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with our latest catalog being shot in california, i wanted to get some insider scoop on what its like to live there – i’ve been to  LA several times but could never see myself settling there…san francisco was much more my speed.  so who better to ask about life in so cal than two fashionable bloggers that were born and raised there – natalie and dylana suarez!

where in LA do you live?

in the valley area of los angeles.

what is your favorite thing about living on the west coast?

natalie: i love the beautiful weather and constant sunshine. i’m not much of a gloomy weather type of person!

dylana: my favorite thing definitely has to be the beautiful weather we always have year round, all the amazing beaches we can go to on a sunny day, and the amazing thrift / vintage shops.

what are some essential pieces every girl in LA must own?

natalie: a great pair of skinny jeans and comfortable boots! also, a big bag is great for toting around everything you need on hand.

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dylana: every LA girl must own a good pair of denim shorts, maxi or ankle length skirts, a good pair of leather ankle boots, silk blouses, and a lightweight blazer.

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where are your favorite places to shop/eat/go out?

natalie: we were born and raised in santa monica so that is definitely my favorite part of the city. i love main street and montana avenue for the cute, little restaurants. i love 3rd street for the shopping. from there, i usually walk to the boardwalk and beach.

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dylana: i love to shop on the santa monica promenade or the americana in glendale. my favorite place to eat is also santa monica because you can get just about anything there and there are a lot of cute little restaurants to eat at. i also really love main street in santa monica.

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3rd street promenade, santa monica

is there a certain spot/place you like to go to get away from it all?

natalie: i love hiking up will rogers park on the westside. you get beautiful views of all of los angeles and it is super relaxing.

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inspiration point, will rogers park

dylana: if i want to get away from the city, i can just stay right at home in the valley, where things are of a much slower pace. i also like to go up to ventura and to relax on the beach or do some thrift shopping on main street over there.

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what’s your ideal way to spend a day off in LA?

natalie: my ideal day off would be biking along the beach from santa monica down to venice. in venice, i usually grab abbot pizza and gelato at nice cream!

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dylana: i like to meet up with friends at a new restaurant that i haven’t tried yet to just hang out and laugh. i also love to spend a few hours at the bookstore reading magazines or i head to the movies. another thing i love to do on my days off is take a nice long bike ride or hike around my neighborhood. it totally clears the mind!

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and here are their picks from our february catalog – i could see them wearing any of these pieces and looking lovely in them!

natalie’s picks:

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clockwise from top left: wrapped in peats maxi skirt;  everything nice lace dress; morning glory chiffon skirt; hearts flutter top; super 70s wideleg jean; first bloom maxi dress.

dylana’s picks:

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from left: borderline fringe sweater, go together well maxi dress, morning glory chiffon skirt.

all photos of natalie and dylana are via their blogs, natalie off duty and color me nana. thank you so much ladies!

Nikki Sulon -Mar 14, 2014, 12:53PM
Love these outfits. Free People is a staple for a CA girls. Find more CA girl style inspiration on my blog :) http://caligirlingold.blogspot.com
Tiffany -Aug 28, 2011, 1:10PM
Love to visit those placee.

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such a beautiful batch of wintry shots from our facebook fans!

Olivia -Feb 03, 2011, 12:01AM
AHHHH haha thats my picture!! the one of the bag in the snow!!!! i cant believe it!!
Bev -Feb 01, 2011, 9:55AM
Fantastic shots! Great clothes put together..."BOOTS FOREVER"!!!! All year round!!

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one of our fp girls out on the west coast sent me these adorable photos that i had to share…

our so-cal DVM had a day at her daughter’s school called “occupation celebration” where she talked to the kids about her awesome job at FP  – she dressed up the girls like mannequins and chatted all about being a district visual manager – how cute?!

and this is claude, a new pup belonging to our visual manager on the west coast! above is claude as an itty bitty pup, and here is is on his first fp store visit, in santa monica:

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this is just too much…i need a puppy!!!

margaux -Feb 09, 2011, 1:10AM
oh my god, i just died
kim @ fptorrance -Jan 29, 2011, 5:50PM
this post melts my heart! i love the mini fp models- so cute!!! claude just makes me swoon!

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one of our designers celebrated a birthday yesterday and how lovely is this spread some of our fp grils put together for her? fresh fruit, yogurt with honey, oats, cute cookies, cake and flowers…perfect! (raspberries…mmmmmm…my fave).

