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At the Free People home offices we have so many amazing things available to us. One that I’m sure many employees will tell you that they’re grateful for, is the amazing food. You can either head over to our dining hall called 543 or stop at the café Jharoka – both of which offer menus that are stocked with gourmet ingredients and creative pairings. The offering includes some of the freshest ideas in the culinary world today: smoked tofu and pear chicken salad with blackberry jam and arugula on a brioche, or, for the non-vegetarians, how about a grilled flank with balsamic mushrooms, horseradish mayonnaise and spring mix on semolina hero? The people behind these masterpieces are talented chefs, baristas, sauciers – they each have a reputable background and an artistry to share.

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Meet Corbin – our 543 drink specialist who’s prepping up his magical Hangover Smoothie. FP Jemma will tell you that he steams the best cappuccino, and he’ll humbly profess that it’s what he loves to do. We talked to him while he got to work at the blender, learning all about his love of drinks and how he uses vitamin B12 to cure our post party pains.

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Where did you work before this? Before this I worked at various coffee shops, always making drinks.

And how long have you been with the company? About a year now

How did you develop this hangover recipe – was it out of necessity? Ha – not so much…I mainly just researched ingredients. It’s about trial and error – getting to know ingredients and what they’re good for. I then combine things with similar benefits to make a power house recipe with a specific benefit, like weight loss or energy.

How does this smoothie help to cure a hangover? Bananas, spinach, and B12 have a lot of potassium which will give you a big kick and make you feel good. The B12 also has great added energy benefits. The Kale is just good for everything – it’s so nutrient-rich.

Where do you get inspiration? Are there any sources you often use for research? I mainly just talk to people, I visit other juice bars, and the internet – I look a lot of things up on the internet…

What’s next? I’m going to be adding supplements to the cleanses more. So far I’ve just been making combinations with the juicer like carrot, ginger, and lemon – no water or anything added. I’m going to start putting in supplements like Spirulina and Echinacea. For the New Year there will be a whole cleansing regiment offered. Employees can pick up a package of 6 juices each day to either use as a liquid diet or to add on top of a healthy eating regimen.

Here’s how to make the hangover smoothie:

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Ingredients (Serves 2)

One handful (approx 1 cup) of Washed Spinach

4 Leaves of Washed Dinosaur Kale

2 Bananas

1 Cup of Soy Milk

4-5 Drops of Liquid B12

¾ Cup of Chopped Ice

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Directions

Put it all in the blender & drink!

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He left us with a bottle of the first batch. It was full of banana-y flavor, and although not hungover, it definitely put some pep in our step.

Michelle -Dec 16, 2011, 2:39PM
Should do half soy milk half coconut water! I drink coconut water for my hangovers because its filled with potassium (more than 1 whole banana!)plus has electrolytes without all the fructose in gatorade...
EV -Dec 16, 2011, 2:12PM
Sounds like the perfect smoothie for this time of year. Love you guys xx

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Hello again from Hanoi! It’s 6 am, and we’ve just arrived back on the night train from Sa Pa, and just enjoyed a delicious breakfast of Pho and watermelon juice. We’re about to hop on a flight to Hoi An, a beach town on the south central coast of Vietnam, on the south China Sea. We’re literally doing hair and make-up on the street outside of a cafe…

More tomorrow!
Xo

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For the sexy, nightlife-lover that you love!

1. Velvet Bike Short
2. Bodycon Sequin Skirt
3. Gilded Coil Cuff
4. Silverspun Headpiece
5. Seamless Crochet Crop Top
6. Joplin Necklace
7. Handprinted Holiday Cards
8. Victorian Backseam Tight
9. Almost Famous Clutch
10. Lace Crop Bralette
11. Lurex Long Sleeve Crochet Top
12. Denim Cutoff Short

kate -Dec 16, 2011, 12:01PM
noooooo! redheads look much better in greens, blues, purples, and neutrals. red and black end up looking goth and harsh.. more green clothing please!! :)
catarina -Dec 15, 2011, 8:16PM
oh I like that Seamless Crochet Crop Top!!

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Office Style

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First off – I just have to post the phenomenon that was the cold shoulder denim shirt today. Everywhere you turned it was like there were clones wandering the building. Each girl styled it differently, just going to show how much of a personal thing style can be – even when you’re all wearing the same item.

