now that jemma and i have both been here for about a year we felt it was time to update the “about us” section of the blog :) we each gathered some photos to give you all a little glimpse into our lives and i wanted to share them so you know they’re there!

click here to go see the full “about us” page.

softstars -Jan 19, 2011, 4:37PM
Thank you..really informative!!
TP -Jan 19, 2011, 1:49PM
Great post. I love the pictures in Julias profile. Youre the best!!!!!

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tunesday

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i’m the kind of person who, when having a rough time or a lot on my mind, completely loses themself in music. today it’s the new iron and wine album, kiss each other clean. it doesn’t officially come out until next tuesday but you can stream it right here or watch it performed live in its entirety here. this album is a step in a new direction, described as “like the music people heard in their parent’s car growing up… that early-to-mid-’70s FM, radio-friendly music.”  while i’ve always been a fan of iron & wine’s quiet,  mellow folk, i like this too – sam beam’s sweet voice, the background harmonies and delicate melodies are exactly what i need right now.

listen to a few of the songs below or check out the whole album by clicking one of the links above.


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Emma -Jan 23, 2011, 3:50PM
going to see them next weekend, soooo excited!!!!
Audrey -Jan 23, 2011, 2:56PM
Suprised I haven't seen anything about Right Away, Great Captain! on the blog. Awesome band! Very similiar to Iron and Wine, just better in my opinion. If you haven't heard them before, you should really listen to some songs, you won't regret it!

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it’s a miserable day in philly and after thawing my car out of a block of ice i am stealing the energy and warmth of these behind the scenes pictures from our latest special shoot.  the shoot was for the mixed print trend on our website right now – we love how fresh this trend feels going into spring. to get the amazing special shots our team went to the home of our creative director, which they turned into a bohemian lounge full of rich prints and bold colors. looking at these photos (taken by our talented videographer) my breath was taken away…they look like they’re in a caravan on their way to a festival… with puppies of course :)

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shop the mixed print trend here!

p.s. don’t you just want to curl up in some blankets with a book and a warm puppy now?

Sophia Gautier -Jan 28, 2011, 5:41PM
Is the brown/velvety hat that is worn on the darker-hair model being sold in the FP store?
Alex -Jan 20, 2011, 7:36PM
I have the quilt they are posing in front of on my bed right now!! looove it

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whenever i read a book i do so with pen in hand so i can underline certain lines or passages that are meaningful to me, and i dog-ear the corners of the pages so i can come back and find them.  with this book i may as well dog-ear every page, it is so full of inspiration.  here are some quotes that jumped out at me from the first couple of chapters – in which patti smith briefly describes her childhood and eventual decision to go to new york with only enough money for a one-way ticket and a few items (notebook, pencils, a book, and a few articles of clothing and photos) in her suitcase, leading to her meeting with robert mapplethorpe that can only be described as fate.

“what is the soul? what color is it? i suspected my soul, being mischievous, might slip away while i was dreaming and fail to return.  i did my best not to fall asleep, to keep it inside of me where it belonged.”

“but secretly i knew i had been transformed, moved by the revelation that human beings create art, that to be an artist was to see what others could not.”

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“one by one they noted in my reports that i daydreamed far too much, was always somewhere else.”

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“his young eyes stored away each play of light, the sparkle of a jewel, the rich dressing of an altar, the burnish of a gold-toned saxophone or a field of blue stars.  he was gracious and shy with a precise nature. he contained, even at an early age, a stirring and the desire to stir.”

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“oh, take their picture, said the woman to her bemused husband, i think they’re artists. oh, go on, he shrugged. they’re just kids.”

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“we hadn’t the money to go anywhere, had no television, telephone, or radio. we had our record player, though, and drew back the arm so a chosen record would play over and over as we slept.”

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“one cannot imagine the mutual happiness we felt when we sat and drew together. we would get lost for hours. his ability to concentrate for long periods of time infected me, and i learned by his example, working side by side.”

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“i wish i could just project everything on the paper. by the time i’m halfway through i’m already on to something else.”

what do you guys think of the book so far? i don’t want to put it down! leave your thoughts below!

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Mia -Feb 23, 2013, 5:27PM
By far my favorite book I have ever read! It is one worth keeping on the shelf.
softstars -Jan 31, 2011, 1:07AM
Thank you..really informative!!

