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some friends of mine are involved in a nonprofit organization called the firefly literacy fund that I think is really cool…it’s all about bridging the opportunity gap in the city of philadelphia by working with families, teachers, schools and shelters.  they have donated hundreds of books to elementary school students and this past october they worked really hard on turning the library at the southwark elementary school into a relaxing and inviting space where kids would want to spend time…and they did a great job, as you can see in the above images. they’re having an event this wednesday to raise money and awareness for this important cause…click here for details, and check out their website fireflyfund.org!

are any of you involved in good causes? what charities are you most passionate about?

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tending to their back yard :)

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these wedding photos are absolutely gorgeous…the beautiful bride, who works in our new york showroom, was kind enough to share them for the blog.  the wedding took place at the hotel dupont in wilmington, delaware, and the outdoor portraits below were taken at the nearby gibraltar gardens.  looks like the epitome of a fairytale wedding to me…that dress is incredible!

**those of you wondering who designed the dress…monique lhuillier!

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The photos were taken by marie labbancz…you can check out more of her wedding photos on her blog.

foam koozie styles -Dec 15, 2009, 2:55AM
I agree with u , Livvy. that dress is the best ever wedding dress!!! So marvelous !
livvy -Dec 04, 2009, 7:17PM
Wow that dress is the best ever wedding dress!!! love love love it...

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i came across the work of illustrator mia overgaard on the decor8 blog and i just had to share it…she does such cool fashion and beauty illustrations! here are some of my favorites…

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i also thought her handwritten bio on her website was really cute…it’s transcribed underneath, in case it’s hard to read :)

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i love to draw! so luckily i am supporting myself as an illustrator…i recently moved from my hometown in denmark to the US to follow my dreams and basically taking charge of my time here on mother earth! apart from loving to draw i possess a strong fascination with birds, insects (not spiders!) and anything floral! colors, baking, rye bread, blowing bubbles and flying kites, green tea, old fashion mailbox letters, honey, and waking up from a good night’s sleep with the sunbeams playing on my eyelids. the smell of tuberoses and bare feet in green grass. that’s me!

you can read more about mia and check out her work on her website.

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rouenna -Dec 04, 2009, 12:36PM
Beautiful illustrations! Thanks for posting.

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inspiration from foreign cultures and fashions has always been important to free people. our designers travel to faraway locations to immerse themselves in different cultures, meet people and visit markets and shops, seeking unique finds and treasures to incorporate into free people designs. this video is from a few years ago, but we’ve never shared it on the blog…it was taken by two of our designers on a trip to tibet.
i hope to keep bringing you more imagery and video from the places our designers travel in the future!

fpjulia -Dec 01, 2009, 3:13PM
hi kristina- the music was on a cd one of our designers picked up while in tibet...unfortunately, i don't know who the artist is and wasn't able to track it down.
kristina -Dec 01, 2009, 2:01PM
every person is so unique and beautiful. could you tell me where you found the music?

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is everyone enjoying on the road so far? feel free to raise any questions or share any thoughts you may have on part one! we thought we’d give everyone a little more time to get through part two, so check back for a post on monday, december 7, about part two of the book.

andreea -Nov 26, 2010, 9:18AM
freedom is written all over that book.....it is beautiful
Fala -Mar 08, 2010, 11:16AM
Fantastic news

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our new december catalog was photographed by david mushegain, an extremely talented photographer based in new york. our team discovered him when they saw these photos he took of model angela lindvall at her home in topanga california for the july 2009 british vogue. here are some of the photos from that shoot, which served as inspiration behind our december catalog.

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gorgeous photos.

Naomi -Dec 01, 2009, 8:41AM
what a fun shoot! (Hi this is Naomi...one of the girls from the gift catalog) :)

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monday quote

“when the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”
- jimi hendrix

Heather B -Nov 30, 2009, 9:44AM
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erickson beamon

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erickson beamon jewelry is founded and designed by karen erickson, eric erickson and vicki beamon. as the story is told, their jewelry business was born out of necessity. while working with a designer for their premiere apparel runway show they found no one would lend them jewelry to accessorize with, so they strung crystals and beads on suede and launched their first jewelry line. immediately the jewelry took off and was noticed for its fashion forward, edgy quality. their trademark are handcrafted beaded necklaces, which are meticulously assembled by hand using tiny crystals and semi-precious stones. the unique, handmade yet fashionable quality of the pieces has drawn the attention of some of the most well-known designers in the fashion world, who have had erickson beamon design custom pieces for their shows. they have one retail store located in london that is described as “a place where people can have their fantasy come to life in jewels.”
we are thrilled to have their designs here at free people! view our full selection of erickson beamon here.

this video is so cute…one of our home office team members was visiting india and and some of our co-workers from the visual team helped to make her arrival a memorable one…

song is “jai ho” from the slumdog millionaire soundtrack.

Natalie -Nov 25, 2009, 1:11AM
SO CUTE! and i love that song from slumdog!! :))) xoxo natalieoffduty.blogspot.com
Fiona -Nov 24, 2009, 10:39PM
Hi there! Just thought I'd share this link of super amazing furniture I just found with the blog because it reminded me of FP right away. :) Hope you like it! http://www.squintlimited.com/

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