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i can’t believe tomorrow is new year’s eve!  this year went by outrageously fast…i haven’t even had a second to really think about new year’s, let alone what i’m wearing, but luckily i’ve found some really great DIY ideas that i’m dying to try…

accessories are a great way to dress up a simple outfit on new year’s, so here are a couple of things you can do that will stand out, and probably start some conversations as well!

bleachblack had this brilliant idea involving fool’s gold (remember fool’s gold?) that would be a sweet new years eve accessory…all you need is an old cuff or ring, some pieces of pyrite (fool’s gold) and embellishing glue.  check out the tutorial here.

and i got to thinking, if gold isn’t your thing, this would work with any kind of crystal or gemstones that you can by at a hobby or crafts store…

hair accessories are big right now too…we have quite a few awesome ones on our website right now…but i also love these “wild” hair pieces i saw on design sponge that you can make yourself:

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these are made with items you can find in your garden or a store, or leftover holiday decorations- the top one is a peacock feather, poinsettia leaves and a sprig of evergreen wrapped in floral tape- i love it!  check out their full tutorial here.

finally, if you’re looking for a great holiday makeup look, don’t forget about our how-to video… watch it here!

Annie -Jan 04, 2010, 7:29PM
My friend and i made pieces similar to this for Halloween and they were a hit!
SHERRILL -Jan 02, 2010, 5:43PM
I've been looking all over for this! Thanks.

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with new year’s eve just a couple days away, i decided to ask what some of our home office team members are doing to celebrate…if you’re still undecided about what’ you’re doing, maybe this will spark some ideas!

i’m taking my son to “new year’s eve with the kids” at north bowl in philly!  it’s a family event where kids can bowl and jam out to some live music, along with other activities.  it starts at 5 and ends at 8pm with a new year’s toast for the adults!

i will be ringing in the new year at the loews hotel downtown in philly!

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i’m going to see the radiators from new orleans at my club in ardmore…its called the palombaro club and was originally an italian club to help immigrants get settled here…it’s almost 100 years old. today it is more of a social club but we do lots of charity work.  last year our big project was raising money for the variety club freedom playground being built this spring.

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i’m going to boston! a bunch of us will be there to celebrate on new year’s eve, and then we’re going to the winter classic hockey game at fenway park on new year’s day!

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i am going to see my favorite band, the disco biscuits, at the nokia theatre in times square! i have been seeing them on new years for 9 years, it’s become a tradition that i share with many friends around the country.  my boyfriend is the lighting designer and he’s amazing,  so it makes it even more special for me- i can’t wait!

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i’m thinking about checking out this warehouse/factory party in brooklyn that looks pretty interesting…www.newlostcity.com.

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in germany, where i grew up, the tradition is to eat a marzipan pig with a four leaf clover for new years, for good luck -  so that is “something” i will be doing!

so, readers, what are your plans for new year’s eve?

Chloe C -Dec 30, 2009, 9:04PM
oooh - so who is that, coming up to see the outdoor hockey game?!
piper -Dec 30, 2009, 1:34AM
i'll be playing with sparklers and drinking chai while my male friends set off fireworks in my neighbors' yards.. its a tradition.

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we have a new feature on our website!  now when you review an item you have the option of uploading a photo with your review!  this is a great way to see how other fp girls are wearing a product you’re thinking of purchasing, or just to share images of items you bought- click here and follow the link for the customer reviews for an example.  i personally find the reviews to be extremely helpful when i’m shopping online, so i think this is a great addition!

happy reviewing!

wholesale clothing -Dec 29, 2009, 12:37AM
Thanks! this is a great feature. http://www.bigdeal4u.com
Chelsea -Dec 28, 2009, 6:15PM
Hey! I know you guys love feedback, and after going through all 243 pages of the blog over winter break, I thought I'd give you guys some! I love seeing the home office and all of the employees working there. Be sure to keep us updated on the new building! Also, I'd love to see more profiles of the people actually updating the blog! It was hard to see when Pruitt stopped updating, and half the time I didn't even know who was doing it! If you guys have new writers, I would love to be informed of who is doing the blog and when the person changes. Just a few ideas! The blog is so inspiring. Keep it up.

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cute! keep them coming!

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…featured a couple of our products today in a segment called “what they wear – lazy weekends”!

they suggested the bolu leather convertible backpack and the super skinny cords to get the looks worn by katie holmes and claudia schiffer!

check out the full article here.

Nasir -Dec 31, 2009, 11:55AM
awesome bag..... http://www.shopinsummer.com
Avelina -Dec 29, 2009, 4:58AM
Such beautiful backpacks on display here and I do love to buy such backpacks which are soft, light and cheap ofcourse hehehe... I did bought one from wholesalepages.co.uk (Wholesale UK Dropshippers) but these are much more smarty then my bag.. Cheers

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merry christmas eve everyone!  don’t worry, we still have a thursday poll for you today. last week i asked white item you wanted to splurge on and the winner was the leather bomber by giorgio brato, which i am sort of in love with.

so it is officially winter and today i want to ask about your favorite winter whites! you can never go wrong with white, and we have some great items to choose from…which winter white item would you wear the most this season?

the coastal zip up hoodie:

the flirt tutu skirt:

the rows of ruffles dress:
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the we the free little white tee:
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or the sweater blazer:
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vote your heart out!


Shelley -Dec 26, 2009, 2:59PM
The ruffle dress & the tutu skirt are perfect, but I wouldn't wear them nearly as often as the tee!
Giò -Dec 24, 2009, 4:38PM
Merry Christmas!!!

