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Chicago is a city I fell in love with, there’s something about the tone of the city that brings a new feeling to me. I’m British and exploring American cities is always a great adventure.

While we were there attending Pitchfork Festival we ventured around the city to get a true taste of what Chicago was about. We stayed at The James Hotel right on Ontario Street giving us easy access to make Chicago our own.  There were a number of nights we stuffed ourselves with Chicago Dogs and Deep Pan Pizzas and took late night strolls along the Chicago River – winding down after a hectic day at the festival. I met up with some of the store managers of our Chicago store they made me feel more connected to the city telling me tales of their lives living there.

 Chicago we love you, you’re a windy city that’s mighty pretty.

Photo Credit ~Nathan Kula

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jordan -Jul 29, 2011, 2:46PM
i love the picture of the wrist with braclets! where can I can get a personalized name braclet like that?! i neeeed to have one! :)
Fp Jemma -Jul 22, 2011, 5:50PM
hey Ingrid, there's more coming Monday. I can't wait to share with you guys, plus photos of the bands on Tuesday.

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It is hot as hell here in Philadelphia today – advisory warning and all. It’s the kind of heat that makes you not even want to get dressed, but, of course, that’s not socially acceptable. One has to put something on to go to work, and these ladies (and gentleman) did quite a good job of it today. Today’s office style is all about how we’re battling the heat – crop tops, billowy fabrics, light colors, and shade. How are you staying cool?

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And Toby just wanted his picture taken… :)

-Aug 11, 2011, 1:46AM
The harem pants in the seventh photo down are aaaadorable! Where are they from?
fp julia -Jul 25, 2011, 2:45PM
hi! the red cropped bralette is on our website here - http://www.freepeople.com/intimates-bras/zinke-lace-crop-bralette/

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Post image for Thursday Poll: Vintages Loves Graphic Tees & Tanks

I’ve been on the hunt. The hunt for the perfect vintage graphic tee that is. Little did I know – there’s a whole pile of them sitting in the vintage loves section on our website – and they’re selling out fast!

Vintage tees have become a must-have wardrobe staple over the past few decades – taking on a role as the perfect throw on item since there are so many ways for them to be worn. They can look cool and relaxed, edgy and vintage, all at the same time. Throw one on with denim shorts for a casual look, or pair them with (vegan!) leather pantswedges, and loads of jewelry for a night out.  Now, just to decide which one I like best…..help me out?

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Vintage Guns N’ Roses Tee

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Vintage Sleeveless Harley Davidson Tee Tee

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Vintage 94 Rock Tee

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Post image for Doe Run Farm

Last week I was lucky enough to go on a phenomenal field trip with other Free People and Urban Inc. interns. We were invited to visit the 400 acre Doe Run Farm in Chester County, PA. It’s almost unfair to even call the place a farm; it was more like a country oasis for animals and humans alike. We visited the cows, goats, and sheep which they house and milk for cheese. All of the cheese is made on premise. We got to see where it is made, and then for lunch we were able to try a bit for ourselves (it was amazing, of course). They also sell the cheese around local Philadelphia farmer’s markets – our farmer’s market here at the home offices sells it every other Wednesday. The farm had a beautiful pond, lots of gardens, and we got to see a bit of the luxuriously rustic house itself.

I already posted some style photos from the trip here, but checkout the rest of my photo diary from the trip. =P

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BohoQueen -Jul 22, 2011, 12:53AM
What a beautiful farm! It looks so relaxing and peaceful! I love the first picture taken at a distance of the farm itself, the pictures of the goats are just too adorable, the pond and seating area in the picture after it are definitely where I'd want to spend my summer days reading, listening to music, or talking with friends, and the food looks yummy! Such a fun experience! xoxo
heather -Jul 21, 2011, 1:06PM
Doe Run has the most delicious eggs!

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Post image for Store Style: Lace and Kimonos

There are a couple of items on our website right now that we’re all going crazy for! Check out some of our lovely store girls rocking the scalloped hem lace shorts and the printed kimono (which i actually have and love very much)!

i love how the lace shorts look with the polka dot shirt!

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the printed kimono looks good with everything…

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…especially with the scalloped lace shorts! love this look :)

Christina -Jul 26, 2011, 7:59PM
Where did that polka dot blouse come from? It is not the new mink pink one because the dot's are too small and too many. I love her shirt and would love to know where I can pick one up to wear with my ivory scalloped hem lace shorts!!!
luvfreeps -Jul 23, 2011, 12:42PM
also the polka dot top is super cute!

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Our catalog team just left for a shoot in NYC! Here’s a little peek at what they’re up to…

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alyssa -Jul 20, 2011, 5:47PM
oooooooooohhhhhh this makes me even more excited for fall. free people gets better and better and better as each fall passes. can't wait to see the october book & any lookbook on the way!!! <3, http://alyssarude.tumblr.com

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Post image for Austin Photographer Alexandra Valenti Shows FP Her Home

While down in Austin for our July Catalog shoot we had the opportunity to visit the beautiful bohemian home of photographer Alexandra Valenti. Her home is amazing and full of positive energy – you can tell a very creative and spiritual person lives there. Read more »

Reyan -Sep 18, 2011, 6:50PM
Really cool jewelry!
Danielle -Jul 28, 2011, 6:24PM
I have a ring like the blue flower one!! And I just love this house. It's adorable and the books were super cool.

