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“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”

– Audrey Hepburn


holly cromer -Nov 30, 2011, 9:40AM
Excellent quote... and I love the photograph that goes along with it!
helena -Nov 28, 2011, 10:08AM
Soso inspiring

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Going home for a visit, I always look forward to some of my mother’s home cooking. There’s nothing like it anywhere else in the world. Everything coming out of “Mamma’s” kitchen is a unique invention that combines unexpected ingredients into something miraculous. I don’t know how she does it, but I thought I’d feature a sample of one for you all to get a taste (literally). This Pumpkin & Pear Curried Soup was the opener to our Thanksgiving meal this year. The recipe is delicately spiced, perfectly creamy, and just enough sweet. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did. :)


1 Medium Sweet Onion – Chopped

1/2 Lb Carrots – Chopped

1 Large Yukon Gold Potato – Cut into 1/2″ cubes

1 Tbsp Sesame Oil

1/8 Cup Olive Oil

1/2 Liter of Vegetable Stock

2 Ripe Pears

16oz Pear Nectar

2 – 29oz Cans of Pureed Pumpkin

3/4 Cup Dark Brown Sugar

3 Cups of Nonfat Greek Yogurt

3 Tsp Curry Powder

3/4 Tsp Gara Masala

Salt to taste

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds/Sesame oil for garnish


Place onions into a large pot with sesame and olive oils to saute.

As they begin to turn translucent, add in carrots & potato.



When the carrots and potatoes are soft, remove from heat.


Slice pear, and add into sauteed vegetable mix.


Using a blender, puree mixture in batches. For each batch you’ll want to add a bit of vegetable stock and pear nectar to cool it down.


Return pureed mixture to heat on the stove. Stir in pumpkin, brown sugar, spices, and any remaining vegetable stock/pear nectar. Let cook until mixture is heated through.


Pour into a serving bowl, and stir in yogurt.


Garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds and sesame oil, then serve!


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Have you guys seen these amazing installations in Iceland by artist Theresa Himmer? The Mountain series consists of these large-scale sequin street art installations, “Glacier,” “Volcano” and “Waterfall.” The use of sequins allows them to reflect light, making them sparkle and appear to come alive like actual ripples of water or molten lava. I would love to see them in person!






Christina -Nov 28, 2011, 2:00PM
What a great way to spruce up the city!
Diane -Nov 28, 2011, 9:40AM
I'm so excited that you featured these! They're so inspiring.

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DO: eat the leftover pie.








It’s not often that there is homemade pie within reach. Just eat it. Eat it and enjoy it. Tell your nagging conscience that FP Naomi said it was okay…

Christina -Nov 28, 2011, 1:59PM
These look incredible! I love pie!
Jenna -Nov 26, 2011, 9:14PM
i just had my leftover pie and i don't even feel guilty about it! xo

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Abbey Lee is running through our minds a bit too much lately and with the launch of our Baroque trend, which is full of rich velvets, clashing textures, and beautiful jewel tones, we thought why not experiment with some looks up in the studio. We printed out some inspiration tears and got styling; here are our Abbey Lee looks!

We love Abbey Lee, and we love our new trend Baroque!

Items Pictured: Provincial Embroidered Maxi Skirt, New Romantics Chiffon Capelet, Slouchy Velvet Blazer, Roaring Bead Collar, Large Amulet Necklace, Ramsey Oxford, Jenny Floppy Hat.

Velvet Burnout Bodycon, Boucle Jacket, Opaque Tights, Platform Ankle Boot, Seville Pendant, Deco Choker.

Pillowtalk Romper, Josephine Ruffle Slip, Seville Pendant, Cord Buttondown, Opaque Tights, Painted Distress Boot.

Metallic Lace Bell Bottom, New Romantics Chiffon Capelet, Printed Kimono, Seville Pendant, Deco Choker, Ramsey Oxford, Jenny Floppy Hat.

Shop the Baroque Trend.

