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We love LA… beaches, surfing, sunshine, rollerskating, tacos, convertibles, palm trees, Mel’s diner, the LACMA, Hollywood and more. We love NYC… cab rides, late nights, hot dogs, the subway, the MET, Times Square, the list goes on.  Two iconic cities on opposite coasts that couldn’t be more different, but we love them just the same. Our January catalog is an homage to these two great cities and their individual style, featuring Jessica Hart shot by Chrissy Piper in Los Angeles and Karlie Kloss shot by Guy Aroch in New York City.

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So, of course, we have to ask…

Are you a New York City girl or an L.A. woman?


marcy -Jan 09, 2012, 10:03PM
I really love both styles... I am going to start to dress my self like these styles very fashionable <3
Lindsay Hillegas -Jan 07, 2012, 12:48PM
From LA born and raised. Love California<3333

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I was surfing around online earlier today and this tumblr sparked an idea for today’s office space – things organized neatly!  Read more »

Lucy -May 22, 2013, 9:49AM
Where are these chairs from? I love them!!
shikha -May 07, 2012, 12:43AM
love it!

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This week’s style file is no wuss. She’s decorated with tats, and sports a dark bob which give a toughness to any look she wears. The actual outfits she pulls together tend to lean on the girly side, creating a nice balance with the permanent edgyness. She loves tights and cute flared mini’s. She peppers in ditzy prints, lace, and feminine detailing. And then there are the shoes, she has a collection of stunners – your ordinary black ankle boot wedges, but with badass elements. Overall, she has a great mix of tough and sweet. Check out her week in style:

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Gina -Apr 01, 2014, 8:20PM
Great style! NB: Minis is plural, not possessive (mini's).
Sundal -Feb 02, 2012, 8:00AM
She is GORGEOUS. Very Bettie Page.

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Here at Free People we’ve gone a little crazy for nail art lately… it’s such a fun way to add a pop of color or pattern to your look. Read more »

bridal invitations -Aug 02, 2014, 12:12AM
Greetings! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout oout and say I truly enjoly reading your posts. Can you suggest anyy other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same subjects? Thans a ton!
Corsha -Sep 20, 2012, 9:41PM
Love the designs. Inspired to try something like this for myself! :)

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*UPDATE – here is the horizontal version!*

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Our lovely graphic design team did a great job putting this calendar together! You can download the January calendar from our flickr page, and we’ll post them each month here on the blog! Enjoy :)

*UPDATE: a horizontal version is now available! Download it on our flickr page. *

Brittant -Jan 05, 2012, 12:19PM
Thank you for the updated version!! :)
fp julia -Jan 04, 2012, 11:09AM
oh and yes the I is a roman number 1

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“Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.”

– Henry Miller

Every once in a while you come across a quote at the exact perfect moment…when truer words could not be spoken, almost as if someone knew you needed to hear these words and and an invisible force held them up  in front of your eyes. I am taking these words and holding them close throughout this year. I don’t like to make new year’s resolutions, more “life resolutions,” but like I mentioned in the previous post, I did make a list of things that I’d really like to do before the year is over.  I have a feeling I’ll be able to accomplish them all :)

I want to work on my photography, and learn how to cook – I’m not talking fancy cooking, I’d just like to be able to make something! I want to spend more time at my beach house this year, and I want to visit San Francisco at some point and see my friends there. I used to be one of those people who went to yoga almost every single day – religiously. Ever since breaking my ankle, I don’t go nearly as often, and I still don’t feel comfortable taking the advanced classes I used to, but I think I can get back to it this year. I also ran track through my entire youth and want to start running again, if my ankle and bad knees let me. Lastly… I’m pretty sure I’m getting my next tattoo this year ;)

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I’d love to hear your goals and resolutions for 2012!

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Anna -Nov 18, 2013, 6:30AM
Such great ideas! I have a really crappy knee, I used to love athletics and running. Would love to get back into that sometime. I wish I could cook, too! Growing up Mum did all the cooking and we never tried to learn so...I'm 23, living alone, eating microwave meals...
erin yaeger -Jan 09, 2012, 2:40PM
thanks for putting this post back up! i love it!!!

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I came across this street art installation by Candy Chang on stumble upon yesterday as I was waking up on the second day of the new year, lying in bed and looking for inspiration on my ipad. The timing couldn’t have been better – it’s a new year and my mind has been working overdrive setting resolutions and a “to do” list for the year ahead. This definitely got me thinking even longer term, about all the things I still want to do. There are a lot. But I thought it might be good to do this exercise on my own, and start with a smaller list of maybe 5 or so things that I want to do before this year ends – try it out, it might help you too :) I plan on hanging my list in my apartment and coming back at the end of the year to see what I’ve accomplished.

