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stina persson‘s work reminds me of a rorschach test.  what do you see?

la -Jun 27, 2011, 6:07PM
just got a tattoo of your painting of the two blue birds with the lady's face in between.... everyone loves it!
Aubrey -Aug 29, 2010, 3:31PM
Beautiful watercolor!

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what’s everyone up to this weekend? i am seeing one of my favorite bands, my morning jacket, at penn’s landing on sunday and i can’t wait!!! i have loved them for years and seeing them at this venue (which is pretty small) should be amazing. i haven’t seen them since bonnaroo ’08, when they released their last album evil urges,  so i’m curious to see what songs they play.

i’m trying to get there early to get good seats so i can take pics!

if i wasn’t doing that, i would probably take a day trip to bethel, new york, for their harvest festival. our vintage buyer told me about it – it takes place on sunday at the site of the original woodstock festival and there’s a farmers market,crafts, live music and more. sounds like so much fun!

more info here.

happy friday!

Tory -Sep 05, 2010, 5:13PM
I just saw MMJ in Chicago! The show was unreal I took some pretty cool pics if you wanna check them out.. http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2799455&id=1928671
craig ballantyne -Sep 04, 2010, 6:55PM
Very educating blog, bookmarked the site in interest to read more!

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We get inspired daily here at our office by the style of the people who work here. Everyone has a unique sense of dress that is quite captivating and gives our office environment a great personality.

Here’s a glimpse at one of our stylists :)

The music is by Real Estate — “Alantic City”

-Aug 30, 2010, 6:56PM
is that shirt available now in american apparel?
isabella -Aug 28, 2010, 10:40PM
would it be possible to ask her how she dyes her hair that way?

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if you’re in the area stop by and say hello! i will post pics of the store as soon as i have them :)

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sadly, it is time to say farewell to our concept intern, stacey, who is leaving us to go to college.  please enjoy one last post from her!

I feel as if everywhere I turn I see dreamcatchers. Suspended from rearview mirrors, splashed across blogs, discreetly tucked into editorial images, they are difficult to ignore…not that I would want to. While a trend beloved by too many tires easily, its ubiquity stripping away the element of novelty too soon, the recent overwhelming amount of dreamcatchers has yet to repel me; it just leaves me wanting to know more. It is easy to lose the story in a profusion of images so I looked for it in the legend. These words from Core Designs convince me that a dreamcatcher definitely warrants a warm place above my pillow—

“The dreamcatcher legend originated from the Ojibway and Lakota Elders. They tell us that dreams do hold great power and drift about at night before coming to the sleeping ones. To keep the dreamer safe, the Old Ones created a special web, The Dreamcatcher, to hang above their sleeping places. The ancient story told by the Native Elders is that the Dreamcatcher’s hoop, with the intricate webbing at it’s center, ensures a sleep undisturbed by bad dreams. The good dreams would take the path of the web with great ease to its center and would float gently down the trail of beads, and like the feather, drift down into the minds of the sleepers below.
The bad dreams would struggle with the web and become entangled as the night would pass, leaving them to perish in the rays of the new day sun in the morning.”

The word “dreams” itself is so airy — wispy and elfin when written and rolls cheerfully off the tongue when spoken. The “d” stretches wildly in a yawn before guiding the remaining letters into a calm lethargy. Just hearing and reading and speaking the word throws my imagination into overdrive. Admiring the word and its shape-shifting quality got me thinking about the other meaning of dreams, the even less tangible one that consumes the mind long after the sun has risen and the darkness melted away. A recent dream of mine came true this summer and comes to a close today and I can’t help but feel a melancholy, like I am groping in vain at a fleeting something that has came and passed and can no longer be recovered. I recognize that interning at Free People this summer has been a gift in many forms. Meeting so many wonderful people and being able to observe them and learn from them has enriched not only my understanding of how a corporate setting works, but educated me in the intricate way that a group of creative and hard-working people come together to create something that makes people feel good about themselves. I am very lucky to have had this experience and would not trade this summer for any other.

Thank you, Free People, for having me. :)

in case you missed any of her lovely posts, click on these links:

meet the concept intern!

through our concept intern’s eyes

intern-al affairs

a-dressing nirvana

if you blur your eyes…

be kind to animals and birds, and read all you can

hot and cold

cruel summer

some morning inspiration

home

thank you stacey, keep in touch!

