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The lovely and creative Geneva of A Pair and a Spare contributed this amazing guest post for our blog!

 

Fishtail skirts have dominated the recent SS12 runways and are oh so sexy. What better way to jazz up a thrifted skirt than by creating your own fishtail style? Follow my steps below, it’s incredibly simple!

You need:

A thrifted skirt (I picked one with some subtle pleating)
A pair of scissors
needle and thread
an iron.

How to:

1. Put your skirt on and mark where you want the front, and shortest, part of the skirt to finish.

2. Take the skirt off and fold in it half down the front of the skirt – so rather than the back and front lying against each other, it’s the two sides that face each other – the way you might fold trousers before you put them on a coat hanger. Make sure the fold is directly in the middle of the front of the skirt.

3. Lay the skirt on the floor and cut out the front of the skirt – you want a straight line for the first 30cm or so to create the mini part of the skirt, then tapering down to the back and bottom of the skirt.

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4. Try the skirt on to see if the cut out is big enough. I did this a few times, cutting more away to suit what I wanted it to look like. It’s always best to take this part slowly and do small amounts at a time.

5. Once you have a cut out that you like, fold over the edge of the skirt about 1cm and iron. You may want to double over twice but my skirt was made out of a fabric that didn’t fray too badly so once was enough.

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6. Sew a small stitch all the way around the hem.

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7. Iron flat again.

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Voila! All done.

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Now wasn’t that simple? I absolutely love how this style moves around when you walk! Now that I’ve tested the process I’m going to make a few different coloured versions too.

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Amazing!! thank you so much Geneva!

For more DIY Fashion Inspiration visit her blog: A Pair and a Spare. Also be sure to check out our new DIY Projects category!

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Sensors in doctor's surgical gloves can help prevent accidents or assist a surgical procedure. When you get in touch with them, they will want to understand what size panel (wattage) you have and what the voltage is. A bigger fridge costs more to run, especially if it's mostly empty (as more cold air escapes when you open it) so if you live alone, a fridge which is only a quarter full is costing you too much money to run.

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Paris fashion week to me has a certain unique edge to it that gives the glamorous silhouettes a bit of funk. From tinsel skirts at Balenciaga worn with a structured top half to Chambray denim worn with foiled gold at Balmain, The designers featured at Paris always know how to mix the young with the old.

Valentino brought 1920’s lace back into the picture and wasn’t scared to hit the ground with it, while Chloe brought interested and unique proportions down the runway;  I love the exaggerated details in the garments – why not call out a great waistband or a cool sleeve.

Here’re my highlights from Paris, what did you guys think?

Balenciaga, Balmain, Valentino and Chloe - Street style by Tommy Ton via style.com  

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Fiona -Oct 11, 2011, 9:30PM
Thanks,that's amazing.

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Post image for Trend Spotting: Fairisle

Fairisle is one of those words that awakens certain senses… it symbolizes chilly weather, playing in the snow and bundling up by a fire to warm your bones,  crisp air and red cheeks.

I never knew this, but fairisle is named after a small island in northern Scotland. The traditional knitting technique uses multiple colors to create the signature fairisle patterns, and first gained popularity when worn by the Prince of Wales in the early 1920s. Today its one of our favorite patterns for knitwear and we love it in all different forms – sweaters, leggings, socks, bags, you name it – it adds pattern, color and a touch of coziness to a basic outfit.

Here’s how some of us are rocking fairisle in the Free People office!

We love this cropped pullover to pieces! It’s the perfect sweater to throw on over a tank and jeans all fall and winter long.

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I had to get a close-up of these amazing studded ankle boots too!

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We’re dying over the new colors in the Pocono sweater leggings – These have snow day written all over them :)

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Add some color to your outfit with a fairisle bag like the Peruvian ski satchel!

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Lastly, this fairisle tunic is amazing! Just throw it on over some tights and boots, and you’re set!

Are you guys into the Fairisle Trend?

Peggy Cornum -Aug 25, 2014, 9:50AM
Were can I buy the sweaters I see on pinterest?
Emma -Dec 26, 2012, 2:09AM
the first sweater!

