Handmade Love - Free People DIY Weekend

I just adore Free People. Their girlie hippie fashions have a retro vibe, yet are entirely fashion forward. The sister brand of Urban Outfitters, which at one time could only be found in department stores, now has over 40 stores across the country.

This Saturday, February 11, in what I find to be a super savvy marketing move, the boho boutique is inviting customers to join them for an afternoon shopping and crafting. From noon to 3pm guests will be able to make something special for their Valentine, and pick up the perfect outfit for their date at the same time. That’s quite an attractive offer for craft-loving gals like me!

Each store will be hosting one of four different DIY events. In addition some stores will be featuring live music, refreshments, food, or special raffles. You can see what will be going on at your closest Free People boutique at www.freepeople.com/valentines-day-handmade-love.

I was happy to learn that the Free People at NorthPark in Dallas will be making these adorable embroidered cards. They’ll also be offering food and beverages for thirsty shoppers.

If you stop by, don’t forget to tweet pics using the hash tag #FPHandMadeLove. I can’t wait to see the creativity that comes out of this event!

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Pottery Barn Entertaining Class

Looking for inspiration for your spring-time soirees? Then get your party planning tush to Pottery Barn this Sunday, March 15 for a complimentary entertaining class! I have attended a few pb classes in the past and have always come out super inspired and excited. The classes are usually on Sunday mornings before the store opens to the public. There has always been a good crowd when I’ve been (usually women) and it is really fun to spend the morning chatting and collaborating on design with other décor-loving friends!

Our local store has a great instructor who makes the class very participatory and is very good at explaining how to recreate the displays you see. One of my favorite parts of the class is that you don’t feel any pressure to buy anything. (PB is often a bit out of my price range) But if something catches your eye they offer 10% off all merchandise used in the class to those who attend. The main goal of the classes seems to be to get people in the store during a non-peak hour and explain more about all the services that PB offers.

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