Things To Do In Austin: The San Jose Hotel

Tucked discretely among Austin’s best restaurants and vintage shops on South Congress, the Hotel San Jose is a peaceful oasis either to stay for a vacation or just to pop in for a drink on the patio. Self-described as a hotel with soul, the San Jose’s décor includes vintage concert posters, cacti, animal printed-throws, crawling ivy plants and lots of sun-dappled shade. It’s extremely zen-like, and makes you feel very much at home – from the tray of Texas-style snacks awaiting guests in the rooms to kitchen in the lobby that serves cocktails and cold water. If you’re on South Congress, you must check it out.

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nice touch – a pair of tom’s in the bathroom that you can purchase if interested.

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DO: have a drink at the outdoor patio (open to public)

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Also – stop next door for coffee at Jo’s – home to the famous “i love you so much” wall, and you may even run into Leslie (an Austin celeb)!

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the july catalog video!

our july catalog video might be my favorite one yet…a visual ode to the live music capital of the world, austin, texas! lazy days on front porches strumming the guitar, hanging out backstage with bands before hopping onstage alongside them, walking hand-in-hand through the texas wild… this video definitely brings out my wannabe-70s-groupie side ;)

the catalog was shot by alexandra valenti featuring models ashley smith, anastasia khodkina and jessica mau along with austin band the happen-ins, and the video was shot by our videographer and edited by swell. song is “be yer fool” by the happen-ins, which you can download here!

from brooklyn: prospect park love

Brooklyn is such a perfect little hub of culture and beauty. Most people come to New York to see Manhattan, but we think that Brooklyn is where NY’s true beauty is. All of the Free People Brooklyn girls live and work in Brooklyn! We want to take you on a little tour of one of our neighborhood’s prized possessions, Prospect Park!

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Prospect Park is 585 acres of gorgeous grass, pond, trees, and sights that touches a handful of neighborhoods that surround it. Summer is when Prospect Park shines; Brooklynites all around the borough come to relax and plant their toes in the grass and enjoy all the events the park hosts.

The Green Market is one of my favorite parts of spring/summer in Prospect Park. It’s a beautiful farmers market that brings produce, dairy, meats and treats from upstate to Grand Army Plaza

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The Green market offers vast varieties of vendors! Anything you can imagine you’ll find at the Green Market; fruits, fish, product, meats, herbs, plants, and delicious treats!

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If you are in New York and are looking for a way to treat yourself to amazing foods, stop by the Green Market!

And, I took a different path on my way to the Brooklyn Free People after leaving the Green Market  and I came across the most beautiful mosaic house around the corner from our store. It pays off taking a different route every once and awhile :)

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<3 Free People Brooklyn

Weekend Getaway: The Adirondacks

Summer is the perfect time to plan those weekend getaways, and our country is full of great escapes to explore. Last week I headed up north to camp in the Adirondack Mountains – a perfect getaway destination. The mountains, rivers, and lakes are immediately relaxing. We set up camp in Wilmington, NY right near Whiteface Mountain and Lake Placid. It was the perfect spot to explore the village of Lake Placid and to get in good hiking and fishing. The town is full of cute shops, Olympics memorabilia, nice people, and even a pile of snow they keep year round. We shopped local specialties to picnic and grill (look out for this weekend’s recipe!) You can even bring your dog into most places, so bring the trusty friend along if you go. I had Abigail, and she had a blast getting down and dirty in the mountains. One day we hiked Whiteface, the tallest mountain in the region. She made it the whole way =). I highly recommend the challenge if you’re up to it. The view and sense of accomplishment are surreal and invigorating.

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My beer, the Ubu Ale, was named after a local legendary dog =)

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Abigail, always thinking she’s the star of the show…

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Almost to the top!

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“climbing mountains is hard work, give me food!”

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It’s not often you get to enjoy nighttime in the middle of the woods – talk about a getaway…

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somethin’ filled up
my heart with nothin’,
someone told me not to cry.

but now that I’m older,
my heart’s colder,
and i can see that it’s a lie.

children wake up,
hold your mistake up,
before they turn the summer into dust.

if the children don’t grow up,
our bodies get bigger but our hearts get torn up.
we’re just a million little god’s causin’ rain storms turnin’ every good thing to rust.

i guess we’ll just have to adjust.

with my lighnin’ bolts a glowin’
i can see where I am goin.’

– arcade fire

africa expeditions

i found these images via little paper planes and they blew me away! they were taken on research trips for the chicago field museum, some as early as 1896. the color was added by hand to glass slides, resulting in images that combine the effects of photography and landscape painting. so incredibly beautiful.

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go see them all here.

slow down, you’re moving too fast

this weekend was such a beautiful escape from the manic pace of daily life – everything moves slower at the beach, in the best way.  waking up with coffee and a good book on the porch, strolling on the beach with water lapping at your toes, the rays of sun creeping over your skin, cooking on the grill, watching the sun sink into the horizon…there is nothing better, in my mind.

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did you all have a nice weekend? where is your favorite place in the world?

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one of the blogs i frequent for finding really cool photography and artwork is booooooom – and it was through that site that i heard about “powwow.” what is powwow? i think their description says it best:

The beauty of art is most commonly enjoyed during its final stage. All the blood, sweat and tears happen behind closed doors. However, that is where the real grandeur lies. The process. Imagine for a moment a gathering of internationally renowned artists in one place. A place that will allow them to do what they do best: be creative. We give them the tools, the space and the freedom to paint for one week. We make that process open to the public, allowing them full engagement and interaction between the artists and their audience. They witness the creativity in its entirety and become an essential part of the artists’ process. It’s about the breaking down of those closed doors and making art accessible. Seeing creativity happen from beginning to end and bringing people together through art. A POW WOW.

amazing idea, right? the most recent powwow took place in oahu, hawaii, and i wanted to share some of the inspiring photos that came out of it.

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images via we love campfires.

born to roam

i’m sure some of you may have been curious as to what ROAM hawaii is when brooke mentioned it in her post- i was too and checked out the website, and i got completely lost going through their photos. ROAM is a “mobile marketplace” from which brooke and a few of her friends sell handmade and one of a kind pieces from its traveling van (their “tiger mobile”!) that roams around the island. how cool is that?! do you ladies have room for one more? ;)

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check them out on tumblr here and etsy here.

guest blog post: brooklyn hawaii

brooke dombroski is a photographer and designer who lives in hawaii, on the island of oahu where our may catalog was shot.  the second i saw her tumblr, brooklyn hawaii, i was completely enthralled with her laid-back surfer girl lifestyle – and brooke was kind enough to share some photos with the blog to give us a little peek into her life in hawaii! needless to say, i am beyond jealous…

Location: North Shore of O’ahu, Hawai’i
A 7-mile stretch of the best waves in the world!

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What I love about living in Hawai’i:
We are the most isolated island chain.
Life is so simple. Nature can keep us entertained for a lifetime!
Surf + Sand + ROAM + Shells + Waterfalls + Crush Sunglasses + Bare feet + Hand-sewn Bikinis + Coconut water + Fresh fish + Mountains + Ocean + Sun + Friends + Ohana (Family) + ALOHA

be sure to check out her beautiful tumblr here: www.brooklynhawaii.com