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emily hirsch was raised on a vineyard in the anderson valley where she grew up surrounded by the rich, earthy scents of northern california – mossy forests, redwood trees, fermenting grapes, warm earth and sea fog to name a few. she says, “i love how a smell can transport you to the time and place you first smelled it.”

now based in brooklyn, emily is a jewelry designer who started talon nyc. combining a love of vintage inspired jewelry and the aromas of her childhood, she designed the beautiful amulette necklaces that we are carrying at free people.

“fragrance has been worn in beautiful adornments since ancient times, to ward off evil, intoxicate lovers, enhance mood, and interact with the spirits.”

the amulettes are made entirely of recycled materials and hand cast in bronze, silver and glass. when filled with a scent and warmed by the body, they release subtle aromas that escape through the cork stopper, drifting up to the wearer throughout the day. the cork can be removed and used to dab the scent behind the ears, on the neck, or wherever is desired.

emily carefully blends essential oils to create the scents held inside the amulettes, and has made three custom scents. the signature is described as “an intoxicating aroma of tobacco leaf and newly opened orange blossom. it makes us think of sitting in our grandfathers’ old, worn in leather chair in a dimly lit, cozy room, surrounded by books, a scotch and a small branch pulled from the apple tree blooming outside.”

read on for an interview with emily and stay tuned for a guest post she wrote for the blog about a recent road trip she took with family band and warpaint!

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Can you tell me a little bit about the process of making the scents that go inside the amulettes?

The biggest trick to making scents is experimenting with as many combinations as possible. When I made Avalon, I knew I wanted to use Jasmine, as it’s one of my favorite floral scents. So I started with just Jasmine, and then would add one more thing to it. Then the next day I would go back and smell each combination. You have to also smell the scent on your skin as it is usually pretty different.

I would pick my favorites and then decide what they needed next. If it was too sweet smelling, I would add earthier, muskier or grassier scents next to balance the sweetness.  You also have to throw out preconceived notions about what will mix well together because it’s often the unexpected combinations that work best.

Once I have the final blends, I will start wearing the scent when I go out and see how it evolves throughout the night and how I feel wearing it.

How would you describe your personal style?

Sexy 70s! (Which happens to also be a nickname J.) I am very inspired by the 1970s, musically and stylistically. I buy a lot of vintage clothing and like to layer vintage and new pieces to create a look that isn’t over stylized in one era but has a definite 70s slant combined with a natural 60s vibe.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

When I’m not working I love spending time with friends, eating tasty food and drinking good wine! My husband, Scott, is a great cook, so most evenings he is cooking something we picked up at the farmer’s market and we are listening to records and having wine. We also have a cat named Arrow who I spend a lot of time spoiling.

What’s your favorite city or place?

I grew up in California, so the whole state is very nostalgic for me. But my favorite place is Ojai, where my mom lives. I try to get there at least once a year and love taking bike rides through the orange grooves with views of the Topa Topa mountains.

My favorite city is New York! We have lived in New York for about four years and I’ve never felt more creative than I do here.

What music are you listening to right now?

I am pretty much stuck in the 70s with some guilty pleasure 80s music thrown in for good measure. My staples include Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart (early stuff) and the Faces, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, David Bowie…

Favorite book?

As a kid it was the Secret Garden because I was always looking to find secret hiding places in the woods. As a college student, probably Love in the Time of Cholera because I lived in Costa Rica and fell in love with Latin culture and magical realism.

How did your road trip with the Family Band and Warpaint come about?

My husband has toured in various bands many times during our relationship, so when his band, Family Band, went on tour with Warpaint I asked if I could come to see what touring is all about. I went on the leg through the South because I have never been, and have this very romantic view of that part of the country. We went to Durham, Asheville, Nashville, Athens, New Orleans, Houston and Austin. I loved the humid rich tropical magic of the South.

What’s next for talon? Anything you can tell us about what you’re currently working on?

I launched Talon with just the amulette necklace, but for fall, I want to release a full line of jewelry. I’m obsessed with braids and twists, so I’m incorporating that pattern into a bunch of different pieces. I’m also going to have some castings and will be releasing the amulette in some vintage glass colors. I’m sure I will work on a new scent as well!

check out the amulettes online here!

