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i have a love/hate relationship with first fridays in philly.  i live in old city…so when i leave my place to go out on the first friday of the month i have to wade through the sea of people blocking the sidewalks, and every place i go is packed.  but once it gets nice out, i find myself warming up- literally – to the idea.  the streets of old city come alive with all types of creative folk who line the sidewalks with their art, craft and music.  i’ll wander around perusing the treasures, stopping every once in a while to talk with sellers, all the while soaking in the energy that is first friday in philadelphia.

here are some photos from yesterday evening…

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and i ran into some fp girls!

jules -May 10, 2010, 1:11PM
i read about first fridays in a letter from a friend. i'm going to school in philly next year and i can't wait to get out and see all the excitement!
sheila -May 10, 2010, 9:25AM
Everithing look great,the art,the people,i wish to have thats store in DOMINICAN REPUBLIC!!

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the free people home office is looking for an office coordinator!

the objective of this position is to manage and support the day to day operations of running the free people home office. support upper management with their office administration needs and all aspects of daily business. communicate to the free people staff all corporate and FP announcements, updates and changes. act as a liaison and ambassador for the free people home office team.

for a full job description and to apply for this position, please click here.

Taylor -May 10, 2010, 1:20PM
I have submitted my application for the Office Coordinator Position! Great opportunity! Thanks FP! :) I hope to hear back.
-May 06, 2010, 6:27PM
have you guys contacted the chosen concept intern yet?

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in case you couldn’t tell, we here at free people love music festivals.  we saw a ton of free people girls at coachella and it definitely got us thinking about ways we can be more involved with festivals in the future. up next is sasquatch, set in a stunningly beautiful gorge in washington state that might have the prettiest stage backdrop i’ve seen yet.

there are always a few select bands making the festival rounds too.  this year the XX, the national, phoenix, local natives and black keys seem to be hitting up quite a few.  read more for a brief look at what’s coming up this summer and some of the top acts you’ll catch at each festival (although there are really too many to list)!

also make sure you check out our picks for festival fashion right here!

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Amy -May 23, 2010, 4:10PM
Hey what about The Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores?!
wholesale korean clothing -May 04, 2010, 10:21PM
Well, so many party, I like summer!

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she’s a dreamer, a soul-searcher and a wanderer.  drifting along, deep in thought, her eyes tell tales of mysterious adventures.  meadow is our bohemian girl who wears loose, flowing tops and dresses that catch the breeze as she roams the earth in search of inspiration.  she mixes patterns and prints and piles on jewelry with a handmade, natural touch. on her feet are moccasins or sandals but she’d rather be barefoot.  she hears music wherever she goes – at one with nature, she’ll often pause to smell a flower, pet an animal or just to take in the beauty that surrounds her.  little trinkets and memorabilia like leaves, stones, a matchbook with thoughts strewn across it, fill her pockets and then the pages of her journals when she eventually returns home.

here are some picks that I could see meadow wearing:

1. lonicera tunic; 2. stitched boho tank; 3. desert maxi dress; 4. vlatava convertible skirt; 5. lucy loves charlie tunic; 6. medina sun hat; 7. quogue feather sandal; 8. vintage bandana; 9. woodstock beaded necklace; 10. dipped feather earrings; 11. suede medicine bag.

another place where you’re likely to see a ton of meadow girls running around? music festivals! shop our featival picks, which meadow would surely love, here.

Frankie -Dec 13, 2011, 1:35PM
That's a potsing full of insight!
Fi -May 05, 2010, 6:00PM
Meadow is my favorite girl. <3

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in the wake of both earth day and the oil spill in the gulf of mexico, we wanted to share a few helpful tips for things you can do to cut back on oil usage in your everyday life.  sure you might have heard it before, but it never hurts to have it top of mind…

replace your light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or even cutting-edge light emitting diodes (LEDs). turn off lights and other devices when they’re not needed. candles are great at night!

eliminate electronics that sleep on a standby setting – they continue to pull a current even when “turned off.” AC adapters on many power cables pull current too, so those should be taken out of the wall when not in use. your best bet is a “smart” power strip, or a power strip that can be turned off at night.

when looking for new appliances, seek out the most energy-efficient models, and charge your MP3 player, laptop, PDA, cell phone, and camera with a portable solar charger.