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photos by thomas northcut.

va.mu -Mar 24, 2014, 9:57AM
Thank you foor the auspicius writeup.It in fact was a amusement account it. Look advanced to far added agreeable from you! However, how can wwe communicate?
geri -Jan 19, 2011, 6:30PM
ahh this is great! i love the shoot!

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“our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. they must be woven together.”

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happy martin luther king day.

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anonymous -Jan 31, 2011, 7:44PM
Woops, I guess I could say who I am leslie, however, that wouldn't be as fun. :D
leslie -Jan 30, 2011, 2:27AM
^awkward comment that looks like i posted it. thanks for the promo though anon. and also thanks for posting my photo on the blog :)

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the perfect pair

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in my mind there are few things better than grilled cheese and tomato soup.  especially when it’s cold out – but really, it’s good any time. while i’m perfectly content with my usual campbell’s tomato soup and wheat bread + cheddar, i found some recipes online that look pretty out of this world.

this tomato basil soup looks sooooo good – love the idea of topping with fresh basil and thin slices of parmesan cheese!

recipe here.

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now for the grilled cheese part – this one stopped me dead in my tracks.  its made with homemade beer bread, sharp cheddar and fontina cheese, dijon mustard and caramelized onions – and though i’d probably do it without the onions, it looks incredible – not to mention combines three of my favorite things ;)

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recipe here.

Aida -Apr 13, 2011, 3:49PM
Trader Joe's has a really awesome tomato and pepper soup! :) Yummy!
doudou -Jan 18, 2011, 10:33AM
I am hungry now, It's so so attractive.

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sketchbook dreams

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i love the sweetness and simplicity of these illustrations by clare owen! plus with the french theme they felt very appropriate. and how adorable are the cats?!?

Elin -Jan 17, 2011, 1:41PM
I love the simplicity! I can't pick a favorite!
karen -Jan 16, 2011, 11:11PM
I love the first one.

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a bunch of our fp girls were at our creative director’s home yesterday doing a special shoot, and took some fun office style pix for the blog!

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happy friday!

BillyFox -Mar 31, 2011, 10:00AM
Many thanks for the info. Very good post!
HUGO BOSS Clothing online -Jan 18, 2011, 4:39AM
Your creativities is so beautiful. I love the color scheme you've used and your new punch is gorgeous. I really appreciate your work and I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well.keep it up.

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one of our facebook fans posted a link to this gorgeous bohemian and french inspired wedding and i wanted to share some of the photos! i’ve never been the type of girl that’s into weddings or has any desire to have one (unless it involves bare feet, the beach and tribal tattoos) but i will say i find weddings to be beautiful and am always inspired by the tiny little details that people incorporate.  for instance, i love the little french touches in this wedding!

the bride, an artist, painted the image for the wedding invites and had them printed as fine art prints, with the details on the back, so that people could keep and frame them if they wanted to.

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they set up an antique french dresser with a stack of vintage postcards that people could write notes on and leave in a drawer for the couple.

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there was a coffee bar at the reception, and tea boxes were used as centerpieces for the tables.

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dried flowers and lavender were used as well for centerpieces, inspired by french country homes.

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so beautiful! source.

tahni -Feb 05, 2011, 10:53PM
okay, i have to say i'm really excited right now to see my wedding on this blog! i absolutely love free people and am honored that all my hard work and design is even a little bit admired by free people and those who follow. thank you :) and thanks everyone else for your sweet words.
Mariamma C. -Jan 24, 2011, 4:01AM
This is the most charming set of pictures! I want a wedding like this too!

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of course i had to dedicate a post to the little furry friend featured in our january catalog…

whatcha got in there??

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everyone loves the bunny…

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bad bunny!

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bunny time out.

keri -Jan 17, 2011, 4:09PM
AWWW
Eva -Jan 15, 2011, 9:17PM
P.S. You're so right, anonymous (8:04pm)!

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love this shot of elsa from above.

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our team shot part of the catalog in a beautiful apartment they found through an agency in paris – stunning. can you imagine living here?!

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all photos by thomas northcut.

fp julia -Jan 17, 2011, 9:43AM
the bike is an electra! http://www.electrabike.com/home.php
Laura -Jan 16, 2011, 11:31PM
Awesome bike! Where's it from???

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