While at the POPPED! Music Festival on Saturday I had the opportunity to sit down with the executive producer who organized the fest, Alexis Rosenzweig. She was lovely and had some really interesting insights into festivals, fashion and Philadelphia. Read More
When the nights start drawing in I love nothing more than coming home from work putting on some comfortable clothes and lounging around. The nights are dark early.
So you have an excuse to just stay in and do nothing but be cozy. Comfortable clothes do a lot to your mood; it’s an indulgence that feels great. I’m excited about FP body, now I can be lazy in great clothes.
From our FP body buyer:
Describe FP body started from the basic seamless romper that was perfect for layering under all our sheer slips. We wanted to take comfortable basics to the next level and explore it in terms of lounge wear. We felt our girl was too pretty and cool to be lounging around in boring sweats so we brought the FP aesthetic and created a range that is fashionably comfortable.
We didn’t want to limit ourselves when designing into this concept – we looked into great silhouettes that can be carried from indoor dressing to outdoor dressing, when styled carefully – for instances the fleecy sweat pants that are online right now are ideal for curling up on the sofa but then you can team them with some biker boots and a leather jacket and be ready to head out the door. The Kimonos are thrown on for some decorative warmth over your basic lounge wear but can also be worn in a cool way with jeans and a simple top for a night out.
FP body is comfort made fashionable!
What are your favorite pieces from the line?
The items I love the most are the ones that can transition from the indoors to the outdoors, the body hugging soft rompers are cute whilst the kimonos add that touch of fancy that can easly be taken as outerwear and you can never go wrong with a pair of cozy lined sweat pants
FP body Shop
Interested in being in the thick of the business of fashion? Dying to be a huge asset to a brand growing at a rapid pace? Are you super motivated, ambitious, a fast learner and a fashion and social media junkie with her finger on the pulse of the industry? If so, this could be the opportunity you’ve been seeking.
Free People is hiring an Assistant to the Managing Director of Wholesale! If you’re stylish, organized, good with numbers, and this sounds like your dream job, you just might want to apply. Click here for more details. And, check out a day in the life below:
Could this be you….?
8:00AM: Jump off the subway in the shoes you picked up at the sample sale this past weekend.
8:05AM: Stop into your favorite café to grab a large coffee (you’re gonna need it) and Greek yogurt before heading into the office.
8:15AM: Get to your desk and get organized for the long (but fun) day ahead. You check up on email to make sure that none of the international stores emailed you with urgent matters throughout the night.
9:05AM: What’s this? Free People’s favorite boutique in San Francisco placed an order at the tradeshows, and now they’d like to double it? Great! Forward to your coworker, and then get back to pulling sales data for your boss. Thank god you’re an Excel expert ;)
9:45AM: Big meeting on the calendar at 10! Have to get all of your things together!
11AM: Post meeting time to organize your notes and email the international wholesale team to check up on some of the topics covered. It looks like they’ll be having market visits with big buyers and we want them to have the samples for next Spring to show.
12PM: Short break! Bruno’s dying to go out, and you’ve been running around all morning. First you stop to get a greek salad and green tea, then you head out to walk him for a short bit.
12:45PM: Back to work. You have to put together some packets that will be going out to wholesale’s clients.
1:30PM: Another meeting. This time you’re meeting with your boss and other coworkers about a strategy for getting the upcoming capsule collection into key stores. This takes a lot of analyzing past numbers and behaviors which you’ve been preparing for the past few days. You take notes for her during the meeting, so that she doesn’t miss a thing.
2:30PM: You update your boss’s twitter – she asks you to do this sometimes when she’s crazy busy.
2:35PM: Yikes! Don’t forget you have to book her flight for next month (and also don’t forget she’s a vegetarian – you’ll want to select the vegetarian option for her).
3:30PM: Wow your eyes hurt from staring at these spreadsheets…check and see what today’s special is at the café. It’s pretzel day?! Time to grab Suzy and hit that up. Bruno will appreciate the added walk =P
3:45PM: Back to updating our best sellers. That’s so interesting that they ordered so many of that top. You wouldn’t think that it would be right for their customer. Hm..maybe you’ll want to have somebody check up on this.
4:30PM: Adding some appointments to your boss’s calendar. She needs to meet with Joe, Bob, and Heather about performance in the UK.
5PM: The phone rings. It’s her daughter, let her know she’s on the phone and pass her through.
6:00PM: End of day email check. It looks like you have to begin organizing a showroom appointment for October. You can start that tomorrow, but don’t forget to make a note in your color-coded calendar so you don’t forget!
6:15PM: What? It’s after six already!? You need to email Rachel very quickly to see what ever happened with those samples. Then you’ll get going! Hmm…what should you wear tomorrow?
Is this you? Click here for more details and to apply – this position is located in New York City.
