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our senior stylist recently moved into a new home and painted one of the walls with chalkboard paint – such a fun idea! friends can leave little drawings and notes when they stop by, and it would come in handy for bursts of inspiration! i love how elegant her’s looks with the mantel and mirrors – and don’t you love the fire someone drew :)

there are so many cool things you can do with chalkboard paint…here’s some more inspiration from around the web.

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Nicole -Jan 08, 2011, 6:47PM
How much do I love this?....to many to count the ways!
Mao -Jan 06, 2011, 7:03AM
Why, this is so nice! I'll do it sooner!!

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I’ve been obsessing over hats lately like crazy. I see so many cute pictures of girls wearing them with prairie dresses, rock T-shirts and polka dots. Whenever I throw on a hat I feel like a different person… like I’m in character… it’s kinda fun. It makes me feel like I need to be a performer for the day!! I think I need one in my life. There are so many adorable styles out there.

The look I’m chasing at the moment on the hat front is that naïve folksy look, the prairie look made accidentally cool. Mixing a hippie dress with a polka dot shirt, then either a bowler hat or fedora or if I just wanted an easy care free day – a vintage rock tee, dirty denims and yep topped off with any hat.

I gotten hat crazy this month but my life has been made easy with the great selection that is right here on our web.

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Leslie -Apr 24, 2011, 4:05PM
This is the best place from where I got the iPad 2 at cheap price. Thanks for sharing the link. http://hubpages.com/hub/ipad--2
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you know those days when your head is in the clouds… and no matter how hard you try to ground yourself, part of you just seems to be floating off in a dream? this is the perfect music for those days.  the album pictured above is actually from 2007 but has some of my favorite of their songs on it.  when i first heard “seeds of night” i listened to it about twenty times. check out some of the cave singers’ songs below and pretend you’re lying in a grassy field on a sunny day with the wind tickling your face or walking barefoot on the beach in a chilly air, the sand cool against your feet.


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check ‘em out here.

melissa -Jan 08, 2011, 2:35PM
Yay! We love our Seattle bands! xoxo
tara -Jan 06, 2011, 12:40AM
remarkable! my ears are lost in oblivion <3

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we’ve got two new stores coming your way! they will both open in mid march and we are looking for managers and assistant managers.  click on the images for more info and to apply!

Scarlett -Jan 08, 2011, 4:12AM
There needs to be a free people store in Santa Cruz
Handcrafted Silver Jewelry -Jan 06, 2011, 8:50PM
Wow that was odd. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn't appear. Grrrr... well I'm not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

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i am very excited to announce our next book club read - just kids by patti smith! a couple of you recommended this book but it was literally yesterday during a conversation with our videographer that we chose it.   here is what she had to say about it…

i’d heard friends talking about patti’s book and how powerful/inspiring/mesmerizing it was…
coincidentally i got tickets to see her play in new york for the new year.
i’m not much of a reader anymore, but…
i started the book on sunday – after seeing her perform which was downright amazing – and stayed up til 1am tuesday to finish it.
i don’t even feel like i can conjure up words to say what she’s already said – though when i read the last page, i texted my good friend,
feeling compelled to say “good lord, there’s good work to be done.”
i haven’t been so moved by a book in maybe…ever.
you’ll want to throw away all of your fears and reservations and excuses and go for it –
it being whatever the heck you want your life to be.

ok sign me up! i can’t wait to start reading it.  i’ll give you all a week or so to get started and then i’ll start posting about it. in the meantime, here are some images of the impossibly cool patti smith.

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Abercrombie -Jan 10, 2011, 10:07AM
I'm reading it as well, i'd love to meet her in person.
The Animated Woman -Jan 09, 2011, 4:12PM
I'm reading this book now and loving the space between the words. I feel like I'm home.

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i am so inspired by this story and artwork sent in from reader keely, from savannah, georgia.  a college student who paints on the side, she was inspired by one of our summer display bikes to create jewelry out of wood, hemp, floss thread, scrapbook paper, fabric and free people catalogs!

it was this bike – specifically the wheels – that sparked her inspiration:

and here’s a look at the jewelry she created:

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here are some of her paintings, which she creates using mixed media such as fabric, paper, glitter and acrylic paint.  i love how colorful and cheerful they are:

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finally, i had to share this photo of her christmas tree, decorated with all DIY ornaments!

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now that’s a free people tree if i ever saw one :)

check out more of her work here. thanks so much for sharing, keely!

moviemaker -Jan 27, 2011, 10:04PM
They are really beautiful pictures, now my country's spring festival is coming, later, I will share some good pictures with you.
mariana -Jan 07, 2011, 7:01PM
i paint too! and my tecnique is similar i would like to share :)

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our graphic designers have made a new downloadable/printable calendar for 2011!

i can’t stop looking at it, they did such a beautiful job and have captured the mood of each month perfectly.

click here to go to our flickr page and download the large size – they made two versions, one for regular screens and one for wide screens :) enjoy and happy new year!

Rebekah -Jan 31, 2011, 5:57PM
I need the February 2011 image. Tomorrow is the first! I love them! Don't let me down.
La Lingerie -Jan 05, 2011, 8:38AM
Nice Blog.!! This is my first time to visit your blog and I would say you share nice information.You definitely do research and write very well.

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amazing images found here; quote added by me.

Eva -Jan 03, 2011, 7:24PM
So true! Love all these positive words. Thanks Free People!!

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the new year sunrise carries corals, taupes, pinks through the sky…

love this pretty artwork our graphic designers made! click on the image to download the large size in flickr. happy 2011!

sharah -Feb 11, 2011, 7:17PM
i am obsessed with this post. beautiful. and i love how its named by a national quote. <3
Song Anh -Jan 02, 2011, 6:48PM
This is such a creative look for your site! I'm a watercolor fanatic and seeing how it can be incorporated to a layout is really neat! What a creative team you all are!

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happy new year!

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Jordan Tiberio -Jan 25, 2011, 9:51PM
I have gotten so many views on my flickr ever since you guys posted my firework photograph! :) Haha, thank you!
Gianna -Jan 03, 2011, 1:28AM
If anyone knows where to get some crystals like that PLEASE fill me in. I would love to have a bowl of those!

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don’t worry, he got a treat for being so good :)

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Laura -Jan 03, 2011, 4:06PM
What kind of jeans is the girl in the black turtle/cowlneck wearing? Thanks!
fp julia -Jan 03, 2011, 2:14PM
hey guys! the boots are by pajar, its a canadian brand :)

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at all the amazing things that happened this year…

we moved into our sweet new digs!

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our catalog team traveled to some amazing locations.

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us bloggers did some traveling too :)

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we introduced you all to the five fp girls!

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and to our new lines, vintage loves and wee people.

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we went crazy for hair trends! the fishtail braid, rainbow extensions, feather extensions, dip dying, we tried it all!

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and fell in love with fashion trends like clogs, bodycons, mixed prints, 70s groupie, underwear as outerwear, old west and crochet.

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we got to meet and work with some awesome bloggers – much love to rumi, natalie, georgia, dylana, chantal and gemma!

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we opened some new stores…

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and our display team made them all look amazing.

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and we made some new furry friends!

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…can’t wait to see what 2011 will bring!

Emily -Dec 31, 2010, 1:23PM
Yay, Lily!! ...and all of our other furry friends, too :-)
Anna Clare Culp -Dec 31, 2010, 9:51AM
This is a really great collection of all these wonderful things that happened with fp for 2010. I'm very excited for everything fp has done and how fast it's growing! It is such a great company and yall have done beyond a wonderful job, and I know it will continue into 2011!! Congratulations! Happy New Year!!

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