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i didn’t have a chance to do a diy project this week, so i thought i’d share some diy inspiration from around the web that i have saved and would like to try at some point…i’ve got my work cut out for me!

make your own hangers simply by gathering sticks and twisting hooks into them!  this is exactly the kind of makeover my closet needs for spring- these hangers are perfect for little strappy tanks that slide off the sides of normal hangers! plus i always love the rustic feel of using bits of nature inside the home.

for an added touch, paint the sticks!

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i found these sweet rings on etsy and i think they’d be pretty easy to make on your own! cut a thin slice of wood from a stick and either draw on it with a sharpie, OR – wouldn’t it be cute to carve the initials into it like you would with an actual tree?

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and last but not least – i am dyyying to try these amazing bracelets that honestly…wtf has posted tutorials for! check them out here and here.

Jessica -Aug 03, 2013, 2:41PM
This website is so perfect it makes me want to cry
Irene -Jun 05, 2011, 2:40PM
I love the rings...I'll totally attempt making them soon!

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wanderlust

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i adore these globes by ImagineNations! they take vintage globes and decoupage artwork onto them, and they also do custom commissions. what a rad idea. i would love a patchwork globe… hint hint display team!

margaux -Mar 07, 2011, 1:11AM
wow. i am speechless! these are brilliant
Eva @ Four Leaf Clover -Feb 23, 2011, 7:29PM
I saw these before and I love them so much; especially that butterfly one! What amazing creativity and precision!

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The Free People Wholesale team is at Coterie in NYC, it’s a massive trade show filled with exciting labels.  Department stores such as Saks, Harvey Nicholas and many other cute little boutiques and department stores from around the world visit to see what labels they would like to buy and showcase.

The wholesale team set up a beautiful booth accessorized with ipads so customers can view our digital Fp lifestyle and beautiful fashion forward lookbooks. Whilst I was there, I snapped the style of our girls. Don’t they look adorable!?

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Trade Show Exhibits New York -Nov 08, 2013, 1:31PM
It looks like you have a great team there!
-Feb 23, 2011, 1:57PM
KELLLLYYYYY!!!! <33333

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maybe when chaz bundick (a.k.a. toro y moi) named his album “underneath the pine” he was envisioning that it would be the perfect locale to listen to his latest album.  the juxtaposition of the light of the sun and darkness of the shade and surrounding fresh air seems appropriate for this album, which is much more mellow and melodic than his last. i can imagine it as the background music for a day spent in the park, sprawled on blankets reading books and watching birds fly overhead, whereas the last was a little more get up and dance around in the park. listen to a few of the new songs below (as well as an older one that i love – “leave everywhere”) and let me know what you think! unfortunately i wasn’t able to get some of the better ones for the playlist :(

oh and another cool thing- bundick designed tote bags that he is selling on etsy and if you purchase one you also get a card with the free download info for the new album. cool idea!


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derek -Mar 19, 2011, 3:25AM
lol @ these comments.. Faker.
Taylor -Feb 22, 2011, 3:22PM
if you havent heard of Lissie, you must listen! she is fantastic! i think her songs would be great for Tunesday!

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We arrived in LA and up first it’s time for some prop shopping!

The air was fresh and the vibe was calm after the bustle of the east coast. “California Dreamin” played over and over in our heads like it was the soundtrack of our time there.

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We picked up some heart shaped balloons for our shoot, but they never made the catalog.

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Production made a sweet strawberry cake for Candy and Meadow’s section of the catalog.

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The first day of shooting is always exciting. We got to see Jason Lee Parry in the element as photographer.

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We shot at one of the most beautiful beach houses in Malibu – the home of actress Nan Martin, where her husband resides today.

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Our surroundings were like staring into an old postcard.

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We shot our final hours of the day into the sunset sky.

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Looking out into the California sunset made me realize my love for this place was bigger than I could have imagined. Maybe it was the sound of the ocean, maybe it was the laughter in the air, maybe it was the pink sky, but in the moment I realized I could die here.

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The view from our van on our way back to the hotel after shooting day one!

these behind the scenes photos were taken by our producer.

p.s. check out my personal blog here!

FePa Design -Apr 29, 2011, 12:11AM
what a magical feeling back in time :) nice pictures!!! I LOVE CALIFORNIA :) http://www.fepadesign.com/
margaux -Mar 07, 2011, 1:13AM
love LA!

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i finished just kids somewhere over the midwest, during my flight to san francisco. if you’re familiar with the story or with robert mapplethorpe, you know that it is not the happiest of endings, but instead of leaving me with teary eyes and an empty pit in my stomach, i felt hopeful and inspired.

to me this book was not about what patti and robert went through or the careers they found success in, it was about their relationship. two people who could only be described as soulmates, who found each other and through each other, found what they were meant to do with their lives. and while their paths split and they went in different directions, they were still joined at the heart.

it reminded me very much of the quote I posted a few weeks ago:
“a true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. but to live with a soul mate forever? nah. too painful. soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave. a soul mate’s purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, and make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life.”

