FP ME Summer of Love Playlist

FP ME Summer of Love Playlist

A Spotify playlist inspired by the Summer of 1967… 

The iconic summer of 1967 and the photographer who captured it all, Baron Wolman. What better inspiration to fuel our newest Summer of Love collection — shot in San Francisco to commemorate and celebrate 50 years with a little help from our FP Me favorites. To get you in the mood for those endless summer nights (not to mention some killer vintage shopping), we asked our FP Me guests to create a playlist that they would be dancing to all summer long.

+ Check out the full Summer of Love collection here

Photo by Britt Crow, be sure to check out her website.

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Keeping it Clean with Eddie Mitsou

Keeping it Clean with Eddie Mitsou

Maybe you’ve been considering it… Sobriety may not be for everyone, but it might be right for you?

Let me be the first to say… I love partying! Dancing, hanging out with friends, flirting, coming home at 3am exhausted with my lipstick half gone, LOLing at my Instagram story while peeing and brushing my teeth.

What may separate me from man others is what happens next — I wake up with my makeup perfectly removed, IG stories still intact, with no fear of finding that dreaded embarrassing video. I make myself a green smoothie and I’m on my way to a Pilates class before 9.30 am.

So, why is that?

Because I don’t drink.

The thought of it might scare you.

But…maybe this is something you’ve been considering yourself. Sober partying may not be for everyone – but it might be right for you?

I have many girlfriends who have gone out with me and follow suit – and most of them really like it, usually quite surprised at how easy it can be. AND! how much fun they can actually have without booze flowing through their bodies. Some, as a result, have decided to quit drinking – or at least consume very little – while some continue to go out and get wasted.

And I don’t blame them for that. Everything is a choice — you do what feels best or right in that moment.  However, there is also a fear of simply breaking the norm. You simply stick to what you know and how you’ve been raised to live, courtesy of family, culture (television, movies, magazines) and society.

Several years ago, the idea of sobriety seemed impossible. I struggled with it during my last semester in school. I had just started dating someone in the deep house underground party scene. The only thing my heart wanted was to be tequila-tipsy, kissing him in the darkness of a grungy garage, every night of the week.

But, I had to focus — good grades on my final exams and beyond. There was also the potential to do modeling in Milan,  and my agency asked me to be in perfect shape, which demanded both more hours at the gym and a healthy diet. Despite my new love, my mission had always been to move abroad as soon as I graduated.

But I couldn’t. I really couldn’t give up being boozy. It was so important to me. Drinking was the only way of partying in Stockholm, so maybe that rubbed off on me?  My point is that there wasn’t a time when I could picture a life without alcohol. I was young, but my mom nervously made jokes about me becoming an alcoholic. I had a great opportunity right in front of me, but I wasn’t ready to make the sacrifices to achieve it.

I’m a very strong believer in refraining from judgment or telling people how to live their lives. I would never tell anyone that it’s bad to drink, or that they shouldn’t. No, no, that’s not my vibe. It’s an individual — and personal — choice, and whatever you choose is hopefully right for you. What I do is right for me.

So all I intend by this post is to inspire you. To maybe introduce you to a new or scary path and know there are different ways to go. Follow your own gut, and try to push away the fear of being different.

I didn’t make it to Milan that summer, after all. It took me over eight months to finally leave Stockholm. I wasn’t ready to stop drinking and didn’t fight for my dreams. I ended up in Istanbul, but even there I realized that other paths existed…

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Office Style: Meet Emily

Office Style: Meet Emily

“Jerry Seinfeld meets art teacher meets Hanson brother…”

 Your position at Free People…

I’m a stylist! I work mainly on the shoe category right now, but have bounced around from flat styling, to propping out environments for shoots, to assisting on catalog which was such an amazing experience. It’s been rad to get the chance to collaborate with so many different teams and talented coworkers. 

How does your job influence your personal style?

Free People brings in models with such killer personal style — even before I started working here, I would check out the blog for model street stye interviews. I’m lucky enough to come into work and see these babes IRL and take some mental notes. 

What is your personal style?

Jerry Seinfeld meets art teacher meets Hanson brother.

Go-to fashion rule or styling trick?

There are no rules! Wear white after Labor Day, I dare you. I do, however, have some tips:

Don’t be afraid to dive into a new trend. Fashion is meant to be fun and exploratory — play around with new silhouettes and colors, even if they aren’t necessarily “your style.”

