FP How We: Meditate

FP How We: Meditate

Our monthly home office wellness series turns within, featuring best practices meditation from two of our very own…

Unlike the hosts of our previous FP How We sessions, you are both full-time FP employees. Can you talk a little bit about how your paths brought you here? 

J: I was always into the mysterious… ancient secrets in yoga, chanting, numbers, letters, astrology, etc. My love for design was once separate but, as I dove deeper into my spirituality, I realized everything is connected. The good and the bad. How we do one thing is how we do everything, weaving it all into a work of art… we are all creative beings.

K: I’ve always been interested in and curious about the non-physical world, ever since I was a little girl. As I grew into my teens I was always attracted to the mystical, delving into astrology, tarot, always yearning to know more about the deep mysteries. It wasn’t until I was out of college, and working full time at Free People, that I started falling in love with yoga. At first, it was just a couple days a week in a local gym, but the instructor was fantastic and took me deep inside myself, especially during Savasana. After I had my daughters I became much more committed to yoga and joined a local studio. One day I dropped into an Ashtanga class and fell deeply in love. As I progressed through the years with Ashtanga, I realized I was getting so much out of the sitting pranayama (breath work) and stillness at the end of the sequence. It seemed I had to push my body to all its edges and limits to achieve this bliss of spacious awareness, I felt light streaming through my body — I felt better than I had ever felt in my life. A few years later, I moved away from my Ashtanga teacher and had a hard time keeping my practice going. I also began suffering from some pretty serious illnesses and had knew I had to limit my energy output so I could help my body heal itself. I started doing guided meditations to help ease my stress and anxiety and realized I could access this spacious awareness state through my consciousness. I knew I needed to dive deeper into meditation and signed up for a teacher training program.

Was wellness always a part of who you are? Tell us about that journey.

J: As a kid I endlessly played in nature. I knew there was a life-changing wisdom there. The trees alone are full of metaphors on how to exist, deeply rooted in the ground while stretching up into the heavens. As I got older and more conditioned to social norms, I struggled. Stress began to break down my body and I started to develop health issues. On a crusade to heal naturally I realized it wasn’t about the food itself. It was about my emotions, self-esteem and connection to my true self. You can eat all the super foods in the world but, if you are full of guilt and shame, who cares what size you are or who likes you. Until you see that your value is an accessory to something greater. In this knowing I have been able to liberate myself from many issues and am truly enjoying life. Spiritual or not, to me these are the basics of life.

K: Absolutely. When I was younger it manifested mostly in preferring a healthy diet & regular exercise. I loved to go to aerobics classes with my mom in high school, hiking the national parks with my family, and was even the captain of the cross country team in high school. In college, I craved good vegetables, when the cafeteria was filled with junk food. It wasn’t until my late 20’s when I realized that importance of mental & spiritual heath as a significant component to overall wellness for me. I realized that ALL the choices I was making, not just my food & exercise, were contributing to living a fulfilling life. I realized I needed to look deeper into my stress, anxiety, and emotions as well as develop a deeper connection to the Mystical world that I’d been curious about since childhood. As I’ve had some illnesses over the past few years, I’ve also realized how lacking our medical system is right now in terms of preventative or vitality enhancing focuses, so have turned to so many other healing modalities to help my body be well again including Herbalists, Ayurveda, Energy Medicine, Acupuncture, Diet/Food as Medicine, Self-Love, Breath-work, Mantra, Yoga and Meditation.

And how did you two find each other?

J: I’ve been at Free People for 9 years. Kristal not only interviewed me, but hired and trained me! We have been working together ever since. We always compared notes on our latest obsessions — in the beginning it was yoga to nutrition, then deeper esoteric studies as we progressed. It’s been a Joy to grow alongside each other and inspire as we go along… blessed be!

K: Yes, so much JOY! We have said so many times how grateful we are that we were brought together to support each other on this journey. I totally think it was fate. We were meant to work together on many levels in this life.

What does meditation mean to each of you? What does your personal meditation look like?