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keep your house cool with natural ventilation instead of air conditioning as much as possible. use in-room, ceiling, or whole-house fans to move air throughout the house. blocking sunlight during hot hours of the day can also help.

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clothes driers gobble up a lot of power, so line drying can be a great energy saver.

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buy locally grown food, or if you have a garden, grow your own. transport uses oil.

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whenever you can, walk, bike, use public transportation or carpool. i am guilty of this just as much as anyone, but it is so, so important!

have a wonderful weekend :)

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dergexyquex -May 15, 2010, 7:56AM
Just want to say what a great blog you got here! I've been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work! Thumbs up, and keep it going! Cheers Christian, iwspo.net
hola -May 03, 2010, 4:47PM
i've been reading your blog for quite a long time, and i think this is one of the best ever. THANK YOU... mother earth is the ultimate source of beauty (& love & power) we've got, and cutting our oil consumption is one of the best ways we can love her for what she gives us!

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A Music Monday

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26th April Phoenix live @ the Constitution Hall. We headed there straight after work. A road trip from Philly to Washington to go and see a band that I’ve been lusting over for quite some time now – Phoenix.

An amazing soundtrack was played while driving there as my eyes striped the America land passing by. America is new to me so it doesn’t take much to intrigue me eyes. Both sight and sound senses were tickled during this trip.

Washington is a nice place full of profoundness. The Venue where Phoenix was playing ( DAR Constitution Hall) was to, a place of great character.

We were second row from the front which equals great photo opportunity; I could almost smell Thomas Mars!!!

 They played a number of my favorite songs including 1901 and Too Young, which I was reminded, was played in the film Lost in Translation and Shallow Hal

 The atmosphere was great and I had a blast, not bad for a Monday night, work night.

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The evening finished with everyone being invited onto the stage, yes that’s right the entire hall was crawling forward to join them on the stage.

Phoenix sure knows how to make their fans happy!!!

Stay tuned for more free people gig reviews in the future we plan to go to many during the summer months.

(Phoenix photo credit – Nathan Kula)

-Apr 28, 2010, 4:08PM
You guys at Free People have an amazing time together. x
Leslie -Apr 28, 2010, 11:05AM
I saw them April 22nd in Louisville! Basically the same setlist, as I hurried to get one too! Then we met the guys! They were super type French and super type awesome! There were a few bros that turned into Humbledbros when they met the lead singer. Tooooo cute.

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of all the albums coming out this year one of the ones i am most excited about is the national’s high violet. as far as i’m concerned this band can do no wrong – especially led by frontman matt berninger, who’s deep baritone and blue-eyed, sandy-haired good looks are enough to make any girl swoon.  i’ve always been fascinated by him, because he’s very private and actually terrified of being on stage, but you’d never know it when you see him perform. their music is slightly melancholy and a good listen when you’re feeling down – and the lyrics are sometimes deeply personal – but i’ve seen them play live and they can rock out and get you dancing during songs like “secret meeting.”  their new album comes out may 11th but you can actually stream the entire thing now at nytimes.com.  i just listened and now i am itching to get my hands on a copy – it sounds amazing.

i also definitely recommend checking out the documentary about them filmed by vincent moon of la blogotheque, called “a skin, a night.” it’s really beautifully done. in fact, the first music video moon ever filmed was the national’s “daughters of the soho riots,” one of my favorite songs. check it out:

now listen to a couple of their new songs that i’m really digging…


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i’ll be seeing them this june at the electric factory in philly and i’ll be sure to take pictures and write about it on the blog!

