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Meet this week’s style inspiration – the design assistant for New Romantics here at Free People. I was immediately attracted by her laid back and beautiful – yet approachable – look. I checked in on her daily to get to know her better and bring you her week in style file.

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In her romantic, somewhat demure, way of dressing she reflects her personality perfectly. She seems quiet and shy at first, but is then sweet beyond words as soon as you approach her. This is a girl who doesn’t wear outfits that shout “look at me,” but rather, “come closer.” Pay attention and you’ll notice a dainty necklace or a gorgeous etched bracelet.

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As assistant designer for the Free People New Romantics, she will be given a fabric chosen by her boss, the head designer for New Romantics, and then has to come up with styles using what she is given. The process usually starts with a sketch. Her sketches themselves are amazingly inspirational to look at. She will then drape the piece – usually doing about one a day. After she’s done draping, she will pass everything along to tech who takes it from there. This week she was already working on things for next summer.

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And now for a peek into her personal life =)

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-Jul 19, 2011, 6:08PM
those sketches are such teasers! i'd love to see more fashion illustrations of hers!
guest -Jul 17, 2011, 3:29PM
I think girls who are interested in the boyish styles are less likely to feel lost once they reach their teens and adulthood as far as clothes go because there will always be guy clothes(rough, tough, easy, relaxed,etc..) so you don't have to go looking everywhere to try to find yourself. I know for me when I turned 16 I was so, so lost because there were not anymore girly, girl or popular culture type clothes in the stores. I didn't know who I was, and the only store I thought where I thought I found myself closed down so I didn't know what to wear. And, alot of older guys would approach me because I wore a lot of older ladies clothes because that's what was in the stores but I didn't realize how they made me look and how uncomfortable I felt all the time. So, I am so happy to see these new lines here and collections like Lou and Candy so girls like myself won't have to feel like someone who doesn't exist. It's great and I hope you continue to create styles for us girls that want to have fashion but can't find it.

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Tucked discretely among Austin’s best restaurants and vintage shops on South Congress, the Hotel San Jose is a peaceful oasis either to stay for a vacation or just to pop in for a drink on the patio. Self-described as a hotel with soul, the San Jose’s décor includes vintage concert posters, cacti, animal printed-throws, crawling ivy plants and lots of sun-dappled shade. It’s extremely zen-like, and makes you feel very much at home – from the tray of Texas-style snacks awaiting guests in the rooms to kitchen in the lobby that serves cocktails and cold water. If you’re on South Congress, you must check it out.

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nice touch – a pair of tom’s in the bathroom that you can purchase if interested.

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DO: have a drink at the outdoor patio (open to public)

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Also – stop next door for coffee at Jo’s – home to the famous “i love you so much” wall, and you may even run into Leslie (an Austin celeb)!

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holly anne -Jul 19, 2011, 1:50PM
the toms are a really nice touch... especially if you are traveling and forgot to pack appropriate shoes for walking around town
Malora -Jul 17, 2011, 10:29PM
i have that exact pair of toms in the tenth photo. I love them!!!

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I am beyond excited about the fact that Free People is now launching its very own line of vegan leather pieces! As I mentioned in the video, I am a vegetarian and although it doesn’t bother me when other people wear leather products, it’s not something I can bring myself to do. Which is torture, because working here I see so many amazing leather items that I love – but it seemed only natural that we would do this, being a company that loves animals so much! After months of anticipation, vegan leather is here, and I’m happy to say that my search for the perfect vegan leather jacket has ended :)

In addition to the jacket, the other items online now are the vegan leather pants, vegan leather skirt and vegan leather shorts. I love that these items can be styled in a girly way, with pretty blouses and heels, or in a boyish rock n’ roll way:

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And here’s how I styled the pants for the video – I paired them with the concert raglan and sandals for an easy casual look. Clearly the boyish look is more my style :)

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items pictured: vegan leather pant, we the free raglan tee, calypso pendant necklace, kale collegic stack rings, zion ring, molly beaded sandal.

Your response will help determine whether we’ll continue to design into this line, so I would love to hear your thoughts on vegan leather!

Michelle -Sep 05, 2011, 8:26PM
PLEASE get vegan leather bags too!!!!
Athena -Jul 19, 2011, 10:16PM
Just because it's vegan, it doesn't mean it isn't tacky.

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Today’s been a busy day! The first half of the day I got to travel out to the owner of Urban Inc.’s personal farm. I shot some photos of the stylish interns on the outing.

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Although I enjoyed the trip, it was fun getting back to the office and noticing lots of new Free People buys around. These two ladies are actually wearing two of my favorite items right now – both just happen to have been sitting in my shopping basket for about the past week now.

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The Free People Printed Kimono

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The Mohawk Embroidered Dress

I love the flirty sheerness these two coworkers were rocking today.

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How cool is this shirt? I love the combo of it with the braids.