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Post image for Tunesday: Wye Oak

A few weeks ago I went to see one of my favorite bands, The National, play at the Academy of Music. There were two opening acts, and the first one was called Wye Oak, a band I’d never heard of. We missed their set, but I was curious so I looked them up. Big mistake – I totally regret not catching them live. Read more »

Maia -Oct 12, 2011, 3:15PM
Sooo happy to see a post on these guys. I live in Baltimore, where they're from, I've seen them a few times and they're one of my favorites. Glad they're getting the recognition they deserve!
katie -Oct 12, 2011, 9:13AM
need to listen to Holy Holy. GREAT SONG.

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Get to know one of our favorite web and catalog models, the beautiful (and also very funny!) Noot Seear!

Noot is wearing: Denim Cuttoffs, Abiza Double Wrap Belt, Chilton Lace Up Top, Muubaa Leather Military Jacket and Knit Beanie.

Tami -Oct 12, 2011, 11:16AM
I love the model interviews too! Noot is so cute! Nice to know she's Canadian :)
shea -Oct 11, 2011, 8:12PM
i always love to watch the model interviews.. it reminds you that theyre real (and funny) people too!! noot it is a pretty sick name, just saying

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Love this shot of the Dursoduro Maxi Cardigan.

Photo by Sarah Welch.

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The On the V Crochet Tunic and Printed Tea Length Skirt.

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The lovely Zilker Park Convertible Maxi.

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More love for the Dursoduro Maxi Cardigan!

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The Open Stitches Pullover looks great over the Voile and Lace Slip with tall boots!

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Photo by Sarah Welch.

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And how amazing is this?! Spotted in FP San Antonio – one of our customers embellished her Extreme Vintage Flares with some boho artwork! LOVE!!!

martha -Oct 16, 2011, 11:08AM
whoaa these are so pretty ! I can't wait to be able to order online again !
Jenny Lane -Oct 12, 2011, 4:35PM
I had a great shot of myself beside a glassy lake in colourful Muskoka, Ontario this weekend! I'll send it in. These are great!

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Post image for Style File: Fashion Blogger & Creative Researcher

The fashion blogger and creative researcher here at Free People is a little pixie with amazing style. Using her sharp British eye she blends rich colors and details, and always knows how to style vintage pieces in a way that strays from dowdy. She’s one of those select few who can pull of a vintage floral-print jumpsuit and make it look modernly chic. She rocks the borrowed from the boy look with nostalgic touches of corduroy, elbow patches, and canvas – keeping her silhouette streamlined, but relaxed. A lot of her clothes she either makes herself or she’s picked up on a vintage store run. And then there are those pieces it seems that she is religiously attached to. You can almost bet she’ll have on her black lace-up walking boots and silver rings. They seem to go with everything she wears, always adapting to the spirit of each outfit.

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Fp Jemma -Oct 17, 2011, 2:05PM
Hi jennifer my personal blog is WWW.frontier-magic.com
Jennifer -Oct 17, 2011, 12:03AM
Love her style!! What is the name of her blog? Would love to check it out!! : )

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This fall we’re all about borrowing from the boys -  giving menswear style blazers, sweaters, shirts and denim a cool girl attitude. We had some fun in the studio last week shooting this video starring our production assistant and stylist intern!


Song is “With You” by Seapony.
Items featured:

Look one: Slouchy Velvet Blazer, Skinny Jeans, Long Sleeve Fishnet Top, Tribal Pendant.

Look two: Wide Stripes Pullover, Crafted Cuff Thermal, Floral Pant.

Look three: Boy Blue Denim Shirt, Kate and Johnny Dress, Floral Tights. Also Pictured – Ski and Hike Backpack.

Look Four: Raer Donna Wideleg Overalls, Freedom Baseball Tee.

Shop all styles Borrowed from the Boys.

gabbie -Oct 19, 2011, 9:51AM
sooo cute! love the simple yet funny AND inspiring videos! <3
David -Oct 13, 2011, 12:31PM
Had to come back for seconds to watch this again. Such a great video. Good chemistry between you guys..! Pssp, M***y, our feet are on the front page today! guess who...

