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We had some beautiful sunshine today, which made us all poppy and dotty!
Neon pops was a trend that was carried through the office in small dosages.
Retro polka dots were also seen in vintage dresses and vintage skirts. Color pops and polka dots is the style phase today!

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ras -May 30, 2011, 11:31AM
I like the girl's clothes in the last image, thank you)
Joy -May 30, 2011, 2:19AM
I like the phones

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hot pants for hot summer days! we love these little m2f cutoff shorts that come in pretty pastel shades. i definitely want a pair of these but i can’t pick a color! which ones do you guys like best?

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turquoise:
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rose:

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anon -May 29, 2011, 4:51PM
Its the same girl in all but one of the pictures
Mei -May 26, 2011, 2:55PM
i'm wondering how the sizing is on these? the FP cutoff distressed denim shorts run large for example. if these fit like those i know exactly what to get. that's the only reason i'm holding off...

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ever since i first heard about the site the burning house i’ve been completely fascinated with it. it’s based on this simple premise: if your house was burning down, what would you take with you? sure, it’s not a pleasant thought but it’s a really interesting way of seeing what possessions are most valuable to people. when i was growing up, this was my biggest fear- i would literally lie in bed thinking up a plan for what i would grab on my way out of the house (usually our cat).

the photos are beautiful and often quite touching.

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to see more and read about the items these people pick, check out the site here.

so i was inspired to pull together my “burning house” items and it was really difficult but here’s what i came up with:

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1. favorite hoodie that was my mom’s from back in the 70s
2. buddha that i inherited from my dad’s collection
3. my huge photo album that encompasses high school through college and is full of amazing memories
4. stack of vintage postcards
5. journal from my road trip a few years ago
6. favorite book
7. photo of my mom and her ring that rarely leaves my finger
8. favorite record of all time- an original copy of the white album that i found at a thrift store in ocean beach san diego
9. vintage film canister and loupe from my dad’s childhood darkroom
10. good luck charms: friendship bracelets, lucky lighter and case, handmade necklace with charms, pocket knife and little stone and turquoise frog that probably has more sentimental value than anything else in this photo.

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what would you guys grab first on the way out of the burning house?

Jenifer -Feb 07, 2013, 9:38PM
I only surround myself with beautiful mementos. My whole entire room is full of treasures that I can't let go of. Things that have no meaning or purpose in my life or left on the curb. Everything that I have is given to me from people I love or things that have symbolism in my life. I think the most valuable of them all would be my pets, my hat box full of memories, my art supplies, jewelry, Photo albums and memory books I've made, a jewelry box my deceased papa made for my mom when she was 2 years old.
the lovely harbour -May 26, 2011, 11:10AM
Thanks for sharing these amazing photos! I love this collection of images - what a novel idea too, how creative! I agree with several of these people on what I would grab if in a burning house.

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summer is right around the corner and to celebrate, we have a giveaway that you will want to use every day until the cold creeps back in – our display team has donated one of the incredible swings from our new summer install and one lucky reader will get to call it their own!

these swings are completely sturdy and usable, with wooden slats as a base and colorful netting to cover it with. as with many of our displays, our team drew inspiration from india, where our senior store designer spends half of each year. the netting, trimmed with beads, pompoms and tassels, is the same kind that is draped over the backs of camels in india.  the rope used to hang the chair is also the same kind as camel reins in india, and consists of colorful string carefully wrapped around thick rope. we used similar pieces on the camel in our august 2010 catalog shoot and the same netting was used on the horse in our march catalog shoot!

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camel in jodhpur, india

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left- august 2010 catalog; right – march 2010 catalog

i can just imagine this swing on the front porch of a house or hanging from the limbs of a tree in the backyard of one of our devoted readers… dreaming the summer days away, reading, listening to music and swinging gently in the summer air.

and not only are you getting one of the coolest store display pieces EVER, you also get something that is quite symbolic of the free people aesthetic. this swing is truly special!

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TO ENTER:

1. fill out the brief form located on our facebook page here.

