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Second up on our blogger interpretation of FP grunge: Natalie Suarez

(First Photo: the O-Town Muscle Tank, M2F Cutoff Denim Vest, and Rocker Vegan Leather Pants; Second Photo: the O-Town Muscle Tank and Velvet Biker Shorts)

I think Natalie’s favorite part of grunge was the leather (and vegan leather). She went right to our vegan leather pants, and was quick to toss on the vegan vest. She paired the tough girl material with softer slouchier layers. Her take was very earthy. She stuck to the origins of Free People style, and paired it with these updated grunge pieces. In the following look she’s wearing our vegan vest along with the Crinkled Sheer Printed Jumpsuit and Double Shanghai Necklace in silver.

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After the day of styling and photographing (see her other looks here and here), Natalie decided on some top picks for grunge. Her five must haves are: the Sheer Buttondown Tunic, Caldra Pullover in licorice, Academy Bodysuit, Denim Cuttoffs in Indigo, and the Rocker Vegan Leather Pant.

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We also had Natalie fill out a questionnaire. So in case you were wondering about the blogger’s eyesight, favorite fashion icon, and everything in-between – here you go:

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Alyssa -Dec 21, 2011, 11:25PM
Great outfit!
Tiffany -Dec 20, 2011, 12:14PM
Love those green pants XOXO, http://outfitidentifier.com/

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This member of the Candy design team has pretty rad style. She’s not afraid to wear something far out. Piled high each day in vintage, she often dresses in motifs and themes. It’s so nontraditional that it works. With little gothic touches, and that wear-whatever-you-want motto, she reminds me a bit of Abbey Lee. Although her style is loud as can be, once you walk up and say hi she’s a quiet nonchalant personality. I love the guts that she approaches fashion with everyday.

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beatsdrdre -Dec 19, 2011, 8:37PM
Nice Dresses, good job.

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Our model today is Ashton Powers, She’s based in New York and is in our web studio being styled for looks for our website keep an eye out for her appearing in some styling outfits soon!

Taylor -Dec 19, 2011, 6:19PM
Beautiful! I love her hair! www.forsurejadore.blogspot.com
KIRA LILLY -Dec 19, 2011, 5:57PM

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The highlight of my work week? See here.

Taking pictures and styling clothes, my thirst for creativity and inspiration was well satiated that day. The euphoria of childlike happiness tightened my cheeks and pulled the corners of my mouth up into a googely grin that never left my face. Shooting and collaborating with these beautiful & talented bloggers was something of an out of body experience – one where you pinch yourself… hard. Myself six months ago, the girl who liked to dink around with the camera gifted by her parents (one of the best gifts I’ve ever received btw), would never have thought I’d be doing this. I’ve always enjoyed photography as a side thing – especially the portrait and fashion genres, but I sort of stumbled into getting to do it on the regular for work. Free People has opened doors to explore my hobby in ways I’d never imagined.

I love being at work & I love what I do, but outside of the office I’ve been pretty busy too. I’m always sure to fill my weekends with adventures:  brunching, city jaunts, record sorting, flea markets, nights out with friends, and of course, shopping. It keeps me moving and it keeps me inspired. Life has been a whirlwind of fun and love.

I’ve snapped some photos along the way to document…

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Last 4 photos: The Ramsey Oxfords in Maroon, Galileo Gilded Necklace, Denim Cutoff Shorts (<3 these so much), and the FP Cropped Biker Jacket

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My roommate and I finally got out the power tools and hung up some art!

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We wore ourselves out!

Oh, and here’s my week’s playlist. Enjoy!

fp naomi -Dec 20, 2011, 8:02AM
It was a great bloody mary! It's from brunch at Silk City in Philadelphia. I highly suggest going there and trying it if you ever get the chance.
-Dec 19, 2011, 5:10PM
that looks like a great bloody mary!! where is it from???

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Post image for Blogger Picks: Christina Caradona of Trop Rouge

Grunge has been on our minds. It’s the cool revival of the 90’s with an “I don’t give an F” attitude. Washed and distressed pieces – leather and studs.  We’re channeling Alice Dellal and Kurt Cobain as we layer it on.

Last week we invited some blogger friends down to help us interpret the look. We piled all of our latest cutoff shorts, leather jackets, grunge tees, boots, and washed pieces into a display – letting them go at it: styling and telling us which items they liked best.

First up: Christina Caradona of Trop Rouge

Christina (pictured above in our Long Sleeved Mixed Graphic Baseball Tee, Gilded Santorini Collar, and her own jeans) took on the grunge trend effortlessly.  She looks like one tough chick you wouldn’t want to mess with. Perhaps, because she already has a lot of that come as you are, carelessly sexy look you need to pull it off. The clothes wore so naturally on her, making the trend surprisingly organic and hard feeling at the same time. Below she models in our We the Free Reverse it Kachow Thermal, Denim Cutoff Shorts, and Painted Distress Boot.

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After trying on and experimenting with many items, Christina tells us what her top five picks are for grunge:

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Reverse It Kachow Thermal in Lime, Marakesh Floppy Hat, Destroyed Slouchy Tee in White, Cropped Biker Jacket,  and Vegan Leather Pants

Before she left we asked Christina to fill out a questionnaire for you all. Time to let her speak for herself!

