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a friend in cali had these amazing wings for his adorable pup.  my cat jam needs a pair of these. needs them.

happy halloween!

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SK -Nov 01, 2010, 8:13AM
Best costume ever!!!

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while in santa monica i of course wanted to stop by our free people store, located on main street, to say hello. the store is adorable and the girls could not have been sweeter. i wish i could visit every single fp store!

true to free people form, a doggie bowl outside :)

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love this!!

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love this outfit.

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fp julia -Nov 01, 2010, 10:01AM
carolyn- its the fields of lace dress right here: http://www.freepeople.com/fields-of-lace-dress/ :)
carolyn -Oct 30, 2010, 2:29PM
What black lace dress is that! I must have it!

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wednes-diy

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you may have noticed these lanterns hanging in our new university village store…they were made by one of our fp girls who works for our west coast display team, and she was kind enough to write up a little tutorial for the blog!

what you need: wire framed lantern, fabric scraps, trims, needle, straight pins, and thread.

lantern: the lantern we use is custom made in india. it is a simple wire frame with a mylar cylinder in the middle for good light diffusion (these lanterns are more about style than a good light source :)). with this raw form, fabric is attached.

i suggest going to a thrift store and looking for lamp shades with a wire frame and taking off the pre-existing fabric – the lamp shades you will find in a thrift store will be a more common kind of shade but the following sewing/ fabric assembling treatment will make it look much more enchanting and wild!

fabric selection: having great fabrics is the key to a great lantern! i had a lot of amazing fabrics and trims to choose from. i choose to mix sheer, vinyl, cotton, and decorative trims. you can find these trims and fabrics from any fabric district or thrift store, but the fancier more elaborate trims we got from India.

i suggest going to a large fabric wholesaler and digging through their bins of scraps. if you happen to be in los angeles, there is only ONE place to find trims: shana-tex!!! they have sooooooo many trims stacked in high piles which you have to dig through…but so worth it because you can get huge spools of lace, sequins, and bright colored trims for pennies.

if you aren’t in los angeles, look up your neighborhood fabric wholesaler or thrift store for great rare finds. i have used thrift store table clothes, eyelet linens, etc.

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sewing/ aesthetic: i just pick out the scraps of fabric and trims that i like and begin placing them on the lantern. i prefer to start in the middle at the widest part and work out from there.

fold the fabric over a part of the wire form and do a whip stitch to hold fabric to frame and itself. from the FIRST piece of fabric, i placed another piece of trim or fabric. to keep it in place I used the straight pins and then sewed the piece of fabric. repeat this process and soon it grows into a solid lantern.

sometimes i worked in different areas of the lan-tern, but always made sure that the composition felt right and was well balanced. the look i was going for was a loose, organic assemblage of fabrics and trims….so, i just mixed sewing and tying ends in knots. the pictures tell this story. you will see sewn edges and knotted pieces. i even left holes in places to maintain the “loose” aesthetic :)

electrical hook-up: this is the easy part! i just bought a cord socket combo from home depot and threaded it through a hole (part of wire frame) and screwed in a light bulb.

so beautiful and creative!

Debbie -Aug 08, 2012, 1:14AM
Unique.... Could use two umbrella attached together, remove handles Cover umbrellas with fabric or just use as is. Attach light before you attach them together. Use velcro or snaps so it could be taken apart if needed. Just food for thought
Forrest -Nov 07, 2010, 10:13AM
These are beautiful! thanks for sharing! <3

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we love you :)

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Stephanie N. -Nov 05, 2010, 8:06PM
I absolutely love this dog. I always check the blog & get extra excited when their are Toby posts! He is just so handsome! <3 <3 <3 Hope to see more of Toby amongst all of the other amazing Free People Posts!

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fall has descended on the navy yard… the changing colors of the leaves make it more beautiful than ever.

and of course, go phillies :)

stuballew -Oct 25, 2010, 4:14AM
Amen SFC. Giants all the way!
SFC -Oct 23, 2010, 11:38PM
GIANTS!!!!!!!! WORLD SERIES!!!!!!!

