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i am absolutely terrified of flying, but at the same time i am completely fascinated with looking down at the ground from an airplane. i have literally spent entire flights back and forth between philly and california watching the ground below and occasionally taking pictures. where i’m going with this…is that i think that’s why i’m so drawn to these photos by this series of photos by alex maclean called “patterns.”

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it would be so cool to be a bird…

check out his website here.

joy -Apr 10, 2011, 7:43PM
I actually did this for a photo project on film once! Only on a miniature scale, I don't have access to a plane....
Bea -Apr 03, 2011, 10:26PM
Thats so cool! I love looking at things from waaaay high above. I love high altitudes--the adrenaline is consuming. :D

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Post image for from jemma: dear diary…department shopping in london

London has some of the best department stores around – all offering a different shopping environment.

Today I headed to Liberty’s, my favorite store of all time. I love the Tudor relation and the creaking floorboards. It makes shopping there a delicate experience.   I’m the biggest fan of liberty fabric – I’m drawn to everything that has it, so you can imagine my eyes are wide open every time I’m in there!

As I walked through the main entrance there was a huge hanging display coming from the ceiling. It kind of translated into a basketball net, which makes sense as there was a private event being held there that day for the launch of the Nike air and liberty print collaboration.

For a quick afternoon snack Leon is a beautiful organic cafe. It’s fast delivered and no fuss. I had the sweet potato falafel and cloudy apple juice with mint and lime. Yum!

The second department store I headed to was Selfridges. In contrast to Liberty’s this is a very upbeat shopping experience. Expect loud music, bright colors and flashing lights.  A perfect place to shop Friday after work to pick up something to wear out on the weekends. It will sure get you bumping!

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So after a lovely day of strolling around being a magpie, I headed home. Below are 4 photos that make me smile. Flowers outside liberty, old bentley racer, shopping for spring clothes and yes, of course I couldn’t help myself – a royal wedding mug!

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Tomorrow I’m heading to broadway market – I hear the fashion there is happening on the weekend, so I aim to do some street style. I’m also going to head to buckingham palace – why not :)

Lisa -Apr 03, 2011, 5:05AM
Love these London diaries. You've made me want to go shopping!
donaldgod -Apr 02, 2011, 3:55AM
This is first time I've been here!

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C O A C H E L L A fashion show is finally here!!!

*Fashion show is April 2nd at 1pm sharp

*DJ in stores from 1-4pm

*Exclusive limited edition Free People Gift Bags with every purchase of $100 or more while supplies last (pictured above)

*Free People Feather Hair Extensions with every $50 or more while supplies last

We are so excited to have you attend our Coachella fashion show, it’s going to be a BLAST. Free People models, amazing music, and tons of new product, it doesn’t get better than that!

It’s also our store’s third BIRTHDAY so in celebration we are going to have light refreshments and tons of sweets:)

Don’t be camera shy either, we are going to have a photographer at the event to document the show for our Free People blog

Come early to the event so you don’t miss out!

Can’t wait to see you at the show :)

XOXO Free People Topanga

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calling all denver girls! we’re having an awesome event at our store at the cherry creek mall – with a purchase of $50 or more, get three featherlocks extensions for a donation of $10 to disaster relief for japan. if you’re in the area stop on by!

-Apr 04, 2011, 12:17PM
The Austin store this last year! it was awesome!
fpclarendon -Apr 02, 2011, 10:50AM
Vanessa, Don't worry! We have something in the works for later in the month. We'll keep you posted! :)

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toby and lou.

-Apr 05, 2011, 12:24AM
too cute! what breeds are those dogs? I'm guessing the big one is a st. bernard?
-Apr 03, 2011, 7:55PM
oh my GOODNESS they're both so SWEET! What breed is the puppy?!

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here’s the real calendar :) click here to go to our flickr page where you can download the widescreen or regular version.  thanks for being good sports!

p.s. last year’s april fools joke …which was way better :)

schwinn 230 recumbent exercise bike -Apr 29, 2011, 12:05PM
Hi. I wanted to drop you a quick note to express my thanks. I have been following your blog for a month or so and have picked up a heap of good information as well as enjoyed the way you've structured your site. So I’ve gone ahead and linked to your site (dofollow) from here: http://reviewedcentre.com/websites-that-i-like/
Allie -Apr 03, 2011, 12:37AM
wow....I never realized how nice it is to have an adorable calendar as a desktop background. Thanks so much for creating this and sharing it!! :)

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the april calendar is here! head on over to our flickr page to download the large size. happy friday!

Elle -Apr 03, 2011, 6:48PM
haha honestly I totally loved this one :) I drew one up right after I saw it...super cute doodles :)
lindsey -Apr 01, 2011, 12:01PM
wahahahahahahaha!

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Post image for from jemma: dear diary…the V&A

I headed to the V&A today (Victoria and Albert museum), but before I arrived there I stopped off in Angel. Angel is a great place to go for breakfast and quiet stroll in the mornings. It’s not too crazy, but the right amount of busy-ness to keep you stimulated. They have cute, old world charm restaurants and great vintage stores. The vintage stores are a little more on the pricey side here, the selection is unique and a bit more carefully curated. I adore Annie’s for its reference to the Victorian era. I can’t get enough of the delicate Victorian lace.

The V&A fascinates me every time. I love the location. Situated in the more upper class area of London – South Kensington – you can expect to see a vast majority of pleasant “sloanes” walking about, well dressed and full of charm.

