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I’m all over the turban accessory trend that was so endearing during the 40’s and 70’s. Its now making a huge come back – on the streets, on the runways and in editorials.  I cannot get enough of this accessory that’s reminiscent of an Arabian night. The look is now surprisingly wearable given the vast interpretations that are being created.

The turban adds a touch of quirky-ness to your every day look; it can be dressed down with a tee and jeans of worn for a lovely night out with your favorite dress. It’s a cool accessory for a wear now and also to carry into Fall.

 Are you into this trend?

Our Tadefi Embellished Turban

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Susan -Aug 06, 2011, 2:35PM
yes, im on board! They are so cool looking and I love the jeweled one. I will wear them going into fall to with sweaters. I like this post!
Laurie -Aug 04, 2011, 9:00PM
I love this look; there is something for everyone depending how you style them. Love the photos! You might love Titillating Turbans; there are endless ways to wear them - http://www.tlturbans.com xxo

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Post image for Office Space: The Farmer’s Market

So much good stuff at the Farmer’s Market in Building 543 at the home office today. Beautiful flowers, fresh veggies and dairy from Doe Run Farm and some pretty rad terrariums… check it out!

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Amanda -Aug 04, 2011, 3:40PM
My mouth just watered for that cherry pie, yumm!
Bailey -Aug 04, 2011, 1:22AM
Where can I get a hanging terrarium like that? I want to order one NOW! k thanks dolls! xx

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Post image for Wednes-DIY: Tribal-Inspired Beaded Necklace

One day I was on Vogue.com when I saw when of their editors wearing this really cool beaded necklace. It almost looked like it was constructed using safety pins, so I tried them out to see if I could pull off the look by making the necklace myself. The end result is really cool. The seed beads give it a tribal look, and the safety pins no longer look like safety pins, but rather a cool silver skeleton.   I finished it off, with a beaded “chain” to make a long necklace that you can throw on with any basic shirt for a neat funky addition of color.

the inspiration

You’ll Need:

Scissors, strong beading thread, safety pins, nail polish, and seed beads

Open the safety pin, and feed on seed beads.

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I decided to us lime green and black with the black beads jumping around, but you can come up with any pattern you want. Notice the pattern changes.

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As you finish safety pins, line them up on the table, so that you don’t lose the order you want them to go in.

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Once you’ve finished. Begin feeding the safety pins into the beading thread.

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Make sure they are all facing in the same direction.

Thread a needle with the thread

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Thread seed beads on until you have reached the desired length for you necklace.

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I decided to do mine in a contrasting color – white.

Once you’re done, loop the thread around the last bead on each side of the “chain.”

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Feed the needle through the last few beads on the opposite side to close the circle.

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Loop the thread around individual beads a few more times, and then thread it back to where the loose thread is hanging out & tie a knot.

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Cut thread ends.

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Paint the knot and last few beads with nail polish to secure

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And you’re done!

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Amy -Feb 11, 2012, 7:28PM
So cool!!! Your necklace inspired me to make this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gieske/6859158559/
BohoQueen -Aug 03, 2011, 10:25PM
Love the color combo you used! So fresh and summery! xoxo

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Post image for Tunesday: The Head and the Heart

I probably should have discovered The Head and the Heart last year when they first came out with their album, but it wasn’t until this year when they remastered a couple of the tracks, added some new ones, and re-released their self-titled album, that I discovered their music. Read more »

-Aug 03, 2011, 12:22PM
Saw them at the Calgary Folk Fest and they were amazing live!
emma -Aug 03, 2011, 1:43AM
LOVE THEM. the song rivers and roads is so beautiful and sad.

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Post image for Venice by Guy Aroch

Venice has always been a city that intrigued me. I have never been there, but having studied a lot of Art History in college, it was always a place that signified fine art, gothic architecture, romantic music and exquisite fashion. The city’s layout, with ribbons of canals running through it, and iconic imagery like the masks of carnival, made the city seem almost other-wordly in my mind… a decadent gem floating mysteriously off of Italy’s coast, its own unique entity. Guy Aroch’s photography heightens these sensations and confirms in my mind that I will visit this city one day.

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Stay tuned because our team put together a beautiful guide to Venice – I will share it with you soon!

view the complete August Catalog.

Mary -Aug 04, 2011, 10:27AM
I love Guy Aroch. His photography is so wonderful.
Alexis -Aug 03, 2011, 11:08AM
I got lost in Venice once. Best four hours of my life. It's truly the most magical, beautiful city in the world.

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Post image for Outside Lands 2011 Coverage from Free People!

That’s right, next week I am heading to one of my favorite places in the world – San Francisco – for the Outside Lands 2011 music festival! Read more »

ctinechung -Aug 05, 2011, 9:10PM
Going from NY to SF to see Outside Land!! So excited to hear that Free People will be there!! Can't wait to see you guys there- I'll definitely be sporting the brand!! :)
fp julia -Aug 03, 2011, 11:51AM
i definitely will not miss the chance to see phish in golden gate park! can't wait.