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just a couple of days to go before we head down to austin for our july catalog release party! we are so excited to go back to the live music capital to celebrate with the happen-ins, who are featured in the catalog, and photographer alexandra valenti!

i’ll have more photos and info (and a free download!) from the happen-ins once the catalog drops, but today i wanted to introduce you to the guys who will be playing a live show at our party on friday!

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the happen-ins are (from left): ricky ray jackson – guitar/vocals, john michael dayspring – bass, falcon valdez – drums, and (front) sean faires – guitar/vocals.

formed in early 2009, the happen-ins quickly grew a following in austin where their blend of r&b grooves and gritty americana rock suit the live music capital to a t.   their sound and style has an authenticity to it that is refreshing, setting them apart from other up and coming acts. they pride themselves on developing their own culture and building a community around their music – their connection to their fan base is a huge part of what makes them so loved.  for all of these reasons, we knew they were perfect to appear in our austin catalog! their long haired, bell bottomed, vintage rock style and good looks were of course a plus :)

here’s a little preview of some of their tunes to get you ready for friday’s party. check them out and just try not to shake your hips!


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photos by alexandra valenti.

fp julia -Jun 16, 2011, 8:47AM
nikki - awesome!! see you there :)
Nikki Qiao -Jun 16, 2011, 1:20AM
I was so excited to find out you guys are coming back to Austin for the release party. I picked out my Free people outfit for the party a couple days ago already. Can't wait to meet you and express how passionate I am about Free people!!! Not sure if you have seen a sneak peak of the video I am working on with a friend. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1y-iBNLBzr4&feature=channel_video_title It's going to be a Free people promotion videos of the clothes I've purchased from Free since March 2011. I am totally hooked, and just want to show other girls how to dress in Free from a customer's point of view instead of a professional model. Anyway!!! I am soooo excited. I use Nikon D90, and will take photos of the party. Then my friend may record, and we will post a video of July catlog release party video on Youtube. Anyway, it should be fun!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait!!!!!! :)

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somethin’ filled up
my heart with nothin’,
someone told me not to cry.

but now that I’m older,
my heart’s colder,
and i can see that it’s a lie.

children wake up,
hold your mistake up,
before they turn the summer into dust.

if the children don’t grow up,
our bodies get bigger but our hearts get torn up.
we’re just a million little god’s causin’ rain storms turnin’ every good thing to rust.

i guess we’ll just have to adjust.

with my lighnin’ bolts a glowin’
i can see where I am goin.’

- arcade fire

przewierty sterowane -Oct 18, 2011, 5:39PM
Awesome work...
-Jun 15, 2011, 10:32PM
I love this so much

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Free People now has an Instagram account where we share our visual thoughts and daily activities in pictures.

We’re all addicted to this smart phone app and can’t stop capturing all the cute little things that happen in our office.

If you have a smart-phone, follow our visual journey — our username is “freepeople” — if not we will give you a weekly update of beautiful snap shots taken throughout the week;

from our home pets to our favorite restaurants, pretty mood boards and on location look book post card shots. We invite you into out postcard world!


Tamberine -Jun 16, 2011, 9:07AM
I absolutely LOVE instagram!! I'm just getting started though and not a lot of my friends are on it yet...I already follow you guys! If anyone's interested you can find me @tamberine =)
Aida -Jun 14, 2011, 7:42PM
I am so sad, I have a droid, and this app is for iphone users:( I wanted to follow you guys so much!!!! however i love your photos:)

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what a field-day for the heat
a thousand people in the street
singing songs and carrying signs
mostly say, hooray for our side
it’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound
everybody look what’s going down

- buffalo springfield

Ana -Jun 14, 2011, 1:09PM
most. fun. weekend. ever.
Jenna -Jun 14, 2011, 1:39AM
will you be doing a Bonnaroo post soon?

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I don’t personally follow a gluten-free diet, but I have friends who do, so I like to mess around with recipes once in a while. This nut bread is one I’ve been wanting to try for a while. Normally, the thought of making bread kind of scares me a little. I feel like you need skills I’ve never tried out before, but with this bread it turned out the toughest part was gathering all of the obscure ingredients I needed to make it gluten-free. Once I finally got around to making it, it turned out to be nutty and delicious. It works great for toast in the morning with a little bit of jam =)

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups almond flour
¾  cup arrowroot powder
¼ cup flax seed meal
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
4 eggs
1 teaspoon agave nectar
1 teaspoonapple cider vinegar
¼ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
¼ cup hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
½ cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup sesame seeds

Instructions:

Chop up all nuts that need to be coarsely chopped, and mix all seeds/nuts in a small bowl.

