while shooting the belle of the ball section of our november book, our lucky team got to spend a week at eglingham hall in north umberland, england. i can see why tim walker used it as the location for his fantasy-like photo shoots, as it looks like a place with many stories to tell and secrets hiding in its walls. here’s a peek inside…
the backyard. wow.
tea for two.
this picture makes me laugh.
and in the backyard, the most amazing teepee ever.
thank you to our producer for these beautiful photos!
as a scorpio with a november birthday, i think this month really brings out my inner dark side. the air begins to have that extra bite of cold and i fight the urge to sleep all day. i’m hoping to decorate my place with twinkling christmas lights, lots of candles and warm scents to keep the winter blues away. for tunesday, here’s a playlist of some songs i’m listening to right now.
“twinkling gems add a dusting of mysterious wonder to your outfit. hang with admiration on your wall like a cherished piece of artwork. exquisite pieces for gifts, and for your loved ones to treasure.”
chapter two focuses on gift items so special we consider them treasures… vintage chainmail evening bags, statement jewelry and delicate lace slips so beautiful you almost won’t want to wear them. The treasures were photographed in philadelphia by rene micheli.
i love this shot of the bags from our vintage loves collection too:
view the catalog online here, and shop our vintage treasures here.
have you guys checked out our holiday boutiques online yet? it looks so beautiful- i am in love with the lookbooks, which i’ll post about later on – but also we (jemma and i) got to do something fun and pick our favorite items from the november catalog, which are featured in the blogger picks section of the holiday boutiques! here are the collections i made featuring our picks, which you can also view in the holiday boutiques right here.
“my favorite thing about the holiday season is the smell of fresh pine…it reminds me of going to the christmas tree farm to cut down our tree each year when i was little.”
“holiday season brings warm feelings for me – a time that’s reminiscent of great family love. i get really nostalgic when i start to smell the season’s scents; cinnamon, mulled wine, figs and the crispness of the air. i also like that i can get away with wearing a little bit of sparkle almost every day during this season too!”
stay tuned because we’ll be adding picks from some of our favorite bloggers soon!
this is our biggest book to date, and there’s so much t want to tell you about it, from the photographers to the models to the locations. starting with chapter one…
“the center of attention, she glistens in the night. she is a cinderella star in a beautiful dress. She’s the special one, the one with magic all around her.”
to achieve an atmosphere of holiday magic and fantasy, our team went to northumberland england and shot part of this section at eglingham hall – a location known for being the backdrop to many of tim walker’s magical shoots.
the location was perfect to capture the essence of a girl who awakes to find herself in a fairytale, the lines between reality and dreams are blurred. she dons a beautiful dress and dances off into the night like cinderella.
the photographer for the shoot at eglingham hall was benjamin huseby, who’s dreamy photography captured the spirit of the belle of the ball beautifully, as brought to life by models julia hafstrom and jessica mau.
the third model in this section, who also graces the cover, is the lovely zippora seven. she was shot wearing some of our gorgeous holiday dresses here at the home office in philly by our photographer anthony nocella. she’s done so many great shoots, but these two photos have always been among my favorites:
i have lots of photos of eglingham hall to show you so stay tuned :) and view the entire november catalog right here!
Here at Free People, we know and love cords. It’s falls go-to fabric. This Autumn/winter we have styles to suit your “wear till they’re threadable” needs, as well as the chic tulip flare that you’ll turn to when you want to smarten up. These are the styles we’ll be wearing this autumn.”
First round modeled by one of our lovely girls working here at the home office: the flared cord which is perfect for Fall, and the shape is super sexy!
on our last day in cali we did some shopping in hollywood and stopped by the free people store at space 15 twenty. i was stoked to see the store because i’ve heard so much about space 15 twenty. it’s a cute little spot with a courtyard where they hold monthly flea markets and live music – there’s also an urban outfitters, an art gallery, and umami burger, which i didn’t try but is supposedly a must when in LA.
and i really can’t say enough how awesome the girls are who work in our stores. they are so warm and friendly and have amazing style – it was lovely meeting you ladies!
wee people is now up online! it is so exciting to be able to see the whole collection after hearing about it for so long – and the little models are really too cute for words.
here is a collection featuring the favorite items of our managing director of design and image, who was inspired to create this line by her own daughter (who just so happens to be the model pictured above and in many of the wee people shots) :)
click on the image to go to our website and see more info on each item. and shop all wee people here!
“when i was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. when I went to school, they asked me what i wanted to be when i grew up. i wrote down ‘happy’. they told me i didn’t understand the assignment, and i told them they didn’t understand life.”