A good cuff or tuck can make any outfit 5 times cooler.

Don’t forget to shop the men’s section, especially in thrift shops. Some of my favorite pieces are men’s sweaters, trousers and jackets.

Finally, always dress for yourself and put comfort first, and everything will look effortlessly cool!

Favorite part about your job?

The people, hands down. My coworkers in the studio have become like a second family. ❤ 

Most challenging part of your job?

As a stylist, you have to really utilize both your left and right brain. Sometimes it feels like a game to shoot a certain number of looks in a day, stay organized, and make sure each look feels fresh and cool. Also, trends come and go so quickly so we always have to challenge ourselves to keep up and stay inspired in the studio. I love the challenge, it keeps me on my toes 😉 

What’s in your Freepeople.com shopping cart?

Ibiza Jean

Pop Pop Popper Jogger

Go-Go’s Tee

Love Tempo Sunnies

Jocelyn Dress

We The Free Pleatin’ Sleevin’ Pullover

One thing in your closet that you could not live without?

Weirdly enough, socks. I have a huge collection of socks in so many colors (mostly dad-style men’s dress socks). At work, I always have a lot of fun styling FP sheer socks and fishnet crew socks into looks — they are the perfect outfit complement!

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Office Style: Meet Ashley

Office Style: Meet Ashley

“I’m always about comfort, that’s when you feel your best…”

Your position at Free People…
Sample Coordinator for intimates, Movement, swim and beauty.

How does your job influence your personal style?
As a sample coordinator I work with many teams around the office… everyone is so creative, I feel inspired every day. We get to see those trends up close and personal that the teams are excited about before they hit online or stores.

What is your personal style?
My style is pretty simple and classic. You will most likely find me in jeans, a t-shirt and my Birkenstocks! I’m always about comfort — that’s when you feel your best!

Go-to fashion rule or styling trick?
I do have a “rule” but, as long as you’re comfortable and confident, you will look beautiful in anything!

Favorite part about your job?
I love working with all the different teams. When buying passes me a sample they are excited about, it’s cool to see how the studio stylist envisions it for web. The transformation of a sample and how it goes from start to finish and through so many teams is really interesting to me.

Most challenging part of your job?
Balancing communication between all the teams can be hard, but it helps me stay focused and organized.

What’s in your Freepeople.com shopping cart?
El Porto Romper
Sand Dollar Tank
On the Run Jumpsuit
Daloa Birkenstock

One thing in your closet that you could not live without?
My Levi’s denim jacket!

 

 

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5 Ways to Wear a Graphic TEE

5 Ways to Wear a Graphic TEE

Tomboy roots in a casual, cool outlook on fashion. Here are 5 ways to wear a graphic…

Revisiting a day spent in NYC with one of our favorite style bloggers, Juliana… and some of our fave graphic tees… Without further ado…

 

 

 

 

 

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Photos by Jana Kirn.

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FP Me To You: Natural Beauty

FP Me To You: Natural Beauty

Leore lets us in on her favorite five products for a best self…

Last week we asked the California girl-at-heart to give us insight into what makes Leore, Leore. This week, we’re diving into her beauty regimen. Read below to see what our 5 Minute Me star can’t live without when it comes to her skin, body and hair.

Manuka Honey Face Mask (1-2 times a week)

If I have at least an hour to chill, I like to apply a honey mask and leave it on for as long as I can (2 hours, if possible) — it doesn’t dry and harden like most masks. It leaves my skin moisturized and its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties works miracles, helping any problem areas and preventing future breakouts by way of its antioxidants. Also, despite the stickiness, honey is really easy to wash off. (Egyptian Honey Rose Masque, $52) 

Sea Buckthorn Oil

I use this to brighten my skin and address any red spot/hyper-pigmentation from a recent zit or sun damage. My olive complexion tends to show every little imperfection. Sometimes it’s the only thing I wear (on my face), or I use it as a moisturizer before applying primer. (Antioxidant Facial Oil, $24.99)

Dead Sea Salt

I like to bring the Dead Sea to my shower. Whenever I visit Israel (from where my family came), a trip to the Sea is in order — not only does the water provide you with instant float, it boasts a great deal of healing properties. I combine Dead Sea salt with body wash and exfoliate a few times a week. The salt crystals are rough on the skin, so combining them with a body wash is key. (Lime & Coconut Body Scrub, $32) 

