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karlee bloomfield is a talented gal- she plays keyboard and sings backup for the quincy mumford band, who make music they describe as “earnest pop with a touch of funk and a saltwater twang.” in addition to being the house band at jersey’s historic stone pony they’re on the lineup for a couple of big festivals this year, including gathering of the vibes (in connecticut) and musikfest (in bethlehem, PA). karlee happens to be a big fan of free people and in interviewing her for the blog i learned she’s also pretty rad :)

hey karlee!!

how long have you been playing keyboards?
i have been playing keyboards since i was old enough to sit on a piano bench all by myself. my parents bought a digital grand piano, about a year before i was born – my mom said she had a feeling that she should put a piano in the house. the fact that she thought that is still kind of wild to me.  as a toddler, i was fascinated by all the controls on the piano, and eventually i knew just how to work it so that i would get the sounds i wanted. it was pretty much my favorite toy growing up. i started taking formal lessons at the age of 5, and have been playing and taking lessons ever since, so that makes it about twelve years now.

when i was seven years old, i met andy letke, who became my piano teacher and later my most important mentor…he is still my teacher today.  i study classical Piano, and attend an after school program where i study bass guitar, drums and vocals.

my true love is playing and jamming with my band.  i absolutely love the music we play.  we like to call it, “FEEL GOOD MUSIC”.  it is the kind of music that makes you feel happy when you listen to it. it is like a really great beach day!

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who are some of your personal musical influences?
page mcconnell from phish, john paul jones from led zeppelin, herbie hancock, jeff paris from keb mo’s band, and a local artist named matt wade. oh, and grace potter from grace potter and the nocturals, that girl can rock the hammond organ like no other female musician i know!  i actually played a show with her last year, which was a really cool experience.  VH1 filmed the show for a documentary about the influence of woodstock on today’s up and coming musicians – definitely an experience for the memory book!

if you could see any band (past or present) live in concert, who would it be?
i’d definitely have to say led zeppelin. their musicianship was amazing, plus robert plant was a hunk back in the day.

(i am totally with you on that one karlee!!)

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what is your favorite place that you’ve travelled to?
there are so many places, but i would have to say florida, because we traveled there as a band.  we’re like one big family on the road, we have so much fun together.  we have played down there a couple of times now, and the weather has always been perfect!  it is so nice to leave NJ when it is chilly, and in 20 hours be back in t-shirts and flip flops.  and i can honestly say that every time we play in florida or anywhere on the coast, i am always wearing my free people dresses :)

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if you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?
first and foremost my keyboard, second, an endless supply of fruit, and third would definitely be my diary!  i am a girl who loves to write, draw, eat fruit and play music – keeping it simple!

how would you describe your personal style? what are some of your favorite free people items?
i am a hippie chick through and through. i love wearing little dresses, and as a matter of fact one of my favorite dresses is a floral free people dress with gold trim on it (the ends in sequins dress). it’s so cute, and looks great on stage! in fact, i just wore it to a show we played at.

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winter, spring, summer or fall?
i really don’t enjoy the cold weather too much. i love playing out on a warm, breezy summer night – that  is the best feeling in the entire world to me.

what is your motto?
whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.

what inspires you on a daily basis?
the desire to improve my art, to bring as many people into my life as possible, and to be happy and to make others happy!

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what’s coming up for the quincy mumford band?
this summer, the quincy mumford band is up to some great things.  we are looking forward to playing the main stage at the gathering of the vibes festival in connecticut july 29th -aug 1st. at the festival we will be playing with some of the biggest names such as: furthur, robert randolph, damian marley and so many others. we are counting down the days to this festival! i am sure there will be lots of people in free people clothing there. in addition, we are already scheduled to play the summer stage in asbury park opening for umphrey’s mcgee and donavon frankenreiter. we are also the house band for the legendary stone pony in asbury park (home of bruce springsteen), where we host “feel good thursday”, every other thursday -we’re creating a little mini-festival vibe there.

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check out our facebook page, myspace, and website for more news and shows!

thanks again, it has been great to chat with the free people community. keep it free!

and now check out the video for their song “lifted”!

