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“if you smile at me i will understand because that is something everybody everywhere does in the same language…” – crosby stills and nash

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TP -May 17, 2010, 12:22PM
LOVE THIS SONG. LOVE THIS LINE. Thank you again for another awesome quote to start my week.
alexxandra -May 17, 2010, 10:11AM
i cant even begin to tell you how perfect this quote is. i am visiting italy right now and this quote could never have been said at a more perfect time. thank you.

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spring risotto

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i found this spring risotto recipe on the dinner files and it sounds so delicious i’m sure it’s worth the time that goes into making it. and it just looks pretty :)

here’s what you need:
1 to 2 pounds fava beans
1/2 pound sweet peas/garden peas/english peas
1/2 bunch asparagus
2 green garlics
5 cups broth
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1 cup aborio rice
about 3/4 cup freshly shredded pecorino cheese

directions:
- first you need to double shell the fava beans – if you don’t know how, there’s a step-by-step guide here.
- shell the peas and set aside with the shelled fava beans
- snap the asparagus spears where they break naturally and discard the ends. cut the asparagus into relatively thin, angled slices, leaving the 1-inch to 2-inch tips intact, and set aside.
- cut off the root ends of the green garlics. cut the white and light green part of the stalks in half lengthwise – the darker green top will hold the whole things together. chop the white and light green parts

- put the broth in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. keep it at a very low simmer.

- meanwhile, heat another medium saucepan over medium high heat. add 1 tablespoon of the butter and the olive oil. when the butter is melted and stops foaming, add the chopped green garlic and the salt. cook, stirring, until the green garlic is wilted, about 2 minutes.

- add the rice and stir to completely coat it with the butter and oil. cook, stirring until the opaque rice grains turn a bit translucent around the edges.

- add about a cup of the warm broth to the rice and cook, stirring as you like. when most of the broth is absorbed add another 1/2 cup broth. continue cooking, with some stirring, and adding 1/2 cup of broth at a time until the rice is almost tender to the bite – approximately 15 minutes.

- add the asparagus and more broth and continue cooking and stirring and adding broth as needed until the asparagus is almost done and the rice is tender. add the peas and fava beans.

- continue cooking, adding a bit more broth and stirring, until the peas and beans are warm – just a minute or two. stir in the cheese and remaining tablespoon of butter and taste – add more salt if you want.

the recipe’s author recommends trying it with some more cheese and grated pepper on top, and an egg- which i would never have thought of but looks yummy!

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me -May 17, 2010, 1:15PM
I am definitely making this soon!!

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happy weekend!!

Nick -May 14, 2010, 8:10PM
Wow, I love the design here. Great job and "happy weekend" to you too!

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a couple of weeks ago, our  regional visual manager for the west coast and our director of stores met up with the northwest district manager to take a little tour of the free people stores in washington, oregon and northern california.  lucky for us, they sent over some great photos from their trip!

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i love the shots from the airplane, so cool!

Rocio -May 14, 2010, 8:49PM
I really love seeing photos from the others stores around the country!!

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my greatest loves are my fiancé, family, friends and my cat. i’m a huge phillies fan and seeing them win the world series a couple of years ago was incredible! i also love spending time with friends and traveling. i recently went to seattle and dublin for the first time, which was amazing – but my favorite place in the world is definitely ocean city, NJ! i spend as many weekends there as i can. being on or near the beach is so relaxing and peaceful. i mostly listen to classic rock and some of my favorite bands are U2, the rolling stones, tom petty, the black crowes and radiohead. i’m a member of the world wildlife fund, and protecting the environment has always been one of the most important causes to me. the work this organization does to preserve nature and protect endangered species around the world is really inspiring to me!

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my style…

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1. we the free scoop neck tunic; 2. festival bracelet; 3. serena motorcycle skinny jeans; 4. acme boots; 5. screwed chain clutch.

side note – this also happens to be my favorite girl in the whole world – my sister :)

LP -Jun 10, 2010, 9:40AM
WOW! GREAT post - awesome job on the flow, write up and fantastic arrangement of great creative pictures. Really describes Sarah and fp!! SK is beautiful inside and out! and so is JK - what a team fp has!
-May 19, 2010, 12:58PM
Julia, wonderful job on this post (and the entire series)!! Terrific photos and arrangement! FP should include employees in the catalog on a regular basis.