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Post image for Indie Fashion From Pitchfork Music Festival 2011

Indie fashion was at the forefront when it came to style at the Pitchfork Music Festival and this weekend, girls with an eccentric sense of fashion awareness paraded around in the sweltering heat. Read more »

StephanieJessup -Sep 03, 2014, 3:45AM
Where could I find that embroidered bag? I would love to have it. Please reply back.
tiadanae -Jun 07, 2014, 12:40PM
Where can I get this bag!? I'm in love with it!

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DIY Bleached Denim

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I’ve been seeing this cool bleached look popping up in jeans and denim shorts all over the fashion scene, so I thought I’d try it out to vamp up an old denim jacket of mine. My goal was to get a half and half jacket, but I love how it came out with random splatters further up as well. I think this will be the perfect piece to add a touch of grunge to any outfit.

To get the look for yourself you’ll need about 3 cups of bleach, a denim jacket (or anything else denim), a towel, and some sort of large bucket or basin.

Pour bleach into the bucket or basin, then dip lower half of jacket into bleach. You’ll want to let it sit in the bleach for about 20min. Be sure to move it around every few minutes to make sure every spot gets well soaked. When you pull it out, everything won’t be white white, but the bleach will continue working as it dries. Let the jacket dry in a good spot where it won’t bleach any unwanted items. I spread mine out on the old towel for about a day.

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Once the jacket is dry, you’ll want to wash it to get out the bleach stench.

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Et voila – a whole new piece in your wardrobe. I paired it with my super stripe tee and black denim pants from urban outfitters for a weekend bbq. =)

Other related posts: Dip Dye Clothing DIYDistressed Jeans DIYDIY bleach tie dye

 

May -Mar 06, 2013, 11:25PM
I'm doing some jean shorts and its going perfectly! So excited!
Viviana -Jun 28, 2012, 7:47PM
Sorry I didnt actually provide the link! lol here it is http://quevivaviviana.blogspot.com/2012/06/obsessed-ombre-bleached-dip-dyed-denim.html

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Post image for some much-needed inspiration

every once in a while i hit a creative block and need to do something to snap myself out of it, and get inspired. this helped last week.

ways to stay creative via; part of my new desk moodboard.

what do you do to spark your creativity?

Hanz Tolo -Jul 20, 2011, 6:14PM
Oh, and did I mention M.Ward?
Hanz Tolo -Jul 20, 2011, 6:11PM
I usually clean my house to spark my creativity. Cleaning the house, no matter if it's dusting, laundry, or organizing usually puts my head and heart in the right place. While cleaning, I usually find little things that create interest or inspire me. When I'm feeling really void of productive workflow I usually take the time to set aside a day for gardening, since it not only gets my hands in the dirt and outside but also helps to clear my mind. Gardening puts me at ease. Under a shady tree, amongst all of the life and the smells of summer, who wouldn't be at peace?

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One of my favorite festivals is taking place this weekend at Wiggins Park in Camden NJ: the XPoNential music festival! The festival is put on every year by the University of Pennsylvania’s public radio station, WXPN. Read more »

Taylor -Jul 19, 2011, 6:14PM
I really want to go! I love WXPN! It's a really great station to discover new music and get away from all of the mainstream stuff! www.forsurejadore.blogspot.com

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Post image for Boutique Fashion from Jen’s Pirate Booty

Calling all “sandy” girls! We have an exquisite collection of pieces by Jen’s Pirate Booty on our website right now that scream summer and beach!  The timing is perfect as we just launched our Endless Summer shop and these pieces are the epitome of summer styles that can be worn and loved all year long.  In addition to being the perfect beach cover-ups, they can be styled in different ways to wear as casual weekend attire or even dressed up to wear out on the town.

Our buyer told me that she fell in love with the brand because of the soft, flowy fabrics and amazing silhouettes that are bohemian but in a modern way.  The pieces are undeniably summery, right down to the fabric they are made in – light and gauzy, or peek-a-boo patterns with sun-like shapes. Most pieces come in one or two sizes, with the idea that they will look different on each girl that wears them.

On that note- here are some of our home office ladies wearing Jen’s Pirate Booty in ways that could totally work beyond just the beach!

The perfect outfit for a casual summer day. Denim cutoffs and the janis crop top – the color of this one is amazing!

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The warrior robe looks awesome worn over top of a dress and would look just as cute over a bathing suit on the beach when you need to cover up!

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Our buyer loves the eclipse babydoll tunic because the silhouette is unexpected in this type of fabric.  It looks adorable styled with cowboy boots and a floppy hat!

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The poetic kaftan is my favorite – I love the dusty rose color and the fabric is so light and soft! It looks really cute with one of our floral bralettes peeking out from underneath.

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The treasure tank is super cool – it has two very long tails on either side that you can leave hanging or knot together to create different shapes.

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shop all jen’s pirate booty.

which of these pieces is your favorite?

Ramona Cruz -Jan 05, 2012, 6:43PM
Love these looks as beach cover ups ! just throw on a pair of sandals with any one of them and youre set for a day at the beach and shopping after!
BohoQueen -Jul 19, 2011, 10:47PM
I love these, but some of them I would have a hard time getting myself to wear. My favorites are the Janis Crop Top (the color is so refreshing!), the Warrior Robe (it is so flowy and gorgeous, I almost have no words to describe it!), and the Treasure Tank (so unique and fun!). Oh, and BRING BACK THE GAUCHOS!!! xoxo

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