Scenes From The Office

Scenes From The Office

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The weather was beautiful in Philly this week. A little cool, but blue & sunny skies all day. The light was amazing, inside and outside of the office. Have a look!

navy yard light

walking down the hallway

catalogs on the table

sun lit chair

holding a tiny pinecone

red tree outside

This tree is right outside of our building, and the leaves have turned the most beautiful red color. Throughout the day, the hue changes with the change in light. Nature at its finest. :)

upstairs conference room light

lights in a mason jar

cute dog

Have a great weekend!

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Homemade Natural Facial Cleansers for Dry, Oily, & Normal Skin

Homemade Natural Facial Cleansers for Dry, Oily, & Normal Skin

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Every morning and evening we wash our faces, hoping to rid ourselves of any potentially harmful substances that have come in contact with the surface of our precious skin. It’s important to know that we’re cleansing our skin with the best possible ingredients, which is one of the main reasons I love making my own beauty products. Not all skin is created equal, though, so today I have recipes for three different cleansing concoctions: one for dry skin, one for oily skin, and one for normal skin (which, of course, is not to say that any other types of skin are abnormal... You know what I mean). :)

First up: dry skin. Wintertime is often the culprit for skin that lacks moisture — although some of us (like myself) are lucky enough to live with it all year round. The base for this cleanser is plain yogurt, which, apart from its natural cleansing properties, is full of protein to soften your skin. It’s also a bit acidic, so it acts as an exfoliator, removing unwanted dead cells from the surface of your skin. Honey acts as a humectant, drawing moisture into your skin and keeping it there, as olive oil adds further moisture. Apples give your skin vitamins A, B, and C, as well as a dose of antioxidants to keep you looking fresh.

Homemade facial cleanser dry skin

Dry SkinNext up: oily skin. For those whose skin tends to be on the oily side, let lemon and oatmeal be your new friends. Lemon acts as an astringent as well as a disinfectant, killing any bacteria that may otherwise cause breakouts, while oatmeal exfoliates the skin, absorbing excess oils in the process. Honey will restore moisture into your skin, balancing out any dryness that could have been caused by the lemon.Homemade facial cleanser oily skin

Oily Skin


Finally, normal skin. For those whose skin tends to be somewhere in between dry and oily, this cleanser is for you. The yogurt and cucumber nourish and clear your skin without drying it, while the mint adds a pleasant soothing experience.Homemade facial cleanser normal skin

Normal Skin

Do you have any homemade recipes for facial cleansers? Let us know!

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One Day Trip You Need To Take In Tuscany

One Day Trip You Need To Take In Tuscany

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This guest post comes from our contributor FP Naomi.

Italian cities are beautiful, but if you’re staying in Tuscany, be sure to get out and enjoy the countryside a bit. There is nothing like it – breathtaking views of brambly plants running wild and medieval castles sitting atop Cyprus-lined hills.

A bit less accounted for in the guidebooks, there is one day trip I can highly suggest. The journey will take you to San Galgano, ruins of a 12th century abbey, and San Gimigniano, a small medieval town full of omnipotent towers. From Siena or Florence, the drive is easily accomplished in one day.

tuscany countryside

Before You Go: No buses will take you to San Galgano. You’re going to have to have an international driver’s license. If you’re a member of AAA, a simple trip to a location and $25 will get you the license. If you don’t have AAA, you can also apply through Rent a car or borrow one from a friend, just keep in mind that most cars in Europe are stick shift. Only drive something you’re capable of getting around.

tree lined sidewalk

First Stop – San Galgano: The great thing about driving in Italy is that directions are very well spelled out on road signs. If you’re driving from Florence, take the FI-SI highway towards Siena. Get off at the exit for ‘San Lorenzo a Merse’ and continue following signs for Chuisdino/Montesiepe/Monteciano. Once you start to get close, the signs for San Galgano will appear and take you right to where you need to go.

old buildings

The story behind the abbey is an enchanting one. Galgano Guidotti was born to wealth in 1148. Thirty-two years later, as a knight, he renounced war and the material world. Giving up his sword, he arrived at Montesiepi and thrust it into a stone. The stone magically split, and just the end of the sword stuck out. Galgano went on to perform further miracles, and after his death in 1181, the church declared him a saint.

