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Due to the power outage, I didn’t get to post this week’s DIY on Wednesday, so here it is – part two of our tutorial for turning our holiday ornaments into accessories you can wear all year long!

DIY Holiday Ornaments turned into Keychain

For this tutorial we used the Aziza Golden Feather Ornament by Serafina and the Dakota Feather Ornament by Alkemie – but, like the earrings and necklace, this DIY would work with any or all of our holiday ornaments! All you need are some pliers and a keyring and hook (pictured above left).

We removed the hook from the small gold feather ornament using the pliers, and then untied the red string from the larger feather. We used the string to tie the smaller feather to the ring of the larger feather.

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To add a decorative touch, we wrapped the red string around the gold ring, finishing it with a knot. Now just attach the ring with the two feathers to the keyring, and you’ve got an awesome new keychain!

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Aziza Golden Feather Ornament by Serafina; Dakota Feather Ornament by Alkemie.

Eco Friendly Living -Sep 18, 2014, 9:21PM
I've been looking for ideas on how to use up a bunch of Christmas ornament hooks. Thanks for the inspiration!
SASmith (@web_shopaholic) -Mar 28, 2013, 4:39AM
This is a hip and stylish key chain or a cellphone accessory! I would like to ask your permission if we could use your creation in one of our jewelry-making classes in Dragonfly Designs (http://www.jewelrybydfly.com). Our students are kids from age 5 to 17. :) And I know they will simply love your creations! We will check out your other creations too! Thanks for sharing!

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I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Our office is pretty quiet today – but we do have this adorable visitor, Mandy :) Our email marketing manager rescued her, I think she’s one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen!

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I love her bandana :) What a cutie pie!

karen -Nov 27, 2011, 8:05PM
Soooo cute!!
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this is quite possibly the cutest doggie i have EVER seen :)

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Post image for Thursday Poll: Holiday Lookbook

We’ve been gearing up for holidays for quite some time now, and the release of our November lookbook (staring models Linda Vojtova and Ruby Aldridge) confirms that the festive season is finally upon us. It’s a magical time of year that inspires a uniform of glitter and glitz. Everywhere you look ladies have out their best eye-twinkling sequins. Parties are lined with shining gems in head-to-toe metallics – catching the light and bouncing back an elegant glimmer. The world, for two months or so, becomes spectacularly hypnotizing exactly like this book. Which look whisks you off into the twinkling dreamland?

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aimee -Nov 25, 2011, 11:03PM
Look 2 is purity with an edge. Love it!
EPS -Nov 25, 2011, 7:41PM
Look #4 is kind of 90s with the velvet dress, but I am so digging it with the necklace and clutch. Flattering is always fabulous, no matter the fabric

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Here’s a rundown of what some of our stores are doing for the biggest shopping day of the year!

Black Friday Sneak Peek at FP Costa Mesa!
November 25; 5AM-10PM

5:00-6:00am fans of Free People South Coast on facebook receive 10% off your purchase! You can “like” them at the door to be allowed in. Get first dibs on exclusive FP merchandise and enjoy cookies and refreshments while you shop.

6:00-7:00am the first 10 shoppers will get handmade leather/fabric totes with purchase!

All day check out online exclusive items only available at Free People South Coast!

**make sure to bring your phone so you can show us you like like our fan page @ the door to get in***

For more info visit their Facebook Page.

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Black Friday @ FP Studio City

7AM – 7PM

Anyone who comes in and buys a gift on Friday November 25 will be entered in a raffle to win a day of pampering for themselves!

The prize includes a lunch for 2 at Charlie’s Pantry, a mani/pedi, and Starbucks on us!

For more info visit their Facebook Page.

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Black Friday Giveaway at FP Santana Row
6AM – 10PM

The first 25 customers to spend $100+ will be entered into a raffle to win a FP gift card worth $50 and a gift basket filled with hand-made goodies from the Santana Row FP girls!

For more info visit their Facebook Page.

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A Holiday Affair at FP Walnut Creek
7AM – 9PM

Stop by FP Walnut Creek for a cup of coffee and breakfast treats while you shop! Whether you’ve been battling lines since 3 AM or just stepping into the madness of Black Friday our stylists are happy to accommodate all of your shopping needs! You won’t need to lift a finger, we’ll do all the shopping and gift-wrapping for you! Hurry in, the first 25 customers who spend $150 or more will be entered into an exclusive raffle offering a $50 gift card amongst other gifts. See you there!

For more info visit their Facebook Page.

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Cozy Party at FP Austin Downtown
10AM – 8PM

Enjoy sweet treats and a hot cocoa bar while you shop! There will also be a raffle for a FP gift card- for every ‘cozy’ item bought, you will be entered to win!

Fore more info visit their Facebook Page.

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Cozy Cocoa and Cookies at FP Houston City Centre
6AM – 10PM

Comfy, cozy, cups of hot chocolate and cookies for our Free People friends and shoppers, to keep you peppy for a full day of shopping! FP fabulous ‘fringed bags’ are back and FREE with $100 or more purchase. And a cozy little contest for our fabulous FP fans… Enter your name with every cozy item purchased for a chance to win a gift from our FP gals to you!!

