Chicago Style File

Meet one of our store managers that works in our Chicago stores, I met up with her in Chicago to talk about fashion, style and blogs. She’s a cool cat with the sickest jewelry. Meet Alyssa and check out her lovely tumblr. When I met her, I was obsessed with her insane jewelry collection stacked on her hands, she let me know that some of it was made by her best friend who happens to have a trunk show in Chicago this weekend, if you’re there you should check it out!

About me:  My three most favorite feelings in the world are: feeling well-traveled, feeling inspired & feeling loved. Having the chance to travel is extremely exciting for me; I lust for the opportunity to explore the unfamiliar and seek as many new adventures as possible. Inspiration comes to me from most all places, especially travel, my friends, and blogging. Now, having my own blog, I’m challenged to come up with creative ways to give inspiration to all my readers as well. When I’m not working at Free People or blogging, I’m usually spending time with super sweet boyfriend, my family, or my amazing friends. I believe having a tight knit group of people who love and support you & who you love and support in return, is essential. My style icon has to be Erin Wasson, she has such a free & easy, relaxed look that I aspire to when I get dressed each morning! …she is totally a Free People girl too; she was just shopping in my store on Monday!

 http://alyssarude.tumblr.com/

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featured artist: heather benjamin

our featured jewelry designer for the month of may could not be a more perfect match for the aura and location of our may catalog.  heather benjamin’s special pieces are handcrafted using fossils, minerals and gemstones reminiscent of the sea, and silver and gold worked into unexpected, organic shapes. inspired by coastal cultures, rituals and symbols, her one-of-a-kind rings are like pieces of treasure washed up on an island shore, carrying with them the beauty and mystery of the ocean and earth’s basic elements. the use of natural stones and gems ensures that no two pieces of jewelry are exactly alike.

here are some beautiful photos taken in bali where she has a design studio and hand-crafts all of her jewelry:

her inspiration photos, also from bali, beautifully illustrate what her jewelry is meant to symbolize.

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a ceremony making offerings to and honoring the sea.

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the fuscite glitter ring, cratered amethyst ring, quartz crater ring and sea glass garnet ring adorn the hands of models tallulah morton and elsa hosk throughout our may catalog. i love the idea of wearing one as a statement piece with a pretty summer dress and little other jewelry, or piling on with lots of jewelry to dress up a casual look.

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view our heather benjamin pieces here.

Meet All for the Mountain

I have always been intrigued by the brand all for the Mountain. Ever since I stumbled across them from blogs last year, I have been hooked. There’s something ever so odd about the way they merchandise their line, and it excites me. I find myself immersed into another world – it’s powerful and warrior like!

There are no boundaries when it comes to putting across a visual thought, just stop by their website, and I’m sure you’ll get the picture. 

Their designs are strong and solid with an Egyptian touch, great to add a unique twist to any outfit.

The two designers (who seem like crazy characters that I’d love to meet sometime) are heading from Brooklyn to a new studio in Pioneertown, CA. They have adopted a salon that they are going to convert into their workspace.

Now, isn’t that awesome!?

drip crown ring  Solar Matrix Cuff

   

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