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“raindrops might fall on my head sometimes, but i don’t pay ‘em any mind. then again, i guess it ain’t always that way.”

kurt vile may be one of the best artists to come out of philly in a long time.  after hearing his newest album, smoke ring for my halo, i feel that i can say that. i thought his last album was great, but it sort of fell into that lo-fi, psychedelic rock category that you hear so much of, it all starts to sound the same (in my opinion).  this album has a much cleaner sound and that’s a good thing- it allows vile’s guitar playing and lyrics to shine.  in some songs on this album he actually reminds me a lot of richard ashcroft, who i love.  you can stream the entire album right now on NPR, or listen to a few of the tracks below!


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erin -Mar 09, 2011, 8:00PM
I happened to stumble upon a band recently that really captures the free people spirit. They are called Stonefield and they are a band of 4 sisters from Australia ages 20-12 but these girls rock hard, siting bands like Led Zeppelin and Frank Zappa as their major inflences. Check out Stonefield here: http://www.youtube.com/user/Stonefieldband
Paige -Mar 09, 2011, 4:09PM
Kurt Vile is good guy. He played a house show here in Arkansas at my friend's house. He just hung out with us and then went and did he thing. So cool and great music!

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martha hunt is one of our favorite models to work with – in our web studio and on catalog shoots, she consistently brings an amazing attitude and free spirited beauty. this past friday, our web studio did a special shoot with martha and had her style all her own outfits, as well as give makeup and hair direction. i got to watch and take some photos, and i must say… i have a little bit of a girl crush on martha!

she is so fun and full of personality, and the second she sets foot on set she is all business and works the camera like no other.  here’s a little behind the scenes look at martha ON duty, along with the final shots our photographer took of the five looks she styled.

in this look: runaway lace kaftan, IRO vova chain short, jade covered wedge.

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in this look: lace cropped kaftan, suede circle skirt, crosby platform.

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in this look: suede circle skirt, blank boy blue denim shirt, crochet bralette, napoli corset sandal.

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in this look: rib & lace maxi slip, doma studded leather jacket, ophelia platform boot.

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in this look: borderline fringe sweater, macedon wedge, pants coming soon.

so i’m curious, which outfit styled by martha is your favorite?

and stay tuned because later this week we’ll show you what makeup products were used to get her look ;)

Sabra -Jan 10, 2012, 4:43PM
I adore the denim top outfit! Beautiful!!
ramona -Mar 29, 2011, 4:40PM
sammy look at the swim section on the website. since they show the swimsuit from the back you will be able to see it. i had to increased the zoom on my screen to really see it... and i wasn't crazy there really was a scar there! its not as big as mine though. i'm one of the unlucky ones that has it pretty much all the way up and down.

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some oldies but goodies :)

Rebekah -Mar 10, 2011, 5:57AM
Looks like all the girls in the 5th picture are wearing the same top - Which top is it? I love it! Thanks!
Elin -Mar 08, 2011, 7:40PM
I totally agree! It looks like sooo much fun!

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*UPDATE 3/14 – congrats to our winner, fariza from california!*

i love everything about our spring store displays, but my favorite part are the amazing fabric covered suitcases.  so i was very excited that our display team brought this beauty over to me for us to give away on the blog! can you imagine waiting for your luggage at baggage claim and seeing one of these come around on the conveyor belt?! talk about one of a kind!

underneath the fabric is a durable plastic suitcase, so these can be used although i’d recommend being gentle with it, due to the delicate nature of the hand-sewn fabric and embellishments.

to enter the giveaway, click here and fill out the simple form.  we will leave it open for a week and i’ll pick a winner at random on monday. good luck!

Cindy Carr -Mar 20, 2011, 2:51PM
It is wonderful. Hope to win this and thanks for the chance.
Sherry -Mar 20, 2011, 7:21AM
My closet's filled with FP ouldn't it be lovely to have this magnificent suitcase to put them in?

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About the brand:

Shakuhachi takes you on a trip down romance lane – luxurious chiffons and breezy silks that will make you want to float into the summer months. silks in camel and heart racing tones offset the delicate charm and give you a little bit of “cool”.

Shakuachi was birthed a decade ago in Australia from creative experimentation and a kaleidoscopic vision. Jessie White the founder and designer has cultivated a solid global presence and a broad, enduring following with style mavens and celebrities throughout the US, Japan and Europe. We have invited her label into Free People!

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Marci -Mar 08, 2011, 10:44AM
Your March catalog is your best one yet!!
g! -Mar 07, 2011, 7:37PM
Loooove that dress! Buying it ASAP!

