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how is everyone’s day going so far? ready for the thursday poll?

last week i asked about our rompers and we came extremely close to having a tie for the winner! the linen corset romper got 249 votes, and was just beat out by the we the free bookworm romper, which got 253 votes!

this week i’m really loving all the feather accessories we have in – they add such a natural, free-spirited touch to an outfit.  which do you like best?

the feather earrings:

the sienna earring:

the woodstock dangle earring:
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the leaping feather & chain necklace:
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the suede & feather chain necklace:
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the feather luck pendant:
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i love them all! those sienna earrings are making me actually consider getting my ears pierced… now vote away!

Tori -Mar 04, 2010, 2:43PM
They are all gorgeous... I love the use of natural elements. I did have to go with one of the necklaces though - my ears aren't pierced, but these earrings make me wish they were!
Johanna -Mar 04, 2010, 2:03PM
i already have the wooodstock earrings are gorgeous!! but i have to say the feather earrings are calling my name now,,,they are soo beaUTIFUL!!! :)))

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“don’t cry because it’s over.  smile because it happened.”  – dr. seuss

what was your favorite dr. seuss book?  mine was always the cat in the hat…i loved thing 1 and thing 2  :)

Emily -Mar 28, 2010, 10:26AM
I like "the Lorax" very much. Theres a quote I thought would go good on this site. My friend told me about it a while ago and we cried when we heard it. "Today you are you that is truer than true there is no one alive that is youer than you"-Dr. Seuss
Marilyn -Mar 03, 2010, 9:19PM
My favorite was The Five Hundred Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. :D Its the best! Its about a kid who tried to take off his hat for the king but there is always a hat underneath. Most of the book is the king trying to take his hat off.

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Post image for a few of our lovely fans…

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beautiful photos, ladies! keep ‘em coming :)

vanessa -Mar 02, 2010, 6:18PM
mary - they did do a fan catalog a couple months ago! it was beautiful
Amber's Notebook -Mar 02, 2010, 10:10AM
I rocked some free people yesterday! http://www.ambersnotebook.com/2010/03/look-of-day-you-gotta-get-that-dirt-off.html

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you may remember i posted some photos not too long ago giving you a little sneak peak at a fun new video we did for the blog that follows one of our fp girls around at work for a few days to give you a little glimpse into her world. well today i’ve got the video for you!

i’m very excited to bring you a (few) day(s) in the life of  a free people designer!

song is “end of the world” by shocking pinks.

eva -Mar 04, 2010, 12:16AM
What an amazing job that would be. I would love more videos like this!
Jen -Mar 01, 2010, 11:48PM
I would like to email something to the free people blog, could you email me so i get the address and write back.

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tessar lo

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i posted one of tessar lo’s paintings a while back…but i keep coming back to his work so i wanted to post some more.  i love the elephants that are in a lot of his work!

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view more of his work here.

Free People girls

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One of our creative’s put together a lovely snapshot of each girl that categorizes each of our trends. So now you can put a visual image to each name.The girls are all from past catalogs, which is even better!

I thought they were kinda cool and a good way to adapt to the looks in the future. So here you go. Maybe they’ll stick in your mind too.

Candy  = the lacey, pretty girl

Meadow = the bohemian girl

Ginger = the body con girl

Sandy  = the beach girl

Lou    = the boy girl

Which girl do you think you are?   

We’d love to know!

Jan -Dec 15, 2012, 8:57AM
Well categorized. I am Lau type.
Stefanie -May 17, 2012, 6:00PM
a combination of sandy and lou without a doubt!

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i first heard about jewelry designer eric saeter when i spotted one of his rings on another fp girl and i instantly fell in love. now that we’re carrying a couple of his pieces i asked eric some questions about his work and inspiration. what did i learn? that in addition to making rad jewelry- he’s also just a really cool, nice guy.

how long have you been designing jewelry?
i began designing jewelry A/W 08/09. it was something i had always dreamt of doing; one of those ideas that kicks around until the day you say to yourself “so when is better than now?” and you do it. turns out the process is a natural extension of my love and work in the fields of fashion and art.

how did you begin designing jewelry?
frustrated by a lack of decent and/or imaginative men’s rings at the time — that is, rings over size 11 — i decided to do it right and do it myself. it was very inspiring to watch my work travel around the world to be worn by such different people in such wildly different contexts from my own. it was almost like vicarious experience. now i’m addicted!

can you briefly explain the casting process/how you make your pieces?
the process begins with an intuition for translating ideas to wearable shapes. i find that direct approach (grab a knife, start hackin!) facilitates better final product — where sketching and planning can hinder my creativity. i “invest” my model in a high-temperature plaster and heat it to temps into the thousands to burn out a cavity that is eventually replaced by silver or gold. i use both vacuum casting and centrifugal casting which suck or throw metal into the cavity, respectively. it takes a good day (or longer) to complete all of the steps of the casting process, and each step demands a precision i never had anticipated.

