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another one of our favorite artists has a show opening this weekend!  go see drawings by our amazing lizzy janssen at B2, located at 1500 east passyunk ave in philly – the opening reception will take place saturday june 12th from 6-8pm. i’m so sad i can’t go to the opening! she’s incredibly talented and adorable, we love her!

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check out her website for lots more!

pharmacy tech -Jun 21, 2010, 3:45AM
Keep posting stuff like this i really like it
kathryn -Jun 12, 2010, 10:56AM
love your work, lizzy. hope the show goes well!

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office style close up! top, allsaints.

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bracelets, marc by marc jacobs.

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silver ring by eric saeter, gold ring from ebay.

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charli clog by jeffrey campbell, free people.

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riley -Jun 14, 2010, 3:05PM
like the girl in 3rd picture i have a file of cool pictures that i find too! i even have the one of the two girls with the flowers :)
Not A Paper Cup -Jun 14, 2010, 6:16AM
Such cool jewellery!! :)

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the days are heating up and summer is just around the corner…time for long days of lounging in the sun followed by wild summer nights.  our current summer nights trend is all about the items you can rock all day long and then dress up with accessories to wear straight out at night.  i love our selection of body con dresses that are perfect for this trend. which one do you like best??

the solid short sleeve tunic:

the dinner time tieback dress:
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the sleeveless fringe lace tunic:
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the solid poison ivy tunic:
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or the downtown date dress:
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and the winner of our platform poll last week was the roma knotted strap platform by cynthia vincent!

lindsey -Jun 11, 2010, 5:00PM
there should be a tutorial on how to braid your hair like the model's in the downtown date dress!
Anna -Jun 10, 2010, 4:27PM
Definitely agree with kat! These are a bit plain. However, I do like the downtown date dress a lot.

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bonnaroo is here! the festival officially starts today and i can barely sit still i’m so excited.  the four of us will get there tomorrow so if you’re going to bonnaroo look for us with our free people carrier bags! if you spot us we’ll take your photo and add it to our bonnaroo album on facebook and you also could be featured right here on the blog :)

see you on the farm!!!

lovebug -Jun 11, 2010, 2:13PM
love love love the bernese mountain dog!! so beautiful look at those huuuuuge paws! :)
Inspired Solutionz -Jun 10, 2010, 7:04PM
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ok this was outside building 543 but too cute not to post.

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one of the blue bikes available to ride around during lunch or if we need a little break…

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someone got some flowers… ;)

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crabby flag!

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a going away party for one of our fp boys!

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he’s going to maine to live in a log cabin :)

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fritz doesn’t want him to go :(

and here’s a look at the space where our visual display team works!

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ko -Jun 10, 2010, 10:20PM
that's my crabby flag!!
kayla -Jun 10, 2010, 11:25AM
i want to work at free people!!!

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some pics from kris chau’s art opening last night in 543…it was awesome – if i had the money i’d buy every single thing on display!

pharmacy technician -Jun 11, 2010, 5:19AM
What a great resource!
Wrecked Stellar -Jun 10, 2010, 12:02AM
Looks like a great time! The paintings look adorable and personal!

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our visual manager for the west coast just visited our seattle and portland stores and sent along some great photos i wanted to share with you!

seattle being seattle… :)

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outfit of the day: geo shapeless dress

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rainy and chilly seattle weather = perfect for the centered pullover!

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cute pup in seattle… look at that face!

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seattle to portland from above.

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outfit of the day: irina slip dress

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vintage cowboy boots and the entrance to our portland store!

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our pretty portland store :)

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she takes great photos :)

physician assistant -Jun 17, 2010, 4:27AM
What a great resource!
lina -Jun 11, 2010, 12:05PM
lana!!! hi!!

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fp jemma has been talking about making a chandelier out of tree branches for her apartment and i think its an awesome idea! another fp girl was telling me they used to make them for our store displays as well. it doesn’t seem too difficult – you can collect fallen tree branches and sticks in your own backyard or at a park, and bind them together with twine , arranging them however you want them to look.  this is definitely something you can play around  with and experiment with several branches or just a few.  it would look amazing  with some christmas tree lights woven in!

here’s some inspiration i found to get your creative juices flowing…

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kat -Jun 11, 2010, 12:58PM
i absolutely adore this post. the branches give such an organic feeling even in the more modern room (fourth from the top). definitely have to incorporate this to my room somehow.
kayla -Jun 11, 2010, 6:52AM
my roommates and i have trees and tree branches hanging and placed all over our apartment. it's honestly super helpful, super cool, and totally random. i love the look of a huge tree branch just chillin in our great room with pretty things dangling from it. we even have one in the bathroom and we put toilet paper on branches to hold them. it's so unique and cute.