Debbie -Jun 09, 2010, 10:40AM
A rockin' free spirit - who always looks fabulous!!
katherine -Jun 09, 2010, 12:06AM
Stay Free!!!! Stay happy! I'm with you on those warm breezy summer nights!

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for our latest trend, “summer nights,” our team headed over to penn treaty park which is located in fishtown, philadelphia, on the bank of the delaware river. it was a warm night in early june as the sun went down and the ben franklin bridge twinkled in the backround…

…and then the cops showed up.

fortunately, once they laid eyes on our gorgeous model renata and our team explained what they were doing, they were happy to help out – they turned on their red and blue lights which added to the mood of the setting, giving it the feel of an outdoor disco, and made for a pretty great story!

you can see the tint of their red lights pretty well in this photo:

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our team also brought along some sparklers :)

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i think the above and below photos are incredible.

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read about the summer nights trend here, and shop it here!

Kayla -Jun 10, 2010, 12:54PM
This is my ideal summer wardrobe! Fabulous. And I love that summer means fireworks. My sister and I have been driving around with fireworks in our backseat since New Mexico, but haven't had time to let them go.

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a stellar batch of photos from our friends on facebook…you guys are amazing, keep them coming!

i love that tattoo in the last photo…

Emma -Jul 29, 2010, 10:53AM
i had no idea these got posted to a blog, that's me in the last two, thanks so much for putting them up <3
-Jun 07, 2010, 9:10PM
love photo number 9 the sea fused with the incredible nature! congratulations and to the photographer to not many people have that eye to capture the moment. nomada

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we want to give you a closer look at home office style!  featuring our lovely assistant designer of we the free graphics! Read more »

heather -Jun 03, 2010, 9:19PM
i need that dress!
Bronwyn -Jun 03, 2010, 5:17PM
love the details on the outfit -- keep up the awesomeness, free peeps

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i’ve never been much of a heel girl but i love some of our platforms right now! such great summer shoes. which ones do you love most?

the slingback wood platform:

the distressed leather platform:

the roma knotted strap platform by cynthia vincent:
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joni’s platform:
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or the diego printed platform:
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take your pick!

the winner of last week’s swim poll was the patch printed one piece with 23%! the printed v wire bikini was a close second.

emt training -Jun 05, 2010, 12:59AM
I’ve recently started a blog, the information you provide on this site has helped me tremendously. Thank you for all of your time & work.

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we are completely obsessed with these adorable ikat boho sacks, specially  made for free people by cleobella.  they just might be the best beach bags i’ve ever seen!

take a closer look at the fabric and colors, they’re really beautiful:

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i will definitely be purchasing one of these beauties, the only problem is deciding which one!

which color do you guys like best??

check them out online here.

Laura -Jun 04, 2010, 2:25PM
Absolutely love the bags and I agree it's so hard to choose a color they are all great. Off to Free People today to see if they have them yet, might get 2. thanks
Jane -Jun 04, 2010, 12:54PM
The purple & orange are stunning - but then again they all are! <3

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last week i told you all about the trip fp jemma and i took to NYC for the day to visit some of our stores. well we had a small window of free time before our train back to philly so we hit williamsburg in brooklyn for a quick shopping session at stella dallas. this was my first time visiting the vintage store and i could have spent all day browsing the racks and rummaging through boxes in search of antique treasures. i love the smell of vintage stores…like your grandparents attic mixed with an old library of yellowed, crackling books. you always know you’re going to find something special and what that find will be is the mystery.

here are some photos from our shopping excursion…

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what was my big find? i was absolutely smitten with the vintage rock tees hanging all over the store- so it broke my heart a little when i saw the sign saying they were part of the owner’s private collection and not for sale…. until I found a rack in the back with a sweet pink floyd t-shirt that i grabbed and would not let go of!

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here’s another tip – follow up a day of vintage shopping with food and drinks at blackbird – a charming little corner spot on bedford ave that i would love to spend hours in, reading a book and people watching.  it’s got a great atmosphere with wooden shelves lined with books and an old wooden bar full of character.