Eva -Jan 27, 2011, 8:37PM
Yummy! And what an awesome birthday! It looks as though working for FP is an absolute blast!
Tiffany -Jan 27, 2011, 2:14PM
everything looks so yummy XOXO, http://outfitidentifier.com/

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lizzy janssen is an amazing artist, has great style, and is just an awesome person- so its no surprise that her home (in fishtown, philadelphia) is a reflection of all those things. lizzy describes it as somewhere in the early american, meets 1950’s housewife, meets mid-century modern neighborhood :) another fun fact – it was designed by our creative director, who lives here!

i’m completely in love with her place…the exposed brick, the spiral staircase, the amazing bathroom and her adorable cat arlo in the above picture (named after arlo guthrie).

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most of the stuff lizzy has decorated her place with – the furniture, paintings and figurines – was found at thrift stores, garage sales, and sometimes even on the curb! her favorite thrift stores in philly are germantown thrift and three potato four, in manayunk.

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here’s a quick little interview with lizzy, and check out more photos of her sweet place in the slideshow below!

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you can check out another tour of lizzy’s home here!

Chase Howard -Jun 20, 2013, 10:27AM
Thanks so much for sharing this! I have been looking up spiral staircase prices and was wondering where you got yours from? I am building a new house and I think that something similar in style would look really good!
Lindsey Nichols -Feb 24, 2011, 3:35AM
Being a graphic designer myself, and Loving ALL things old and vintage.. this post is not only inspiring but just a breathe of fresh air to see :). Sometimes I think that all people forget about the good things in life, like s local thrift store or estate sale... its where all the real treasures are found :)! Great post free people, i love you blog and only could dream to work for you some day. Your Graphic Designer has a sick place ps!!!! xoxo, Lindsey Nichols http://be.net/lindseykaynichols

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shiela’s story

today’s fan story is from sheila from portland OR, a student and artist who sent in some of her recent work.  she wrote that she loves fiber art and is always inspired by the materials that free people uses, and has incorporated some tears from  fp catalogs into her work.

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i love how personal her work is, some of it containing little sentences or phrases that are like a peek into her diary.  awesome stuff, thanks for sharing shiela! you can check out more of her work here.

and don’t forget to keep the stories coming to blog@freepeople.com!

Leather & Lace -Feb 05, 2011, 2:38PM
her art work is truly magical.. what an inspiration! thank you for sharing! loving your blog <3 xoxo
Steamboat Navetta -Jan 25, 2011, 10:00PM
I go to school with Sheila, have watched her create some of these works, and have critiqued them. The top right image is literally the most beautiful drawing ever created by a single person, you can't see from the picture, but it is large-scale and on transparent mylar. I am sad, because what you don't get with the images is the explanations of the driving concepts, and her thought process while working on the pieces. Sheila is too good, buy her art, all of it, now!go!

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you may recognize this girl from some free people catalogs! she modeled in our december ’09 and january ’10 books, and i interviewed her back then for the blog. michele often works in paris – and hung out with our team while they were shooting there – so i asked her for a little rundown of her ideal day off in paris!

paris! such a fun, beautiful city. i love working there and no matter how many times i visit there is always something fabulous to discover! the city is set up in such a way that nearly every corner you turn, a gorgeous monument or bridge or statue or building is right in front of you. there is so much to take in! whenever i have some time to kill between castings i explore st. germain and le marais or pop into one of the many museums. my perfect day off would look something like this…

read more for the full post!

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Janelle -Jun 29, 2012, 7:13PM
A friend and I are spending this July in Paris, any one have any tips on budget friendly spots to check out? Also, if any one knows of any beaches that are a day or less by train away, and not too terribly crowded in the summer months, we'd love to spend a few days some where we can swim our little hearts out!
sweet road -Jan 21, 2011, 12:15PM
what a life!

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ever wish you could take a peek inside the home of a fashion blogger? i always imagine what their homes look like, what they surround themselves with and what inspires them – the way people decorate their place is so indicative of their personality – i love checking out peoples’ music and book collections in particular :)

our stylists snapped some photos at louise ebel’s home in paris and isn’t it charming? i love the little knick knacks everywhere – you can tell she’s a sentimental person who holds on to gifts, treasured items and dried flowers, which i love! i’m the same way.