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Guy Aroch has done it again. His genius is clearly not limited to photography – his video to accompany our August catalog, shot in Venice featuring models Marloes Horst and Darla Baker, is breathtaking. It tells the story of two girls on a globetrotting adventure, exploring the streets and canals of Venice armed with maps and cameras. They go site-seeing and dine on spaghetti and gelato, meet a handsome Italian and don carnival masks and evening gowns for nights out on the town. As one of our readers stated last week and I couldn’t have said better, it seems like Guy Aroch just happened to be there and spontaneously decided to capture the moment on film.

Free People – August in Venice from FreePeople on Vimeo.

 

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Calli -Aug 04, 2011, 3:51PM
I just adore this video. So gorgeous
serena -Aug 03, 2011, 9:30PM
i'm the reader who said that! thanks for the shout-out. what an enchanting video! this collection has to be one of my favorites already.

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Post image for Featured Jewelry Designer: Carol Marie

Our featured jewelry designer this month is Carol Marie, a line launched by designers Jennifer Carol Kramer and Heather Marie White based on their love for statement pieces and belief that a certain piece of jewelry can transform your look. Their pieces are strong enough to be worn on their own, but designed to be layered together. Their Ethiopian Double Cross Necklace is featured throughout our August catalog, along with the gorgeous Sapphire Tiered Jewel Necklace, Hinged Studded Cuff, Studded Enamel Bangle and Large Amulet Pendant.

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on the left – a more layered look; on the right – stunning simplicity.

Even amidst the beautiful Venetian scenery and clothing, these pieces stand out and certainly do make a statement. Antique metals, romantic details, glowing jewels and architectural elements make them the perfect pieces to be featured in this book as they reflect the characteristics of the city of Venice itself.

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“Be patient wild eyes. Soon will come a storm to tame you. Let her winds surround you. Match her fury and let fires reign. There is no escape. Nature means what she does.”

click on images for sources; quote unknown.

Beth -Aug 02, 2011, 10:45AM
Love the top photo!
diana -Aug 01, 2011, 1:12PM
That's Jade Castrinos from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. I love her! Probably her quote too :)

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Visit our flickr page to get the August calendar download in the regular or widescreen version!

Can you believe it’s August already? Slow down, summer.

reina -Aug 01, 2011, 5:42PM
gorgeous! I've been printing these out and sticking them on my wall every month since february! They get better every month! This is my favourite so far.
Margaret Ivory -Aug 01, 2011, 5:39PM
These are amazing photographs...very ethereal...

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Post image for Summer Spring Rolls

I love spring rolls, but when they’re fried, I can’t really eat them without feeling some guilt. That’s why these rice paper spring rolls are great. Fill them up with fruit and veggies, and you have a guilt free, fresh, summer hors d’oeuvre. You can find the rice paper wrappers at any Asian market, or I usually buy mine from our local Whole Foods. Messing around with combinations for filling is half the fun, but this combo has proven to be a favorite amongst my friends. It’s also one of my own favorites – easy, no cook, and so utterly fresh tasting.

You’ll Need:

1 avocado cut into slices

1 mango, peeled and sliced into strips

½ cup of cherry tomatoes, quartered

1 carrot, shredded

4 leaves of red leaf lettuce, torn up into pieces

2 sprigs of cilantro

9 rice paper wrappers

Basin filled with hot water to soak wrappers in

Directions:

Soak wrapper in hot water until it becomes pliable and bendy.

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Take the rice paper out, and lay it out on a kitchen towel to absorb some of the excess water. Pile on a bit of each ingredient right in the center of the wrapper.

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To roll it up, first fold up the lower half, keeping everything tightly together

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Then fold in either side

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And roll it up the rest of the way

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Do the same for each spring roll. Serve with any dipping sauce you would like. Chili dipping sauce or soy sauce are two that taste great

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-Aug 02, 2011, 11:27AM
These look amazing!! Guess I'm stopping at the Asian market today...
Alexandra -Aug 02, 2011, 10:00AM
Yum! I have been making these for the past few summers, they are one of my favorites! I am going to try it with the mangoes, that sounds delicious. I usually make a dipping sauce with peanut butter, hoisin sauce, hot sauce and hot chilli flakes. xox

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Post image for Saturday DO

DO: embrace change.

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One of the life lessons that comes with age, is that life is not always the same – there are many phases, and change is a continual force that will take hold of your life as it progresses. Before the change comes, it’s typical to be in a state of limbo. You’re figuring out what to do next, and this can be unsettling for the psyche.

It’s the unknown of change that humans fear. Although I’ve experienced it too, this fear continues to puzzle me. Every time I’ve gone through a big change, I’ve found myself in a new chapter with new enchantments. An entirely different moment, no better or worse than what came before. You gain new perspectives, and learn things that you would never have gotten the chance to learn had you stayed put in life. So why are we scared of this?

I’ve come to the conclusion that it is entirely mental.

It’s time to adapt – to face our fears, and learn that change is normal and healthy. To become wise we must gather life experiences through the passage of many phases. So next time you find yourself in that state of limbo, and it’s scaring the crap out of you, don’t let your fears get out of line. Know that it means you have once again come to that point where you can grow from change, and look forward to the surprises that lay ahead – you never know what you’re about to learn.

Susan -Aug 03, 2011, 12:34PM
I seriously needed to read this; I've been in limbo this whole year while in a one-fifth life crisis. Thank you for posting it! :]
meganna -Aug 01, 2011, 7:20PM
thank you so much for this. it was exactly what i needed right now. :)

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