Today, many believe that San Galgano could be the real King Arthur, and his sword, the real sword in the stone. There have also been speculations that the abbey is the real hiding place of the Holy Grail, and testimonies speak of a secret underground cavity that can be accessed by moving a single floor stone. The cavity is yet to be found.

girl in old buildings

The abbey began to fall in the 15th century when it was no longer in use. The final steeple and vaults fell to the ground in the late 18th century, and nobody has rebuilt since.

After touring around the ruins, find the pathway that will take you up to the chapel. Continue on past the chapel, and you will find a vineyard where you can grab some lunch and a little wine tasting before continuing on your travels.

aged building

Second Stop – San Gimignano: From San Galgano, you will see signs pointing you towards San Gimignano, about a 45 minute drive. The best part is at approximately minute 38, when you can see San Gimignano from afar. It sits atop a hill, and makes a striking view with its many towers. Once you arrive, there will be signs for parking lots (P1, P2, P3…), be sure to park your car in one that is for visitors and not residents. 

people walking by old buildings

From there you can wander around San Gimignano by foot. The small stone streets will make you feel like you’ve time traveled to the past. You can find little arched alleys and hidden stairs that take you to another section of the village. I highly suggest finding the main square and climbing to the top of Torre Grossa. From the top, you’ll get one of the best views in all of Tuscany. You can also check out some of the shops, my personal favorite a store selling products made with olive wood – cutting boards, salad bowls, spoons… – everything in the store is extremely beautiful. When you’re ready, grab some dinner, and then head home.

Check out Naomi’s blog Numie Abbot.

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Music We Love: The Staves

Music We Love: The Staves

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When I stumbled upon this trio of sisters from England… I confess, I played “Longrun” back to back (and back again). I played it in the mornings, in the afternoons, in the evenings… pretty sure this folk riff was even added to my workout playlist. How I know I truly love a song? I never ever tire of it. These three women have the capacity to woo you in any mood, to calm your senses and make you feel entirely happy and peaceful. Charming, beautiful, humble… do yourself a favor and take 7 minutes out of your day, press play, close your eyes. Breathe.

Emily, Jessica, Camilla… thank you.

The Staves- Wood & Wires from Wood & Wires on Vimeo.

“Lying, a dreamer dreaming beside me
The city sirens keep me awake
I know I’ll see you again in the long run…

… But we can’t be lovers ’cause I’m still afraid
Of leaving the things I love dearly”

the staves


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Free People Models Off Duty

Free People Models Off Duty

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Although the weather was pretty mild this week in Philly, our models were certainly getting into the spirit of fall. I caught Mila, Ieva, and Anastasia in their off-duty style this week, and each one of them was wearing something fuzzy! Read on to see the fall looks our girls put together for themselves this week.Mila big sweater

Mid Doc Martens lace up

I’m really drawn to the simplicity of Mila’s look. An oversized fuzzy sweater, pair of sheer tights, and some lace-up boots are all you need to pull this off.

Get Mila’s look: Maya TunicBrighton Ankle Boot

Ieva hood


Ieva stuck to basics for the foundation of her look, and then made it pop with a furry hooded jacket and some fuzzy black sneakers.

Get Ieva’s look: FP High Rise SkinnyPatchwork ParkaLost and Found Tee, Embroidered Mesh Yoke Buttondown, Alexander McQueen Puma Vashty Mid-top, Pogue Sunglass

Anastasia fuzzy sweater

Bangles, fuzzy swaeter

Anastasia was super comfy in soft pants, a basic tee, and Uggs, with a fuzzy tiger sweater to finish off the look.

Get Anastasia’s look: We The Free Circle In The Sand Tee, Black Rebel Harem Pant, Mou Cordova Boot, Shrunken Cashmere Fairisle Pullover, Abbey Road Sunglasses, Filagree Skinny Hard Bangle Set.

