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Post image for a day in the life: michele ouellet

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…

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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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Post image for chez miss pandora

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.









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

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Post image for fan stories: kaleidoscope eye

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!)


freepeople shoes 001


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

taylor field

taylor hand with flowers

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 :)

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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Post image for fan stories: on the fresh coast

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:


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



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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Post image for california sun dried tomato breakfast sandwich

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


– multigrain gluten free bread

– raw sun dried tomato garlic sauce

– one large farm fresh egg

– one avocado

– sea salt and pepper


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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Post image for dispatches from our stores…

some of our arizona fp girls were featured on 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.


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



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


and last but not least…


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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Post image for model off duty

our videographer snapped these photos jenny lopez when they were out to dinner last night- doesn’t she look amazing? i actually really love how the photos are slightly blurry, they add to the vintage look of her outfit!

p.s. jenny did a really cute post on her blog yesterday about  packing light when she travels, featuring some really cute pics taken at our home office! check it out here.

kiki -Jan 11, 2011, 2:18AM
she always has the besttt vintage skirts!!
-Jan 06, 2011, 11:49PM
Gorgeous! I love her outfit!

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Post image for stories from our fans

i am so inspired by this story and artwork sent in from reader keely, from savannah, georgia.  a college student who paints on the side, she was inspired by one of our summer display bikes to create jewelry out of wood, hemp, floss thread, scrapbook paper, fabric and free people catalogs!

it was this bike – specifically the wheels – that sparked her inspiration:

and here’s a look at the jewelry she created:


here are some of her paintings, which she creates using mixed media such as fabric, paper, glitter and acrylic paint.  i love how colorful and cheerful they are:


Tee pee-N-feathers


Dream VW van

finally, i had to share this photo of her christmas tree, decorated with all DIY ornaments!


now that’s a free people tree if i ever saw one :)

check out more of her work here. thanks so much for sharing, keely!

moviemaker -Jan 27, 2011, 10:04PM
They are really beautiful pictures, now my country's spring festival is coming, later, I will share some good pictures with you.
mariana -Jan 07, 2011, 7:01PM
i paint too! and my tecnique is similar i would like to share :)

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Post image for diy inspiration!

this awesome photo was sent in by our reader jenna, who wrote:

“so i’m on winter break…and have a ton of free time. i bought a cheap ukelele and am currently teaching myself how to play via youtube. anyway, i was still bored, so i decided to decorate my uke using acrylic paint… i think it ended up looking pretty freepeople-esque!”

i agree! i love it so much :)

you can check out her tumblr here.

-Dec 31, 2010, 5:36PM
these posts are always so inspirational
-Dec 30, 2010, 12:27PM
there are so many cool people in the world! Awesome!

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Post image for stories from our fans

i asked, and you responded! thank you so, so much to everyone who has sent in stories about their connection with fp! your stories, photos and artwork are beautiful – please keep them coming!

in the meantime, i wanted to share one of the very first emails i got, from sarah:

“I’ve loved FP since about 10th grade in high school and I think the reason is that in a lot of what you all do I see a reflection of myself – especially since reading the blog.  I think the things that inspire you inspire me as well. I recently graduated from UVA with a Studio Art major in painting… I’ve painted since I was little and love it for the creativity and self expression it allows me. My grandmother was also an artist (I still use all of her old paintbrushes and paintbox), so I also appreciate the special inner connection it makes me feel to her. My work is very free, whimsical, feminine, and I am in love with nature so very inspired by that as well. I feel that these are a lot of the qualities that I also see in your brand and that is why I am so drawn to it.. As for other interests, I am currently getting certified to teach yoga classes, love music and going to shows, fashion, snowboarding, anything outdoors and with my friends… I find your blog and everything about FP such an inspiration so just thought I would share the connection I feel to it :)”

and here is some of her lovely artwork:





check out more of her work here. thank you so much, sarah!

donna -Dec 29, 2010, 9:40PM
i am in awe of your art sarah! it is simply stunning.
Allison -Dec 29, 2010, 5:19PM
A wonderful little story, especially the part about using her grandmother's paintbrushes. What a wonderful legacy to carry on!

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Post image for happy holidays!



fprebecca -Dec 28, 2010, 12:11PM
Hi Joey! Happy Holidays :)
joey wilson -Dec 26, 2010, 9:31PM
miss all you lovelies!!

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Post image for getting to know you

one of the coolest things about my job as free people blogger is that i get to interact with so many of our customers and fans.  whether it’s through the emails i get every day from blog readers, the comments people leave on blog posts, or photos and artwork people upload to facebook, i am constantly inspired by our fans.

but i want to get to know you even better, and share your stories on the blog so everyone can see them. tell me your story about free people – how you first discovered us, why you love free people, where you like to wear your free people, artwork and photography inspired by free people – you name it, i want to see it and hear it.

you can send your stories, photos, drawings, paintings, DIY projects, and more to

i want to compile as many as possible for a little project we’d like to do as an ongoing tribute to you, our readers and fans.

can’t wait to hear from you! xoxo

Vanessa -Mar 19, 2011, 4:25PM
i absolutely adore free people <3 i just wish that you guys created a petite line (especially shorter maxi dresses which we short people still would love to wear). keep up the good works guys! and much l o v e :)
Amanda Gordon -Jan 17, 2011, 12:14PM
ooh woops I musta sent you like ten emails then hah sorry bout that.

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