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:
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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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we have two job openings in our home town!

we are looking for a store manager for our adrmore store – for more info and to apply click here.

and we need a visual assistant store manager at our king of prussia store – for more info and to apply click here.

*did you know we have a careers page on facebook? check it out here and like the page to get updates whenever our stores are hiring :)!*

-Apr 03, 2011, 8:57PM
If you're not getting into one store chances are you wont ever. Managers know what they're looking for and if you're not it, you're not it. It does not mean you lack the ability to be a valuable team member it just means you have to try somewhere else. If you love the UO brand why not try a sister store such as Urban or Anthropologie? Also if you live locally why not see if home office has any interning positions or if you're allowed to talk to some of the girls or boys at Bldg 25 maybe they can give you some insight as to what you can do to achieve your dream of joining the company. The main idea, such as is with any dream, if you really want it, you'll find a way to get it.
jen -Mar 31, 2011, 2:20PM
im with you alexandra - i've dealt with the company a gazillion times and it's like if your best friend doesn't work for them already, good luck getting hired.

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today’s DIY is from one of our awesome blog readers – libby made this adorable garland for her yard using old free people bags!

what you need:
1. fabric scraps – from free people bags or old clothing
2. ribbon
3. thread
4. scissors
5. straight pins – any kind will do.

step 1: cut your fabric!

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step 2: start pinning. take a piece of ribbon, about 12″ long and pin it on to the first triangle. pin each triangle overlapping slightly on each corner – depending on the length of the garland and how many pins you have, you can pin all of them or just do about a foot at a time.

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step 3: get sewing! keep sewing till you have reached your desired length or you run out of fabric. at the end sew on another piece of ribbon. the ribbon will be used to attach each end of the garland to wherever you decide to put it.

and that’s it! hang your garland and enjoy!

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but that’s not all! inspired by the DIY projects i’ve posted on the blog, she also made a dreamcatcher, god’s eye and painted driftwood!

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in our centered pullover, none-the-less :)

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this makes me so happy. check out her blog here!

EMILY -Mar 20, 2012, 6:28PM
I LOVE YOUR DIY'S AND I'M THINKING ABOUT DOING SOME OF THEM FOR MY DORM FOR MY FRESHMAN YEAR OF COLLEGE NEXT FALL. ON Y'ALLS PINTEREST OR BLOG YOU SHOULD HAVE SOME COOL IDEAS FOR DORM/HOME DECOR BECAUSE YOUR STORES ARE ALWAYS SO BEAUTIFUL!
alexandra -Apr 12, 2011, 4:18PM
Your DIY's always inspire me. I've tried so many of them, and even created one of my own. DIY Free People Candles! Check it out :] http://daybookofadreamer.blogspot.com/2011/04/light-me-up.html

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Thank you to our friends at Free People for including us in their Guest Blogger Series. Honestly, it’s been a blast! We thought we’d finalize our series with another set of photos that truly inspire us. xx, Erica & Lauren

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thank you so much ladies! it’s been an honor having you on our blog :)

Betty S. -Apr 01, 2011, 4:27PM
Yes. I am curious, too. What are the image sources? Best Regards...
erin -Mar 30, 2011, 11:47AM
absolutely beautiful imagery. Can you list sources for the photos?

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i am completely in love with our latest vintage loves vignette, “namaste!” the selection of indian printed dresses, worn denim and woven bags are right up my alley.  i especially love the length of a lot of the dresses and that they’re shorter for going into spring and summer. perfect summer festival dress, anyone?!?

coincidentally, one of our fp girls came in today wearing a vintage dress just like the ones above! i love how she styled it with a wide belt and boots.

lou just happened to be walking by and we couldn’t resist putting her in the photo :)

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and since its not quite warm enough yet, these dresses look awesome paired with tights, boots and a faux fur jacket too!

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and here is our amazing vintage team at the vignette shoot, being awesome:

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MB@YarnUiPhoneappv1.2 -Mar 30, 2011, 9:07AM
I like the white coat in the back...it reminds me of the long one I used to have in my old apartment. I like all the assorted bright pillows. Yes, with the exposed brick it's totally like my old place.
niccole -Mar 30, 2011, 12:25AM
Loving the vintage pieces! I wish I worked at FP everyone there always looks so happy & you can bring your pooch to work... ENVIOUS. Keep sharing the office photos they make me smile.

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last week my friend geron played a short set at the north star bar- it’s been a while since i’ve been to a show there, actually. i think it’s because of the location- it’s a little out of the way, over in the art museum area -but it’s such a great venue to see bands in before they get big.

upon entering the corner pub you’re met with the same bar that has been there since prohibition, mahogany bar top, wooden ceiling fans, tin roof and all.  walk towards the back and go through a door on your right to get to the stage area, a wide open room with wood floors.  the stage is covered with well worn oriental carpets and in front, a staircase leads down to a lounge area with bright green walls that could probably tell some great stories… i thought i’d share a few pics from the other night!