2. at the bottom of the form, make sure you “like” us on facebook

3. come back to the blog and leave a comment on this post letting us know you’ve completed the steps!*

*the winner will be selected at random from the comments on this post – make sure to leave your email address so we can contact you!

the giveaway will remain open for one week- a winner will be selected wednesday june 1st.

the swing will come with all the pieces you need to hang it, as well as instructions.

good luck!

Connie Baldino -Apr 22, 2012, 12:35PM
I did "like you" though!
Connie Baldino -Apr 22, 2012, 12:34PM
Sorry, I did not see a form to fill out for the swing. Please advise. Connie

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i’ve got lots of great diy inspiration for you all today so lets get right to it!

one of our readers made this bike lock inspired by our dog leash DIY! i love the fabrics she used…this is a great way to jazz up your bike lock, just wrap different scraps of fabric around it!

another reader, autumn, sent this awesome project she made for her environmental perspectives class, in which they were required to create an interior or apparel item made entirely out of recycled materials.

she made an up-cycled outdoor chandelier using an old wire basket, recycled glass jars, various necklaces and chains found in her dresser, a coat hanger to hang it up and a little bit (or a lot) of creativity! she spray painted the wire basket to match the necklaces and coat hanger, used some wire to hang the jars from the necklaces, filled the jars with collected sand and seashells then topped it off with a votive candle…..perfect for an outdoor summer garden party!

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speaking of outdoor parties, i can’t get over these string chandeliers from the blog wednesday!

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the seem like they would be so much fun to make:

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check out the tutorial here.

and here’s a similar project from shannon south that uses lace doilies! beautiful.

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hmmm…which project to try first…

true religion -Jun 05, 2011, 9:26AM
But I have a question, is Free People a free trade organization? I would to continue buying your jeans.
Holly Jean -Jun 04, 2011, 8:17PM
I love all these ideas =) I am currently creating the doily. But I have a question, is Free People a free trade organization? I would to continue buying your clothes =)

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clever :)

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Amanda -May 26, 2011, 4:21PM
So great!
Taylor -May 24, 2011, 7:28PM
ha, love this! :) www.forsurejadore.blogspot.com

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time for another edition of “what are you listening to?”! this is my favorite way to get ideas on new music and good albums :)

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listening to: phish, getting ready for the show in bethel this weekend!
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admiring the village people’s “macho man” album cover :)
last purchase: godspell, at the punk rock flea market!

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(i had to include a photo of her awesome jacket)

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assistant merchandiser
listening to: mumford and sons pandora station
(and rocking the nightcap lace bellbottoms!)

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vintage intern
listening to: anything from “glee”!
last purchase: adele

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senior web merchandiser
listening to: “i can’t stop listening to bob seger’s ‘night moves’! it’s the perfect summer song- and CSNY.”
last purchase: a van morrison live double album on vinyl

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campaign specialist
listening to: wiz khalifa, “black and yellow”

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store ops intern
last purchase: mumford and sons, “sigh no more”

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left: visual merchandising coordinator
listening to/last purchase: thao & mirah, they just released an album and are playing in philly soon!

right: visual merchandising assistant
listening to: foster the people and langhorne slim

your turn readers! what are you listening to?? i need some new music :)

chelsea -May 30, 2011, 11:15PM
Friendly Fires, Two Door Cinema Club, The Civil Wars, Foster The People, Brett Dennen, Royal Bangs, Lykke Li, MNDR, Austra...sorry that's more then one! LOTS! That's what you get having a music/style/lifestyle blog (sticoftheweek.com) AND DJ! :)
-May 26, 2011, 12:01PM
great post! always wonder what you girls are wearing.....keep it up :)

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a new vintage loves vignette went up today! this one is called animal instincts and i think its pretty apparent why :)  i found a bunch of great vintage photos of ladies rocking the leopard print that i wanted to share, maybe they’ll provide some inspiration!