J.M. -Aug 29, 2010, 6:54PM
I'm going to miss Stacey's posts :( Best of luck with the semester! I start this week. I made a dream catcher necklace last week. I was given one by my grandpa as a child and always kept it in my room. Last year I made it into a necklace. Last week, I thought it would be fun to make one from scratch, so i did.
Leslie -Aug 27, 2010, 9:58AM
Katie, I agree. Dreamcatchers, when used in such novel ways, can easily trivialize a culture. Stacey, have fun at college! Freshman year r00lz

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i’m so excited to tell you about a fun new website feature we launched today! you can now go on our website and create your own collections- as you’re shopping just click the button that says “add to collections,” and then you can edit and rearrange your collections according to theme, style, whatever your heart desires! here are the collections jemma and i made featuring our favorites for fall :)

fall picks by fp julia:

for fall i am loving basic items that i will LIVE in – skinny cords, thermals, maxi skirts or dresses and a cozy scarf and beanie.  i am also longing for those shearling-lined boots and an amazing leather jacket!

bewitch my fall by fp jemma:

for fall i’m into dark colours, lightened up a little by silver jewelry. I like to be comfy when its cold so no heels… it’s all about the boots and sneakers adding a little sensual factor with peeps of lace to my outfit.

now go start creating your collections right here! have fun!

baili -Aug 30, 2010, 10:35PM
i just bought the huge green backpack. love it!:)
Katie -Aug 27, 2010, 1:24PM
I cannot find that amazing hooded scarf on your website!

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i think this card is so cute:

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toby, are your ears cold?

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oh hey it’s the new philadelphia belle parked outside our building!

Cate -Aug 27, 2010, 9:19AM
Where, oh where, can I find that rabbit ring? It's so brilliant!
Sarah -Aug 26, 2010, 4:25PM
how funny, that same comic was in a class textbook i had last year and i cut it out and saved it i loved it so much! also random, but i am an artist and have loved free people/dreamed of working there for so long - you all should check out my stuff! http://www.flickr.com/photos/artbysarah

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good morning! let’s get right to the thursday poll… this week we’ve been telling you about some of the trends we love for fall, so i thought i’d ask which of these trends you all are most excited about!

sports utility:

70′s groupie:
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or underwear as outerwear:
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the winner of last week’s thermal poll was by far and away the motorcuff thermal with 50% of the vote!

fp julia -Aug 26, 2010, 1:26PM
hi! it's the cable sweater pullover: http://www.freepeople.com/sweaters/cable-sweater-pullover/
Amanda -Aug 26, 2010, 1:08PM
What is the sweater in the Sports Utility photo?

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if i had to picture the home of kim krans, the artist behind the wild unknown, this is probably pretty close to what i’d imagine.  i can definitely imagine her creating her simple, beautiful works of art in this peaceful and rustic atmosphere.

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source – design sponge. and check out the wild unknown website.

Kim -Oct 07, 2010, 9:02AM
The first picture of the moons and the waterfall looks similiar to the one I have and a guy in Ann Arbor painted it on the street. His name is Fernando and we used to see him for many Art fairs but he has left and we have not seen him back for quite some a time now. That is cool.
camille -Aug 29, 2010, 11:10AM
dream home! so peaceful! (check out my recycled fabric dresses @ www.camilleyanair.etsy.com )

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i just saw this on our santa barbara store’s facebook page and i had to post it- it kinda reminds me of the yarn bombing i posted about earlier! they wrapped pens and pencils in yarn for a store event, don’t they look pretty? such a free people touch :)

Zombie Darling -Sep 20, 2010, 3:07PM
Cute! I did this few years ago! I wrapped some old pencil in pink yarn..I still keep that one!
kathryn -Aug 27, 2010, 5:19PM
awww "mini diy" that's really cute!

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Why we love it

This feels really new for FP, although we’ve always loved our comfy, easy, beachy pieces, we recognized this season that they could be worn in a cooler more edgy way.  

How we’ll be wearing it

There’s a street style feeling to this trend, so it’s really about wearing this look with your own attitude and plenty of confidence. The key item is the knit pant, but styled up so they don’t look like everyday joggers.  We love them cropped at the knee and worn with a wedged statement shoe or chunky military boot for a fashion twist.  

The fabrics are super soft and in muddy heathery colors that feel like the end of summer and have that cozy feel to take you into fall.   It’s slouchy and sexy so we are loving the oversized tops and sweaters and anything worn off the shoulder to get this look spot on.

leighane -Aug 26, 2010, 7:40AM
ahh i love this jogger look and i think how free people are styling it up, wang with a little feminine twist. Im going to buy these today, so comfy for fall
Lizzy -Aug 26, 2010, 7:40AM
I love these updates, good advice for my Fall wardrobe thank you

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today we had the extra special treat of a farmers market right outside our office doors! fresh fruit, veggies and other produce from local farms and live music in the background as you shop. this will happen again september 8th and 22nd, how exciting! here are some photos from today- not the sunniest day but still nice :)

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this little boxer puppy stole my heart.

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new mocs + sunflowers = happiness.

Heather -Aug 26, 2010, 12:55PM
Love this idea! I used to work as a designer for Lands' End Catalog and every friday during the summer they would hold a huge Farmers Market at the Home Office! It was a great touch and perk for employees!
Lilianna -Aug 25, 2010, 7:28PM
I love love LOVE the mocs, but how are the soles? Do you think they'd stand up to some wear and tear? They're so adorable, but I want to make sure they'll last!

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