J: Meditation, to me, is a practice of knowing yourself. No wonder it is so hard in the beginning, all your demons rush forward to be released the moment you sit down. Personally I was overwhelmed by this. I explored many different styles of meditating, loving something from each. I now have custom built a practice for me, something I recommend to everyone. This includes a prayer, mudras and breathing always. Other times I may add dance, chanting or yantras. I strongly feel as we grow what we need reveals itself… so cool!

K: Meditation is essential to me. It helps me stay connected and in-tune with my higher self, my true self. It helps me stay present and available for the people in my life. It also inspires ideas, helps me process my day, and release anything I no longer need to hold onto. It helps me ‘see’ where I am stuck, where I am clinging, and where I need to let go.  I usually wake up around 5am, have a cup of tea and head out to my little yoga/meditation/sacred space. I typically read some inspiring pages or verses of poetry while I finish my tea, I then meditate until about 6am, when during the school year it’s time to wake up my girls. I typically just follow my personal silent meditation, and when I’m feeling I’d like a guided practice, I choose something from the myriad of options on the Insight Timer App. I’ve also began incorporating a few mudracs that I learned from Jess that shift my energy quickly. I also do occasional longer sits on the weekends, as well as go to group meditations, womens circles or retreats when I can. I also like to get into a meditative state during physical activities, like hiking, walking, yoga, and dancing. Like Jess said, there are so many ways to get there!

I bet most of us do not know about mudras – can you give a quick explanation of what these are?

J: Mudras are essentially hand yoga. Each finger is linked to an energetic meridian in your body (what they use in acupuncture) as well as a neurological pathway in your brain. You can literally change your state in 3 mins. As I mentioned above, when I began to meditate I found it overwhelming unless I had just performed yoga. Why? Because I had so much energy that needed to move. Learning mudras allowed me to clear and channel this energy with intention and purpose.

Favorite crystal (no pun intended, K):

J: Its hard to have a fav. I’d say selenite is my go-to. I’d love one of every color.

K: I always go to quartz because it’s an amplifier and clears, helps me to move energies quickly. I love so many, though.

Morning or night?

J: I practice every morning, but I’m a nighttime person. I get super psychic at night.

K: Morning for me. I feel sparkly in the morning. I love sunrise. I am so sleepy at night.

#1 inner beauty go-to:

J: Mudra & Adi Shakti Mantra.

K: Heart openers using meditation, yoga, mudra, movement. I think nothing creates beauty more than an open heart and a peaceful presence.

Biggest hope/dream for women everywhere:

J: To Self Realize and know their own power. To embrace each other rather than compete/compare.

K: Totally Agree. Also owning their cycle, realize the sacredness of their moon time. We are the instruments of creation.

What does free mean to you?

J: Boundless Self Expression.

K: Liberation From Conditioning.

 

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Office Style: Meet Kacie

Office Style: Meet Kacie

The one behind #FPWriteThisDown, meet our social media queen, Kacie…

Your position at Free People…

Social Media Assistant

How does your job influence your personal style?

Every day is different — I never know what the day will bring so I like to be prepared for anything! Since I’m always running around I’m usually in something comfy and versatile.

What is your personal style?

Casually random but sometimes over-the-top.

Go-to fashion rule or styling trick?

Contradiction is key.

Favorite part about your job?

The people! I love how collaborative my job is and the different teams I get to work with. I’ve met so many talented people who inspire me daily.

Most challenging part of your job?

Social Media never sleeps! I have to be aware of what’s going on in the world and be ready to react to it! At first I used to have nightmares about my phone dying and my being unreachable but I learned to value my time spent away from my phone and enjoy every second of it.

What’s in your Freepeople.com shopping cart?

United One Piece 

Camp Collection D-Veep Body Suit 

Stay Home Lounge Dress 

Move On Shortie 

Tonik No.2

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

Sneakers, sneakers, sneakers!