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The top looks great paired with a statement necklace. The use of the Tribal Collar Necklace is great here.

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Our assistant stylist changed it up by layering the Dotty Lace Tee underneath.

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It’s not cold shoulder, but everywhere I turned there was chambray today, so I had to include this one. Below, more double – or should I say “triple” – vision. We’re all rocking the Boucle Textured Jacket (pssst… it’s on sale)

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And now, a few more fashion moments that caught my eye this week..

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Not sure how to wear the sheer NR Glamourai Pant? I think this might be the perfect example.

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I’ve noticed this look (pumps and anklet) on Ashley Olsen, and when I saw our intimates buyer sporting it, I think I got a bit too excited.

annie -Jan 06, 2012, 3:07AM
great kimono style jacket, may i ask where i could purchase that?
Opoku Alexander -Dec 17, 2011, 4:45AM
I love all the faution, i a glade so far i like it

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Hey Austin! We have an amazing event taking place at our store on Lamar this weekend! Stop by this Saturday, 12/17, from 12PM-8PM and enjoy sweet treats and a hot cocoa bar! One of our favorite Austin bloggers, Indiana Adams, will be there as a special guest stylist from 12PM-2PM, followed by live music by The Lovely Brigade from 2:30-4:30PM! With purchases of $50 or more get a special gift bag (while supplies last), and spend $250 and you’ll be entered in a raffle to win a gift card and homemade snow globe!

For more info and to RSVP visit their Facebook Page.

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You all saw our December Catalog last week. Its pages are full of western-inspired apparel, but what you may not have noticed is that we’re also showing some pretty awesome jewels to go along with it. These pieces combine Native American influences with leather-clad, tobacco spittin’ cowboys to form what we now think of as western jewelry.  To get the right feel, it’s about rough organic elements with a sort of practicality to them. The pieces combine tarnished metals and statement leather with hints of turquoise and ivory.  Did I mention that these would make great gift items for a special someone? Which is your favorite western-inspired piece?

The Concho Beaded Pendant

The Cut-Out Grecian Leather Cuff

The Tarnished Rose Collar

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The Mixed Stone Ring

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The Tarnished Rose Cuff

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The Treviso Stone Bracelet

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karacter -Dec 16, 2011, 10:47AM
LOVEEE ALLL of the jewelry! check mine out ;D http://karacter.bigcartel.com

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Poppy Cutout Leather Cuff, Tarnished Rose Cuff

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Cotton Fairisle Pullover, Denim Cutoff Short

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Ashbury Bell Sleeve Top, Rocker Vegan Leather Pant

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Caballero Ankle Boot, Chambray Floral Overall, Tape Yarn Boxy Pullover

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New Romantics Daisy Sequin Tank, Classic Denim Jacket, Denim Cutoff Short, Caballero Ankle Boot

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Caldra Layer Pullover, Aegean Leather Pant, Buckle Back Ankle Boot.

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Open Back Tunic, Rigid Tier Mesh Slip, Knox Boot

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Marled Yarn Pullover, Lace-Up Cord Shorts, Tory Fringe Boot, Ranger Washed Bucket Bag, Athena Disc Belt

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New Romantics Crochet Crop Blouse

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I so love this look… Denim Cutoff Short, Lace Buttondown, Amoudi Striped Cardigan, Caballero Tall Boot

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Stunning photos by Thomas Northcut.

Shop the December Catalog.

Anami Blog -Jan 05, 2012, 5:42PM
Love that shadow playing with light, such a great idea! Really good images.
g! -Dec 16, 2011, 4:25PM
Love this! The December/Jan/Feb catalogs are always so inspiring and hold a quite liberating feel in a way.

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A gift guide for all the bohemian, flower children out there :)

1. Zodiac Cuff
2. Daisy Chain Double Wrap Belt
3. Sketched Holiday Cards
4. FP One Palace Block Printed Pant
5. Hauz Khas Village Top
6. Hand Woven Yarn Refills
7. Poppy Cutout Leather Cuff
8. Vintage Necklace
9. Embellished Friendship Cuff
10. Jacquard Bucket Bag
11. Pocono Leggings

I’ve always been a Lou but lately I find myself skewing kinda Meadow… I want everything above!

