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Guess who graced us with his presence today?! Fritz!

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He was feeling camera shy…

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…until he got a treat.

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Lou is getting so big!

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Mr. Pig’s face kills me.

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Dillinger stretching out.

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cool desk space.

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BagItToday -Sep 05, 2011, 6:31AM
i love the way u presented pic's.
Meg -Aug 27, 2011, 6:27AM
We love Fritzy in Soho!!!

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We are looking for a full time merchandising intern to work here at our home office in Philadelphia!

For more info on the position and requirements, and to apply, please visit our job site.

fp julia -Dec 02, 2011, 9:26AM
hi faye! what problem are you having? send an email to blog@freepeople.com and i'll see what i can do!
faye -Dec 02, 2011, 2:52AM
i have been trying to apply since it says deadline is tomorrow. please help i worked really hard on my board :(

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When I was reading the Guide to Venice that our producer put together, I was surprised when she said Venice is a city known for its decay – I’ve never been there and am not very familiar with it, but from what I’ve seen it looks beautiful and far from decay. But it’s true, and the same aquatic setting that also makes Venice so scenic puts its gorgeous architecture at greater risk of decay. In some ways this also adds an element of dramatic beauty and heightens the mystique of the city. In the behind the scenes photos from our shoot, Thomas Northcut also captured the dark beauty of the architecture in Venice…these photos take my breath away.

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Nataly Arevalo -Nov 03, 2011, 3:19AM
Knowing that Venice was founded between the 5th and the 6th centuries by the Barbarian invasions still is a modern city. The tremendous canal system developed, with a primitive building system makes even more a memorable and beautiful place to visit. This floating city has a strong sense of identity, because still preserve the same connections with Byzantine and Islamic Architecture, and most of the same uses, for instance the Piazza of San Marcos still is the main place to congregate people who go to visit Venice. I really like your photos, it makes me feel as I were there!
chaney -Aug 18, 2011, 8:07AM
beautiful. i just got back from venice monday and even these pictures cannot do it justice! such a unique and mysterious city.

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Every time I fly some place I keep thinking how I really need to get something to hold my passport and other travel documents in. I’m getting ready to head off to Hong Kong, and well, I thought it was finally the time to follow through and actually get one.  What’s even better than getting something is making something, and when I saw this DIY, I thought I could very well do this myself. It takes a bit of precision and care, but you can put this together at home no problem. Here’s how:

You’ll need: a passport, a cutting board, ruler, 2 – 8.5”x11” pieces of leather, leather rope (not pictured), white charcoal pencil, ruler, utility knife, awl, needle and thread (I got this cool 3 in one gadget pictured below that worked great)

Step 1) Lay out leather, aligning it with the lines of your cutting board, and place passport in the corner .5” from the edge.

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Step 2) Trace around the outside of your passport with the white charcoal pencil. After you’ve done so, use your ruler to extend the line all the way to the other side, stopping .5” from the edge.

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Step 3) Align extra piece of leather so that the top edge is even with your top line. Line ruler up with the bottom edge of your first piece of leather, and trace a line across piece number two.

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Step 4) Using the utility knife, cut along the line you have just drawn on piece number two.

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Step 5) Get your awl ready, for those of you who bought the same one I did, you have to unscrew the top piece, insert the needle, and then screw the piece back on over the needle to hold it secure.

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Step 6) With the right sides together. Lay the first piece on top of the second piece, and begin to poke holes every 1/4” along the white lines (do this on every line except for the top one). You’ll then want to push the needle through to enlarge the holes even more.

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Step 7) Once you’ve poked the holes on all of your lines, sew thread through. Cut off lose ends with your utility knife.

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Step 8) After making sure that your passport fits, draw two points roughly in the center that are 2” apart.

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Step 9) Using the awl again, poke holes on both of these dots. You may have to poke a few next to each other to make them big enough. Once you’re done, feed leather rope through. Tie in a bow and cut off extra rope.

