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i’ve got cabin fever! i love all of these outfits from our lodge lookbook and they’re making me want to load up on layers and spend a weekend at a lodge with a fireplace and lots of hot chocolate. which of these looks do you guys like best?

look one:

look two:

look three:
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look four:
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look five:
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look six:
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look seven:
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look eight:
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click on each image to see details on the items in the look! now vote :)

the winner of last week’s party shoe poll was the velvet crusher peeptoe with 32%.

Jenny -Nov 23, 2010, 8:38AM
Hi, I have to get a belt like that with loads of colours. I got inspiration from these pictures and then borrowed my flatmates belt, to do the outfit thats on my blog now. http://www.1yearof2hand.com/2010/11/where-is-the-summer/ Thanks for the inspiration and a great blog!
bravegrrl -Nov 20, 2010, 1:42AM
love all these looks! my favorite is #7 though!!!! she is absolutely gorgeous!

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the dramatic landscape of iceland was the perfect backdrop for the final chapter of our november catalog, wrap me in a sweater.  rocky cliffs, open fields, wild horses, snow-capped glaciers, icy blue water that blends into the sky and a dreamy mist settling over it all…

…these photos taken by our producer don’t even look real.

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i love this photo of our creative director.

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claudia -Dec 15, 2010, 10:15PM
Wow!!!Beautiful pictures...makes me want to go to photography school and of course to Iceland.
Roxanne -Nov 20, 2010, 10:46AM
Can't wait to get it in the mail :)

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as mentioned, chapter six of our november book was shot by eric kvatek.  whenever i find out who is shooting our catalogs i immediately look up their websites to check out their work, because our team always picks such amazing photographers to work with.  well this one is no different- here’s some of his photography that i love.

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eric also shot our october 2008 catalog which featured we the free and is one of my personal favorites:

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i think he does an amazing job integrating the models and clothing and the surrounding landscape in his work.

here he is with model jessica mau in iceland during the shoot (via his blog):

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i love these off duty shots he took of jessica mau and julia hafstrom:

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view more of his work here!

supergirl -Nov 20, 2010, 9:10AM
The girls in the pictures must be models!
3D Martin -Nov 18, 2010, 3:14AM
Ohhh, what impressive photos!

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It’s that time again when the stores start to become filled with sexy little numbers to begin your party season. I was out shopping in Philly this weekend and was overwhelmed by how many choices I had.

So I went home and started to arrange my thoughts on how I want my party look to be.

The idea I have in mind is a tight body con worn with heels, red lipstick and a signature necklace. I have to make this look my own by teaming it with a leather jacket and lace shawl. To finish off this look I MUST own OPI’S ‘mad as a hatter’ nail colour –  it’s part of a range based on Alice in Wonderland and I need it on my finger tips everyday during holiday season!!!

So here’s my Party look number 1… I’m sure there’s going to be many more to follow!

Supergirl -Nov 17, 2010, 10:43PM
Very beautiful! Beautiful girl has goods figure with beautiful dress.
Matty Ellis -Nov 17, 2010, 2:20PM
I love this idea! where is the shawl from it is so beautiful! xx

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chapter five: grab a bag

“a variety to take on all life’s adventures. soft leathers and great details, in an assortment of lengths. These lovely items won’t add extra baggage but instead complete your perfect look.”

this section features some of our amazing bags for the season, on their own and worn by model zippora seven! she was shot here at our office in philly by our photographer anthony nocella- i ran into them shooting on my way back from getting coffee one day and was a little star struck by zippora!

i love the creedence messenger – its so unique and could fit everything you’d need for a weekend getaway.  i would wear it with the lace maxi and striped tee and beanie for a look that’s a little bit grunge. i also love the idea of wearing a rugged brown satchel with some of our pretty holiday  items to toughen them up!

items pictured: directions in lace maxi skirt, we the free striped burnout long sleeve, hunting for fairisle tall sock, isara ring, oversized pom beanie, creedence messenger, victorian loves lace dress, victoria rose blouse, stag satchel.

chapter six: wrap me in a sweater

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“icelandic air was perfect for cuddling up in cozy textures and soft yarns.  wrap up in a sweater and let the cold air breeze sweep past you. these glorious sweaters will add comfort to your winter days.”

the final chapter of the november book was shot by photographer eric kvatek in iceland! when i first saw the photos i was speechless.  models julia hafstrom and jessica mau are stunning on their own but when combined with the dramatic icelandic landscape it really was taken to another level. i love the idea of styling the sweaters with lots of layered intimates items – over top of slips or the lacey skort, with tights and socks.