Coconut Oil

This is the only moisturizer I use. It strengthens skin, protects against sunburns prevents razor burn, and removes dead skin cells. I also use it as an eye makeup remover (if I am wearing mascara and if my lips are cracked and in need of major relief). (Organic Coconut Oil, $38) 

Argan Oil

Argan oil does wonders for protecting my hair and scalp. My hair requires a lot of conditioning to maintain its natural curl, so my scalp gets dry. I like to massage argan oil in my scalp and leave it overnight. Using just a small amount on my ends and throughout hair helps prevent excess frizz and hair damage. It can also simply add shine to my mane, which I’m all about. (Lavender + Clary Sage Hair Oil, $38)

+ Ready to start a beauty regimen yourself? Be sure to check out our full beauty line here!  

Photos by Kacie Tomita.

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Office Style: Meet Luisa

Office Style: Meet Luisa

Revisiting the eyes (and closets) of our co-workers at Home Office…

Your position at Free People…

Associate Buyer of party dresses!

How does your job influence your personal style?

After working so closely with product, day in and day out for over 6 years, I have a very clear understanding of how clothes are made and I pick up on the little details. When I first started my career in buying, I was frivolous with my spending habits, but as time has gone on I try not to let the latest trends dictate what I buy but instead I try to think about the longevity of the garment and if I will wear it again in a years’ time… then I’m happy to invest!

What is your personal style?

I would say my style is relatively classic. I like clean and simple pieces and anything navy! I grew up living in London with my grandmother and during the summer we would travel to the South of France and we would sit and people watch for hours! There’s something so classic and classy about how the French women dress, it has always resonated with me.

Go-to fashion rule or styling trick?

At the moment, I am a fan of a large, statement earring to elevate even the simplest of outfits. Natural fabrications like linens or straw accessories I’m very drawn to also. And if in doubt, and running late, a good set is a great option!

Favorite part about your job?

Getting to work with such an array of talented and creative people from all different walks of life… I feel like I learn something new every day!

Most challenging part of your job?

Fashion is constantly evolving and changing and though at times it can be challenging to come up with new fresh ideas, it’s also really exciting when you see a positive response from the customer from something that was merely an idea come to fruition.

What’s in your freepeople.com shopping cart?

Amelia Set 

Moon Disc Earrings 

Rosehip Bio-regenerate Oil 

Love of Life Midi Dress

One thing in your closet that you could not live without?

A good staple pair of jeans!

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FP Me To You: Introducing Leore

FP Me To You: Introducing Leore

Do yourself a favor — spend a few minutes here and bask in the beautiful glow of this month’s FP Me muse…

What can we say about Leore? She’s of Moroccan, Israeli and Italian descent, but definitely a California girl at heart. Laid back (she’ll say so herself), though actively pursuing acting/modeling in LA (you may recognize her from our 5 Minute FP Me video), and loves making eggs. (She did not tell me this, but I heard she is very proud of this skill, as she should be.)

Without further ado, Leore:

5 words to describe your personality…

Loyal, optimistic, easygoing, diplomatic, adventurous.

Hometown:

Los Angeles.

Spirit animal is…

A ladybug.

What makes you happy?

Anything from getting a new outfit to seeing my family and friends happy.

What makes you sad?

Heartbreak.

Fave city in the world/why?

Tel Aviv, Israel. It’s a beautiful city that sits right on the Mediterranean. The culture is rich, the people are beautiful, the food is amazing, the night life is insanely fun, and did I mention it’s all next to the water!

Last dream you had…

I’m constantly dreaming… I dreamed of shooting for Free People and here I am!

What does free mean to you?

The minute my mind is free of any negative self-talk.

+ Check back next Thursday to learn more about this FPMe muse…

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Office Style: Meet Hailee

Office Style: Meet Hailee

With a mix of my favorite eras like the 60s and 70s, and my California roots…

Your position at Free People…

Sample Coordinator for accessories and shoes. I also coordinated all samples for our Festival Shop this year. 😊

How does your job influence your personal style?

I would say the amazing people I work with every day… Everyone here is so creative and really embrace their individual taste. Also, working in an environment where we are surrounded by the newest trends inspires me to experiment with them in my own way.

What is your personal style?

It’s a mix of my favorite eras like the 60s and 70s, and my California roots. Since moving to Philadelphia last year, I’ve definitely been inspired by the more polished, minimal East Coast vibes. Right now, I’m free-spirited, evolving, and always dressing for comfort.

Go-to fashion rule or styling trick?