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Cranberry, Pomegranate, & Green Tea Holiday Spritzer

Cranberry, Pomegranate, & Green Tea Holiday Spritzer

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Even the phrase holiday spritzer can put the mind in a beautiful place. A place where twinkle lights shine bright in every corner, and the sound of genuine laughter wafts in and out of every room. The holidays are such a joyous time, and they’re already on their way to us. Now is the time for celebration – of whatever you feel like celebrating. Celebrate this day with a homemade holiday spritzer. It’s non-alcoholic (although you may add some in if you feel so inclined) and tastes absolutely delicious. It’s also filled with antioxidants and free of any added sugar or other nonsense.

First, let’s talk about the health benefits of this delicious drink. Every single ingredient is a rich source of antioxidants (which you can find out more about here). In addition…

Holiday spritzer ingredients

Rosemary is a good source of iron, calcium, and vitamin B6. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is believed to aid digestion, improve memory, and possibly prevent the aging of your brain.

Cranberries are widely used to treat urinary tract infections. They are also believed to relieve skin conditions, fight heart disease, and even prevent certain cancers.

Green tea has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and has been shown to stop the spreading of many diseases. It helps prevent heart disease and diabetes, and is thought to delay the deterioration that is caused by Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Pomegranates are a wonderful source of fiber, and can control cholesterol, rid the mouth of plaque, and help prevent arthritis.

Rosemary and cranberries

So. Now that you feel great about drinking it… on to the recipe!

Cranberry, Pomegranate, & Green Tea Holiday Spritzer
Serves 4
32 oz. unsweetened pomegranate juice
16 oz. sparkling water
16 oz. green tea, steeped and cooled
5 sprigs fresh rosemary
¾ cup fresh cranberries

If you like, you can start by making festive ice cubes! Distribute 1 sprig of rosemary into an ice cube tray, and fill each cube with 1-3 cranberries. Fill the tray with water and place in the freezer until frozen – I left mine in overnight.

Cranberry rosemary ice cubes

To make the spritzer, just combine all the liquids and mix lightly with a spoon. Pour into 4 separate glasses and add the ice cubes. Finish off each glass with 1 sprig of rosemary and a few extra cranberries, and voila! Enjoy. :)

Holiday spritzer

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Creating A Warm Atmosphere In Your Home

Creating A Warm Atmosphere In Your Home

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The onset of November means winter is well on its way. The unavoidable dip in temperature means we spend more time indoors… which is great news for those who love decorating, like myself. To me, there’s nothing better than spending a winter evening in a warm, cozy home, surrounded by people that make you happiest. I’ve always felt that homes that have the warmest atmosphere are those that feel the most lived in. Here are my personal tips on how to inject that coziness into your home this winter.

1. Fill it with texture.

Textured pillows

Textured decor

It always seems that clean, sleek décor gives a cooler vibe, whereas textured décor feels warm and comfy. Throw a textured blanket on your couch or bed… place a cut glass candle holder atop some crochet fabric. Anything that feels layered and mixed will contribute to a warm, cozy atmosphere.

2. Add lots of rugs.

Cat on rug

I’m a huge fan of wooden floors, but I’m an even huger fan of rugs on top of those floors. Of course rugs will help to physically warm your space by offering a cozy spot for your feet to graze, but even just the addition of one rug to a room can make a space feel warmer, just by looking at it.

3. Make use of your windowsill.

Incense windowsill

Do any of you have a love for windowsills like I do? They always seem so intimate and pleasant to me. Make use of your windowsill by displaying decorations… feathers, candleholders, rocks… any little trinkets or specimen you’ve collected over the years.

4. Display your artwork.

String wall hanging

If you’re a creator – as I know many of you are – you probably have an entire closet filled with creations you’ve worked on. Find a home for them. Display them with pride and let them inspire you for a future of more creations. If you don’t own anything you’ve made, make something specifically to display in your home. My wall was feeling bare one day, so I filled the space with this simple wall hanging, which I made from a stick and some string. Simple, yes, and it makes me smile every time I see it. If that’s not a feeling of warmth, I’m not sure what is.

5. Scent your space.

Candles on wooden tray

Our sense of smell is such a powerful thing, and pleasant smells can bring about the most positive feelings in the world. Make potpourri, light some incense, or burn candles in every room. A scented home is a cozy home, no doubt about that. I love the idea of placing candles on something portable (like this wooden tray), so that you can easily carry them with you when you move on from one room to the next, as the warmth of their light and goodness of their scent make a trail throughout your home.