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-Sep 09, 2011, 3:35PM
Hi! I wanted to make this, but I don't understand the part where u make the 2 holes for the leather rope ties... Pls explain where
Jenny -Aug 21, 2011, 11:58AM
Your clothes always fall apart, but your blog is the best in town! Thanks for all the great ideas FP!!! You always to a fabulous job explaining things, and as a teacher, I always appreciate it when someone can take something they fully understand and break it down so we dummies can do it!

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On my first day in San Francisco I met up with Micaela who writes the blog The Drifter and the Gypsy. We met for coffee at a cute little place in North Beach called Café Trieste. North Beach is one of my favorite neighborhoods in San Fran – located in the northern part of the city, it is full of culture and history. This is the part of town where beat generation legends like Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady hung out, and home to their favorite haunts, the famous City Lights bookstore and Vesuvio Cafe (see photos in my previous post). When you climb to the top of some of its hilly streets, you are rewarded with breathtaking views of the bay.

I have been following Micaela’s blog for a while now, so it was great to finally put a face to the personality that comes across on her blog. She is wise beyond her young years and a talented writer and photographer –and we discovered that we both dream of one day writing a book :)

Here are some photos from our meetup!

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Me, in the fp vegan leather jacket, which i am in love with and wore all weekend!

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I loved Micaela’s vintage skirt and tapestry bag!

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I also wore the fp extreme vintage flares – most comfortable jeans ever!

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Photos 3,4 & 8 by Micaela, rest by me.

Tammy -Aug 17, 2011, 3:30AM
Loving all the sf and outside lands coverage! You do such a great job painting this lil gem of a city in all its goodness :) Amazing pictures filled with vivid depictions and quotes... I'm completely inspired, thank you!

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Whenever i think of “the sweet life” la dolce vita i think of Europe. I think of exquisite beauty that romances you and makes you feel rich inside with thoughts and emotions. It’s gives a feeling of wealth but not the kind of wealth involved in spending lots of money on luxury items, but the kind of wealth that involves evoking a feeling of fulfillment. Textures like velvet and fur that scream “I’m worth it” a whole silhouette that tells a story of love, of taste and great knowledge of the beautiful. European fashion definitely embodies la dolce vita.

This trend makes me want to get lost in a city just like the concept of our August book. It makes me want to fall in love and feel like a million bucks.

What does la dolce vita mean to you?

Images taken from weheartit.com

ladolcevita3items in second image: swalesdale texture shrug vegan leather pleated skirt floral lace fit and flare dress large amulet pendant western moonstone ring  malachite wrap ring

Susie -Aug 17, 2011, 11:43AM
great post I love the la dolce vita look it makes me want to fall on love with Europe
laura -Aug 16, 2011, 10:12PM
i think of Paris and Rome. this post is so pretty, i got lost in your words. i want to buy a fall wardrobe now and kiss a guy in a european city!

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Vetiver – The Errant Charm from Yours Truly on Vimeo.
I felt it was appropriate to post this video today for a few reasons: one, Vetiver played at Outside Lands; two, it features some pretty San Fran scenery; and three, the video is by Yours Truly, who we had the pleasure of meeting at Outside Lands this weekend! They are some of the nicest guys I’ve met and I’m a huge fan of their videos. Check it out and let me know what you think!

 

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“Take another little piece of my heart…”

San Francisco is the only other city I’ve lived in besides Philadelphia.  A few years ago I drove across the country with a friend and when I got to San Fran I fell in love with it and decided I wasn’t leaving.  The vibe of the city is unlike anywhere else – a unique blend of creativity, individuality and a bit of artistic madness. It always brings to mind the Jack Kerouac quote:

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”

There’s a reason he, too, was drawn to the musical beat of San Fran.

The city is alive with music, all hours of the day and night – when I lived there it wasn’t, “what are we doing tonight?” it was “what show are we going to tonight?”  It’s a place where you never feel lonely, because even if you are alone you’ll always meet someone on the street or in the park or on the barstool next to you with a smile and a friendly ear. And it’s a city where no matter how big it is, or even if you’re at a festival with thousands of people, you can still run into an old friend.

Philly is my home but I will always love the city by the bay.

