meteor shower

Did anyone see the meteor shower last night/this morning??? I was sleeping! Was it amazing?
We passed through the tail of comet Swift-Tuttle. You can read more about it on TreeHugger.

melissa -Aug 14, 2008, 1:48AM
I was on a short stay in a cabin in northern Michigan and was luckily reminded of the meteor shower just hours before it was to begin! In the couple times we went out to watch we saw maybe 30-40 meteors. It was beautiful enough just to get away from the city lights--the shower was the icing on the cake! (:

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blindfolded origami


Beautiful, from the TED blog.

found object bugs

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Though personally I am not that into bugs, I still think these bugs made from various found objects, (without the use of glue!) are pretty darn cool. Here is a link to the guy that made them’s Flickr account, on which he has a set with probably around 25 of these little bugs! Very cool!

Name: Malea
How long have you worked for Free People?
2 Years
Please tell us about your job.
I am the Store Manager at store the Suburban Square store in Ardmore, PA. I love the atmosphere. I work with the most amazing group of girls and have met some of my closest friends through FP. I love styling up our customers! It’s a great feeling knowing you helped a person find that perfect outfit they are going to look and feel awesome in!!!
What do you like best about working for FP?
Kickin it with my girls in my heady little store! :)
What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
I do a lot of Yoga. Spend time with family and friends. Go out to different little restaurants around the city. When I can get a few days, I love taking road trips to go see live music and dance the night away! :)
Please tell us about some of your favorite things!
I love the small boutiques around Philly; my favorite is a small conscious clothing boutique in Queen Village called Revelations. They carry some great brands, super cute and comfy, and the people that work there are really chill. And they carry Free People!!!
I’d have to say my favorite movie is Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken. It’s about a girl who runs away to follow her dream to be a horse diver. She overcomes all the hardships life decides to throw at her. Really it’s just a heartfelt good old-fashioned movie that I used to watch as a little girl, because I was obsessed with horses. I recently re-discovered it and it’s just as good as I remembered!!!
Oh and of course Almost Famous…gotta love it!!!
I love Colorado!!! I was born and have family out there. I love to visit, but I never seem to get out there enough. It is such a beautiful state- fresh air, mountains, trees, hiking and SNOWBOARDING!!!! I love to snowboard! The best feeling is standing on top of the Rockies, taking in a big breath of fresh mountain air, looking down at an untouched run of powder you’re about to shred…. and then shredding it!!!
I love discovering new music!!! I actually get a lot from our store mixes. Like I said above, I love going to live shows. I have met so many amazing people going to see music throughout the years, and I love to go to visit them whenever a favorite band is playing in their area!
My favorites to see live are The Disco Biscuits, Brothers Past, Lotus, Sound Tribe, The New Deal… really anyone who can make me dance.
I love everything though, from Madonna, Erykah Badu, Zap Mamma, The Blow, Brazilian Girls, Feist, Laurnen Hill… To old school rap like A Tribe Called Quest, Fugees, Outcast, Gangstarr, Bone, TuPac, Biggie, Jay-Z, Snoop. Classic hippie stuff like The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, the Doors (I have the same birthday as Jim Morrison!) I’m really into down tempo electronic stuff like Kruder and Dorfmeister, Theviory Corporation, Shpongle, The Bays, Air, Bonobo, Explosions In The Sky. Also some Indie bands, Postal Service, Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem, Of Montreal, Architecture in Helsinki. Of course reggae, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Easy Star Allstars, Matisyahu, Dub Specialist, Israel Vibrations… I could go on and on but you get the idea… I’m obsessed with music!!!
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I just wanted to be able to ride horses all day, every day. Now it’s evolved into riding horses and doing yoga!!!
What inspires you?
More like who…My dad!!! He is the most caring, funny, intelligent, supportive, kind hearted, hard working, understanding, genuine, and just AMAZING guy ever… he inspires, motivates and supports me! I just hope one day I can be as much to someone as he is to me.
Is there a current trend you wish would go away?
What isn’t right for one person may be perfect for someone else! If you love it rock it!!! Who cares what anyone else thinks! :)
Is there a current trend you wish would stay forever?
Tie-dye will never die!!!
What superpower would you most like to have?
Funny you should ask, because we were just discussing who everyone in our store would be if we were to be super heroes. Then my MIT Jamie drew me a little character… check it out!!!