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image 1; image 2; all others by me.

geron’s first single will be available very soon on itunes!

margarita -Mar 29, 2011, 10:07PM
WOW!!!!!!!!! great song!
amity -Mar 29, 2011, 9:29PM
The first single from Geron's new album is now available on iTunes. Search "Geron Hoy" or "Lady Crow." Enjoy!

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tunesday

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although it has been available for download for a few weeks now, today is the official release date of radiohead’s 8th studio album titled “the king of limbs.”  i of course downloaded it the moment it was available, but i held off on writing about it till now because to be quite honest i needed more time to digest it.

it has always been my opinion that the best bands are the ones who make albums that you listen to from start to finish without skipping a track… and if you were to take one song away, the album wouldn’t feel complete.  like reading a book – if you skip a chapter, or cut straight to the ending, the whole thing is ruined.

there are some bands that excel at this, and radiohead is at the top of that pack.  i have all eight of their studio albums, and i love every minute of every one of them.  to this day, when i hear the song “high and dry” on the radio, my brain expects “fake plastic trees” to come next.

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with “the king of limbs” they have created another album where the sum is better than its parts.  this album needs to be listened to in its entirety.  and also true to form, this record sounds different from anything they’ve done, with a more abstract and electronic sound that snaps you up from the start in a whirlwind of beats with “bloom,” tosses you around with “morning mr. magpie” and “little by little” and then soothes you with gorgeous piano and lyrics on songs like “codex” and “give up the ghost.” the last song, “separator,” is my favorite on the album.

and just like that, it’s over.  37 minutes.  or is it? according to rumors, this is only part one, and i sure as hell hope so.  but if thom yorke is sending a message in the lyrics of “separator,” there could be truth to those rumors.

“if you think this is over then you’re wrong.”


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p.s. to celebrate the release, radiohead has produced a special newspaper that will be available today only (in the US and Canada; it was available yesterday elsewhere)! more info on where to find it here.

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jhed -Mar 29, 2011, 9:24PM
Psyched to get new Radiohead! You know what else is sweet? This... http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=4725486232A57EBA
Keely -Mar 29, 2011, 8:56PM
I absolutely Love this album! it has been on repeat in my car computer..everywhere!, Codex, Lotus Flower, and Give up the Ghost...purely amazing..I agree with you tammy I have been watching lotus flowers music video over and over again..it is the best thing and it just makes me so happy the whole thing just puts you in a trance watching him! Heres a post I actually did about the album http://kaleidoscopekanvas-kk.blogspot.com/2011/03/i-cant-get-you-outta-my-head.html

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Post image for from jemma: dear diary, i’m in london!

This week I’m fortunate enough to be in London, my old home town!!! I’m so excited that I get the opportunity to come and visit this vibrant, electric city full of character, old world charm and WOW fashion.

I wanted to give everyone a bit of insight into my trip oversees, so I’ll be updating on my shopping, eating, and general perusing of the city. Prior to my flight I stopped off in NYC to stay with my sister and her lovely cat poppy. She recently moved into an apartment in Williamsburg. It’s such an airy, inspiring place – a perfect stay before my long haul flight to heathrow.

my flight was a night flight from JFK, the most uncomfortable flight I have ever had, I could NOT sleep, so I indulged in the new release movies that were on offer.

After 6 hours we finally came close to touching down. I slid open the window shutter and was greeted with a thick cushion of clouds – typical British weather!

What excites me about London is the eccentric fashion. Oxford street comes alive with high street brands throwing must-have trends into a visionary display. With that in mind I headed straight there to get a little bit of a fashion fix. I must warn you though it’s pretty tiring, afterwards you will sure need a cup of coffee in Costa Coffee perhaps?!

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Stay turned for more of my guide through London!

Bev -Mar 29, 2011, 8:36PM
LOVE the wild hair..not crazy to me..been waiting for it to come back but it's temp..like everything else..LOVE the native american clothing too!! I envy you in London..I have so many friends there..need to go there on holiday.. ENJOY!! ~ xxx
katie -Mar 29, 2011, 8:17PM
if you want good coffee there's better places in central than costa! if you're shopping aroundabout oxford street again then head to Flat White on Berwick Street, Sacred on Ganton Street, Milkbar on Bateman Street, or Tapped and Packed on Rathbone Street. any of them will be a delight i promise! (or for a spot of phenomenal tea try Yumchaa (also on Berwick Street, just further up) :) x

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