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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??

peekaboo!

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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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so yesterday i was walking around the building taking random photos and saw our office coordinator wearing this adorable scarf as a turban.  i’ve seen people wear scarves like this before but i’ve never been able to figure out how to do it – luckily she was kind enough to show me!

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if the scarf is square, start by folding it in half into a triangle shape.  this scarf was particularly large so she folded it over a little bit to make it smaller.

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next drape the scarf over your head with straight edge at the back of your head and the triangle point hanging in front (it’s ok if it hangs over your face, you can fix that later).

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take the ends in your hands and bring to the front as pictured, and make one knot at the front of the head:

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wrap the remaining fabric back around your head and tie in a knot at the back:

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tuck the knot and extra fabric underneath the turban, and do the same with the fabric hanging in the front.

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voila! thanks for the tutorial, A.!

now i just need the loving leopard scarf so i can re-create this look:

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Shannon -Feb 08, 2011, 5:32PM
are those lace pants available? I didn't see them on the website? Swoooon!!!
fp julia -Jan 17, 2011, 5:48PM
hey guys- the scarf in the tutorial is from a thrift store, not sure about the red one (she's currently out of the office)...will let you know!

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Meet Zinke

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We have some beautiful lingerie pieces in our January book. Some of the items are by Zinke a soft and feminine lingerie label from NYC. We caught up with the lovely sisters a couple of weeks back to get to know a little bit more about their brand. Here’s a little interview with them and some photos of their breathtaking apratment in NYC.

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Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Overstock Coupons -Mar 18, 2011, 5:29PM
I think they are super beautiful as well.
Lucy -Jan 14, 2011, 9:35AM
so pretty. I love their apartment!!

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our january catalog has some gorgeous new items from our fp-1 line – a couple of my favorites in the book, actually.  which one of these fp-1 beauties do you guys love most?

the around town shirt dress:

the wisteria and lattice dress:

the floral fields wideleg pant:
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the sunburst maxi dress:
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or the spot swirl maxi skirt:
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and here are your results from last week!
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fp julia -Jan 14, 2011, 12:38PM
jasmin - those are my fave too! tracy - don't be silly ;)
jasmin -Jan 14, 2011, 3:26AM
sad, according to the poll i'm one of the few IN LOVE with the floral fields wide leg pants! I'm obsessed, i got the previous version - but i really like these better and am DEF going to get them as soon as they hit our store! xx, Jasmin FP Hollywood fragmentsoftimefashion.blogspot.com

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listening to van morrison (bang masters), dreaming of road trips and thinking about what my next tattoo will be.

click on images for sources.

TGP -Jan 17, 2011, 7:11PM
ROAD TRIP!!!!!
natalie -Jan 15, 2011, 8:12AM
oO! get the bambi! I have a deer and I love him <3

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our videographer took these fun photos for a special project – they definitely give you a little taste of the environment here :)

jemma, elvis and i :)

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toby, my love…so handsome!

Annie -Jan 14, 2011, 7:08AM
Amazing stuff!!!
-Jan 13, 2011, 10:59AM
Looks like you guys have fun while working!!!

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i didn’t include these in the guide but one thing you’ll notice in paris are the amazing metro station entrances and their art nouveau design. they’re beautiful – they really put our subway stations here in philly to shame! the metro scenes in our catalog were shot at the station on ile de la cite:

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here are some other lovely ones:

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behind the scenes photos by thomas northcut, other metro station photos from here.

Eva -Jan 13, 2011, 10:07AM
I'm a lover of the underground in any place I've been (thanks London!), ha! But Paris's metro system is really pretty, I agree!
Jeannie -Jan 12, 2011, 11:30PM
I'm OBSESSED with the graffiti stairwell photo! I wish I could buy it as a print!