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our very own kris chau has an art show opening over in gallery 543 at  the navy yard today! the show, titled “work to work” will be up until july 9th and you definitely don’t want to miss it, her work is awesome. here’s a little peek :)

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chau, i think YOU’RE pretty far out :)

check out her website here.

worknclassbunny -Jul 08, 2010, 6:20AM
I'm completely obsessed with every piece. I'm dying for the painting of the bunny-hooded-girls in leotards. Where can I purchase this???
fpcarrie -Jun 09, 2010, 12:24PM
ich liebe frau chau.

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we’re heading down to bonnaroo in a few days and i’m hoping we have some time to make a quick stop in nashville to do some exploring! if we do, there are a couple of vintage shops that i would love to check out…

first is imogene and willie, a store that’s one-of-a-kind in itself, located in a retrofitted gas station on 12th avenue south in nashville. while they specialize in premium, customized denim that they make right there on the spot, they have a selection of vintage cowboy boots, bags and accessories that i’d love to dig through.  not to mention it is owned and run by a husband and wife team who’s adorable dog you’ll likely find lounging on the couch, and in the evenings they’ll often have live music and happy hour :)

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the other shop i’d love to check out, called venus and mars, is partly owned by karen elson – singer and wife of jack white. driving by the simple house on belmont ave (not far from imogene and willie) you might not even notice it but step inside and a fantasy world of vintage lies before you – while imogene and willie might appeal more to our tomboyish lou customer, venus and mars would defnitely intrigue the candys out there. the store carries high end, rare vintage garments as well as less expensive, colorful and girly vintage dresses and jewelry. says elson, “vintage isn’t just an old hand-me-down but a one-of-a-kind garment with a wonderful story.”

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i really love the store’s website, too – it’s set up like an old book that you flip through.

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pharmacy tech -Jun 12, 2010, 10:05PM
Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!
Lindsey -Jun 09, 2010, 2:08PM
I live in Nashville and Venus and Mars is definetly one of my faves. If you have time, i'd also check out Grimey's which is the BEST record store in Nashville, and Third Man Records, owned by Jack White, is pretty neat as well. I also think you would love historic downtown Franklin, which is full of boutiques, antique stores, and wonderful southern cooking (i suggest Puckett's). I hope you have time to stop by and have some fun!

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bonnaroo is almost here! three days…it is time to start thinking about packing and luckily i’ve been a couple of times so i know exactly what to expect. here’s a look at what will be in my suitcase!

bonnaroo takes place on a farm in manchester tennessee, and at this time of year it gets brutally HOT – you are in a wide open space with very few trees, and people actually fight over the shade. but even if the forecast is for sunshine all weekend, there is still a very good chance that at some point it will rain. i would not go to bonnaroo without a good pair of waterproof boots and a raincoat!

during the hot days i tend to wear a bathing suit under cutoff shorts and a lightweight top. the chiffon slip would be perfect. throughout festival grounds there are mist tents set up for people too cool off, and believe me they are the BEST. i would bring a reusable water bottle too, because they have water stations throughout the grounds and buying bottled water is pricey (not to mention bad for the environment). sunglasses and sunblock are a must, and i’ll probably wear my straw fedora the whole weekend – i’m obsessed. a blanket is good to have for shows, especially the mellow shows where you just want to lie down, close your eyes, listen to the music and drift away…

free people items pictured above: 1. vlatava convertible skirt; 2. chiffon and mesh slip; 3. indian toile tube; 4. rugged & ripped cut-off short; 5. nicholas k larmont jacket; 6. fp skinny military cargo; 7. straw fedora; 8. classic aviator; 9. suede medicine bag; 10. printed v wire bikini; 11. folklore sandal.

other items: hunter boots, pendleton blanket, burt’s bees sunblock, sigg water bottle, sony digital camera.

May -Jun 16, 2010, 3:52PM
I really, really enjoyed this! I'm spontaneously quitting my job this fall for backpacking trip across South America. I'm a huge fan and customer of free people (and your wonderful blog <3) and was wondering if you ever put together a list like this for backpacking? I love your clothing because of how well the pieces overall can coordinate and are convertible (and beautiful!) - it's perfect since I obviously can't bring that much.. Anyway, just wondering! Thanks!
mukai -Jun 09, 2010, 1:20PM
i'm wearing my ends in sequins dress (with rainboots...) to bonnaroo! yes!

