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i didn’t include these in the guide but one thing you’ll notice in paris are the amazing metro station entrances and their art nouveau design. they’re beautiful – they really put our subway stations here in philly to shame! the metro scenes in our catalog were shot at the station on ile de la cite:

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behind the scenes photos by thomas northcut, other metro station photos from here.

Eva -Jan 13, 2011, 10:07AM
I'm a lover of the underground in any place I've been (thanks London!), ha! But Paris's metro system is really pretty, I agree!
Jeannie -Jan 12, 2011, 11:30PM
I'm OBSESSED with the graffiti stairwell photo! I wish I could buy it as a print!

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from the moment i set foot in the streets of paris and gazed around, wide-eyed, at the most beautiful architecture and scenery i had ever seen, i made a silent promise to myself that i would one day live there.  growing up, i was very lucky to have the opportunity to spend a lot of time in paris as my dad taught a course at a university there in the summer – we would fly out towards the end and spend time in paris before driving south to spend a couple of weeks in a house we rented from a friend in provence.

nothing ever captured my imagination quite like paris… i wanted to soak it all in. i learned about the architecture, the art, learned my way around its winding streets, and eventually learned the language.  it’s a fascinating city and culture and i know that i will find myself back there one day, living in my little apartment in montmartre …the shutters open so i can listen to the sounds on the street as i paint, read and write to my heart’s content.

should you find yourself in paris, or if you want to get more familiar with the city, we’ve put together a free people guide to paris that you can download from our flickr page!  these are our favorite places to stay, eat, shop and hang out while in the city of lights. hope you enjoy!

view large sizes and download the guide at our flickr page.

all photos in the guide were taken by thomas northcut while our team was in paris shooting our catalog, with the exception of the following:
page 11, page 12 (marche aux fleurs photo), page 13, page 15, page 16 (park photo and cemetery photo), page 17, page 19, page 20 (hotel apostrophe photo), page 23 (top and bottom left photos), page 24 – all of which were found via google image search.

oh and stay tuned for an insider look at paris from gauthier, the male model in our january catalog, and michelle, a model we love who spends a lot of time in paris!

vintage clothing store -Jan 12, 2011, 1:32AM
I like all photos. So beautiful!Thank you !
Paige -Jan 12, 2011, 1:30AM
random fact: just discovered the free flickr page and now am now officially obsessed :)

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as if having one genius photographer in a household wasn’t enough – guy aroch’s wife, anna palma, is also an incredibly talented photographer. our senior stylist told me about her, and sent along some photos and a video that she shot. what struck me about her work was somewhat similar to why i love her husband’s work- it feels very natural and un-posed. she has a talent for capturing the essence of childhood- imagination, playfullness and fun. this video is amazing- i love the song choice (yeasayer’s ambling alp)!

“XOXO” directed by Anna Palma from SWELL on Vimeo.

and here are some of the gorgeous photos that accompany the video:

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see more at her website!

Carole Hickman -Jan 12, 2011, 7:04PM
this is the most absolute cutest thing. My children will no doubt be this amazing, natural, fun and loving towards each other! what talent Anna has! if i ever did photography more than just a hobby, i would want my images to give people this exact same feeling.:)
Ray -Jan 12, 2011, 12:05AM
this is the most absolute cutest thing. My children will no doubt be this amazing, natural, fun and loving towards each other! what talent Anna has! if i ever did photography more than just a hobby, i would want my images to give people this exact same feeling.:)

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when i heard that our january catalog was being shot in paris by guy aroch, i knew before even seeing it that it was going to be amazing. i’ve been a fan of his work for some time now and have a lot of his photos saved in my inspiration folder.  in addition to his knack for beautiful lighting and rich colors, he has a magical way of capturing a fleeting moment.  looking through our paris book i don’t see a catalog, i see a photo diary of two girls’ adventure through paris as if they were being followed around and photographed without knowing. here’s some more of guy’s inspiring work (some featuring model elsa hosk, one of our january catalog models!).

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go see more of his beautiful work here. the images of guy shooting our paris catalog were taken by thomas northcut.

kaylyn gray -Jan 11, 2011, 2:58AM
i'm in love with these photos. i went to france as a gift two years ago for christmas/new years. It's always been my dream to study in france and these photos are so inspirational! i love them, this photographer is awesome and so is the video on the free people home page! simply amazing :)
-Jan 11, 2011, 1:05AM
love the items on this month's catalog, very beautiful. a bit expensive, gonna have to wait for the sale. p.s., his new model is absoluetly beautiful and has a peaceful face http://images1.freepeople.com/is/image/FreePeople/20332680_014_a?$detail-item$ keep her!

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i’m completely smitten with this artwork by danna ray… the colors and mood she creates are so dreamy, i just want to crawl into her paintings and live in them.

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check out her website here.

emily -Jan 09, 2011, 5:13PM
love these, third down reminds me completely of Into The Wild
Lauren -Jan 08, 2011, 7:58PM
Oh I love these! Especially the one with the girl walking across the fallen tree trunk. Also the one with the camper in the woods - is it raining? I love the combination of washed out watercolor, muted grays, and then WALA! A bright spot! Beautiful.

