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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!!!
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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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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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today’s tunesday post is from fp jemma!

I went to see Sun Airway the other day at a Making Time event right here in Philly where the band originated from and my… it was more than I expected – with the effect of the computer as a compositional tool creating incredibly intricate, dense,  churning synths with plastic-y MIDI sounds, blippy beats, and waves of voices. My mind felt like it was being lifted by a balloon into a sweet sound airwave.

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They are constantly on my playlist with “your moon” being played about 5 times a day.  They are a band you must check out!!!

when jemma sent me this post, i immediately looked up sun airway as i’m not familiar with them- and stumbled upon this video and sweet story on yours truly – it’s actually best explained in the hand written letter from the band:

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as someone who also feels a very strong, albeit inexplicable, connection to john lennon, i found it really touching.

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now listen to some more of their songs! thanks jemma!


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Sami -Jan 12, 2011, 11:16PM
I love Sun Airway, so glad you wrote about them, and so jealous you saw them! :)
Ray -Jan 12, 2011, 12:17AM
This is what i love about free people. Everybody is so open mineded to everything. very non judgmental and you all seem to have a sense of love for everything new and unknown. This is why i love free people,you guys pass on that love and open mindedness on to me. thank you. and great song:)

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next up is some artwork our reader taylor sent in- a loyal free people fan who reads the blog and comments regularly!  her work caught my eye a little while back when she posted a couple of drawings on our facebook page – i love the spirit that comes across in her drawings, she definitely seems like a free people girl!

(you may recall me posting this one once before… i love it!)

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i also love these photos she sent in! beautiful :)

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thanks for sharing, taylor!

and thank you again to all who have submitted stories, artwork and photos! i love hearing from you so please keep them coming to blog@freepeople.com :)

colleen -Jan 07, 2012, 9:16AM
Truly amazing, I adore them all :) ...Except I love kaleidoscope eye the most because of it's intricate detail.
Cheyenne -Jan 13, 2011, 5:43PM
These drawings are truly amazing, in every sense. You have such a vision and I love the shoes especially! So proud of you Taylor, can't wait to see more artwork, because it is so unique! And not to mention, you look gorgeous in those photos, you are one special girl! -love <3

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today i want to share a couple more fan stories that have been sent in!

the first comes from amy, who sent in some photos from her blog on the fresh coast, which is titled after living along the great lakes her whole life and weekending near the wisconson glacial lakes, a common activity among people who live in her area.

i really love the photo of her bedroom, which she decorated with some driftwood wrapped in string, inspired by this photo i posted a little while back:

here’s her take on it:

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it looks so cool! i might have to do this :) here are a couple more pretty photos that she sent me from her blog:

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beautiful! thanks for sharing amy!

How to build a boat -May 04, 2011, 5:17PM
Nice.. your article is very good. Not only was it helpful, it taught me some new things Just added this to my favorites Keep posting buddy :D
Abercrombie Coupons -Jan 23, 2011, 1:25PM
They remind me of my Chesapeake Setters, some sweet pups.

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when i heard that our january catalog was being shot in paris by guy aroch, i knew before even seeing it that it was going to be amazing. i’ve been a fan of his work for some time now and have a lot of his photos saved in my inspiration folder.  in addition to his knack for beautiful lighting and rich colors, he has a magical way of capturing a fleeting moment.  looking through our paris book i don’t see a catalog, i see a photo diary of two girls’ adventure through paris as if they were being followed around and photographed without knowing. here’s some more of guy’s inspiring work (some featuring model elsa hosk, one of our january catalog models!).

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go see more of his beautiful work here. the images of guy shooting our paris catalog were taken by thomas northcut.

kaylyn gray -Jan 11, 2011, 2:58AM
i'm in love with these photos. i went to france as a gift two years ago for christmas/new years. It's always been my dream to study in france and these photos are so inspirational! i love them, this photographer is awesome and so is the video on the free people home page! simply amazing :)
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love the items on this month's catalog, very beautiful. a bit expensive, gonna have to wait for the sale. p.s., his new model is absoluetly beautiful and has a peaceful face http://images1.freepeople.com/is/image/FreePeople/20332680_014_a?$detail-item$ keep her!

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so shake the dust and take me with you when you do for none of this has ever been for me.

all that pushes and pulls, pushes and pulls for you.

so grab this world by its clothespins and shake it out again and again and jump on top and take it for a spin and when you hop off shake it again for this is yours.

-  anis mojgani, “shake the dust”

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Katie -Jan 11, 2011, 12:33AM
I love Anis! I drink my cup of coffee in the morning, watch a video of his poetry readings, and I'm ready to move mountains.
Spontaneous Reality -Jan 10, 2011, 8:19PM
I'm shaken' away!

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i first came across my breakfast blog when the author, maggie, posted a cute diy project using one of our catalogs.  when i checked out her blog, i was immediately drawn to her unique style of writing and quirky, likeable personality. and she happens to post some really yummy recipes that are right up my alley – organic, vegetarian, healthy and still delicious.

here is one of the recipes i came across on her blog recently that i’m dying to try.  i’m getting hungry just thinking about it:

california sun dried tomato breakfast sandwich

ingredients:

- multigrain gluten free bread

- raw sun dried tomato garlic sauce

- one large farm fresh egg

- one avocado

- sea salt and pepper

directions:

toast the bread and spread with raw sun dried tomato garlic sauce. cook one large farm fresh egg sunny side up in an infused garlic olive oil and dress with black pepper. slice avocado and add on as desired. sprinkle with sea salt and more pepper, and voila! breakfast :)

check out my breakfast blog here!

alicia -Jan 10, 2011, 9:06PM
I am bummed that I just read this, I just did my food shopping. Looks like I am heading back out! Can't wait to try it. I have been looking for good, meat-free meals.
keri -Jan 10, 2011, 8:06PM
this looks so yummy!

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i’m completely smitten with this artwork by danna ray… the colors and mood she creates are so dreamy, i just want to crawl into her paintings and live in them.

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check out her website here.

emily -Jan 09, 2011, 5:13PM
love these, third down reminds me completely of Into The Wild
Lauren -Jan 08, 2011, 7:58PM
Oh I love these! Especially the one with the girl walking across the fallen tree trunk. Also the one with the camper in the woods - is it raining? I love the combination of washed out watercolor, muted grays, and then WALA! A bright spot! Beautiful.

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