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Being surrounded by amazing fashion all day at work, it can be a little overwhelming at times.  I’ll often find myself up in our studio, browsing through the racks, or in meetings, staring longingly at all the upcoming designs and samples hanging on the walls, wishing I could own them all.  With Chanukah upon us and Christmas in just a few days, Jemma, Naomi and I each narrowed it down to a few select items that are on our wishlist this year.

Naomi’s Wishlist

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Glitter Mesh Longsleeve Layering Top in Gold – I’ve had my eye on this top for a bit. I love how it’s a regular crew neck tee, but it’s sheer and glittery. I want to juxtapose it’s sparkleyness with some sportswear-ish styling. Since it’s sheer, you can take advantage of that and layer a tank bra or racerback underneath. My inspiration comes from here and here.

Perfume Amulet Necklace – I love the hammered nail form of this necklace. I want to layer it on with mixed metals and necklaces of varying length – something like this. It’s also made from recycled metal which is always a feel good plus.

Lora Cutout Wedges – I’m such a wedge girl – they’re so much more stable and comfortable than regular heels. I can’t get enough of the sweet pattern and ethnic feel of these babies. The stripe up the back and triangle cutouts make them a must have. It’s nice how they’re statement shoes, yet pretty neutral at the same time. I would definitely style them with skinnies to let them shine, but I think you could wear any range of styles on top.

Jemma’s Wishlist

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Throughout the holidays I like to feel comfortable with a bit of sass!  The items I’ve chosen make for the day but also can be carried into the evening.

I like to live in jeans a lot and the new vintage washed straight leg thrift jeans are a new move away from my usual skinny jean I opt for. I’d team them with the vegan leather button down shirt to give them an edge and for extra comfort I’d throw this unique fashion sweater kimono over the top. Come the evening I’d put on these Jazzy studded loafers and I’m ready to go to the local bar.

My holiday wishlist is all about comfort with an edge.

Items:  Vegan Leather Button Down Shirt, Vintage Thrift Washed Straight Leg Jean, Kimono Solid Sweater, Hardware Loafer

Julia’s Wishlist

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Vegan 3 Eye Gibson Shoe – I’ve been wanting a pair of doc martens for a while now, and I think I’ve found “the one.” These would go with absolutely everything, and I love that the oxford style as opposed to boots.

We The Free Reverse It Kachow Thermal – Two shirts in one, need I say more?! I love the wash on this thermal and it’s incredibly soft and easy – idea for Christmas morning, or a casual night out.

Tanner Shoulder Bag – This bag reminds me of an older FP bag that I have had for a while now, and have loved to bits – literally.  I can no longer justify using it as my carry-on every time I travel, so I think this is a perfect replacement. I like bags that are brown or neutral in color so they go with everything!

-Dec 21, 2011, 2:54PM
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One lucky winner will win a $200 FP gift card!

For the design of our newest store we’re looking to do something really special, and we’d love for you all to help us out! What we’re asking is to send us your love letters. It can be a photo, drawing, letter – whatever – just be sure to mark down where you’re writing from and share what you love with us. You can send it via snail mail, or scan and email it to blog@freepeople.com. In the end of it all, the love letters will become a part of our upcoming Center City Philadelphia location, and one lucky winner will be chosen to receive a $200 FP gift card! So get on it – you have until January 13th to send us your love letters and enter. xoxo Free People

Claire -Jan 13, 2012, 4:17PM
When will you be announcing the winner?
Claire -Jan 13, 2012, 2:52PM
When will we find out the winner of this contest?

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The highlight of my work week? See here.

Taking pictures and styling clothes, my thirst for creativity and inspiration was well satiated that day. The euphoria of childlike happiness tightened my cheeks and pulled the corners of my mouth up into a googely grin that never left my face. Shooting and collaborating with these beautiful & talented bloggers was something of an out of body experience – one where you pinch yourself… hard. Myself six months ago, the girl who liked to dink around with the camera gifted by her parents (one of the best gifts I’ve ever received btw), would never have thought I’d be doing this. I’ve always enjoyed photography as a side thing – especially the portrait and fashion genres, but I sort of stumbled into getting to do it on the regular for work. Free People has opened doors to explore my hobby in ways I’d never imagined.

I love being at work & I love what I do, but outside of the office I’ve been pretty busy too. I’m always sure to fill my weekends with adventures:  brunching, city jaunts, record sorting, flea markets, nights out with friends, and of course, shopping. It keeps me moving and it keeps me inspired. Life has been a whirlwind of fun and love.

I’ve snapped some photos along the way to document…

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Last 4 photos: The Ramsey Oxfords in Maroon, Galileo Gilded Necklace, Denim Cutoff Shorts (<3 these so much), and the FP Cropped Biker Jacket

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My roommate and I finally got out the power tools and hung up some art!

