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just a couple of days to go before we head down to austin for our july catalog release party! we are so excited to go back to the live music capital to celebrate with the happen-ins, who are featured in the catalog, and photographer alexandra valenti!

i’ll have more photos and info (and a free download!) from the happen-ins once the catalog drops, but today i wanted to introduce you to the guys who will be playing a live show at our party on friday!

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the happen-ins are (from left): ricky ray jackson – guitar/vocals, john michael dayspring – bass, falcon valdez – drums, and (front) sean faires – guitar/vocals.

formed in early 2009, the happen-ins quickly grew a following in austin where their blend of r&b grooves and gritty americana rock suit the live music capital to a t.   their sound and style has an authenticity to it that is refreshing, setting them apart from other up and coming acts. they pride themselves on developing their own culture and building a community around their music – their connection to their fan base is a huge part of what makes them so loved.  for all of these reasons, we knew they were perfect to appear in our austin catalog! their long haired, bell bottomed, vintage rock style and good looks were of course a plus :)

here’s a little preview of some of their tunes to get you ready for friday’s party. check them out and just try not to shake your hips!


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photos by alexandra valenti.

fp julia -Jun 16, 2011, 8:47AM
nikki - awesome!! see you there :)
Nikki Qiao -Jun 16, 2011, 1:20AM
I was so excited to find out you guys are coming back to Austin for the release party. I picked out my Free people outfit for the party a couple days ago already. Can't wait to meet you and express how passionate I am about Free people!!! Not sure if you have seen a sneak peak of the video I am working on with a friend. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1y-iBNLBzr4&feature=channel_video_title It's going to be a Free people promotion videos of the clothes I've purchased from Free since March 2011. I am totally hooked, and just want to show other girls how to dress in Free from a customer's point of view instead of a professional model. Anyway!!! I am soooo excited. I use Nikon D90, and will take photos of the party. Then my friend may record, and we will post a video of July catlog release party video on Youtube. Anyway, it should be fun!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait!!!!!! :)

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Nicole Vaughn

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I actually first heard about Nicole Vaughn when Jolyn, a reader, commented on one of my music posts about her. I went to her website to take a listen and I loved what I heard. A peaceful voice, relatable lyrics, and emotionally charged melodies are what make up her tracks. It just so happens that the singer/songwriter is also a huge Free People fan! She sent in an FPme photo that we recently posted on the blog (she’s the third one down). It’s hard to believe she’s not already a huge sensation. Nicole is one of the music scene’s best kept secrets that needs to be let out of the bag.

Nicole gladly answered a few questions for you all to get to know her better. She’s also made her song, “Stuck on You,” available for free download to you all! (Thank you, Nicole!) Read up on our interview with the inspirational woman and take a listen to her music!

Where were you when you wrote your first song?

I wrote my first official song on guitar at 13, I was sitting on the floor of my room with my guitar and a notebook of some poetry (not very good poetry), and sort of just started to put the pieces together.

What is your favorite song off of your most recent album, “Say It,” and why?

I think that my favorite song off of album would be “Everything We’ve Built” or the title track itself, “Say it”.  These are the most personal and soul-bearing songs on the album and are extremely raw and honest in their story-telling and how I felt about the subject matter.

What is your picture of success?

Success to me would be to continue creating quality music and lyrics that I’m excited about and playing and collaborating with talented musicians that I admire. If I get some fans and make people smile, feel, connect, or dance along the way, I am happy. I’d also like to open for Wilco or Mason Jennings one day, but that might be pushing it ;)

What’s the last album you bought? What else is on your iPod right now?

I recently bought Paul Simons greatest hits, Dawes’ new album, and Barrett Johnson’s album “In Case I went Missing”. Some of my iPod go-to’s are: Mason Jennings, Neko Case, Cass McCombs, Alexander, Rolling Stones, Lissie, Muddy Waters, Bon Iver, Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, Arcade Fire, Patsy Cline,  Wilco, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Randy Newman, Sharon Van Etten…just to name a few! I love it all.

What is your signature look?

I’m not even sure, I think I’d have to ask someone else, hah!  I just wear what I like and I’m comfortable in. Fancy stuff when I’m on stage, but lately off stage I’ve been really casual. I just like jeans, plain T, some turquoise or native american jewelry, and some boots. I like simplicity more and more these days.

What sort of hobbies do you have besides your music?