I would say I don’t have any fashion “rules,” except… dress for you and wear what you feel the most confident in.

Favorite part about your job?

My position allows me to collaborate with multiple teams, which I really love. When working with buying, I get to see product before anybody else, sometimes even the development of a necklace or bag or sunnie (which is really cool since I went to school for design). I’m also really lucky to work with the studio/catalog team — that’s a whole other part of the business that really inspires me.

Most challenging part of your job?

I’m my toughest critic… While working on a project or preparing for a meeting I’m constantly going back and forth on making a decision or being satisfied with the end product.. I always think my work could be better and without a doubt there’s always something I wish I could go back and add or edit out.

What’s in your freepeople.com shopping cart?

Like a million things, but to just name a few..

Woodstock Tee

Dawn To Dusk Cropped Wide Leg

Waikiki Straw Tote

Monica Flatform Slide Sandal

10K Diamond Snake Threader

Good Vibes Corset Cami

Gwen Bralette bikini top and bottom

One thing in your closet you could not live with without? 

My Reach For The Stars Boots, probably one of my favorite purchases of all time ha!

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5×5: Boston

5×5: Boston

All the best hangouts, in all the best cities, from the locals who know… 

As a relative newcomer to the East Coast, there is a decent number of cities I’ve yet to explore, Boston being one of them. Intersected by cobblestone streets, historic neighborhoods and fueled by learning, Boston is tops on the list. Today it is among the most forward-thinking cities in the nation and boasts some pretty stellar food, sports, art and music. We reached out to five Free People store employees to learn more about this event-filled city and shed a little insight on what makes this place home.

Katherine Harrison: FP Store Stylist

@katherineharrison

Beacon Hill — Beacon Hill, Boston, MA 02108

The quintessential Boston destination. On the weekends, I love to peruse its narrow cobblestone, tree-lined streets and pick out which of the brick walk-ups I’d love to call my own (spoiler: all of them). Hop off the “T” – Boston lingo for the metro – and take a stroll down Charles Street. The real magic, however, rests in all of the branching side streets. Be sure to check out the famed Acorn Street and the incredible display of blooms outside Rouvalis’ flower shop.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum — 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115

Decadent yet haplessly curated, the Gardner Museum is an absolute treat — part art exhibit, part home, part garden. The greenhouse and central atrium seem plucked straight from a fairytale or, in the least, a charming European town.

Juliet — 257 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

Juliet feels as though it belongs on a quiet street in Paris. Serving lovely café and brunch fare during the day, Juliet transitions into a phenomenal chef’s prix-fix dinner destination come nighttime. Snag reservations if you can. The quotation on its wall from Bon Appetit gets the point across pretty well: “One thing is guaranteed: This will be energetic, personal cooking that’s truly one of a kind.”

Loyal Nine – 660 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141

Another Cambridge locale worth making the cross-river jump for. Go for a morning coffee at the café and return for the incredible, locally-sourced dinner menu or the famed Sunday brunch. The colonial-inspired fare can’t be missed (and you’ll probably want to snag a few Instagram pics along the way).

Olives and Grace — 623 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118

Shop local: Olives and Grace is the kind of store where you walk in for a small gift and end up having a glass of prosecco with the owner. It’s best described as a boutique tchotchke shop. Olives and Grace contains all the best in locally sourced, artisinal goods, from cards to perfumes to trinkets to food. So much thought goes into each and every item displayed. It’s the kind of place where you wish all of your housewarming or christmas gifts came from. Bonus: the owners love the area and will direct you to all of the best locally owned and operated stores and restaurants!

Sarah Casto: Store Manager of Chestnut Hill

@sarahmcasto

The Charles River Esplanade — Along the Charles River

Hands down my favorite park in the city. This 3-mile stretch follows the south bank of the Charles River which separates the cities of Boston and Cambridge. It is always buzzing with people riding bikes, walking dogs or jogging, but it never feels busy unless it’s the Fourth of July. I most enjoy walking the length of the park, picking up somewhere around the Harvard Bridge and watching all the collegiate rowing teams gliding up and down the river. If you don’t feel like walking, just set up camp on one of the public docks and enjoy the sunshine.

Harvard Square, Cambridge — Intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, Brattle Street, and John F. Kennedy Street

Another Boston fav located in Cambridge that holds a special place in my heart. As I managed the Harvard Sq. Free People, this adorable area worked its way up to the top of my list of places to visit in the city. Summer in the square is an absolute dream. A hub of college students, corporate professionals, small businesses and stellar bars. Great food, great drinks, great shopping. Some of my top picks are Crema Café, The Beat Brasserie, Felipe’s, and Goorin’s Hat Shop.

