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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so sweet

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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.

-Mar 13, 2012, 10:24PM
i agree
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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heads up!

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just a little note to let you guys know that when you make a purchase on our website, you now have the option of checking out with paypal :)

Dominique -Mar 18, 2011, 10:14AM
OMG! Yes! Now I will be buying a loooot more at Free People. I have a dog walking biz so all my money comes through paypal and it's much easier. Hopefully I'll pay my bills first though. =) Thank you thank you!!
georgia -Mar 06, 2011, 9:55PM
i can't even express how happy this just made me! thanks so much for adding paypal as a payment option,i can now order more gorgeous clothes from your site without having to beg & twist my mum's arm into letting me borrow her credit card,haha.i just made 2 orders last month & i'm already looking forward to ordering more,yaay~ (^ _ ^)v

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we have a new store opening next month at the grove shopping center in shrewsbury NJ! we’re hiring for all positions  – for more info and to apply click here!

irene -Apr 06, 2014, 1:48PM
Would love, love a Free People in Jax fl!!!
Katie -Aug 13, 2011, 11:15PM
we NEED a free people in Savannah, GA on Broughton St!!!

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yesterday we introduced you to our newest line, “new romantics” (if you missed it, read about it here), so today i wanted to ask which of these beautiful new romantics pieces you like best!

the cala luna tunic:

the asymmetrical sea top:
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the fringe cami tunic:
fringe cami

the first bloom maxi dress:
first bloom maxi

the one shoulder top:
one shoudler top

or the windows on the world top:
windows on the world

morgan -Mar 07, 2011, 1:39PM
I'm in love with all the lace and splashes of floral prints everywhere!! btw does anyone know the models name on the last picture?
margaux -Mar 07, 2011, 12:47AM
i am in love with the cala luna tunic, but the shoulders were so wide that it kept falling off! it looks beautiful on every girl in the catalogue, though! i bought the must-haves windows top in black, and i am in love with it and wear it to work all the time!

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it’s finally here… i have been dreaming of our march catalog for months now, ever since i first saw these images.  some of these are alternate versions of the catalog shots, and some aren’t in the book, so you wont see them anywhere else!

our march book was shot in old san juan, a small, narrow island that is the oldest settlement in puerto rico. we again worked with the amazing photographer guy aroch, who captures models aline weber and alina baikova in a haze of sun, sea-salt and sand that will leave you craving a beach getaway.

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all images by guy aroch. the catalog drops on tuesday!

margaux -Mar 07, 2011, 12:49AM
such a beautiful, beautiful catalogue with absolutely stunning concepts. i love the castaway theme. where were these taken? it looks like ireland or something! and a heads up, the girls are absolutely healthy and beautiful. i love the featured models in this month's catalogue. BEAUTIFUL girls! xx
-Mar 06, 2011, 9:19AM
i d rather see images of a very skinny model, fat is disguisting

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i always loved that scene from the breakfast club where ally sheedy dumps out her giant bag, revealing all the clutter she carried around.  maybe because i’m the same way… my friends make fun of me because i always have so much pointless stuff in my bag and it takes me forever to find my keys in it.

it’s fascinating to see what’s inside peoples’ bags, it gives you a little peek into their personality. here our some of ours!

our office coordinator:

graphic designer:

creative design assistant:
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graphic designer:
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videographer:
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creative director:
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jemma:
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and me:
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p.s. thanks A. for the awesome idea!

Lin -Jul 07, 2012, 8:36AM
I love that!! I have been obsessed with "whats' in your purse" for a long time ! And I love free people. I get inspiration from them. When I want to be inspired I go to the website and poke around. I have some items from the vintage loves, which is an amazing part of free people. I have those tea tree toothpicks in my bag too.I have a teeny tiny crossbody! Thanks for sharing! <3
Danie -Mar 09, 2011, 3:06PM
LOVE this blog! too cute!

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i am very excited to welcome our guest bloggers for the month of march, erica and lauren of the amazing blog honestly…wtf! these ladies are a constant source of inspiration for DIY projects, art, fashion and more, and i’m thrilled they will be sharing some of their projects and inspiration, as well as an exclusive DIY for free people this month – and keep an eye out on our website for some items from erica’s awesome line the 2 bandits!

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Lauren and I, a fashion stylist and designer respectively, started Honestly…WTF several months ago as a way for us to document a shared love of art, DIYs, travel, and most importantly, fashion. We were beyond thrilled when Free People asked us to contribute to their guest blogger series with a few things that inspire us. Honestly, we can trace our love of Free People as far back as we can remember (circa 1990s)! And so in true FP spirit, we are sharing a handful of images from a DIY Tepee Sewing Workshop we hosted on my family’s ranch in California last Fall. After 3 days of handling 400 yards of heavy canvas, sewing 160 button holes, carving 40 willow pins, attaching 36 stress patches and ripping through 20 spools of thread, we successfully made a beautiful 20 foot tepee. Stay tuned this Spring when we paint the outside of the canvas and decorate the inside!

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if you haven’t already, check out erica and lauren’s blog here.

Elin -Mar 02, 2011, 10:09PM
I love Honestly WTF ever since I discovered it!! They've got great DIY's that I always want to try! I'm so glad they're guest blogging on Free People!
bleach cosplay -Mar 02, 2011, 9:13PM
i love these pics it makes me wanna go there right now

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We caught up with our New Romantics designer to give a little insight into this new label we have launched.

What was the initial inspiration behind New Romantics?

Just after this opportunity was presented to me, I was leaving for a girlie vacation to Sardinia.  I was really taken with the passion of the Italians and the rustic beauty I found there.  The beaches are stone and are overshadowed by steep cliffs and rocky coves….the surface of the sea, reflecting the pebble bottom, looked like prisms.

 How would you describe New Romantics as a line?

Intimates dressing has been really appealing to me and how it’s a bit naughty but delicate, I wanted New Romantics to feel more grown up.  It’s beautiful, kinda sexy or as we call in FP sensual…I like that the sensual girl doesn’t look like she’s trying too hard. They are items that you can take on vacation with you, they are light and delicate. You can roll them up into your suitcase and they will still look great… all crunched up.

The fabrics that you use for this line are quite unique, how would you describe them?

I spend a lot of time researching or pulling ideas from anywhere and everywhere, a curtain, vintage blouse, and antique tank linens, scarves and develop from scratch. My eye is hungry for the next beautiful texture and I enjoy building texture on top of texture.  In general I am attracted to sheer Rochelle’s that mimic crochet but they drape more beautifully and in turn are sexier because they are less perky and demure. They are hard to find!   There’s lots of raised texture contrasting with see-through fabrics so you get a lot of dimension.  I find this mix of elements makes for expensive looking clothes that need very little embellishment to sing.

What’s to come for New Romantics, I hear there are some beautiful items coming in April?

Looking forward, each collection story will be told by the fabrications I curate, I feel like New Romantics will always have a touch of delicate hand.  But it’s a new generation of romanticism…extreme hem lines are going to get weird and sweep are going to get big and I’m not sure how bra friendly it’s going to be ;)

-Apr 08, 2011, 9:05AM
Lovely Collection! I am certain the Designer of this line is just as lovely as her inspirations.
noname -Mar 04, 2011, 2:09PM
designer's names aren't given out to protect their intellectual property otherwise others could approach their talent so they keep it private.

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