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i love this more modern vintage take- jeans and converse kicks go with everything! here are some of the vintage pieces we’re carrying that i have my eye on…

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shop animal instincts here.

lena -May 25, 2011, 3:02PM
swing me!
loren -May 24, 2011, 2:55PM
so fun! love all the animal print. just thought i'd let you know, though... the bracelets in the end of this post-- the thin ones, aren't wood, their actually bone. i have a set from my family who lives in africa. (don't know if it really matters, but in case it's important you know the material, there you go)

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i’m sad that this is the last batch of behind the scenes images from hawaii! i loved the photos so much (taken by the talented thomas northcut).  the pics of elsa hosk and tallulah morton frolicking in the surf are making me SO ready for memorial day weekend!

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eizabeth -May 26, 2011, 10:59AM
beautiful photos aside from the fact that many of your models do not look healthy. i would love to see similar photos with women with a little more life in their bodies.
Jessica -May 25, 2011, 1:12AM
Sweet photos! Love the photo of the model laughing. Also adore the look in the first photo. Definitely something I'd love to wear or put together.

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Some of our buyers have just come back from Brimfield’s one of the world’s largest flea markets. It’s in Massachusetts and happens 3 times a year May 8-13, July 10-15, and September 4-9.

Here are some pictures they took and wanted to share with you!

It’s unbelievable the amount of great things you can find there with so much history and stories behind them.

Have any of you guys been?

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weightloss pills -Dec 23, 2011, 6:58AM
Hi all, Images like this and the people who stand behind them are alive and well. We need to acknowledge this image. We must be appalled that it ever existed, then we need to get fucking angry and do something about it.
Jen -May 28, 2011, 6:27PM
"Anonymous" - have you ever even looked through FP's website and catalogues? How can you even say that they only use white people? Why does everyone have to be soooo offended about everything? Damn.

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kiera -May 23, 2011, 4:50PM
yeah i love this quote i also had it on my tumblr a few weeks ago. keepcalmandlearntofly.tumblr.com
Taylor -May 23, 2011, 3:24PM
love this! Krysten--Happy Birthday! ~I hope your weather is nice! :) www.forsurejadore.blogspot.com

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Meditteranean Orzo Salad

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I wish I could list all of the reasons why I love this salad, but you might all think I’ve gone crazy and stop reading this post. I’ll stick to the highlights. Reason A) you can stick a huge bowl of it in the fridge, and continue to eat it for days – cold or hot. Reason B) Orzo is a huge comfort food although you never hear it portrayed as one. And reason C) It gets its amazing flavor from fresh Rosemary I have planted in my backyard – I love, love, love the freshness (don’t worry it’s still good if you buy it too). Basically, I highly suggest giving it a go – you’ll probably come up with some of your own reasons to fall in love ;).

Ingredients:

1 Cup Orzo

2 Cups Water

¾ Cups Shrimp shelled and deveined (I like to take the tails all the way off for this recipe)

½ Cup Feta

1 Large Tomato seeded and diced

½ Cup Chopped Kalamata Olives

½ Cup Olive Oil

2 Sprigs of Rosemary

2 Cloves Garlic minced

1/4Tspn Garlic Powder

Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Place orzo and water into a pot, cover and cook until all the water is evaporated – just like cooking rice
  2. In a small saucepan place 1tbs of olive oil, minced garlic cloves, shrimp, and one sprig of Rosemary broken into three pieces. Saute until shrimp is fully cooked.
  3. Place shrimp, tomato, kalamata olives, feta, orzo, olive oil, garlic powder, and last sprig of rosemary (broken up into about 5 pieces) into a large bowl. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Salt & Pepper to taste
  5. Stick in the fridge to chill or eat warm

**When serving, a nice option is to put it over a bed of greens.

Marianne -May 23, 2011, 11:01PM
@ Anonymous...for this recipe,substitute the orzo with rice or quinoa! I am Greek but I am not sure if Feta is GF b/c I don't like it so I never bothered to check. But a delicious G-Free recipe would be much appreciated! XOXO
Alexdou -May 23, 2011, 4:57AM
It looks not so good, but interesting.

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