Post image for August in Venice with Guy Aroch: Catalog Sneak Peek!

Our August book was shot in Venice, Italy by the one and only Guy Aroch, featuring models Marloes Horst and Darla Baker. It is romantic, dreamy, sophisticated and full of intrigue – everything I imagine Italy to be. The book drops next week, and here’s a little preview!

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The catalog drops on Tuesday, I can’t wait to show you more!

alison -Jul 31, 2011, 4:47PM
the catalogs photographed by guy aroche are my favorite! they are so beautiful
paola -Jul 29, 2011, 4:21PM
Love these shots!!!! Cool photographer!! :)

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Post image for Home Décor Inspiration From Down Under

I’m completely in love with this home…it’s so full of color and pattern and life! It makes sense that something this amazingly eclectic belongs to an artist and musician in New Zealand. Read more »

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Post image for XPoNential Music Festival 2011 Photos

This past weekend I attended WXPN’s annual three-day music festival over in Wiggins Park Camden – The XPoNential Music Festival. It was a great time as always – despite the oppressive heat there was a nice breeze on the river and the amazing music made it well worth it! Read more »

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While we were at pitchfork festival we were lucky enough to meet Sun Airway the bliss pop band from right here in Philadelphia at Schubas Bar where they played an amazing set for an after show gig. Read more »

georgie -Jul 28, 2011, 6:49AM
Great, great post!
fp jemma -Jul 27, 2011, 1:53PM
no it's not her real hair, still looks great though!

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If one had enough time and money it would be possible to follow the summer around the world, making it endless.

This thought inspired the film Endless Summer and has inspired countless travelers and surfers and adventures. But what if summer isn’t something tangible, defined by weather, fashion, location or anything else? It can be a feeling, an emotion, that you carry with you all year long. Freedom, purity, childlike innocence, serenity… all words I associate with summer, that I try to remind myself of in the dark days of winter. Wrap yourself in cozy, light sweaters and layers that still carry the scent of sunblock and close your eyes, imagine you are listening to the sound of waves crashing on sand and hold on to summer as long as you can.

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Debroah Hammacher -Dec 04, 2013, 4:01PM
beautiful inspiring collection.beautiful created designs here!Many thanks for sharing.
LoveParadeBoutique -Jul 28, 2011, 6:54AM
Wow! what a beautiful concept that you can carry summer with you all year round... how lovely. Love the photo`s. What a fantastic blog! x

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Post image for FP Spun Houston Style

Check out these amazing photos from our Houston Galleria store girls, showcasing the FP Spun line! The photos were taken by Houston Galleria’s senior store manager of the assistant manager, and they did such a beautiful job! The photos really draw attention to the delicate details of the Spun pieces and the model looks gorgeous :)

The FP Spun Daily Chord Pointelle Tunic worn with the Kelsey Mule Wedge and lots of layered necklaces.

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The gorgeous FP Spun Dreams of Crochet Maxi Dress contrasts nicely with a couple of Gem Watch Strap Bracelets.

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I love this look! The FP Spun Fishtail Crochet Maxi Skirt looks awesome with the FP One Floral Crop Top and Barbarella Bed Jacket; topped off with the Flower Drop Necklace, Falling Feathers Necklace, Thunderbird over Feather Pendant and Irregular Quartz Ring.

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And the FP Spun Eighty Stages Crochet Dress is beautiful in its simplicity, worn here with the Ancient Stone Pendant and La Casa Wool Moon Shoulder Bag.

So beautiful!! View all FP Spun.

Southern Hospitality -Jul 26, 2011, 9:41PM
I love to see the shots of the people that wear free people everyday. Now, if you could just get these people to actually help you when you go into the store, that would be great. I've shopped both locations in Houston, and both times not ONE associate actually acknowledged me and offered to help in any way. Such a contrast to the spirit of free people....... Just sayin... Show some love ladies!
paola -Jul 26, 2011, 8:22PM
I love these pics!!! I love to see the clothes in people thta are not necessarily models and in natural light...it really gives you a sense of them- and they are gorgeous!!! I want it all! great job FP! Love FP Spun! It's just a little pricey to what I can afford...