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We wore ourselves out!

Oh, and here’s my week’s playlist. Enjoy!

fp naomi -Dec 20, 2011, 8:02AM
It was a great bloody mary! It's from brunch at Silk City in Philadelphia. I highly suggest going there and trying it if you ever get the chance.
-Dec 19, 2011, 5:10PM
that looks like a great bloody mary!! where is it from???

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Hello again from Hanoi! It’s 6 am, and we’ve just arrived back on the night train from Sa Pa, and just enjoyed a delicious breakfast of Pho and watermelon juice. We’re about to hop on a flight to Hoi An, a beach town on the south central coast of Vietnam, on the south China Sea. We’re literally doing hair and make-up on the street outside of a cafe…

More tomorrow!
Xo

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For the sexy, nightlife-lover that you love!

1. Velvet Bike Short
2. Bodycon Sequin Skirt
3. Gilded Coil Cuff
4. Silverspun Headpiece
5. Seamless Crochet Crop Top
6. Joplin Necklace
7. Handprinted Holiday Cards
8. Victorian Backseam Tight
9. Almost Famous Clutch
10. Lace Crop Bralette
11. Lurex Long Sleeve Crochet Top
12. Denim Cutoff Short

kate -Dec 16, 2011, 12:01PM
noooooo! redheads look much better in greens, blues, purples, and neutrals. red and black end up looking goth and harsh.. more green clothing please!! :)
catarina -Dec 15, 2011, 8:16PM
oh I like that Seamless Crochet Crop Top!!

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Hey Austin! We have an amazing event taking place at our store on Lamar this weekend! Stop by this Saturday, 12/17, from 12PM-8PM and enjoy sweet treats and a hot cocoa bar! One of our favorite Austin bloggers, Indiana Adams, will be there as a special guest stylist from 12PM-2PM, followed by live music by The Lovely Brigade from 2:30-4:30PM! With purchases of $50 or more get a special gift bag (while supplies last), and spend $250 and you’ll be entered in a raffle to win a gift card and homemade snow globe!

For more info and to RSVP visit their Facebook Page.

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A gift guide for all the bohemian, flower children out there :)

1. Zodiac Cuff
2. Daisy Chain Double Wrap Belt
3. Sketched Holiday Cards
4. FP One Palace Block Printed Pant
5. Hauz Khas Village Top
6. Hand Woven Yarn Refills
7. Poppy Cutout Leather Cuff
8. Vintage Necklace
9. Embellished Friendship Cuff
10. Jacquard Bucket Bag
11. Pocono Leggings

I’ve always been a Lou but lately I find myself skewing kinda Meadow… I want everything above!

(…hint hint)

Taylor -Dec 15, 2011, 4:52PM
Oh yes, I am most definitely a meadow!! Www.forsurejadore.blogspot.com
fp julia -Dec 15, 2011, 3:22PM
mary - we're doing one now!!! http://www.facebook.com/FreePeople?sk=app_28134323652

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Giving someone a gift that they really love is one of the best things about the holidays – it’s such a great feeling to see a smile light up their face as they open it. When it comes to holiday shopping though, I’m terrible at it – I get overwhelmed by the holiday crowds and never seem to find that special something that I’m looking for.  With that in mind, I thought I’d put together these holiday gift guides with the hope that they can help you too – I must say, even if you don’t know if the girl you’re shopping for is a Candy, Meadow, Lou or Ginger, you really can’t go wrong with any of these items!

Up first, gifts for Candy:

1. Micro Tap Short
2. Vintage Jewelry Box
3. Booty Short Neutral Pack
4. Sequin Cami
5. Ranger Washed Bucket Bag
6. Montmartre Statement Ring
7. Mesh Dot Ankle Sock
8. Printed Thermal Legging
9. Winter Wishes Holiday Postcards
10. Mulberry Rose Crown
11. Crafty Cuff Thermal

Visit the Gift Shop.

Saturday DO

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DO: finish what you’ve started instead of thinking what’s next.

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In a lot of ways it’s good to be ahead of the curve, always thinking what’s next. But sometimes I find myself looking too far into the future instead of revisiting things that I set out to accomplish in the past.

I mentioned last week how I’m always coming up with plans of action to fix a personal flaw or something that’s troubling me. All too often I find myself focusing on something different two weeks down the road. This week it dawned to me – I need to make it a point to refresh and revisit what I set out to do in the first place.

Say I want to work on being a more eloquent speaker (which for me with my tendency to say “like” and 1,000 words per minute talking speed can be a bit tough), so I decide that I’m going to try and speak more slowly, giving myself more time to think about what I want to say. Two weeks down the line, I want to remind myself that I was making these efforts, and revisit speaking slowly with all of the dedication I had originally.