(…hint hint)

Taylor -Dec 15, 2011, 4:52PM
Oh yes, I am most definitely a meadow!! Www.forsurejadore.blogspot.com
fp julia -Dec 15, 2011, 3:22PM
mary - we're doing one now!!! http://www.facebook.com/FreePeople?sk=app_28134323652

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As of late I’m pretty much all about shirts, I feel like I’m back in my school days again but I like it. I button them right up to the top, wear them under dresses or sweaters with the collar peeking out or just on their own with jeans. My new obsession is collar detail and finding ways to jazz up the collar and make it stand out a little. High neck necklaces are perfect for this; I like to wear them under the collar so it achieves a lovely centre piece. It’s sophisticated but with a bit of fun.  To wear with these shirts to finish the look off I’m addicted to cobalt blue nail polish just like in our December book!

Would you wear this look?

 

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Here’s the items: Casbah Necklace Joplin Necklace Tarnished Rose Collar Shirt: Sheer Buttondown Tunic

-Dec 15, 2011, 4:39PM
Ive been getting into blue & blue-grey nail polish similar to the chanel colors. Love it
Sushi -Dec 15, 2011, 7:51AM
Wow, cool I really enjoyed this. If I was to wear this look I would choose the white shirt

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For those of you who are in the midst of doing your holiday shopping and preparations, this DIY will come in handy! Our display team provided this tutorial showing how they made the awesome gift wrap used in our holiday store displays. Read more »

Margo Isadora -Jan 17, 2012, 10:32PM
LOVE the idea! I have other stencils at home that I plan to use as well, might try some multi colored spray techniques too! Great idea!
Andee -Dec 23, 2011, 1:24PM
wow, obviously if you want it to be more "eco-friendly" you can use a natural paint and not spray. Also, I agree this is definitely more green than what 90% of Americans do, which is support some nasty corporation like walmart, buying paper that has never been recycled and processed with twice the amount of chemicals, then simply chunking it in the trash after the gift has been opened.

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Yesterday was such a fun work day! We invited New York City based fashion bloggers Natalie of Natalie Off Duty, Christina of Trop Rouge and Claire of De Lune to come down to our home office for a day of styling with some of our newest product.  These girls are beautiful and SO much fun! We had a blast hanging out with them and they went to town trying on clothes and taking photos around our home office. We ended the day by taking them to one of our favorite restaurants in Philly, Parc, a Parisian style Brasserie on Rittenhouse Square, for delicious food and drinks.

Here are some photos from the day, and stay tuned because next week we’ll show you some of the outfits they put together and which items they liked best!

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I’m in love with Christina’s hair! So beautiful… she’s wearing the Marrakesh floppy hat and deco choker.

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Natalie looked amazing in the Academy Bodysuit! And they all loved the cutoff Denim Vest.

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Love those Floral Docs… so much.

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Claire looks adorable in the Floral Shirt Tail Pucker Dress – I love how she wore it with the Vegan Doc Martens and Spacedye Neon Socks!

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Natalie looks like a bohemian beauty in the sheer printed jumpsuit and bare feet – and it looks amazing with the vegan leather vest over it.

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Christina and Claire shooting behind our office :)

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Christina in the O-Town Muscle Tank, cutoff Denim Vest, washed Vegan Leather Short and Floral Docs; Natalie in the Academy Bodysuit, Cropped Biker Jacket and Double Shanghai Pendant; Claire in the Floral Shirt Tail Pucker Dress, Vegan Doc Martens, Spacedye Neon Socks and Kachow Reversible Thermal.

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Pretty Parc

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I had the most amazing drink called a “Romarin” made with grapefruit vodka, rosemary, elderflower liquer and grapefruit juice – with a piece of grapefruit in the drink. SO GOOD.

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Thank you Claire, Christina and Natalie for coming down, we had a blast! Next time maybe we’ll come to NYC ;) xoxo

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zia -Jan 25, 2013, 11:57PM
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We just arrived in Sa Pa! Sa Pa is located in northwest vietnam, a quiet mountain town known for its dramatic rice fields. It feels like Christmas here, foggy and cold. Going to a be challenge to shoot outside in this weather:)

xo

-Dec 14, 2011, 10:59AM
Part of my family lives in Vietnam! :) oh, and i'm wearing a free people dress today for my birthday:)

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