Post image for thursday poll – edition 132

last week in the studio our stylists went crazy putting together a bunch of different looks using the cascade convertible skirt – items like this are my favorite! i love being able to wear something in a bunch of different ways, and i love all of these looks! which one is your favorite?

look one – cool and casual as a dress with sandals and a patterned belt:

look two – layered with the same item in white!
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look three – as a skirt with a comfy pullover:
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look four – worn as a high waisted skirt with a cute printed bralette:
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look five – worn as a skirt with oversized pullover and cute bralette peeking out:
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look six – dressed up with a statement belt and knee-high boots:
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or look seven – casual cool with a concert raglan and fringed belt:
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all i know is i need this item in my life now! vote away… and check out all of our convertible styles online here.

mariek -May 06, 2011, 4:53PM
I love look 3. It's comfortable, airy, and loose fitting. I also love the mix and match colors. It really makes the outfit standout.
Monie -Apr 28, 2011, 12:24PM
Six is my favorite! I love how her thigh is peeking out and the boots makes it a little rugged. =)

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Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.
I don’t think you could do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization.”
-Bill Cunningham

The legendary Bill Cunningham has graced the big screen in a rather interesting heart touching documentary about his passion Street Style Photography.
Street Style has been a No1 go to inspiration for me, there’s something so raw and fresh about how people choose to dress, the decisions they make to achieve such a visually pleasing outfit is incredible.
I’ve been waiting to see this documentary for quite some time. He has always been a guy that intrigued me.

Bill Cunningham works for The New York Times as a photographer that shoots and curates the paper’s “On the Street” and “Evening Hours”
This enchanting eighty- something guy rides around NY wearing his signature bolt blue work jacket on his bicycle, shooting silhouettes that excite him “Some marvelous, exotic bird of paradise”
He captures the upbeat fashion Scene in New York recording the changing street life of one of the world’s great cities for us all to see. It shows his lifestyle and how the little in things in life are most important to him.

It shines a light on a guy who needs nothing more than his happy passion.

He has touched my heart in more ways than one. His passion is overwhelming because he loves what he does so much that not much else matters. Street Photography is his life
not just his job and it was great to see that in the documentary. He is world renowned for his work and his pleasant embrace. A true inspiration to anyone!

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“We all get dressed for Bill.”
-Anna Wintour

Have any of you guys seen the documentary yet?

Helen -May 02, 2011, 6:15AM
Any idea when it's coming to Britain? Sounds amazing.
kiera -Apr 28, 2011, 2:49PM
saw it. loved it. wrote about it. http://kieraradman.blogspot.com/2011/04/highly-recommend.html

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It’s all in the details!

Accessories jazz up any outfit ensemble. I’m addicted to adding a quirky belt and an unusual necklace to any outfit.
Us girls here at the office love accessories especially rings, and I’m always blown away by some of the collections people have.
People style in the office yesterday was on fire.

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Brooke -Apr 26, 2011, 12:01AM
I'm in love with that white floral skirt in the last pic, anyone know where its from?
wholesale blank apparel -Apr 25, 2011, 2:47PM
Having style does not necessarily mean dressing up everyday or wearing fancy clothes. Accessories are a great addition to any outfit.

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Post image for recycled material bags – we love!

with earth day literally just around the corner, i felt that the timing was perfect to tell you guys about some special bags we’re carrying right now that are made out of recycled materials.  not only are these bags gorgeous, but you can take comfort in knowing that they are crafted out of repurposed items like vintage military bags, vintage fabrics and old leather jackets.

the gorgeous belmont backpack by ashley watson is my favorite.  the vancouver based designer draws her inspiration from leather jackets she finds in thrift stores, and each bag is crafted from recycled leather jackets, incorporating features like pockets and seams to make them unique and special. the leather is perfectly worn and soft, carrying with it a history all its own.

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i fell in love with both of these bags by foley and corinna when i saw them on sasha pivovarova in our april catalog, but i love them even more now that i know they are made from recycled and vintage materials.  dana foley and anna corinna met when they both had booths at the chelsea art and antique market in 1998 – dana sold her original creations and anna sold vintage clothing.  they joined together and started designing pieces that were both original and incorporated vintage elements.  the musette satchel is made of vintage military bags with delicate, hand-crocheted fringe, and the bora hobo is made of varying, colorful found fabrics so they are each one-of-a-kind.

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foley and corinna musette satchel; bora hobo

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this fanny pack is another favorite, by artists and revolutionaries – an organic and eco-friendly label based in brooklyn.  their philosophy is “to create unique handcrafted items, using eco-friendly materials and processes.” like the designers above, they use repurposed and up-cycled materials in addition to hemp and organic cottons.  the fanny pack is made of repurposed vintage leather and has unique details like buttons and pockets, and a braided belt buckle strap.

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happy earth day!

