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There are so many interesting jobs with really quirky, fun, cool people behind them here at Free People. We think they’re awesome, and we think you will too. So, beginning this week, we’ll be starting something new on the blog to get to know them better – employee of the week!

This week’s employee is our assistant web merchandiser. Read her introduction below, and stay tuned all week for daily updates on who she is and what she’s doing!

Marie -Sep 21, 2011, 11:29AM
Could you tell me where she got this amazing tee ?
c$ -Jul 07, 2011, 2:02PM
i wore a steel blue suit today, this girl is so right! it looked totally different with my yellow flats than it did with my brown loafers last week. maybe fp should consider a line of pants suits!

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our creative director’s story about the flag:

“I have had this flag pinned up and ready to sew for months now but it never got sewn. But recently my dear, sweet mother came to visit and she took this flag home with her and she sewed for me so I would have it for the 4th of July!! Moms rule!!!”

so sweet! happy fourth of july everyone :)

holly anne -Jul 06, 2011, 12:40PM
great job! that flag is awesome!
whitt -Jul 04, 2011, 8:41PM
our mother is a rockstar in hiding . she sent me to school with a Betsy Ross bread bag as my lunch bag ! the other kids in my class called me Betsy for weeks ! cool flag !

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There are many highlights to summer, but one of my favorites is fresh fruit! It’s probably the easiest thing to prepare, tastes amazing, and can be eaten for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and dessert. =)

Ingredients:

16oz Strawberries

2 Large mangoes

1 Banana

1 Lime

1 ½ tsp Sugar

Instructions:

  1. Peel & dice mangoes. * Mangoes have a tough center, like with pineapple, which you’ll want to cut around.
  2. Dice strawberries & slice banana.
  3. Sprinkle sugar
  4. Cut lime in half & squeeze juice from entire thing onto the salad.
  5. Mix.
  6. Let it set in the fridge for at least an hour. 

You can eat the salad plain, or mix it into Greek yogurt like I did for breakfast one morning. There are so many ways to go about serving it – get creative!

Victoria @ The Pursuit of Hippieness -Jul 04, 2011, 9:34PM
Nothing better for summer :)
alyssa -Jul 03, 2011, 5:46PM
i LOVE this. seriously summer fruit is my all time fav. my mouth is totally watering and i need to run to the grocery store asap! yummmm. http://alyssarude.tumblr.com

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DO: Commit to a month of meditation

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This week’s DO is one part about the benefits of meditation and one part about commitment.

Meditation allows us to stop our lives – to sit restfully and go inside of ourselves. The relaxing pause immediately brings a calm awareness that is not present in a hectic daily life.  What is the mind doing? What thoughts or sensations are you conscious of? As you deepen into awareness during times of meditation you will find that this awareness begins to show up in various moments throughout the day, and life takes on a new quality of relaxation.

It’s hard to experience these outcomes the first time you meditate. You may be fidgety or skeptical, and unable to become internally aware. This is where commitment comes in. It’s easy to seek out the benefits, but without offering up true commitment they will be half-realized or nonexistent. Commitment involves not only doing something when it’s convenient, but also when there are ten million excuses not to. Commitment yields results. So, commit to meditating a few times a week for a month and you will find the rewards. It’s all about taking that first step and committing.

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Eva @ Four Leaf Clover -Jul 04, 2011, 6:19PM
Awesome! I just recently got very dedicated to meditating and even started writing posts about my "journey" on my blog. I think this post popping up right around this time just proves that I need to stick with it, ha! Very cool, FP, for writing about something like this!
Jamie -Jul 03, 2011, 3:36PM
Screams summer warmth in the photographs. LOVE

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“Beauty can come from the strangest of places even the most disgusting of places,It’s the ugly things I notice more, because other people tend to ignore the ugly things”- Alexander McQueen

While I was studying fashion design at university, I was introduced to the wonderful and magnificent world that was created by Alexander McQueen. I became fascinated in his approach to Fashion… I found him an incredibly interesting person. He did not just create fashion for women to wear, he created stories, visually stimulating performances as captivating as a movie you want to watch over and over again.

His background in tailoring made him a perfectionist. Every little detail was done so well that I was often left breathless.

One of the first shows I was introduced to was “Deliverance” Spring/Summer 2004, and I think it has remained one the most beautiful fashion shows I have ever seen.

Deliverance was inspired by the 1970’s Sydney Pollack film ‘They Shoot Horses Don’t They’. When the famous dance marathon theme came alive and models and professional dancers sashayed intensely around each other, the runway became a theoretical performance. I loved the disturbance of this show, and the contradiction it created. Beautiful craftsmanship against the backdrop of America during the great depression was unsettling – a battle between the beautiful and the damned. At the end of the show, the professional dancer wears the exact same dress as model Karen Elson, who opened the show, but the sequins are tarnished and the embroidery unpicked and distressed. This show got me good, and I was then hooked to everything he did.

