lately i am completely obsessed with lace curtains…ever since i went to our creative director’s home and saw her bathroom, which is draped with lace instead of walls, i have been wanting to get some for my place. they add such a soft touch to a room, and i love the way light looks when it streams through, creating patterns on the floor. my place is a big open studio sort of like hers, so there are lots of opportunities to try this – the beaded curtain in my bedroom doorway is looking like it will be replaced pretty soon…
meet kristen! she’s a sales associate at our soho store and a dj in her spare time. read on as she answers our free people questionnaire and check out some pics of her rocking fp as she djs and travels around japan!
what is your theme song?
“ice cream” by the australian band muscles has been my theme song ever since i heard it a few years ago. it’s all about my favorite things: having a good time and frozen treats!
if you could go anywhere in the world, free of cost, where would you go?
japan! i have a lot of family there, but i barely get to see them because it’s such an expensive trip. plus, tokyo is the capital of cuteness and the shopping there is incredible! too bad they don’t sell shoes big enough to fit my size 10 feet…
out and about in kyoto, japan – wearing the blank jeggings every day!
if you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?
moby-dick, a magical fruit tree that grows every type of fruit and SPF 30.
what is your biggest fear?
space! have you SEEN “total recall”??
winter, spring, summer or fall?
living in my own invincible summer!
what color are you?
what is your motto?
what is your favorite hobby?
definitely cooking. i love to host huge sunday meals for my friends so that we can chat and eat all day long. i’ve always been a baker but am currently trying to teach myself french cuisine.
if you could spend a day with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be?
bea arthur! who’s funnier than her?
when she’s not working at our free people soho store you can catch kristen dj-ing at the knitting factory in brooklyn, every thursday from 10pm-2am, with her partner in crime emilia (top left).
how would you describe your personal style? what are your favorite items from free people right now?
i was a little bit of a metal-head growing up and never let go of my ripped jeans, studded jackets and loose tees, but now that i’m older, i’ve learned to incorporate floral patterns, bright colors and textures into my outfits. i LOVE the we the free solid swept away tunic in pink… it’s the exact color of raspberry sherbert and looks amazing with my marbled cross necklace.
i’ve also learned that my into the mystic dress is SO versatile — perfect layered under an a-line skirt or sheer dolman top.
the free people home office is looking for an office coordinator!
the objective of this position is to manage and support the day to day operations of running the free people home office. support upper management with their office administration needs and all aspects of daily business. communicate to the free people staff all corporate and FP announcements, updates and changes. act as a liaison and ambassador for the free people home office team.
for a full job description and to apply for this position, please click here.
in case you couldn’t tell, we here at free people love music festivals. we saw a ton of free people girls at coachella and it definitely got us thinking about ways we can be more involved with festivals in the future. up next is sasquatch, set in a stunningly beautiful gorge in washington state that might have the prettiest stage backdrop i’ve seen yet.
there are always a few select bands making the festival rounds too. this year the XX, the national, phoenix, local natives and black keys seem to be hitting up quite a few. read more for a brief look at what’s coming up this summer and some of the top acts you’ll catch at each festival (although there are really too many to list)!
also make sure you check out our picks for festival fashion right here!
broken social scene is one of those bands that i’ve always respected but haven’t listened to that often – but with their new album, forgiveness rock record, that could be about to change. since the group was founded by members kevin drew and brendan canning (who never left) in 1999, they’ve had over a dozen members at certain points, and the best description of the group that i’ve read is that each of their records is like a snapshot of the band at that moment in time. with forgiveness rock record, the snapshot is of a band that has gradually refined its sound and is older, wiser and better than ever – the arrangements, the vocals, the instruments all mesh together perfectly and it sounds as though they’ve really found their rhythm. the album opener, “world sick” slowly creeps up on you and draws you in, and the rest of the album does not disappoint… you won’t want to stop listening.
you can catch them on tour right now, and they’ll be stopping by several music festivals this summer, including sasquatch, glastonbury, pitchfork and splendor in the grass!
check out the fp girls who work at our austin store at the domain!
left: the one and only diana! right: resident rockstar haley rose, who you’ll often catch performing on weekends!
spunky kat- she’s got a knack for putting together outfits you’d never think of!
left: jennifer, their youngest sales associate, who will be attending NYU for journalism in the fall! right: katlyn, who is one half of a twin :)
left: kristina, who one day hopes to own a fabulous restaurant; right: newest MIT, marisa, who knows fashion like it’s nobody’s business!
