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kayte terry, the crafty author behind the blog this is love forever, will be holding an appliqué workshop and book signing tomorrow at jimmystyle in philadelphia. the workshop takes place from noon to 1pm and participants get a hands-on demo with kayte and a kit with materials for three woodland animal-inspired felt ornaments like that cute owl above…then have her sign her new book appliqué your way!
for more info on the event and how to register for the workshop, click here.

betsy -Dec 27, 2009, 3:03PM
What a fabulous sight!!!! I love it!
orcyn -Nov 06, 2009, 1:08PM
Wished i lived in Philly, this sounds like so much fun. Living in a rural area you miss so many of this fun things. But, at least UPS will deliver FP

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lighten up

one of the best things about the holidays are the twinkling lights that decorate streets and houses…seeing them brings back that childhood anticipation of holidays, parties and the end and beginning of another year. color and light played a big role in our new catalog, and we’re lighting up our stores as well! our display team just finished installing the in-store holiday displays and shared some of the images that inspired them…

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and here are the results! love the walls of lights…
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can’t wait to go see it in person!

fpjulia -Nov 09, 2009, 1:16PM
Hi Emily - these pics are from the King of Prussia, PA store :)
rocio -Nov 08, 2009, 9:42PM
Is gorgeous, especially the chandelier.

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it’s already time for the thursday poll again! last week’s topic was rings, and the most votes went to the emerald wings ring, with 33%. this week we’re starting to think about the upcoming holidays, and we want to know which party dress is on your wishlist…
the lace trimmed mini dress:

the moonlight tiers dress:

the rows of ruffles dress:
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the on the fringe lace dress:
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the leaf motif mini dress:
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or the royal velvet dress:
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vote, vote, vote!

joanie -Nov 05, 2009, 5:41PM
I am SO in love with the royal velvet dress in red plum. The moonlight tiers dress is a close second. They're all so cute!

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in need of halloween plans for the weekend? here are a few suggestions going on this weekend…
…in new york:
the 36th annual village halloween parade takes place on saturday from 7 to 11 pm on the avenue of the americas between spring and 21st streets. the annual parade is open to any costumed member of the public and features live bands, enormous puppets, dancers, visual artists and revelers from all walks of new york city life.
…in boston:
tonight check out a very halloween-ish lineup of bands, including a place to bury strangers, dead confederate and all the saints, playing at the middle east upstairs (472 mass ave in cambridge). show starts at 8pm, tickets $12.
…in chicago:
the monsters of folk are playing tonight at the auditorium theater (50 e. congress), at 7:30pm. or catch a screening of the rocky horror picture show, tonight and tomorrow night at midnight at the music box. the screening includes a pre-show dance party and costume contest.
…in los angeles:
on saturday night lacma will hold their popular annual halloween party, with this year’s theme inspired by the current exhibit heroes and and villains: the battle for good in india’s comics. the event includes extended hours, live music, djs spinning, complimentary cocktails and, of course, a costume contest (previous winners included an ostrich and centaur).
…and last but not least, in philly (in case you aren’t attending pearl jam or the world series…)
a bowling costume party! the 5th annual vampire and vixens halloween party at lucky strike (1338 chestnut st, center city). $10 in advance or $15 at the door and includes one free drink and entry in the costume contest. vip tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door, and get you open bar from 9-12pm and exclusive access to the vip floor.
or, just head over to the infamous eastern state penitentiary on friday and saturday night with terror behind the walls, when the prison becomes a massive haunted house. the tour starts at 7pm and costs $30.
i’ve lived in philly my whole life and have never done this because i’ve heard it’s that scary.

photos from the village halloween parade, taken by joe marquez.

alyssa -Oct 30, 2009, 11:53PM
allie grant from weeds in free people! http://www.imdb.com/media/rm184518912/nm1872782

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strut your mutt!

i just posted yesterday about the very admirable work our reader rachel is doing to help shelter animals, so it seems fitting to post about this event taking place tomorrow in philly…

PAWS will hold their 3rd annual mutt strut tomorrow at FDR park, which is a 1.5 mile walk through the park to raise funds and awareness for PAWS and their efforts to save shelter animals. it’s just $25 to register, and you can bring your dog but you don’t have to have one. they had the option to sign up to walk with a PAWS dog but the response was so overwhelming that all the dogs are taken!

the best part is, dozens of PAWS dogs will be at the event…meaning you could meet your new best friend and give it the loving home it needs.
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3rd annual PAWS mutt strut – saturday october 31, FDR park (1900 pattison avenue, across from the sports complex)
check-in/registration begins at 10am; start strutting at 11am!
for more info on PAWS, philadelphia’s ONLY no-kill animal rescue organization, visit their website.
photos of last year’s mutt strut from monster minders.

here at the home office, halloween is for the dogs…

fritz is so excited about being a giraffe it was hard to get him to stand still!

porter was not quite as happy about being a chicken :)
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jagger’s got his phillies shirt on!
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the dogs comparing their outfits…
too much cuteness!

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Taylor -Oct 30, 2009, 12:57PM
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last week was all about the layering tops, and the most votes went to the studded cuff thermal! good choice…nice and warm.
this week it’s about layering jewelry… we love the layered jewelry look, including piling up the fingers with rings….so i want to know, which ring do you want on your finger?
the emerald wings ring

the snake ring

the swarovski monarch ring
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the vintage cameo small ring
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the sun stone ring

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or the crystal palace ring
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vote!

kendal croix -Oct 29, 2009, 12:36PM
the emerald wings ring is so great but i love the crystal palace ring as well.

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that’s right…it’s girls on film on music, halloween edition! here are some creepy cuts selected by bunny and monkey (a.k.a. the girls of girls on film on music).


the rolling stones
– some girls
easy dress up option for men – be a girl. problem being that even men as pretty as mick make seriously unattractive women…
bananarama – the greatest hits collection
blonde, brunette and redhead – a pick n’ mix for three ladies in need of a group costume pronto. and then you get to walk around and tell everyone you’re being “banaaaah-nah-raaaah-mah”.
kate bush – never forever
this album is kate at her best, both in terms of her songs (“babooshka”, “army dreamer”) and cover art…one musician on this album is credited with playing the harmonica, mandolin, balalaika, sitar, koto, banshee, saw, mando and delius. i have the feeling the “banshee” is the official instrument of hallowe’en…
steve martin – a wild and crazy guy
A SUIT AND BUNNY EARS. a man on the same page as me when it comes to his sartorial approach. and i do mean just every day.
bobby “boris” pickett – monster mash
thriller may be the current “grave yard smash” but i’ve always has a certain affinity for this one. and don’t be surprised if at the holidays i’m suggesting you pick up “monsters’ holiday”…
misfits – walk amoung us*
anything by the misfits on halloween is prime, but i think danzig really knocked it out of the park on this one, zombies, martians, checking with your mom if it’s ok to kill tonight, perfect!
various artists – luxury condos coming to your neighborhood soon
though it never received the attention of athens or seattle, hoboken was one of major players in the ’80s indie scene, and the evanescent coyote records helped document this scene with this 1986 compilation. how is this halloween you ask? “elvis, what happened? what happened was you died” lyrics from the mr. bonus song “elvis, what happened?” proving that if you look, anything can me spooky.
the rocky horror picture show soundtrack
i’ll be magenta, and you can be columbia (in the confetti sequin tunic, perhaps?)
*i would have picked “halloween” but for all intensive purposes, it’s only a single

erydaybromb -Dec 15, 2009, 7:51AM
I just love your site! boy george has a wonderful song: http://tinyurl.com/ydono3q i had fallen in love with that song, so can i share it with you? have a blessed holidays and take care

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last week i asked you all to send in some of your halloween costume ideas and pictures. i’ve gotten some great ideas so far, but i’m giving you more time to send ideas and pics, seeing as halloween is this weekend. so for now, here are some of the ideas from our readers and home office employees to get the creative juices flowing…
oh and the rad robot costume was one of our home office employees last year…can’t wait to see what people have in store for this year!
homemade raggedy ann and andy costumes – ann hair was done by tying red yarn to a filigree-styled headband and bowing it at top. only cost was matching socks ($5) and sailor hat ($5) – from janella
for halloween, i’m going to the beaux arts ball here in lexington (the hood internet is going to be there!) & i’m going as a g lion. i spray-painted a party dress gold today and made a gold petticoat to go underneath, as well as spray-painted a tail and ears. i have really african-inspired earrings and lots of gold makeup, and i’m going to tease my hair to no end! last year i was amelia earhart, before that laura ingalls wilder, marie antoinette and elizabeth I. loving those historical female figures! – from leslie
my boyfriend and i are going as peace and quiet: i’ll be a hippie and he’ll be a mime! – from alyssa
i’m being a star trek geek! – anonymous
wednesday adams – from employee
little bo peep and her sheep – from employee and friends
as for me…i’m going to be at a pearl jam show on halloween, so i’m taking that opportunity to dress in 90s grunge gear…my inspiration is rayanne graff from my so called life.

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keep the ideas coming!

Presente For Men -Oct 31, 2009, 5:57PM
the robot costume is a good idea.
Audrey -Oct 28, 2009, 11:31PM
I am going to be a silent movie actress...i am going to wear white makeup, wear white tights and a black fringe dress w/ pearls and a black cloche hat...and keep mum and carry around a whiteboard

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we hope to see you there!

Amy Choi -Jan 14, 2010, 5:21PM
do you guys hire people ? cuz im looking for a job right now and i will love to work here please email me if you guys need it. thank you :)
Demi -Dec 10, 2009, 4:19PM
Wish you all would open a store in Virginia Beach VA i'd work there : )

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last week we asked which hat topped your list, and the winner is….
…the vintage tam rose beret! with 36% of the votes.
this week we’re loving layers…they’re especially great to wear under your favorite summery tops that you just can’t seem to put away yet.
which of these layering pieces are you loving the most?
the bronte lace top:

the zipper sleeve thermal:

the fishnet scoop top:
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the sheer layering top:
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or the studded cuff thermal:
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time to get creative…send us your costume ideas and photos!

i have a feeling the max costume will be big this year…
(the photo is of a max costume by christian joy, on display and for sale at space 15 twenty).
you can send your ideas and images to me, jkeim@freepeople.com, or upload your photos to our new flickr page!

Alyssa -Oct 21, 2009, 12:06PM
My boyfriend and I are going as Peace and Quiet: I'll be a hippie and he'll be a mime!
-Oct 20, 2009, 10:04PM
im being a star trek geek! :o)

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