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memorial day weekend will always carry with it a sense of freedom and memories of that long weekend when i’d get out early from school and head to the shore with family and friends for beach, barbecues and SUN – the first taste of the languid summer days ahead. it has always been the beach for me, but there are tons of other getaways that would be wonderful this weekend…

camping under the stars…

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a lake hidden by trees, preferably with a rope to swing out on…

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wherever this is, i want to go there.

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a weekend boating excursion would be amazing!

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road trip…

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…or bike trip!

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crash at a friend’s house with a pool :)

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and if you can’t go anywhere at all, build yourself a blanket fort :)

what’s everyone doing this weekend?

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Aylaginger -Jul 14, 2011, 4:31PM
last weekend I went to the Oregon coast and enjoyed the beautiful combination of mountain, forest, and beach.
missseo -Jun 08, 2011, 9:05PM
Well, I wish everyday is the weekend. Whatever I will do!

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hot pants for hot summer days! we love these little m2f cutoff shorts that come in pretty pastel shades. i definitely want a pair of these but i can’t pick a color! which ones do you guys like best?

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anon -May 29, 2011, 4:51PM
Its the same girl in all but one of the pictures
Mei -May 26, 2011, 2:55PM
i'm wondering how the sizing is on these? the FP cutoff distressed denim shorts run large for example. if these fit like those i know exactly what to get. that's the only reason i'm holding off...

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summer is right around the corner and to celebrate, we have a giveaway that you will want to use every day until the cold creeps back in – our display team has donated one of the incredible swings from our new summer install and one lucky reader will get to call it their own!

these swings are completely sturdy and usable, with wooden slats as a base and colorful netting to cover it with. as with many of our displays, our team drew inspiration from india, where our senior store designer spends half of each year. the netting, trimmed with beads, pompoms and tassels, is the same kind that is draped over the backs of camels in india.  the rope used to hang the chair is also the same kind as camel reins in india, and consists of colorful string carefully wrapped around thick rope. we used similar pieces on the camel in our august 2010 catalog shoot and the same netting was used on the horse in our march catalog shoot!

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camel in jodhpur, india

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left- august 2010 catalog; right – march 2010 catalog

i can just imagine this swing on the front porch of a house or hanging from the limbs of a tree in the backyard of one of our devoted readers… dreaming the summer days away, reading, listening to music and swinging gently in the summer air.

and not only are you getting one of the coolest store display pieces EVER, you also get something that is quite symbolic of the free people aesthetic. this swing is truly special!

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TO ENTER:

1. fill out the brief form located on our facebook page here.

2. at the bottom of the form, make sure you “like” us on facebook

3. come back to the blog and leave a comment on this post letting us know you’ve completed the steps!*

*the winner will be selected at random from the comments on this post – make sure to leave your email address so we can contact you!

the giveaway will remain open for one week- a winner will be selected wednesday june 1st.

the swing will come with all the pieces you need to hang it, as well as instructions.

good luck!

Connie Baldino -Apr 22, 2012, 12:35PM
I did "like you" though!
Connie Baldino -Apr 22, 2012, 12:34PM
Sorry, I did not see a form to fill out for the swing. Please advise. Connie

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brooke dombroski is a photographer and designer who lives in hawaii, on the island of oahu where our may catalog was shot.  the second i saw her tumblr, brooklyn hawaii, i was completely enthralled with her laid-back surfer girl lifestyle – and brooke was kind enough to share some photos with the blog to give us a little peek into her life in hawaii! needless to say, i am beyond jealous…

Location: North Shore of O’ahu, Hawai’i
A 7-mile stretch of the best waves in the world!

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What I love about living in Hawai’i:
We are the most isolated island chain.
Life is so simple. Nature can keep us entertained for a lifetime!
Surf + Sand + ROAM + Shells + Waterfalls + Crush Sunglasses + Bare feet + Hand-sewn Bikinis + Coconut water + Fresh fish + Mountains + Ocean + Sun + Friends + Ohana (Family) + ALOHA

be sure to check out her beautiful tumblr here: www.brooklynhawaii.com

Kanani Parker -Feb 07, 2013, 8:08PM
Her stuff reminds me of Cayenne Carocci's photography whom is also an island girl. I believe these women are very blessed... Aloha
Greg Holbert -Feb 06, 2012, 12:45PM
Very beautiful pictures that make me want to live on a beach!

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good morning! it’s time for a lookbook poll – our may lookbook is all about movement, shown through light, flowing skirts and dresses perfect for summer nights dancing under the stars. i love how expressive model alina baikova is in these photos! which one is your favorite?

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click on each image to see items in the outfit.

to read about the makeup for this shoot, click here!

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a few of you have asked about the amazing rope swirl tapestries in our new store displays and you’re in luck because one of our display artists put together a tutorial on how to make them! it looks like such a fun rainy day project.

what you need: a large piece of cardboard,  black marker, scissors, rope in various sizes and colors, neon twine, pompoms.

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use a variety of different colors and textures to create a fun swirl – these purple and orange tassels are just another piece of string woven in with the others!

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once you’ve got it down, you can make a whole bunch in different sizes and colors, to create a whole wall tapestry just like the ones in our stores :) i can’t wait to try this!

Be sure to check out our new DIY Projects category for more DIY Inspiration!

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our new houston galleria store shot a lookbook with texas photographer shanna ingram and when i first opened these photos i was completely floored! these girls are gorgeous and the photos are lovely.

in this look: we the free concert raglan, mesh maxi half slip, lacey layering skort.

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in this look: fp-1 mesh maxi skirt, floral seamless bodycon slip, austin festival bag.

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in this look: boxy sheer stripe pullover, pearl eagle pendantfiona sunglasses, scarf coming soon.

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in this look: polynesian princess romper, even dots bandeau.

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in this look: skinny stripe bodysuit, fp-1 mesh ombre skirt.

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in this look: lovely lace halter tunic, honey textured tube, miranda sun hat.

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in this look: honey textured tube, scalloped eyelet short, raggy desert scarf, ombre seed bead collar.

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in this look: hinted florals maxi dress.

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in this look: wideleg sheer gauchos, fp-1 plaid crop top, embroidered mesh crop top, eastwood crossbody.

so beautiful, ladies! nice work :)

Daniel -May 19, 2011, 11:11AM
These photos are really awesome! I know the photographer and you can see more of her work at www.shanrenee.com.
darkberry32 -May 18, 2011, 11:31AM
Love Love Love this store!

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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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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:
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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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