yummy easter cupcakes topped with bunnies and chicks – from our office coordinator/expert cupcake baker! they made my rainy monday a little bit better :)
love these outdoorsy fan photos from our facebook page… the last two were taken in thailand and i think they’re beautiful!
happy spring! time to break out the bright colors…
which color of the rainbow are you?
leave a comment and let us know, and we’ll pick someone at random to receive this adorable pair of friendship bracelets! keep one for yourself and give the other one to someone you love :)
make sure you leave your email address so i can contact you if you’re selected! the winner will be chosen at random tomorrow morning.
the free people family extends far beyond the home office – the girls that work in our stores are amazing and they make shopping at the stores a special experience for everyone who walks in the door. today i’d like to introduce you to kim, from our torrance, CA store! read on to learn a little bit more about her and her personal style.
“i love delicate and light fabrics like lace, silk and chiffon. i toughen it up by adding mixed-metal jewelry and accessories. i am a juxtaposition of candy and lou by day and ginger by night!”
what is your theme song?
“head on” by the jesus and mary chain- this song gets me movin and groovin. (listen below!)
if you could go anywhere in the world, free of cost, where would you go?
cambodia to visit the motherland for the first time.
if you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?
laptop with internet access for unlimited entertainment, my boyfriend for companionship and a vintage, champagne colored beaded gown.
what is the one article of clothing you can’t live without?
even though i’m a fashion junkie, this is a surprisingly difficult question to answer- everything i own i can’t live without! for the sake of answering this question i will say my stuart weitzman suede ankle boots because i can wear them from dawn to dusk and still dance in them all night long.
what is your biggest fear?
dying young :(
winter, spring, summer or fall?
spring- a season of celebration, rebirth and dewy flowers.
what color are you?
violet is harmonious and splendid and my favorite color.
what is your motto?
“the world is a playground and life is pushing my swing” – natalie kocsis.
what is your favorite hobby?
writing, living and dreaming of fashion.
if you could spend a day with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be?
my dad, who passed away when i was 8 – i’d love to spend a day as daddy’s little girl!
i love her motto, and i love the jesus & mary chain :)
for the next book club selection we have decided to read stephen chbosky’s the perks of being a wallflower. we haven’t had the chance to read the book yet, and hope that if you have, you will read it again with us and perhaps you will take away something new or add to our experience. it’s a quick read so this book club session will be short – we will take two weeks to read the book and will post things that the book inspires along the way.
and of course, if you have a suggestion for future book club selections, please let us know.
it may seem a little odd, with all this talk of spring and warmer weather, to post a soup recipe. but this cauliflower buttermilk soup sounds so heart warmingly good i couldn’t resist…great for a chilly evening.
cauliflower buttermilk soup
1 large cauliflower, broken into florets
2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 1/2 t salt
4 c water or stock
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 c parmesan cheese
large pinch of dried dill weed
1 tablespoon of dijon mustard
salt & pepper
place the cauliflower, potatoes, onion and garlic into a large pot. add in water or vegetable stock and bring to a boil. lower heat and simmer (no lid needed) until vegetables are quite tender (about 30 minutes). puree with a hand blender or transfer to a blender and puree until smooth.
add in the buttermilk, parmesan, dill and mustard and stir until combined. season with salt and pepper if necessary. serve in deep bowls. this should make about 4 large servings.
i’m in awe over this photography by alexandra valenti. sunsoaked and infused with bohemian spirit, her images evoke summer and hikes in the woods, cooling off in hidden springs, and backyard barbecues with friends. i want to step inside these photos and be a part of them.
check out her website here.
on the outskirts of philadelphia, past manayunk and mount airy, you’ll find the wissahickon valley of fairmount park and a hidden wonderland known as valley green. the sound of traffic and horns are replaced by birds and trickling water and its hard to believe you’re still technically in the city. this scenic little valley is one of my favorite spots to go for a day of hiking, relaxing, and escaping when i’m feeling a little drained by the hustle and bustle of living downtown. sometimes you just need to get back in touch with nature.
ever since i wrote about polaroid film a couple of weeks ago (here) i’ve been wanting to bring my polaroid camera into work to take some photos around the office. well i was finally able to do it!the timing could not be more appropriate, too, as project impossible announced on monday that they have succeeded in re-producing a new analog instant film for traditional polaroid cameras! this is very exciting news, because i no longer have to hoard my polaroid film and save it for very special occasions only :)
here are some test shots of the new film from the project impossible website: