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Here’s our second round of festival street fashion at Pitchfork Music Festival 2011 from quirky couples to unique details. Pitchfork sure gave us a whole inspiration overload; we adored the style Chicago had to offer! Read more »

phil -Nov 15, 2012, 10:28AM
These people are remarkably clean for being at a festival.
indie women clothing -Mar 16, 2012, 12:54PM
really like the jewelry featured here. and overalls....reminds me of great memories of childhood

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Post image for Free People Book Club: Jitterbug Perfume, Part 1

At the start of Jitterbug Perfume, on the page in between the dedication and the start of the saga, the author included four quotes. These quotes seem strange in proximity with each other, but they tell you a great deal about the journey you are about to embark on and I felt the need to include them here.

“The distinctive human problem from time immemorial has been the need to spiritualize human life, to lift it onto a special immortal plane, beyond the cycles of life and death that characterize all other organisms.”

– Ernest Becker

“The history of civilization is the story of man’s emancipation from a lot that was harsh, brutish, and short. every step of that upward climb to a sophisticated way of life has been paralleled by a corresponding advance in the art of perfumery.”

– Eric Maple

“Rage, rage against the dying of the light”

– Dylan Thomas

“(And) always smell as nice as possible.”

– Lynda Barry

This tale takes place in four “locations” – or points in time, I should say.  Present-day Seattle, New Orleans, Paris, and ancient Bohemia – and follows the characters in each of these places as their lives eventually converge.

It begins in ancient Bohemia, where a king named Alobar longs to escape his fate, which is that upon the growth of his first gray hair – a symbol of aging – he will be killed and replaced.

“In those days the Earth was still flat, and people dreamed often of falling over edges.”

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“Upon those travelers who make their way without maps or guides, there breaks a wave of exhilaration with each unexpected change of plans.”

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“The sky was a velvety black paw pressing on the white landscape with a feline delicacy, stars flying like sparks from its fur.”

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“The eclipse…it was probably the most real thing I’ve ever seen, but it was also like a dream. You know what I mean? Real and unreal, beautiful and strange, like a dream.  It got me high as a kite, but it didn’t last long enough. It ended too soon and left nothing behind.”

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“Bones are patient. Bones never tire nor do they run away… Water is like flesh. Water will not stand still.  It is always off to somewhere else; restless, talkative, and curious.  Even water in a covered jar will disappear in time.  Flesh is water. Stones are like bones.  Satisfied. Patient. Dependable.”

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“Perhaps the most terrible (or wonderful) thing that can happen to an imaginative youth, aside from the curse (or blessing) of imagination itself, is to be exposed without preparation to the life outside his or her own sphere – the sudden revelation that there is a there out there.”

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are you guys reading along? leave your thoughts in the comments!

Amy S. -Oct 11, 2011, 11:34AM
Jitterbug Perfume has been an amazing journey thus far. I am just a couple of chapters away from the end, and not ready for it to be over. I shall miss this read.
-Sep 10, 2011, 6:08PM
I just discovered your blog a few days ago and have been going through all the posts because they are everything and more. Subtle yet profound. My deepest gratitude

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Our catalog team sent along some more photos to give you guys a little peek at what they’ve been up to! Enjoy :)

We arrived in New York City on the 19th and had a nice bonding dinner to start the shoot off right at Frankie’s on the Lower East Side. We stayed at The Bowery – the rooms are beautiful and some have lovely private terraces. We got up early the next morning and headed to Splashlight Studios where we were shooting with one of our favorite photographers, Guy Aroch, and model Julia Stegner. She is very beautiful and even more so behind the lens! I love the 60′s Marianne Faithfull vibe she brings to the table and felt really inspired by it. During the shoot we listened to Carly Simon and munched on Sushi. It was a fun shoot and the perfect time to be in NYC – while there was a stifling heat wave in Philly, New York had a cool breeze circulating the summer air. It was a great shoot, we are all very proud of it and can’t wait for everyone to see!

i love her cute, off-duty style!

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Our sweet studio intern :)

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We had to bundle up in the cold studio!

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Our friend Bambi was shooting next door.

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model multi-tasking.

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elegant hair.

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Reviewing the shots with Guy Aroch.

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…and a little peek for you!

BohoQueen -Jul 25, 2011, 11:00PM
Although I like the catalogs where there is an actual place you go, like the Hawaii catalog, or the Texas catalog, as opposed to the studio shoots, I am looking forward to seeing the boho style you have set up for fall in the August catalog. The model is too cute! I love the first picture of her. She has such a relaxed, laid-back, casual style, and I love her shorts! The place you guys stayed with the terraces is not too bed, either! xoxo
cass -Jul 25, 2011, 4:18PM
can you do a make up tutorial please?!

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A couple of weeks ago we introduced you to our new line of specialty pieces called FP Spun. The line features garments made with fine Italian yarns, shiny silk blends and nubbed soft linens, accentuated with intricate jacquards, stitching and details. The pieces range from short and flirty to slinky and long to shaped and sculpted, each portraying a different personality. Learn a little bit more about spun and the lovely designers in this video!

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fp julia -Jul 27, 2011, 3:23PM
catarino - not that i know of :( i think its her own!
paige -Jul 26, 2011, 8:51PM
this is a pretty amazing concept, I love the fact that you are working with luxury materials and vendors. Its nice to see more conceptual crochet and knitwear instead of the typical vintage inspired pieces..definitely stepped it up a notch in my book :)

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“I want to be able to sleep in an open field, to travel west, to walk freely at night…” – Sylvia Plath

BohoQueen -Jul 26, 2011, 7:33PM
I love the second picture! It's so victorian and sweet looking! xoxo
Laurie -Jul 25, 2011, 9:02PM
long hair ftw!

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Post image for Teriyaki Cod with Broccoli Rabe and Brown Rice

This week’s recipe is more of an entire meal, and, I’m not going to lie, it’s a bit more difficult than the recipes I usually post. This is one to pull out when you have a good amount of time to cook, and you want to impress a group of friends (or whoever) with an entire delicious meal.

The coolest part of this Asian-inspired meal is that you’ll be able to tell everyone you made your own teriyaki sauce. Who does that, right? It’s easier than you’d think. It’s all about letting it boil down to the right consistency which can take a while. The broccoli rabe is the perfect light accompaniment to go along with the flavorful fish. Top the plate off with simple brown rice, to fill your guests up.

Recipe makes enough for 3

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Fish Ingredients:

1.5lbs of Cod

1tsp Ginger

¾ Cup Orange Juice

¼ Cup Mirin

½ Cup Soy Sauce

1 Garlic

1 Scallion stem

Broccoli Rabe Ingredients:

15 Stems of full, leafy broccoli Rabe

1tbsp Grapeseed Oil

2 Garlic Cloves cut into quarters

1 Cup Water

Brown Rice Ingredients:

1 Cup Brown Rice

2.5 Cups Water

3 Scallion Stems

1tbsp Butter or oil

Instructions:

  1. Place orange juice, mirin, soy sauce, and ginger into a large sauce pan at high heat. Once it starts to boil, lower the heat and let simmer until it reaches a thicker consistency. Approx 30-40min.
  2. When teriyaki sauce is half way done, place butter and scallions in a small pot to sauté for about 2 minutes. Add brown rice & water. Cover pot until water has evaporated and rice is cooked. Turn off flame, and let sit, coved, until rest of meal is ready.
  3. Preheat oven to 400F
  4. Cook the cod in the sauce pan with the teriyaki sauce for about 4 minutes. Then place it in a flat, oven-safe pan. Pour left-over teriyaki sauce over the fish & add chopped scallions. Cook in the oven for another 10 minutes.
  5. Using the same sauce pan, add grapeseed oil and garlic for broccoli rabe. Once garlic is sautéed, add broccoli rabe and water to cook for about 5 minutes. Once it is fully wilted, like cooked spinach almost, it will be done. You may have to pour out excess water.

DM -Jul 25, 2011, 11:44AM
That looks delicous! Thanks.. will have to try this.

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Lital Gold emailed in to the blog a couple of weeks ago asking us to check out her artwork. I fell in love the minute I clicked the link, and just knew we had to do a post on her. She is mainly a textile designer for clothing and home goods, but she also does phenomenal ink, pen, and water color portraits full of imagination. I began researching her a bit, and was intrigued to find out that she is from Israel. I grew up around a lot of Israelis and find them to be really interesting people. This sparked me to want to know more about who she is, so I asked if she would be down to answer some questions for the blog. She said yes! So enjoy an interview and some of my favorite pieces from this captivating young woman. Once you’re done, check out her blog – she does really cool things with displaying her art and giving peeks into what she’s working on.

Do you have a usual process/routine for working on your pieces?

I usually have a vision of what I want to make. I start from an image that makes me smile and interests me, and just let it be whatever it wants. Sometimes I have something on my mind but the abstraction process takes me to a different place, which is also great because I get to see more than one option of what it could be.

How did growing up in Israel influence you?

Growing up in Israel is not always simple, but I wouldn’t replace it. Israel is a small, colorful country, with beautiful nature and mixed cultures, many kinds of ethnic groups and religions.  I think this “mix” and ethnic world influence me the most.

Where is your favorite city/place and why?

My favorite place (so far) is “Pushkar”, a small village in Rajasthan, India. I’ve visited there 4 times and I love everything about this place!! I really get inspired by the gypsy culture the colors and silence of the desert. The local people are lovely and the food…oh the food.

What inspires you most?

Fashion, colors, street art and music.

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How would you describe your own personal clothing style?

All printed!

If you were another animal which would you be?

A hedgehog and only because it’s cute!

What is the best thing to eat for breakfast?

CRUNCH cereal!

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Who are your favorite all-time artists?

Tim Burton oh yeah!

If you could meet one person, living or dead, who would it be?

That’s a really tough question…If dead it would be Gustav Klimt or Alexander McQueen. You choose.

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What is your song of the week?

I’m the Walrus – The Beatles kukukuchu

If you could travel anywhere in space and time, where would you go?

I would definitely go to the moon.

When you’re not making art, you’re…?

Doing nothing?!

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What is your dream for your artwork? What does success look like for you?

Every time I see my art works take shape – if it’s on a dress, a carpet or a wall paper it makes me happy, it’s like magic to me. For me, success is when my design is communicative enough to get into people’s houses or cover their body. That’s what makes my work relevant.

What do you think is unique about your style of art?

Textile is unique. It has an inner bit, it’s repetitive and traditional, a never-ending story. I love it and try to preserve it in my works by giving it a new aesthetic and interpretation. I bring myself and my own language and touch.  All of my art works are handmade, and each work tells a different story. That is what makes them communicative.

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What does free mean to you?

To feel no fear at all

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(the artist herself)


Dori -Nov 27, 2011, 8:27PM
she is an amazing artist. thats a true art.
lina -Sep 04, 2011, 9:06AM
Gorgeous!!! I like it!!

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DO: keep your wallet closed.

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Do you ever have a day where you don’t spend any money? For myself, it’s pretty rare, but when it does happen, I feel so fulfilled. Without money you have to think more. You have to cook for yourself, make your own coffee, and enjoy the people around you.

It’s not realistic to do every day, but for today, don’t spend a cent. You’ll notice those areas in life where you are spending frivolously, and you can learn from it to make some small changes in your daily habits. Perhaps you start bringing your lunch to work 3 days a week? Or, you ride your bike instead of taking the subway on weekends? In the long run, those few dollars saved will help you buy that big ticket item you’ve been dreaming about…wouldn’t you rather have that than a store-bought hoagie?

Hilary -Aug 10, 2011, 5:05AM
I really enjoy this blog, it's a lot of fun and very inspiring. However, it's the only part of Free People that I associate with anymore. I've always justified FP's prices one way or another. Better quality, more detail, hand crafted, unique, but recently the prices have become extreme. I can't even afford a t-shirt anymore. :(
Gwen -Aug 06, 2011, 10:38AM
How interesting are our differing lifestyles. I don't spend money more than 1--2 days per week, and that includes for gasoline!

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Post image for Weekend Getaway: Find a Swimming Hole

There are a lot of things I love about Austin, but near the top of the list are the swimming holes. When we were down there for our July catalog release party, it was sweltering – over 100 degrees. So the Saturday after our party, with a day off to explore, we went straight to Barton Springs.

Barton springs consists of four natural water springs, around one of which is a man-made pool that is one of the most popular places to hang out in Austin. The water is COLD – and the best way to deal with that is to gather your courage and dive in. When you do, the rush you experience is refreshing and rejuvenating. Some Austinites believe that not only is it good for your mental being, it’s also good for your health. I can definitely see how that may be true.

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On the near side of the barrier in the pool above is a smaller pool where you can take your pup swimming! Barton springs costs just $3 for a full day, and is open until 11pm (night swimming!)

We didn’t have time to visit this next one, but if I ever find myself back in austin (and I hope I do) this is on my list of things I MUST do.