“Before I die” was started by artist Candy Chang in New Orleans – with the help of her friends and neighbors, she turned the side of an abandoned house into a giant chalkboard that residents could write on and share their dreams for the future. I think it’s such a beautiful way to transform a public space into something that is a reflection of the community and what really matters to them.

The project has since expanded to other cities including Brooklyn, Amsterdam, Lisbon, San Diego and more.

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What’s on your bucket list?

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Madison -Feb 12, 2013, 7:12PM
Prove my generation can CHANGE THE WORLD
dahi. -May 01, 2012, 2:36PM
was für eine schöne idee. ich wüsste auch schon, was ich da reinschreiben würde ... ihn heiraten, kinder mit ihm bekommen und ihm meine welt zeigen so wie ich die seine kennen lernen möchte ... lg dahi

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I kinda felt like 2011 was a slow year for music, but as I was putting together this playlist I realized that there were actually some really great albums that came out this year. Read more »

claire roche -Feb 06, 2012, 11:43AM
You probably mentioned every single one of my favorite bands! LOVE LOVE LOVE <3 i am meant to be a freepeople girl. :)
dani -Jan 11, 2012, 11:38AM
the black keys are amazing, my favorite band, any song from el camino is good

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Happy New Year!

What are your dreams for 2012?

supplement warehouse locations -Nov 02, 2014, 1:07AM
Getting into the fashion Industry may be working hard. Sometimes it is like its definitely not that which you know however exactly who you already know.
somyaa -Jan 04, 2012, 1:54AM
that their dreams come true :) Love!!

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This time in Kitchen Confidential, we bring you Craig – a master chef working in our 543 cafeteria who came to us from Michelin star restaurant, Spruce, in San Francisco. Craig has some awesome culinary training strapped under his belt, and has traveled far and wide to places including Japan to perfect his craft. Read more »

Christina -Jan 02, 2012, 2:53PM
I love how rustic this looks! Yum. I just made some rustic Italian Pizzelle Cookies! Come check them out! http://becauseofmadalene.blogspot.com/ Christina
Taylor -Jan 02, 2012, 1:23PM
I had this amazing chicken quesadilla and arugula salad at the home office...such good food! I want to try this tart! www.forsurejadore.blogspot.com

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I’ve posted about Rosemarie Fiore before, but the timing was so perfect as she has some new works, and it’s the New Year so many of us will be seeing fireworks tonight/tomorrow! If you aren’t familiar with her work, she makes these incredible paintings with lit firework residue on paper – so cool.

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Have a great night, Happy New Year!

paulz -Jan 02, 2012, 7:28PM
too awesome ! how come the fireworks don't burn through tha paper is my question
kate -Jan 01, 2012, 9:28PM
oh, i really adore these. how beautiful and unique...

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DO: use rosewater to balance and refresh for the new year

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The ancient Chinese used Rosewater to balance the energies in their environment. According to their traditions, the liquid holds special properties that help to equalize the two energies of yin and yang when they get out of whack.

What better way to bring in the New Year? Give yourself a fresh balanced start by cleansing your home with the fragrant elixir. You can either mist the air or use a cloth to wash the walls, countertops, tables, furniture, etc. I’ve personally decided to make 2012 a year about balance, so I like the idea of doing this as a metaphorical kickoff. Whatever your intentions, this is a great way to give yourself the gift of a fresh start to the New Year.

Just to explain further for those who are interested… in Ancient Chinese Medicine, yin and yang are two opposing energies that exist in everything. Every opposite has a either a yin or a yang energy (ex. night (yin)/day (yang), female (yin)/male (yang), cold (yin)/hot (yang), earth (yin)/heaven (yang), etc.). Although opposites, the yin and the yang require each other to exist, and together they form the symbol of balance. Sometimes, from the food you eat or the materials you surround yourself with, one can outweigh the other and special attention is required to get back on track. Often, the theory is used to understand personal health and wellbeing. When something is off – either with the body or soul – there is too much of one energy present. The key is listening to the cues and taking the steps to rebalance.

To read more about yin/yang and Ancient Chinese Medicine visit here. Also, this is a great recipe to make your own Rosewater. Happy New Year, everyone!!

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Dani -Jan 01, 2012, 6:04AM
So, Ever since I saw this post this morning, I have been searching and searching for the first pictures FIRST glass bottle of Witch Hazel online. I just purchased Caswell's Rose Water (2nd blue bottle) off of Bonadrag right now, but I REALLY REALLY would LOVE to learn the first glass bottles brand. Anyone??
Jessica Lane -Dec 31, 2011, 2:46PM
I use Orange Flower Water - it's calming and it smells divine! xx

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