Post image for Trendspotting: Colored Suede Shoes

I’ve always been a little scared to be adventurous with shoes; I’m a plain Jane kind of girl when it comes to that department, usually sticking to black or brown, flats or boots.
however this Fall the trend on everyone’s minds is jeweled colored suede shoes in rich tones — emerald green, smokey grey, rust, and cherry red.

It’s a trend that ran wild off the runway with the likes of marni, prada and miu miu all casting a rainbow of delight below the ankle. we love the idea of mixing them with prints or even brightening up you basic day look.

Would you wear a pair of colored heels or wedges?

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BohoQueen -Aug 11, 2011, 6:03PM
I love heels, but I'm so tall (5'8), and I always feel awkward in heels! ;) The second picture from the bottom is so pretty! Love the towering heels with the tights and long skirt! xoxo
martha -Aug 11, 2011, 2:18PM
as if suede shoes weren't cool enough already!! :)

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Post image for Home Decor Inspiration: Simplify

I am one of those people who never throws things away, I always find some sort of sentimental reason to keep them around. But lately my place has been feeling really cluttered and I find myself craving simplicity… bare wood floors and clean walls, crisp white sheets and minimal clutter. Read more »

TinfenaStudio -Oct 03, 2011, 11:24AM
The idea of simplicity goes hand in hand with the concept of recycling. Pass it on, donate, yard sale, give it away and make someone else happy... don't you agree?
Beth -Aug 11, 2011, 10:33PM
Love simplicity and minimalism! It is just so fresh and very clean looking. And I love the husky pup!

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Post image for Wednes-DIY: Feather Hair Clips

There’s no question, we love the feather hair clip trend.  It’s a great way to add a unique touch to a simple outfit and they are perfect accessories for summer festivals (like Outside Lands this weekend!).  Read more »

ashley -Nov 04, 2011, 2:28AM
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hair-Feathers/186790544701689 Like the others said if you don't wanna do it yourself I make and sell hair feather alot like this, check out my page. they are all super cheap from 5-10 bucks. thanks (:
Ronda -Sep 01, 2011, 5:17PM
Feathers are still a big hit for the fall trends 2011. Especially peacock feathers. Whether it be bleached, dyed or at the original state. If you'd like to get the look at a more affordable price visit http://www.facebook.com/featherjewelry I make them all myself:-)

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Post image for Festival Fashion for Outside Lands from our Norcal Stores

Yesterday I showed you some festival styling ideas that I’m thinking about rocking at Outside Lands 2011, and today it’s time for the ladies who work for our Norcal stores who I’m attending the festival with! Read more »

-Aug 12, 2011, 11:36AM
MORE FP SAN FRANCISCO STYLE! WE LOVE IT
Sepi -Aug 12, 2011, 12:52AM
So lucky to be able to work with these lovely ladies! You guys look amazing!!

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Post image for Happy Birthday Vintage Loves!

I can’t believe it has already been a year since we launched our Vintage Loves line! But what a year it has been…here’s a look back at some Vintage Loves highlights from its first year at Free People, culminating in a very special birthday celebration :)

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And believe me when I say… you ain’t seen nothin’ yet…we have some new vintage items coming in for holiday that will completely blow your mind – I promise!

visit our vintage loves shop.

Emogen -Aug 11, 2011, 9:31AM
great cake! I really do.
nanzuka -Aug 10, 2011, 3:05AM
Aww I love how the cake looks. I bet it tasted great too!

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Post image for Foster the People and The Decemberists chat about Outside Lands 2011

Last week I had the opportunity to take part in a press conference with Mark Foster of the band Foster the People and Nate Query of the Decemberists.  It was great chatting with these guys and hearing what they’re looking forward to this weekend! Read more »

charlotte -Sep 08, 2011, 2:59PM
love Foster the People! check out the music video they made for Helena Beat http://www.vevo.com/watch/foster-the-people/helena-beat/USSM21100904
-Aug 25, 2011, 3:21PM
Zahara - The Tony Castles tune isn't out yet...will be on their album released later this year. I have a copy of the song unmastered so it's not even finished yet!!!

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I am so excited for Outside Lands in San Francisco this weekend!

Festival fashion at Outside Lands differs a little bit from the other summer festivals because of its location. Read more »

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Exclusively at Target: 42 Blu-ray Combo Pack with exclusive bonus content and box art. The 27-car race lineup will include IZOD Indy - Car Series points leader Will Power and runner-up Helio Castroneves, representing Team Penske, last-year's Kansas winner; Scott Dixon of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, who has 21 IRL wins in his eight seasons of Indy racing, including championship seasons in 2003 and 2008; Ryan Hunter-Reay, currently third in the points standings, and female favorite Danica Patrick, both driving under the Andretti Autosport banner, and Dan Wheldon of Panther Racing. A full complement of IRL circuit open-wheel drivers and teams is expected to be on the starting grid for Saturday's 1 p.

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Post image for Free People Book Club: Jitterbug Perfume Part 2

Jitterbug Perfume: the two key ingredients for making the most intoxicating and powerful perfume in the world are jasmine and beets.  I love the way that Tom Robbins describes these two plants in the book as if they have personalities… he has such a magical way with words.

