with a little love from our fans

one of our fans reached out to us on facebook to share her connection with free people, and had this to say:

“I just wanted  to say that I personally love the free people philosophies. Not many clothing  brands tend to inspire you as a “person” but free people does a great job at  inspiring their consumers, daily. Through the art and photography in the  catalogs, to the clothing materials themselves, they allow you to DREAM to be the person you feel you are to be, without restraint, without holding back, to have the FREEdom to be who you are, and for that to be a beautiful thing. To live and love in the moment. To dare to be more with your life and to not worry about what others may perceive. Be you, be beautiful (that is  my personal motto) and I believe free people does a wonderful job capturing that specific essence. Great job. Much love,  Candice.”

that is what it’s all about! thank you for the inspiring words, candice, it means so much to us. xoxo.

sneak peek – home sweet home

for rumi neely’s shoot in the october catalog, our team went to the home of our senior designer behind our fp one line and store design.  located in mt. airy, philadelphia, her house is everything you would imagine for someone with her creative spirit.  from the outside it looks like villa you’d see in the south of france, and on the inside it is full of treasures she has collected during her travels (she spends six months of each year in india).

a video is coming soon, but here is a special preview of her beautiful home.

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pink hair for hope

as you guys probably know, october is breast cancer awareness month.  i wanted to share a cool thing you can do to support the cause, called pink hair for hope.  through the month of october, participating salons will put a pink hair extension in your hair for $10, with all proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. this is such a great idea and a fun way to raise awareness! i think i’m going to have to re-dye the ends of my hair to be pink again :)

for more info click here.

wednes-diy

i love yoga, and when i first started going to classes i realized that i needed a case to carry my yoga mat to and from the studio.  i went to a few different stores and found the cases to be way too expensive when it seemed like something i could make pretty easily using supplies i already had at home. turns out it was!

all you need is fabric, a needle & thread, measuring tape, scissors and your strap.  for fabric i used an old tapestry and for my strap i used a soft belt (the kind that you tie, without a buckle) that came with an old pair of pants.

unfortunately i did this a while ago so i don’t have photos documenting the process.  but basically what i did was rolled up my yoga mat and measured the length and the circumference of the mat.  i added on a few inches to both the length and the circumference to be safe, and then cut the fabric to that height and width.

next i folded the fabric in half, with the patterned side of the fabric on the inside, and sewed the side and bottom together – leaving the top open. then i turned it inside out so the pattern is on the outside and the extra fabric and stitching is on the inside.

for the top of the case, where the opening is, i folded the top edge of the fabric a couple of inches on the inside, so there was a double layer, and then did two rows of stitches about an inch apart.  next i strung a shoe lace through, in between the two rows of stitches, creating a drawstring for the case.

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now for the strap! i kinda did this my own way.  i cut two small holes near the top of the case and two near the bottom, put the belt through and knotted it.  some may want to sew the strap to the case but i found this works just as well and was probably a lot easier :)

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i’m really happy with the result :) i’ve had it for a few years now and it has held up really well!

make it perfect and real

i always feel like the best way to get to know someone is to see where they live – a home can tell so much about a person. we’re going to be exploring more homes of fp girls here on the blog and i thought i’d start with my own.

i’ve been living in old city, philadelphia for about a year now since moving back east from san francisco. old city is my favorite part of philly because its rather small and my closest friends live in about a two block radius – as well as my favorite coffee shop, record store and bar. i don’t spend much time at home but i view my place as a safe haven when i need to relax, listen to music and be alone with my thoughts.

this buddha is one of my most treasured possessions – i got it from my dad, who used to collect them.  the beatles white album is my favorite record of all time, and i found this original copy at a thrift store in ocean beach san diego.

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this is actually a lamp that is currently being used as a hat rack :)

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more of my favorite things… jewelry box that holds some rings and trinkets that are very special to me.  i still ask my eight ball for advice when i can’t make decisions.  a lucky candle, favorite photo and drawing i did of jimi hendrix.

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i needed a place to hang my necklaces so i put a few nails in the wall.

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the majority of my closet is free people – not because i work here, it was always that way :)

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i saw someone with this cardboard sign on haight street in san fran and i thought it was awesome.

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photos of places i’ve been and my favorite grateful dead poster.

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the majority of the artwork i have hanging right now is concert-related.

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this little antique mirror table unfortunately does not belong to me, but i love it so much.  i use it to store random little trinkets, photos and concert tickets. and i always have candles burning!

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my fridge – my favorite quote of all time is in the center.

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another quote i love, from a jimi hendrix song.  the postcard at top right was sent to me when i got the job at free people and i thought it was the sweetest thing ever. and fun fact about me – i’m a certified bartender in san francisco :)

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and last but certainly not least – this is my cat, jam <3

The sweetest thing

Nothing is more beautiful than a ceremony that comes from the heart. A couple I know, Adam Smith and Halligan Norris got married back last year in Brooklet, Savannah at a renovated barn. I was blown away by the creativeness and the beauty of their special day.

The theme was, Southern Country Fair/Vintage Circus, it evolved from  Halli’s love of vintage circus treasures and a theme that has been a huge inpsirtation towards her personal artwork.

They wanted people to feel like they were in a country fair, so every little detail with help from loved ones was considered and brought to life with the communal help from loved ones. Popcorn machines, a kissing booth and a food menu that consisted of mini hot dogs, french fries, kabobs, mini hamburgers, potato salad,  and cotton candy!

When asked about her wedding dress Halli states “I knew I would never find the dress I wanted in a store, but I did know my good girl friend Chelsea Cook’s designs were just what I was in the market for.  I wanted to look like the girl on top of the elephant at the circus.  That’s basically all the instruction I gave her and of course she made the perfect little number for me.”

This wedding always makes me smile!

The photos were shot by Josh Goleman, and  Adam and Halli  are an extemely creative couple. Click on their names to visit their websites.

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wednes-diy

with today being the first day of fall, these table arrangements i saw on design sponge – using straw flowers and heirloom tomatoes –  felt really appropriate as today’s DIY.  the colors are gorgeous!

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the top two photos are my favorite- i would just leave the flowers and tomatoes like that as table decorations! for instructions on how to make the flower garland, check out the tutorial here.

Turning Leaf

Over here in Philly I felt the chill in the air today, and it felt good. Autumn is my favorite time of year, the freshness: the crisp leaves, the warmth of the colours, and the opportunity to wear cozy clothes. I get very sentimental when I feel the chill biting through my skin. I got to my desk this morning and listened to Owen on my ipod, thoughts of getting lost in a forest and kicking leaves around, finding a log to sit on to drink hot chocolate from a flask came flooding into my imagination. It felt nice…

I think I’m going to stay right here in this mindset all day long.

Ohhhhhhhhhh man, I love autumn!

I’m pretty excited about going to an American pumpkin patch and going apple picking for a day.

I’d love to know if you guys have any fun Fall activities to share as this is my first American Fall :)