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Polaroids from the Edge: Radiant Human Visits FP

Polaroids from the Edge: Radiant Human Visits FP

In need of an aura-l fixation? Radiant Human to the rescue, with their spirit-filled Polaroid portraits…

This week, we were humbled to host the ladies that make up Radiant Human, as part of our ongoing Home Office: How We series. If you have an opportunity to meet them and, better yet, walk away with a forever imprint of your spirit, I highly advise it. Besides, you’ll have a very cool new profile pic to show for it.

Read below for a little Q&A with these lovelies…

For those folks not familiar with Radiant Human, can you share a little about your foray into this cosmic world?

Radiant Human is a traveling project that provides a platform for people to explore the energy they radiate and then take a photograph of it. Good vibes, bad vibes, weird vibes, we’ve all been able to conceptualise this through pop culture and this is the ability to take a picture of it!! I think it’s incredibly fascinating how we can use color as a communication tool and reconceptualize what a selfie can be. This is such an amazing time to be alive!! So many people are ready to explore the energy they put into the world; self exploration, self realization, self actualisation is a big component to this project and it’s so validating to see and hear about everyone’s experiences with this project. I always announce when I go to a new city on my Instagram (@radianthuman_) so if you are at all curious come see me!!

The colors…what, generally, do they mean? Does their placement in the picture have anything to do with it?

Each photo has three sections; everything from the ears up represents conscious thought (and typically these colors change faster than the other areas), whereas the lower left represents your internal dynamic or self, and the lower right represents what you project outward or your persona.

When you get into what the colors mean, that’s where it gets really interesting — a subject very rarely produces just one color, let alone just one hue, so a large part of what I find so interesting is how these colors/hues interact with each other and how this illustrates the complexities of being a human being.

Describe your process.

This project works in several layers. There is the traveling aspect propelled by social media, the dome as an installation and photo studio/space ship, the interactive element of subject to artist and then lastly, the tangible result of all three; a very lovely one of a kind peel away photograph of you and your aura.

After visiting Free People, what would you say about our general aura/spirit?

OMG! I love this question! You know i just started interacting with more corporate environments and it’s really interesting to see what comes out of this. There is so much information here. I mean this is the opportunity to see the individual as well as the group dynamic which is such a fun and endless conversation, especially with people at work!! With the group that I photographed I can see that there was a majority of purple present indicating a lot of inspiration and individual perspective. The second coloration that I saw was a lot of orange, which is very expressive, creative and collaborative. Not a surprise for FP headquarters!!

Your spirit animal is…

When I was 8 years old I found myself swimming alone with a wild manatee and her two calves. I eventually straddled the mother and cruised around with her before my dad called me in for dinner (if there ever was a dad buzz kill that was it). It was a very special interaction and I still can’t believe it happened.

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Office-Style Kim

Among the real-real women in the hellip & home office; awesome and traditional.

This article originates from our Jr Art Director, Stephanie

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Your placement at Free People…
Associate Customer For-Free People Motion, Search and Swimming, Seaside and Endless Summer.

How can your job influence your personal style?
I’m very fortunate to purchase groups that replicate my own design. These lifestyle courses are issues I include into my every day life, whether rsquo & it;s exercising, likely to the seaside, moving out of hellip & mattress constantly being on the go!

What’s your individual design?
a bit sloppy. Nevertheless come up with. Easy.

Go to  design technique or style guideline?
Gown based on your feeling! You ll probably be uncomfortable if you drive an ensemble. Simply opt for your stomach!

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Preferred aspect about your work?
my personal favorite aspect, undoubtedly, may be the people, the celebrities I reach use every single day, in a wide variety of sections. It& provides an excellent power towards the office and rsquo;s-a truly enjoyable environment.

Many difficult section of your job?
Striking a work/life stability. It’s simple to get caught up together with your work…not that that’s-a great or poor thing. It’s just-so simple to try to escape with anything you’re-doing. As hard while rsquo & you;re-working, you have to look for a stability beyond that.

