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i always loved that scene from the breakfast club where ally sheedy dumps out her giant bag, revealing all the clutter she carried around.  maybe because i’m the same way… my friends make fun of me because i always have so much pointless stuff in my bag and it takes me forever to find my keys in it.

it’s fascinating to see what’s inside peoples’ bags, it gives you a little peek into their personality. here our some of ours!

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graphic designer:

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p.s. thanks A. for the awesome idea!

Lin -Jul 07, 2012, 8:36AM
I love that!! I have been obsessed with "whats' in your purse" for a long time ! And I love free people. I get inspiration from them. When I want to be inspired I go to the website and poke around. I have some items from the vintage loves, which is an amazing part of free people. I have those tea tree toothpicks in my bag too.I have a teeny tiny crossbody! Thanks for sharing! <3
Danie -Mar 09, 2011, 3:06PM
LOVE this blog! too cute!

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i am very excited to welcome our guest bloggers for the month of march, erica and lauren of the amazing blog honestly…wtf! these ladies are a constant source of inspiration for DIY projects, art, fashion and more, and i’m thrilled they will be sharing some of their projects and inspiration, as well as an exclusive DIY for free people this month – and keep an eye out on our website for some items from erica’s awesome line the 2 bandits!

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Lauren and I, a fashion stylist and designer respectively, started Honestly…WTF several months ago as a way for us to document a shared love of art, DIYs, travel, and most importantly, fashion. We were beyond thrilled when Free People asked us to contribute to their guest blogger series with a few things that inspire us. Honestly, we can trace our love of Free People as far back as we can remember (circa 1990s)! And so in true FP spirit, we are sharing a handful of images from a DIY Tepee Sewing Workshop we hosted on my family’s ranch in California last Fall. After 3 days of handling 400 yards of heavy canvas, sewing 160 button holes, carving 40 willow pins, attaching 36 stress patches and ripping through 20 spools of thread, we successfully made a beautiful 20 foot tepee. Stay tuned this Spring when we paint the outside of the canvas and decorate the inside!

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if you haven’t already, check out erica and lauren’s blog here.

Elin -Mar 02, 2011, 10:09PM
I love Honestly WTF ever since I discovered it!! They've got great DIY's that I always want to try! I'm so glad they're guest blogging on Free People!
bleach cosplay -Mar 02, 2011, 9:13PM
i love these pics it makes me wanna go there right now

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We caught up with our New Romantics designer to give a little insight into this new label we have launched.

What was the initial inspiration behind New Romantics?

Just after this opportunity was presented to me, I was leaving for a girlie vacation to Sardinia.  I was really taken with the passion of the Italians and the rustic beauty I found there.  The beaches are stone and are overshadowed by steep cliffs and rocky coves….the surface of the sea, reflecting the pebble bottom, looked like prisms.

 How would you describe New Romantics as a line?

Intimates dressing has been really appealing to me and how it’s a bit naughty but delicate, I wanted New Romantics to feel more grown up.  It’s beautiful, kinda sexy or as we call in FP sensual…I like that the sensual girl doesn’t look like she’s trying too hard. They are items that you can take on vacation with you, they are light and delicate. You can roll them up into your suitcase and they will still look great… all crunched up.

The fabrics that you use for this line are quite unique, how would you describe them?

I spend a lot of time researching or pulling ideas from anywhere and everywhere, a curtain, vintage blouse, and antique tank linens, scarves and develop from scratch. My eye is hungry for the next beautiful texture and I enjoy building texture on top of texture.  In general I am attracted to sheer Rochelle’s that mimic crochet but they drape more beautifully and in turn are sexier because they are less perky and demure. They are hard to find!   There’s lots of raised texture contrasting with see-through fabrics so you get a lot of dimension.  I find this mix of elements makes for expensive looking clothes that need very little embellishment to sing.

What’s to come for New Romantics, I hear there are some beautiful items coming in April?

Looking forward, each collection story will be told by the fabrications I curate, I feel like New Romantics will always have a touch of delicate hand.  But it’s a new generation of romanticism…extreme hem lines are going to get weird and sweep are going to get big and I’m not sure how bra friendly it’s going to be ;)

-Apr 08, 2011, 9:05AM
Lovely Collection! I am certain the Designer of this line is just as lovely as her inspirations.
noname -Mar 04, 2011, 2:09PM
designer's names aren't given out to protect their intellectual property otherwise others could approach their talent so they keep it private.

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this month’s survival kit comes from our creative director! she has amazing taste so i asked her for a list of items she loves and wants at the moment…

1. bag by artemas quibble for urban zen – this little bag is the perfect size for carrying basic necessities when you’re running around, out on the town, or shooting a catalog :)

2. lace top from our march catalog, coming soon!

3. these stackable totem rings by matina amanita are amazing.

4. my favorite jeans – vintage 1970′s orange label bell bottoms.

5. song of the moment: “school days” by loudon wainwright III.

6. my favorite perfume, called “la chasse aux papillons,” which means hunt of the butterflies in french. i love its soft, floral scent.

7. this face cream by pratima is refreshing and i love the way it smells.

8. i’m really into the book steppenwolf by hermann hesse right now.

9. loving this ralph lauren bag!

i love her picks! i want it all :)

Cindy -Mar 02, 2011, 7:33PM
Loving the lace top!
ariel -Mar 02, 2011, 5:49PM
yeah, where can i get that ralph lauren bag? :] is it vintage? i love it!

