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i love these photos of martha hunt off duty down here at the navy yard, taken by fellow fp model jenny lopez during their lunch break! i love martha’s “tomboy meets pretty girl” style.

click here to go to jenny’s blog and see more :)

color collective -Feb 09, 2011, 7:37PM
gorgeous!
Plus size gowns -Feb 09, 2011, 5:20PM
you made a good combination of striped dresses and jeans with a native American printed style coat, looks very nice.

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in the dressing room area of our pittsburgh store, look up and you will see these amazing chandeliers made out of deconstructed paper umbrellas dancing overhead. they were inspired by the amazing work of artist sylvia marius:

i was immediately intrigued by them and went down to ask our display team how they were made. they were kind enough to give me a little lesson on how to do it and let me use their supplies to make my own! it’s actually not hard, as with most projects it just takes a little time and patience.

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what you need:

a paper umbrella- you can find these in chinatown or online at amazon or party supply stores. don’t worry about the design or quality of the umbrella because you’re going to cut it up!

you’ll also need some cord or heavier string, thread, beads and scissors. i used some strips of fabric our display team had lying around as well, but just for decorative purposes.

our display team had some really pretty beads they let me use, but you can find beads at any craft or art supply store.

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start by cutting the paper out from between all the framing – make sure not to cut the white string part! also our team, and i, opted to leave some of the paper on the frame because we like the way it looks and it gives the chandelier some color. i was able to pretty much just tear the paper right off, this part was easy.

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for the next step, measure out pieces of string to reach from the end of one spoke to the end of the umbrella handle – i tied some of the fabric strips just below where i was attaching the string so it wouldn’t slip down – you could also tape it into place.

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it’s ok if the spokes curve a little bit too – i actually liked how it looked that way. i also wrapped the entire handle in fabric strips… which i probably should have done before tying all the string on… ;)

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now its time to start stringing beads! to leave spaces of empty string in between beads, just knot the thread around a bead and continue.

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tie the strands of beads right to the spokes of the chandelier at random intervals.

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and you’re done! hang the chandelier somewhere that you can admire it, and enjoy :)

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Jessica -Apr 05, 2011, 3:40PM
I am doing this one this weekend! Loving going through all the DIY posts! I check this blog daily.. you guys are awesome!
margaux -Mar 07, 2011, 1:32AM
i don't think words can express how much i adore these.

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even though our stores all get the same seasonal displays, there are always little touches our fp girls put into each one to make it unique. our new pittsburgh free people looks incredible, right down the tiny little details…

welcome to steel city!

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i love all the oddly-angled beams. as for the scarves, our display team dyed and hand-panted each one themselves!

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i adore this wall! it has such a great vintage, fifties feel.

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and perhaps my favorite part, this suitcase filled with trinkets is amazing! i would love to do this as a way of commemorating a special trip…take the suitcase you used on the trip and adorn it with decorations and trinkets from your travels!

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another gorgeous store! stay tuned because there’s one part i didn’t show you yet…

-Feb 11, 2011, 6:01AM
Welcome to Pittsburgh! First store I ever saw of yours was on Greenwich Avenue in CT....
-Feb 09, 2011, 9:56PM
which is the white top with the scarf in the last picture? love it!

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Make his heart race or make her shine with pretty lace and sexy silk. Pretty slips that can be playful and worn dressed up outside the house. Make cute with delicate accessories or add coolness with moccasins and tattered satchels. She will become an angel for the day!

Visit our Valentines day shop here

Bohogodis -Feb 08, 2011, 7:52PM
Hello, I love free people for over a decade now. However I hope that Freepeople is a brand that is inclusive. So lets not forget about the many lesbian identified free people lovers on 2/14. I say "hint hint hint the perfect gift for the free people lover you know." Because my girlfriend heart certainly beats faster when in your wonderful designs. Thanks
Jasmin -Feb 08, 2011, 3:56PM
like the first image! http://candyfloss-addicted.blogspot.com/

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Hi! I’m Free People’s creative design assistant and February guest blogger! I consider myself lucky, because I get to help with the creative process in developing the image of Free People, and also have my hand in styling.  I work directly under our creative director, who is best described as creative sunshine.

our creative director on our February catalog shoot preparing for the next shot.

Ok, so here are some tidbits from this catalog’s creation process: the concept was first outlined and sketched in a notebook by our creative director.

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Here are some tears that were collected for inspiration on how we’d like the shoot to go before we get on location.

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Finally shooting day arrives and the end result is like magic!

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stay tuned for more posts from me this month, and check out my personal blog here!

Nicole -Feb 12, 2011, 8:25AM
Dream Job!!!
susie -Feb 09, 2011, 4:18PM
OK i love the whole creative process shot and I'm super jealous about your job and that of your "creative sunshine" boss! The pictures are so whimsical and lovely. Very inspiring -- makes me want to be there wearing THOSE CLOTHES. Super job.

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when it comes to videos, having the right song can make all the difference in the world.  for me, that’s what really grabs my attention and sucks me in so that i can’t stop watching.  one of the reasons i love our videographer’s work so much is that she always picks the perfect song – i don’t know how she does it. the song in our february catalog video is no exception…”throwing hail marys” by gypsy death star.  i had never heard of them before and wanted to learn a little bit more about them…

based in ventura, california, gypsy death star is a collaboration between producer cesar augusto and singer/song writer wyatt hull.  they combine trance-like electronic beats and haunting lyrics to create a sound that will transport you to a different place in your mind. read on for a brief interview with the band and check out a video of them performing “throwing hail marys” below!