6. Be informal.

Closet door open

Necklaces on wall

There’s a homey feeling that goes along with letting your bed stay unmade for the day, or slipping your shoes off in the middle of your bedroom. Leave your closet door ajar, hang necklaces on your wall, drape your curtain over the top of a mirror instead of tucking it neatly away. If you make your space feel lived in, you’ll enjoy living there all the more.

More home decor ideas from the BLDG 25 Blog.

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Holiday Catalog Behind The Scenes

Holiday Catalog Behind The Scenes

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Our November catalog is divided into 5 chapters, each representing a different element. For the air and earth segments, our catalog team headed all the way to Iceland to use its breathtaking landscape as the backdrop for these two elements. I always love looking through the behind-the-scenes photos from our catalog shoots, but this one especially had me in awe. I can’t get over how beautiful this country looks. From the white glaciers and pristine water to the moss covered hills, these photos make me want to be there. Now, have a look below!

Photos by Thomas Northcut.

man in boat

marth on the ice

people by the water

martha on beach


martha looking at water

bus in iceland

girls looking out of window

puppy running in the hills

girls standing on beach together

telephone wires

model on mossy hill

photographer in grass

iceland landscape

holding ice

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“Brotherhood of The Sun”: Commune Living

“Brotherhood of The Sun”: Commune Living

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When I first encountered the photos of “Brotherhood of the Sun”, I was completely taken. Taken by the sheer magnitude of happiness and honesty. You really can see it… honesty and happiness that is. You feel it in your bones. Every photo made me smile high with personal thoughts of who I was looking at. I found myself just staring…dreaming…smiling. It’s the little things… always the little things. Today, they come by way of Mehosh Dziadzio, both his words and exquisite photos. From 1972-1979, Mehosh lived on a commune, documenting the life and culture of that particular time. My mother lived on a commune in her 20s as an artist and singer. I grew up in her arms listening to tales and stories and meeting her crazy hippie friends that would roll through our lives from time to time. “So and so is staying for the summer”…she would say… ” so and so has decided to move in with her kids for a bit.” I grew up with 3 older brothers and HEAPS of aunties and uncles. It’s a beautiful experience to see these photos come alive with what I imagine my mother’s life looking like before I was born. It gives a certain peace to who she is, and how her calm loving nature never wavers. I hope you find as much light, love, and inspiration in these photos as I have.

Mehosh says….

“Back in the seventies I lived on a commune for seven years. My job was to document the various aspects of our lifestyle and share it with those who may have been seeking the same, by taking a slideshow on the road to college campuses and New Age expositions. At its peak, the community reached a population of around 350 men, women and children. This album is dedicated to premise that it is possible to live together in peace… Now, more than ever does this concept seem more relevant and necessary, if we are going to continue to thrive on this planet Earth.”

“We called ourselves the Brotherhood of the Sun….” 

Mehosh Commune

mehosh commune

“The dream of living simply and naturally, rising with the sun, retiring when it fades, observing seasonal changes, planting, reaping, flowing with the poetry that is nature, was a dream shared by many of our generation…”

mehosh commune


Picture 26

“Collectively we represented a great variety of occupations, from cowboys to sailors, blacksmiths to weavers, store keepers to bee keepers, shepards to truck drivers and mechanics to shoe makers, just to name a few.”

Picture 31


Picture 10

Picture 24

Picture 46All photos copyright Mehosh Dziadzio

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Instagram Contest: What Are You Thankful For?

Instagram Contest: What Are You Thankful For?

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Thanksgiving is the time of year when we set aside all of the busyness of our daily lives and gather around the table to give thanks. People are thankful for all different types of things —family members, relationships, pets, love — the possibilities are endless.

From now until 11/27, take a photo of something that you are thankful for – wherever you may be or whoever you may be with – and upload it to Instagram using the hashtag #fpthanks. We will choose a winner based on the photo we find best evokes the Thanksgiving spirit. The winner will receive a $100 Free People gift card and they’ll have their winning photo featured on the Free People Instagram! We can’t wait to see all the inspiring photos you’ll submit. Good luck!

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