What s inside nbsp & your freepeople.com;shopping cart software?
I really am infamous for placing everything in my own trolley, but never purchasing it! I began on following a& nbsp lifestyle working. I truly adore of having a wardrobe with twenty strong products inside it the thought. I gradually began eliminating everything and that I wish to just purchase excellent items I will& rsquo. I ve toned-down a great deal about the buying.

I did so possess a second within this classic shop last weekend wherever I attempted in deep love I dropped on the crimson gown with. I told myself that, easily couldn’t stop thinking in a couple of hours about it, &hellip would quit back and purchase it;fast forward in my experience returning towards the store!

Something inside your wardrobe would you not reside without?
I’d need to state my dark leather coat. It s the very first leather coat I actually bought, and so I feel hardly detached to it. I believe purchasing your first leather coat that is excellent is this type of time that is critical. You understand you re-investing in something which it also you ll have permanently ll just improve over time.

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Obtain her search: Cleaned Leather Moto Coat, Slouchy Gunner Brief, We The Free Fallin Tee

Office-Style Katherine

Relaxed, cool hellip along with a style feeling that is enthusiastic, as well. This really is Katherine…

This article originates from our Jr Art Director, Stephanie

Explain your placement at People.

I’m the Coats & amp Custom on rsquo & FP . Our procedure includes studying the marketplace with buying excursions and collecting motivation, drawing suggestions, mocking styles by stitching and/or hanging, studying and create materials, cuts and images, installing the apparel, dealing with patternmakers, considering charging and the pattern, — then! I perform till rsquo & I; ve accomplished the ultimate item that is perfect! It s truly from a-to-z.

3 phrases to explain your individual design?

Manly. Percentage. Performance.

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Marbella One-Piece, West-Side Clubmaster Sunnies, Mono Leather Lace-Up Shoes

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Where perhaps you have resided and has your individual design impacted?

I’ve lived in Asia, Birmingham, Florence, Ny and, today, it’s my 2nd year in Philadelphia! From residing in China the largest impact on my design came. Our mom was a custom there therefore she made my apparel like a kid and passed down lots of incredible items she used when she was young (that I still use nowadays). Our grandma offered lots of amazing kimonos to me, aswell. I visited style college in Asia and so I truly enjoy having this kind of avant garde history. It s uplifting to possess that origin in me.

What’s your preferred element about your work?

I really like the capability to usually use my hands whether in addition to the liberty to become innovative.

Many difficult?

It s challenging to continuously have power to become innovative. Whenever you believe thrilling sensation again occasionally you receive burnt-out therefore, rsquo & it;s really relaxing.

What’s your preferred period to gown for?

Winter  I really like layering colour, apparel and consistency.

Are your clothes planned by you the night time day of or before?

Evening before, since I do Crossfit 5 times per week and awaken at 5:30 each and every morning! Our procedure involves taking a look at the current weather since I bicycle to function and planning appropriately. Performance!

Maybe you have needed to repair a style problem at work?

Yes! I’ve had several times where I bicycle to function also it arbitrarily begins pouring. I ll dry my garments within the screen and use a Totally Free People test to use for that evening. It s occurred often. Occasionally, you never understand but although I attempt to make!

What’s your go to just why and function ensemble?

Trousers and mainly trousers since I bike. While you can easily see I actually do adore a great jumpsuit. Preserving functionality’s concept!

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Easy natural shades and organized coats instructed the design round the workplace this week… 

A minor drop within nbsp & the typical; nbsp & east-coast swelter;offered us the opportunity to discover some unforeseen lounging opps this week , toughening up issues with black shades and organized silhouettes. I couldn&rsquo when I meandered through work;t aid but notice the military all -influenced outfits. From military green coats to hide cargos, these girls place a  nbsp & relaxing twist on the summer design. Find influenced below!

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Maryanne Tee, Retro Jean Buckle

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Not Your Sibling’s Excess Coat, High-Neck Smooth Harvest, Monte Rosa Level

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Summertime’s Over Cargo Trousers, Sk8 Hi Top Shoe

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Adorned Military Clothing Coat

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FP X Strawberry Lemonade Gown, Vegetarian Maddie Tie-Up Shoe

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Switching Minds Bodysuit, Therefore Awesome Harem Pants

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Office-Style

Capture some& nbsp motivation in the gifted girls joining rsquo & Urbn Inc.; s nbsp; eacute & soir;elizabeth.

