william eggleston

william eggleston is a memphis-born photographer who is credited by many for establishing color photography as a legitimate artistic medium.  the majority of his photographs were taken during the 70s…i’m really drawn to the color and composition.

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“this is beginning to be my new favorite kind of light. it brings out a spectrum that appeals to me, warmer colors that i don’t always notice at other times. it’s like when a thunderstorm moves through and the light changes swiftly from cold to warm.” -william eggleston

check out more of his work here.

party time, excellent!

good morning! i have lots of fun photos for you today from last nights 1920s themed holiday party here at the navy yard…it was a blast, and building 543 looked beautiful. here are some photos i got while they were setting up, followed by some taken at the party.

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stay tuned for a 1920s office style post!

wednes-diy

who doesn’t love snow globes? there’s something very nostalgic and whimsical about them.  plus you can bring a pretty little wintry scene into your home and make it snow whenever you want.  i found some instructions on how to make them, and it seems really easy…

these handmade snow globes from martha stewart are simple and sweet.  you can use almost any kind of jar to make them…the instructions suggest painting the lids in seasonal colors.  find the plastic or ceramic figurines at flea markets or hobby and craft shops, and synthetic evergreen tips at floral-supply stores.

next, sand the inside of the lid until the surface is rough and use clear-drying epoxy to adhere the figurine to the inside of the lid. let the epoxy dry.

fill the jar almost to the top with distilled water. add a little bit of fake snow or silver or white glitter and a dash (not too much!) of glycerin (available at drugstores) to keep the glitter from falling too quickly.

screw the lid on tightly, turn it over and let it snow!

the top two images are from anthropologie.

musical ornaments

if i had a christmas tree, these are the kind of ornaments i’d put on it. i saw these on pitchfork and I think they’re so cool – they’re recycled christmas tree ornaments made by the glass casters union in oregon, and proceeds from the sale of the ornaments go towards helping homeless and low-income families in oregon. this year’s designs include modest mouse, blizen trapper and the decemberists (shown above). i also like some of the ones they’ve done in previous years:

best music of 2009

with today being “tunesday” and all, i thought it was a good time to ask everyone out there…what were your favorite songs and albums of the year? it’s been an awesome year in music, in my opinion, so there’s lots of great stuff to choose from. animal collective, black joe lewis & the honeybears, edward sharpe & the magnetic zeros and grizzly bear released four of my favorite albums this year.

send me your choices for the best songs and albums…i’ll compile a list and reveal the top ten at the end of the year!

you can leave them in the comments section or email me, jkeim@freepeople.com.

on the road: part two

“what is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-by.  but we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”

what did you all think of part two of on the road? this section of the book finds sal (kerouac) back on the east coast settling in to a quiet contentedness with his girl and school and family, when a surprise visit from dean takes him on another wild cross-country journey.  this trip’s scenery, traveling in dean’s car along with his girl Marylou and their friend ed dunkel, reminds me of my own road trip as they take the southern route across the country.  they stop in new orleans to visit old bull lee (in reality, william s. burroughs), a heroin addict who brings out the madness of the intimate group.  after new orleans, they continue moving on through texas, new mexico, arizona, and then into san francisco via the oakland bay bridge.  this portion of the book is more about their journey on the road than what happens when they get there…which ends up not being much, as sal finds himself broke and homeless, wandering the streets in search of something he never finds.  part two ends with him returning back east, unsure of whether or not he’ll ever see dean again.  why do you think he went on this trip? and why do you think it ends on such a melancholy note?

have any of you ever taken a road trip? where did you start and where did you end up?

firefly literacy fund

some friends of mine are involved in a nonprofit organization called the firefly literacy fund that I think is really cool…it’s all about bridging the opportunity gap in the city of philadelphia by working with families, teachers, schools and shelters.  they have donated hundreds of books to elementary school students and this past october they worked really hard on turning the library at the southwark elementary school into a relaxing and inviting space where kids would want to spend time…and they did a great job, as you can see in the above images. they’re having an event this wednesday to raise money and awareness for this important cause…click here for details, and check out their website fireflyfund.org!

are any of you involved in good causes? what charities are you most passionate about?

michele, ma belle…

you might recognize this gal from our latest catalog…her name is michele ouellet and not only is she beautiful but she’s also a pretty rad person.  if you weren’t jealous of her already, this napa valley native also makes her own wine…read on for brief interview with michele!

if you weren’t a model, what would you want to do?

i would make wine! bam! already do! maybe i would be some type of spy also…

when and why did you start making wine?

last year my family helped me start my brand as a 21st bday present. if you grow up in the napa valley, chances are you get into the wine biz.

what is your theme song?

“today was a good day” by ice cube

what is your favorite place that you’ve traveled to?

tokyo is crazy cool in every possible way and the bahamas are heaven on earth!!!!

if you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?

magical unlimited tiki bar, all my friends, and a camera to document our adventures.

what is the one article of clothing you can’t live without?

my leather biker bitch jacket

what is your biggest fear?

i really try not to live in fear

winter, spring, summer or fall?

summer 4 eva

what color are you?

violet

if you could spend a day with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be?

peter pan and the lost boys

what inspires you on a daily basis?

life and death and all the rest

what is your motto?

never lose! always winning! #1

that’s her on the wine label, which was photographed by david mushegain, who also shot our december catalog.  check out lorenza wine’s website, lorenzawine.com, and stop by michele’s blog, kissser.com!

space 15 twenty turns one!

space 15 twenty is turning one! and they’re having not one, but two parties to celebrate – plus, the we the free store located at space 15 twenty (in l.a.) is doing raffles, discounts and prize giveaways to mark the special occasion!

the first party is this saturday, and is a day-long celebration open to the public, where there will be a donation bake sale, face and nail painting, dj sets (including one by eastside girl dez, a wtf employee) AND a live performance by the band girls (who our girls on film on music wrote about yesterday)!! not to mention, 20% off all full-priced merchandise at we the free, which you can take away in special one year anniversary totes!

the second party starts at 7pm and will feature a dj set by ana calderon, a live performance by dawes, and food and drinks…rsvp required for the nighttime party at rsvp@space15twenty.com.

sounds like fun, i wish i could go!

fishtown holiday walk

if you’re looking for something to do in philly tonight, head on over to fishtown, where they’re having a holiday walk this evening from 6-9pm!  over 25 local businesses are participating and they’ve all got specials going on…there will be live music, art exhibits, food and drink, holiday shopping specials and more.  a couple of things that sound particularly cool are a craft fair at the rocket cat cafe (2001 frankford) and a new vintage boutique called two percent to glory (1817 frankford) that is opening up this evening, prior to their grand opening.

here’s a list of participating businesses:

for more info, click here.

a fairytale wedding

these wedding photos are absolutely gorgeous…the beautiful bride, who works in our new york showroom, was kind enough to share them for the blog.  the wedding took place at the hotel dupont in wilmington, delaware, and the outdoor portraits below were taken at the nearby gibraltar gardens.  looks like the epitome of a fairytale wedding to me…that dress is incredible!

**those of you wondering who designed the dress…monique lhuillier!

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The photos were taken by marie labbancz…you can check out more of her wedding photos on her blog.