where do you draw inspiration for your work?
surrealism in cinema, in art, in literature. high fashion, penrose and aperiodic tiling, arabesques, rainforests, science, rococo. i come up with some designs as a symbol to supplant the lack of a place or feeling too distant or too difficult to immediately experience; a deep cave, a dream, the rainforest, historical events, a ritual. i want to extend people into these places with symbols that attach them to imagined spaces.

who are your heroes?
jean-luc godard, yves st laurent, vladamir nobokov, karl lagerfeld, gabriel garcia marquez, abdul mati klarwein, augustin lesage. there’s a revolving cast.

if you weren’t a designer, what would you do?
i would probably be painting and drawing more, as well as scavenging creative people to conceive fashion editorials with (for a long time i was photographing models). i would probably also still be modeling to fund my creative projects.

what are your favorite hobbies?
i like making things with my hands, drawing, finding fresh art and media. i love communicating with imaginative people, the further from reality the better. traveling is such a liberating activity that i wish i could say i did enough of. maybe i will try harder this year to do that. after all i never feel more at home than when i am a long way from familiar paths.

if you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?
one: a ring by yours truly — you never know when an un-contacted tribe could appear and eat you. leading researchers in this field suggest that my jewelry effortlessly implies one may be of heavenly origin. two: an awesome hand-crank wheatgrass machine. three: a seed bank. is that cheating? from there i could grow stuff to look at, grow stuff to chomp, and grow building materials also! bamboo viaduct! hello!?!?

the above images are from eric’s blog and tumblr, where he posts lots of really great inspirational stuff along with images of his work. and check out his mountain gold necklace and pyramids ring on our website!

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hey everyone! sorry for the delay in posting today… i spent the morning in the hospital with a broken ankle :( but that wont stop me from posting the thursday poll!

so last week i asked about some of our cute sandals and the results were very close between the tahoe bootie, mindy beaded, and folklore sandals, but the tahoe bootie sandal came out on top.  those are my favorite too! i think i definitely might have to get them.

this week i’ve been eyeing up our rompers, and i want to know which one you guys like best…

the crochet romper:

the cat and mouse romper:


the linen corset romper
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the lucky charm romper
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or we the free bookworm romper
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Vachon -May 28, 2010, 12:48PM
I was glad to read such information,Ulysses
Stacy -Mar 06, 2010, 2:43PM
I love those overalls.

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i found this photography project the other day and it reminds me a lot of the WAFA mail art postcards i posted this morning so i thought it would make a cool DIY project for today! this is something that i definitely want to try- all you need is a camera and a friend!

every week, photographers ian land and caroline hancox each take a photograph and email it to each other.  they then create a diptych of the photos and display them on a website, taking turns deciding which photo goes on the left and which one goes on the right. to make things more interesting they live 114 miles apart, have never met and do not know what the other one has taken during the week.

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isn’t it weird how even though they aren’t planned, the photos end up looking really good side by side? or do i just think that because that’s the only way i’m seeing them?

regardless, it is such a fun project and a great way for them to collaborate and inspire each other through their work.  check out the website here.

this would be such a fun thing to do with a friend- especially one that lives far away! if any of you try it send me your photos :)

wafa

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postcard collages by wafa, an international artist collective that focuses on collaborative projects.  one artist creates something and mails it to another artist to finish, adding an element of surprise and randomness that i think is really interesting.

check out more of their stuff here…it’s pretty sweet.

oh and wafa stands for we are f—ing awesome :)

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the we the free scoop neck tunic is a HUGE hit with fp girls here at the office! we caught seven girls wearing it today! it is super soft and comfy- i’ve been eying it up for a while now, i just can’t decide which color i like best :)

check it out here.

ANGELIQUE -Feb 25, 2010, 3:40AM
I love this picture! All of you look so beautiful!!! Lacey, Free People Carlsbad has the Red in stock! Give us a call at 760.753.7828. We would love to help you!
sarahisabel -Feb 24, 2010, 9:38PM
you girls are too cute!

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i was looking at some of our stores’ facebook pages the other day and saw that our clarendon store had posted a bunch of really cute pics of themselves trying on some of their favorite new looks from fp! check ‘em out:

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i love it, you guys look great!!

sarah -Mar 01, 2010, 5:14PM
oooh love the white lace top. is it in stock anywhere???
-Feb 25, 2010, 2:35PM
That's awesome! I do aggree that the employees always look put together very well and soooo cute! ;-) Very inspiring and helpful when shopping! xxoo

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