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when and how did gypsy death star come about?

i put an add out on craigslist for a beat maker and cesar responded, we started making tracks together through emails, & the rest is history..

how do you guys describe your music?

a cross between dark ambient techno & electronic indie rock

if your music was a color, what color would it be?

blood red

is there a certain song you’re most proud of?

some may be slower, some may be more full of wisdom, but were equally proud of all our children.

what’s your favorite venue you’ve played in, and what venue do you dream of someday performing in?

we recently played at the deer lodge in ojai, california & that had a magical ambiance. we both dream of someday playing the conan o’brien show, we’re big fans of his, or perhaps one of those sesame street episodes where they bring musicians on.

what’s your pre-show ritual?

cold high-quality brew.

who are some of your biggest musical influences?

cocorosie, t-rex, q lazzarus, tv on the radio, portishead, syd barrett, the pixies, and david bowie.

if you could see any band, past or present, perform live, who would it be?

kraftwerk’s performances when they used robots and any of the first ziggy stardust shows would have been rad to see.

all-time favorite record?

pink floyd’s “pipers at the gates of dawn” for wyatt. queen’s “game” for cesar.

what’s coming up for gypsy death star? any exciting plans in the works?

we’re looking at doing a small tour in mexico, we have a music video we just finished shooting in which we do some tag team wrestling, and are currently mixing a new full length record do for release soon this year.

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Gypsy Death Star – Throwing Hail Marys from Earth Delivery on Vimeo.

you can listen to more of their songs on their website here, and find them on facebook here.
thanks guys!

Josh Slavin -Feb 08, 2011, 10:45PM
Finally, I get to hear a track from Gypsy Death Star. Keep the tracks coming I like it!
yaz -Feb 08, 2011, 6:57PM
I love that this band is from Ventura, its my second home! love love your stuff

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i mentioned last week that we opened two new stores – one in houston and one in pittsburgh. they both debuted our new spring displays, making them a bright and inviting space beckoning for people to step out of the cold and inside their doors. our display team blows me away every time – this spring’s combination of strips of fabric in cheerful easter-egg shades, parasols and colorfully patch-worked suitcases is like a warm burst of sunshine for the soul.

here are some images from houston:

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the scarves sewn together remind me of prayer flags!

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this suitcase “sculpture” is beyond amazing…the suitcases are covered with fabric and dripping with trinkets that the free people girl has picked up on her travels.

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beautiful work, display team! stay tuned for pittsburgh photos later this week.

Patricia -Mar 02, 2011, 12:05AM
Can you do a DIY on the fabric suitcase covers? I was in the Chicago store today and fell in LOVE with them!!!
Patricia -Mar 01, 2011, 11:29PM
I was in the Chicago store today and saw the covered suitcases. I am in LOVE!!! Can you do a DIY on how to make them? Or, can I buy them somewhere? I'm obsessed with them!!!

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i am so excited to show you guys our february catalog video…the first time i watched it i got goosebumps, its so beautiful.  i keep finding myself watching it when i need to be transported for a moment. take a look and lose yourself in sunny california with sweet thoughts of love…

the february catalog drops tomorrow, shot by jason lee parry, featuring models martha hunt, chrishell stubbs, jessica mau and noot seear.  our videographer made this amazing video, and the song is “throwing hail  marys” by gypsy death star.

Chrishell S. -Nov 27, 2011, 10:02PM
Look! There I go! I loved that blue dress, it was so... AMAZING! aha
-May 06, 2011, 11:54PM
I love Ginger. She always has that I just went shopping look. Fabolous!

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“a true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. but to live with a soul mate forever? nah. too painful. soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave. a soul mate’s purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, and make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life.”

— elizabeth gilbert

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keri -Feb 09, 2011, 3:50PM
what! this is an interesting take on "soul mates"...crazy!
kiera -Feb 07, 2011, 6:14PM
i love this quote it is so inspirational. She is inspirational and so is this blog. I love it. http://everlastingdaydreamer.tumblr.com/ love kiera

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shapes

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really digging the work of brent hildy right now…go see more here, and you can buy prints of some of his work here. i’ve got my eye on “mountains.”

-Feb 08, 2011, 9:02AM
these remind me of Mara Hoffman...the intro to the website (and collection)- very awesome
emily -Feb 07, 2011, 12:25PM
that last quote is from sufjan stevens all delighted people!!!

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i love fridays. i really do. have a wonderful weekend!

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elle -Feb 05, 2011, 10:07PM
Model off duty hair in ALL of these pics...LOVE IT!!!!! http://loveliveandwear.blogspot.com xoxo, L
Kayla -Feb 04, 2011, 11:20PM
I looove the song Friday I'm In Love... in high school my friends and I made shirts for the song. each girl got a different verse and we made shirts for every day of the week with the lyrics on it. We would wear them randomly or we would wear them on each day. It was so much fun!

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one of our stylists…i love the outfits she puts together!

some mannequins hanging out in the home office looking stylish.

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beautiful floral and lace combo.

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our spring store displays are in the process of going up, i’ll show you some pics next week – they’re beautiful!

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one of our designers looks awesome in leopard shoes, flares, a peasant top and poncho.

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beautiful jewelry…

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designers at work.

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the back of this sweatshirt is awesome!

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color.

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i so need to do this with a pair of my jeans.

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my sister, wearing head-to-toe fp- the viscose voile slip, blank denim shirt, linx layering necklace and encke buckle boots :)

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i’m in love with this bag… look for it in our february catalog!

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xoxo

Lisa -Feb 07, 2011, 6:52PM
These are really nice clothes, especially the poncho & gloves. It doesn't usually get clod enough where I live (in Australia) to wear most of them though :-(
Lauren -Feb 04, 2011, 9:41PM
I love your sister's outfit!! Great layering.

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