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Post image for Trend Spotting: Monochromatic Street Style

Monochromatic dressing is one of our favorite fall fashion trends – we love the idea of outfitting from head-to-toe in shades of color that amplify a certain mood or feeling. Jemma and Naomi worked with our senior photographer to capture some monochromatic street style right here at the navy yard! Here’s how we would wear this trend:

In this look: open stitch pullover, fp skinny cords, archduchess platform, tina patched satchel.

shop all seafoam and emerald shades of color.

In this look: long sleeve vintage lace dress, delancy backpack, boots coming soon!

shop all mustard and camel shades of color.



In this look: dancing in the dark lace tunic, super 70s wideleg cord, large amulet necklace, lust cuff.

shop all blush and rust shades of color.


In this look: jenoah floppy brim hat, ripper crossbody, velveteen docs, velvet shorts and polka dot blouse coming soon!


Items coming soon.

shop all shades of color.

Which look is your favorite?

nicole -Aug 30, 2011, 12:20AM
can i pretty please get the date the last skirt will be in stores!! xo
A Casa da Vá -Aug 27, 2011, 11:50PM
I want the white dress from the last pic so bad, please let me know as soon as it is available for purchase! Beijos,

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Post image for Fall Fashion Trends: Monochromatic Color Palette

After the light and dreamy summer fabrics in pastels and muted shades, the colors of fall always seem so rich and bold. This year is certainly no exception, but we’re taking it a step further: make a fashion statement this fall by stepping out in head-to-toe emerald, mustard, maroon, cerulean, or whatever color you are feeling that day. Wearing one color from head to toe is daring – chances are you will be noticed as you walk down the street, but when it’s done well it’s perfectly chic and fashionable. Break up a monochromatic ensemble with a little dash of black or beige to lessen the dramatic look or go all out and make that fashion statement. Here’s a look at some of our favorite shades of color to wear from head-to-toe this fall!

shop seafoam and emerald shades of color.



shop mustard and camel shades of color.


shop blush and rust shades of color.


shop all shades of color.

Stay tuned for a post showing how we’d wear monochromatic outfits this fall – and tell us, what do you think of this trend? Would you wear it?

samantha -Sep 04, 2011, 6:11PM
I love the dark blues. where can i find that dark blue velvet blazer??
jenny -Aug 25, 2011, 5:30PM
Hell Ya I'd wear it. I'm always "drinking the Kool-Aid" when it comes to Free People!~ Show me how to put together lots of outfits...maybe like 20 from each color group?? Keep in mind, many peeps aren't creative like you girls. Do it for me, and I'll buy it up!~

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Taylor Rae -Aug 22, 2011, 3:42PM
Lovely photo. Loving that hat mixed with the use of light.

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Post image for Fiery Sweet Potato Gnocchi

In reference to our Venetian theme this month, this week’s recipe is another of my favorite Italian-inspired recipes. Growing up my family made traditional potato gnocchi. It was always a huge production. My father and I would spend hours, rolling out hundreds of little gnocchi, preparing three different sauces, and, in the end, having a gnocchi fest with family and friends. Every person had to try the gnocchi with each sauce, falling in love anew with every bite. In the end, everyone was stuffed and happy…or uncomfortable from overeating – but – still happy…

Now that I’ve grown older and expanded my cooking experimentations, I’ve started making gnocchi with sweet potatoes. They’re a variation on the traditional version – a little healthier, and a little spicier. I don’t make hundreds, so it’s a bit less time consuming, but it still takes a while to make them. The following recipe will yield enough for 4-5 people – depending on how much you can eat. I made a homemade tomato sauce to go with them (I’ll can give you all this recipe another week if you’re interested), but they’re also good with butter & sage or any tomato/diavolo sauce you have.


2 Large Sweet Potatoes

1 Baking Potato

1 Egg

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

½ Tsp Red Pepper Flakes

½ Tsp Dried Oregano

Pinch of salt

All Purpose Flour


Preheat oven to 375˚F

Peel and dice sweet potatoes, then mix with olive oil, red pepper, and oregano in a roasting dish.


Cover dish with tinfoil, and then place in the oven to cook until potatoes are extremely tender (approx. 1/2hr)


Place baking potato to boil until it is also extremely tender (approx. 1/2hr)


Let both potatoes cool. Once the baking potato is cool enough to handle, peel and dice it. Then throw both the sweet potatoes and the baking potato together into a large mixing bowl.


Using a hand blender or rice mill blend both together until fairly creamy


Using a wooden spoon, mix in egg & a pinch of salt.


Still using a wooden spoon and working quickly, mix in flour until mixture reaches a doughy consistency. Towards the end I usually ditch the spoon and work it with my hands. It should still stick to your fingers a bit, but be thick enough to roll out once you’ve reached the right texture. It’s important to work fast so that you don’t have to add too much flour which will result in heavy gnocchi.


You’re now ready to roll out the gnocchi. Set yourself up on a table, or with enough counter space. You’ll need flour and a fork. Pour some flour on the surface, and cover your hands so that the dough doesn’t stick.

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To roll out the gnocchi you first toll the dough into little logs about ½” thick. Then, using the fork, cut them into approx. 1” segments. Once you’ve done so, press the fork lightly on top to make little ridges. This is a little trick passed down through my family to help them cook just right, and it also makes them pretty.


After you’ve rolled them out, you’ll want to place the finished pieces on a towel until you are ready to cook them.

