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Our Assistant Graphic Designer is fairly new to the company. She came on the scene with a giant smile and quirky style. To my experience, she showed up in a meeting one day with bright points to contribute and a dress that was to die. Graphically, her designs feel fresh. Fashion-wise, she has a cool vintage look and sticks too it. It’s full of tough to replicate, one-of-a-kind items that always come together perfectly. In Free People terms – the Molly style with its own spin – of this tiny, beautiful, and full-of-light character are freshly inspirational. Read on and see what I mean… Read more »

J. Renee Gillies -Feb 14, 2012, 1:42PM
Love the Nantucket Whalers tee!! I'm a jewelry designer at Skar Designs on Nantucket. I live here year-round. If you're ever back for a summer visit stop & see me at my tent at the farmer's market :)
fp naomi -Feb 14, 2012, 12:02PM
Hey guys - she spent two summers in Nantucket helping friends run a business which is where she picked up the Nantucket Whalers shirt and the knit cardigan. The Whalers shirt came from souvenir shop on Nantucket called "The SunkenShip" and the sweater a cute little vintage and wine shop on Nantucket called "Current Vintage." The mink bag she picked up in Rome in a little neighborhood called Via de Parione where a friend of hers lives.

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I love Friday nights… even if they’re low key, it’s a welcome break from the hectic workweek, but this past Friday was a particularly good one. After catching Sharon Van Etten’s free at noon show at WXPN, I finished up the workday, met up with a couple friends and hopped in a cab to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Read more »

Charity Poole -Feb 14, 2012, 9:00AM
That looks like my kind of place! I dream of opening a bar like that one day. Love the wine barrels for tables!
Anna -Feb 13, 2012, 9:49PM
Come find some trend setters at Temple U !

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Our creative team made these unbelievably cute Valentine’s Day downloads and I figured I’d post them today in case you want to print them out and give them to people tomorrow! I love them all so much but I think the fox is my fave ;) Read more »

kassia -Feb 21, 2012, 7:45PM
the pics are so cute i love it wish i could have a poster that looks like that
Marianna -Feb 14, 2012, 9:12AM
I printed several of these and gave them to everyone at my office... they are in love <3

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“love is friendship set to music”

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andrea lynne rose -Feb 13, 2012, 10:32AM
I love this quote. Very true http://madnessanmusings.blogspot.com/2012/02/monday-madness.html
Christina -Feb 13, 2012, 10:24AM
I like that. Very true! Just made some Brown Butter Waffles for V-Day. Come see! http://becauseofmadalene.blogspot.com/2012/02/hearty-breakfast.html xo, Christina

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Yesterday after an evening of spending some time with my friends who are visiting New York from London I headed to the Mara Hoffman show. Her fall collection was inspired by “Shaman gauchos”. The ultimate bohemian bombshell sprung to mind as I watched meteorite patterns, tapestry motifs, and “third eye” symbols run down the runway with a jewelry collaboration with All For The Mountain! I left breathless and with a clear indication of how exactly I want to dress for Fall 2012.

Mid afternoon I made my way to “Pie and Thighs” in Williamsburg for a quick southern bite before departing back to Philly in the snow. Tomorrow I’m back to the Big Apple to take a bite at Street Style. I’ll also be checking out the Betsy Johnson show and after party!

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Laura -Feb 13, 2012, 7:51AM
Sweeeet collections those prints are to die for!

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Can’t handle the cuteness! Hope this brings a smile to your Sunday :)

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KK -Feb 13, 2012, 4:34PM
OHMYGAH. This is too much. The cuteness!!! http://skyandkai.blogspot.com/
Cele star -Feb 13, 2012, 4:59AM
Made me smile :)

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Sinful. Gluttonous. Mouthwateringly delicious….

I don’t know exactly how I should sum up these works of cupcake art, but just know they’re one of the best things you’ll ever eat. Read more »

Sophia -Sep 20, 2012, 2:11AM
How do you get the white chocolate to melt at the right consistency?
Kristina -Feb 14, 2012, 11:52AM
Erin, this makes about 18 cupcakes but you will definitely have extra frosting. Katherine, if kept in an airtight container the frosting will last about a week when refrigerated. You can also freeze it for use later if you find you have extra!

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On Thursday February 16th our Brooklyn store is holding an event that will include an art exhibition and raffle with local artist Jennifer Contini! Jennifer does beautiful heart installation paintings, incorporating a multitude of mediums, so it felt appropriate to share some of her work today with the approach of Valentine’s day! At the event, customers who spend $150 or more will be entered in a raffle to win a piece of her lovely work!

Jennifer’s website speaks of her love affair with New York, about which she says “I live and work in a place that beats to the same drum as I do. The fast urban pace of Manhattan is home, and my vibrant downtown neighborhood defines and inspires my work. This is the space where my artistic vein finds higher meaning.” Her pieces have a distinct urban, street art feel, and are like artistic valentines to the city she loves.

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See more on her website. We’ll have more details on the event next week!