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In a large bowl, beat eggs well. Then add agave nectar and apple cider vinegar.

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Slowly mix dry ingredients into wet.

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Stir in nut/seed mixture

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Pour into a well-greased 7.5” x 3.5” bread pan

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Bake for about 35 minutes. (You should be able to stick a toothpick/knife into the center and pull it out cleanly.)

marianne -Jun 13, 2011, 3:31PM
Thank you Naomi for thinking of us Ceiliac FP Fans!!! xoxo
Fp Naomi -Jun 13, 2011, 2:43PM
Grace Mae - bake it at 325F.Sorry about that!

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loving these illustrations by katie scott! they look like biology or botany text book images…except none of my text books every looked this cool :)

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go see more here!

Zoe -Jun 13, 2011, 9:40AM
Swoon! those images are amazing. I just love botanical/botany picture. They are something i would love in my home. Zoe http://blessedbeeapothecary.blogspot.com/
florencia -Jun 12, 2011, 2:03AM
i am absolutely in love with your videos! my dream is to make videos like those. im about to finish high school and would love to study something like that! what did the videographer study??

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DO: indulge a guilty pleasure.

give in to something sweet

…or salty

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coddle yourself with breakfast in bed

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enjoy a nerdy movie

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lose yourself in a romance novel

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laugh at bad reality TV

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belt the words to a cheesy pop song

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rock a knock-off

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laugh at a completely inappropriate joke

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waste time Facebook stalking (gotta make full of use of modern technology, right?)

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revert to child-like games

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treat yourself to yet another pair of shoes

I once asked my father if he was going to give up something for lent. He responded innocently through a thick Italian accent (in the way only he can do), “there are already so many denials in life – why should I choose to give up yet another thing?” I laughed. This is a man who wants nothing but to enjoy decadent meals followed by desert, to disappear for hours on a long walk, or to be a kid and play with his toy trains. Often what life requires – a trim waist, hard work, maturity – denies him of these simple things. Obligations can become laborious and exhausting. If you never let go to do what YOU want, you’ll go crazy. It’s good for the soul to lose the control and indulge once in a while. They say life is short, and at the end of it all, you want to be able to look back and know that not only did you work hard, but that you also enjoyed everything it had to offer.

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Drew -Jun 14, 2011, 6:12PM
I've definitely got the Facebook stalking down! And I'm in love with the cut tie dye rolling stones tee the girl is wearing in that picture...who knows where I can get a look a like?!
Fp naomi -Jun 13, 2011, 2:48PM
thanks for all of the music suggestions guys!I will definitely check them out!

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Nicole Vaughn

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I actually first heard about Nicole Vaughn when Jolyn, a reader, commented on one of my music posts about her. I went to her website to take a listen and I loved what I heard. A peaceful voice, relatable lyrics, and emotionally charged melodies are what make up her tracks. It just so happens that the singer/songwriter is also a huge Free People fan! She sent in an FPme photo that we recently posted on the blog (she’s the third one down). It’s hard to believe she’s not already a huge sensation. Nicole is one of the music scene’s best kept secrets that needs to be let out of the bag.

Nicole gladly answered a few questions for you all to get to know her better. She’s also made her song, “Stuck on You,” available for free download to you all! (Thank you, Nicole!) Read up on our interview with the inspirational woman and take a listen to her music!

Where were you when you wrote your first song?

I wrote my first official song on guitar at 13, I was sitting on the floor of my room with my guitar and a notebook of some poetry (not very good poetry), and sort of just started to put the pieces together.

What is your favorite song off of your most recent album, “Say It,” and why?

I think that my favorite song off of album would be “Everything We’ve Built” or the title track itself, “Say it”.  These are the most personal and soul-bearing songs on the album and are extremely raw and honest in their story-telling and how I felt about the subject matter.

What is your picture of success?

Success to me would be to continue creating quality music and lyrics that I’m excited about and playing and collaborating with talented musicians that I admire. If I get some fans and make people smile, feel, connect, or dance along the way, I am happy. I’d also like to open for Wilco or Mason Jennings one day, but that might be pushing it ;)

What’s the last album you bought? What else is on your iPod right now?

