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i’m so excited to show you our new summer store displays now that they’ve been installed in all of our stores! these photos are from the opening of our new houston galleria store.

here at the navy yard our display team gets to work painting straw baskets! these photos make you realize just how much hard work and crafting they do…

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ombre rope dying for what will be a very cool part of the display!

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the new store space is like a blank canvas about to be brought to life.

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the display team works their magic with the ombre rope to create an amazing macrame wall installation!

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the opposite wall is adorned with this incredible rope tapestry pieced together with yarn, pom-poms and trims from india.

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the delicate “sari dori” display that drapes from the ceiling is made of strips of fabric from indian saris strung together.

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i love all the beautiful dark wood.

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the bottoms of the baskets have been painted with neon colors and hung on the walls and above the cash-wrap as lights! so awesome.

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they’re also great for holding plants :) which leads me to my favorite part of the new displays…

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the window display, where these incredible swings live! i would kill to have one of these at my beach house. i mean really…

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so beautiful.  and stay tuned, because i have not one but two amazing pieces of the summer displays to give away on the blog… trust me, you don’t want to miss this one ;)

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australia’s gold coast is located in south east queensland, on the country’s eastern shore. with 35 miles of coastline that includes some of the most popular surf breaks in australia and the world, the area has been a huge draw for both tourists and surfers all over the world. it was also inspiration for a special shop launching today on our website that is our nod to surfer girls everywhere – denim shorts in bright colors, easy knits, bathing suits, summery shoes and pops of neon, its a collection that screams summer fun and adventure.

for her second guest post for us, mandy of the amazing blog oracle fox went down to the gold coast and took some beautiful photos to capture the atmosphere there. i am thinking a trip to australia is definitely in order!

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all images by oracle fox – thank you so much mandy!

and here’s a little collection i made inspired by the gold coast. click on the image to go see more details, and check out our gold coast shop here.

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TESS -May 20, 2011, 8:40AM
THANK YOU!!! this is the first time in ...well for ever..that I have the Gold Coast (and the women that live here) represented properly!!!!! I am absolutely stoked to see the style and ideologies of the Gold Coast girl portrayed accurately - we don't all have fake boobs and orange skin - YEY!!!!!!!
salima -May 14, 2011, 10:53AM
Oracle fox is one of my favourite !! Mandy is so stylish and her pics are so wonderful and full of sun ... I'm happy because I bought your friendship bracelets yippieeee !! I can't wait !! xoxoxo http://blogmoodeuse.blogspot.com

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i am in love with all of our new patterned and colorful shoes for summer! how could you not be happy with any of these on your feet? i’ve already decided which pair i want :) which ones are your favorite?

the tai esp shoe:

the cayman fabric sandal:
cayman fabric sandal

handwashed women’s boat shoes:
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the teri esp slip on
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or the papi embroidered sandal
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and here are your results from last week’s poll – the majority of you picked the “lou” girl! that one was my fave too :)

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Bonnie -May 13, 2011, 1:53PM
Love them all...however in response I love my birkenstocks all 10 pairs of them, and you know what? I know that I can re-sole my birks (yep know how do to that!) and they will live on forever!!!!
Ellie Aret -May 12, 2011, 8:53PM
Tai Esp Shoe comes in other suede styles> something I'll deffinitely consider.

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Here’s a delish breakfast for those of you in search of a good way to surprise your mom for mothers day. If you missed breakfast, well, who doesn’t like brupper (breakfast for supper)? Either way, she’ll think you’re the best kid in the entire world.

Ingredients (makes 8 six inch waffles):

2 cups almond milk (vanilla or plain), or any non-dairy milk
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (all purpose works, too)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup sliced bananas
1 cup sliced almonds
2 cups greek yogurt (can leave out the yogurt or use non-dairy yogurt if you want to leave the breakfast entirely vegan)

Instructions:

  1. Combine almond milk and apple cider vinegar, set aside to curdle.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Add the flax seeds to milk mixture and mix vigorously until frothy (approx. 30sec-1min)
  4. Add milk mixture, water, olive oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and half of the bananas to flour mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon until mostly combined then fold in half of the almonds until all ingredients are moistened.
  5. Preheat waffle iron and let the batter rest. Cook according to waffle iron directions. Be sure to spray waffle iron with oil or cooking spray between each waffle.
  6. Garnish with extra bananas, almonds, and a spoonful of yogurt. (as an idea, drizzle the whole thing with honey instead of maple syrup, it’s so good!)
Georgie -May 08, 2011, 10:40PM
I was not at home on Mother's Day, but i will find a chance to do it for my mom.
Bonnie -May 08, 2011, 7:37PM
PS: In the "instructions" it's not written when to add the 2 Cups of yogurt...is it mixed in at the end with the almonds? Or is it the amount needed to garnish 8 waffles? Please advise...

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p.s. stay tuned because next week i can finally show you our summer store displays!

Mari -May 24, 2011, 5:03AM
quiero una tienda en Costa Rica =)
Monie -May 06, 2011, 4:54PM
YAY!