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Yes, this is in Texas. Hamilton pool, located 30 miles outside of downtown Austin, is a natural pool that was created when the dome of an underground river collapsed from erosion thousands of years ago. The result is secluded pool surrounded by cliffs and huge slabs of limestone, into which a waterfall runs. Getting to the pool requires a steep quarter-mile downhill hike – but it’s more than worth it.

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After seeing the amazing swimming holes that Austin has to offer, I thought, surely there are swimming holes near Philadelphia? Indeed there are, and while it might not be on the same level as the ones above, Devil’s Pool is a swimming hole right here in Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Creek.

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Chances are, where you live you have a swimming hole nearby as well – and with the crazy heat coming this weekend, this might be a necessary thing to do!

Check out swimmingholes.org, where you can view maps of all the swimming hole locations near you! The site was started by a man from Philadelphia named Tom, who runs the site purely as a hobby with the help of his friend Dave.  Why? “Tom and Dave like to explore, find and enjoy these hidden pools in natural settings they find a natural swimming hole in a beautiful setting to be very nurturing and soothing to the body and soul.”

Agreed.

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Sophia Rose -Jul 27, 2011, 2:57PM
Barton Springs is, indeed, the most healing water I've ever known. I grew up just a few blocks from there and every time I return to that icy water, all is right in the world once more.
Folk & Fairy Tale -Jul 25, 2011, 10:36AM
I put this to use this weekend and found a swimming hole off the website and dove in yesterday. It was FUN! I got bit by something on my bellybutton, but still fun :)

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Quirky, creative, lovable, giggly, cool…these are all words to describe the assistant designer for Meadow here at Free People who is also this week’s Style File Girl. And boy does this girl have style. I envy how creatively cool she looks each day, and it never appears to take her much effort.  She alters pieces in unique ways, thrifts like it’s her job (okay, it partly is), and throws in unexpected extraneous items to pull an outfit together. It’s tough to explain why exactly it all works, so I’ll just let the photos speak for themselves. Check out what she wore this week…

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Even though her look changes from day to day she certainly has her favorite accessories. I’m a big fan of the watch she always wears.

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And what about those tattoos?

Her favorite is the acorn (far left) inspired by her childhood self who made her grandmother watch Peter Pan twice a day, every day. The acorn is from the version with real people in which Wendy asks Peter for a kiss, but since he’s just a boy, he doesn’t know what that is and gives her an acorn. Later on in the movie she’s struck down by an arrow, but you later come to find out the arrow pierced the acorn instead. It saved her life.

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The creative spirit that she uses in her appearance is just as apparent in her job as the assistant designer on team Meadow. She pumps out awesome piece after awesome piece, often inspired by vintage clothing that she picks apart, blogs, and her coworkers. This Wednesday she was working on updating sketches she presented for setup to meet the buyers’ and head designers’ requests. She now has to show the garments in flat form along with fabric swatches, body, and any artwork to be used in the piece. At the end of it all, she puts it together into a nice presentation so buyers can decide exactly what they’ll buy and how much.

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The coolness doesn’t stop there. Her work space and home are just as one-of-a-kind as the outfits she wears and the creativity she brings to her job. I mean, who has a pregnant Barbie to accompany them at their desk every day? Safe to say, the space she inhabits is never boring.

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And of course, I wouldn’t leave you all without a fun questionnaire. Time to let the woman speak for herself

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Jordan -Jul 25, 2011, 12:14PM
I love that ya'll are spot lighting different people from your team! It is so cool to see the face behind the work and see how they truly fit in with their job description! Who does your pattern making work?? Thanks for sharing! Love your blog! jen
sofia -Jul 24, 2011, 1:00PM
love the vest! s

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that’s right, her name is Scrapple… and don’t you dare confuse her with breakfast meats.

listen -Feb 24, 2014, 10:20AM
Hey There. I discovered your blog the usage of msn. That is a very neatly written article. I'll be sure to bookmark itt and come back to read extra of your helpful info. Thanks for the post. I will certainly return.
fp Jemma -Jul 25, 2011, 12:25PM
Hey Sarah, Yes Urban Outfitters. They are not actually on the website, try instores.

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it’s friday and we’re in the middle of a heat wave… but at least you can enjoy free shipping all weekend long! i wanted to make sure none of you lovely blog readers missed out :) happy weekend!

fp julia -Jul 25, 2011, 2:58PM
eme - yes! Standard, Canada Priority and International!
Eme -Jul 22, 2011, 4:06PM
Is this free shipping also available to Europe? Especially to Hungary. Do you have any limitation about ordering? For example minimum order cost or something. Thank you. Eme

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