Bagelsaurus — 1796 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA

Anyone who knows me knows that I live off of breakfast sandwiches and, after 25 years of searching, I have finally found that that this tiny bagel shop in Porter Square has the. Best. Bagel. Sandwiches. Ever. Their unique selection of bagels are freshly made every day — you can choose from several of their acclaimed sandwich menu options or just grab a simple bagel+spread combo. My order: the Eggspanola on a Seasalt bagel – over-medium egg, feta, pimenton aioli, parsley gremolata, avocado optional. These delectable bagels are available from 7am to whenever supplies last, and they do sell out. So bike there, Uber there, ride there, and don’t be surprised to see a line out the door. I’m not a fan of lines but this place is worth the wait.

Babbo Enoteca and Pizzeria –11 Fan Pier Boulevard, Boston, MA 02210

This wonderful Italian restaurant by Chef Mario Batali, The Chew personality, Iron Chef, and one of the creators of Eataly, is one of my top choices for any birthday, anniversary, or date night dinner. I am a HUGE fan of charcuterie and Babbo really brings it. The menu of anipasti, pizzas, small plates, pastas, and gelati paired with an even larger menu of wine truly make this restaurant an experience to remember. It’s a large space that boasts three separate bars for pizza, antipasti and cocktails, located in the ever-growing seaport district on Fan Pier. Go to the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art) and then hit up Babbo for a spread that will blow your mind. The truffle honey accoutrement that they serve is to die for.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum –25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115  (2 VOTES FOR THE GARDNER!!)

One of the most unique art museums in the city. It is located right near my alma mater, the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, so one can image how many hours I spent here while in school. It started as the private residence and collection of patron to the arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner, and has grown into a noteworthy assemblage of historical and contemporary art. Major points of interest are the famous Sargent paintings, the four-story courtyard in the center of the museum, and the empty frames left as reminders of the yet unsolved 1990 heist in which $500 million worth of art works were stolen from the museum including pieces by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Degas, and Manet.

 Madison Warchol: Assistant Visual Manager, Free People Burlington

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Hauswitch Home and Healing — 144 Washington St, Salem, MA 01970

Magical, Whimsical, Girl Power…..Just a few things that come to mind when I think of Hauswitch! Along with tons of natural light and good energy, this shop holds everything you need to bring magic and healing into your everyday spaces. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, they now hold amazing in-store events, such as “New Moon Guided Meditation” and “Tarot And Tea.”

Mill No. 5 — 250 Jackson St #402, Lowell, MA 01852

Set inside the fourth floor of a 1873 textile mill, that’s where you will find Mill No. 5. The recently renovated space holds dozens of boutiques and attractions tucked away behind salvaged architectural storefronts. With a vintage movie theatre, yoga studio, record store and much more, this is the perfect spot for everyone.

Pressed Cafe — 200 District Ave, Burlington, MA 01803

If you’re looking for locally sourced, light and delicious food, Pressed Cafe is the spot!  With indoor and outdoor seating you can enjoy a wide variety of sandwiches, smoothies, fresh juice and…breakfast ALL DAY… say no more, right?

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail — Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, Chelmsford, MA 01824

It’s nice to get a small taste of nature without having to make a trip outside of the city proper. This fully paved trail is perfect for walkers, runners and bikers. It extends 7 miles through the woods, ending at Hearts Pond, the perfect spot to stop and watch the sunset. 🙂

Boston Rock Gym — 78 Olympia Ave, Woburn, MA 01801

I have always been afraid of heights, so rock climbing wasn’t something that generated much interest in me. But after a few visits to the Boston Rock Gym and meeting the amazing community of climbers that surround it, I was hooked! BRG is the oldest rock gym on the east coast and is open to climbers of all ages and climbing abilities. This is a perfect day or night trip to try something new with a group of friends.

Gabriella Zen: Free People Sales Associate

@gzenn

JUGOS — 145 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116

As an LA transplant, I need my juice fix. Yes, my fresh cold pressed juice. And like all Angelenos, I was skeptical that anything could compare to my go-to juice place back home. But then I tried JUGOS. This tiny hole in the wall, right next to Back Bay Station, serves up unbelievably fresh and delicious treats. Whether you’re into juice cleanses, acai bowls, or something a little heartier (they have three kinds of avocado toast!), you cannot go wrong with JUGOS.

