meet toby

how handsome is he??? this is toby, who i am very excited now gets to come to work in our office with our field recruiter! he came in yesterday looking very dapper in his tie, and i asked him some questions for the blog :)

where are you from?

manchester, NH.

what are some of your favorite things?

bananas, trash scavenging, sleeping, cuddling… and cookies.

what about your least favorite things?

being left alone!

what do you like to do during the day?

sleep and cuddle.

do you like coming to work in our office?

i love it! everyone comes over and says hello to me, they’re very friendly.

what is your favorite color?


what kind of music do you like to listen to?

i like bluegrass.

what is your favorite food?

bananas and peanut butter!

what’s your favorite place you’ve traveled?

hiking in the white mountains in my home state of new hampshire.

anything else we should know about you?

if you feed me and hug me, i’ll love you forever :)

doesn’t this picture just make you want to lie down and cuddle with him?



when i was in the photo studio last week for our latest how-to style session, i kept finding myself admiring our associate stylist’s hair! she died her ends purple and i think it looks awesome – as a fellow brunette who loves the whole colored hair trend, i’ve often wondered what colors would look good with brown hair and i think purple definitely does! it’s subtle but still catches the eye.

back to the garden

i have a really wierd obsession with woodstock.  i wasn’t even alive back then but it pains me to think i wasn’t able to be a part of that experience.  our vintage buyer took a trip to bethel, new york,  and brought back some photos of the festival site and her friend’s place – i nearly died when i saw them. one day i will get there.





this is duke – he went to woodstock in ’69 and never left! he now gives tours of the festival grounds.

and here’s her friend’s amazing home…









yeah, i would never leave either.

fall store displays!

like it or not, fall is just around the corner… which of course means new store displays! here are some shots of the new displays at our king of prussia, PA store. the rich colors and the added texture of the yarn is perfect for fall, bringing to mind a cozy knit sweater you just want to wrap yourself up in.




i love how the fabric seems to be dripping from the ceiling, like the store is oozing creativity.


you may recognize the fabric covered vases that have been pictured around our home office and at our costa mesa store.




i think my favorite part of the display is the yarn.  it is also used as decoration here at the home office – i love it, the colors make me happy :)


amazing work again, guys!


i saw this DIY and it immediately reminded me of free people- fabric covered hangers!  i have a bunch of plain old wire hangers in my closet and i think they are in need of a makeover.  all you need is fabric – this would be a great way to reuse old free people bags! – and glue.

start by taping the starting point of the fabric to the hanger, and then proceed to wrap the fabric around the hanger.  when you have covered the hanger, put a dab of glue on the end of the fabric and you’re done!



bouncing round the room

last week i was passing by the area where our graphic designers and office coordinator sit…and something was different. their office chairs had been replaced by large exercise balls! hmmm…what’s this all about guys?

“we got them to strengthen our cores! exercise balls are the new thing.”

so have you noticed a change? do they work?

“yes! when you wake up you feel like you did crunches the day before.”

“it keeps you moving throughout the day so you get a little workout. and we have a mid afternoon workout session.”

“plus they keep you from getting sleepy sitting at your desk!”


what do other people think about your balls?

“they’re jealous! everyone wants them now.”


“the bouncing is good for your mental state too…you feel like a little kid!”

matt bernson’s band bash

taking place at beauty bar in las vegas tomorrow night is the first ever matt bernson band bash! hosted by women’s shoe designer matt bernson, who’s helena boot and cecelia espadrille wedge are currently available at freepeople.


the party will be “the complete antithesis of the vegas industry event. no ropes, no VIPs…just incredible music and raucous celebration taking place at the famous beauty bar’s outdoor, fifties-era inspired courtyard and performance space.” here are the bands who will be performing!


eastern conference champions



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