready for memorial day weekend!