SoWa Open Market — 530 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118

You know it’s summer once SoWa starts up. Touted as the largest outdoor market in Boston, SoWa promises to fulfill all your farmers’ market dreams. And trust me, it delivers. On top of the traditional farmers’ market, SoWa also includes an art market, food truck bazaar and beer garden. Running every weekend for six months, SoWa presents the opportunity to try fresh locally grown produce, eat from your choice of deliciously iconic food trucks, and purchase handmade art. I don’t know about you but I’m itching for SoWa season.

Blackbird Doughnuts — 492 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02116

I love doughnuts. My mom loves doughnuts. My grandpa loved doughnuts. As much as I try to resist it, doughnuts are in my blood. Thankfully, Boston’s donut scene does not disappoint. With several artisanal donut shops across the city, Blackbird Doughnuts hit the spot every time. As the only doughnut shop in Boston to bake on-site, Blackbird ensures freshness. They come out hot and ready. This South End bakery offers an array of both raised and cake doughnuts that are as gourmet as they get. Some of my favorites include the Rooftop Honey, Triple Chocolate, and the Everything Bagel Doughnut. Embrace your sweet tooth. The doughnuts are calling.

Tatte Bakery and Café — 1003 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

First drawn here by their avocado toast, I fell in love with Tatte Bakery and Café’s unreal baked goods and brunch. I dream about their flaky croissants and mint lemonade, and don’t even get me started about their shakshuka. In the winter the cozy interior and their hot chocolate proves perfect refuge from frostbite. But as the days get longer and warmer, the outdoor seating area is a hot commodity. Bring a book, grab some grub, and soak in the sun.

Lookout Rooftop and Bar, Envoy Hotel — 70 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210

Sometimes when I feel like being an adult and the weather is just right, all I want is to get dressed up and go to a rooftop bar. The rooftop bar at the Envoy Hotel has the perfect combination of delicious cocktails and gorgeous views of the Boston skyline. You can sip and mingle while taking in the sights and sounds of other young Bostonians looking for a good time. Go during the day for a happy hour tan, or out late for a drink under the stars.

Falon Moran: Free People Store Stylist

@falonmoran

The South End — 539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

Brick brownstones and adorable shops and restaurants, i.e. the ultimate New England vibe. The South End is that perfect package. Spend an afternoon strolling this neighborhood and take in the unique architecture, parks and all it has to offer. Stop by Follain for beauty needs, Store Ore for beautiful selections from local jeweler Sophie Hughes, Barcelona for an extensive wine list, and Gaslight for the best French meal. Boutique shops dot Washington, Columbus, and Tremont Streets and some of the best cuisine in the city.

Redbones BBQ — 55 Chester Street, Somerville, MA 02144

BBQ may not be your first thought when you think Boston but, as a girl with a strong affinity for smoked meats and mouthwatering sides, I’ve found the best the city has got to offer. Tucked away in Somerville’s trendy Davis Square, this dive makes you feel right at home with authentic pulled pork, brisket, ribs and all the fixings. Do yourself a favor and get the corn fritters, too.

Fenway Park — 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215

Boston is definitely known for their sports culture and serves as home to the oldest ballparks in Major League Baseball. As a huge baseball fan, Fenway is by far one of the coolest stadiums I’ve ever visited and, even if you’re not in love with the game, there’s gorgeous views, lovely exposed brick, a strong history, and of course the ever-traditional Fenway Frank.

Bova’s Bakery — 134 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113

This 24-hour North End spot is tucked away from the crowds of Hanover Street, but at any given time, you’ll find a crowd. Inside sits cases of traditional Italian pastries, breads, arancini, pizza, and just about any other type of sweet dessert you can imagine, from canolis to cookies to cupcakes and even cheesecake. Not only are the selections and portions large, but they are delicious. Stop by here, anytime! You won’t be disappointed.

The Esplanade — 47 David G. Mugar Way, Boston, MA 02108

Perhaps one of the most iconic places in Boston, the Esplanade runs between the Charles River and Storrow Drive (basically the length of the city). When the weather is nice, it’s worth taking a walk over to enjoy the river breeze and scenic vibes. Take a walk, go for a run, rent a bicycle, or even just sit on the grass amongst the trees or one of the many docks and enjoy the afternoon while taking in views of Cambridge.

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