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good morning! so, i know its summer and it seems a little odd to talk about thermals, BUT we have some amazing new thermal styles and i think they’re perfect for those cool summer nights at the beach :) which one is your favorite?

the solid love bug thermal:

the we the free sexy v-back thermal:

the we the free lou flannel cuff thermal:
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or the stripe love bug thermal:
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laura -Jun 23, 2011, 9:40PM
the green color of the v-back thermal is SOO pretty!

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“do you always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it? i always watch for the longest day in the year and then miss it.”

– f. scott fitzgerald, the great gatsby

click on images for sources.

diya -Jun 27, 2011, 8:35PM
the flowers pictures are actually from Ann He. Her entire series of photos in this set can be seen at: http://annhe.4ormat.com/runaways
kathryn -Jun 22, 2011, 7:48PM
these pics make me want a beach getaway in the worst kinda way. the one of the redhead peering through the blades of grass is from bleubird vintage's lovely look book : http://www.bleubirdvintage.com/collections/all

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i had to share some of the photos joanna took at our event! the crowd was so stylish and beautiful :)

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those are my feet! look for these bad boys in our july book ;)

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free people austin beauties!

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go see more on her blog here!

alyssa -Jun 21, 2011, 2:48PM
so cuuuuute!
alyssa -Jun 21, 2011, 2:47PM
i love this! i'm always endlessly inspired by what other people are wearing! http://alyssarude.tumblr.com

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thank you so much to everyone who came out for our july catalog release party on friday at the mohawk room in austin! we had an amazing time, the happen-ins killed it, and we met some wonderful people.  austin will always have a special place in our hearts :)  here are some photos from the event!

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the poster we had made of one of our favorite shots from the catalog!

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upon entry guests could pick up a free people bag and discount flier, enter into our raffle to win fp gift cards, and check out some merchandise from the happen-ins. stay tuned, once we pick the winners from the raffle i’ll let you guys know!

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cutie pie :)

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our adorable reader nikki in head-to-toe fp! (she’s wearing the smocked seamless crop top and fp one cascade of ruffles slip)

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fp girls in the house looking fab!!

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beautiful joanna of keep austin stylish.

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alexandra valenti, who shot our july catalog and hooked us up with the band, and alecia of sisters of the black moon!

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we previewed our july catalog video for the attendees, and then the happen-ins took the stage for a phenomenal set that had the crowd dancing up a sweat!

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alexandra shot some photos at the show, i will definitely share them with you guys when i have them!

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john michael

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john michael’s shoes :)

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huge thanks one more time to alexandra valenti, the happen-ins and the mohawk room! xoxoxo

*update – check out more fashion photos from the event here!

yttr -Jun 23, 2011, 10:19AM
i want to see people's videos from the event!!!!!!!!!

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Katie -Jun 20, 2011, 10:13AM
Thank you! I appreciate it!
fp julia -Jun 20, 2011, 9:19AM
hey katie- there was an issue with our spam filter we apologize :(

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we’re down in austin for our july catalog release party with the happen-ins! follow us on twitter for live updates and photos :)

fp julia -Jun 20, 2011, 11:54AM
nikki you are so sweet! it was lovely to meet you too, i'd love to see your photos from the event!! xoxo
Nikki Qiao -Jun 19, 2011, 11:45AM
Hey Julia, it was so nice to meet you! You ROCK!!!! Good luck with everything! I love your blog!! I will keep in touch!!! Thanks again for throwing Austin an amazing party!!! I in fact did not know the band until Friday, and I loved them!! FP is so down to earth!!! I LOVE FREE PEOPLE!!!!! <3

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It’s always such a treat to see the pups of Home Office that the girls of Free People Brooklyn thought we’d introduce some of our local customers! All dogs are welcomed with shakes, treats, water, and love :)

Carlo!

Lalo! (He’s recovering quite nicely)

Oscar!
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Sprout!
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Marley!
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Waffle loved our mannequin outfit so much he collapsed in front of it :)

Huahua (as in Chihuahua)  and mom!
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Lemon (with Huahua in background  – they’re best friends!)
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Last but not least, Chewy!
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so cute! i love all their names…especially waffle :) thanks for sharing ladies!

Audrey -Jun 27, 2011, 3:04PM
Chewy is soo cute! http://tbiol.blogspot.com/
jennifer -Jun 20, 2011, 11:09AM
toooooooo Cute!!!!!!