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items pictured: kristal’s ombre hat, fuzzy oversized pullover, lacey layering skort, peruvian pattern legwarmer, cross my heart cardigan, vintage charm slip, dotted mesh layering top, lace inset flare.

stay tuned for more behind the scenes from iceland!

elizete serra -Apr 10, 2012, 2:44PM
i need grab a bag.

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when we launched our holiday boutiques this month, i told you guys about a special section for blogger picks, featuring jemma and my favorite items. well today i wanted to share some new additions- we asked a few of our favorite bloggers to pick their favorites as well – here they are!

chantal of cocorosa – i’ve been following her blog for a while now but i had the pleasure of meeting her a few months ago and she is seriously adorable!  if you want to know what she’s like check out this video on her blog. i love people who don’t take themselves too seriously! and she always looks amazing- i think she can pull of any look!

shop chantal’s picks here.

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we met dylana of nana in wonderland when we worked with her and her sister natalie on our october catalog, and we fell in love with both of them! her style is a lovely combination of classic and vintage with a modern twist. she’s also a great photographer and she can play guitar and sing!

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shop dylana’s picks here.

gemma

gemma of fade to black – i’ve been hooked on her blog ever since i discovered it! she has amazing style – like bohemian meets new york cool.  and she’s got serious artistic talent- check out the dreamcatcher she drew!

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shop gemma’s picks here.

i love seeing everyone’s different picks! view all of the blogger wishlists here.

fp jemma -Nov 15, 2010, 4:28PM
awesome, awesome I love these blogger's style!!!

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Our skinny cords are the perfect fit for your everyday. I like them tucked into riding boots for an elegant silhouette. To me they are the best bottom to have this winter, I’m spoilt with choice with the colour palette though, can’t quite figure out which ones I want AH!

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Karen -Nov 18, 2010, 7:35PM
Where can we get the cords and thermal top?
-Nov 13, 2010, 2:16PM
FP cords are the best!

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on jemma: velvet victorian jacket, anna boots, rider felt hat and stag satchel.

on julia: cross my heart cardigan, lacey layering skort, shaggy pom pom hat, boots coming soon.

fp julia -Nov 15, 2010, 9:38AM
thanks guys :) kelsey- yes they are! they're awesome :)
-Nov 13, 2010, 7:50PM
so i saw fpjemma in anthropologie today in philly....i was a little starstruck to be honest. i regret not introducing myself! but you both look beautiful!

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our assistant buyers and one of our planners wearing their favorite shoes from fp at the moment!

from left to right: the rambler hi moccasin, the bullet boot, the lea fringe boot and the roper field boot.

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i love them all but those rambler mocs…man i want them!

Jenny Lopez -Nov 12, 2010, 2:18PM
I love the booties with fringe!
Hannah -Nov 12, 2010, 11:45AM
The girl on the right is wearing a Forever21 shirt:)

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Post image for a brand we love: the battalion

as a vegetarian, i often find myself in a bit of a conundrum when it comes to some clothing. i love the look and feel of leather jackets, and lately i’ve been thinking about purchasing one, but a part of me always feels guilty. am i a true vegetarian if i wear a leather jacket? is that hypocritical? sure i could buy a fake leather jacket…but they never seem to look as cool as the real ones.

the battalion has come along and solved my problem, by creating “vegan” leather pants and jackets that look just as good as, or better than, the real thing. i decided to find out a little bit more about the company and wow…i am in love.

the battalion specializes in knits and woven fabrics that are eco-friendly, primarily rayon, bamboo, organic cotton, promodal, recycled polyester, veggie fur, veggie leather, and cruelty free “peace” silk.

here’s a brief interview with battalion founder linda wong!

What inspired you to start the battalion?

I see clothes as something more than adornment of oneself but as the foundation of one’s creativity and personal expression.  I started The Battalion as a vehicle to communicate that vision.

Have you always been passionate about fashion and designing? How would you describe your personal style?

My first love is drawing and creating.  As I acquired the technical skills of clothes making, I fell in love with fashion design. My style is exactly like how I design.  It has to be comfortable but not boring.  It is relevant to popular and sub cultures, and full of narratives

What environmental issue are you most passionate about?