Mary -Jun 23, 2013, 1:15PM
Awesome love all natural and recycled stuff! Starting my own online hemp store please check it out. Starting with bracelets but more to follow. http://www.etsy.com/shop/MarysHempStore
Dondra -May 16, 2013, 10:55AM
http://authenticnativehoney.com/ Here is the link

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Post image for guest post: martha in paris!

by now you guys have seen the lovely martha hunt on our website and in our catalogs, but did you ever wonder what her real life is like? martha was kind enough to put together a post about a recent trip she took to paris for our blog!

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I had the lucky task of jetting to Paris for a couple of weeks to schmooze with clients. The City of Lights has a lot to offer, so I try to fit in as much as possible in between castings!

I checked out the Montparnasse Cemetery on the left bank.  It is a hauntingly beautiful cemetery jam-packed with tombstones of many famous names, including the legendary Serge Gainsbourg and philosopher Jean Paul Sartre.  Rest in peace!

Donned a black bob – I loved my Mia Wallace moment. Elderflower juice takes me to my happy place– you just can’t find it in the states!

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Luckily I bumped into one of Free People’s very own, the lovely, Lauren. I hung out with her and her friend, and one of my favorite photographers, David Bellemere. Tres chic!

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Je ne sais pas?

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The American explorer in me values a good road trip. My boyfriend and I drove to a town called Cambremer, two hours northwest of Paris. We visited Chateua Les Bruyeres, which happened to be the perfect spot to rock my new Free People skirt! We rode bikes, tried local cuisine, checked out a few Normandy towns, but mostly enjoyed the country view. Not too shabby! One hard lesson learned: tripe is a delicacy that consists of intestines, not fish.

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“Je moooooo fous!”

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Never miss a photo op…

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…never leave a field un-frolicked.

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Back in town, stolling through the Place des Vosges.

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I can’t leave Paris without having grilled-over-an-open-fire-steak at my favorite restaurant, Robert et Louise! It’s located in the heart of the Marais district.

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Model or C.I.A. agent? I’m a woman of many faces, er well— hair do’s.

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I shot at Hotel Le Meurice with famed photographer Guy Aroch. Just another hard day at the office!

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Not a bad view. The Eiffel Tower in the distance fades away. Until next time, Par-eeeeeh! Bisous! X

martha -Apr 22, 2011, 3:30PM
I LOVE GUY AROCH!!
kat -Apr 22, 2011, 9:56AM
Thanks for featuring her, she's beautiful. Always one of my favorite models to see!

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Post image for thursday poll – edition 131

another lookbook poll for you guys today! i am a HUGE fan of this one, featuring the always-amazing martha hunt and shot by our senior photographer. it’s so full of attitude and color – the body paint is such a nice touch, too. which look is your favorite? Read more »

-May 06, 2011, 11:43PM
I have to go for #4 because it's plain and simple but not overly showy or sexy.
Frin -Apr 22, 2011, 7:57AM
these pictures are so full of energy! Four and six stole my ♥ and two makes me smile every time

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Post image for austin: a photo diary

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xoxo

Ashley Smith -Jun 04, 2011, 12:36AM
i had so much fun ladies! thanks babes!
salima -Apr 22, 2011, 12:17PM
One of my dream, going there even though it's sooo far !! But one never knows and can alwas dream ;;)) xoxoxoxo http://blogmoodeuse.blogspot.com

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Post image for fp fashion at coachella!

even though we didn’t get to go to coachella this year, we were still there in spirit, and in the form of these lovely ladies rocking free people at the festival!

i am in love with this look! our eyelet crop top looks amazing with a printed skirt, and bare feet are a bonus :)

left – our runaway lace kaftan is perfect for the beach or festivals; right – head to toe fp in the directions in lace maxi skirt and fp-1 bralette from our holiday book.

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lovely lace! the dress on the left is a january item that’s currently unavailable but we will be getting more in june! the maxi on the right is a may catalog item – it has arrived in some of our stores and should be online soon :)

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cute skirts and dresses look awesome paired with converse kicks.

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this is one of my fave fp tops ever – i wore it all last summer! love how it looks with the polka dot shorts.

images via harper’s bazaar, refinery 29 and elle.

Adell -Jun 27, 2012, 10:15PM
I love all of that fashion desins!
honey -Jun 01, 2011, 10:55PM
I feel summer just around the bend!!! great new desktop :) hope I survive the hot Arkansas weekend ahead!

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Post image for austin day three…last day :(

for my last day in austin i decided to go off on my own and explore the city while i had the chance. my first stop was south congress street, a hip area known as soco.  i was told beforehand that this was THE place for vintage shopping and getting a good taste of what austin is all about.

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there were several amazing stores in soco, but this one was by far my favorite – i literally could have spent the entire day there. it’s called uncommon objects and is basically a massive assortment of rare vintage objects including postcards, found familiy portraits,  boots, mexican blankets, home furnishings, skulls and an array of bizarre items.