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“sweet as can be, she shows off her inner romance with pretty neutrals and feminine lace styles. dreamy sheer fabrics and off the shoulder shapes embrace her soft, sexy demeanor on the haziest summer days.”

i may be a “lou” girl but i still love our pretty in pink trend on our website right now- the shots are so beautiful and calming! which of these items from the collection is your favorite?

the denim corset bodycon slip:

the mesh & tiers skirt:

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the smocked seamless crop top:

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the focus on center blouse:

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or the nightcap lace bodycon dress:

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Hannah -Aug 30, 2011, 1:50AM
Will the nightcap lace bodycon dress in pink ever be available again? It is the perfect dress for me to wear as maid of honor in my sisters wedding in March of 2012.
sil -Jun 20, 2011, 6:55AM
beautiful clothes, but i weigh 125 lbs and some of these models make me feel fat!

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Seeking inspiration and exhilaration, I joined my husband Scott and his band, Family Band for the southern leg of their tour with Warpaint.  These are some of the photos from that week of sultry, lush tropical southern magic.

We went to Durham, Asheville, Nashville, Athens, New Orleans, Houston and Austin. After a brief taste of southern culture I’m already itching to go back and really explore these places!

Everyone (except me!) took turns driving. Kim & Jonny’s glowing dash pyramid guided the way.

Family band and crowd at one of the sold-out shows.

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the merch booth is a great place to meet the locals! Kim, the singer of Family Band, is an amazing fine artist. She probably drew the image on the right in her sleep.

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Scott picked up a deck of cards on Olivera St. in LA. and Family Band had a tradition of picking a new card every day. I love arrows, so this was a favorite. On the right is Little Dreamer, our sweet chariot!

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I wore these Free People jeans every single day! On the right is the Mercy Lounge in Nashville – there were freight train tracks directly behind the venue.

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Me and Scott out back of the Mercy Lounge looking introspective.

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On the way to Athens, GA, we used swimmingholes.org to find a quick swimming hole – this is Kim crossing on the way out.

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Tour is a total blur as you are usually doing 7-9 hour drives every day, so I’m not positive where this was, but I think on the way to New Orleans. I loved the design of these bridges.

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You can’t deny the romantic architecture of New Orleans. We had a few hours off here, but I need to go back for more. The club in New Orleans had gothic chandeliers and timber framing.

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Kim’s vintage sequin butterfly shirt is so rad! On the right she is wearing a Lindsey Thornburg dress from Bona Drag in New Orleans.

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Barton Springs in Austin – This is the most amazing cold-water spring. It’s all natural and has rocks and plants growing in the cool water. We had a day off in Austin and spent an afternoon here swimming and people-watching.

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Breakfast tacos and Migas are the order of the day at Polvos restaurant in Austin. Right – Michaladas are the best! It’s like a bloody mary with beer.

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Left – Backstage art at La Zona Rosa in Austin.
Right -Family Band and Warpaint shared a goodbye meal and hang at the wonderful Justine’s in Austin.

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Little Dreamer resting after a long day’s work!

photos #2,4,6,7,8,11,12,17 & 18 by David Torch; all others by Emily Hirsch.

i’m so jealous! thanks so much for sharing emily! be sure to read all about talon and my interview with emily here, and check out her awesome amulettes on our website here!

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just a couple of days to go before we head down to austin for our july catalog release party! we are so excited to go back to the live music capital to celebrate with the happen-ins, who are featured in the catalog, and photographer alexandra valenti!

i’ll have more photos and info (and a free download!) from the happen-ins once the catalog drops, but today i wanted to introduce you to the guys who will be playing a live show at our party on friday!

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the happen-ins are (from left): ricky ray jackson – guitar/vocals, john michael dayspring – bass, falcon valdez – drums, and (front) sean faires – guitar/vocals.

formed in early 2009, the happen-ins quickly grew a following in austin where their blend of r&b grooves and gritty americana rock suit the live music capital to a t.   their sound and style has an authenticity to it that is refreshing, setting them apart from other up and coming acts. they pride themselves on developing their own culture and building a community around their music – their connection to their fan base is a huge part of what makes them so loved.  for all of these reasons, we knew they were perfect to appear in our austin catalog! their long haired, bell bottomed, vintage rock style and good looks were of course a plus :)

here’s a little preview of some of their tunes to get you ready for friday’s party. check them out and just try not to shake your hips!


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photos by alexandra valenti.

fp julia -Jun 16, 2011, 8:47AM
nikki - awesome!! see you there :)
Nikki Qiao -Jun 16, 2011, 1:20AM
I was so excited to find out you guys are coming back to Austin for the release party. I picked out my Free people outfit for the party a couple days ago already. Can't wait to meet you and express how passionate I am about Free people!!! Not sure if you have seen a sneak peak of the video I am working on with a friend. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1y-iBNLBzr4&feature=channel_video_title It's going to be a Free people promotion videos of the clothes I've purchased from Free since March 2011. I am totally hooked, and just want to show other girls how to dress in Free from a customer's point of view instead of a professional model. Anyway!!! I am soooo excited. I use Nikon D90, and will take photos of the party. Then my friend may record, and we will post a video of July catlog release party video on Youtube. Anyway, it should be fun!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait!!!!!! :)

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Nicole Vaughn

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I actually first heard about Nicole Vaughn when Jolyn, a reader, commented on one of my music posts about her. I went to her website to take a listen and I loved what I heard. A peaceful voice, relatable lyrics, and emotionally charged melodies are what make up her tracks. It just so happens that the singer/songwriter is also a huge Free People fan! She sent in an FPme photo that we recently posted on the blog (she’s the third one down). It’s hard to believe she’s not already a huge sensation. Nicole is one of the music scene’s best kept secrets that needs to be let out of the bag.