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i would love to hear your thoughts on the book… please leave them below! also feel free to leave suggestions for our next book :)

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cassondra -Apr 16, 2011, 4:42PM
I just finished.Crying the happiest of tears. Thank you for recommending this book.
Annoyed -Feb 27, 2011, 2:22AM
This photo (boy and girl with their heads down, incase the html doesn't work) is by Megan Leonard. There is no credit given on the tumblr link, so I shall do it here. Also it's originally in color. Thank you. http://www.meganleonard.com

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if there was one article of vintage women’s clothing i was going to collect, it would be vintage tshirts. i love them and can never get enough…  each one is a little piece of history.  the ones i own each have a story behind them that makes them incredibly special… a bar in somer’s point NJ where my parents used to hang out, a tom petty shirt from his “last dance with mary jane” tour that a boyfriend gave to me and is full of holes , a pink floyd tee i found in brooklyn, and my favorite- and perhaps the most random – a tshirt my uncle picked up in wyoming years ago that ended up in my mom’s possession, and now mine.

so when i found out we’d be selling vintage t-shirts as part of our vintage loves collection, you can imagine how excited i was. our vintage buyer did an amazing job hand picking these rare and perfectly broken in tshirts… i’ll admit it, i bought two the moment they went on sale… check them all out here!

you should also check out our homepage right now, it’s pretty neat :)

-Mar 08, 2013, 4:58AM
Free people honestly are so greedy i am a vintage shop owner and i know how much shops buy these for and it makes me sick that they sell them for this price, sham on you free people
laura -Feb 26, 2011, 10:42AM
i went to purchase a few of these yesterday but all the ones i wanted are gone! is there a plan to consistently get more vintage tees to sell or is this just a one time thing. i love them!

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our fans never cease to inspire me! here’s a batch of awesome photos from our facebook page

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one of our fans made these amazing quilt-like signs for her specialty boutique that carries free people!

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some beautiful and inspiring images created by our fan rhoda.

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reader bridget made sweet valentines inspired by this post.

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and alissa attempted the umbrella chandeliers – with amazing results!!

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becky gave her dresser a makeover by painting and decoupaging it!

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and i could not resist posting this awesome photo from jani of her alphabet soup :)

dragon fruit -Feb 22, 2011, 6:27AM
omg no way that pasta spelling free people is amazing! i love this post. free people fans are very loyal :)
Allie -Feb 22, 2011, 12:57AM
This is the best :)

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“trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.”

- e.e. cummings

images: the golden filter.

Taylor -Feb 21, 2011, 10:25AM
Pretttttyyyy!!!! :D

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lisa congdon

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i’m in love with lisa congdon’s artwork right now…the bold colors she uses, her amazing animal portraits, and that little owl that is just so stinking cute…i would love to have a whole bunch of her paintings all hung on a wall together.

Keren -Feb 22, 2011, 3:25PM
If you love her work you can purchase her prints for unreasonably affordable prices at 20x200! http://www.20x200.com/20x200-search?order=date&query=lisa+congdon Live with art, it's good for you! -Keren
Keely -Feb 21, 2011, 11:34PM
Lisa Congdon's work is so amazing her use of color I love. She is an inspiration as an artist! If you like her I would recommend checking out Mark Warren Jacques his use of color and shapes is fantastic! here a link to my blog where I did a feature of him. http://kaleidoscopekanvas-kk.blogspot.com/2011/02/i-heart-mark-warren-jacquess-art.html Mark and Lisa are some of my fav artist!

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i could spend hours wandering around our building checking out peoples’ desks… each one is like a window into who that person is – what they love and choose to surround themselves with and the things that inspire them when they’re creating.  here are just a few of the amazing desk spaces from around the office…

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Jacqui -Mar 05, 2011, 12:51PM
A few points in response to Anonymous: 1) Not all hippies are concerned about the environment, and not all environmentalists are hippies. 2) Free People doesn't market itself as an environmentally friendly brand. It sells upscale hippie-inspired clothing. 3) There are more ways to be environmentally friendly than just using a Klean Kanteen. Like by buying used items, and limiting your purchases to what's really necessary. Hop off that treadmill of consumption! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GorqroigqM
dani -Feb 26, 2011, 3:22PM
i love the desk with the james franco pictures <3

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our vintage buyer brought an article over to jemma about how to feng shui your desk at work, and i immediately decided my desk needed a makeover. my feng shui was all wrong… and with the beautiful weather we’re having today it felt like a good time to do some spring cleaning!

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(the article is from whole living magazine)

here’s what my workspace looked like before – a cluttered mess!

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to feng shui my desk i followed the instructions above as well as i could with what i have here at work.  i put my plant, dreamcatcher and buddha figurine in the back left (or top left) area, with a photo of the sunset over the pacific in the background to make it feel as zen as possible. the bottom left area has a collage of photos from my latest trip, just kids, “music we like” from amoeba (a great music reference), my little journal and peaceful accents of blue. at the top right i have photos of loved ones and notes and cards from friends at work, and at the bottom right i hung some scraps of fabric to inspire creativity.

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here’s the end result:

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it may not look much different but it sure feels better! now i just need to feng shui my apartment…

Isabel -Feb 06, 2013, 8:35PM
This article was super helpful! I'm moving into an apartment and this is the perfect time to de-clutter and give my space a fresh new look!
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