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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.

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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!

Pictured: Crochet Cardigan, Ruffle Legging, Sgt Pepper Ankle Boot

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!!!
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cant wait to see pictures, I am sure they wil be outstanding!

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Remember how I told you our Portland store was having an awesome event with artist Rachael Rice? Well she was kind enough to send me a little write up and some photos from the event! I’m so sad I wasn’t there, it looks like it was a magical night :) Read more »

Holly Martin -Nov 09, 2013, 8:03PM
My goodness. Coming from a 'real live native' myself, I'd like to say that the comments provided by the other 'real live natives' are very angry and rude! We have no idea what others have been throug, regardless of skin colour, so saying 'priveledged white girls' is extremely uneducated and a little hateful. I think you ladies are absolutely adorable! Keep up the good work!
eris -Dec 16, 2011, 9:09PM
My best friend's uncle used to make these back when we were kids. He admitted dream catchers were not a tradition of his particular people. But he said none of his customers questioned the authenticity of his art since he was an old "indian" guy. Don't think that this cultural appropriation is something that only privileged whites do. Very little in this world is ever authentic.

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This past Sunday was a beautiful day in New York City, and I got to spend it at our 3rd Avenue store crafting with the lovely fp upper east girls and all the awesome ladies (and gents!) who came in! Read more »

marel -Dec 07, 2011, 6:18PM
Thanks Julia! Dan, Sabrina and I had an amazing time and can't wait for the next event in NYC! We've been making ornaments like crazy-we feel super inspired! Thanks again, we had a great time!
andy skye -Dec 07, 2011, 5:06PM
free people is SO inspiring! what an awesome environment it must be to work in :) i am an interior designer/photographer and i would love for you to check out my work! when i stumbled upon free people this summer i was INLOVE and felt so inspired to be me :) i come from the far far north and nature has always been part of my life. i hope you + free people lovers can find inspiration from me too! thank you for taking your time to read this, peace + love xX ~andy skye

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Tis the season… for giving! We’re celebrating the holidays with a special giveaway for YOU – our amazing readers and fans :) Each Friday in December I will select a winner at random who will receive a special Free People goodie bag!

Each goodie bag includes: the fp one beaded bandeau, a necklace, bracelet, ring, fabric wallet, coin purse, set of barrettes, a display item and some special little trinkets!

Head on over to our Facebook Page to enter.  Happy Holidays!

xoxo

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holly cromer -Dec 07, 2011, 9:16AM
yay! excellent giveaway, i'm so excited, i hope you pick me for one! :) http://hollycromerphoto.blog.com
Katie Ray -Dec 07, 2011, 8:43AM
Awwww, could you please do an email/twitter/tumblr giveaway one time for those of us not on Facebook (weird, I know!). Love from oz! (Pee ess, pls start a store in Perth!) xx

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This weekend I suffered from nostalgia, thoughts of home over consumed me and made me quite homesick heavy; it’s always this time of year that I feel this way maybe it’s the dark nights or the grey dreary weather that brings England into my mind… who knows. I spent my days this weekend thinking about Sunday Roasts, long strolls around Notting Hill, and lazy days inside a cozy pub chatting with friends. Here are some snap shots that helped me get through the feeling this weekend. Even though I get like this from time to time, America is where I am and I’m going to give it my all. You only live once, right?

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Marie -Dec 11, 2011, 12:23AM
I know what you mean, 'Home is where the heart is' right now my husband is in Germany, he just got back from Afghanistan and I'm pretty homesick right now and I know he's counting down the days till he can come home :/ hope Christmas is good for you! and I hope it gets easier, you're positive 'give it your all' attitude is deff going to make it easier :)
Claire -Dec 05, 2011, 10:47PM
London looks sweet, that dig is the cutest!

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As I mentioned the other day, we can’t get enough of our new intimates.  We love them for lounging around the house, but we also love wearing them out – adding little touches of velvet and sparkle that are perfect this time of year.  We decided to ask our California FP girls to give us some styling inspiration on how they would wear their intimates all year round!

One of our favorites this holiday season is the beaded bandeau – it looks adorable peeking out under a plaid buttondown, worn with a lace maxi skirt!

This is such a cute layered look: the sequin cami worn with the lovebug striped thermal, victorian angel cardigan, tall socks and boots.

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The dotted lace tee looks lovely with the pleated wideleg pant and a vest.

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A delicate slip and sequin cami look perfect under the gorgeous long chiffon bed jacket, topped off with a headpiece.

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I love this romantic outfit! The velvet extreme flares and new romantics chiffon capelet with the printed velvet bralette underneath.

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Get festive for the holidays in the voile and lace slip worn over dainty shorts with knee high socks and the fairisle maxi cardigan when it gets chilly!

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Perfect for a night out: the medallion seamless slip worn with a slip in a contrasting color underneath, the joe lace up boot (the new black/brown color is gorgeous), statement necklace and headpiece!

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Here’s a great idea – wear a long sleeved layering tee under a cropped bralette! Add the reversible fur vest and pile on the rings and necklaces for this cool layered look.

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Layering tops like the floral burnout henley are also great for taking your favorite summer tank into fall and winter!

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Add a little sparkle to a tomboy look of destroyed denim and the open lace sleeve top with the sequin cami.

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The long chiffon bed jacket looks amazing over the beaded bandeau and cutoffs with cute little ankle boots!

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And lastly, we have the sequin cami paired with the adorable high waisted textured shorts and fairisle maxi cardigan. Love!

Lauren -Dec 11, 2011, 3:22PM
The last look is so fantastic - Love the colours of the cami/ shorts/ nails/ hair!
kate -Dec 03, 2011, 5:42PM
Love these looks! www.sweet-louise.blogspot.com

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What’s everyone doing this weekend? I wanted to tell you about an amazing art show taking place in Philadelphia so if you live in the area listen up!

Two of our fp girls have teamed up to put on a show at Reward in Old City, Philadelphia, called “A Distant Land to Roam.” The opening is tonight and several of us fp girls will be there. I can’t wait – to say these girls are talented is an understatement! Here’s a little sneak peek:

So amazing – I’m going to take some photos at the show to share with you guys!

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On Saturday morning I’m heading to New York City! On Saturday I plan on spending some time in my favorite part of the city, Brooklyn, and doing some vintage shopping and maybe hitting up an art show. I’m staying at the Bowery House – I’m excited to check this place out, it’s a great option for anyone on a budget, and looks super cool.

Then on Sunday I’m heading to the Upper East Side for the event at Free People 3rd Ave, where I’ll be running a DIY ornament station from 12-5pm! If you’re in the area come hang out!!

For more info on the event and to RSVP click here.

-Dec 05, 2011, 5:45PM
hey i was just in brooklyn on sat too! I got some great treasures at the artsists and fleas flea market! it's the best!
Emma -Dec 04, 2011, 1:55PM
I wish I could go but too bad I live the other side of the Atlantic! Looks amaze!

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