I love reading a good book, surfing, camping, going to shows, road-trips, hiking, running, rock-climbing, spending time with my pups, anything adventurous and spontaneous. I like to keep life interesting and unpredictable.

What is your favorite book?

East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I’m a big fan of Steinbeck.

One thing you cannot live without is?

Guitar. Or my wonderful mom. Or my dogs. I mean that’s a pretty tough question. haha

What does Free mean to you?

Free means having a free state of mind, not being confined by status quos or trends-free of influence, loving what you love just because YOU love it! Doing what you want, because it’s what YOU want to do.

Nicole Vaughn

Listen to the rest of Nicole’s Music Here

Laura -Jun 12, 2011, 2:47AM
Oh my goodness, i love this girl! She used to play the open mic at the coffee shop I worked out every week! She is a sweetheart and wonderful live!
Diana -Jun 10, 2011, 8:26PM
omg I love her sound! and OMG she's playing IN MY TOWN, in 4 HOURS!!! omg fate. thanks for the hot tip free peeps!

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Post image for store style featuring the nightcap lace bell bottoms!

it’s no secret: we love the nightcap lace bell bottoms! there are so many ways to style them, and our store girls are pros- check out these lovely pics of them rocking our fave pants!

katie, mit at fp san jose, wears them with a strappy cami, ruffle hem cami and denim jacket and hat for a cute casual look.

here’s one of our denver sales associates, wearing them with the tape yarn beach sweater! love.

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one of our customers, who dressed them up with a button-down crop top and hat!

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i love this outfit! one of our nyc girls styled the pants with the textured bottom trapeze tank and archipelago fringe tank.

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from boston: sales associate stephanie is rocking the american flag scarf- she’s a hippie child and a dreamer! she looks super cute and casual, showing you don’t have to be over the top, and can totally pull them off everyday. and becka, the soon to be natick ASM, is wearing the grey in an adorable beach style with the pintuck lace square neck top!

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and from houston galleria – simple and stunning with a tank top and aztec seed bead necklace.

thank you so much ladies! find the nightcap lace bell bottoms here.

Shiela -Apr 03, 2014, 12:27AM
Hi! Do you use Twitter? I'd like to follow you if that would be ok. I'm absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.
dragon fruit -Jun 12, 2011, 8:43AM
this is AWESOME!! i love these pants i haven't seen them before! have to check them out NOW... www.dragonnfruit.com

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i have an interesting twist for your thursday poll today! our videographer made this lovely video featuring model martha hunt demonstrating three great ways to wear the fp one smiles returning tube dress – check it out and then vote for your favorite of the three!

song is “walk thoughts” by the twin atlas.

view the items in these looks here.

Taylor -Jun 09, 2011, 3:26PM
Wow the results are so close! I voted for #2....i was surprised b/c im usually in the minority~ haha :D www.forsurejadore.blogspot.com
fp naomi -Jun 09, 2011, 2:53PM
michelle - as of right now we don't have any ordered, but I'd still keep an eye out!

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Post image for guest post from NYC: jack is in his corset, jane is in her vest…

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…and me i’m in a rock and roll band.

Actually, my name is Liz. I am a young designer, a recent graduate from Parsons The New School for Design, and a current associate at Free People in Soho, NY. I started crocheting these vests this past year and asked some of the Free People girls to rock them for me.

This past season I looked to craft and the charm in handmade objects for inspiration. I had just moved into my new loft in Brooklyn, NY and found my place was a collection of crafts. My most prized possession is a yellow chevron pattern crocheted blanket my mom made when I was young. I owe all of my talent to my mom, who taught me how to crochet. As for the vest itself, I focused on creating a piece that would complete every outfit in my closet. My style is that similar to that of the Free People girl. I look to Pamela Love and Erin Wasson for style inspiration, who both share that endearing, yet individualized free-spirited vibe. I feel like a vest is something you can wear year round: in the winter, I’m always looking for another layer and in the summer, it’s great with a tank and shorts or just over a bathing suit!

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thank you so much for sharing liz!!! not only did you quote one of my favorite songs but the vests are amazing and i’m insanely jealous of your rooftop garden…xoxo

Aimee -Apr 08, 2013, 7:09PM
Tutorial? or where to buy?
Victoria -Nov 27, 2012, 7:38PM
How do you make it?