I recently bought Paul Simons greatest hits, Dawes’ new album, and Barrett Johnson’s album “In Case I went Missing”. Some of my iPod go-to’s are: Mason Jennings, Neko Case, Cass McCombs, Alexander, Rolling Stones, Lissie, Muddy Waters, Bon Iver, Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, Arcade Fire, Patsy Cline,  Wilco, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Randy Newman, Sharon Van Etten…just to name a few! I love it all.

What is your signature look?

I’m not even sure, I think I’d have to ask someone else, hah!  I just wear what I like and I’m comfortable in. Fancy stuff when I’m on stage, but lately off stage I’ve been really casual. I just like jeans, plain T, some turquoise or native american jewelry, and some boots. I like simplicity more and more these days.

What sort of hobbies do you have besides your music?

I love reading a good book, surfing, camping, going to shows, road-trips, hiking, running, rock-climbing, spending time with my pups, anything adventurous and spontaneous. I like to keep life interesting and unpredictable.

What is your favorite book?

East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I’m a big fan of Steinbeck.

One thing you cannot live without is?

Guitar. Or my wonderful mom. Or my dogs. I mean that’s a pretty tough question. haha

What does Free mean to you?

Free means having a free state of mind, not being confined by status quos or trends-free of influence, loving what you love just because YOU love it! Doing what you want, because it’s what YOU want to do.

Nicole Vaughn

Listen to the rest of Nicole’s Music Here

Laura -Jun 12, 2011, 2:47AM
Oh my goodness, i love this girl! She used to play the open mic at the coffee shop I worked out every week! She is a sweetheart and wonderful live!
Diana -Jun 10, 2011, 8:26PM
omg I love her sound! and OMG she's playing IN MY TOWN, in 4 HOURS!!! omg fate. thanks for the hot tip free peeps!

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our creative director got a care package in the mail the other day…

and this happened:

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hahaha…. happy friday!

jennae -Jun 10, 2011, 6:59PM
where's Toby?
-Jun 10, 2011, 6:59PM
where's Toby??

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i have one more video from our call of the wild e-catalog to share with you today! our stylist talks about one of the looks and how it was put together – i’m so glad they chose this one, it’s one of my favorites :)

click on the image below to go see the items in this look!

Taylor -Jun 10, 2011, 8:02PM
I am obsessed with those necklaces.

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Since I started at Free People, I’ve been noticing many cool tattoos around the office. I’m personally a big fan of body art – I think it’s a creative way of self expression, just one’s personal style. For this week in office style I wanted to show you all some of the cool tats I’ve been seeing on the Free People ladies. It was really fun hearing everyone’s story and why they chose to get their certain tattoo.

This intricate piece depicts a vestal virgin, the solar system, the sun, and a tree. Vestal virgin were powerful holy female priests in the Roman Empire. Apparently, they were something like witches. The bottom half where the solar system is depicted shows each planet, and it’s actual placement in orbit relative to the other planets. So cool!

Her middle name is based off of the Hindi word “sattvic” which means purity and harmonious balance in the world. On her middle finger she also has a lotus flower which is also representative of life and purity. I love how peaceful this tattoo is.

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She based her tattoo off of album artwork from Incubus -  It was drawn by the drummer Jose Pasillas in the band. She changed the eye in the center by replacing it with her grandfather’s eye. The idea is that he’s always with her and watching over her.

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A feather to represent her last name which means “to write” (the feather is supposed to be like a quill). After she got engaged and would be changing her last name she and her brother decided to go and get the same thing. (my brother and I both have matching tattoos too!)

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All of her tattoos are drawings by a friend of hers who lives in Brooklyn. I love the idea of putting a piece of one of your friends on you.

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This tree is based off of a necklace that she and her mother always wear. It’s “their little family tree.”

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When back packing through Thailand with her friends, they would always draw mustaches on their fingers and take pictures. Afterward, they all decided to get tattoos so that they would always be, “mustache photo ready.” Each has a different style mustache.

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This is a word that she made up which is a combination of the words “god” and “given.” She said that if she ever has her own line one day that’s what it will be called.

-Mar 13, 2012, 12:40AM
lol, "goven"
Cindy -Jun 13, 2011, 3:54PM
Those are sweet tats, everytime I see one I feel the pain of the person getting it....

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