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I have this sudden urge to go camping… I think its this time of year, it’s a little bit cooler out and I just want to wander, lose myself among tall trees, write in my journal, and wake up to watch the sun rise.

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Photography by one of my favorites, Jess Gough.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a beautiful weekend in the fall?

Post image for Trend Spotting: we LOVE polka dots

Such a playful print is running through our minds lately, we can’t quite get enough of this adorable look. It’s a look that made a very popular fashion statement, especially for women’s dresses and blouses during the 1920, 1940’s and 50’s and now it has made its way back and is at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

We like this look either worn full blown retro, like our muse Alexa Chung, or dress it down with casual items, jeans or cutoffs to give the look a relaxed, cool vibe.

Are you happy to wear polka dots?

 

Photos: Marc Jacobs, Yohji Yamamoto, Alexa Chung

From left to Right: Elizabeth Taylor struck a glamorous pose in a blouse with a polka dot yoke in 1944, the same year she appeared in the award-winning movie National Velvet. Studio headshot portrait of American singer and actress Alice Faye (1915-1998) wearing a polka-dot dress. 1970 London policewomen.  Marilyn Monroe circa 1951.

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Monique -Sep 17, 2011, 3:12PM
i especially love big polka dots!
Laura -Sep 17, 2011, 1:49PM
i love polka dots, I love Alexa Chung. This post has inspired me!

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Post image for Style File: Senior Sweaters Designer

Funky jewelry – check. Little black boots – check. Great floppy hat – check again…

Our senior designer for sweaters here at Free People has a modern day rock star style. She’s a master of textures, and knows how to rock a great sweater outfit (as she should).  Just by looking at her style you can tell she’s an expert.

Although you’ll often find her in sweaters which are soft and cozy, there’s a great grunge quality to the way she dresses.  She’ll mix in tattered pieces and vintage tees while piling on jewelry for that right amount of edge. I especially love the feather earrings that she often wears. Not only are they sweet pieces, but she will only wear one at a time, and it looks awesome.

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She has a great tattoo that says “feed the good” above a wolf. The words were inspired by a Native American folktale:

An old Cherokee told his grandson, ‘My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, & ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, & truth.’ The boy thought about it, and asked, ‘Grandfather, which wolf wins?’ The old man quietly replied, ‘The one you feed.’”

Such a good lesson for us all to remember!

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KERI KROW -Sep 20, 2011, 4:14PM
ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE OLD CHEROKEE TALE... AMAZING JOB AND KEEP UP THE FANTASTIC WORK <3
Jasmine -Sep 17, 2011, 7:49PM
I thought "She has nice legs!" Read the interview...she runs a lot. It's always running isn't it? I dont like to run lol Her doodles are cute too!

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Post image for Store Events this Weekend!

It’s looking like it will be a beautiful (almost)fall weekend in Philly! We have fun events going on in a few of our stores, including one at our nearby Ardmore store with a prize that involves yours truly… ;)

Cozy up to Fall at Free People Suburban Square!

We’re snuggling up to this crisp Fall weather, and want you to join!

Stop by Free People Suburban Square on Saturday September 17th – Sunday September 18th, and any COZY item you purchase gets you a raffle ticket! What’s the prize??? A tour of the Free People Home Office in Philadelphia with FP Julia and lunch at our amazing cafeteria! (local residents only, transportation will not be provided to and from the office).

More info on their Facebook page. Can’t wait to meet the winner! :)

Free People Topanga Fall Fashion Show!

Stop by Free People Topanga on Saturday September 17th at 2pm for their back to school fashion show! There will be music from DJ Takara and the blogger from Electric Raspberry will be there giving fashion tips!

Plus – get a sweet limited edition tie dye FP bag with purchases over $250!

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More info on their Facebook page.

Free Your Mind With Free People Brentwood

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Finally, this Saturday September 17th Free People Brentwood we will be hosting a FREE YOGA CLASS from 9AM-10AM in our store! We are ELATED to have Yoga Extraordinaire–Brigitte Bedi of Maha Yoga teaching the class. Just bring yourself, some comfy clothes and a yoga mat! There will be refreshments to follow…and of course time to SHOP!