What do you like best about where you live?
I just moved into an amazing little apartment in an up-and-coming area in Philadelphia- Fishtown. I love coming home at the end of a night, sitting on my couch, looking out the window at the skyline or up at the stars through my skylight, listening to some chill music, eating dove chocolate caramels… just taking a little time to myself. :)
What are some of your favorite places to hang out?
The farmer’s market is my favorite place to go on my break. It’s right up the block from the store and you can get anything from fresh produce to pastries to Chinese and sushi, coffee, candy, these little hotdogs wrapped in pretzels, a.k.a. smokey cheesers… a store favorite (among the non-vegetarians) along with the chocolate covered strawberries. (vegetarian friendly) :)
Have you any favorite places to travel?
I studied at the London College of Fashion for a semester back in school and loved it! I traveled to Paris, Ireland, Rome, and Amsterdam. It was amazing. If could travel anywhere though, I would have to say the moon… I would love to see the world from up there. It would certainly put into perspective how insignificant we are in the whole grand scheme of things. Just thinking about it makes me appreciate how beautiful life is and how lucky we are… also floating around weightless would be saweeeeet!!!!
We heard that you really love Yoga! Tell us more!
What type of yoga do you practice?
I do Bikram Yoga. It’s a type of Hatha Yoga, a series of 26 postures including 2 breathing exercises, over the span of 90 minutes, in a room heated from 90-105 degrees. It’s amazing, unlike any other type of exercise. You leave feeling more energetic, confident, positive, motivated and with more strength to deal with anything your day decides to throw at you.
Where do you practice?
I practice at Bikram’s Yoga College of India, located at 1520 Sansom St in Center City Philadelphia. It’s an amazing studio with caring, dedicated, motivating instructors and students!!! If you can, check it out! It’s only $20 for your first week and you can go as many times as you want!!!
What is your favorite yoga position?
It’s so hard to pick a favorite- I love them all for different reasons. If I had to choose one I would say Dandayamana-Dhanurasana, or Standing Bow Pulling Pose. It’s a lot of fun once you get your balance and start kicking your foot higher then you ever imagined you could. It’s extremely challenging to keep your balance while focusing on staying in alignment, deepening into the posture and holding it for a minute. It’s really an inner struggle with your mind, telling yourself you can do it and not getting too frustrated when you fall out. In this practice you constantly want to push your edge- it helps develop concentration, patience, and determination while firming the abs, upper thighs, upper arms, hips and buttocks. It also increases the size and elasticity of the rib cage and lungs and improves the flexibility and strength of the lower spine and most of the body’s muscles.
Another favorite is The Toe Stand. I won’t go into as much detail, but basically I like the mental challenge of the balancing series. It has taught me to accept where I am in my practice and in life. Some days you can balance all day long others hardly for a second. Accepting that, letting it go and giving it another shot tomorrow is when you’re really doing yoga/living.
What position kicks your butt?