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Post image for Indie fashion from Pitchfork Music Festival 2011, part two.

Here’s our second round of festival street fashion at Pitchfork Music Festival 2011 from quirky couples to unique details. Pitchfork sure gave us a whole inspiration overload; we adored the style Chicago had to offer! Read more »

phil -Nov 15, 2012, 10:28AM
These people are remarkably clean for being at a festival.
indie women clothing -Mar 16, 2012, 12:54PM
really like the jewelry featured here. and overalls....reminds me of great memories of childhood

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Post image for Free People Book Club: Jitterbug Perfume, Part 1

At the start of Jitterbug Perfume, on the page in between the dedication and the start of the saga, the author included four quotes. These quotes seem strange in proximity with each other, but they tell you a great deal about the journey you are about to embark on and I felt the need to include them here.

“The distinctive human problem from time immemorial has been the need to spiritualize human life, to lift it onto a special immortal plane, beyond the cycles of life and death that characterize all other organisms.”

– Ernest Becker

“The history of civilization is the story of man’s emancipation from a lot that was harsh, brutish, and short. every step of that upward climb to a sophisticated way of life has been paralleled by a corresponding advance in the art of perfumery.”

– Eric Maple

“Rage, rage against the dying of the light”

– Dylan Thomas

“(And) always smell as nice as possible.”

– Lynda Barry

This tale takes place in four “locations” – or points in time, I should say.  Present-day Seattle, New Orleans, Paris, and ancient Bohemia – and follows the characters in each of these places as their lives eventually converge.

It begins in ancient Bohemia, where a king named Alobar longs to escape his fate, which is that upon the growth of his first gray hair – a symbol of aging – he will be killed and replaced.

“In those days the Earth was still flat, and people dreamed often of falling over edges.”

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“Upon those travelers who make their way without maps or guides, there breaks a wave of exhilaration with each unexpected change of plans.”

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“The sky was a velvety black paw pressing on the white landscape with a feline delicacy, stars flying like sparks from its fur.”

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“The eclipse…it was probably the most real thing I’ve ever seen, but it was also like a dream. You know what I mean? Real and unreal, beautiful and strange, like a dream.  It got me high as a kite, but it didn’t last long enough. It ended too soon and left nothing behind.”

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“Bones are patient. Bones never tire nor do they run away… Water is like flesh. Water will not stand still.  It is always off to somewhere else; restless, talkative, and curious.  Even water in a covered jar will disappear in time.  Flesh is water. Stones are like bones.  Satisfied. Patient. Dependable.”

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“Perhaps the most terrible (or wonderful) thing that can happen to an imaginative youth, aside from the curse (or blessing) of imagination itself, is to be exposed without preparation to the life outside his or her own sphere – the sudden revelation that there is a there out there.”

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are you guys reading along? leave your thoughts in the comments!

Amy S. -Oct 11, 2011, 11:34AM
Jitterbug Perfume has been an amazing journey thus far. I am just a couple of chapters away from the end, and not ready for it to be over. I shall miss this read.
-Sep 10, 2011, 6:08PM
I just discovered your blog a few days ago and have been going through all the posts because they are everything and more. Subtle yet profound. My deepest gratitude

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Post image for From our Catalog Team: Shooting in NYC

Our catalog team sent along some more photos to give you guys a little peek at what they’ve been up to! Enjoy :)

We arrived in New York City on the 19th and had a nice bonding dinner to start the shoot off right at Frankie’s on the Lower East Side. We stayed at The Bowery – the rooms are beautiful and some have lovely private terraces. We got up early the next morning and headed to Splashlight Studios where we were shooting with one of our favorite photographers, Guy Aroch, and model Julia Stegner. She is very beautiful and even more so behind the lens! I love the 60′s Marianne Faithfull vibe she brings to the table and felt really inspired by it. During the shoot we listened to Carly Simon and munched on Sushi. It was a fun shoot and the perfect time to be in NYC – while there was a stifling heat wave in Philly, New York had a cool breeze circulating the summer air. It was a great shoot, we are all very proud of it and can’t wait for everyone to see!

i love her cute, off-duty style!