Please RSVP if you can on their Facebook page.

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Roz FPCali -Sep 16, 2011, 10:01PM
is it crazy that i want to try to do the yoge in brentwood and then jet over to the topanga fashion show? we'll see;)

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Post image for September Catalog: Behind the Scenes with the Dogs!

As you may have seen by now, we had a very special cameo by one of our beloved home office pups in the September catalog – Toby! I caught up with Toby the other day to ask him about his experience shooting his first Free People catalog :)

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Were you nervous about being a part of our September catalog shoot? I was a little nervous, but once we started shooting, I relaxed.

What did you do to prepare for the shoot? Well, I’m a natural so I didn’t do much. I had a bath and made sure my paws were extra clean.

What did you think of Bambi, the model you posed with? She was great! I think we complimented each other well. At first, she was a bit scared of me, but after she realized I was a gentle giant, she had fun.

What was your favorite part of the shoot? Being showered with cookies and attention from all the ladies :)

Do you get stopped on the street now that you’re a famous catalog model? Not so much…

Will you be doing any more modeling in the future? I hope to. I am available :)

Do you have a favorite item from the September catalog? I love the Americana Sweater Jumper.

What’s your favorite thing about Fall? Boots and the cooler weather!

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Toby wasn’t the only pup on set at the September shoot! He had a bud to hang out with – Ace!

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Ace lives on the farm in New Tripoli where our catalog was shot. He lost his leg when he was hit by a car but he is doing just fine now! He had a blast during the shoot and LOVED all the attention from the ladies :) He is one happy dog!

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Megan Weber -Sep 16, 2011, 8:45PM
Toby this season will be sporting a barrel around his neck.
Christy Lorio -Sep 16, 2011, 6:22PM
What a fun idea, I love it!

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Everyone showed up ready for work and looking good this week. Femme lace and preppy elements like classic stripes and trousers seemed to have a big role in how we were feeling. The classic touches were accented with funky bellbottoms and cheetah print punches throughout.  On top of it all there were some great maxi dresses and fun pops of lipstick. I have to say, this week in office style there was much for the eyes to enjoy. Check it out…

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prezentacje maturalne -Oct 24, 2011, 12:16PM
So good!
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the shorts with the lace hem are downright delightful

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Post image for Thursday Poll: High-Heeled Ankle Boots

I can’t help but notice all of the great new ankle boots we have up on the Free People site. I’m especially loving a bunch of the heeled/wedged styles. I think that my wardrobe could benefit from one or two pairs of the following. What do you all think? Any favorites?

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Hanna -Sep 16, 2011, 9:34AM
so difficult to choose! my vote goes to BOTH the Avila ankle boot and the Ponderosa boot,. . the Ponderosa wins over in my eyes though . . I love them all!
anna -Sep 15, 2011, 7:03PM
awww...soooo hard to choose! I really like the Dustin Wedge and the Darla Platform :)

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Post image for Street Style: Sweater Dressing

Fall is creeping in, bringing with it crisper air, crunchy leaves and sweater season! We love the trend of sweater dressing from head-to-toe, outfitting yourself in bulky knits, cozy leggings, cute little sweater shorts and trading in summery maxis and rompers for sweater maxis and overalls. Our senior photographer captured some great sweater dressing street style inspiration right here at the Navy Yard!

I could live in the Americana Sweater Jumper all fall and winter long! It looks awesome over a seamless layering top with boots.

Here the comfy Poconos Sweater Legging and Easy Days Off-The-Shoulder Sweater are dressed up with a pair of funky platforms!

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Double up by wearing the Vermont Knit Sweater Shorts over a pair of cozy leggings! Worn here with the lovebug thermal, fringe crossbody and Jonesy Heeled Hiker Boot.

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We love layering a sweater maxi dress over a pretty, lacey maxi skirt! Worn with a bib necklace and platforms.

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Love this casual-cool look of striped sweater shorts over tights with an oversized sweater and tall boots!

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A look I will be wearing a lot this fall and winter – denim cutoffs over the Poconos Sweater Legging! Worn here with the flannel cuff thermal, crocheted plaid button down, brit boot and weekender bag (and a seriously rad van).

Shop all sweater dressing.

