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i finished just kids somewhere over the midwest, during my flight to san francisco. if you’re familiar with the story or with robert mapplethorpe, you know that it is not the happiest of endings, but instead of leaving me with teary eyes and an empty pit in my stomach, i felt hopeful and inspired.

to me this book was not about what patti and robert went through or the careers they found success in, it was about their relationship. two people who could only be described as soulmates, who found each other and through each other, found what they were meant to do with their lives. and while their paths split and they went in different directions, they were still joined at the heart.

it reminded me very much of the quote I posted a few weeks ago:
“a true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. but to live with a soul mate forever? nah. too painful. soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave. a soul mate’s purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, and make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life.”

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i would love to hear your thoughts on the book… please leave them below! also feel free to leave suggestions for our next book :)

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cassondra -Apr 16, 2011, 4:42PM
I just finished.Crying the happiest of tears. Thank you for recommending this book.
Annoyed -Feb 27, 2011, 2:22AM
This photo (boy and girl with their heads down, incase the html doesn't work) is by Megan Leonard. There is no credit given on the tumblr link, so I shall do it here. Also it's originally in color. Thank you. http://www.meganleonard.com

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if there was one article of vintage women’s clothing i was going to collect, it would be vintage tshirts. i love them and can never get enough…  each one is a little piece of history.  the ones i own each have a story behind them that makes them incredibly special… a bar in somer’s point NJ where my parents used to hang out, a tom petty shirt from his “last dance with mary jane” tour that a boyfriend gave to me and is full of holes , a pink floyd tee i found in brooklyn, and my favorite- and perhaps the most random – a tshirt my uncle picked up in wyoming years ago that ended up in my mom’s possession, and now mine.

so when i found out we’d be selling vintage t-shirts as part of our vintage loves collection, you can imagine how excited i was. our vintage buyer did an amazing job hand picking these rare and perfectly broken in tshirts… i’ll admit it, i bought two the moment they went on sale… check them all out here!

you should also check out our homepage right now, it’s pretty neat :)

-Mar 08, 2013, 4:58AM
Free people honestly are so greedy i am a vintage shop owner and i know how much shops buy these for and it makes me sick that they sell them for this price, sham on you free people
laura -Feb 26, 2011, 10:42AM
i went to purchase a few of these yesterday but all the ones i wanted are gone! is there a plan to consistently get more vintage tees to sell or is this just a one time thing. i love them!

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our fans never cease to inspire me! here’s a batch of awesome photos from our facebook page

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one of our fans made these amazing quilt-like signs for her specialty boutique that carries free people!

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some beautiful and inspiring images created by our fan rhoda.

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reader bridget made sweet valentines inspired by this post.

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and alissa attempted the umbrella chandeliers – with amazing results!!

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becky gave her dresser a makeover by painting and decoupaging it!

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and i could not resist posting this awesome photo from jani of her alphabet soup :)

dragon fruit -Feb 22, 2011, 6:27AM
omg no way that pasta spelling free people is amazing! i love this post. free people fans are very loyal :)
Allie -Feb 22, 2011, 12:57AM
This is the best :)

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“trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.”

- e.e. cummings

images: the golden filter.

Taylor -Feb 21, 2011, 10:25AM
Pretttttyyyy!!!! :D

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i’m in love with lisa congdon’s artwork right now…the bold colors she uses, her amazing animal portraits, and that little owl that is just so stinking cute…i would love to have a whole bunch of her paintings all hung on a wall together.

Keren -Feb 22, 2011, 3:25PM
If you love her work you can purchase her prints for unreasonably affordable prices at 20x200! http://www.20x200.com/20x200-search?order=date&query=lisa+congdon Live with art, it's good for you! -Keren
Keely -Feb 21, 2011, 11:34PM
Lisa Congdon's work is so amazing her use of color I love. She is an inspiration as an artist! If you like her I would recommend checking out Mark Warren Jacques his use of color and shapes is fantastic! here a link to my blog where I did a feature of him. http://kaleidoscopekanvas-kk.blogspot.com/2011/02/i-heart-mark-warren-jacquess-art.html Mark and Lisa are some of my fav artist!

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i could spend hours wandering around our building checking out peoples’ desks… each one is like a window into who that person is – what they love and choose to surround themselves with and the things that inspire them when they’re creating.  here are just a few of the amazing desk spaces from around the office…

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Jacqui -Mar 05, 2011, 12:51PM
A few points in response to Anonymous: 1) Not all hippies are concerned about the environment, and not all environmentalists are hippies. 2) Free People doesn't market itself as an environmentally friendly brand. It sells upscale hippie-inspired clothing. 3) There are more ways to be environmentally friendly than just using a Klean Kanteen. Like by buying used items, and limiting your purchases to what's really necessary. Hop off that treadmill of consumption! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GorqroigqM
dani -Feb 26, 2011, 3:22PM
i love the desk with the james franco pictures <3

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our vintage buyer brought an article over to jemma about how to feng shui your desk at work, and i immediately decided my desk needed a makeover. my feng shui was all wrong… and with the beautiful weather we’re having today it felt like a good time to do some spring cleaning!