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Lizzy -Mar 07, 2011, 8:50PM
wow so gorgeous : ) xxx lovely quote!!
Taylor -Mar 07, 2011, 4:01PM
Cool :) I agree, the rings are snazzy! http://forsurejadore.blogspot.com/

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i don’t want to overload you guys with the vegan recipes, but i found this one and i could not resist sharing it – it looks unbelievable.

this recipe is made with socca crust, but if you’re not into the vegan thing, this could easily be made with regular pizza crust.

socca crust:
3/4 cup chickpea flour
3/4 water
2 tbsp olive oil

pour into oiled cake pan. bake on 375 F for 40 minutes. set aside.

the next step is the couliflower based alfredo sauce – something i didn’t know about until just recently when my friend told me, but apparently tastes just as good as cheese-based alfredo!

cauliflower-almond garlic alfredo sauce:
1 cup steamed cauliflower
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp water
4 cloves garlic
1/3 cup soaked almonds
salt and pepper

blend until smooth and spread on crust.

top with green peas, green peppers and onions. drizzle additional sauce on top and a sprinkling of oregano and shredded basil. bake for 20 additional minutes or until topping are cooked through.

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Christian Louboutin -Jul 06, 2011, 11:07PM
I like this,looks very delicious.
christian louboutin shose -May 13, 2011, 10:41PM
Thank you for all the recent vegan recipes.

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valeria montero

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lovely work by valeria montero.

Ariel -Mar 06, 2011, 12:32PM
I feel like together all of these peices tell the story of the girl, and i think that all the shapes he uses kind-of as words are really neat.
taylor kitto -Mar 05, 2011, 8:07PM
ooooo how cute! love her work. thelittledeers.blogspot.com

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i went over and checked my mail today and was surprised to find a package waiting, from an unknown address and marked “do not bend.” i carefully opened it and out slid two pieces of cardboard taped together, inside of which were two pieces of art and a card.

“dear julia…here is a little fan art i created for free people. i am an artist and budding textile designer from queens, new york.  i have been wearing free people for years now and i am a faithful follower of the building 25 blog. i love the free people aesthetic. it’s refreshing how interactive the company is with their customer base.  free people is more like a community than just a brand. thank you for all the cool clothes and inspiration. love, melissa.”

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this means so much, melissa! thank you!

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as if that wasn’t enough, i was also sent this amazing bouquet of flowers from sullivan owen.

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made my day :)

Melissa -Mar 07, 2011, 8:04PM
Thank you so much Julia for posting my artwork. I'm so excited to be on the blog! And thank you to everyone for the amazing feedback!
margaux -Mar 07, 2011, 12:38AM
oh my goodness! i love these textile designs - they are absolutely beautiful! were they watercolor based? so pretty! and the flowers are stunning!!!

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Spring face

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A Spring face is on my mind – after the dull winter I’m itching to enliven myself and snap out of this greyness.
Golden highlights, spring like skin with a soft glow and subtle make up. Below are the looks that inspire my beauty, thought and the products that I want to buy.

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May Landry -Mar 06, 2011, 8:37PM
Maca is amazing, it really balance your mood swings and when you feel stressed out it really helps you calm down and focus. And the best of all, it's all natural ! I'm not doing an infomercial here, just want to say it's something amazing that we don't really know about ! thx for posting this

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our store girls keep inspiring me with outfit ideas! they always look so amazing…here are some of the latest looks that have caught my eye on our stores’ facebook pages!

one of our dallas girls wearing the morning glory chiffon skirt as a dress, with the borderline fringe sweater over top and the bullet boots. LOVE.

here’s one of our houston girls looking gorgeous in the fp-1 around town shirt dress worn over the super stripe tee – what a great layering idea!

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another houston gal wears the we the free graphic bareback tank over the sweater halter tunic with the cantina concho belt and western boots – cute!

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a great casual look – the super stripe tee, skinny jeans, wrapped in fringe vest, fedora and backpack.

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i want to copy this outfit… the super 70s jeans, floral bodycon tunic, tassel hip belt and tyler cinched hat. amazing.

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one of our portland girls posing with the spring store display! she’s wearing the slouched rugby tee, printed floral skort and faded dye scarf.

speaking of spring displays – how amazing are these umbrella chandeliers from portland?!

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oh, and…. HAPPY FRIDAY!

destiny -Mar 20, 2011, 4:35PM
I <3 adore <3 the first two houston girl looks!!
-Mar 11, 2011, 11:45PM
I love my Portland store and the amazing chicas who help me everytime i come in with a laundry list the length of my arm from the latest mag. Hahaha :) besos!

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and a couple pics from the studio today…

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i’m in love with these crochet bralettes from our march catalog.

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Ariel -Mar 06, 2011, 12:40PM
i am in LOVE with the knit bras!
gabs -Mar 04, 2011, 7:33PM
the second girl from the top is GORGEOUS!

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