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and if you missed it, check out our interview with marit larsen right here!

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…our team was getting some special shots for our website in the lobby! here’s a little sneak peak :)

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cute sneakers and striped socks :)

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can’t wait to see how the shots came out!

emily -Jun 26, 2011, 5:57PM
i think FP should do a piece on how all of us at home can do our own Free People inspired photo shoots at home:) very natural, and boho. with tips on how to get the photography right, how to dress, hair/makeup ideas.. etc.!
Taylor -May 14, 2010, 11:03AM
I totally agree with Amanda~ I would work for FP for free in an instant..If only to be surrounded by the creativity and beautiful atmosphere. Of course, I have applied and applied to postions expressing my candid interest and love for the FP brand and lifestyle. Thank you for making the world more beautiful and intersting with your amazing designs. I am waiting with bated breath to hear back regarding the Office Coordinator Position. Thanks fp juilia! Taylor

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emma -May 16, 2010, 1:03AM
As a free people girl of color, i was very disappointed to see that this "real girls" catalouge only featured white and asian girls... although they were all beautiful, i would have liked to see a more colorful representation of your behind the scenes fp girls! :/ beautiful catalougue though!!!
Deb -May 13, 2010, 8:21PM
I received my May catalog this week...it's one of my favorites to date. Your catalogs are always so gorgeous and I love your clothing, the whole Free People aesthetic is so me. I only wish I were 30 years younger:(

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sun is shining, the weather is sweet… makes you want to put on a pair of sunglasses! probably the most important accessory for the summer months… so which ones do you love most?

the solid stendhal vintage with stones:

the lovely lady sunglasses:

the vintage persol cateye:
vintage persol cateye

the circles sunglasses:
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or the portman top rimmed wayfarer:
portman top rimmed aviator

the winner of last week’s hat poll was – by almost 50%! – the medina sun hat :)

replica watches -May 24, 2010, 1:21PM
I would like to let you know what a joy it is to wake up each morning and read your delightful blog. I always feel as if you are speaking directly to me.
pharmacy technician -May 20, 2010, 12:12AM
My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

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my greatest loves are my yorkie, art, traveling, swings, anything vintage, and all my nieces and nephews. i also love to bake and am always looking for new things to try – dessert is my weakness! on weekends i love to go out and explore the suburbs of philadelphia looking for new places to eat, shop, or just to take a nice walk. at night you will most likely find me downtown philadelphia at a bar where my boyfriend is DJ-ing having drinks with friends!

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my style…

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1. henna cotton skirt; 2. lacey lights tee; 3. kissaria ruffled dress; 4. floral high waisted scrunch skirt; 5. floral tiered halter dress.

Taylor -May 13, 2010, 10:18AM
I Love this FP!! I want to work for you! I would love the opportunity to express my FP spirit with the company and enhance the brand everyday at the home office!
buy logo -May 13, 2010, 4:30AM
I like You Real FP and your Pics. Keep It Up. Thanks.

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our new summer store displays are up and i am in awe!

for the garlands, our visual team drew inspiration from holiday decorations they saw in india:

here are some pics of the displays going up in our king of prussia, pa store!

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the plexi art was done by hand by our display team members…stay tuned because we have a video of that for you!

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the bikes are by far my favorite…they were designed by one of our visual display team members while she was in india.

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aren’t they beautiful? i want one to ride around at the beach this summer!

Robin -Nov 06, 2010, 4:00PM
I love the bikes how can I get one
beryl -Jul 22, 2010, 6:56PM
we are in love with the visual art displays always,(i'm an old interior designer)... my daughter is begging for the flower garlands,she wants to live under them... where can i find them in the states?

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watches shop -Mar 17, 2011, 1:31AM
So nice picture and so natural beauty.If i were there ,that's so good
Louis Vuitton handbags -Dec 09, 2010, 5:36AM
I love those vintage pics.

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