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she’s a wanderer of the land.  her connection to the earth beneath her feet is strong- she feels the presence of those who walked here before her. this comes across in her style through her worn, ripped denim, heavy brown vintage leather and hair tangled up in braids. turquoise, rust and natural colors that come from the earth accent her jewelry and accessories. the open landscape of the southwest calls to her with its wild horses, dust storms and fields of cacti that burst with beautiful flowers. she hears music in the wind.

here are some images this trend brought to mind…

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check out our southwest boho shop here!

click on images for sources.

Shiela -Jul 20, 2010, 7:05PM
Love love love! It's post like this that remind me why I have a passion for fibers!
-Jul 20, 2010, 4:34PM
the clothes are absolutely gorgous and the photos are breath-taking. who's the photographer??

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this is the lovely georgia of the blog dora’s fur – doesn’t she look adorable? our creative design assistant snapped this photo of her yesterday. apparently the shorts used to be a skirt that she altered herself! they are super cute and i love the knotted shirt look- so effortless and cool for summer.

-Jul 18, 2010, 2:54PM
super web sight keep rocking

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there’s nothing better than summer nights when the sun goes down, you’re slightly sunburnt, and a chill takes over the air.  our selection of new cardigans are the perfect solution! which is your favorite?

the long sleeve everywhere jacket cardi:

the pin wheel cardi:

the we the free navajo cardigan:
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the le petit godard jacket:
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or the desert drifter cardi:
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the winner of our outfits poll was outfit number three with 44% of the vote!

Shannon -Jul 15, 2010, 10:32PM
Navajo cardi has such a nice shape to it that I voted for it even tho I hate the colours on it.
Breanna -Jul 15, 2010, 9:08PM
Pinwheel's my fav, might be on fault of the stunning model but I like to think not.

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our stylists’ picks for this week are the taverniti 5 pocket destroy cargo and the fritz bows & arrows clog!

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“these pants are so versatile – you can dress them up or down.  wear them with a graphic tee and a scarf for a cute casual look, or dress them up with the black seamless tupelo honey top, the fritz bows & arrows clog (our other pick for this week) and a dressy bag.  it’s great to see cargo pants in a skinnier fit so they can be sexy!  plus military is still going to be a huge trend this fall.”

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casual: we the free graphic wings tee; deck shoe.
dressy: seamless tupelo honey top; doub’s woven crossbody; fritz bows & arrows clog.

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“these clogs are SO comfortable! they look amazing with the sock trend that’s going on right now – they look really cute with over the knee or slouchy socks.  wear them now with cutoff shorts and a tank, and carry them into the fall with tights and a bodycon dress!”

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summer/casual: we the free lacey burnout tunic; cutoff skinny slouchruffle slouch sock.
fall/dressy: solid poison ivy tunic; opaque tights; graham & spencer open stitch sweater.

-Jul 15, 2010, 6:21PM
Love the clogs just wish they came in smaller sizes! boo hoo!

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our concept intern, anastasiya, put together this post on a trend she loves right now – and i love it too :)

I have always had a special spot for grunge, but lately that tenderness has grown into a full-fledged love for the style that was popularized in the nineties before staging its comeback in the twenty-first century. The utility and the comfort that accompanies the look is an instant winner, but the most fun aspect of grunge for me is the way that it makes me feel. I love that I can pull on a confused blend of loose thermal, torn jeans, floor-length skirt, give or take flannel, and go bare-faced out into the world and feel totally at ease. All insecurities dissolve, receding further into some forgotten trapdoor in the back of my mind each time that my hands re-inhabit the warm asylum of my too-long sleeves. In grunge there is no pretension—nothing to prove. It feels right.

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Free People’s incorporation of grunge is divine. I love the idea of injecting pretty, feminine lace into a look that is messy, low maintenance, and somewhat boyish by nature. It feels very fresh.

shop our new items here.

ellie -Jul 14, 2010, 7:25PM
beautifully written
Lindsay -Jul 14, 2010, 5:07PM
I love the campy casual feel :)

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our july catalog and its stunning location have really got me longing for a rugged hiking and camping vacation.  all I want to do is take off on a weekend with nothing but a rucksack on my back and explore the great outdoors.  i am a summer person but i am already dreaming about fall because i think that would be the perfect time of year to do this… hearing the crunch of the leaves beneath my feet, brisk morning air that still warms up to the sun, moonlit dips in a lake and drying off by a fire with a big cozy blanket wrapped around me…

here’s what i would bring:

1. vintage patched travels backpack; 2. fp super skinny cord; 3. we the free rugged trench coat; 4. portland lace up boot & cableknit tall sock; 5. motorcuff long sleeve scoop thermal; 6. eternal sunshine shirt; 7. southwest poncho.

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i would really love to hike the appalachian trail –maybe not the entire length (from maine to georgia or vice versa) but at least part of it. i had the opportunity to do this once in high school and i always kindof regretted not taking it.

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what is your favorite spot to go hiking? give me some ideas!!