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i love brooklyn.

Kayla -Jun 10, 2010, 1:06PM
I will definitely take these recommendations to heart when my sister and I reach NYC! We've spent a lot of time exploring Manhattan in the past, and are eager to find some Brooklyn treasures.
Kristina -Jun 05, 2010, 12:49PM
I was just at stella dallas last week! Got some great sunglasses :) It's my new favorite store in wilburg!

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first of all thank you so much to everyone who participated in our boho mom contest! we got some amazing submissions which made it extremely difficult to select a winner, but we held a vote and the grand prize and runner up have been selected!

our grand prize winner, who gets the awesome prize of having their mom’s outfit recreated by free people, was submitted by heather:

and our runner up, who gets a $100 gift card, was submitted by india:

i love them both! congrats, ladies :)

megs -Jun 02, 2010, 1:15PM
Amazing entries! YAY!
-Jun 02, 2010, 12:44PM
The second is sooooo BOHO! The first will most likely sell quite well! Can't wait to see the design Fp comes up with! ;-)

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she’s the body conscious party girl who always seems to find herself with an occasion to dress up, put on some heels and flutter her lashes. her coolness exudes confidence and she and her friends draw attention from every corner. a night on the town, dinner and drinks with girlfriends, and daytime shopping are her favorite pastimes, mixed in with a drop of boy fun. sometimes it’s a mystery where you’ll find her, but she’ll catch your eye when you do.

she is ginger and her summer getaway is the city that never sleeps – new york. she is in her element among the crowds and stops traffic wherever she goes.  a day of shopping is capped off with drinks with her girlfriends overlooking the sparkling city lights.  she only returns to her suite as the sun comes up. located in chelsea, the xx suite is stylish yet affordable, with plenty of room for her to bring back some friends for a late night dance party before tired heads hit the pillow, in need of a good beauty sleep.

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for her getaway ginger makes  sure to pack plenty of body con items to wear out on the town, with killer heels and eye catching jewelry.  the only other thing she needs are some skinny jeans and a cute top for brunch and daytime shopping excursions.

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1. rainbowed druzy ring; 2. solid dinner time dress; 3. solid poison ivy tunic; 4. golden sunburst cuff; 5. chiffon and mesh slip and siwy hannah crop skinny jeans; 6. dallas studded side sling; 7. fontana platform wedged heel; 8. easy corset slip.

shop all our temptress items here!

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there was office style…

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sam wanted to be in the photo.

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we voted for our favorite photos for the august catalog…

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there was a birthday celebration for one of our visual display artists…

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fritz looks up from his comfy bed…

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this requires some explanation. we had a sample sale today (when employees can purchase old clothing samples) and sometimes they have leftover samples that they package into “mystery boxes” that we can then buy for $5 or $10. what you’re seeing is some mystery box styling!

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…and an orange flag appeared in our lobby :) go flyers!!!

-May 29, 2010, 11:27AM
haha great pics
Geneveiev McGuigan -May 28, 2010, 6:12PM
i looooove her dead shirt (blond girl in 4th pic) so jealllllous!!!!

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memorial day weekend is almost here! it’s the first unofficial weekend of the summer, and you know what that means…time to hit the beach! which of these bathing suits would you love to wear this weekend and all summer long?

the printed v wire bikini:

the ruffle triangle bikini:

the patch printed one piece:
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the solid high waisted bikini:
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the modern haze printed bikini:
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or the patchwork triangle bikini:
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vote on!

the winner of our tribal jewelry poll was the porto santo necklace :)

Brittany -May 28, 2010, 5:40PM
I second Joss's comment. Do us a favor and design cute suits for skinny girls with boobs!!!
joss -May 28, 2010, 9:48AM
I don't think that my 32DD's are fitting into any of those unfortunately. bikini season is a trial for the busty.

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a sneak peak of what is to come from our august catalog shoot…

believe me, it will take your breath away.

-May 29, 2010, 11:21AM
unbelievable. cant wait to see more

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