the lovely weather this week has prompted an outdoor version of office style :)
the results are in from last week’s patchwork poll and the winner by a longshot were the patchwork rugged cutoffs, with 44% of the vote!
this week i have the beach on my brain… the weather is getting warmer and soon i’ll be spending weekends at the shore and i can’t wait! i also can’t wait to wear some of our comfy beach styles… we have some great new items and i want to know which one you like best:
the always easy maxi:
the weekender dress:
the on the run dress:
or the riptide jumpsuit:
one of our fpgirls just returned from vacation and shared these wonderful photos and story. take a moment and let us transport you to a place we think is pretty special…
there’s a small island tucked to the coast of Puerto Rico where horses run wild, beaches are made of flour soft sand, and a bio bay is teaming with millions of falling stars that burst into light when ever-so-slightly touched. this place has been a well kept secret by the few who live and travel there, but i wanted to share it with you, because word is starting to get out, and it’s beautiful and magical and if the secret is revealed, i’d rather it be to you first… it’s called Vieques. if a vacation is in your budget (and it’s pretty cheap to get there), go. now. enjoy. and tell us what you think.
when i sat down to talk to our fpgirls heading to sxsw, one of the things they were most excited about were …the cupcakes!? i have since learned that austin is home to some delicious cupcake bakeries – two of which they highly recommend.
hey cupcake! has several locations in the city, many of which are airstream trailers – what is it with austin and airstream trailers? apparently these cupcakes are a must-have and in addition to the standard ones with pink icing they have a red velvet and a “24 carrot” cupcake that sound to die for…check out their website here.
the other cupcake stop that can’t be missed is sugar mama’s bakeshop, located on south 1st street in austin. this local family-owned bakery has an old-fashioned style and cute names for their cupcakes like “the pinup,” “southern belle” and “marilyn monroe” – described as “the original blond bombshell – buttery vanilla cupcake topped with luscious vanilla buttercream.” the descriptions alone are making my mouth water! check out the website here.
any portland readers out there? on the third thursday of each month, northwest 23rd street, where our store is located, has a day of special events and discounts. celebrate the start of spring and stop by our store today for special treats, and a music mix with purchases over $50!
i’ve always wanted to visit portland and these photos are making me want to even more…that street looks so pretty.
for more info click here.
have you seen the new outfits section of our website yet? it’s a great source of inspiration for styling different items. i love seeing how our team puts together looks…they always give me so many ideas. make sure you keep checking back because new outfits will be added each month!
view the outfits section here.
well sxsw is officially underway in austin… our fp girls are there and told me they’re excited about the urban outfitters shows starting today – they’re going to be pretty killer this year! a ton of great bands will play at urban’s backlot throughout the festival – including local natives, who i wrote about yesterday, and this band, the golden filter:
i think these photos are amazing – taken by our fpgirl at last year’s sxsw.
lots more info on the urban shows here.
warmer weather makes me long for a house with a room that’s partially…or mostly…outdoors. sunlight streaming in, curtains blowing in the breeze, birds chirping.
…just a little inspiration from a uk company called toast. so beautiful.
these st. patrick’s day goodies look so delicious! on the left are cupcakes brought in by our office coordinator with yummy apple sprinkles that were quickly gobbled up. on the right are oreo truffles made by our senior store manager to share with customers at our paramus, nj store – so if you’re in that area stop by and grab one before they’re gone!
another fp girl told me about this awesome embroidery by brooklyn artist iviva olenick. she describes her work as small-scale, semi-autobiographical pieces that make up a hand-stitched blog. what a neat idea! the pieces include signs she sees on the street, maps of brooklyn and little quotes or things on her mind, and she also writes about the inspiration behind her projects on a blog called were i so besotted.
i really like the idea of sewing inspirational quotes or song lyrics onto blank tshirts or pillows! adding to my long list of projects i want to try…
Who would have thought that Clogs could make such an impact on the fashion scene? They are the type of shoe I usually associated with Milkmaids and Amsterdam.
However, Karl Lagerfeld and Alexa Chung have caused a Storm in the market, by making The Clog look super cool. The models at Chanel’s Spring collection galloped down the runaway in these heavy footed clogs and Alexa has been seen looking mighty fine in them ever since.
We here at Free People fell in Love with them also. With this in mind I thought I would shine a light on the amazing selection we have here on the Free People site (click here). My favorite pair is the Charli Clog that I would wear with distressed boyfriend jeans, high-waisted skirts and pretty floral dresses. These are definitely the shoe off the summer!