one of our fp girls is on a recruiting trip in nashville for our new store there (tentatively scheduled to open mid-november!) and shared some great photos for the blog. i have a soft spot for nashville, i really love it there…i think these photos really capture the atmosphere down there :)
i know some of you have been wondering about our wanderlust winner :) the lucky girl is andrea from fairfax, california! i asked her some questions to learn some more about her, and it’s clear she’s a real yoga lover and free spirit – it’s great she was able to experience wanderlust!
What is your theme song?
Breathe Me, Sia
If you could go anywhere in the world, free of cost, where would you go?
I’d sail the Caribbean (and the Mediterranean!) with my dad.
If you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?
Since we’re speaking purely in hypotheticals… an eco-friendly, self-sustaining prefab dwelling; an old typewriter with the longest piece of banana paper imaginable; and an extensive supply of vegan pizza.
How would you describe your personal style? What are your favorite items from free people right now?
I’d say I’m kind of a boho badass, rocking torn jeans, oversized beanies and tight tops with draping jewelry and windswept hair. I’m really digging all the boots and the Ruffled Layers Maxi Skirt at Free People right now. And all the rough cut crystal jewelry is awesome (got me some of that).
so last month we made a little video showing you how to do a fishtail braid – and this month we have a kickass way to spice up your fishtail braid! our stylists and hair/makeup artist are loving this look right now – colorful streaks woven into the braid!
Now this can be done many ways- you can do one color or three, you can actually dye streaks in your hair, or you can put in colored extensions.
for the braid in these images our hair/makeup artist used extensions. she mixed blond, blue, purple and pink extensions together and spread them out before braiding them into a fishtail, which she then clipped into the model’s hair. simple enough, right?
here it is on a larger scale in our august catalog:
when our team returned from morocco after shooting our latest catalog and shared all of their photos, i was completely blown away. the desert setting in the photos almost looked unreal – like something out of a dream. their experience shooting this book must have been incredible and these behind the scenes photos give you a glimpse of what it was like…
our team flew into marrakesh, and from there they traveled to morocco’s “hollywood town” of ouarzazate. they then drove seven hours into the desert, arriving in the dark of night. when they woke up, this is what they saw:
they had the option of sleeping in the tents, or outside!
the dressing room.
clothing takes over…
our senior stylist gets model klara wester ready for the shoot.
photographer benjamin alexander huseby at work in the sand.
camels in the background.
models klara wester and hind sahli step out in another look…
when i was at a.c. moore the other day getting supplies for my hair wrap, i saw a DIY dream catcher kit and i couldn’t resist. i never realized how easy they are to make! you don’t even need the kit- you can find whatever supplies you want to make your own personalized dream catcher at an arts and crafts store or around the house!
what you need:
– a ring of whatever size you’d like – it could be metal, plastic, wood – whatever :)
– suede lace or thin strips of fabric
– artificial sinew (the yellow thread) – this is what came in the kit, but i feel like regular string would work too.
– feathers, beads and any other little trinkets you want to add!
wind the suede lace around the metal ring.
when you get all the way around, tie the ends together in a knot:
i left a little bit of extra lace at each end so i could use that to hang it from something.
take the string and knot it at your starting point, and then start looping it around the metal ring as seen in the photo. when you get all the way around the outside, start looping it around itself, and keep going till you get to the center:
now start adding your little trinkets! the kit came with the suede piece at the top, but it’s definitely not necessary. i put a little silver feather on the inside, and used the leftover suede lace to attach beads and feathers at the bottom. i tied the feathers to the lace with the string, but there’s probably a better way to do that :)
i love the end result! it’s a very nice addition to my workspace.
and now i’m already thinking about what i want my next dream catcher to look like! i think it would look really cool to make one with thinly cut strips of fabric – maybe from old free people bags!? or an all-natural one, using a stick for the ring, hemp and decorated with leaves, feathers and dried flowers…yep, done.