The Battalion is a member of The Nature Conservancy and 1% for the Planet.  We are passionate about preserving nature.  We also recognize that in order to make a fundamental difference with environmental issues, we have to encourage the right environmental policies to be in place.  We mobilize our fans via twitter, facebook to get out the vote for all issues that will better our environment.  Lastly and most importantly, we are promoting the benefits of wearing faux fur.  It is not only ethical, but it is more beautiful and alluring to wear something where no animals were hurt in the process.

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I read that the inspiration for the AW10 collection is landscape, desert and a wolf named Indio. Can you explain this a little bit more?

Years ago, my design partner worked in the costume department of one of Wim Wenders movies.  His movies were known for it’s beautiful imageries of Americana.  Recently I found a road atlas he left behind with detailed notes of routes he had taken during the scout.   So we went on a road trip, following the routes from Los Angeles, to Palm Desert, through Las Vegas, up to Monument Valley in Utah and down to Sedona, Arizona.   The collection is the reflection of our epic trip.  And yes, we met a wolf name Indio in the desert whom inspired our expanded faux fur collection.

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What’s next for the battalion? Is there anything you can share that you’re working on now and are really excited about?

For Spring 2011 we have some beautiful hand crochet pieces that are made in a very new way.  Instead if using yarns, we crochet our ultra soft and light weight jersey fabrics.

The results are beautiful and delicate looking tops and dresses with self-crochet details. We are also making new versions of our best seller, The Battalion knit pants with buckle trims, motorcycle details, and some secret ingredients.  More to come!

view the battalion items available at freepeople.com here.

thank you linda!

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diana -Nov 12, 2010, 1:02PM
wow, this is great, I am also a vegetarian and I have the same problem as u, I just love the way lether looks and feels but I feel guilty every time I even think of purchasing such an item and this is just the fix for me, what an inspirational post:)

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i’m normally not a big heels person but we have some amazing party shoes right now that i would absolutely wear if i could walk in them… which ones do you like best?

the velvet crusher peeptoe:

the sicily lace up heels:
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the luna pump:
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the foxy fabric platform:
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or the victorian lace ankle bootie:
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time to vote!

last week’s party lookbook poll had a huge turnout- i think the largest for any thursday poll! it was close between looks three and five, but five took it with 25% – i wonder if the cute pup had something to do with it? :)

kat -Nov 11, 2010, 10:17PM
seriously to die for.
Tiffany -Nov 11, 2010, 4:14PM
Love them all!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XOXO, http://outfitidentifier.com/

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Post image for how to style: the lace maxi

one of our interns from the summer (in the blue shirt and floppy hat) has done some modeling for us, and she was in the studio last week to do some special shots for our website. she asked her college roommate to come along and we just so happened to be doing a how to style session and thought… why not use both of them? they looked adorable and had such great energy together :) here they are showing different ways to wear the directions in lace maxi slip!

left: here the lace slip is worn over top of the point d’esprit maxi slip, with the familiar chambray shirt and disordered fur vest over top. accessorized with the janis brimmed wool tall hat (which our stylists added some feathers to – i love!), sullivan suede belt and roper field boot.

right: for a more “lou” look, pair the skirt with a plaid shirt and some stripes tied around the waist for an added clash.  she’s also wearing the thriller moto boot and slouchy beanie. pile on some cuffs on the wrists to toughen up the look!

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left: the lace maxi is worn over top of the patterned diamonds dress, accessorized with the beaded beanie, vintage obi belt and fatale platform boots.

right: you can never have too much lace! pair the maxi with the lace mock neck top and treasured days cardigan, with the lacey layering skort under the slip. she’s also wearing the sovereign crystal pendant. boots coming soon.

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here the slip is again worn over the point d’espirit maxi slip, with the seamless tupelo honey top and fp one season’s sparkle bralette, topped off with the fp one shimmers of holiday vest. she’s also wearing the lennon topper hat, sullivan suede belt, all dolled up anklet and solvang clog.

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and last but not least, the slip looks amazing as a dress! worn here over top of a seamless tube, with the twisted in chains necklace, adjustable admiral belt and velvet crusher peeptoe.

can you believe these girls aren’t real models? they look gorgeous!

karen -Nov 15, 2010, 10:34AM
the skirt aside which is fabulous, btw!~you are right- these gals are 2CUTE4 words! they've got it all goin' on there- tell them they should quit their day jobs!
Sarah -Nov 15, 2010, 9:41AM
oh! I really love the last look! Great how versatile this skirt is!

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