For more info visit their Facebook Page.

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Shop Now, Be Merry Later at FP San Antonio
8AM – 11AM

Shop early between 8AM-11AM and receive 10% Off your entire purchase! Also, get a sneak preview of this season’s “MUST HAVES” for Holiday 2011 and enjoy a quick “Grab & Go” breakfast before you leave compliments of Free People San Antonio!

For more info visit their Facebook Page.

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And, for those of you who prefer to stay home and shop online, enjoy Free Shipping all weekend long!

Britney Cherry -Nov 21, 2012, 10:39PM
What will the mark downs be ?
Cindy Chun -Nov 16, 2012, 7:52PM
you need to have a store in Honolulu please!

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We lost power in our office! We’ve been sent home for the holiday but I’ll be back Friday – and keep an eye out for a post with a rundown on what some of our stores are doing for Black Friday :)

Hope you all have a very happy holiday full of family, friends and good food!

xoxo

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Anna -Nov 23, 2011, 3:34PM
Happy Thanksgiving :)
Christina -Nov 23, 2011, 12:31PM
Lucky ducks getting to leave early for the Holiday. Happy Thanksgiving! xo, Christina www.becauseofmadalene.blogspot.com

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We were so impressed with all of your recommendations last week on store music! There were some that are already on our mixes or that we’ve talked about in our meetings, and also a lot of new ones! Read more »

Laurel -Nov 24, 2011, 11:11AM
it's always lovely to hear different types of music, with the rapid widespread use of the internet to spread music there are so many new types and kinds readily available to all. It's not always easy to find decent music. Thank you for posting this.
Cherie -Nov 23, 2011, 5:55PM
omg, i love this playlist! keep them coming!!

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Our adorable beach designer – love the batman tee! A colorful scarf is a nice touch :)

There’s a lot going on here, but it works so well!

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Keep cozy by throwing the textured shrug over a layering top like the striped burnout!

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One of our designers just got this beautiful vintage bracelet.

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Headphones = awesome accessory :)

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Love this look!! Denim overalls over the dotted lace tee. Super cute.

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I love this delicate bracelet – I feel like it would be easy to make something similar!

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You can never have too many layers :) pair a slip with a long tank and a cute printed tunic!

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Cute camis add pretty, delicate layers :) And the amazing eclipse necklace.

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Cozy layering – with the ruffle leggings, slouchy socks and ankle boots.

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Cute pin :)

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Lastly, Mista French keeps cozy in his little plaid coat :)

Victoria -Nov 24, 2011, 4:10PM
I like d photo in d post.
Iconiclook.com -Nov 24, 2011, 6:50AM
hey! If I could I would wear only free people all the time. Definitely my favorite brand.

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The days are shorter, darkness settles over the city…I am craving mysterious woods to wander and a cabin warmed by crackling fire and hot apple cider.

What’s everyone doing for Thanksgiving?

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shanon -Nov 27, 2011, 11:18PM
WHERE CAN I GET ONE OF THAT PATTERNED POCKET TEE!?
Jesse -Nov 22, 2011, 12:16PM
I know exactly the location of the third to last photo of the books on the stairwell. It's a place called the Paris Market, in Savannah, GA - a location with enough good vibes to have brought me to that city almost single-handedly.

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First up, Free People is coming to Michigan! Troy, MI, to be exact, and we’re celebrating with a grand opening party all day long tomorrow (10AM – 9PM)!

They will have cookies and coffee and a beautiful new store to shop! For more info and to RSVP check out their facebook event.

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Also opening tomorrow, Free People Water Tower Place! They will be celebrating with a holiday party and treats from 6pm-9pm!

Plus, with the purchase of any holiday sweater or dress, you’ll be entered in a raffle to win a $50 FP gift card!
Fore more info and to RSVP click here.
Bridget -Dec 10, 2013, 3:00PM
Yes, Madison, W!
Cera -Dec 09, 2012, 9:54PM
MADISON, WI. please?!

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Post image for Style File: Intimates Fashion Manager

Our head intimates buyer is one stylish lady who knows what she likes and sticks to it. Two of those things definitely seem to be platform shoes and oversized tops. She pulls the two together in a modern hippie sort of way. It’s chic with free spirited accents, like a vintage print or edgy hand piece, thrown in. Her hair is almost always down and perfectly tousled to top off the look.

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Stars & moons on her nails!

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The fur bomber makes the look (similar style here).

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<3 the wash on these jeans

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myla -Nov 25, 2011, 3:17PM
charming and lovely <3
Ann -Nov 23, 2011, 1:13AM
what black dress is she wearing? is it from FP?

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Post image for An Interview with Artist Sara Rahbar

This month we’ve been exploring some of the decades that inspire the fashion we see and love today – Paris in the 1920s, America in the 1950s, Morocco in the 1970s – all leading up to today. The twentytens and the modern girl, who mixes together all of the little pieces that make her who she is – her various inspirations, quirks, ethnicities – turning them into something entirely unique to her. It couldn’t be more fitting, then, that the modern section of our catalog featured a flag by artist Sara Rahbar.