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erica pena and melissa joy manning are the final two jewelry designers to be featured on the blog, and it makes sense to put them together as they are both female artists who create very feminine, romantic pieces that any girl would be lucky to own, and both designers also make an effort to be socially and environmentally friendly.

the inspiration behind erica pena’s first collection came from her move from manhattan to puerto rico, as she conveys this experience through jewelry that is a mix of new york’s rough edginess and the caribbean’s light airiness. her travels to places like bali continue to influence her designs and stimulate her to create unique and spiritual pieces that are chic, girly and bohemian. her travels have also influenced her to incorporate social and environmental causes into her work, and she joined with yayasan membina api cinta kasih (YAMACK), a non-profit organization in bali. one of the projects she has worked on in conjunction with this organization is building a unit/school for disabled children financed by the sales of a necklace and bracelet designed specifically for the cause.

we are very excited to be working with melissa joy manning, a US jewelry designer who creates one-of-a-kind pieces that are feminine and girly but with an edge, often mixing modern and traditional elements. she says that her jewelry “is not an accessory, but an expression… [it’s] about finding a piece that speaks to the individual and echoes their personality. i believe that jewelry can influence the way you feel; it can say and mean something different to every wearer.” the one-of-a-kind aspect of her items enhances this idea, as each piece and takes on a meaning entirely exclusive to its owner. she also uses stones believed to hold healing energy, and places tiny holes in the design of her work to allow the stone’s energy to flow through the metal and into the wearer. each piece of her jewelry is handmade in her studio in oakland, ca by an in-house production staff and using materials from only domestic suppliers. this is something melissa joy manning feels strongly about, as she pays close attention to running an environmentally responsible business.

view our erica pena and melissa joy manning collections on our website.

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images from the photo issue of canada’s 01 magazine…awesome.

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1. jennilee marigomen; 2-7. hasisi park; 8. tim barber; 9. frankie nazardo

Ashley -Dec 22, 2009, 4:29PM
Beautiful pics! I love the pictures you post on here! Very inspiring.

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kate hudson wearing a free people romper in california over the weekend…while we were getting buried by snow in philly!

Wrecked Stellar -Dec 22, 2009, 3:34PM
Love Kate's style and love the Uggs pairing with the romper- makes it California-winter appropriate (and fun)!
Katie -Dec 22, 2009, 1:50PM
Hi! I'm pretty sure Kelly wore the Dynasty Shift in Emerald to the Survivor Samoa Live Reunion show. No screen grabs, but it looked like it when she first walked on stage at the start of the episode.

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the holidays are approaching but we’re still hard at work in the home office!

some of our designers working on a presentation for upcoming silhouettes…

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…another designer hard at work on a sweater

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and our accessories buyer going through samples for april 2010!

eye lift guide -Feb 12, 2011, 3:50AM
I think she is nt get perfect results. She want perfect. Her preparations is very good.
ellie -Dec 22, 2009, 4:33PM
its a little bit odd how much i enjoy ur home home office pics, i dunno, i guess it makes the clothes i love so much, seem more, human?? something mushy like that! ahahaha! keeep hard at work guys!

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as i’m nearing the end of on the road i was inspired to take a look at the fashion of the beat generation.  beatniks were characterized by their rebellious spirit and anti-establishment, anti-materialistic philosophy, and they expressed this through stark and simple fashion.  jack kerouac and his crew wore old, ripped jeans and t-shirts because they didn’t care how they looked, while others wore head-to-toe black with berets or glasses.

what else about the beat generation’s style and culture is still resonant with you today?

share your thoughts in the comments section!  also for those of you reading on the road, try and finish by january 4th if you can, and check the blog for a final post about the book!

import chiny -Oct 17, 2011, 11:14AM
AMazing!
Jennifer -Dec 23, 2009, 9:35PM
i already read it last summer, won't spoil anything, but I'll be honest, I thought it was a great work, but his other book "dharma bums" was actually more beautiful to me. In my opinion, he has more soul in dharma bums, and it really gives you a feel for the time. I totally suggest it for your next read ^_^

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dallas shaw is a delaware-based artist who’s work ranges from acrylic and watercolor paintings to notecards and tee-shirts. she also happens to be a big fan of free people! dallas was kind enough to answer a couple of questions for me and picked out some illustrations that she feels are representative of free people.

when and why did you decide you wanted to be a professional artist?

oddly enough i knew i wanted to be in art in some way when i was very young. i wrote a letter to the head animator of walt disney world when i was in 6th grade and asked him for a job! i think i was a little too young, but i worked at it since grade school, kept drawing, majored in illustration… as i grew older i really began to love the fashion industry and wanted to work in fashion but the right opportunity hasn’t come up just yet so here i am!

i read that you’re inspired by fashion and music…what designers and musicians are your personal favorites?
i do listen to music when i paint but i am really heavily influenced by the fashion industry. my personal favorites change by season but i am currently crushing on collections by phillip lim, lanvin & peter som.

what do you like to do when you’re not drawing and painting?
i don’t have a lot of free time on my hands this year. if i do end up with a few extra hours during the week i try to make time to spend with my really supportive husband. if I’m not with him during those couple of hours you’ll find me shopping!

to see more of dallas’s awesome work, check out her website!

mackenzie -Jan 13, 2010, 11:04PM
i love dallas' work. and i love free people. how convenient! i love when my favorites meet at the intersection. ;) well done, you two!
dallas -Dec 22, 2009, 10:35AM
oh, thanks for the feature everyone! http://dillydallas.blogspot.com

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