Michelle -Feb 04, 2014, 4:34PM
everything free people is super cute
kara -Sep 20, 2011, 8:13AM
WOW i love that sweater jumper!! Too cute xo Kara http://www.karacterblog.com

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Post image for NYFW: streetstyle

During every fashion week the streets come alive with bright colours, glorious prints and rich textures. The sidewalks come alive and show respect to high fashion. We headed to Lincoln centre to see what we could capture; here are some of our best shots of the day!

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Lisa -Sep 16, 2011, 9:39PM
Love the dress with the leather top too! Everything about her is stunning!
Jennie -Sep 16, 2011, 9:57AM
That striped skirt is AMAZING!

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Post image for September Catalog Behind the Scenes with Bambi Northwood-Blyth

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More behind the scenes from our September catalog shoot in New Tripoli PA, featuring Bambi Northwood-Blyth.

P.S. did you guys see our video of Bambi and one of our designers having a draw-off?! So cute.

Photos by Thomas Northcut.

Jennie -Sep 16, 2011, 9:58AM
Not only are the clothes and the model beautiful, but the photography is stunning! I'd frame any of these. Marvellous work, and inspiring too!
Kate -Sep 15, 2011, 12:40PM
Can I just say how in love I am with bambi?! www.sweet-louise.blogspot.com www.sweetlouise.bigcartel.com

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Post image for FNO: Honestly WTF Friendship bracelets

The friendship bracelets that Honestly WTF made at our FNO event were beautiful and a true symbol of what free people stands for. They’re unbelievably quite simple to make and FUN!

They’re perfect for a quiet night in with your girlfriends. just sit around the table, chit chat, and proceed with these instructions – the outcome, a generous gift to give to your closet friend. We loved them and we hope you do too!

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You’ll need (for a double wrapped bracelet) :

  • 44 inches of 1.5mm leather cord
  • 12 inches of brass ball chainn or crystal chainn
  • 58 inches of waxed linen cordd
  • a 1/4″ brass hex nut
  • a pair of scissors

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Fold the length of leather cording in half to form a loop. The loop should fit around the hex nut, which serves as the clasp. Run the tip of the waxed linen upwards along the leather cord and towards the loop. Then wrap around the base of the loop at least 5-6 times, working downwards in the opposite direction. This secures the waxed linen cord and is the start of the bracelet.

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Place the ball chain along the leather cording with the end of the chain meeting the end of the wrap. Holding the ball chain against the leather cord, wrap the linen around tightly.

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Continue wrapping while checking it for fit around the wrist.

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When you have reached the end of the ball chain wrap the linen cording around the leather strands 2-3 more times. Tie a knot with all three strands.

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Thread the hex nut through the strands and tie a second knot.

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Trim with scissors and your wrap bracelet is finished!!

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The materials are listed for a double wrap bracelet. For a single or triple wrapped bracelet, divide the measurements by 2 and multiply by accordingly. Experiment with crystal or other types of chain! Make as many as you like and fill your wrist up!

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CJ -May 21, 2014, 2:33PM
Is there anything I can use instead of a leather cord? I try not to use animal products!
aryan -Oct 26, 2012, 8:47AM
It was dark when I woke. This is a ray of sunshine.

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Post image for ACL event at our Austin Downtown Store!

Who is going to Austin City Limits this weekend?!

Well before you go, swing by our Austin store on Lamar on Wednesday or Thursday to pick up your festival outfit and get a little something special!

Shop on Wednesday or Thursday and spend $100 or more you will get a one of a kind, tie dye Free People bag! They have been dyed by our wonderful Free People girls and will be the perfect accessory for any ACL outfit!

But that’s not all! If you stop by between 12 and 5 on Wednesday or Thursday and spend $200 or more you will get a free hair wrap!! How awesome will that look at ACL?!

Visit their Facebook page for more info.

Jordan -Sep 20, 2011, 10:35PM
Hey can you guys make a tutorial on how to make hair wraps like this one it looks amazing! I would love that :)
fp julia -Sep 14, 2011, 4:28PM
Danette - its on our website! http://www.freepeople.com/accessories-the-jewelry-box-necklaces-and-bracelets/falling-feathers-necklace/

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