Casey -Feb 12, 2012, 12:00PM
These are so fun! I'm laughing to myself calling them 'Heart Art' but these are stunning. I love that they are New York inspired too. I'm dying to move there. Thanks for sharing.
Christina -Feb 11, 2012, 2:18PM
These are crazy! But I love them. Very symbolic of how love can be wild, serene, confusing... but in the end a loving thing. xo, Christina http://becauseofmadalene.blogspot.com/

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Yesterday was a busy day, Free People was shooting our February look book at 5 Beekman NY; a beautiful derelict building built in 1882. Our model Martha Hunt danced around in pastels while her face and hair was decorated in bright powder pops and coloured yarns. Next week there’ll be more photos on this so stayed tuned!

Mid afternoon we headed to the Lincoln Centre to see the Charlotte Ronson show. The crowds swamped in, Dead Weather lyrics flooded the room and the spotlight shone on the celebrities seated at the front row – Nicky Hilton, Sky Ferreira… the list goes on.

Charlotte Ronson’s collection was an array of sophistication with a spontaneously cool edge. Colours of bottle green, oatmeal, navy and deep purple collided with quirky geometric prints. It was a collection perfectly executed. Not too old, not too young but, spot on right in the middle!

Now for Fall 2012 I’m all about bottle green and oatmeal!

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laura -Feb 12, 2012, 8:04PM
loved the Charlotte Ronson show!!!
Lucy -Feb 11, 2012, 8:02PM
Amazing I love Charlotte Ronson and I can't wait to see that look book

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DO: something today that will make your day easier tomorrow.

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Let’s face it, we all want life to run smoothly. We want to get up, drink our coffee, go to work, get things done, come home to a clean house, and have time to enjoy ourselves. It’s much easier said than done, however. Problems arise when we’re scrambling to make lunch in the morning, can’t find anything to wear, forget to send our rent check on the day it’s due, and so on, and so on.

So let’s make it easier on ourselves. Let’s do something today that will make our day easier tomorrow, or the next day. When you have a spare moment, plan ahead and get things done. Make your lunch the night before instead of watching TV, do your laundry each weekend so that you don’t have to do it during the week, pay your bills in advance, whatever it is – get something done in your spare moments. The chores and work may be steadier, but the days will run smoothly. There will be less panic and anxiety surrounding what you need to get done and you’ll be thanking yourself the next day when something is already done.

Viktorija -Feb 12, 2012, 9:37AM
Thank you for this lovely and so optimistic post!
Christine -Feb 11, 2012, 9:52PM
Thanks! Great tip and perfect timing-- just as I was about to settle in and start pinning lots of pictures to Pinterest. Just might go do some laundry now :)

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Post image for Free at Noon with Sharon Van Etten

I took a long lunch break today and hopped on over to WXPN to catch Sharon Van Etten playing the Free at Noon show. These shows are one of my absolute favorite things about XPN; they take place every Friday and feature some really amazing artists – for free. I mean, how can you not take advantage of that? Read more »

kassia -Feb 21, 2012, 7:51PM
i want to go to the show and she is so pretty (no homo) love her
mariyajasmine -Feb 13, 2012, 6:41PM
thank you for sharing! what a great 6 song download..thanks for always keeping us up with new artists!

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Post image for Book Love: Pilgrimage by Annie Leibovitz

An outtake from the iconic shoot with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, which took place hours before he was killed.

When it comes to role models, one of mine has always been Annie Leibovitz. She inspired me from a young age to study photography, and to this day her work sets a standard that few others can live up to. From her role as chief photographer for Rolling Stone magazine in the 70s, to touring photographer with the Rolling Stones, to her more recent fashion editorials, she has a gift for capturing people and history through her lens – some of the most iconic moments in music have been brought before our eyes because of her talent.

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Pilgrimage is a book of photos that are unlike her other work – they contain no people.  It began with a trip to Niagara falls with her daughters, and plans she had made with partner Susan Sontag, who has since passed. They had talked about making a book of all the places they wanted to go, and years later Leibovitz returned to the idea, and thus came Pilgrimage. The photos are of spaces, places, things – heavy with the ghosts of the legends who lived in and used them, like Virginia Woolf, Thoreau, Elvis, Georgia O’Keefe, and so on.

“I NEEDED to save myself,” she says of the work contained in the book. “I needed to remind myself of what I like to do, what I can do.”

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Niagara Falls

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Emily Dickinson’s only surviving dress

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Virginia Woolf’s Bedroom

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Elvis’s Television, in storage at Graceland (he shot it).

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Georgia O’Keefe’s handmade pastels

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Annie Oakley’s heart target.

You can also see the photos on exhibit right now at the Smithsonian Museum in DC!


fp julia -Feb 13, 2012, 10:31AM
Taylor, that's awesome! I'm jealous!
Casey -Feb 12, 2012, 12:30PM
This is so awesome. What an incredible photography book to own. These are such a great collections of photographs and I'm sure that there are even more fantastic shots inside. Thanks for sharing x

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