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(the article is from whole living magazine)

here’s what my workspace looked like before – a cluttered mess!

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to feng shui my desk i followed the instructions above as well as i could with what i have here at work.  i put my plant, dreamcatcher and buddha figurine in the back left (or top left) area, with a photo of the sunset over the pacific in the background to make it feel as zen as possible. the bottom left area has a collage of photos from my latest trip, just kids, “music we like” from amoeba (a great music reference), my little journal and peaceful accents of blue. at the top right i have photos of loved ones and notes and cards from friends at work, and at the bottom right i hung some scraps of fabric to inspire creativity.

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here’s the end result:

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it may not look much different but it sure feels better! now i just need to feng shui my apartment…

Isabel -Feb 06, 2013, 8:35PM
This article was super helpful! I'm moving into an apartment and this is the perfect time to de-clutter and give my space a fresh new look!
Megan -May 24, 2012, 10:02PM
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it’s friday, it’s 60 degrees and there’s a new radiohead album out today :)

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karen -Feb 19, 2011, 10:08PM
ahhhhhhhhhh, so happy about the king of limbs.... and thom yorke's choreography kills me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xumBcPNCzpA
-Feb 19, 2011, 9:55PM
ahhhhhhhhhh, so happy about the king of limbs.... and thom yorke's choreography kills me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xumBcPNCzpA

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everyone looks so lovely in the office today! i noticed a theme of pretty vintage and flowy dresses over leggings with socks and sandals or ankle boots.

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i also really loved this tshirt with the pink bra peeking out!

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and this jewelry…

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and toby’s new spring tie :)

https://twitter.com/sarahalava -Mar 12, 2014, 6:56PM
Wow, fantastic blog structure! How lengthy have you ever been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The entire look of your web site is magnificent, let alone the content.
Victoria -Mar 03, 2011, 8:53PM
Still no answer on where the boots are from? Dying to knowww !

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here in philly we’re dreaming of spring and so are our fp girls all around the country… here are some great photos from our stores to give you more spring outfit and color inspiration!

planting flowers in walnut creek, california.

cute floral pant street style spotted by our 5th avenue girls.

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bright colors and balloons in austin domain for valentine’s day…

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…and some style inspiration and spring display photos from austin downtown.

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style inspiration from portland.

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…and in dallas.

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summery outfit inspiration from south coast plaza.

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and some inspiration from santa barbara :)

audra k -Mar 13, 2011, 3:47PM
what dress is the girl in the first pic wearing? ;)
Gena -Feb 18, 2011, 10:20PM
How cute are those Denver gals!! ;)

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spring is in the air today in philly! warmer weather is on its way, i can feel it in my bones, and i’m so excited to wear lighter clothes and brighter colors and prints.  like maybe…floral shoes and socks?  it’s such a sweet look and literally puts some spring in your step.  which of these floral shoes would you wear?

the bed of roses platform:

the dandy brogue:
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the daydream saddle shoe:
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the foxy fabric platform:
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or the rose cloud lace up boot:
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here are your results from last week’s lookbook poll!
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-Feb 18, 2011, 12:14AM
i really don't get the whole frilly sock trend. it doesn't look cute to me. maybe i'm missing something.
laura T -Feb 17, 2011, 9:44PM
i love all of them... you can't make us choose between such beautiful shoes!

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continuing with our tour of all things california, today i have a special peek into the home of our visual manager for the west coast region! she lives in the silver lake section of LA with her boyfriend (who is in the band sea wolf) and adorable puppy claude, and describes her home as “mid-century vintage with a heavy dose of southwestern/navajo objects tossed in. we are also inspired by our love of the desert and have about 20 beautiful, thriving succulent plants potted on the porch!”

sounds awesome! let’s check it out…

left: “I try to run 3 or 4 times a week around the Silver Lake reservoir. This is one of three giant staircases to run up on the way back to my house, which is located on a hill in Silver Lake!”

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“the living room…we have no tv, by choice.”

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“This vintage chair was given to me many years ago by my dear friend Kelly. The chair has moved from Athens, GA to Madison, Wisconsin to New York City to Los Angeles. I’m still in love with it and can’t believe she gave it to me!!”

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“A collection of objects in tiny jars that I have created over the years!”

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left: vintage book collection and shoe mold; right: her parents in the early 70s.

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“Books, books..we can’t get enough. I’m obsessed with photography books (obviously)! The vintage cameras were my grandfather’s.”

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“I swear I wear that vintage leopard scrarf almost every day. Ted got the alligator head on tour somewhere. Bracelet is FP!”

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“The dining room table is vintage, bought in Brooklyn. Chairs are antiques from Anthropologie and the little chair covers we bought in Joshua Tree, where Ted and I fell in love!”

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what a gorgeous home… thanks for letting us take a look around!

MeaganT -Aug 22, 2013, 2:14AM
Look at the sweet little face on that frenchie baby! I have two but that makes me want another one! <3
fp naomi -Apr 19, 2011, 2:16PM
One of our designers actually sources them all in India by going around to markets and such. Sorry I can't be more helpful!

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