“A few other flowers may be as sweet, but jasmine is sweet without sentiment, sweet without effeteness, sweet without compromise; it is aggressively sweet…Expansive, yet never cloying, romantic, yet seldom melancholy, jasmine has the poise of a wild creature, some elusive self-sufficient thing that croons like an organic saxophone in the tropical night.”

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“The beet is the most intense of vegetables.  The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion.  Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity.  Beets are deadly serious.”

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“The beet is the ancient ancestor of the autumn moon, bearded, buried, all but fossilized; the dark green sails of the grounded moon-boat stitched with veins of primordial plasma; the kite string that once connected the moon to the Earth now a muddy whisker drilling desperately for rubies.”

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“Although the contention that matter can transcend, at will, its material character would have had Descartes spinning in one or the other of his graves, a person who can believe in physical immorality is merely a step away from believing in dematerialization.”

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Let me know how far along in the book you guys are and what you think so far!

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gez -Aug 10, 2011, 8:37PM
Tom Robbins!? I recently finished Still Life with Woodpecker ...it was an absolute dream. TR's words and images made laugh and cry. he's amazing. i need to check out Jitterbug - thanks for the recommendation!
Alexxandra -Aug 09, 2011, 5:49PM
i just began part four. There's so much I want to say but if I do, I will reveal too many spoilers. Tom Robbins is such an inspiration.

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“My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.”

- Ernest Hemingway

Claire -Aug 08, 2011, 11:51AM
Yes.
Taylor -Aug 08, 2011, 11:19AM
love it www.forsurejadore.blogspot.com

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Post image for Kombucha Sangria

This recipe idea came to me one day when I was out for drinks with a couple friends sipping on sangria. The restaurant we were at made a carbonated sangria. Sipping it down, I had a stroke of genius right then and there. I wondered what it would be like to use Kombucha instead of whatever club soda/sprite type thing they used (Kombucha is a fermented drink said to bolster immunity and be good for one’s health). So a week later I tried it out. It still had that fruity flavor with a kick of bubbles like the one at the restaurant, and the Kombucha served as a nice contribution to keep it from getting too sweet. It was also extremely easy to make. Needless to say, it’s delicious, and I stand by my statement that the idea was truly a stroke of genius. Let me know if you agree =)

Ingredients:

3 Cups Fruit Juice (I used cranberry/rassberry)

6oz Pineapple Juice

16oz Kombucha

2 Cups red wine or non alcoholic wine

2 Cups Sliced Strawberries

2 Cups Sliced Pineapple

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Directions:

Pour it all into a pitcher, mix, and chill!

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Erik -Dec 02, 2014, 2:10AM
Thanks KEVIN !!! Hey can I put your recipe on our site ? I tried it and ........... Its awesome http://royalkombucha.com/recipes 888-356-3099 I will give you a link to your site as the genius of magic elixir
Kevin -Oct 27, 2011, 8:27PM
I made it with my very own kombucha it was great I ordered my kombucha from www.royalkombucha.com Thanks for the tip.

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Post image for Venice Photography by Robert Crum

I am always on the look-out for artists and photographers to post about on the blog, and it was by pure coincidence that I found this one about a week before our August Catalog dropped. Robert Crum is a fine art photographer, and his images of Venice blew me away. They almost look like paintings – I expected the rich color and scenery to be idealized on a canvas, but no…they are photographs, and these are typical scenes that you can expect to see in Venice. Stunning.

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See more on his etsy site.

Taylor Rae -Aug 08, 2011, 2:26PM
Wow! I love vibrant all these pictures are. Great use of light too. http://dailydoseofsunlight.blogspot.com/
Ashieeb -Aug 08, 2011, 10:14AM
I just spent 2 months living in Italy and recognize where so many of these shots were taken in Venice. I miss Italy soo much!! Beautiful photos!

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DO: look at something that makes you smile.

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I started these Saturday DOs with the importance of laughter and self entertainment. But there are moments where you have nothing to put that smile on your face, and so you look to other places for that good laugh. I’ve realized how important it is sometimes to have those go-to’s stored up to do so. It’s as simple as following a funny twitter account and checking back in on a rough day to see their latest updates.   Or maybe, you’re bored some evening and you can rely on some old videos for entertainment (I can’t help it – cute puppies get me every time). Whatever it is, whether you’re enjoying it by yourself, or sharing it with a friend – look at something that will make you smile today.

And then pass along your funny sources! Let us know what’s making you smile. =)

Click on all images for sources (and funny websites, Twitters, and Tumblrs.)

Haley -Aug 08, 2011, 4:23AM
This ( http://uk-eeb.blogspot.com/2011/08/fruit-stand-band.html ) makes me smile. My sister and her band are excellent at expressing unabashed happiness and joy, which is a quality I think we should all try to master. Thanks for the wonderful source of smiles and free-flowing creativity!
Audrey -Aug 06, 2011, 5:03PM
The First World Problems twitter cracked me up. Thanks for the link! http://tbiol.blogspot.com/

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