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i’ve always been a fan of matt pond PA but it wasn’t until this past weekend that i got around to listening to their latest album, the dark leaves. it actually feels appropriate that i’d discover it at this time of the year, because every time i listen to it the soothing melodies and gentle lyrics envelop me like a soft blanket of snow. the song “winter fawn” is like a december evening encapsulated in song, with dreamy lyrics that draw you into a picture he paints with his voice… listen to a few songs from the album below.

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maybekara -Dec 16, 2010, 5:55PM
have you listened to music for winter from the dogs on tour? there's a free download for it on their website. such a good christmas album album!! next best thing to sufjan stevens songs for christmas. heres the link: http://dogsontour.co.cc/?p=676
TGP -Dec 14, 2010, 3:22PM
I agree, this is perfect for this time of year. Great band and a great album.

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i am so excited to finally bring you the free people guide to new york city! you may remember a few weeks back, jemma and i went to new york to check out some spots we love and take pictures, and we’ve put together a guide of all of our favorite hotels, restaurants, hang-outs, shops and more. as you look through the guide, keep an eye out for the little red snowflake sticker, which indicates a place that’s great to go to during the holiday season!

there’s definitely a magical air in new york city around the holidays, and it would be the destination of choice for our candy girl who loves tradition and everything about the holidays – the decorations, the music, the smells and of course, the snow.

i will post the guide in three sections over the next few days but starting today you can find the entire thing on flickr – right here – where you can download the large size and print out your own copy of the fp guide to nyc!

first up, where to stay and where to eat!

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stay tuned for part two, where to hang out and go to concerts!

erin -Dec 16, 2010, 2:24PM
My boyfriend lives about a couple blocks from Five Leaves and we go there a lot. The food is amazing, probably one of the best restaurants in that neighborhood :)
tippy -Dec 14, 2010, 10:45AM
I love Rolf's! Not so much for the food but the decor is breathtaking and I love that they change it a few times each year!

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meadow loves to spend the holidays outdoors. every year she and her friends take off for a cabin in the woods where they spend nights huddled round bonfires drinking hot chocolate, telling stories and playing songs on guitars and wooden flutes.  they wake up early to watch the sun rise before exchanging gifts on christmas morning.

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win meadow over with gifts that appeal to her creative side and connection with nature.  the vintage peter max postcards would inspire her artistically, as would a journal to record her thoughts and dreams.  she would love our western-inspired jewelry like turquoise necklaces and rings, the native gypsy cuff and meeko feather earring. The lasso pony holders will keep her hair out of her face on adventures and she’d love the gretta over the knee slipper socks because they’re cute, comfy and environmentally friendly. meadow wears clothing that is special and unique like her, and the fp one desert florals maxi skirt would remind her of a field of wildflowers. the fp one bandana tie halter has the creative details she is drawn to, and she would live in the desert peasant tunic. finally, tough accessories like a leather crossbody or hat that will last her a lifetime.

view our lou gift guide here and candy gift guide here!

D&G clothing -Dec 20, 2010, 12:21AM
I view all the design! I am also a meadow girl and like the meadow design and fashions. Thanks for providing such useful information. I really appreciate your professional approach.
Oda -Dec 14, 2010, 1:52PM
I always thought I was most of a Meadow girl, and this description just proves it! Most of the things were already on my wishlist. And drinking hot chocolate around the fireside - what could be better? :)! LOVE IT !

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-Dec 13, 2010, 11:04PM
bright eyes :)
Maja -Dec 13, 2010, 5:14PM
Its on a wall in Brick Lane, East London. I used to walk pass it all the time last year, and it made my day ^^,

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the exquisite book

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our graphic designers recently purchased a few books to use as inspiration – kevin and lizzy are both very talented artists and i love seeing artwork that they’re inspired by.  one of the books is called the exquisite book and upon opening it, a fascinating visual experience literally unfolds before your eyes.

the concept of the book is based around a modified version of the surrealist game “the exquisite corpse,” invented back in the 1920s. using a single sheet of paper, one artist would start at the top by drawing a head, and would fold the paper over leaving only the neckline. the next artist would draw the midsection, not knowing what the head looked like, and the third would complete the body by adding legs and feet.  then they would unfold the paper to reveal the character.

the book takes this concept and turns it into an entire book.  the first artist fills the first page, and the next artist draws their page having only seen the page prior to theirs. the book is divided into ten chapters that are each made up of ten pages, or ten artists.  the first artist of each chapter was given a phrase to start out with, such as “in the clouds…” or “in the mountains…” the results are fascinating! i love seeing how the artists feed off of each other.

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for more info about the book check out the website.

Taylor -Dec 27, 2010, 1:16PM
I got this book for christmas and i LOVE it~
fionazhou201 -Dec 14, 2010, 3:28AM
So funny books, maybe it can be as a christmas for my baby.

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it’s not even winter yet and i’m dreaming of summer and road trips… oh well.
happy friday!

