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DO: Stay in touch
It’s funny how life events coincide around similar themes to get you thinking. I went back to my hometown for visit the other weekend and brought a good friend from Philly along. I got to see some old friends and spent quality time with family. The warmth I felt from seeing everyone made for a good weekend, and also coincided with the conversation my friend and I had had on the car ride up.
She was telling me about an article she read that summarized the top five life regrets people report on their deathbed – one of which was losing touch with friends. They wished that they hadn’t let themselves get so caught up in the day-to-day here and now, and instead, picked up the phone or written a letter once in a while. People who once really mattered got lost in the mix of life, but in the end what’s going to matter is who you’ve loved and who loves you back.
In the days following my visit my thoughts resonated on this article and my hometown visit. Some of my friends weren’t around when I was home, and I found myself wanting to give them a call. I’ve vowed to try and do better at staying in touch, so that I don’t let those people get away. Especially today, with all of our technology – smart phones and email – there’s no excuse to not take a little bit of time. Learn from what the dying have said and stay in touch. When you come to the end of your road, you don’t want to be looking back with the same regrets.
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I first discovered Gemma’s blog Fade to Black over a year ago, and fell instantly in love with her style and everything she posts. We’ve emailed each other frequently, but finally the other day we got to meet in person when she came down to our office, or as she calls it, fairy land, for a quick little visit. I asked her to fill out one of our style file questionnaires, and she cracked me up as she did. Get to know a little bit more about Gemma, FP style!
Gemma is also quite a talented artist! Here are a few more photos from her blog…
Check it out: fadetoblackny.blogspot.com
Thanks for stopping by Gemma! Hope to see you again soon xx
Our new January Lookbook features the lovely Alexandra Spencer of 4th and Bleeker – and although she’s an Australia native, she rocks the California style flawlessly! Tan skin, sun-kissed hair, barely there cutoffs and daring mini dresses are some of her signatures, and she showcases her bold style through the amazing photography on her blog. Take a look, and read on to learn a little bit more about this beach babe!
My name is Alexandra Spencer and I live in Sydney/Los Angeles/ London. I’ve been living here for splitting time for 3 years!
On a typical day off, the first thing I do is check my emails! I’m usually wearing who knows!!?
My favorite coffee shop is in Sydney- Andys coffee, In LA – coffee bean on Hollywood and Orange and in London – the Marylebone Starbucks, and my parents make the best breakfast!
If I’m in the mood for some shopping, my destination of choice is Paris!! My favorite store is Balenciaga on Melrose! Last time I went there I bought a white shirt I’m too scared to wear.
Shopping can work up an appetite, and the best lunch is the Spaghetti at Chateau Marmont.
I love checking out MoMA for a little culture and inspiration, and no day is complete without Nathan Webster!
The last movie I saw was The Bourne Supremacy. It was last night in bed at The Ace, Palm Springs.
A typical night out on the town for me consists of great shoes and a lot of wine!
If I feel like going to a show, the best venue is definitely O2 Arena in London. The best show I ever saw there was I took my parents to see Arcade Fire.
If my life had a theme song, it would be Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones or Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel for a dramatic flashback montage.
On my iPod right now you’ll find a lot of Neil Young, I got a harmonica for Christmas and I’m driving my boyfriend crazy with it one Neil young song at a time!
Three words to describe my style are 4th, And, Bleeker!
This summer I’ll be in the South of France! And back to Rio.
NY or LA: NY in Spring, LA in the Summer
Check out the full january lookbook!
Our catalog team traveled around the world…
…and us bloggers got to go to our shoot with Sasha Pivovarova in NYC – definitely a highlight of the year!
We worked with so many beautiful models…
We debuted FP Spun and Vegan Leather, and launched a special line of Limited Edition Dresses! We celebrated with pop-up shops in NY and LA, where Jade Castrinos performed at our store.
We fell hard for extreme flares, monochromatic dressing, birkenstocks, turbans, sweater dressing, fancy collars, western boots, friendship bracelets and bright nails, flatforms, mixed prints, color pops, polka dots and more…
We were influenced by decades past…
…and by trends like mod and grunge.
We brought you festival coverage from Pitchfork and Outside Lands…
We shot our July catalog with Alexandra Valenti and the Happen-Ins, and we had such a great time we went back and threw a party to celebrate the catalog release! We also threw a party at our 5th ave store for Fashion’s Night Out and had a blast.
We made so many lovely blogger friends!
Many crafts were made, and we held our first crafting events in Cambridge and NYC!
And, some new furry faces popped up in the office :)
2011 was a good year :) Here’s to making the next one even better!
Happy New Year!
Yesterday was such a fun work day! We invited New York City based fashion bloggers Natalie of Natalie Off Duty, Christina of Trop Rouge and Claire of De Lune to come down to our home office for a day of styling with some of our newest product. These girls are beautiful and SO much fun! We had a blast hanging out with them and they went to town trying on clothes and taking photos around our home office. We ended the day by taking them to one of our favorite restaurants in Philly, Parc, a Parisian style Brasserie on Rittenhouse Square, for delicious food and drinks.
Here are some photos from the day, and stay tuned because next week we’ll show you some of the outfits they put together and which items they liked best!
Love those Floral Docs… so much.
Christina and Claire shooting behind our office :)
Christina in the O-Town Muscle Tank, cutoff Denim Vest, washed Vegan Leather Short and Floral Docs; Natalie in the Academy Bodysuit, Cropped Biker Jacket and Double Shanghai Pendant; Claire in the Floral Shirt Tail Pucker Dress, Vegan Doc Martens, Spacedye Neon Socks and Kachow Reversible Thermal.
I had the most amazing drink called a “Romarin” made with grapefruit vodka, rosemary, elderflower liquer and grapefruit juice – with a piece of grapefruit in the drink. SO GOOD.
As promised, here are some photos from our fp girls’ art opening on Friday night at Reward, called “A Distant Land To Roam.” Inspired by western prairies and Native American motifs, the show featured intricate wall hangings, drawings, collages, fabric animals, and other small goods. It was beautiful!
The beautiful artists :) On the left is our New Romantics Mesh Poncho!
The show will be up at Reward until December 30th so if you live in the Philly area be sure to check it out :)
Hey Australia and New Zealand! It’s your last chance to get free shipping and 10% off on all orders over $100!! Promo lasts through November 1st.
BUT, don’t worry if you missed it because starting November 2nd we are offering discounted shipping to Australia – at a flat rate of 7.95. Enjoy!
On Friday I met up with Elsa of the blog Styleabaad for coffee. She chose the spot – Last Drop café on 13th and Pine. I live in Old City and rarely come over this way, but I was completely charmed by this coffee shop! I love cafés that feel homey and unique, the kind that makes you want to bring a book and get cozy and stay a while.
I first met Elsa when I posted a photo of her on our blog, not realizing she was currently living right here in philly! It just so happened that same day she was at the Free People home office visiting her friend, our Art Director. Small world, huh? We decided to meet up and talk about blogging, fashion, philly and more.
Elsa is fascinating – she is from Sweden, and has been living in Philly for three years now with her husband. She loves to write and travels often – the last 12 years she has been traveling to India, where she has spent time in an Ashram and also worked various jobs including backup dancer in Bollywood films. In addition to her blog, she is working on a novel about her travels – I for one would love to read it! She also had some really interesting perspectives on fashion in Philly vs. fashion in Sweden, and what it was like to move here as a foreigner. Stay tuned because she agreed to write a guest post about it for our blog :)
I also couldn’t get over how cute she looked with her blue hat, backpack and kate spade bike!
I had to get a closeup of her awesome nail polish too – what a cool idea!