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some of our arizona fp girls were featured on azcentral.com for their awesome style! check it out:

left: brianna from tempe AZ, wearing the off the shoulder tunic pullover. personal style? girly and bohemian. must-have beauty product? nars blush.

right: zoe from scottsdale, AZ, wearing the floral cozy vintage coat. personal style? flats, florals, skinnies. must-have beauty product? mac “ruby woo” lipstick.

left: michaela from tempe, AZ. personal style? urban meets contemporary. must-have beauty product? mac foundation.

right: colby from gilbert, AZ, wearing the windows of lace top. personal style? vintage inspired. must-have beauty product? philosophy hope in a jar.

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pretty paper lanterns that went up in our stores in the interim between holiday and spring display. these pics are from our dallas store.

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how adorable is this little girl modeling her wee people dress and boots? a little fashion blogger in the making!

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cute kitty in a pile of fp bags, from our bellevue store :)

klang -Jan 31, 2011, 1:35PM
these are sooo cool. does anyone know what shirt that is with the paper lanterns? i really like it. also, what happens to all of the displays once they are no longer in use?
dragon fruit -Jan 07, 2011, 5:29PM
i love the FP arizona store these girls are all so sweet and of course, stylin' always! xo

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our makeup artist wearing a vintage dress she found at a sidewalk sale outside someones stoop – i love how she paired it with striped socks and boots! she looks awesome.

and i stumbled upon our senior stylist packing for paris- she and another stylist are heading back to shoot our january lookbook, which i’ll tell you guys more about soon! that suitcase is stuffed to the brim with lookbook outfits :)

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and here they are on their way out, traveling in style!

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à bientôt!

Mina -Jan 14, 2011, 3:21AM
Free People should totally stock Fiorentini + Baker boots (like the boots in the first pic). They're the best!
jasmin -Jan 08, 2011, 4:38PM
omg, that leopard printed poncho wrap is seriously my favorite thing ever (that the senior stylist has with her) I saw it at urban and my gut told me to get it! yay. cant wait for the new catalog, counting down! xxoxo, Jasmin Free People Hollywood

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i am sooooo ready for spring and summer… it doesn’t help that we have the most amazing selection of bathing suits in our swim shop! which of these swim styles is your favorite?

the solid sophia top/senorita bottoms:

the lattice bikini:
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the esmerelda one piece:
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the mantauk reversible bikini:
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or the vacancy bustier bikini:
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Sarah -Jan 08, 2011, 5:57AM
I'll have them all... THANK YOU!!! :)
Samantha -Jan 07, 2011, 5:09PM
TAVIK ALL THE WAY!!!!!

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our videographer snapped these photos jenny lopez when they were out to dinner last night- doesn’t she look amazing? i actually really love how the photos are slightly blurry, they add to the vintage look of her outfit!

p.s. jenny did a really cute post on her blog yesterday about  packing light when she travels, featuring some really cute pics taken at our home office! check it out here.

kiki -Jan 11, 2011, 2:18AM
she always has the besttt vintage skirts!!
-Jan 06, 2011, 11:49PM
Gorgeous! I love her outfit! www.themoptop.com

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i am so excited to finally show you a sneak peek of our january catalog, shot in paris by guy aroch, featuring models elsa hosk and martha hunt. i know i always say this, but this really is my favorite catalog ever. here’s a little preview in some beautiful behind the scenes photos taken by thomas northcut.

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that last photo is downright amazing.

the catalog drops on tuesday january 11, stay tuned!

-Jan 08, 2011, 11:36AM
honestly my dream is to be in these catalogs...lucky girls!
er -Jan 07, 2011, 6:44PM
this will def. be one of my favorites eeeek:D

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I’ve been obsessing over hats lately like crazy. I see so many cute pictures of girls wearing them with prairie dresses, rock T-shirts and polka dots. Whenever I throw on a hat I feel like a different person… like I’m in character… it’s kinda fun. It makes me feel like I need to be a performer for the day!! I think I need one in my life. There are so many adorable styles out there.

The look I’m chasing at the moment on the hat front is that naïve folksy look, the prairie look made accidentally cool. Mixing a hippie dress with a polka dot shirt, then either a bowler hat or fedora or if I just wanted an easy care free day – a vintage rock tee, dirty denims and yep topped off with any hat.

I gotten hat crazy this month but my life has been made easy with the great selection that is right here on our web.

The Hat Shop

Leslie -Apr 24, 2011, 4:05PM
This is the best place from where I got the iPad 2 at cheap price. Thanks for sharing the link. http://hubpages.com/hub/ipad--2
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i am very excited to announce our next book club read - just kids by patti smith! a couple of you recommended this book but it was literally yesterday during a conversation with our videographer that we chose it.   here is what she had to say about it…

i’d heard friends talking about patti’s book and how powerful/inspiring/mesmerizing it was…
coincidentally i got tickets to see her play in new york for the new year.
i’m not much of a reader anymore, but…
i started the book on sunday – after seeing her perform which was downright amazing – and stayed up til 1am tuesday to finish it.
i don’t even feel like i can conjure up words to say what she’s already said – though when i read the last page, i texted my good friend,
feeling compelled to say “good lord, there’s good work to be done.”
i haven’t been so moved by a book in maybe…ever.
you’ll want to throw away all of your fears and reservations and excuses and go for it –
it being whatever the heck you want your life to be.

ok sign me up! i can’t wait to start reading it.  i’ll give you all a week or so to get started and then i’ll start posting about it. in the meantime, here are some images of the impossibly cool patti smith.

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Abercrombie -Jan 10, 2011, 10:07AM
I'm reading it as well, i'd love to meet her in person.
The Animated Woman -Jan 09, 2011, 4:12PM
I'm reading this book now and loving the space between the words. I feel like I'm home.

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