Minimal, simplistic art is really appealing to me right now…I love these collages by Tony Kuchar. I think they’d look so cool framed and hung on a wall together.
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DO: learn a new game
Games are a great thing to have in one’s artillery. On my recent trip to Hong Kong I realized why.
Firstly, getting there and back involves an extremely…long…voyage… After a while, you’ve finished the book you brought, you get sick of the movies and you’re left to your own devices. Luckily, the man next to me (we had been chatting back and forth) asked if I wanted to play a game. It was a simple word game – fun – and a godsent gift to make the time pass. After we got sick of one game we moved on to a new one, and before we knew it the plane was landing at our destination. Without our library of games, I don’t know how I would have stayed sane.
My second recent experience which taught me the power of games happened while I was out at night with two Chinese individuals – neither of which knew more than two words of English. We ended up playing a Chinese game that involved two cups, four die, and your hands – no words necessary. After that I taught them the old American hand slapping game that everyone used to play as a kid. They thought it was hysterical, and loved it. The exchange of games was fun and allowed me to connect with two people that I would otherwise have had no way to communicate with.
So I’ve come to appreciate the simple life pleasure that games provide. They introduce people, make memories, bring friends together, and help pass time. It’s always fun to learn a new a game, so try to pick up a new one. You’ll have it in your repetoire to pullout the next time you’re bored or in need. Whoever you’re playing with might be very grateful…
It’s that time of year…
When fashion takes over New York City, bringing in packs of fashion writers and editors, designers, models and their impeccable off-duty style, and photographers there to capture all the Fashion Week action. We’re thrilled to be a part of all the Fashion’s Night Out excitement this year – our Soho and Fifth Ave locations will be staying open late with music, drinks by Kanon Vodka and Vita Coco Coconut Water, and events that you won’t want to miss!
Here’s the rundown:
At our Soho store, enjoy live acoustic music by singer/songwriter Jeremy Current from 8-9pm!
At our 5th Avenue store, take part in a bracelet DIY with our friends from Honestly…WTF at 7pm.
Afterwards, from 8-9PM, enjoy live music from one of our favorite bands, Adam and Dave’s Bloodline!
Also, our Creative Director and Art Director will be showing up at both boutiques to meet all of YOU! Be sure to catch up with them and say hi :)
You can RSVP for this event at the Facebook event page.
Hope to see you there!
This week the office has been very full! All of our store managers have come into town for workshops and meetings that are going on at the home office. As they rotate throughout the building you can’t help but notice the beautiful fashions they showed up in. Many have on Free People pieces, and it’s so fun to see how they interpret the items for themselves. True to Free People spirit, there’s a lot of flowing bohemian looks, gypsy-like patterns, and intricate crochet/lace. It’s not often that we get to have these ladies around, so we snapped their style while we could. Enjoy!
The summer layers maxi skirt and a pretty sweet bag!
The beautiful fp spun crochet maxi.
The scalloped lace crop top and a cute printed skirt.
The voile and lace slip and maxi cardigan from a couple of years back that I own and still love very much!
Did you know that Chicago was recently rated one of the best cities to be a single lady? That got us thinking… what will our most devoted single (and coupled for that matter) ladies wear on their dates?
To celebrate our newest Free People store opening in Chicago, we decided to bring out our Art Director/Lead Stylist who is responsible for so many of the amazing Free People looks – and she will style you ladies for your next date night!
We hope you’ll join us, share some snacks provided by Southport Grocery & Cafe, and celebrate our new store opening!
The event will take place Tuesday, September 6th 6-9PM
at our new Chicago store, 3447 N Southport Ave, Chicago IL
Doors officially open on September 7th, so you will also get a first peek at the newest collection and have the chance to shop early!
And, please feel free to bring a guest, just let us know if you can attend and how many will be with you :) You can RSVP on our Facebook event page.
Looking forward to meeting all of you!
xo Free People
Plaid is totally in right now (okay, it’s pretty much always in), and we have tons of it on our site. It’s the perfect print as we’re moving into fall since it has a warmer, cozy feel. Which plaid piece will you be getting for your wardrobe?
The Savana Printed Maxi Skirt
Oversized Motorcycle Jacket
Fit N Flare Circle Dress
Flannel Button Down Tunic
FP One Plaid Crop Top
Looking through our September catalog you can feel Fall emanating from its pages. Cozy knits and texture, plaid and lots of layers – all things that I can’t wait to wrap myself up in as the temperature drops. Shot at a beautiful old mill in New Tripoli PA by Yelena Yemchuk, the book features models Bambi Northwood-Blyth and Martha Hunt. Here’s a sneak peek…I can almost smell the crisp chilly air and hear the crunch of leaves beneath my feet…
Guess who else makes a special appearance?!
The September catalog drops Tuesday September 6th.
Behind the scenes photos by Thomas Northcut except last two, by Jemma.
Happy first day of September! Go to our flickr page to download the large size of the calendar in regular or widescreen.
I have been wanting to experiment with natural dyes for a while now, and with all the great new fall colors that have been popping up on our website (and featured in our monochromatic trend) I decided that it was time. This is such a fun, environmentally friendly project that takes a little time, but very little cash.
For today’s DIY I’ll tell you about what natural ingredients you can use to make natural dyes, and what shades of color they will yield.
What I got: red cabbage, lemons, oranges, beets, yellow onions, blackberries, blueberries, spinach.
For bluish/purple dyes:
Blackberries and red cabbage can be used to make bluish/purple dyes. It’s important to remember when working with natural dyes that experimentation is key – depending on the amount of ingredients you use and how long you leave a garment in the dye, the color you get can vary.
For pinkish/red dyes:
Beets and blueberries can make a really lovely dusty rose color.
For copper/orange dyes:
I never realized what a beautiful color yellow onions can have! Their skins can make an alluring mustard yellow, coppery color.
For yellow dyes:
Orange and lemon peels can be used to make a soft pale yellow dye.
For green dyes:
Finally, spinach can be used to make a beautiful shade of green.
To make the dye, chop up your ingredients and put them in a pot with twice as much water as ingredients. Bring the water to a boil and let simmer for an hour. For deeper colors, you can leave the ingredients in the water (without heat) overnight.
Remove the hard materials from the mixture with a strainer, leaving you with the liquid dye.
Before dyeing, you will also need to create a fixative, which will help your fabric hold the dye.
When working with berries, use a salt fixative – put 1/2 cup of salt in 8 cups of water, put the fabric in and boil for one hour.
When working with vegetables, use a vinegar fixative – mix one part vinegar and four parts water, add your fabric and boil for one hour.
When you remove the fabric, rinse in cold water.
The fabric is now ready to dye! Just drop it in the desired color, let sit until it reaches the shade you want, remove and hang to dry.
I am going to make my dyes and start experimenting this weekend – I’ll share my results next week!