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during the 1950s and 1960s, morocco was a refuge for writers and musicians from abroad, including the rolling stones, jack kerouac and william s. burroughs, who wrote the legendary naked lunch while staying at a hotel in tangier.  morocco was to the rolling stones what india was to the beatles – they traveled there in the late 1960s in search of musical inspiration and found that and much more.  the fusion of berber, african and arabic music had a huge influence on the rolling stones’ sound but they were also enthralled by the atmosphere of the country – especially the somewhat seedy city of tangier – home at the time to spies, smugglers, expatriate aristocrats and writers-in-exile.  they arrived in the british mod style and left in billowing shirts, weighed down by bracelets, necklaces and various trinkets.  about his experiences in morocco, keith richards said “we enjoyed being transported. you could be sinbad the sailor, one thousand and one nights. we loved it.”

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the stones were part of a large crowd of swinging londoners who regularly visited morocco in the 60s.  one of the most iconic photos representing morocco and the bohemian culture of the 1960s is of talitha getty, wife of paul getty, shot by patrick lichfield on the roof of their home in marrakech.   our team was inspired to recreate this photo when shooting our catalog in morocco- here is our version!

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Gunga Din -Feb 16, 2013, 5:08PM
Interestingt posed pics ...you wouldnt find a native Moroccan woman attired as this gal is ...Nor a native Moroccan man who's wearing jeans under his cloak........I should know. I was a GI stationed there in Rabat and Casablanca Morocco in 1959 - 1960. We flew relief supplies to the victims of the Agadir earthquake in 1960.....quite an experience....
sofia -Mar 16, 2011, 6:13AM
Gorgeous shooting and the catalog is so wonderful! I would definitly love to work with you guys from here (casablanca/marrakech) kiss

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in the spirit of earth day, i wanted to post some amazing artwork made out of items we would normally consider trash. i found these first pieces particularly inspiring because the artist, virgina fleck, took something associated with waste (plastic bags) and created something spiritual and beautiful – mandalas. a mandala is a universal, non-religious tool for meditation that is composed of carefully chosen symbols and imagery with a specific meaning said to provide guidance. upon closer examination of these mandalas you might recognize some familiar symbols from stores you might shop at, but at first glance i would never realize what these were made of. i would absolutely hang one on my wall!

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now these are plastic bags you would want to use over and over again! they are created by artist josh blackwell, who carefully weaves thread and other materials into plastic bags to create these “plastic baskets” as he calls them.  they definitely take on the characteristics of a pretty basket you could take to the farmer’s market and fill with fresh fruits and vegetables!  who would’ve thought a plastic bag could be cute?

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ok, this might be considered a bit gross, but i found it so impressive i had to share.  artist jesus bubu negron created a rug for an art installation out of cigarette butts.  he actually paid street cleaners to collect the stubs, which he unrolled and weaved together.  maybe not something you’d want in your home, but amazing nonetheless!

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TomPier -May 08, 2010, 4:34PM
great post as usual!
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beautiful :))

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a new rolling stones song??? it must be christmas! i had heard about the reissue of one of the greatest albums of all time, exile on main street, but i completely forgot the release was approaching. as i was driving home yesterday i turned on the radio to hear the familiar sound of the stones singing a song i had never heard- very weird, since i know every single one of their songs by heart! it is called “plundered my soul” and i loved it right off the bat- it’s very catchy and has that raw, grainy sound that permeates the whole exile album (recorded mostly in the basement of a house in the south of france – pictured above). the new/old song was released in celebration of record store day this past saturday, and the reissue of exile will have three other previously unheard tracks along with alternate versions of classics like “soul survivor” and “lovin cup.” i can’t wait! take a listen and let me know what you think!


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new store music for spring! enjoy part one of our new store playlist :)

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“maybe it’s good to put things in perspective, but sometimes, i think that the only perspective is to really be there.”

“even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn’t really change the fact that you have what you have.”

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“so, this is my life. and i want you to know that i am both happy and sad and i’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”

smycze reklamowe -Oct 24, 2011, 3:30PM
Really very beautiful and mystique..
fp julia -Jun 03, 2010, 1:30PM
hi melissa! they're from the book, the perks of being a wallflower.

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