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It’s me again… writing my final guest post for the February Catalog! While working with our February photographer, Jason Lee Parry, we had the chance to meet and hang out with his girlfriend, Jenny Sirney. Read more »

Jennifer -Mar 02, 2011, 8:00PM
Oh my, I love that video they made... very bitter sweet. I could feel their love.
Elle -Mar 01, 2011, 6:06PM
I adore that video.....the ending is kinda sad though huh?! She has great hair and style! love, live & wear xo, L

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tunesday

today’s tunesday post is from our office coordinator! enjoy :)

I consider myself rock and roll. I convey a rock and roll attitude and enjoy rock and roll music. I have been described by my closest friend as “likes to look like she rides motorcycles” and “I think her favorite color is black.” I know it may be a little too early to be divulging secrets, but I’m going to anyway; I do love me some pop music.

Florrie’s “Give Me Your Love” is, in a word, awesomlycatchygetupanddancefun.

After doing a little digging on this soon-to-be pop sensation, all I could think was “GINGER! GINGER! GINGER!” I mean c’monnn look at the two pictures. Not only is she a hot, fun, POP singer, but they rock the same shades!

Florrie is the quintessential FP girl. She believes that her music should be spread as much as possible, so all her music is free to download. She also wants to be able to create music her way, without any constraints that a label might have. Right now she is staying an independent artist even though she has been offered contracts with numerous record companies. She writes and sings her own music and plays her own guitar and drum parts in some songs too! There are many remixes of her songs out there and some she has remixed herself!

I don’t consider myself a Ginger all of the time, but I do think the perfect time to play Ginger is a Friday night. Florrie’s music is definitely a party must-play; or a pre-party-putting-on-your-FP Animal Knit Bodycon-dress must-play!

So check it out: http://florrie.com/free-music-downloads/

I recommend her four “Introduction” tracks as well as “You Wanna Start Something” and “Call 911 (Florrie Remix).” Listen to a few of her songs below, including “Give Me Your Love,” which is on our new store playlist!


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Shea Nicole -Mar 02, 2011, 9:02PM
Listened to her music once... now I'm addicted!
ariellie -Mar 02, 2011, 8:47PM
love florrie..great post

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one of our readers emailed me that she had taken some photos at a wedding a couple of weeks ago and the bride wore a free people maxi dress… i eagerly clicked on the link and found these sweet photos of newelyweds mark and cate. cate wore the love birds maxi dress- i love that she chose something unique and unexpected but still beautiful – and she layered it with the point d’esprit maxi!

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the parasols are a great touch – and look at that, her bridesmaid is wearing the fp-1 around town shirt dress!

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looks like such a beautiful and relaxed wedding… images via rachel robinson photography.

Elmira -Aug 15, 2011, 9:31PM
So true. Honesty and eevrthiyng recognized.
-Mar 02, 2011, 12:49PM
Wow!! Congrats to the new couple. I love the idea of using FP for a wedding. Everyone looks amazing!

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monday’s can be a little rough so i thought i’d try to make it a little better by giving you the march calendar a day early :)

i love march…those first few days when you realize a light jacket is enough, the trees begin to come alive again and the air isn’t quite so bitter, you leave work and it’s still light outside…it’s the best feeling. i am very much anti-winter but it’s worth suffering through just for the sweet feeling when spring thaws the earth.

i think our graphic designers captured that feeling perfectly with the march calendar… click here to go to our flickr page, where you have the choice of downloading either the regular or widescreen version.

-Mar 01, 2011, 12:24AM
I love it!
kristen -Feb 28, 2011, 8:41PM
love it! I always look forward to these! thanks :)

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Whoever knew the hem line could be this adventurous. The spring 2011 big trend is the hi-low silhouette, and we are huge fans!

We love the peek-a-boo factor that this look gives, a great way to show off your lovely shoes and a little bit of your leg when spring hits. It’s a look that’s making a romantic comeback from the 70’s in a new modern way. Play around with the look and add a little petticoat or slip to make it slightly more dramatic.

Recently Natalie, one of our favorite bloggers rocked the look on her blog and made us 100% sure that this trend is the one for spring.

Natalie’s Blog: www.natalieoffduty.blogspot.com

Hi-low shop: Fp hi-low shop

taylor kitto -Feb 28, 2011, 11:30PM
love this trend!! i also love that blue dress. how cute. thelittledeers.blogspot.com
fanofchrishell -Feb 28, 2011, 10:09PM
blue dress chrishell were that in the feb short video catololg film it has a carribian feel

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Emily -Feb 28, 2011, 6:19PM
Wow, I can't really put into words how much this helped me. Especially after how terrible today was, this was exactly what I needed. Thanks.
Taylor -Feb 28, 2011, 5:29PM
love this :D the picture is nice on a rainy monday also!

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it’s no surprise that the woman who lives in the geodesic dome where we shot part of our february catalog is also an artist. melanie rothschild is a self-taught artist who studied ethnic art and anthropology. she creates both functional (frames, tables, boxes) and non-functional art that she describes as “intuitive. rather than starting out with a single concept, the work reveals its meaning as the process unfolds. it is never intended to have a single interpretation.”

her work is full of colors, shapes and patterns very reminiscent of her home itself…my favorite are the tables, which she calls “paintings with legs.”

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view more of her work here!

margaux -Mar 07, 2011, 1:00AM
i'm obsessed with the paint & air. wow, stunning.
whitney -Feb 28, 2011, 5:12PM
i love love love the paint in the air series!

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for all you ladies out there… boy style! happy friday :)

Marina -Mar 02, 2011, 5:38AM
well, finally, some boys there... and all smokin' hot... we want more :-))
-Feb 26, 2011, 4:44PM
love the beach house shirt! just bought the same one in white at the concert thursday!

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