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“The bridge will only take you halfway there, to those mysterious lands you long to see. Through gypsy camps and swirling Arab fair, and moonlit woods where unicorns run free. So come and walk awhile with me and share the twisting trails and wondrous worlds I’ve known. But this bridge will only take you halfway there. The last few steps you have to take alone.”

– Shel Silverstein

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fp julia -Oct 19, 2011, 8:56AM
melissa - there was! http://blog.freepeople.com/2011/10/monday-quote-107/
melissa -Oct 19, 2011, 7:56AM
why was there no monday quote this week ?:( totally ruined my week ;)

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I love you Jeff Tweedy.

Taylor -Oct 10, 2011, 6:02PM
i saw Jeff Tweedy atthe Philly Folk Fest last Summer! I was in the front row too! He was great!!! Www.forsurejadore.blogspot.com
mel -Oct 10, 2011, 7:55AM
this is awesome.

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These days the word “granola” seems to be slightly vague. When you go to the grocery store there are so many versions. It can be made with oats. It can be made with nuts. There can be cinnamon, or vanilla – even chocolate. You get the point. Basically, to be granola it has to have crunch, and it has to be delicious. When you make it at home, however, there are even more versions to experiment with. The options are endless, so I wanted to share some of the interesting granola recipes that have been catching my eye lately. I love the idea of making your own granola, and really controlling what goes into it. I’m still deciding which I should throw together, but if any of you try one, let me know how it is!

Crunchy Quinoa Granola

Ingredients:

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup dry quinoa
1/4 cup flaxseeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons agave syrup
2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300F.  
  2. Combine all dry ingredients (oats, quinoa, flaxseeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds) in a large bowl. Mix well. 
  3. In a small bowl stir together all wet ingredients (applesauce, cinnamon, vanilla, agave, molasses).
  4. Pour over the dry ingredients and stir until well coated.
  5. Spread the granola on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Turn it over every 10 minutes or so to provide even toasting.
  6. Let cool completely. Keep in airtight container.

(recipe via Anja Food 4 Thought)

Lemon Rosewater Pistachio Granola

Ingredients:

1 lemon, zest and juice of
1/4 cup date syrup or honey
1 tablespoon rosewater
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup flax seeds
1 cup chopped pistachios
1/2 cup raisins

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300F.
  2. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Combine lemon zest, lemon juice, rosewater and syrup/honey in a saucepan.
  4. Bring to a boil. Take off the heat and let cool a little. Set aside.
  5. In a big bowl, combine oats, flax seeds, and chopped pistachios.
  6. Pour the lemon syrup mixture over the oat nut mixture and stir until well combined.
  7. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
  8. Spread the granola evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
  9. Let cool completely. Stir in raisins (optional).
  10. Keep in airtight container.

(recipe via Anja Food 4 Thought)

Pumpkin Granola

just because I’m loving fall :)

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Ingredients:

3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Dash of ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups old fashioned oats
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup almonds
1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
1/4 cup roasted pumpkin seeds

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt.
  4. Stir in the brown sugar and maple syrup until smooth.
  5. Add the oats, dried cranberries, raisins, almonds, coconut, and pumpkin seeds, stirring until granola is evenly coated. It will be moist.
  6. Spread out evenly on prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes and stir the granola around. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool completely before storing in an air-tight container. Granola will crisp up once it has cooled down.

(recipe via The Pastry Affair)


Linda -Oct 27, 2011, 7:39AM
Thank you! I'm simply crazy about healthy recipes and this one will help me a lot in my diet.. Thanks again.. :D
dragon fruit -Oct 09, 2011, 11:33PM
omg I am SO trying this this week! I have all the ingredients already too, perfect :) thank you againnn, FP! xo www.dragonnfruit.com

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Dreamy collages by Monika Traikov… I love the element of nostalgia added by her inclusion of old family photos in some of her work.

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