As you walk into the grand entrance of the museum you instantly feel ready to get soaked in culture. I headed straight to the Asia and India section. I was drawn there due to the familiarity of the Free People aesthetic.

Seeing the chintz costumes of the 1600 was mind blowing. A fashion made from Indian painted cotton. In the 1600s, Chintz fabric was a huge fashion statement amongst women  — dresses constructed in England made from beautiful hand painted fabric in south east India was the main “fashion” of this era.

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I was in awe of the fine Bengali muslin praised as “woven air”, painted so beautifully, they looked so delicate and light. I stood for hours admiring the beautiful aesthetics from Asia and India. Every time I leave the V&A I always feel like I’ve travelled a little around the world and that enlightens me.

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around the South Kensington/Chelsea area you get some pretty well dressed people. One of the best Art collages around is situated here “the royal academy of Art”, so you get the incredibly unique art students strolling around. You have a lot of celebrities and models living here. Here are some details that I enjoyed while walking around Kensington. ( above)

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After the day was over I met up with my two BFF’s for a drink at Jaguar Shoes Old city. This area is far too cool for school it often hurts my head thinking where all the absurdly “cool” people came from. It’s pretty entertaining. We had a glass of wine and a great catch up then headed home. The day was perfect!

dolltearsheet -Apr 19, 2011, 11:34AM
does anyone know where to buy the Indian fabric used in the FP stores? where in India would one source these wonderful textiles? thanks!
Marisa -Apr 01, 2011, 6:49AM
Liv: The car is a standard black cab/taxi here! http://lalakamasimba.blogspot.com/

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our art director and one of our designers were photographed on the streets of paris for vogue paris streetstyle! don’t they look awesome?!

here are some more photos from their trip!

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Alexa Agugliaro -Dec 07, 2011, 12:25AM
Awesome pictures! I haven't been to Paris in a few years but just looking at these photos makes me wish I was there right now. I see that the Louvre is in the background of one picture - seeing the Mona Lisa was an experience of a lifetime! The shopping in Paris is also unreal. I hope to get myself out there soon.
freeperson -Apr 01, 2011, 12:43AM
Gare du Nord--eek! I ended up there but nothing bad happened despite all the dire warnings in travel books. These girls are stylin! I love those big glasses. It is so daunting to go to Paris but these girls did well. One thing I brought worked so I wore it over and over. haha

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today i can finally share a preview of our april catalog! here is the video, shot by guy aroch at milk studios in nyc, featuring sasha pivovarova. music is by casey burge. enjoy!

lia -Aug 22, 2011, 8:05PM
@ anonymous the name of the song is "swift way on" you can find it here... http://www.overlandshark.com/main/?q=node/4
nathan -May 10, 2011, 6:44PM
The Minden version of the song is now available at www.minden.bandcamp.com

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how cute is this artwork our graphic designers made? it’s so happy and summery and not at all like the weather outside today in philly (spring where are you?).  which of these awesome espadrilles are your favorite? We’re loving all the new jeffrey campbell shoes

the asher wedge:

the dolce vita toni suede espadrille:
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the jeffrey campbell amanda mule wedge:
jc amanda mule wedge

the jeffrey campbell tommy wedge:
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or the sam edelman leroy espadrille wedge:
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Merissa -Apr 01, 2011, 6:43PM
Your graphic designer did a wonderful job with the espadrille illustration! Totally in the mood for spring and summer! Love it!
Gerri -Apr 01, 2011, 3:44PM
PLEASE RE STOCK THE DV TONI IN RED!!!! SOOOO MANY LADIES WANT THESE INCL ME! There was only less the 4 each size the last re-stock!! xoxox

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Post image for from jemma: dear diary, this is camden town

Today I headed to Camden to soak up a little bit of Indie rock/ punk culture. It fascinates me every time. I turned up the Foals as I walked up Camden road and soaked in the sub culture that has evolved there. There is a huge punk culture mixed in with a little mod. Expect to see girls and guys wearing Dr martins everywhere or girls adopting that Dita Von Teese look.

It will sure enliven you.

I headed to my favorite cafe the spiral lounge. An all raw and organic cafe which has a beautiful view over the canal - bought my favorite smoothie of almonds, spinach, avocado, wheatgrass, spirulina, chia and xylitol then headed into the hustle and bustle of the Camden stables.

I love vintage shopping in Camden, I always find great things in Episode. There was so many fashion trends that evolved in London which makes for extremely great vintage shopping. The mods, the rockers and the punks! Now all these fashion movements from bygone eras have cumulated into an assortment of eclectic fashions.

The fashion here is influenced by grungy music and indie rock. Long known for its music heritage, certain pubs are favorite meeting spots for local musicians such as Amy Winehouse. There are many live music venues from various pubs to the famous Jazz Cafe, KoKo & The Roundhouse theatre. Boys walk around in the tightest of skinny jeans while girls look they have been rocking out hard to bands all night.

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At mid afternoon I headed to The Hawley Arms, where you can experience great British pub food and the indie culture all-in-one. Amy Winehouse is a local while Kelly Osbourne, Katy Perry and the like pop their heads in now and again.

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Today was inspiring for sure, the weather is mild and my mind is ticking over time. After some lentil soup, rose wine and my friend flooding the bathroom – I’m ready for some sleep!

Mina -Apr 02, 2011, 6:21AM
So many great pics! Wish I could visit Camden Town. But, er, it's Dr. Martens, not Martins. :)
benny -Mar 31, 2011, 9:34AM
Camden Town is great! Love it there, the home of punk rock. England NOT Philly!

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