The general consensus at the POPPED! music festival this weekend was that it was kind of a bummer the location was moved from an outdoor park to an indoor arena. However, on the plus side? The sound was amazing! We got to see some awesome shows on Saturday and FP Naomi got some great shots from the photo pit – here are some of our favorite acts from Saturday! Read More
On Saturday FP Naomi and I attended the POPPED! music festival, which took place at the Liacouras Center at Temple University’s campus – a last minute location change due to the bad weather forecast. Read More
In this look: This vintage 1970’s maxi dress is the gem of my closet! I love wearing it in fall/winter and styling it in different ways depending on the occasion. Here I decided to dress it down a bit for a more casual fall look so I added a Free People vest, a stack of bangles and a floppy hat. The shoes and sunnies are vintage.
What trend are you most excited about for fall?
I am so into jewel colors right now like amber, sapphire and emerald. Also I can’t leave my house this fall without a hat – I love both fedoras and floppy hats and I don’t think I could have too many.
Favorite designers right now?
I always follow the shows but find myself more inspired by the archives. Like 1970’s YSL and Halston. But I have to say I adore Dries van Noten and Etro’s latest collections.
Your must have Free People item for fall?
I’m dying to get my hands on the Velvet Extreme Flares in the “moss” color! It’s the perfect piece for fall and I’ll wear them in the daytime with a thermal and oxfords and at nighttime with a sheer blouse and high heels.
What is your favorite fall activity?
I can’t imagine anything better than getting up really early a sunny fall morning and heading out to a big flea market. I love to wander around with a hot tea looking through the stalls and finding those treasures for my house I know are out there.
Check out Elsa’s blog here!
Photo credit: Jonas Lindström
I think her style is very 70s boho, don’t you?!
“The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it – basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.”
– Charles Bukowski
We had a fun visitor in the office last week – our creative director and art director met Ronen Verbit in New York and loved him so much they brought him down to our home office for a day! If you aren’t familiar with Ronen you should check out his videos – they are so clever and unique. Here’s one that we got a kick out of!
This week’s recipe is part 2 of my coverage on Julie Morris’s recipe book, Superfood Cuisine. This time around as a big sushi lover, I decided to replicate her Sushi Salad Bowl. I’d never thought of putting a salad like this together before, but with the first bite, I quickly fell in love. I think what makes it so delicious is a combination between the Nori sheets and ginger dressing (I’m a huge love of ginger dressing). These two ingredients combined, I just couldn’t get enough. Dare I say, I might even like it more than sushi. I paired the salad with a side of edamame, put my new Hong Kong-purchased chopsticks to use, and had a wonderful dinner. It was simple to throw together, and I can’t wait to share this guilt-free dinner with friends.
3 ½ Cups of cooked brown or wild rice (about 1 ¼ cups uncooked)
3 Cups of Sunflower Sprouts (or any other sprouts you’d like to use – I used an alfalfa blend)
1 Handful onion sprouts (or scallions)
4 Nori Sheets
Ginger or Shoyu dressing to taste
Throw sprouts into a large bowl. Grate carrot, (if you’re using scallions) chop scallions, and throw them into the bowl along with sprouts.
Cut 4 Nori sheets in half.
Make one pile, and cut in half again.
Make one pile, and now cut them going the other way to make lots of small strips.
Scatter the Nori sheets around. Once you add the dressing they will clump together if they’re all in one place.
Make sure rice is room temperature, and add it to the mixture.
Mix it all up.
Add dressing & mix again.
DO: go to bed an hour early and read.
I have two problems: 1) I never seem to get enough sleep, and 2) I never have enough time to read as much as I’d like. Rather than continue letting this bother me, I’ve begun a little experiment. An hour earlier than I typically would, I force myself to get into bed. I’m usually not tired, but I get into bed anyways and pull out a book. Eventually from reading, my eyes begin to get droopy. As soon as this happens I roll over and go to sleep. Reading serves as a perfect way to let the tiredness set in, and it helps you feel more settled before bed.
I don’t get too much more sleep than I did before, only about 15-30min, but I think that’s the best I can shoot for with the way my life goes. The biggest success of this experiment has been the added reading time. I find reading to be one of life’s biggest pleasures. Fiction, non-fiction, fantasy…whatever it is – reading opens your eyes, and lets you experience things/people that you may never otherwise encounter. It’s a great thing to incorporate into your everyday routine.
I quite like the effects of my experiment so far. I’ve decided to keep up the efforts, and try to make it my new thing. You should all try it out sometime soon and see how it works for you. It’s a great way to wind down your day, and I think you will all enjoy the added one-on-one time with you, your book, and your bed.
Free People King of Prussia is dreaming of Fall! Whether it is curling up in cozy oversized sweater while sipping cider, or strolling through the park in a sweeping pair of extreme vintage flares while leaves fall at your feet, we are so excited for the start of the season! To celebrate, this weekend we are giving away a hand-made dreamcatcher with a purchase of $300 or more, to help make all your dreams come true!
P.S. DIY Dreamcatchers.