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we have a cool new page on our website right now where you can shop by girl! so if you’re a ginger, meadow, sandy, candy or lou you can click on them and go to a selection of items just your style.  i thought it would be fun for today’s poll to pick an outfit from each shop and see which one you like best, without telling you which girl it is :) so vote for your favorite below and then you can click on each image to go to that girl’s shop!

girl #1:

girl #2:
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girl #3:
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girl #4:
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girl #5:
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view the whole shop by girl section here!

freeperson -May 07, 2011, 11:03AM
topo, I'm so sad they deleted my comment and now yours doesn't make any sense!
-May 06, 2011, 10:02PM
I also think I might like #5 if the shirt was baggier in a looser fit with wider stripes or maybe another solid color. I like to look at this top as an Saturday night off evening going shopping I need to get home before ten o'clock so I can catch the late night news and maybe some sitcoms, and some music videos.

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she’s the lovely lady who manages our stylists and works on web and catalog photoshoots, and she wants to talk to you! tomorrow afternoon (5/3) from 3pm – 4pm EST she will be on the free people twitter account to chat, give advice, and answer all your questions. Read more »

Taylor -May 03, 2011, 4:53PM
this is great, because I am in need of some new music! :) www.forsurejadore.blogspot.com

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saturday was a beautiful day in philly, the perfect day to take a long walk around the city.  my destination was broad street, for the philadelphia international festival of the arts (PIFA) street fair taking place all day long.  i took the long route from my place in old city and walked through my favorite neighborhood, society hill. it’s such a charming part of the city – full of historic buildings, red brick, adorable town homes with front stoops and the occasional cobble-stoned street.

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passed this adorable little park hidden behind brick walls, that i’d never seen before!

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this guy was going around asking people to wear a mask of his face for a photo, for a school project.  after obliging, i asked him to do the same :)

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i finally made it to broad street where there was a palpable excitement in the air.  two stages with live music, street performers, food vendors, a ferris wheel and more lined the avenue of the arts for the PIFA street fair, with this year’s inspiration coming from paris in the early 20th century.

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this contraption was attached to a giant crane that lifted it in the air for a performance by la compagnie trans express, which, sadly, i did not get to see.

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i noticed a crowd of people gathered around something and went closer to find them taking pictures of…a vine?

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and then the vines started to move.

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they are a part of a performance art group called “the living vines,” and it was probably one of the coolest things i saw at the street fair.

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the way they twisted and contorted themselves was so amazing…i literally couldn’t take my eyes off of them!

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sometimes the most random days end up being the best :)

Javier Miralles -May 05, 2011, 3:42AM
With all the doggone snow we have gotten recently I am stuck indoors, fortunately there is the internet, thanks for giving me something to do. :)
-May 03, 2011, 2:51PM
Terrific photos, Julia!!

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because i love you, you guys get the may calendar a couple days early :) click on the image to go to our flickr page and download the large size of either the regular or widescreen version!

i think this one is my favorite. or i just really love spring.

happy friday!

Paula -May 01, 2013, 3:42PM
Gee, could you please delete that comment of mine?... that's how absent minded I am sometimes...
Paula -Apr 29, 2013, 9:37AM
Thank you! I'm loving them!

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stop by and say hey!

p.s. can’t wait to show you pics of our new summer displays ;)

kalin -May 01, 2011, 8:48PM
seriously florida please! jacksonville to be exact :)
naihomy -Apr 30, 2011, 9:19AM
or maybe Puerto Rico!!!!!

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last week in the studio our stylists went crazy putting together a bunch of different looks using the cascade convertible skirt – items like this are my favorite! i love being able to wear something in a bunch of different ways, and i love all of these looks! which one is your favorite?

look one – cool and casual as a dress with sandals and a patterned belt:

look two – layered with the same item in white!
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look three – as a skirt with a comfy pullover:
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look four – worn as a high waisted skirt with a cute printed bralette:
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look five – worn as a skirt with oversized pullover and cute bralette peeking out:
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look six – dressed up with a statement belt and knee-high boots:
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or look seven – casual cool with a concert raglan and fringed belt:
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all i know is i need this item in my life now! vote away… and check out all of our convertible styles online here.


mariek -May 06, 2011, 4:53PM
I love look 3. It's comfortable, airy, and loose fitting. I also love the mix and match colors. It really makes the outfit standout.
Monie -Apr 28, 2011, 12:24PM
Six is my favorite! I love how her thigh is peeking out and the boots makes it a little rugged. =)

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our creative director’s birthday was yesterday but we celebrated today with a special party for one very special lady!

the amazing card our graphic design team made- the dog is modeled after her sweet frenchie georgia :)

chewbaccas everywhere! i never knew this, but apparently the character chewbacca was inspired by george lucas’s own dog and his characteristic loyalty, which is why she loves him so much. so sweet :)

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love this bright shirt/necklace combo!

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awesome gifts – a chewbacca pez dispenser and this amazing vest!

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happy happy birthday!

spycrazy -Apr 30, 2011, 5:34AM
that not a dress that a big short like a man short woman allways look good in big short any way i like what ever it is if it looks good were it any how i wonder if dress will look that good without the shoes
charlie -Apr 29, 2011, 3:33AM
OMG i love the dress and shoes the brunette is wearing..the one with the iphone in hand. who makes the black silky satiny dress?? and how about those two-strap tan wedges?? LOVE.

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