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 :)
-Jan 11, 2011, 1:05AM
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”

image by derek wood.

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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sorry i can’t control the random outbursts of french… i blame our january catalog. have a wonderful weekend, stay warm!

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Lauren -Jan 07, 2011, 9:41PM
What a terrific photograph! The tattoo I hope to get this year will be of chimney swifts. - Lauren

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some of our arizona fp girls were featured on azcentral.com for their awesome style! check it out:

left: brianna from tempe AZ, wearing the off the shoulder tunic pullover. personal style? girly and bohemian. must-have beauty product? nars blush.

right: zoe from scottsdale, AZ, wearing the floral cozy vintage coat. personal style? flats, florals, skinnies. must-have beauty product? mac “ruby woo” lipstick.

left: michaela from tempe, AZ. personal style? urban meets contemporary. must-have beauty product? mac foundation.

right: colby from gilbert, AZ, wearing the windows of lace top. personal style? vintage inspired. must-have beauty product? philosophy hope in a jar.

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pretty paper lanterns that went up in our stores in the interim between holiday and spring display. these pics are from our dallas store.

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how adorable is this little girl modeling her wee people dress and boots? a little fashion blogger in the making!

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cute kitty in a pile of fp bags, from our bellevue store :)

klang -Jan 31, 2011, 1:35PM
these are sooo cool. does anyone know what shirt that is with the paper lanterns? i really like it. also, what happens to all of the displays once they are no longer in use?
dragon fruit -Jan 07, 2011, 5:29PM
i love the FP arizona store these girls are all so sweet and of course, stylin' always! xo

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Here at Free People, our design team is made up of 40 people. Though most studied design in college, several did not. Their successes are the same regardless of their degrees. In fact, our two most senior designers majored in computer science and art history.

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Please submit a project that shows both your love and understanding of the Free People product and your vision of what the product should look like.

You can sew, sketch, collage…anything you’d like…to clearly express your creativity.

We will be accepting projects until January 30th. Please email a photo attachment (preferably a JPEG) of your project to: designlove@freepeople.com

The designers whose work we love may have an opportunity to travel to Philadelphia to interview and spend a day with us.

We are very excited to find some extremely talented young designers to add to our growing team!

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marcela -Feb 06, 2011, 1:23AM
when you guys gonna let us know who got the chance to go to phily for and interview?!!?!?
Erica -Jan 30, 2011, 8:17PM
Hello, The same thing happened to be when I tried to submit...is there another way? Thank you for your help!

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our makeup artist wearing a vintage dress she found at a sidewalk sale outside someones stoop – i love how she paired it with striped socks and boots! she looks awesome.

and i stumbled upon our senior stylist packing for paris- she and another stylist are heading back to shoot our january lookbook, which i’ll tell you guys more about soon! that suitcase is stuffed to the brim with lookbook outfits :)

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and here they are on their way out, traveling in style!

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à bientôt!

Mina -Jan 14, 2011, 3:21AM
Free People should totally stock Fiorentini + Baker boots (like the boots in the first pic). They're the best!
jasmin -Jan 08, 2011, 4:38PM
omg, that leopard printed poncho wrap is seriously my favorite thing ever (that the senior stylist has with her) I saw it at urban and my gut told me to get it! yay. cant wait for the new catalog, counting down! xxoxo, Jasmin Free People Hollywood

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