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after shopping i stopped for lunch at jo’s cafe, right by the hotel san jose.  it’s got great outdoor patio seating perfect for people watching!

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next i walked back towards downtown austin, with a view of the impressive texas state capital guiding my way.

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beautiful lady bird lake.

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the oldest hotel in austin, the driskill, is rumored to be haunted.

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next i headed down 6th street, also known as old pecan st, which is lined with bars and is the central location for SXSW-goers.

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i headed west on sixth street towards lamar, where one of our free people stores is located! the girls were super sweet, as always, and very excited that we were in town shooting!

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by this point i was pretty tired and sun-burnt so i headed back towards our house, and passed this amazing place on my way…

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almost every house i saw in austin had a porch.  one day i will have a house with a porch.

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full moon!

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our team returned from their day of shooting and we headed out to dinner, where we drank texas mules (tito’s, ginger beer and lime) and i had one of the best veggie burgers EVER. then it was off to bed to get some sleep before my early morning flight.

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austin, i miss you already.

p.s. i am putting together a whole guide of our favorite spots in austin so stay tuned for that when the catalog drops in july! xoxo

mei mei gao -Apr 27, 2011, 9:02PM
so wonderful! so amazing!!http://www.hoganspaccio.com
salima -Apr 22, 2011, 12:38PM
Those suitcases are gorgeous !! Are they available on line ? http://blogmoodeuse.blogspot.com

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Post image for The new shoe of the season

The platform has taken a quirky new direction. A new sole has appeared on the fashion front and we’re diggin it.
The flatform was a key statement throughout the spring/ Summer runaway shows – Derek Lam, Prada, and Vena Cava
All made their silhouette that much more interesting by adding this elevated shoe.

They have the comfort of wearing flats but give you that attractive 5 inch lift without the cripple factor.
We here at the office love them and find them the perfect way to add quirkiness to any outfit.

Flatforms, are you digging the shoe of this season?

See our selection here Flatforms

Juliann Szeto -Apr 20, 2011, 10:47AM
hi-ya, I like all your posts, keep them coming.
Pandora -Apr 20, 2011, 5:13AM
not really my cup of tea.

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Post image for austin day two

after getting settled in at the house on thursday night, we walked to a nearby restaurant called z tejas for a delicious dinner outside under tree-strung lights…

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the guacamole was amazing.

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i woke up friday morning to the soft strumming of guitar and came downstairs to find our hair and makeup artists dennis and deanna, who got in late the night before.  not a bad way to wake up!

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coffee on the front porch as the sun comes up…i could do this every day.

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models ashley smith and anastasia khodkina arrive for the first day of shooting!

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while waiting for shooting to get started ashley picked up one of the guitars at the house and started playing…it was such a beautiful moment.

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we’re working with austin-based photographer alexandra valenti – i am such a huge fan of her work, so it was really exciting to meet her. she has amazing style, too!

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we went to this rad venue called mohawk, located on red river street.

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anastasia gets touched up before shooting.

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two members of local band the happen-ins, who are friends with alexandra valenti. i can’t get over that california raisins tank!

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the band introduced us to the michelada, a concoction of tecate beer, bloody mary mix and lime – apparently you can’t come to austin and not try one! it’s interesting, that’s for sure :)

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that’s all for now! today i am breaking away from the crew to go exploring…stay tuned!

Lew -Apr 21, 2011, 4:21PM
Michelada's are my favorite! A friend of mine from Mexico City introduced me to them and now it's my drink of choice.
ely -Apr 18, 2011, 11:17PM
Michelada it's the best! We drink it all the summer here in Monterrey, Mexico.. you need to try the "clamato" =)

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Post image for work is love made visible

sometimes artwork is a lot more complex than it might appear at first glance, and that is certainly the case with these paintings by mark warren jacques.  don’t get me wrong, i love the colors and patterns and imagery he creates but even just knowing the titles to these pieces gives them a much more meaningful context.

“work is love made visible”

“i wasn’t there when you made it but i feel like i’m there when i’m lookin at it.”

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“you and me and our perpetual emotion”

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“suddenly we meet”

4daydreaming

“a daydream / spacing out”

5dangle

“the things i think, they dangle from me like this.”

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“smile in the morning, everyday is a beautiful day.”

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“tonight we are the moon, glowing in the light of the sun, and woman you are my shelter, happy for the warmth of my fire.”

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“the feeling of forgetting”

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“falling into love”

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“this is all i know”

go see more here!



Keely -Apr 18, 2011, 9:42PM
He is my fav! I love the cosmic/tribal feel to his works...kinda puts you in a trance when you look at them. and of course I love all the colors!
Kate -Apr 17, 2011, 7:26PM
These are amazing!! www.sweet-louise.blogspot.com

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