This article originates from our Jr Art Director, Stephanie

This week we are taken by our office-style article towards the outdoors for Urbn Inc. s Summertime celebration. I observed a good amount of distinctive eyewear when I strolled round the garden. Some girls’ eyeglasses were colored classic discovers, others traditional with turtle detail, yet others metallic and modern. With exotic beverages at hand, these girls’ components appeared to be the cherry along with their well-designed summer designs.

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Heavy V Bandeau Cami, Levi’s Wedgie Image Fixed Jeans, Superior Clubmaser Sunnies

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Cool Tuesday Aviator, Midsummer Desire Romper

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Brooklyn Heights Aviator, Tula Top

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Free People Design (Mother) Off-Duty

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A peek into parenthood having a Free People design that is precious!

This article originates from our website intern, Emily.

In party of Mommy’s Evening, this week’s Versions Off-Duty article is featuring a particular design, who likewise is actually a mommy, Sheila Marquez. It is usually loved by us Sheila had her lovable son together with her several times this week and once the kiddos remain. She held it awesome and comfy, rsquo & below;s amp A – Q&; A plus some photos round the workplace of these!

That which was something?
That it had been likely to come therefore normally, and also the link between kids and parents. You are able to’ before you really encounter it t envision it. I didn’t be prepared to be nursing at 17 weeks. It is loved by me.

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We the Free Anna Tee, Gavin Wire Thin, Half-Time Tee, Simply Inhale Billowing Hoodie, Vegetarian 1940 Foot Start

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Clayton wear Shoe, Puma x Alexander McQueen Support Lo Coach

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We the Free Ringer Tee, We the Free Long-Drive Tee, Nice Desire Layering Best, Louise Block
Davis Slouchy Overalls, Washed Denim Overalls

How will you balance being fully a mom and work-life? Any ideas to pass-along?
Admitting I will’t be considered a superwoman and having only a little aid. Usually prioritizing his requirements and my boy but nonetheless being my very own individual and having another existence at the office is definitely an essential stability.

What’s anything you ve since having a young child learned all about oneself?
That often I have to decelerate and revel in as soon as. That is anything a youngster might educate you on, right?

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What’s of being fully a mom the very best section?
Everything!!! I possibly could not choose on only one factor. From all of the hugs and bears, the getting up having a small base in my own encounter, all of the laughs, all of the understanding collectively…

+Thank you so much Sheila and also have a content Mom’s Evening!

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Me Profile Denisse

Post image for FP Me Profile: Mel Denisse

A FP Me woman ceases by our office at home…

This article involves us from Mel Denisse.

I had been currently in amazement before visiting office at home. Being truly a area of the FP Me neighborhood for three years today, I’ve experienced my enthusiasm just proceed to develop… I couldn’t delay to meet up everybody and find out the imagination behindthescenes.

We designed after touring Creating 25 and  mdash & shot 3 clothes; beginning inside Creating that was regional nbsp,& 3;which features  a bright inside that was beautiful. I put on the sequin slide, leather coat and lace-up pumps, twirling round the space whilst the camera clicked absent, and that I kept pondering, “delay, this really is occurring… here.”

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Lace-Up Heel, Starry Night Slide, Leather Coat

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New Romantics Mojave Jacket

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It experienced a bit of house I’ couldn and deb been waiting to see &rsquo . FP is just a large section of I it, also ve discovered to state myself s awakened me to wherever I’m nowadays on the innovative system.

We finished from the water capturing the gown that was final. Since it thought such as the traditional boho, intimate, FP item to use& nbsp I selected this 1.


Jessie Maxi-Dress

Giggling chilling out using the women, and creating was something which experienced therefore organic, and I was intended so much to by dealing with seize it. I m dealing with invest your day together and thankful for that FP household.

Pictures by FP Emily

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