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when i was at a.c. moore the other day getting supplies for my hair wrap, i saw a DIY dream catcher kit and i couldn’t resist. i never realized how easy they are to make! you don’t even need the kit- you can find whatever supplies you want to make your own personalized dream catcher at an arts and crafts store or around the house!

what you need:

– a ring of whatever size you’d like – it could be metal, plastic, wood – whatever :)

– suede lace or thin strips of fabric

– artificial sinew (the yellow thread) – this is what came in the kit, but i feel like regular string would work too.

– feathers, beads and any other little trinkets you want to add!

wind the suede lace around the metal ring.

when you get all the way around, tie the ends together in a knot:

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i left a little bit of extra lace at each end so i could use that to hang it from something.

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take the string and knot it at your starting point, and then start looping it around the metal ring as seen in the photo. when you get all the way around the outside, start looping it around itself, and keep going till you get to the center:

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now start adding your little trinkets! the kit came with the suede piece at the top, but it’s definitely not necessary.  i put a little silver feather on the inside, and used the leftover suede lace to attach beads and feathers at the bottom. i tied the feathers to the lace with the string, but there’s probably a better way to do that :)

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i love the end result! it’s a very nice addition to my workspace.

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and now i’m already thinking about what i want my next dream catcher to look like! i think it would look really cool to make one with thinly cut strips of fabric – maybe from old free people bags!? or an all-natural one, using a stick for the ring, hemp and decorated with leaves, feathers and dried flowers…yep, done.

a bag for wanderlust

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the wanderlust festival is this weekend! three days of music and yoga in the gorgeous squaw valley, california …could it get any better than that? here’s a selection of items that i would bring:

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1. hill tribe embroidered bag; 2. spacedye mobius headband; 3. monrow vintage sweatpant; 4. heathered sporty bra; 5. bad turtle tee; 6. open up short sleeve crew neck; 7. we the free layered tee hoodie; 8. short sleeve scoop bodysuit; 9. we the free long sleeve bandana print; 10. desert boot.

a few of our fp girls will be there this weekend so hopefully i’ll have some pics for you next week!

an interview with diane birch

as mentioned the other day, i had the chance this weekend to sit down with singer/songwriter diane birch and ask her some questions. she’s incredibly sweet and down to earth – and she’s got great style too!

i read that you weren’t allowed to listen to pop music growing up, how has that influenced you as an artist?
it’s really influenced me, because during my formative years what i was exposed to was classical, opera, church hymns, just really kind of old school music. i’ve gotten into many different phases of music, like i was listening to a lot of goth bands at one point, but i’ve still extracted that formative listening experience with my music and it’s definitely been a huge influence because for a long time i had to suppress all that stuff.

are there any specific musicians who have had a huge influence on you?
i’ve always greatly admired people like john lennon, elton john, nina simone, brian wilson, michael jackson, people who had the ability to be really individual and push boundaries and yet reach a massive audience and touch every person in some way.

if you could get on stage and jam with any musician who would you pick?
do they have to be alive? i guess i would probably say michael jackson or stevie wonder – i actually just did a show with stevie wonder in the south of france and he was incredible. it would be fun to get up on stage and jam out with him.

so you have a day off – what do you do?
day off, what is that? i’ve been on the road for about three months straight so i haven’t really had a day off in a while…i guess the first thing i would do is laundry. the second thing is to try to organize the piles of clothes – i actually have a day off tomorrow so i’m going to sort the piles of clothes in my room.

other than that i’d probably just hang out with friends. i love to go shopping – vintage shopping, going to flea markets, antique shops. i love going to museums, checking out bands. i live in brooklyn so there’s always something to do, it’s really fun, especially in summertime – i’m in williamsburg right by the waterfront so there are always fun things going on.

how would you describe your personal style?
it’s kindof a mix of a lot of things – classic, gypsy, masculine, feminine, a little rock and roll. my style icons are people like coco chanel, patti smith, jane birkin, annie hall, stevie nicks – i’m in a kind of stevie nicks obsession right now. there’s definitely a 70s, hippie, gypsy kindof feel to things, i love mixing old and new. and a lot of black.

what do you like to wear on stage? do you go for comfort or style?
i like to try to go for both. i used to always dress up when i would be on stage, like i would wear a skirt or heels… but i like to feel a bit more masculine now when i’m on stage so i like to wear flats or boots, but i do like to dress up a little – it’s hard for me to wear jeans and a t-shirt. and i always have to have some jewelry.

at free people we’re all animal lovers – do you have a pet?
no i don’t but i would love a pet – i’m obsessed with dogs! but when you’re always on the road it’s hard and also living in new york i feel like i want to have a yard for it. i personally love pugs – i’m one of those annoying people that when i see them i have to stop and pet them.

where do you draw inspiration for your music?
i definitely draw from personal experience. this first album was really inspired by my life, my childhood, it was kind of an album about the past. about my relationships and my whole range of human emotion whether its triumph or joy, loneliness, depression. it was really kind of derived from this transition between my childhood and adulthood in a way…so that’s sort of where i drew my inspiration from on this album. now that i’ve got that out of the way i can focus on my present inspiration and things that i’m doing and feeling currently as opposed to having it be so much in the past… but yeah it is quite personal.

so what do you have coming up in the near future?
i’m almost done touring now, and i’m going to asia in ten days. then when i come back i’m pretty much done for a while and i’m just going to focus entirely on the second album because i’m dying to get it done. i’ve been working on this first album for such a long time that i’m just really ready to move on to something else now.

what’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced being a musician?
the most challenging thing is just sticking with it when you have so many people that are kinda like “yeah, that’s cool but i don’t know…” people who just aren’t really understanding it, they don’t really get it, and you have to constantly work through that. even though you have people that are putting you down or closing doors you have to keep believing, believing, believing. that was always a challenge for me, to stay focused and positive when there are so many opportunities to just say “you know what, i give up.” that’s the most challenging thing, just staying with it. you have to learn patience and you have to keep believing. i’ve always had people, fortunately, that believe in me and are really supportive.

what does free mean to you?
free means choice. being able to choose what you want to do…being able to dictate your life.