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miss b -Dec 20, 2011, 1:50PM
christina~ KILLER Legs! awesome, wild, untamed hair~ love it.. you rock those jean shorts :)
nichole (eat & be pretty) -Dec 19, 2011, 4:31PM
I've never seen this blog before but this girl has an incredible sense of style and is beautiful too

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Post image for Trend: Grunge

The trend we are featuring on our website this week is very close to my heart: Grunge. As someone who grew up mostly in the 90’s, I  know the importance of that perfectly beat up pair of jeans, soft over-sized flannel and ripped, worn-through t-shirt that you just can’t seem to part with.  I watched My So Called Life religiously, had a crush on Jordan Catalano and wanted to be Rayanne Graff. I listened to Nirvana and Pearl Jam on cassette tape and wore Doc Martens. Grunge will always be that one trend for me that I never tire of, and will always wear, because to me its more than a trend – it’s part of who I am.

Pictured, clockwise from top left:

1. My So Called Life’s Angela & Rayanne
2. Multi Stripe Beret & Destroyed Tee
3. Nirvana tee image
4. Free People Grunge Lookbook – Linen Striped Romper, Cutoff Denim Vest, Knox Boot
5. Plaid Pants & Sonic Youth tee image.
6. Floral Doc Martens
7. Free People Grunge Lookbook – Vintage Thrift Wash Jean, Washed Floral Baby Tee, Plaid Crop Buttondown, Painted Distressed Boot
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9. Nirvana cassette tape
10. One of my favorite shoots, by David Shama

View our Grunge Lookbook! Are you a child of the 90’s too?

the clothing menu -Dec 20, 2011, 9:14PM
Love it all! MSCL, grunge rock, cassette tapes. I remember begging my mom to get me a pair of Doc Martens!
sassyj -Dec 20, 2011, 6:45PM
I love my so-called life!!! And jordan catalano!! And rayanne graff!!!!!

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We’re shooting at a temple in Hue today… and it’s pouring rain! Martha and Michele were fully prepared:) Another flight tonight, back to Hanoi!

Xo

-Dec 19, 2011, 5:08PM
I love that shot so cute!

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Taylor -Dec 19, 2011, 6:23PM
one of my favorite quotes so far! :) www.forsurejadore.blogspot.com
Jasmine -Dec 19, 2011, 4:35PM
So weird! I've been thinking about trains all weekend and getting away. When I hear it at night I definitely feel more adventurous then lonely. Great Monday quote, thanks!

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Ok, Ok… there’s a good chance you’ve seen this by now, but for any of you who haven’t, and because we can all always use a good laugh (especially at ourselves)… watch and enjoy:

Taylor -Dec 19, 2011, 6:25PM
so hilarious! hmm....a few of those seem familiar! www.forsurejadore.blogspot.com
FP Margaux -Dec 19, 2011, 1:22PM
I'm dying -- I'm guilty of too many to mention! Hahahaha

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This week’s recipe is an adaptation from one of Julie Morris’s Superfood Cuisine recipes. Read more »

-Dec 19, 2011, 9:13AM
Hey Julia, I didn't rinse the quinoa - just added it straight in.
julia -Dec 18, 2011, 3:18PM
looks fantastic! however, this recipe doesn't mention to rinse the quinoa - which is usually recommended to remove the bitter taste. did you rinse the quinoa or just add it to the almond milk as is?

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I gasped when I first saw these paintings (yes, paintings!) by Pakayla Biehn, based on double exposure photography. I definitely recognize some of the images she uses as well…a couple are by the amazing Tamara Lichtenstein.

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Beautiful doesn’t even seem to describe it! More here: youshouldtakecare.com

Elisabeth -Jan 02, 2012, 8:24PM
@Anonymous -- Didn't know I wasn't allowed to express an opinion on why I fail to be impressed by photorealistic painting copying the framing, composition, colors, etc of another's person's photograph. I'm impressed with the technical skill, of course. But where is the creativity?
Helen -Jan 02, 2012, 4:47AM
As someone who studied realistic painting for three years, I fail to see why photoshop shouldn't be mentioned. Photorealism is what it is : based on photos - and photoshop helps you get what you want out of the photos. Of course painting from life is something else entirely, and you can get worked up about the word photoshop then, but not in this case. Photoshop can be a work tool if you want it to be - although sticking to it will always limit you, but that's another story.

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Post image for Beauty Tips to Beat the Winter Blues

I am not a winter person – and neither is my hair or skin. I feel like this time of year, my lips are always chapped, my skin is extra dry and my hair is a static mess. Read more »

Natasha -Dec 18, 2011, 2:57PM
Great post! I have the same problem and to battle dry skin i use a cream, brown sugar and sea salt scrub. Super easy to make, just buy whipping cream (the more fat the batter, for once hehe) and mix it with equal parts sea salt and brown sugar so it the consistency of a pudding. Than hop in a hot bath and scrub with the mixture, all over. It's all natural, smells great, and leaves skin feeling velvety!
Angela -Dec 18, 2011, 1:19PM
a great way to exfoliate your lips is some brown sugar with some honey!

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