OMG! Tuladandasana or Balancing Stick has been kicking my butt lately. It may not look like much but to do it right is ridiculously difficult. There are so many things to be concentrating on all at once. Standing on one leg while trying to get the stretch where you know you should be. Look forward, chin up, hip down, point your toe, heel out, reach your arms, and squeeze your palms. It seems once you get one aspect you loose another so this is definitely my personal posture of perseverance, for now. It strengthens the heart muscles and gets your heart rate going!!!
Trikanasana, triangle pose, is what’s up in the butt-kicking poses!!! Straight from Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class book “the only posture in the world that improves every muscle, joint, tendon, and internal organ in the body. At the same time, it revitalizes nerves, veins, and tissues. It helps cure lumbago and rheumatism of the lower spine by flexing and strengthening the last five vertebrae, and it improves crooked spines. This is the most important pose to increase the strength and flexibility of the hip joint and of the muscles of the side of the torso. It also firms upper thighs and hips, slims the waistline, and improves the deltoids, trapezius, scapula, and latissimus muscles.” Basically, it’s awesome!!!
What are the benefits of your yoga practice?
The benefits of Bikram’s Yoga are tremendous!!! Each and every pose is scientifically thought out and strategically placed within the series to improve your entire body inside and out, fingertips to toes, bones to skin, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Get a copy of Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class by Bikram Choudhury for a guide through every pose, all their specific benefits and personal stories from Bikram and his students if you want the complete rundown.
Have you any advice for someone who is interested in yoga but has never tried it before?
My only advice is to do it!!! As one of my favorite instructors puts it, “We have a great deal going on right now. If you practice 5-6 days a week it will change your life!”
Oh, and remember to breathe! :)
Well that’s it. I hope you enjoyed my profile. Let me know if you have any music suggestions, snowboarding spots, decent restaurants, shops, or anything at all you think I might enjoy now that you know me a little. It’s been real!
Namaste.
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Malea -Nov 05, 2008, 12:40PM
Thanks for all the comments and suggestions!!! Amy I miss you!!! Julie were kickin it as I type:) Rebecca when r we gettin down next? Kristina, I love dr. dog and thanks for the resaurant suggestions Mantra sounds interesting I think I'll go there for my b-day!!! Katie we need to get a drexel reunion going on, I miss you!!! Hugs :)
Kristina -Aug 14, 2008, 7:48PM
Hey Malea! I love shopping at the Suburban Square Free People and I thought that I would offer a few suggestions for you since I enjoyed reading your post. I think you might like the band Dr. Dog, which is an up and coming Philly band with a great 60's sound. (Perhaps you've already heard of them.) Some of my favorite restaurants downtown are Dock Street Tavern (West Philadelphia Pizza,) Shouk Lounge (Middle Eastern,) Tinto (Spanish Tapas,) Mantra (Indian Asian Fusion,) Rouge (Expensive French,) and if you like farmer's markets, definitely try Reading Terminal Market! Enjoy the rest of the summer! -Kristina