I posted some of her flags on the blog a little while back… i was fascinated by them, and love the idea of a flag being made up of many elements that represent different places, ideas and stories.  Read on for an interview with Sara and to learn more about the flags in her own words.

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When did you first come up with the concept behind your Flag Series?

It was in 2005 when I was studying at central saint martins in London, it was for my final project… And I never thought that it would be a series, I thought that I would just make one.

What are some of the materials that you use to make your flags, and where do you find them?

I use anything that inspires me, anything that I am excited and passionate about, and anything that is “sew-able”… there are so many objects that I find that I love and want to use, but they are too large or too heavy for sewing, it has gotten to the point that the objects have completely taken over.  I think that’s why I’m starting to do sculpture now.

As for where I find my materials, well just about anywhere that I can, and I mean ANYWHERE.  I go to the most bizarre places to find things… from bazaars in Tehran, to flea markets in Pennsylvania, from Vietnam vets to little old ladies on the street… I see a million things and I pick two, editing is very important.

I am just as passionate about the objects that I find, as I am about making the work and the final outcome. Gathering these items is such an important part of my process.

What is the meaning behind the particular flag used in our catalog shoot?

There is never any one particular meaning, these pieces are like pages in a book, they are like pieces in huge puzzle.

This work is very personal for me and it’s a direct reflection of my life. In the end I am just a human being talking about my life to other human beings, the work is just an outcome of the way that I view the world and others around me.

It’s about falling, standing and attempting to survive it all. In the end we are all in exile, we are all just visiting and we all come to this earth alone and we leave alone. But while we are here we try so desperately to belong to something, to someone and to somewhere.

Art often inspires fashion.  Does fashion ever inspire your art?

Yes, sure it can, anything can inspire me, anything can spark something, trigger something. The most random things can inspire me; there really is no rhyme or reason to it, it’s just instinctual.

What people have had the most influence on you and your art?

Wow this is a very difficult question for me, mainly because a million different things inspire me every minute of the day, and I have a really bad memory and cant keep track of it all. My mind is a very overwhelming place to be sometimes… that’s why I jot things down a lot, to get them out of my head so that I can make room for new things to enter.

But there really are an endless amount of people that inspire me, from film makers, to artists, to writers, to my mother and brother… the list would really go on, and on, and on…

What does Free mean to you?

Being free is just a state of mind.

If you were to create a flag inspired by Free People, what would it look like?

I couldn’t tell you that in an interview, it all comes to me very instinctually when I’m making the work. I could only show it to you when it’s done. It’s an unexplainable moment, flickers of colors and shapes, I have learned throughout the years to trust my instincts, and let them guide me.

Personally I feel that it loses something when I talk about it, I believe it all happens in the making of the work.  I could try to make a piece about Sylvia Plath’s poems, but what would be the point…her words are powerful enough on their own. I think good work, really good work, moves you beyond words.

So inspiring. I love what she said about having to write things down to make more room in her head – I feel that way all the time. To see more of Sara’s amazing work, visit her website.

Kara -Nov 22, 2011, 2:29PM
Definitely inspiring. I LOVE mixed media. Thanks for sharing!! xo Kara http://www.karacterblog.com

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“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?”

My birthday was last week… its funny how as you get older, you start to worry about birthdays more, and want to acknowledge them less. I’ve always felt that the day itself doesn’t really hold much significance, but whenever it comes around I think of it as a time to reflect on the past year, and also think about the year ahead and what I want to do with it.

My dad got me a new camera. As someone who once aspired to be a professional photographer, and built a darkroom in his parents basement, he appreciates photography and has always been incredibly supportive of my little “hobby.” I’ve taken photography classes in the past, but with film, not digital – and this year I want to make a conscious effort to work on it.

So over the past week I’ve been playing around with the new camera a lot, and using it to capture little bits of what I’ve been up to…

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My friend made homemade apple cider using tea-bags filled with spices (and a little bit of rum)… YUM!

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And after several months of living in my current apartment, I FINALLY got around to hanging up some artwork! The fish is by my sister’s super talented boyfriend; one of my best friends had the painting on the left below done of my shore house –the sweetest gift I’ve ever gotten.

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I spent some time yesterday working on a DIY with these fun colors of embroidery floss! Can’t wait to share :)

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And lastly, I thought I’d share a few of the Free People items i can’t stop wearing lately! The velvet extreme flares are the most comfortable, luxurious pants I’ve ever worn – they’re getting a lot of wear this season. My sister got me the marled yarn pullover in this lovely wine color and it’s my new favorite sweater! And technically my Gola sneakers are from February of last year when we sold them before, but I still love them just as much today and am contemplating getting another color… put together these items make a cute outfit too!

And, my kitten Jam, who always wants to be the center of attention :)

Oh and to answer the question I started with… I think I would think I’m in my early twenties. How about you??

sassyj -Nov 22, 2011, 1:05PM
Love the paintings of the fish and the beach house!! so sweet:) I would be 29.
fp julia -Nov 22, 2011, 10:53AM
faith - its a canon rebel it takes such lovely photos :)

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