As you can imagine when his life ended, it broke my heart. Such a maverick was lost. However, a couple of days ago, I managed to experience some of his magic at the Met in New York. The “Savage Beauty” exhibit was such a beautiful and eerie experience that took my breath away.

Have any of you guys been?

Dana -Jul 06, 2011, 5:09PM
I went as well.... truly incredible. I would say the best exhibit I've ever been too, and I'd be confident to say that even a "non-fashion" person might agree. I spent the entire time sort of half-gasping for air and blinking furiously because I wanted to take every last detail in. How amazing was the hologram? I think I'll have to go back before the exhibit closes.
Amanda Wenek -Jul 04, 2011, 3:34PM
I went. It took my breath away, and after walking out I almost felt the need to take a moment of silence. It was set up beautifully, and all the quotes laced throughout, perfect. I had never felt so touched than I did in that exhibit. What a genius and what a sad, sad story yet such beautiful creations came from him.

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rock the red white and blue with pride this weekend. happy independence day!

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Steven Ballard -Jul 01, 2011, 6:26PM
Yes, his creations are provocative in a sense that they scream for attention and offer rugged sensuality it I can say that...I just like it!
Taylor -Jul 01, 2011, 6:01PM
Those Jeffrey Campbells are awesome! www.forsurejadore.blogspot.com

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we had a little fourth of july celebration at the office and everyone brought such amazing stuff! if you’re having, or going to, a party this weekend – here’s some tasty inspiration for things to serve or bring :)

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and this last one, we didn’t have at our party, but i had to include it:

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remember our rainbow tie-dyed cupcakes? follow the same instructions using just red and blue dye, and then add some sprinkles on top!

erin -Jul 02, 2011, 8:23AM
can you post the recipe for that pie? It looks BEAUTIFUL!!
Priscilla Francine Makeup -Jul 02, 2011, 12:26AM
i have to create those strawberries how cute

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Things to consider before, during and after listening to this record. Read more »

BohoQueen -Jul 01, 2011, 2:23PM
I absolutely L~O~V~E the two girls' outfits in the first picture! So Stevie Nicks and bohemian! xoxo
Aida -Jul 01, 2011, 12:25PM
Oh my goodness i want everything!especially the "all the best embroidered dress" !!!! Love you guys!!!!

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you belong among the wildflowers
you belong in a boat out at sea
sail away, kill off the hours
you belong somewhere you feel free

- tom petty

click on the image to go to our flickr page and download the large version in regular or widescreen :)

andrea -Jul 03, 2011, 10:46PM
beautiful! for the first time since I bought my computer I am changing my desktop thanks to this lovely calender! Thank you!
Mary R. -Jul 01, 2011, 3:39PM
Awesome, thanks!! :D

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Office style this week was quite eclectic, it looked like people here at the office had done some travelling and picked up beautiful items from around the world. Very inspirational.
I especially adored our New Romantics designer’s print, which looked like it had come from Hawaii, and all the cool accessories especially that giant healing gem. Just another day at the office of Free People.

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fp jemma -Jul 05, 2011, 9:57AM
Hey Linda, the Hawaiian print outfit is actually vintage.
ryn -Jul 02, 2011, 12:00AM
how do you go on to a previous page of the blog, i don't see that option anymore?

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i have been eagerly awaiting this book since april when we went to austin to shoot it! it drops tuesday, but here are some behind the scenes photos i took during the shoot to hold you over :)

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the july book was shot in austin, texas, by alexandra valenti and features models ashley smith, anastasia khodkina, jessica mau and our fave rockers, the happen-ins :) look for the entire catalog online and in the mail on tuesday!

Destiny -Aug 01, 2013, 12:33AM
I know its been forever, two years almost to the day, that I saw the black and white dress in Pasadena. I had a dream about it last night and now feel compelled to find it. Does anyone know where I can find this dress? Or what its called so I can search for it. The info would be greatly appreciated.
Rin -Jul 19, 2011, 4:12AM
Seeing photo shoots like this, make me fall in love with this brand more. Free people gives off this comfy high fashion vibe.

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It’s poll time again! This week we want you to pick your favorite look from our Japonaise collection. I’m a big fan of the look – it’s so sultry and mysterious! I can’t decide which pieces I want to buy first. Pretty florals, linear cuts, peak-out black lace – which is your favorite look?

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guest -Jun 30, 2011, 5:31PM
I love look 3, but I am going to go with look 1. It's flirty, serious, mysterious, (on the side) quiet. I love looks that keep people guessing and wanting more.

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