Nicole gladly answered a few questions for you all to get to know her better. She’s also made her song, “Stuck on You,” available for free download to you all! (Thank you, Nicole!) Read up on our interview with the inspirational woman and take a listen to her music!

Where were you when you wrote your first song?

I wrote my first official song on guitar at 13, I was sitting on the floor of my room with my guitar and a notebook of some poetry (not very good poetry), and sort of just started to put the pieces together.

What is your favorite song off of your most recent album, “Say It,” and why?

I think that my favorite song off of album would be “Everything We’ve Built” or the title track itself, “Say it”.  These are the most personal and soul-bearing songs on the album and are extremely raw and honest in their story-telling and how I felt about the subject matter.

What is your picture of success?

Success to me would be to continue creating quality music and lyrics that I’m excited about and playing and collaborating with talented musicians that I admire. If I get some fans and make people smile, feel, connect, or dance along the way, I am happy. I’d also like to open for Wilco or Mason Jennings one day, but that might be pushing it ;)

What’s the last album you bought? What else is on your iPod right now?

I recently bought Paul Simons greatest hits, Dawes’ new album, and Barrett Johnson’s album “In Case I went Missing”. Some of my iPod go-to’s are: Mason Jennings, Neko Case, Cass McCombs, Alexander, Rolling Stones, Lissie, Muddy Waters, Bon Iver, Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, Arcade Fire, Patsy Cline,  Wilco, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Randy Newman, Sharon Van Etten…just to name a few! I love it all.

What is your signature look?

I’m not even sure, I think I’d have to ask someone else, hah!  I just wear what I like and I’m comfortable in. Fancy stuff when I’m on stage, but lately off stage I’ve been really casual. I just like jeans, plain T, some turquoise or native american jewelry, and some boots. I like simplicity more and more these days.

What sort of hobbies do you have besides your music?

I love reading a good book, surfing, camping, going to shows, road-trips, hiking, running, rock-climbing, spending time with my pups, anything adventurous and spontaneous. I like to keep life interesting and unpredictable.

What is your favorite book?

East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I’m a big fan of Steinbeck.

One thing you cannot live without is?

Guitar. Or my wonderful mom. Or my dogs. I mean that’s a pretty tough question. haha

What does Free mean to you?

Free means having a free state of mind, not being confined by status quos or trends-free of influence, loving what you love just because YOU love it! Doing what you want, because it’s what YOU want to do.

Nicole Vaughn

Listen to the rest of Nicole’s Music Here

Laura -Jun 12, 2011, 2:47AM
Oh my goodness, i love this girl! She used to play the open mic at the coffee shop I worked out every week! She is a sweetheart and wonderful live!
Diana -Jun 10, 2011, 8:26PM
omg I love her sound! and OMG she's playing IN MY TOWN, in 4 HOURS!!! omg fate. thanks for the hot tip free peeps!

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it’s no secret: we love the nightcap lace bell bottoms! there are so many ways to style them, and our store girls are pros- check out these lovely pics of them rocking our fave pants!

katie, mit at fp san jose, wears them with a strappy cami, ruffle hem cami and denim jacket and hat for a cute casual look.

here’s one of our denver sales associates, wearing them with the tape yarn beach sweater! love.

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one of our customers, who dressed them up with a button-down crop top and hat!

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i love this outfit! one of our nyc girls styled the pants with the textured bottom trapeze tank and archipelago fringe tank.

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from boston: sales associate stephanie is rocking the american flag scarf– she’s a hippie child and a dreamer! she looks super cute and casual, showing you don’t have to be over the top, and can totally pull them off everyday. and becka, the soon to be natick ASM, is wearing the grey in an adorable beach style with the pintuck lace square neck top!

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and from houston galleria – simple and stunning with a tank top and aztec seed bead necklace.

thank you so much ladies! find the nightcap lace bell bottoms here.

Shiela -Apr 03, 2014, 12:27AM
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dragon fruit -Jun 12, 2011, 8:43AM
this is AWESOME!! i love these pants i haven't seen them before! have to check them out NOW... www.dragonnfruit.com

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