MIT katie strikes a pose – she makes everyone smile all day every day!
left: brooke, resident caffeine addict :) right: candice, a skilled seamstress who used to work at the chicago free people!
aren’t they adorable?
she’s a dreamer, a soul-searcher and a wanderer. drifting along, deep in thought, her eyes tell tales of mysterious adventures. meadow is our bohemian girl who wears loose, flowing tops and dresses that catch the breeze as she roams the earth in search of inspiration. she mixes patterns and prints and piles on jewelry with a handmade, natural touch. on her feet are moccasins or sandals but she’d rather be barefoot. she hears music wherever she goes – at one with nature, she’ll often pause to smell a flower, pet an animal or just to take in the beauty that surrounds her. little trinkets and memorabilia like leaves, stones, a matchbook with thoughts strewn across it, fill her pockets and then the pages of her journals when she eventually returns home.
here are some picks that I could see meadow wearing:
1. lonicera tunic; 2. stitched boho tank; 3. desert maxi dress; 4. vlatava convertible skirt; 5. lucy loves charlie tunic; 6. medina sun hat; 7. quogue feather sandal; 8. vintage bandana; 9. woodstock beaded necklace; 10. dipped feather earrings; 11. suede medicine bag.
another place where you’re likely to see a ton of meadow girls running around? music festivals! shop our featival picks, which meadow would surely love, here.
i may be alone on this one, but i think pizza is so much better homemade than when you have it delivered from somewhere. it always tastes so much fresher and never seems as greasy. i thought this recipe for whole wheat vegan pizza sounded delicious and healthy!
for the dough:
1 ¼ cups warm water (105°-115°)
2 pkgs dry yeast
1 tbs honey
3 tbs olive oil
3-4 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp kosher salt
3/4 cup store-bought marinara or pizza sauce
6 button mushrooms, chopped
1 bell pepper, sliced
1/2 onion, sliced
1/4 cup sliced black olives
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes halved
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
fresh basil leaves
1. for the dough: mix together warm water, yeast, honey, and olive oil. let sit for about 5 minutes. make sure that the yeast is foamy. using a dough hook or a mixer, or by hand, slowly add in 3 cups of flour and 2 tsp salt. knead the dough on low speed, or by hand, for 10 minutes. add flour as needed if the dough is sticky. dump dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand 12 times. put dough in a well oiled bowl, roll dough around so that all sides are lightly coated in olive oil. cover with a clean cloth. let rise until double in volume, about 30-50 minutes. divide the dough into equal parts, make 2-6 pizzas depending on how big you want them. roll dough into balls and cover with a damp towel to rest 10 minutes. on a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thick. sprinkle a light layer of cornmeal on baking sheet or pizza stone.
2. spread out pizza sauce evenly over pizzas, leaving a 1/2 inch border around the outside of the dough. evenly top pizza with toppings. sprinkle on dried oregano and drizzle over olive oil last. bake 10-15 minutes at 400° f (or 500° f if you like the crust extra crispy). remove from oven and top with basil leaves. let cool 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
inner space (series)
if you ever want to be transported to a world of psychedelic spirituality, look no further than the artwork of brandi strickland. she is a north carolina-based mixed media collage and illustration artist, and her talents know no boundaries. i first heard of her when i wrote about the WAFA collective a little while back (she’s one of their contributing artists) and i was completely enthralled with her work. the mix of color, pattern and symbolic imagery is so complex that when you view details of her collages up close you will notice far more than what you see at first glance. once i reached out to her and asked her some questions for the blog, i liked her even more- and i identify so much with the way she started out as an artist.
read on for an interview with brandi and to see much more of her rad artwork.
in the wake of both earth day and the oil spill in the gulf of mexico, we wanted to share a few helpful tips for things you can do to cut back on oil usage in your everyday life. sure you might have heard it before, but it never hurts to have it top of mind…
replace your light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or even cutting-edge light emitting diodes (LEDs). turn off lights and other devices when they’re not needed. candles are great at night!
eliminate electronics that sleep on a standby setting – they continue to pull a current even when “turned off.” AC adapters on many power cables pull current too, so those should be taken out of the wall when not in use. your best bet is a “smart” power strip, or a power strip that can be turned off at night.
when looking for new appliances, seek out the most energy-efficient models, and charge your MP3 player, laptop, PDA, cell phone, and camera with a portable solar charger.
keep your house cool with natural ventilation instead of air conditioning as much as possible. use in-room, ceiling, or whole-house fans to move air throughout the house. blocking sunlight during hot hours of the day can also help.
clothes driers gobble up a lot of power, so line drying can be a great energy saver.
buy locally grown food, or if you have a garden, grow your own. transport uses oil.
whenever you can, walk, bike, use public transportation or carpool. i am guilty of this just as much as anyone, but it is so, so important!
have a wonderful weekend :)
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marit larsen is a norwegian singer/songwriter about to embark on her initial solo US tour, but first she will be stopping by free people’s backyard in brooklyn to play a little show on friday may 14! back in norway she’s a big star, having been one half of the late 90’s duo M2M, and now having a rather solid solo career over there. she’s adorable and we’re stoked to have her come play for us – stay tuned, we’ll have an interview with marit and more info on the show coming up!
for now, check out her myspace page here.