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pillow case dresses

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Find some pillow cases with pretty lace borders and make comfy dresses! MayaMade has a tutorial so you can learn how. She made hers for her nieces (who are sooo cute), but you could use a king size case, or just make a tunic to wear with cutoff shorts or jeans.
found via craftzine

Victoria -Nov 28, 2012, 6:24PM
HOW do you make it?
Rachel -Jan 15, 2011, 7:29AM
Oh wow, these pillowcase dresses are sooo cute. I love them & the pictures are amazing

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As many of you know, our latest catalog came out this week, and so for our weekly poll I was curious about what you all think of our last few catalogs.
Below, to remind you which is which, are the front covers of our last three catalogs.
May

July

August
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Which was your favorite catalog this summer?

shaunna -Aug 13, 2008, 6:26PM
my august catalog just arrived, mail to Hawaii takes forever! i love it, so pretty yet so bad ass. keep up the great work over there. xx
adesignaffair -Aug 13, 2008, 11:20AM
I loved the new catalog when it came in my mailbox yesterday. The handwritten touch made all the difference. Who designed the catalog--most importantly who wrote out all that copy???

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hair hats

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These wonderful creations are by Nagi Noda. I don’t think I need to say anymore to get you to look at the rest.
Found via Design For Mankind.

Tiffany -Aug 09, 2008, 12:06PM
You guys, African Americans have created styles like this and other majorly interesting ones for years. They have hair shows all over the united states. It's not my cup of tea, so to speak, but the creativity is interesting...
Design for Mankind -Aug 08, 2008, 12:16AM
Awesome, right?! Thanks for the link love. ;)

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Now right off the bat, I want to point out that having Al Franken’s video on here is not in any way an endorsement or political statement or anything. I think he is running for Congress, but I couldn’t even tell you which side he’s on. The reason Al Franken makes it on the blog today is because in this video, which you can find below, he draws a near-perfect map of the USA from memory, in about 3 minutes. I had to share it with you!
This seriously blows my mind! Especially because after I watched this video I tried myself, and drew the USA from memory as best I could. Let me tell you that it took me a LOT more than 3 minutes! I had mistakes in mine too, for example my placement of Arkansas. (Whoops!) Below the video, you can find my attempt at drawing the map, which was a mess and ended up needing a second piece of paper cause I drew the eastern half of the country too big… :)

-Aug 07, 2008, 10:31AM
yea Minnesota!!!
Teresa McFayden -Aug 06, 2008, 7:17PM
Totally amazing!

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Last night I attended the opening for the collaborative art project of Carrie and Doub!
Carrie happens to be our Assistant Art Director, and Doub, our Art Director, Assistant Design Director, and also my sister! :)
Together they created a gigantic eagle sculpture, made mostly of wood, cardboard, paper-mache. It is incredible!

The eagle will be on display here at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in building 543 for the next six weeks, and I encourage you to come check it out and write your thoughts on the wall beside it!
As you might imagine, it takes a lot of work to get a bird this big suspended in the air! Below is a little video clip showing the work behind getting the bird made, moved, and hung from the ceiling! Underneath that, more pictures!

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After the eagle was finally lifted up where it needed to be, they were so glad they thought they’d give him a little kiss! :)
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A picture of the artists at the opening, shown here with our buddy Bob!
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People enjoyed themselves at the opening…
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A little “thank you” from the artists, written on the wall!
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If you are in the area at all over the next six weeks, come on down to the Philadelphia Navy Yard (at the south end of Broad Street) and check out this eagle! It’s so incredible!

Sandy -Aug 08, 2008, 8:23AM
Thanks Pruitt for posting the pictures and the posting. I was waiting to see the pictures. The show is amazing. Good job to Doub and Carrie and all the "helpers"!!
Beth -Aug 07, 2008, 8:25PM
I like all the bandannas!!

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Check out the video for our newest catalog, which drops today!
This catalog features the trend Proper Nomad, which mixes classic menswear and tailoring with more ethnic influences. The catalog also focuses on showcasing the many faces of the Free People girl! Enjoy!

mamie -Aug 06, 2008, 2:36PM
I just got the new catalogue today and it is amazing! I think fall-esque clothes are my favorite. I love the lay-out , especially the front half where it's just gorgeous outfits and writing. Cool stuff! I like the video and I'm so glad ya'll listen to Beirut! Of course groovy clothes would come from groovy people...
Toshi -Aug 05, 2008, 4:51PM
Can't wait to see the new catalog!!! Lovely faces in the video!!

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beach bikes

I found this site while I was searching for some cool bike accessories this weekend. I just got a new bike, but this makes me want another one! Beachbikes has a lot of awesome cruisers, and I love their “history of beach cruisers.”
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Does anyone know a great site for bike accessories? I’m talking bags and baskets. I love velo orange, but want to see what else is out there…

-Aug 05, 2008, 12:05PM
Those are great! i looooove my cruiser, I ride it to the gym everyday!

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For our newest catalog, which will be dropping this week(!) we thought it would be cool to have various volunteers around the office hand-write the catalog copy! Here is a little video showing everyone working on writing the catalog! We are so proud of this catalog and we’re sure you will all just love it! Tune in a little later this week for our catalog video!

adesignaffair -Aug 13, 2008, 11:23AM
The answer to my comment above--I love this clip about who wrote the copy in the new catalog. Your blog is great. I love the sneak peeks.
Alexandra -Aug 10, 2008, 12:40PM
You guys did a great job on the catalog as usual. Though I love the scenery in others, this one had truly inspiring outfits and it's refreshing to see something a little different once in a while. oh btw, the dog on page 6 is adorable. made me smile.

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