-Jul 24, 2010, 10:06PM
in the d.c area great falls is a great regular spot. sugarloaf mtn MD is nice as well as anything in the blue ridge mtns
-Jul 19, 2010, 3:46PM
thank you fp julia! They are my best friend and hiking partners photos, jason. He is a gem! -heather

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Post image for office style and then some…

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we love this top!

we also had a birthday party which always means an impressive spread!

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check out that cake!

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pretty flowers :)

Tiffany -Jul 24, 2010, 11:01AM
Where are those boots from in the second and third pictures? I LOVE them :)
fp julia -Jul 12, 2010, 10:10AM
it's the free people crochet top unfortunately its no longer available!! :(

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we love these amber and macramé bracelets because not only are they beautiful but they have an amazing story behind them.

the bracelets are hand made by women in ecuador to raise money for the eden’s rose foundation.   this foundation is working to build job skills and sustainability in the impoverished outpost communities of tosagua, ecuador, and proceeds from the sale of these bracelets go directly towards building a basic needs center in tosagua to help young children in need.

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the region of tosagua, ecuador is affected by heavy flooding.

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each bracelet varies slightly in the color of the string, and they all feature columbian pre-andean amber. this is a rare and lovely amber that comes in a few different shades. some specimens include the fossil remains of the wood the amber was once attached to, and others have bugs and other creatures from the time period. most of this amber is from before the aquitanian age of the miocene period and some predates the formation of the andes!

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by purchasing one of these beauties you are not only getting an extremely unique and special item but you are helping a very worthy cause – what could be better than that?

find them right here.

to learn more about the macrame project, please visit http://www.facebook.com/EdensRose.

top image from sarah lewis jewelry, ecuador images from eden’s rose facebook page (link above).

Leon @ Macrame Project -Feb 12, 2012, 3:34AM
P.S. it is Columbia, South America
Leon @ Macrame Project -Feb 12, 2012, 3:32AM
Thank you FP for all of your support. Our foundation info has been improved and some of these bracelets are still available. If you want to know more about these bracelets visit the Macrame Project and the Eden's Rose Foundation.

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good morning! today i have a special treat for you – a guest post by the lovely and talented artist/designer kris chau! she has a really cool blog with illustrator hawk krall called “drawing for food” on which they review restaurants, food, and lots of hot dogs! and of course art makes its way in there too :) please enjoy this guest post from kris chau in which she interviews fellow artist rob sato!

Artist Series: Mr. Rob Sato

Rob Sato does not stop drawing. It actually gives me a huge complex about drawing. Why aren’t I drawing all the time too that I too need a special compartmentalized side satchel to hold my travel watercolor palette and brushes and various pens????? Then I look at his art and feel somewhat worthless and hide to eat my feelings. So with that introduction here is the amazing art of Rob Sato, eater, cook, drawer, and friend to Drawing For Food.

left: SweetBonesDeck–painting of Sweet Bones on skateboard

right: Satobites-imaginary food from my sketchbook

SweetBones–sketches for broken arm drumstick ice cream cone

DrawingForFood: What is your favorite dish your mom makes?

RobSato: Rum Cake.

DFF: What do you snack on for art deadlines?

RS: It used to be whiskey. When my body couldn’t take it anymore, I had to switch to almonds, bananas and water.

DFF: Do you make better art hungry or full? Why?

RS: Reasonably well fed is what works. Being too full makes me nod off over my work. A few times I’ve come-to with my face planted in a painting, drool pooling, and an unintended paint stroke streaking across the surface. I also fall into time warps after I eat where I suddenly become aware that I’ve been lying on the couch for hours reading or watching movies. On the other hand, being hungry causes panic, pacing, frantic snacking on weird food and long stares into the fridge. This can then lead to being overly full on snacks instead of simply preparing a decent meal. Every so often hunger mixed with creative blockage will drive me to the following menu, consumed in a near-zombie state wandering back and forth between the kitchen and the studio– It usually starts with a handful of nuts, then maybe a strip of beef jerky, soon a hand plunged into a box to eat cereal dry, more nuts, a bit of chocolate, an apple, a bag of baby carrots, cheese melted on toast, bites of cold gray dinner leftovers directly from the tupperware, a spoonful of peanut butter, a fried egg with more toast, more chocolate, just biting cheese directly off the block, a longing look at any alcohol in the house then maybe a beer, all the bananas, the remainder of the package of beef jerky, a few spoonfuls of ice cream, a cup of coffee in an attempt to shake it all off and calm the frenzy. Then a dreary, stupefied drawing session or an unintended, unsatisfying, guilt-ridden nap.

DFF: Wheres your favorite place to eat?

RS: With Ako, on our porch.

****DFF: coincidently this is one of Kris Chau’s favorite places to eat too…

DFF: If you could cut up and eat any artist in history to absorb their strengths and talents who would it be?