The best way to really fix something – or really to accomplish anything in general – is to stick with it. If you began painting something last month, don’t start 5 more works before you finish it. Finish it. At least for myself, I think this is a strategy that will help me to feel like I’ve accomplished more and to effectively make changes that I’ve been wanting to make.

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holly cromer -Dec 14, 2011, 10:00AM
What an amazing set of photos!
Tamberine -Dec 12, 2011, 3:33PM
This one is huge for me...my mind is always going and I'm always strategizing instead of actually doing. I really love the Saturday DOs! I need to start remembering to read them on Saturday though!

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Our holiday party last night was so much fun! To create the atmosphere of a masquerade ball, Building 543 was transformed with magical lights, bartenders who served champagne while hanging upside down, a ceiling of silver balloons, face-painting stations and touches of Parisian mystique throughout.

FP party dresses! The Fancy Fringe Dress, New Romantics Tailored Dress, Priscilla Metallic Dress.

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The adorable Scallop Strapless Dress and the Vintage Long Sleeve Lace Dess.

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The beautiful back of the Battenburg Lace Dress.

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The amazing Studio LTD Platforms.

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How cute are these two? Also love the back of the Priscilla Metallic Dress.

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An older version of the sequin cami looks quite festive with faux fur and fun accessories :)

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Sure sign of a good party – all the heels come off!

Thank you Naomi/Jemma/Lauren for the great photos :)

Samantha -Dec 20, 2011, 9:41AM
Didn't think I could want to work for FP/Anthro more... so fun!
Emily -Dec 12, 2011, 10:08AM
take me in urbn, take me in. i want to eat sleep and breathe you TWO YEARS TILL I GRADUATE HERE I COME

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By now I’m sure you all know who Abigail is. And, from her frequent popping up here on the blog, you can probably tell that she and I are attached at the hip. She is a loyal and loving companion who trots along next to me wherever I go. When people say that they and their pet were meant to be, I completely understand. Abigail’s my goof and I’m her ball, we’re two peas in a pod…

She doesn’t chew, she doesn’t bite, she comes when she’s called, but Abigail has another problem…

Abigail barks. She doesn’t do it when I’m home, but as soon as I leave, she raises an objection that bothers my neighbor to no end. I get it. I wouldn’t want to listen to it either. But for Abigail the separation anxiety is too much to handle, and she doesn’t know what else to do.

I’ve decided that this isn’t a matter I’m just going to give up on, so a friend of mine put me in touch with her friend that is a dog behaviorist. Stressed and desperate, I got on the phone with her to explore possible solutions.

The psychology behind separation anxiety in dogs turns out to be a fascinating topic. It seems that one of the major solutions is steadily training your dog over time to understand that you are the alpha dog, not them. Since I’ve learned this, I verbally remind Abigail every morning as she stretches awake that I am in fact the alpha dog (this wasn’t one of the trainer’s suggestions, but it’s nonetheless effective and entertaining).  The idea behind establishing your dominance is that they will understand it as their duty to be left behind.

So how am I establishing myself in my new role? Little tricks like running my hand through her food and not letting her eat till I say so. With my permission to eat food coated with my scent, she understands that the food she is getting is a generous act of kindness. I am the alpha dog. We’ve also been working on perfecting heel. Abigail should never lead – I walk out the door first; I set the pace; I choose where we go; and it all needs to be done with calm. Her world needs to be zen so that the general state of being will transfer to moments when I’m not around.

Another thing the trainer suggested to calm her down is a Thundershirt (pictured below). Derived from technology used in children with Autism, the contraption fits the dog snuggly and has a calming, anti-anxiety effect. Each time I mention it, I like to shout the word “Thundershirt!” as if it were a superhero call, think, “superman!” (not normal, but I’m the alpha dog so whatever…). To keep it clear – the way in which it should be said – I will include an exclamation mark to spell it out.

The Thundershirt! directions instructed that the Thundershirt! make a peace offering the first time it’s presented to the dog

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As you can tell, I’m trying to have a lighthearted approach to the situation, but I’m not going to lie – it’s tough at times. I have amazing support from my friends, yet there are still moments where I can’t help but think how free I’d feel should I hand her off to my parents (who would gladly steal her from me as it is). Whenever I’m questioning if it’s worth it, she’ll conveniently plop her head down on my leg and stare up at me – her big brown eyes peeking out behind wild tufts of hair and melting my heart. It reminds me that I can’t give up on her.