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wednes-diy

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i’m starting to think i have a strange obsession with sticks, driftwood, tree branches… i guess i just really like the idea of incorporating bits of nature into the home. regardless, i spotted this diy the other day and can’t get over it.

you all have probably seen this image before of beautifully painted driftwood by ginette lapalme… i’ve posted it before.  this was the inspiration for the diy project on the blog semi jewels, which takes a piece of driftwood and turns it into a rad key holder:

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i’m in love. check out the full tutorial here.

now does anyone know where i can find some good driftwood in the philly area?!?

celesti -Aug 31, 2013, 8:21AM
in the Philly area to find Driftwood just go to the nearest Pond or Stream
Danette -Sep 14, 2011, 2:41PM
that's too crazy i thought i was the only one with this obsession for twigs & tree branches (rocks too!!)!!!! we've lived in so many states NY, Seattle, Cali, Arizona, Mass- & i have accumulated branches & rocks from the west to the east coast!!!! they'r all waiting for me to actually bring to fruition all my crafting dreams over these years!!! now i have this obsession with these branches from our "backyard" (we live in a small complex with wetlands for a backyard)- that look like weathered driftwood!!! thanks for the great ideas!!

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from the moment i set foot in the streets of paris and gazed around, wide-eyed, at the most beautiful architecture and scenery i had ever seen, i made a silent promise to myself that i would one day live there.  growing up, i was very lucky to have the opportunity to spend a lot of time in paris as my dad taught a course at a university there in the summer – we would fly out towards the end and spend time in paris before driving south to spend a couple of weeks in a house we rented from a friend in provence.

nothing ever captured my imagination quite like paris… i wanted to soak it all in. i learned about the architecture, the art, learned my way around its winding streets, and eventually learned the language.  it’s a fascinating city and culture and i know that i will find myself back there one day, living in my little apartment in montmartre …the shutters open so i can listen to the sounds on the street as i paint, read and write to my heart’s content.

should you find yourself in paris, or if you want to get more familiar with the city, we’ve put together a free people guide to paris that you can download from our flickr page!  these are our favorite places to stay, eat, shop and hang out while in the city of lights. hope you enjoy!

view large sizes and download the guide at our flickr page.

all photos in the guide were taken by thomas northcut while our team was in paris shooting our catalog, with the exception of the following:
page 11, page 12 (marche aux fleurs photo), page 13, page 15, page 16 (park photo and cemetery photo), page 17, page 19, page 20 (hotel apostrophe photo), page 23 (top and bottom left photos), page 24 – all of which were found via google image search.

oh and stay tuned for an insider look at paris from gauthier, the male model in our january catalog, and michelle, a model we love who spends a lot of time in paris!

vintage clothing store -Jan 12, 2011, 1:32AM
I like all photos. So beautiful!Thank you !
Paige -Jan 12, 2011, 1:30AM
random fact: just discovered the free flickr page and now am now officially obsessed :)

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as if having one genius photographer in a household wasn’t enough – guy aroch’s wife, anna palma, is also an incredibly talented photographer. our senior stylist told me about her, and sent along some photos and a video that she shot. what struck me about her work was somewhat similar to why i love her husband’s work- it feels very natural and un-posed. she has a talent for capturing the essence of childhood- imagination, playfullness and fun. this video is amazing- i love the song choice (yeasayer’s ambling alp)!

“XOXO” directed by Anna Palma from SWELL on Vimeo.

and here are some of the gorgeous photos that accompany the video:

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see more at her website!

Carole Hickman -Jan 12, 2011, 7:04PM
this is the most absolute cutest thing. My children will no doubt be this amazing, natural, fun and loving towards each other! what talent Anna has! if i ever did photography more than just a hobby, i would want my images to give people this exact same feeling.:)
Ray -Jan 12, 2011, 12:05AM
this is the most absolute cutest thing. My children will no doubt be this amazing, natural, fun and loving towards each other! what talent Anna has! if i ever did photography more than just a hobby, i would want my images to give people this exact same feeling.:)

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