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check out her myspace page and listen to her music, it’s really lovely.

thank you so much diane!

take a hike

our july catalog and its stunning location have really got me longing for a rugged hiking and camping vacation.  all I want to do is take off on a weekend with nothing but a rucksack on my back and explore the great outdoors.  i am a summer person but i am already dreaming about fall because i think that would be the perfect time of year to do this… hearing the crunch of the leaves beneath my feet, brisk morning air that still warms up to the sun, moonlit dips in a lake and drying off by a fire with a big cozy blanket wrapped around me…

here’s what i would bring:

1. vintage patched travels backpack; 2. fp super skinny cord; 3. we the free rugged trench coat; 4. portland lace up boot & cableknit tall sock; 5. motorcuff long sleeve scoop thermal; 6. eternal sunshine shirt; 7. southwest poncho.

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i would really love to hike the appalachian trail –maybe not the entire length (from maine to georgia or vice versa) but at least part of it. i had the opportunity to do this once in high school and i always kindof regretted not taking it.

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what is your favorite spot to go hiking? give me some ideas!!

i spy…

our videographer!

how are you feeling today?

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what are you working on?

i’m downloading footage from our august catalog shoot.

are you listening to any music?

actually when we were on the shoot, some of the guys in the fort where we stayed played hand drums for us, so i’m listening to that :)

what are you up to this weekend?

tonight we’re having a joint birthday party at my friend’s place for all the “crabs” who have birthdays around now (myself included)! and on sunday night i’m going to see kurt vile at johnny brenda’s.

what was the highlight of the past week for you?

the 4th of july fireworks here in philly were amazing.  and i saw the movie cyrus which was incredible!

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and here’s a look at her desk space!

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4th of July Weekend – Yeaaaa

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It was my first 4th of july and I had an amazing time! Yeah I know a little weird me joining in the celebration but what the heck it was FUN! (I’m British BTW)

Lots of beer, big grill, upbeat music, perfect house setting, a bunch of guys crazy about photography, American flags,  sharpie tattoos American style!

Roof top breeze, Twilight sky,  Warm air, the glow of the lamps made a seductive setting while we watched the sky light up with sparkle.

Hope you guys had an amazing 4th of July too :)

are you going to glasto?

one of the largest and most eagerly anticipated music festivals in the world starts tomorrow – glastonbury!  located on worthy farm in pilton, glastonbury has been going on since 1970 – the day after jimi Hendrix died, to be exact.  it has come a long way since its first year, when attendance was only 1500 and the cost of entry was one pound (which included free milk from the farm). now there are too many artists playing to even list, and tickets are extremely hard to come by – but i can see why. it is definitely on my list of festivals that i must attend at some point in my life.

it reminds me of bonnaroo but on a much bigger scale – a farm that transforms into its own bohemian world of music, dancing, laughter and lights. and maybe some mud…

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love that last photo…those girls have the right idea!

some of the many acts playing at this year’s glastonbury: gorillaz, muse, stevie wonder, flaming lips, phoenix, the national, lcd soundsystem, mgmt, grizzly bear, black keys, mumford & sons, the xx, julian casablancas, broken social scene, mos def, george clinton with parliament, toots & the maytals, loudon wainwright III, broken bells, local natives, beach house…and many, many more. sigh.

are you going? who are you excited to see? be our eyes and ears… and feel free to send photos to blog@freepeople.com :)

top two images from the glastonbury scrapbook.

summertime and the livin’s easy…

with the start of summer upon us and independence day just around the corner, the timing is certainly appropriate for our new web theme – americana picnic.  imagine a hot summer day, throwing cutoffs and a tee or a sundress over your bathing suit and heading to the park for a picnic with friends.  a blanket spread across crisp green grass, the plucking of guitar strings and the smoky smell of barbecue wafting through the air.  cooling off with a quick dip in the lake, letting the warm rays dry your sun-kissed skin.  picking flowers to weave into a headband and eating strawberries and ice cream. telling stories as the sun goes down and catching fireflies in humid starlit skies.  it is a collective memory that we all share…the sounds and scents of summer.

here is some imagery that this trend brought to mind…

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shop our americana picnic selections here!

click on images for sources.

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wake up to the sun rising over the mountaintops, shedding light over the nature and beauty of squaw valley, california.  breathe in the crisp, refreshing air and stretch your limbs with an energizing yoga class. take a cable car with astonishing views to the mountaintop to explore meadows and streams and lose yourself in nature. come back down to the village where music, bongo drums and laughter fill the air.  wander among the booths and shops and indulge in delicious locally grown food as the sun goes down.  the stars twinkle above and the village heats up with fire dancers, acrobats and late night music sets by renowned djs like moby, bassnectar and pretty lights.

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this is wanderlust, and free people wants to take you there.

we have teamed up with wanderlust festival to bring you the ultimate yoga and music festival experience! now through july 2nd you can enter to win 2 seeker tickets to wanderlust (3 days access to a carefully curated schedule of yoga classes, 3 days and nights of music, 2 nights of lodging, and travel stipend) AND a $200 free people gift card!

two runners up will receive pilgrim and daytripper passes, and a $100 gift card. the pilgrim passes are good for one day of music and yoga and the daytripper passes are good for one day of music only.

to enter the contest click here!

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for more information on wanderlust, check out the website.