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Stay tuned for updates on Abigail’s journey to the bottom of the pack (or should I say my journey to Alpha dogness?). If any of you have gone through similar issues, or have tips on how to deal with separation anxiety in dogs, please share. My ears are open and I’d love to hear what you all have to say.

local dog walkers -Nov 15, 2012, 2:29AM
Becoming the leader of your dog is the most important attitude that you must have. Before you can do this, your dog will not obey your command. You must learn to discipline your dog by understanding basic commands such as “Sit!”, “Stop!” and so on. Dogs often dig because they are bored or have no activity going on.
Chelsea -Dec 13, 2011, 3:09PM
It's so funny to read what has been unfolding in my life for some time now! My dog is me. Myself, my fiancé and our Obi Wan...we are a unit, along with a scale tipping Russian blue tabby mix. That being said I have a pit bull, who for those who know, are verrrrry sensitive dogs. When I say that I don't mean scary and unpredictable but just pathetic, heartbroken sensitivity. Obi also has very bad separation anxiety. We got him at a very young age, 6 weeks, which isn't dire but definitely too young to leave his family. The people who had these 10 little monsters along with mom and dad needed them in good homes and I dont think could afford them much longer. He never gained that confidence and security in being alone, we are his stability and when we have to go he loses it. It breaks my heart (as well as two beautiful couches, a canon camera, countless socks and a couple innocent things here and there) so we had to start "crating", our version he has a while room with familiar objects, food/water and his bed. He doesn't love it and we don't expect him too, but it has been keeping him calm and quiet and much less stressed. We try and never be away from him too long, he's our honor after all :), but when we have to be gone it really helps. He has worked his way up to being okay out of his bedroom for short trips and we are very proud. Good luck on your path dude! They are always a work in progress, as are we. They are just sooo worth it at the end of the day!

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Lots of fun store events are going down tonight and this weekend! First up, Scottsdale!

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Holiday Dress Fest at Free People Scottsdale Fashion Square

TONIGHT – 12/8 5pm-9pm

Are you in need of the perfect party dress for your holiday festivities? Stop by our Scottsdale Fashion Square store for a special shopping experience tonight with complimentary treats & bubbly, the fresh vibes of DJ Charlie Meyer, local photography to capture the fun and of course the most fabulous and festive dresses around!

For more info check out their facebook page.

Pictured: Fairisle Babydoll Top, Viscose Voile Slip, Tall Boots,

Holiday Glam Party at Free People Stanford

Saturday 12/10 4pm-8pm

Enjoy sparkling cider and snacks while shopping for your holiday party outfits! Stylists will be on the floor for to help you perfect your holiday look, and for each party dress bought you will be entered in a raffle to win a very special gift basket!

For more info visit their facebook page.

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Pictured: Viscose Voile Slip, Tall Boots, Fluted Cable Pullover, Faux Fur Hat

Holiday Concert and Food Drive at Free People Clarendon

Saturday 12/10 2pm-6pm

Ready to kick off the Holiday Party season and give back at the same time?! FP Clarendon is hosting an amazing bash this Saturday from 2pm-6pm. They’ll be showcasing two amazing bands while collecting food for DC Central Kitchen. Please bring healthy snacks to donate (granola bars, fruit cups, etc) all day and stay from 2-6pm to watch The Silver Liners and The Dance Party rock out!

For more info and to RSVP visit their facebook page.

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Pictured: Skinny Cord, Tall Boots, Floral Baby Tee, Sequin Cami

DIY for the Holidays at Free People King of Prussia

Saturday 12/10 12pm-3pm

Stop by our King of Prussia, PA store on Saturday to make DIY gift toppers! Bring in a gift or pick up a gift at the store and decorate it FP-style!

They will also be collecting donations for the Ronald McDonald House.

Fore more info and to RSVP visit their facebook page.

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Pictured: Slouchy Velvet Blazer, Sequin Button Down, High Waisted Textured Short, Lenape Tall Sock and Tall Boots.

Dallas Maynard Holiday Trunk Show at Free People Wicker Park

Saturday 12/10 10am – 8pm & Sunday 12/11 10am – 3pm

Local Chicago jewelry designer Dallas Maynard will be at our Wicker Park, Chicago store this weekend selling her beautiful jewelry!

They will have appetizers, refreshments, and great music to get everyone in the Holiday Spirit! Plus, with any $150 Free People purchase AND the purchase of a Dallas Maynard piece, Free People Wicker Park will be raffling off a gift set that includes a FP Gift Card and a special Dallas Maynard piece!!

Fore more info and to RSVP visit their facebook page.

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As for us Philly home office peeps, our holiday party is tonight!! The theme is masquerade :) We’ll have pix tomorrow! xx

-Dec 08, 2011, 9:03PM
Have agreat time at party looking forward to pictures!!!
-Dec 08, 2011, 9:01PM
cant wait to see pictures, I am sure they wil be outstanding!

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