Picnik collage

To cook the gnocchi you’ll want to set a pot of water to boil. Once it has reached a boil, drop in about 8 gnocchi at a time. Once they are cooked they will start to float, and you can scoop them out with a spatula or something with holes to let the water through.


Each serving is about 15 pieces. Drizzle with your desired sauce, garnish, and serve!

Buon Appetito!

fp naomi -Sep 06, 2011, 4:21PM
melissa - keep an eye out this sunday!
Melissa -Sep 06, 2011, 11:44AM
When is the sauce recipe coming? :)

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Love the hazy, washed out quality of his work…it feels so peaceful. go see more on his website.

Stargirl -Aug 22, 2011, 12:49PM
His work has a peacefulness and seems so remote (if you know what I mean), I was also listening to music by Flunk, which seems to go perfectly with his work.
Nikki Qiao -Aug 21, 2011, 12:57PM
So pretty!!

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DO: Have a garage sale








I’ve been moving out of my apartment of two years all throughout this past week. To say the least, the experience has been a little traumatic. I can’t help but feel bogged down by all of the stuff I’ve acquired. Never before have I wanted so badly to just throw away everything I own (except my dog and favorite clothes, of course). In retrospect, I can’t help but think of how good it would have been if I had had a garage sale beforehand. I’ve heard stories of the liberation people feel after selling everything they own. I’m not quite ready to sell everything, but it sure would have been good to go through and get rid of all the things I no longer need or have any attachment to. So do it for me, free yourself of the useless things you own, the things you no longer like, and downsize.  Save yourself the trouble of having to do it when you already have an endless to-do list. Decluttering you space will not only make it easier to do things like move, but it will also give your mind a fresh start. You can use the earnings to buy something else or even give them to charity. You might not always have extra cash to donate, so why not do it now? Whatever you don’t sell – give it away – just get rid of it, and enjoy your new beginning.

Taylor -Aug 22, 2011, 2:12PM
seriously, like me too. Even if I dont like it, i will find a way to turn it into something else ;)
kelsey -Aug 21, 2011, 7:07PM
seriously..... i'll take it

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Rachel -Sep 23, 2011, 2:31PM
Why weren't you guys at ACL this past weekend?! My friend and I wore Free People every day hoping to see you guys :)
! -Aug 21, 2011, 11:15AM
Thanks Lana!

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Post image for Weekend Getaways: Road Tripping

Do you ever have that feeling that you’re stuck in a rut? You find yourself following a routine and it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture when you’re hung up on monotonous little details. Sometimes removing yourself from normality is all it takes to clear your head and gain a new perspective. I dealt with this a few years ago and in order to snap myself out of it I packed up my car and set out on a road trip with my good friend. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done – the freedom of the open road and not knowing where our next stop would be, the excitement of discovering a new place and the utter sense of joy that came with just driving with the windows rolled down and music turned up.

While a road trip across the country may not be entirely practical, you can still take a road trip to someplace nearby. Pack your bags and take off, without a known destination. When you can’t drive any further, stop and camp out for the night or find a hotel room and see what you discover about whatever place you’re in…you’ll probably discover something new about yourself while you’re at it.

Here are some of the photos from my trip…the camera I took them with may have been disposable, but the memories definitely are not.





















Road trippin’ with my two favorite allies
Fully loaded we got snacks and supplies
It’s time to leave this town
It’s time to steal away
Let’s go get lost
Anywhere in the USA

Michelle Magdalena -Nov 12, 2011, 2:53PM
ps. Blue you sit so pretty west of the one.
Michelle Magdalena -Nov 12, 2011, 2:52PM
My Heart Skipped a beat when I saw the Big Sur coast. A road Im all too familiar with. And than the Seals on the beach right down the street from my house in Pacific Grove. Gosh Life is Beautiful!

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free people boys


pretty dresses


models off duty



Some Free People instagram fun to start your day :) Happy Friday!

rhinoplasty california -Aug 22, 2011, 6:22AM
wao that deshses are very tasty!!!
megan -Aug 20, 2011, 8:07PM
Love it! I follow you on instagram @megshaver :)

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Post image for Office Style from our Showroom!

Jemma is in New York City today and sent along these great photos of office style and mood boards in our showroom! I love all the cheery colors :)





-Aug 22, 2011, 1:32PM
Where is that watch from? I love it!!
Hayley -Aug 20, 2011, 2:08PM
It would be a dream to work at Free People! follow my blog:

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Post image for Open Interviews in Boston and Aspen!

Attention: Boston, MA and Aspen, CO Free People girls!

Boston: We will be conducting open management interviews Wednesday August 24th and Thursday August 25th. If you are interested in interviewing, please email for details!

Aspen: We will be conducting open interviews for our upcoming Aspen store Tuesday August 23rd and Wednesday August 24th.  Please email for details!

Ericka -Aug 23, 2011, 11:38AM
Lisa -Aug 19, 2011, 2:24PM
Annapolis, MD please!!!

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Post image for Behind the Scenes: August in Venice

Here is the last batch of behind the scenes photos from our August catalog shoot in Venice with Guy Aroch! Featuring models Marloes Horst and Darla Baker, and members of the fp crew :)

















Behind the Scenes photos by Thomas Northcut.

Leah Honey -Aug 20, 2011, 12:49AM
the pics are probobly from a camera with adjustable f stop, making your range of focus smaller
martha -Aug 19, 2011, 10:46AM
lovely pics and that pizza looks fabulos !

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