another holiday download for you! click on the image to go to our flickr page and download this cute wallpaper for your desktop, done by our incredibly talented designer kris chau :)

i saw this diy idea on the site nice package and i thought it was so cool i had to try it myself – they’re vintage photo gift tags that are super easy to make and a great way to take a plain-looking present and turn it into something special. if you like to wrap gifts in recycled newspaper or paper bags (as i do) i think these would be a really cool addition to dress it up.

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get some metal gift tag rings at an arts & crafts store…i got them at a.c. moore, and they came with those little stencils on the right that make it easy when it comes to cutting out the pictures.

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i used some cool images i found in magazines, and i glued some cardstock on the back to make them sturdier.

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all that’s left to do is punch a hole in each one and string through twine or a thin ribbon. i like this natural hemp cord…

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…and you’ve taken a plain looking gift and given it a personalized touch :)

you can also find all the supplies to make your own vintage gift tags at nice package’s shop. click on the image below for their downloadable pdf of gift tag images.

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world aids day

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ice ice baby

philly’s own outdoor olympic-sized skating rink, the blue cross riverrink, reopens today for three months of ice skating enjoyment! located at penn’s landing (where market st. meets columbus blvd.) the ice rink is right on the delaware river and has beautiful views of the ben franklin bridge and philly skyline. plus, if you go on friday or saturday nights between 8:30pm and 1:00am, there’s a live dj and/or karaoke.
even if you’re not great at ice skating, it’s a ton of fun to try and a great workout as well :)

Shelby -Dec 08, 2009, 1:54PM
so so so fun. i love the river rink!

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no, it isn’t thursday. but did you really think we’d miss the weekly poll?
last week i asked which holiday outfit you loved the most and the winner was pretty clear…the vast majority of the votes went to the cabin fever look (which was also my favorite – i just ordered the faux fur earflap hat…i can’t wait to get it)!
this week i was looking at all of the cute, colorful coin purses and pouches we have…they’d be such a great gift for friends and family! which one do you like best?
the lace applique coin purse:

the gretel embroidered pouch:

the pretty in beads coin purse:
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the morocco embroidered pouch:
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the casablanca embroidered pouch:
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or the denim and chain pouch:
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fpjulia -Dec 01, 2009, 3:07PM
hi lara- i am looking into it, i'll let you know!
Lara -Nov 27, 2009, 5:05PM
i would definetly want the pretty in beads coin purse. Im just curious FreePeople, where do you make, manufacture or buy these beauties? on the details section says imported, peru maybe?.. best wishes xoxo

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sooooo…i’m well aware of the holiday rush. it’s pretty hard to ignore. i’ve already started scanning the web in hopes of sparking a creative idea for gifts to family and friends… which is why i wanted to make myself and the free people home office at your disposal this year for all sorts of tips, suggestions, and advice during the holidays. i’ll be using twitter to post cool holiday gift ideas, recipes, fashion advice, and general inspiration to make this holiday unique.
come find me here…and get started by downloading our 2009 holiday card! click on the image above to go to our flickr page where you can download the card.
happy holidays!

gi -Nov 29, 2009, 9:23PM
i love kris chau!! thanks for reminding me to gift some artist prints this season

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Post image for happy thanksgiving!

this is from a few years ago but it’s pretty funny/interesting…
apparently, the person responsible for photocopying for a penn psychology 101 class took the liberty of adding the instructions “draw a turkey” to the last page, and the results were scanned and posted on flickr.
here are some of my favorites:

and here are some numbers from the results:
9 hungry folks drew a cooked butterball turkey
5 had their turkey saying “eat me!” … but 6 had the turkey protest “don’t eat me!”
17 turkeys were gobble, gobble-ing
21 wished a happy thanksgiving
8 wore a hat
6 found themselves with a few more legs than you might expect
108 were “left handed” … 72 were “right handed” … although I counted freehand-drawn hands too, and wasn’t very exact about how I chose some of the blobbier ones.
click here to see them all.
hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday :)

one of our visual display artists shared these photos from india that are inspiring our spring and summer store displays (which they are already working on!) …aren’t they cool? and if you’re wondering what that car is all about, stay tuned for another post momentarily that will explain :)

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fpjulia -Dec 01, 2009, 3:50PM
hi tina- yes, it is the fp one chiffon dress that we had in stores over the summer. wholesale actually did a new version that is available in stores and online now :)
tina Thorndycraft -Nov 29, 2009, 2:05AM
I love the blue shawl wrap she is wearing. Is this piece from the FP line?

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small world

you might recall not too long ago we posted about photographer amelia merrick and her awesome trainhopping photos (click here to see the post).
well she saw the post, and in a crazy coincidence, she actually works at urban! she’s a very talented photographer…check out these photos taken here at the navy yard.

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some of her work will be on display at the himalaya teahouse in astoria, new york through december. it just so happens she’ll be there today, so if you’re in the area, stop by and say hi to her and check out her work :)

r4i kort -Nov 23, 2009, 12:31AM
Your work is awesome. I liked it, its interesting and appreciable. You have got a good talent in yourself. Keep it up. Great job. Even i have interest in this type but lack of time with my schedule doesn't really allows me to do it, But you should never stop your self to do where you are interested.

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score!

if you’re in new york this weekend you should check out score! at 3rd ward- it’s a massive free exchange where you can bring your old clothing, records, books, housewares, etc and swap them for other people’s old stuff.
not to mention you get one of these free tote bags:

AND, bread & butter collective will be there doing live screenprinting.
you really can’t beat it…all items are free, and all remaining goods go to charity…plus all proceeds from the event go to city harvest, the world’s first food rescue organization dedicated to feeding new york city’s hungry men, women, and children.
so gather up your junk and head over to 3rd ward tomorrow between 1pm and 7pm…entry is just $3, and you can rsvp here.
because you know the saying…one man’s trash is another man’s treasure… :)

hope everyone is enjoying their day so far…how about some thursday poll action?
last week i asked about sweaters, and the most votes (28%) went to the voluminous fairisle sweater!
this week i wanted to ask you all about the outfits in our holiday boutique…we have looks for any holiday occasion, and you can check them all out here. so which look do you love the most?
fight off cabin fever with fuzzy hats, feminine tops, distressed denim and tall strappy boots:

sparkle, shine and be the life of the party in these sequin skirts, tops and accessories:

throw on a leather jacket with some lace layers and stylish shoes to go window shopping in the city:
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add some sparkle to a simple dress with standout accessories that are the icing on the cake:
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get dressed up and deck the halls in these romantic shift dresses:
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be the epitome of fashionably late in these trend-right dresses and jumpers, fur accessories and shoes:
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get noticed by that special someone under the mistletoe with these eye-catching items:
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warm up in these coats, tights and boots for a winter evening sleigh ride:
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change it up

we have a new changing room video up on our website! it’s adorable…check it out for some great holiday outfit ideas…

**the song in the video is “the boy with the arab strap” by belle & sebastian.

fp julia -Feb 12, 2010, 10:44AM
hi fiona! we will actually have a new one very soon!!
fiona -Feb 12, 2010, 3:13AM
are there no changing room videos for 2010?

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