Stevie -Nov 26, 2011, 1:09PM
She's that one fashion blogger's sister, huh?
Madison -Nov 25, 2011, 3:49PM
I love Abbey lee! (I have a photo collage of her on my english binder :$ lol)

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DIY Ornament turned into Headband

For this DIY we used the beautiful jewel encrusted ornament designed by Chan Luu. Our clever team used this ornament to create an adorable headband in just a few easy steps! All you need is a plain old headband and some fabric glue.

Untie the ornament from its hook, and then bit by bit, use the fabric glue to adhere it to the headband. We used clips (pictured below) to hold the ribbon in place as it dried.


That’s it! I love how the hanging chains give this a delicate feel:


Jewel Encrusted Ornament by Chan Luu

Lulú -Feb 19, 2013, 9:38AM
Just love this idea! Thanks God for Curiosity... I found this 'cause i'm curious... ;)
Sydney -Feb 07, 2013, 3:31PM
I was literally going through the old DIY'S to find more ideas to do and to "spice" up my life. I am in love with this idea ! ! LITERALLY ! Most likely we could get the plain headbands where ? Comment Please @ ! ?

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Due to the power outage, I didn’t get to post this week’s DIY on Wednesday, so here it is – part two of our tutorial for turning our holiday ornaments into accessories you can wear all year long!

DIY Holiday Ornaments turned into Keychain

For this tutorial we used the Aziza Golden Feather Ornament by Serafina and the Dakota Feather Ornament by Alkemie – but, like the earrings and necklace, this DIY would work with any or all of our holiday ornaments! All you need are some pliers and a keyring and hook (pictured above left).

We removed the hook from the small gold feather ornament using the pliers, and then untied the red string from the larger feather. We used the string to tie the smaller feather to the ring of the larger feather.


To add a decorative touch, we wrapped the red string around the gold ring, finishing it with a knot. Now just attach the ring with the two feathers to the keyring, and you’ve got an awesome new keychain!


Aziza Golden Feather Ornament by Serafina; Dakota Feather Ornament by Alkemie.

Eco Friendly Living -Sep 18, 2014, 9:21PM
I've been looking for ideas on how to use up a bunch of Christmas ornament hooks. Thanks for the inspiration!
SASmith (@web_shopaholic) -Mar 28, 2013, 4:39AM
This is a hip and stylish key chain or a cellphone accessory! I would like to ask your permission if we could use your creation in one of our jewelry-making classes in Dragonfly Designs ( Our students are kids from age 5 to 17. :) And I know they will simply love your creations! We will check out your other creations too! Thanks for sharing!

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I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Our office is pretty quiet today – but we do have this adorable visitor, Mandy :) Our email marketing manager rescued her, I think she’s one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen!


I love her bandana :) What a cutie pie!

karen -Nov 27, 2011, 8:05PM
Soooo cute!!
-Nov 25, 2011, 10:12PM
this is quite possibly the cutest doggie i have EVER seen :)

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Post image for Thursday Poll: Holiday Lookbook

We’ve been gearing up for holidays for quite some time now, and the release of our November lookbook (staring models Linda Vojtova and Ruby Aldridge) confirms that the festive season is finally upon us. It’s a magical time of year that inspires a uniform of glitter and glitz. Everywhere you look ladies have out their best eye-twinkling sequins. Parties are lined with shining gems in head-to-toe metallics – catching the light and bouncing back an elegant glimmer. The world, for two months or so, becomes spectacularly hypnotizing exactly like this book. Which look whisks you off into the twinkling dreamland?

Look 1

Look 2

Look 3


Look 4


Look 5


Look 6


aimee -Nov 25, 2011, 11:03PM
Look 2 is purity with an edge. Love it!
EPS -Nov 25, 2011, 7:41PM
Look #4 is kind of 90s with the velvet dress, but I am so digging it with the necklace and clutch. Flattering is always fabulous, no matter the fabric

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Here’s a rundown of what some of our stores are doing for the biggest shopping day of the year!