RS: This was a tough question. After much thought, the final and obvious choice is Leonardo Da Vinci. Absorbing him would deliver a massive load of skills and knowledge which I could mix with my own visual taste and pursuits. He does seem like he would taste pretty awful though. I’m not exactly sure why, but I’m imagining a combination of dust, dry burnt bread and bad, foul smelling cheese. The first artist that comes to mind who seems like they might actually have tasted good is Picasso. He reminds me of a cartoon drawing of a glistening ham. I’ve just disturbed myself.

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Ako with our dinner from the other night:
Sea Bass with miso marinade,
Tamago (japanese omelet)
brown rice,
avocados and pickled ginger.

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DiscountBurgers–stickers I found that look like burgers

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Ako with Thai Iced Coffee

And here is a recipe from Mr. Sato!

Chicken and Fruit Curry

2-4 tablespoons oil (canola, vegetable, peanut, or butter all work–amount varies depending on how greasy you want this)
2 medium onions, chopped
3 apples chopped into chunks (fuji or gala tend to be the least mealy, but all seem to work OK)
1 banana chopped into chunks (you can also use papaya or mango, or go with just apples but I prefer the banana)
1 cup tomato, diced
1 to 1 1/2 lbs chicken meat, cubed (about 2 breasts, or 4 cutlets, or 3 -4 thighs)
salt
2-3 tablespoons of curry powder
1/2 cup yogurt (optional)
hot pepper (optional)
soy sauce to taste, at least a tablespoon
handful of chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped mint leaves

1. Heat up the oil over medium heat in a large saucepan or skillet that you are able to cover

2. add the onions, stir occasionally, cook until they become soft, 5-10 minutes

3. lightly salt the onions and then add the curry powder, stirring into the onions until they are fully coated with the powder,

4. add the chicken, the fruit, tomatoes and hot pepper (if desired)and mix them into the onions

5. pour the 1/2 cup of yogurt over the mixture (if desired)

6. cover the pan and cook covered for 8-10 minutes

7. check to see if the apples have softened, if not, it will need a little longer to cook

8. once the apples are soft, uncover and raise the heat to medium-high. cook until the mixture thickens slightly, another minute or two.

9. add the soy sauce and continue cooking for one minute

10. taste, adjust soy sauce if necessary

11. Serve over white rice, season with a spoonful of fresh yogurt, the cilantro, and mint

you’re done.
serves 3-4

thanks chau!!

make sure you check out her blog drawing for food, it’s awesome :)

jordan -Jul 11, 2010, 11:38AM
so delicious and i love your work kris chau it is AMAZING!!!!
kendal croix -Jul 09, 2010, 9:50PM
looks so delicious.

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today we decided to try something new – fp jemma and i went over to the photo studio and did a little styling session to show you all some cute ways to wear the pointed maxi slip! our stylists put together some amazing outfits that i would NEVER think of,  i took the photos and jemma was our model!

look one – simple and sweet:

look two – out on the town:

look three – casual cool:

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look four – boyish layers:

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look five – sweet like candy:

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doesn’t she look great? click read more to see more photos and for details on what she’s wearing in each look!

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best facial cleanser -Jan 02, 2011, 4:41AM
Real nice ! Many thanks !
school grants -Aug 24, 2010, 3:03PM
this post is very usefull thx!

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free stylin’

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welcome to a new segment on the blog where i ask our stylists what items they love right now! they always have the best taste and what do you know, after talking with them i found myself wanting both of their choices…

their first pick? the rugby match knee sock!

all four ladies present agreed that these socks are the cutest – and incredibly versatile.  they’re super soft and the color combination is fun and new – they add a quirky pop to any outfit.  wear them with shorts and tennis shoes, or dress them up with a skirt and clogs.  it doesn’t matter how you wear them, they are bound to get noticed!

here they are (in navy) in our july catalog- i think they add a really cute boyish touch to the slip:

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their other pick for this week is the capri embroidered crossbody bag!

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they love the tribal print mixed with the leather strap and details, and it is the perfect size to hold everything you need for a quick overnight getaway.  the print is neutral enough that you can wear it with anything – it looks cute mixed with other printed items or just with bell bottoms and a tee, which is what our web stylist says she would wear!

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thanks ladies!

Breanna -Jul 14, 2010, 5:59PM
socks and crossbody tribal bag - awesome. those flare jean?pants in the last photo - TO DIE FOR! Definately the best pair of bell bottoms I've ever set my eyes on
anna -Jul 08, 2010, 10:50PM
I just ordered the Rugby Match Knee Sock in Navy! They look so cute online! I can't wait for them to come in the mail :)

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have you guys seen our new outfits page for july yet?! it’s awesome – you should check it out, when you hover over the images you can see a really cute little video :)

i love every single one of these looks. which of the following is your favorite??

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outfit two:

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outfit three:

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outfit four:

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outfit five:

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outfit six:

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i don’t know about you guys but i pretty much NEED every item in outfit two. the winner of last week’s bodysuit poll was the solid v tank bodysuit with 42% of the vote!

-Jul 11, 2010, 5:29PM
4 and 6 are my favorite!
Jamie -Jul 08, 2010, 5:52PM
3 and 4 are my FAVS!! Want them ALL!! ;-)

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