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Sadie -Dec 12, 2010, 10:40PM
I am with Jaylene, LUURRRVVVEEE the shoes, especially the cute floral ones the girl with the crochet rug is wearing! Where is this picture from? Love it!!
Jaylene -Dec 12, 2010, 10:26PM
OMG this is a pretty picture. . . I love their shoes!!! xox

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some visual candy for your friday… step inside our newest store at cherry creek shopping center in denver – the holiday displays look right at home among the rocky moutains!

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the theme for this section is “moto diaries.” LOVE IT.

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display boxes! i am always so inspired to re-create our store displays at home.

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a display animal peeks out of a jacket pocket :)

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and a couple of our fp girls try on the wide leg floral pants – cute socks!

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three of our lovely new fp girls, sara, gena and marie… welcome to the family, fp denver! xoxo.

-Dec 14, 2010, 1:56AM
yay! i will definitely be spending my christmas money here when i go to denver in january everything is so cleverly cute at free people i love it
Kalin -Dec 13, 2010, 10:18PM
THE DENVER STORE LOOKS AMAZING!!!!!!!!! HOPE TO SEE IT SOON... = )

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Rejoice the Hands

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Turquoise and western jewelry always catches my eye, I think it adds a certain special touch to your outfit, and I love to wear it with denim.  I was very excited to hear that Ana Saldana from Rejoice the Hands was going to be featured in our December catalog a couple of months back and her pieces look great in the book; they complete the western adventurer we were trying to capture.

Her jewelry is handmade in Orange County California inspired by nature and the diversity of cultures around the world. We love her natural aesthetic and materials like turquoise, brass, silver and found porcupine quills.

We’re very excited to hold her pieces. They are the essence of true America!!!

You should check out Ana Saldana tumblr (link below) after seeing a picture of Devendra Banhart I was hooked :)

http://rejoicethehands.tumblr.com/

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and to view the items click here

http://www.freepeople.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=search.results&searchString=rejoice+the+hands

Maliha -Dec 11, 2010, 12:16AM
You should open a store in Ft. Lauderdale/Miami area!!
Fp Jemma -Dec 10, 2010, 4:37PM
Hey Brittany the item is a scarf, it's the paisley topanga scarf. see link http://www.freepeople.com/scarves/paisley-topanga-scarf/ xoxo

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our newest store opened this morning in denver! stop by and say hello :)

i have some lovely photos of the new store that i will post soon so stay tuned!

randomface -Dec 14, 2010, 4:39AM
i agree with anonymous... please come to VT <3
bianca -Dec 10, 2010, 6:27PM
it'd be awesome to have one in Roseville galleria where they have urban outfitters and anthropologie.

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i love it all, but i am so impressed that our team made that little hut themselves! amazing. thank you to our creative design assistant for these photos!

Sparkle -Jan 07, 2011, 4:26PM
The catalog.........absolutely "fan-tabulous"!
Jennefer -Dec 11, 2010, 11:20AM
amazing! Creative and artistic!

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sorry for not posting the DIY yesterday!!

i may be a little late to the game but i just discovered the site craftgawker and spent a little too much time perusing page after page of crafty ideas – if you have not already heard of this site you have to check it out! these little felted acorns by lisa of lil fish studios caught my eye and i haven’t stopped thinking about them since. easy to make and just so adorable…i love projects where you can play around with color combinations and create different arrangements (a la andy goldsworthy). take a look at these and tell me you don’t feel inspired!

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so cute! love the idea of using them on gifts this holiday season.

making the acorns is very simple, requiring just a few steps:

  1. collect a bunch of acorns and remove the caps.
  2. get wool for felting in various colors at your local craft store
  3. roll the wool into small balls, wet with hot water and add a little bit of soap. continue rolling the ball in your hands for about ten minutes, occasionally adding soap, until it is firm. mold into the shape of an acorn and glue into the cap using fabric glue or even krazy glue or guerilla glue.

for  the holidays add a little glitter for some extra sparkle :)

i explored lisa’s site a little bit and was also very inspired by her experimentation with natural dye:

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left – red cabbage dyed wool and thread; right – onion skin dyed wool and thread

such gorgeous colors. check out her blog here!

Nina -Mar 21, 2013, 9:30AM
Wow this is nice! Such a cute idea.
jenn -Dec 17, 2010, 4:41PM
These are adorable!!! I went to my local fabric store though and they didn't have felted wool. =( where can I get sheets of the fabric to do this?!

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our december lookbook is my favorite one yet… for the first time i really don’t think i can pick a favorite! the photography, the styling, the model – it’s all flawless. which outfit do you guys like best?

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click on the links to go see details on the items in each outfit. now vote!

last week’s poll was very close but the winner was the fp one clara in lace dress with 35%.

fp julia -Dec 10, 2010, 1:34PM
these were shot by our in-house photographer anthony nocella :)
Mark -Dec 10, 2010, 1:18PM
So beautiful. Who was the photographer? Fantastic work.

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