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j’adore!

Erin -Jan 20, 2011, 10:44AM
Love Love Love
julie caprio -Jan 20, 2011, 10:03AM
Fabulous!

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next up is some artwork our reader taylor sent in- a loyal free people fan who reads the blog and comments regularly!  her work caught my eye a little while back when she posted a couple of drawings on our facebook page – i love the spirit that comes across in her drawings, she definitely seems like a free people girl!

(you may recall me posting this one once before… i love it!)

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i also love these photos she sent in! beautiful :)

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thanks for sharing, taylor!

and thank you again to all who have submitted stories, artwork and photos! i love hearing from you so please keep them coming to blog@freepeople.com :)

colleen -Jan 07, 2012, 9:16AM
Truly amazing, I adore them all :) ...Except I love kaleidoscope eye the most because of it's intricate detail.
Cheyenne -Jan 13, 2011, 5:43PM
These drawings are truly amazing, in every sense. You have such a vision and I love the shoes especially! So proud of you Taylor, can't wait to see more artwork, because it is so unique! And not to mention, you look gorgeous in those photos, you are one special girl! -love <3

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today i want to share a couple more fan stories that have been sent in!

the first comes from amy, who sent in some photos from her blog on the fresh coast, which is titled after living along the great lakes her whole life and weekending near the wisconson glacial lakes, a common activity among people who live in her area.

i really love the photo of her bedroom, which she decorated with some driftwood wrapped in string, inspired by this photo i posted a little while back:

here’s her take on it:

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it looks so cool! i might have to do this :) here are a couple more pretty photos that she sent me from her blog:

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beautiful! thanks for sharing amy!

How to build a boat -May 04, 2011, 5:17PM
Nice.. your article is very good. Not only was it helpful, it taught me some new things Just added this to my favorites Keep posting buddy :D
Abercrombie Coupons -Jan 23, 2011, 1:25PM
They remind me of my Chesapeake Setters, some sweet pups.

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i first came across my breakfast blog when the author, maggie, posted a cute diy project using one of our catalogs.  when i checked out her blog, i was immediately drawn to her unique style of writing and quirky, likeable personality. and she happens to post some really yummy recipes that are right up my alley – organic, vegetarian, healthy and still delicious.

here is one of the recipes i came across on her blog recently that i’m dying to try.  i’m getting hungry just thinking about it:

california sun dried tomato breakfast sandwich

ingredients:

– multigrain gluten free bread

– raw sun dried tomato garlic sauce

– one large farm fresh egg

– one avocado

– sea salt and pepper

directions:

toast the bread and spread with raw sun dried tomato garlic sauce. cook one large farm fresh egg sunny side up in an infused garlic olive oil and dress with black pepper. slice avocado and add on as desired. sprinkle with sea salt and more pepper, and voila! breakfast :)

check out my breakfast blog here!

alicia -Jan 10, 2011, 9:06PM
I am bummed that I just read this, I just did my food shopping. Looks like I am heading back out! Can't wait to try it. I have been looking for good, meat-free meals.
keri -Jan 10, 2011, 8:06PM
this looks so yummy!

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some of our arizona fp girls were featured on azcentral.com for their awesome style! check it out:

left: brianna from tempe AZ, wearing the off the shoulder tunic pullover. personal style? girly and bohemian. must-have beauty product? nars blush.

right: zoe from scottsdale, AZ, wearing the floral cozy vintage coat. personal style? flats, florals, skinnies. must-have beauty product? mac “ruby woo” lipstick.

left: michaela from tempe, AZ. personal style? urban meets contemporary. must-have beauty product? mac foundation.

right: colby from gilbert, AZ, wearing the windows of lace top. personal style? vintage inspired. must-have beauty product? philosophy hope in a jar.

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pretty paper lanterns that went up in our stores in the interim between holiday and spring display. these pics are from our dallas store.

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how adorable is this little girl modeling her wee people dress and boots? a little fashion blogger in the making!

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cute kitty in a pile of fp bags, from our bellevue store :)

klang -Jan 31, 2011, 1:35PM
these are sooo cool. does anyone know what shirt that is with the paper lanterns? i really like it. also, what happens to all of the displays once they are no longer in use?
dragon fruit -Jan 07, 2011, 5:29PM
i love the FP arizona store these girls are all so sweet and of course, stylin' always! xo

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