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our favorite brother and sister duo, angus and julia stone, played a show at xpn on wednesday night. here are some pics one of our fp girls snapped from the front row :)

pssst… also in attendance? isabel lucas!

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here are a few of their songs… nice chill friday music.


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there’s also a quick video of them performing at bonnaroo on our youtube page :)

fp julia -Oct 22, 2010, 1:44PM
she used the iphone shakeit app!
michelle -Oct 22, 2010, 1:26PM
lovely photos!! what camera did you use???

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store job openings

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wanna work in one of our stores? here are some of our latest open positions! for more info and to apply for any of these, click on the links below.

assistant store manager – paramus, NJ

store manager – topanga, CA

assistant store manager – costa mesa, CA

store manager – austin (domain), TX

-Oct 22, 2010, 10:27AM
http://twitter.com/#!/hipsterwhat check it out!!
Lauren -Oct 21, 2010, 5:34PM
Do you know if you guys have any internships in California? I'm a big fan of your costa mesa and palo alto locations!!

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one of our favorite trends here at the home office right now is wearing underwear as outerwear- using our cute bralettes as layering pieces over top of or peeking out from under other items.  we have so many great ones, which of these is your favorite?

the lacey racerback bralette:

the pieced lace bralette:
pieced lace

the solid hook and eyelet bralette:
solid hoow and eyelet

the rose burnout velvet bralette:
rose burnout velvet

or the galloon lace halter bralette:
galloon lace halter

the winner of last week’s poll was jill’s day dress with 30% of the vote!

Cordelia -Oct 21, 2010, 4:52PM
I love all those bras! soo adorable. the rose burnout velvet bralette is my favorite! gorgeous. I must get it! Keep up the amazing designs and beautiful clothes. - C

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we had a little surprise show over in building 543 today! the swedish indie-folk band first aid kit stopped by our headquarters for a free set at noon today, giving us a nice little treat for the ears during our lunch break. i wasn’t too familiar with this band before but they sounded great – both girls have really lovely voices.  here are some photos from the show that just took place – they’re also playing at johnny brenda’s tonight if you’re in philly :)

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i really like this song “hard believer” off the album the big black & the blue, out now.


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Zoe -Oct 26, 2010, 3:09AM
They do a great cover of Tiger Mountain Peasant Song by Fleet Foxes! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMrqBldlqzA :)
Magnolia -Oct 19, 2010, 4:39PM
I hope, for your sake, they played "In the Morning."

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display dye bins!

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pretty dyed fabric.

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hang time :)

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amazing tree branches wrapped in fabric and tape.

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i love the organic feel the branches add to the store.

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hand-sewing curtain hems for the fitting room… now that’s teamwork!

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employees arrive for opening day!

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another amazing addition to the fp store family!

ana -Jul 09, 2011, 1:20AM
i've been to this store a ton, this specific one in u village. there is a really cool crochet/knitted (?) pattern on the wall that the cashier said had the instructions to make on this blog. i haavent found it yet... would anyone mind helping me out here? it's absolutely stunning.
mel -Oct 20, 2010, 7:24PM
thanks for the ideas, kate! that sounds really cute! :) and i look forward to what FP julia finds!

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we have an exciting contest for you guys to enter starting today! all you have to do to enter is go to our collections page and create a collection consisting of your favorite layering pieces for fall.  the collection that gets the most “i want it” votes will be the winner, and will receive a $200 gift card to enhance your fall wardrobe!

for more info about the contest and to get started on your collection click here!

contest closes on november 1st.

here are some of my favorites to get your creative juices flowing…

click on image to go to our collections page and view item details.

mxx -Oct 18, 2010, 6:10PM
grr it's acting up again :\
-Oct 18, 2010, 5:50PM
seems to be working again now!

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if you’re in the area stop by and say hello! photos of our newest store to come… :)

Ainslely -Oct 15, 2010, 2:27PM
Welcome to the village!
stratford realtor -Oct 15, 2010, 11:37AM
rockin info, thanks. we read your blog a lot at funny t-shirts

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