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We had to bundle up in the cold studio!

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Our friend Bambi was shooting next door.

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elegant hair.

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Reviewing the shots with Guy Aroch.

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…and a little peek for you!

BohoQueen -Jul 25, 2011, 11:00PM
Although I like the catalogs where there is an actual place you go, like the Hawaii catalog, or the Texas catalog, as opposed to the studio shoots, I am looking forward to seeing the boho style you have set up for fall in the August catalog. The model is too cute! I love the first picture of her. She has such a relaxed, laid-back, casual style, and I love her shorts! The place you guys stayed with the terraces is not too bed, either! xoxo
cass -Jul 25, 2011, 4:18PM
can you do a make up tutorial please?!

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Post image for FP Spun by Free People

A couple of weeks ago we introduced you to our new line of specialty pieces called FP Spun. The line features garments made with fine Italian yarns, shiny silk blends and nubbed soft linens, accentuated with intricate jacquards, stitching and details. The pieces range from short and flirty to slinky and long to shaped and sculpted, each portraying a different personality. Learn a little bit more about spun and the lovely designers in this video!

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fp julia -Jul 27, 2011, 3:23PM
catarino - not that i know of :( i think its her own!
paige -Jul 26, 2011, 8:51PM
this is a pretty amazing concept, I love the fact that you are working with luxury materials and vendors. Its nice to see more conceptual crochet and knitwear instead of the typical vintage inspired pieces..definitely stepped it up a notch in my book :)

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“I want to be able to sleep in an open field, to travel west, to walk freely at night…” – Sylvia Plath

BohoQueen -Jul 26, 2011, 7:33PM
I love the second picture! It's so victorian and sweet looking! xoxo
Laurie -Jul 25, 2011, 9:02PM
long hair ftw!

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Post image for Teriyaki Cod with Broccoli Rabe and Brown Rice

This week’s recipe is more of an entire meal, and, I’m not going to lie, it’s a bit more difficult than the recipes I usually post. This is one to pull out when you have a good amount of time to cook, and you want to impress a group of friends (or whoever) with an entire delicious meal.

The coolest part of this Asian-inspired meal is that you’ll be able to tell everyone you made your own teriyaki sauce. Who does that, right? It’s easier than you’d think. It’s all about letting it boil down to the right consistency which can take a while. The broccoli rabe is the perfect light accompaniment to go along with the flavorful fish. Top the plate off with simple brown rice, to fill your guests up.

Recipe makes enough for 3

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Fish Ingredients:

1.5lbs of Cod

1tsp Ginger

¾ Cup Orange Juice

¼ Cup Mirin

½ Cup Soy Sauce

1 Garlic

1 Scallion stem

Broccoli Rabe Ingredients:

15 Stems of full, leafy broccoli Rabe

1tbsp Grapeseed Oil

2 Garlic Cloves cut into quarters

1 Cup Water

Brown Rice Ingredients:

1 Cup Brown Rice

2.5 Cups Water

3 Scallion Stems

1tbsp Butter or oil

Instructions:

  1. Place orange juice, mirin, soy sauce, and ginger into a large sauce pan at high heat. Once it starts to boil, lower the heat and let simmer until it reaches a thicker consistency. Approx 30-40min.
  2. When teriyaki sauce is half way done, place butter and scallions in a small pot to sauté for about 2 minutes. Add brown rice & water. Cover pot until water has evaporated and rice is cooked. Turn off flame, and let sit, coved, until rest of meal is ready.
  3. Preheat oven to 400F
  4. Cook the cod in the sauce pan with the teriyaki sauce for about 4 minutes. Then place it in a flat, oven-safe pan. Pour left-over teriyaki sauce over the fish & add chopped scallions. Cook in the oven for another 10 minutes.
  5. Using the same sauce pan, add grapeseed oil and garlic for broccoli rabe. Once garlic is sautéed, add broccoli rabe and water to cook for about 5 minutes. Once it is fully wilted, like cooked spinach almost, it will be done. You may have to pour out excess water.

DM -Jul 25, 2011, 11:44AM
That looks delicous! Thanks.. will have to try this.

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