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I caught this stylish woman sauntering up the stairs in her carefree printed summer dress. Her tattoo juxtaposes against the girly-ness of her outfit for an intriguing look.

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Denim and lace…one of my favorite combos for summer

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Taylor -Jul 21, 2011, 1:34PM
The denim and lace look kills me its so cute!
Stargirl -Jul 15, 2011, 1:29PM
Oh my gosh, where is that bag from? I've been looking for a new bag and that would be perfect!!

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Post image for Thursday Poll: The July Lookbook with Bambi Northwood-Blyth

Our July Lookbook, “FALLing for Bambi,” is definitely one of my favorites yet – maybe because I think Bambi Northwood-Blyth is insanely adorable, but also because I love these pre-fall, layered looks. This lookbook actually has 15 total outfits but I pulled out some of my favorites – which one do you like best?

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(view the entire july lookbook)

time to vote!

Vicky -Aug 16, 2011, 7:11AM
This does look pomisring. I'll keep coming back for more.
-Aug 01, 2011, 1:20PM
is there a make up tutorial to go with this? her eyes look beautiful!

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Post image for July Catalog: Behind the Scenes in Austin

The first day of shooting in Austin was a blast – we shot at the Mohawk Room with the Happen-Ins, and models Ashley Smith, Anastasia Khodkina and Jessica Mau took turns pretending to be in the band. Ashley was a natural on the guitar and Anastasia blew us away with her rockstar energy! With Alexandra Valenti making magic behind the lens, it was a day of live music and fun in the company of friends.

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view the july catalog.

Dani -Jul 30, 2011, 12:44PM
Just because a girl is thin, does NOT mean she has an eating disorder. Nor does the fact that she doesn't have "breasts". It's called genetics, people. By saying someone that is size 14-16 is "average" is insulting to the girls smaller than that, and the bigger girls, too. So because we don't fit into that category, that means we aren't normal, or average? Please. Ignorance is not flattering.
Ruby -Jul 18, 2011, 9:30AM
While your models do have breasts, they are not the average American female, as the average female these days is a size 14 - 16.

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Pitchfork Music Festival starts tomorrow and the lineup is pretty awesome — a mixture of indie cool and electronic. nothing beats live music and the open air. Read more »

Stargirl -Jul 15, 2011, 1:33PM
I'm always looking for new talent, thank you for this!(:
mer -Jul 15, 2011, 10:45AM
I love the Smith Westerns! What day are they playing at Pitchfork, though?! I don't remember seeing them in the lineup. *Wild Nothing is going to be awesome.

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i actually don’t have a bike and am dying to get one…until i have some cash saved up, i’m dreaming about these…

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definitely the best way to get around in the summer.

Louis -Jul 08, 2012, 6:19PM
Never mind the bike, I like to meet that girl showing those lovely legs.
Victoria @ Runway Rundown -Jul 14, 2011, 1:08PM
My bike was stolen in LA last fall :( I desperately need a new one! Perfect for getting around campus.

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so inspired by this look today! our office coordinator took an old oversized button-down shirt and turned it into a skirt! she just buttoned it up halfway from the bottom, stepped into it and tied the sleeves around her waist – add a cropped tee and boots and you’ve got 90s grunge perfection.

just another reason to nab your boyfriend/dad/brother’s button-downs! vintage printed ones are a plus :)

bob -Jul 03, 2012, 2:42PM
cute
Kati -Nov 08, 2011, 10:53PM
I love this! This is total inspiration!

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rainbow cake, rainbow hair :)

lots of inspiration around the office today!

Nina -Sep 15, 2011, 5:16PM
akalksdjalskdj LOVE those hats!!! will they be abailable on free people store? OMG love themm
Ashley -Jul 15, 2011, 12:17PM
I LOVE her hair! How did she get it like that?

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Post image for Wednes-DIY: Instagram Photo Wall

Today’s DIY project was inspired by this post on apartment therapy. Free People has an instagram account and I love so many of the photos that our home office girls post there – it’s like our little visual diary. I LOVE the idea of printing out our photo memories and making them into wall art!

What you need: I used white poster board and double sided tape, and printed our photos out on a regular printer.

I picked photos at random and just started lining them up in rows :)

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And that’s it! I think this would look awesome framed and hung up in our office :)

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laura@printing-instagram -Aug 28, 2013, 8:32PM
Very cool, think it also looks so cool because of the selection of your Instagram photos! nice to see people putting effort into displaying their Instagram photos! I have been looking around for different inspirational ideas that I could blog about and this is so cool!

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some visual refreshment on this 100 degree day…stay cool everyone!

-Jul 13, 2011, 9:10PM
Oregon definatley hasn't been he warmest! But the state is beautiful and green nevertheless
-Jul 13, 2011, 7:37PM
it was 101 F yesterday and I'm pretty sure 110% humidity! thanks for the cute pictures, I love the sprinkler! and the fruit looks way too yummy!

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