Black Friday Sneak Peek at FP Costa Mesa!
November 25; 5AM-10PM

5:00-6:00am fans of Free People South Coast on facebook receive 10% off your purchase! You can “like” them at the door to be allowed in. Get first dibs on exclusive FP merchandise and enjoy cookies and refreshments while you shop.

6:00-7:00am the first 10 shoppers will get handmade leather/fabric totes with purchase!

All day check out online exclusive items only available at Free People South Coast!

**make sure to bring your phone so you can show us you like like our fan page @ the door to get in***

For more info visit their Facebook Page.


Give a Little, Get a Little
Black Friday @ FP Studio City

7AM – 7PM

Anyone who comes in and buys a gift on Friday November 25 will be entered in a raffle to win a day of pampering for themselves!

The prize includes a lunch for 2 at Charlie’s Pantry, a mani/pedi, and Starbucks on us!

For more info visit their Facebook Page.



Black Friday Giveaway at FP Santana Row
6AM – 10PM

The first 25 customers to spend $100+ will be entered into a raffle to win a FP gift card worth $50 and a gift basket filled with hand-made goodies from the Santana Row FP girls!

For more info visit their Facebook Page.



A Holiday Affair at FP Walnut Creek
7AM – 9PM

Stop by FP Walnut Creek for a cup of coffee and breakfast treats while you shop! Whether you’ve been battling lines since 3 AM or just stepping into the madness of Black Friday our stylists are happy to accommodate all of your shopping needs! You won’t need to lift a finger, we’ll do all the shopping and gift-wrapping for you! Hurry in, the first 25 customers who spend $150 or more will be entered into an exclusive raffle offering a $50 gift card amongst other gifts. See you there!

For more info visit their Facebook Page.



Cozy Party at FP Austin Downtown
10AM – 8PM

Enjoy sweet treats and a hot cocoa bar while you shop! There will also be a raffle for a FP gift card- for every ‘cozy’ item bought, you will be entered to win!

Fore more info visit their Facebook Page.



Cozy Cocoa and Cookies at FP Houston City Centre
6AM – 10PM

Comfy, cozy, cups of hot chocolate and cookies for our Free People friends and shoppers, to keep you peppy for a full day of shopping! FP fabulous ‘fringed bags’ are back and FREE with $100 or more purchase. And a cozy little contest for our fabulous FP fans… Enter your name with every cozy item purchased for a chance to win a gift from our FP gals to you!!

For more info visit their Facebook Page.



Shop Now, Be Merry Later at FP San Antonio
8AM – 11AM

Shop early between 8AM-11AM and receive 10% Off your entire purchase! Also, get a sneak preview of this season’s “MUST HAVES” for Holiday 2011 and enjoy a quick “Grab & Go” breakfast before you leave compliments of Free People San Antonio!

For more info visit their Facebook Page.


And, for those of you who prefer to stay home and shop online, enjoy Free Shipping all weekend long!

Renee -Nov 26, 2015, 6:45PM
I meant , so bummed there isn't a Black Friday online
Renee -Nov 26, 2015, 6:44PM
So so so bummed there will be no Black Friday tomorrow !!

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We lost power in our office! We’ve been sent home for the holiday but I’ll be back Friday – and keep an eye out for a post with a rundown on what some of our stores are doing for Black Friday :)

Hope you all have a very happy holiday full of family, friends and good food!



Anna -Nov 23, 2011, 3:34PM
Happy Thanksgiving :)
Christina -Nov 23, 2011, 12:31PM
Lucky ducks getting to leave early for the Holiday. Happy Thanksgiving! xo, Christina

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We were so impressed with all of your recommendations last week on store music! There were some that are already on our mixes or that we’ve talked about in our meetings, and also a lot of new ones! Read More

Laurel -Nov 24, 2011, 11:11AM
it's always lovely to hear different types of music, with the rapid widespread use of the internet to spread music there are so many new types and kinds readily available to all. It's not always easy to find decent music. Thank you for posting this.
Cherie -Nov 23, 2011, 5:55PM
omg, i love this playlist! keep them coming!!

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