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.

new blog design!!!

notice anything different?

today is a very exciting day on the blog, as we have launched our new blog design! not that we didn’t love the old design, but we felt it was time for a fresh new look that will be much easier for you all to navigate around. i’d like to say a big thank you to everyone here at the home office who worked so hard on this project!

so, what do you guys think? like the new layout?

image: mandy crandell

holiday craft swap update

the deadline has passed to sign up for the holiday craft swap, and by now you should have an email from me with your swap partner’s name and address.
the following people’s email came back to me saying there was a problem with the email address. if you are one of these people, please email me at jkeim@freepeople.com with the accurate email address so that i can send you your partner’s information!!!
nikki murphy
rain sunae
kimberly biondi
everyone get crafting, and send your creation to your partner by friday, december 25!

thanksgiving leftover pizza

i’m a vegetarian so i really don’t get too into the whole thanksgiving meal, and i never have the problem of figuring out what to do with lots of leftover turkey, stuffing, etc…but i found this recipe for thanksgiving leftover pizza on savoryreviews.com that sounds really good- even to me. here’s a recipe to give you an idea, but really this is something you can be creative with and come up with your own recipe!

thanksgiving leftover pizza
• 1 biscuit dough (or use store bought pizza crust)
• 1 cup leftover gravy – plus a little extra for drizzling
• 1 cup leftover mashed potatoes
• 1 cup leftover stuffing
• 1 cup leftover turkey
• 1 cup cheddar cheese
• 1 cup leftover cranberry sauce
– pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
– in a bowl combine biscuit ingredients and form a dough. next turn the dough out onto a pizza pan. since biscuit dough is fragile and sticky, it is best not to use a pizza peel and stone. form a pizza dough.
– bake the dough for 5-7 minutes, until it starts to get a little firm.
– remove the dough from the oven and coat with the gravy or cranberry sauce- your choice!
– spoon the potatoes, turkey and stuffing onto the pizza. spread it out evenly over the whole pizza.
– top with the cheese (again, optional, and use whatever kind of cheese you like).
– bake in the preheated oven for 12-18 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and starting to brown.
– remove the pizza from the oven and let cool for a minute before cutting. serve with a side of gravy for dipping or with dollops of cranberry sauce.

– enjoy!