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Carlee -Aug 17, 2011, 2:39PM
Heck yeah bay-bee keep them coimng!
Aly -Aug 16, 2011, 1:13PM
golly, i sure do love your blog!

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“The air was soft, the stars so fine, the promise of every cobbled alley so great…”

- Jack Kerouac

Top photo is from Jack Kerouac alley in San Francisco.

smith1@hookprice.com -Aug 17, 2011, 10:48AM
Opposing views are a great way to write such an interesting informative article. Your word choices and dictation have made this such an enjoyable article to read, producing quite a thought process along the way.
Dominique Zumwalt -Aug 16, 2011, 1:12PM
I absolutely love San Francisco and Jack Kerouac. Beautiful photos :)

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Outside Lands 2011 has come to a close and what a magical weekend it was… Sunday was another gorgeous sunny day in Golden Gate Park and once again Free People was everywhere we looked. The girls in San Francisco definitely know how to do festival fashion right! Read more »

cara -Aug 17, 2011, 3:29AM
lol i went to high school with the girl in the orange maxi! so random. great style shots!!!
Vera -Aug 15, 2011, 5:49PM
I love all the FP outfits!!! Great for inspiration too.

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Gelato al Bacio

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With this month’s catalog shot in Venice, I thought I’d give you all a recipe for one of my favorite Italian foods – gelato. This is a recipe that my grandma or aunt will whip up almost every time I visit them in Italy. I never really make it at home, so it’s earned a spot in my heart as one of those special treats I get whenever I visit my favorite place in the whole world. It’s made with hazelnuts and chocolate, like the Italian candy, Baci, from which it gets its name. More familiarly, it has a nutella-like flavoring, but whatever you relate it to, it’s a dream that melts in your mouth. Now that I have a vat of it in my fridge, it’s been really hard to stay away.

Try it out for yourself if you dare =P

Ingredients:

1 Egg

1 1/3 Cups Whole Milk

100 Grams of Dark Chocolate

¾ (generous) Cup of sugar

¾ Cups of ground hazelnuts

1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

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Directions:

Beat egg, 1 cup of milk, and vanilla extract together in a large bowl.

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Place sugar, chocolate, 1/3 cup of milk, ¼ cup of hazelnuts into a pot, and place over a low flame. Keep stirring until chocolate is fully melted and sugar is dissolved.

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Pour melted chocolate mixture into milk/egg mixture, add remaining hazelnuts, and stir vigorously until fully blended together.

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Pour into a bread pan, and let cool for a bit. Once it has reached room temperature, stick the whole thing in the fridge over night.

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After a night in the fridge to freeze, it should be ready to serve nde

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Katharina -Aug 16, 2011, 9:47PM
This sounds so delicious! I'm a serious food lover :D And Newman's Own makes awesome dark chocolate. Have you tried their orange dark chocolate? XOXO!
Sandy -Aug 16, 2011, 2:01PM
That looks absolutely divine! I could totally go for some authentic Italian gelato. It's been years since I've been there but I can remember that on my shoe-string budget, gelato meals were about all I could afford!

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The weather could not have been better today at Outside Lands! Uncharacteristically, the sun was shining all day and burned through the San Francisco fog.  Also? Free People was everywhere! We ran into so many girls wearing FP duds and carrying our tote bags. Here’s a look at the fashion on day two shot by Erin of calivintage.com!

The striped lace inset top from last year!

Love this combo of leopard, fringe and our seed bead necklace.

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One of my favorite looks from today.

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Love how she knotted our pieced together maxi!

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Free People bag and Joe lace up over-the-knee boots!

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Natalie, looking amazing in our forbidden garden mesh maxi!

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My favorite photo of them all :)

More coming tomorrow!

Photo Credit: Erin Hagstrom, calivintage.com

Maddie -Aug 23, 2011, 11:58PM
It is a unique skirt, the favorite thing I own in my closet by far. It was a great buy, $60 from a small boutique in Santa Fe, New Mexico circa 2009
jill -Aug 15, 2011, 5:56PM
Where can I find the long tiered skirt in the last picture?

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