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karlee bloomfield is a talented gal- she plays keyboard and sings backup for the quincy mumford band, who make music they describe as “earnest pop with a touch of funk and a saltwater twang.” in addition to being the house band at jersey’s historic stone pony they’re on the lineup for a couple of big festivals this year, including gathering of the vibes (in connecticut) and musikfest (in bethlehem, PA). karlee happens to be a big fan of free people and in interviewing her for the blog i learned she’s also pretty rad :)

hey karlee!!

how long have you been playing keyboards?
i have been playing keyboards since i was old enough to sit on a piano bench all by myself. my parents bought a digital grand piano, about a year before i was born – my mom said she had a feeling that she should put a piano in the house. the fact that she thought that is still kind of wild to me.  as a toddler, i was fascinated by all the controls on the piano, and eventually i knew just how to work it so that i would get the sounds i wanted. it was pretty much my favorite toy growing up. i started taking formal lessons at the age of 5, and have been playing and taking lessons ever since, so that makes it about twelve years now.

when i was seven years old, i met andy letke, who became my piano teacher and later my most important mentor…he is still my teacher today.  i study classical Piano, and attend an after school program where i study bass guitar, drums and vocals.

my true love is playing and jamming with my band.  i absolutely love the music we play.  we like to call it, “FEEL GOOD MUSIC”.  it is the kind of music that makes you feel happy when you listen to it. it is like a really great beach day!

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who are some of your personal musical influences?
page mcconnell from phish, john paul jones from led zeppelin, herbie hancock, jeff paris from keb mo’s band, and a local artist named matt wade. oh, and grace potter from grace potter and the nocturals, that girl can rock the hammond organ like no other female musician i know!  i actually played a show with her last year, which was a really cool experience.  VH1 filmed the show for a documentary about the influence of woodstock on today’s up and coming musicians – definitely an experience for the memory book!

if you could see any band (past or present) live in concert, who would it be?
i’d definitely have to say led zeppelin. their musicianship was amazing, plus robert plant was a hunk back in the day.

(i am totally with you on that one karlee!!)

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what is your favorite place that you’ve travelled to?
there are so many places, but i would have to say florida, because we traveled there as a band.  we’re like one big family on the road, we have so much fun together.  we have played down there a couple of times now, and the weather has always been perfect!  it is so nice to leave NJ when it is chilly, and in 20 hours be back in t-shirts and flip flops.  and i can honestly say that every time we play in florida or anywhere on the coast, i am always wearing my free people dresses :)

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if you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?
first and foremost my keyboard, second, an endless supply of fruit, and third would definitely be my diary!  i am a girl who loves to write, draw, eat fruit and play music – keeping it simple!

how would you describe your personal style? what are some of your favorite free people items?
i am a hippie chick through and through. i love wearing little dresses, and as a matter of fact one of my favorite dresses is a floral free people dress with gold trim on it (the ends in sequins dress). it’s so cute, and looks great on stage! in fact, i just wore it to a show we played at.

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winter, spring, summer or fall?
i really don’t enjoy the cold weather too much. i love playing out on a warm, breezy summer night – that  is the best feeling in the entire world to me.

what is your motto?
whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.

what inspires you on a daily basis?
the desire to improve my art, to bring as many people into my life as possible, and to be happy and to make others happy!

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what’s coming up for the quincy mumford band?
this summer, the quincy mumford band is up to some great things.  we are looking forward to playing the main stage at the gathering of the vibes festival in connecticut july 29th -aug 1st. at the festival we will be playing with some of the biggest names such as: furthur, robert randolph, damian marley and so many others. we are counting down the days to this festival! i am sure there will be lots of people in free people clothing there. in addition, we are already scheduled to play the summer stage in asbury park opening for umphrey’s mcgee and donavon frankenreiter. we are also the house band for the legendary stone pony in asbury park (home of bruce springsteen), where we host “feel good thursday”, every other thursday -we’re creating a little mini-festival vibe there.

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check out our facebook page, myspace, and website for more news and shows!

thanks again, it has been great to chat with the free people community. keep it free!

and now check out the video for their song “lifted”!

Debbie -Jun 09, 2010, 10:40AM
A rockin' free spirit - who always looks fabulous!!
katherine -Jun 09, 2010, 12:06AM
Stay Free!!!! Stay happy! I'm with you on those warm breezy summer nights!

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