The First Ever BLDG 25 Blog Love Awards: Call For Nominees!

This Saturday is a very special day… it’s the blog’s 7th birthday! To celebrate we wanted to do something fun and different this year, and we are so excited to announce the launch of the first ever BLDG 25 Blog Love Awards!  Every day we are inspired by the creativity that we see all around us on the web, on instagram, on Pinterest, and in our day to day lives, and we want to honor our most-loved of the year. We’ve narrowed it down to the following categories and now we need your help! Starting today please send us submissions for nominees in any of the categories below.

You can send us your submissions one of the following ways:

– leave a comment on this post, including a link to where we can read more about the nominee

– email to share a story or image

– tweet @freepeople and be sure to include the hashtag #FPloveawards

– post an instagram and tag @freepeople and include the hashtag #FPloveawards

bldg 25 blog love awards

On Monday October 28th a Free People committee will narrow the submissions down to 3 finalists for each category.  These will then be posted on the blog the following week, and we will have a 2-week period of voting!

We can’t wait to see your submissions!


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Love the categories! I cannot stop listening to Wild Belle at the moment, love their music. And Heart Throb has to be Simon Baker!


oh for the Namaste category, Kendra French is not only an amazing yoga instructor, but her classes heal my soul, and re-energizes me for days ahead. She is beautiful inside and out! Her instagram is Kendra_yoga

Very cool! I can’t wait to see who wins!!

Really cool idea! These are all so creative categories, love them.

Happy Monday! Check out the website I posted this designer is awesome and unique!!

Allison Courtney

Trail Blazer category: I’d like to nominate Mack Mars of Soulmakesjewelry. More info at


MacKenzie Mars (Anderson) for trailblazer. Quit her full time job to pursue her passion of making jewelry, fearless!

Amanda Rose
Category: Trailblazer
About Amanda: Teacher in NYC, developer of plant-based & gluten-free Italian/global recipes, and food blogger for Modavanti (

MacK Mars of SoulMakes (, is the definition of a Trailblazing Woman. She is a woman of strength. Over coming any and many an obstacle life may throw her way. She inspires the world with her light and passion. Going against the grain and pursuing the dreams of her soul and doing it with Grace and Gut. Anything SoulMakes creates is Beautiful, but what makes it even more exquisite is the story and Love behind EVERY piece. FP is a huge source of inspiration for MacK Mars, she supports you greatly, I think it’d be amazing if you did… Read more »


Trailblazer: Maura Grace Ambrose


Done! Just posted all my nominees on twitter :)

I think MacK Mars of SoulMakes deserves a nomination for Trail Blazer! Her creativity and overall spirit are inspiring and lovely. Her blog:


For Trail Blazer, I nominate Andrea Crouse of Gaia Conceptions.

This girl is killing it with her new blog. She is a ‘doer’ by nature, and loves to share her experiences, adventures and travels with everyone she loves in a hilarious, well- written way. Her photos are pretty amazing as well. Check her out:
@thetorontoniangirl on instagram

The above post is for the category of trailblazer !

Catherine C

For Namaste I nominate Danielle Snoddy who opened my heart and mind to the beautiful world of yoga. Along with myself she has brought yoga to our small town in Florence, AL. The studio started with 10 and now has hundreds of “regulars”.

Rachel Brathen for Namaste. Instagram name : Yoga_girl
She is the most positive person I’ve ever come across on Instagram.
Her kind words remind me to enjoy and to be grateful for every breathing moment we have.

Me and my friend recently started a teen style blog and Instagram. We focus on giving other girls inspiration and letting them know that if they have self confidence they can wear anything and they can rock it! I style girls with the clothes that I have from my closet and my friend photographs them in cool places we see around Orange County. We try our best to be an example of easy ways to look good but also look modest and without trying to show off to much of the girls bodies. Our Instagram is @m_e_r_a_ and our blog… Read more »


For the “Girl’s Best Friend” category, how could you resist this little face: Her name is Little Cat, probably the most cuddly cat ever, she plays fetch and she’s always there for you with purrs and love when you’re feeling down.

emilie layla lovaine – Instagram @lovaine_ for trail blazer


Emilie Layla Lovaine –
Instagram @lovaine_
blog as a FP Me trendsetter!
The blog incorporates both fashion and photography! From daily outfits to photographs from latest photo shoots, this blog has it all. The blog’s mission statement is: A fashion and photography blog with the Dream and Desire to Inspire others.


emilie layla lovaine – Instagram @lovaine_ for trail blazer

My cousin! She’s worked so hard at her blog for the last year, and I think she’s a great person overall. She has a lifestyle blog, that just makes me smile every time I read it. She write about topics such as: fashion, beauty, and random tidbits of her life! I especially love her book recommendations!

Denysia Yu