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we’re going to vegas, baby! we’re opening a store this fall at the fashion show mall! wanna work there? apply here.

may -Jan 30, 2012, 1:05AM
I also said to Madison, that I hope I wasn't bothering her. Because how she would follow me around the store and re-fold all the clothes next to me. And suggested that I should try the clothes on now because she's closing the store soon, when I still got half an hour. I wasnt gonna try clothes on but bobby the sales associate offered me a room so I said why not. But Madison was literally rushing me out. How rude. I am not about to spend my money with her, free people, just lost a sale. They should really look at the people they hire. Ayayay!
may -Jan 30, 2012, 12:59AM
i just had the worst service at free people in las Vegas! Madison, the assistant store manager should get fired right on the spot for her bad behavior and negative attitude, only to discover at the end that she's no longer going to be working with the company. Which explained everything how she treated me in the store. I was misinformed about the closing hour I was told 8p. Then Madison, the assistant manager, was rushing me out the store. It was my first time in this store and very excited to check out the new store the products the people who works there, because I was also interested in getting a job there. But everytime I look at an item, Madison stood next to me and watched me, and re-folded the items I picked out. And she was irritated that I was checkin out free people's product. I started to feel unusual because I have never had anyone treated me like that in the store, and the way she was doing it did not embody what free people employees were, not in this store at least. She was very RUDE, UNPROFESSIONAL, and disrespectful. I cannot believe how she got the spot as a manager. She was awful. I'd like to speak to corporate and get this issue taken care of. This person is horrible. She gave me such a bad experienced. This situation happened on January 29, 2012 Sunday at 630p. Madison and Bobby(ie) we're the associate that night. Their store managers name is Kim. I hope you do something about this. This is not what I thought of free people employees. I've read your blogs and expectation as an employee and how you can land a job at free people, b But Madison, is not commited to her job, she's unhappy, and definitely not someone to get an inspirations from. I am extremely upset. I am a loyal customer of anthropologie and urban outfitters. And after tonight, free people in las vegas just gave me a bad vibe. May

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Post image for Exile in Austin: July Catalog Release Party!

i am so excited to tell you guys about something special we’re doing to celebrate our july catalog! you may remember that i was down in austin a couple of months ago, where we shot the book with local band the happen-ins. well we had such a blast that we decided to go back and throw a party to celebrate the catalog release! And what better way to do it than with some live music from the happen-ins?!  if you aren’t familiar with these guys yet, you will be soon… their music – a blend of r&b, americana and classic rock – is intoxicating. not to mention, we love their style :) check them out on facebook here.

the event will take place friday june 17th at 5-8PM

at austin’s mohawk room- where we shot part of our july book!

located at 912 red river st- a strip of austin’s hottest live music venues.

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come hang out with us while enjoying live music from the happen-ins, a special viewing of our catalog video before anyone has seen it, and enter your name in a raffle for a chance to win a $500 or $50 gift card to FP!

we’ll also hand out fliers for a 15% off discount that you can use at our austin store locations – downtown and at the domain.

***this is an all ages event!***

i’m so excited to go back to austin! i hope to see lots of you there!

Nikki Qiao -Jun 12, 2011, 12:17AM
wow!!! That's fantatic!!! I'm sooo going!!!!! I'm absolutely excited!!! Can I take some Photos?
fp julia -Jun 06, 2011, 9:06AM
madeline- it is all ages!! they just haven't fixed it on their website yet...

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the june calendar is here! click on the image to go to our flickr page and download the large size in the widescreen or regular version :)

“june, she´ll change her tune,
in restless walks she´ll prowl the night”

- simon & garfunkel

Liis -Jun 27, 2011, 6:11PM
ps: my bad, when I say 300, 200 or 150, I mean pixels ! :)
Liis -Jun 27, 2011, 6:09PM
click on the image and you'll be redirect to Flick's page. There, you can visualize all the sizes avaiable to download. It's better if you download the biggest size :) After that, when you'll have already the file on your PC, I believe the best way to find the size with good resolution for print, it's open the file on Photoshop. It's not the easiest way but it never fails! Once you have the file opened on Photoshop, you can fit it on a document with 210x297mm (A4 size) and the best resolution is 300. When you print an image, a 200 or 150 it's also good, but if you put 300, I'm sure it's gonna be AWESOME. Hope it works to all who have these doubts =) ! xoxo, Liis K.

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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?

tigerlily:

lemon:
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starflower:
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turquoise:
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rose:

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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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Post image for guest blog post: brooklyn hawaii

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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