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It’s November and holiday season is officially upon us – so why not get a head start on your holiday shopping and decorating? When it comes to both of these things, there’s nothing better than something handmade – it gives it that special little personal touch that can go a long way. I can’t get enough of these clear Christmas bulbs because there is so much you can do with them – and they make great decorations or little stocking stuffers for your family and friends :)

For those of you who are coming to our Cambridge Crafting Party on Saturday, we’ll have the supplies to make these cute little ornaments, but for everyone else here’s a tutorial!

What you need:

Clear Christmas bulbs – I got these at A.C. Moore but you can also order them online from Amazon!

Gather whatever other embellishments you like! I used yarn, glitter, fake feathers, fake flowers, glue and a little plastic figurine I had lying around. But the best part about these is you can literally do almost anything!

I’ve had this little plastic deer sitting at my desk for a while now, and for my first ornament I knew I wanted to make him a little snow globe :) I gave him a bed of green yarn that I used fabric glue to attach to the base of the ornament. The deer fit perfectly into the ornament – I just dabbed a little bit of glue on his feet and stuck him right in! For the finishing touch I added some white glitter to give the appearance of snow when I shake it.

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I would love to have a whole tree decorated with ornaments like this – with little woodland creatures and scenes living inside!

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For my next ornament I filled it with some fake flowers and added some glitter for a little sparkle :) I think this would look really pretty with real flowers too – dried flowers would look so nice!

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For the third ornament I used different colored fake feathers – I like how this one looks different as it turns at different angles, and almost like tie dye :)

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As a finishing touch, I love the idea of hanging the ornaments with neon thread!

If you guys have any other ideas for what you can do with these clear ornaments, I’d love to hear! I’ve seen some pretty neat ones made into mini terrariums…

Gayle -Mar 12, 2013, 11:25AM
Great ideas for filling these clear ornaments. The ideas are endless!
ALYSON VANDIVER -Mar 13, 2012, 5:58PM
I LOVE ALL THESE DESIGNS THEY ARE SOOO CREATED I LOVE THE FEATHERS SO COOL

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Post image for Guest Blogger: Tres Awesome Street Style Chicago

Street style has always been a significant source of inspiration when it comes to fashion trends. It inspires us here at Free People daily so, we invited Emma Arnold of Tres Awesome to do a street style swap with us, She sent us pictures of style savvy girls in Chicago while we let her into our fashion parade here at Free People home office.

I introduce to you Emma for Tres Awesome:

“I’ve been documenting the creative and fashionable people of Chicago over the past year on my street style blog, Très Awesome, The beauty of great style on the streets of Chicago is that is DOES stand out. So when you are out to grab a coffee at 11am on Tuesday morning, and you spot a man, perfectly coiffed, wearing electric orange parachute pants and a mesh shirt (and actually pulling it all off) you can’t help but look twice and get a little excited to see something so original ”

Here’s some style all the way from Chicago and check out Tres Awesome for FP street style you won’t be disappointed!

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Ashley -Nov 03, 2011, 7:24PM
That first photo is bananas! Love that sheer skirt.
Rachel -Nov 02, 2011, 11:56PM
I SO love the last photo. All those necklaces are insane. Are they available on Free People?

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Post image for Cambridge Crafting Party This Weekend!

We have a very exciting event taking place this Saturday at our Cambridge store! I will be there from 12-3PM with lots of fun crafting supplies to make some of our favorite DIY projects from the blog! As the holidays approach, there’s really nothing better than crafting something for someone you love with your own two hands :)

We’ll have lots of fun supplies and embellishments but feel free to bring your own stuff too – maybe you have an old shirt or jeans that you want to spice up, or a Christmas stocking that you can personalize FP-style… the possibilities are endless :) Put your crafting cap on and come out and join us – you can RSVP on the facebook event page here.

I’ll have more info on one of the DIYs later today but here’s a little peek at what we’ll have on hand this weekend…

Hope to see you there!

AMY -Nov 02, 2011, 8:51PM
omg! this is so awesome! i wish this was in california! i would def be there.
Madison -Nov 02, 2011, 2:40PM
This looks so fun. Wish I could be there! You guys should come to Jersey and do this. ;)

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Post image for Paris in the 1920s: Behind the Scenes

Paris was the perfect setting to capture the fashion of the 1920s for our Through the Decades holiday catalog.  The grayish light and romantic architecture created a dreamy backdrop to the 1920s styling worn by Elsa Hosk and sisters Zuzanna and Julia Bijoch.

Here’s a peek behind the scenes thanks to Thomas Northcut!

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The FP crew – such a stylish group of gals!

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Shop the November book.

hairday -Nov 02, 2011, 10:26PM
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-Nov 02, 2011, 8:52PM
Est-ce que tres belle! Belles femmes beaucoup!

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I always find so much hair inspiration here in the office – we have girls who are experts at perfecting their ‘do.  It’s funny though, I think about half of the girls whose hair I took a photo of said they were having a bad hair day – but I think they all look awesome! That’s what is so great about things like hats, turbans, twists and cute little buns on top of your head – you may think you’re having a bad hair day but to everyone else you look completely put together and fashionable.

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The Zigzag Turban is quite the trend today!

(I’ve got my eye on this adorable new head wrap – so perfect for the holidays!)

Check out all of our hats and hair accessories.

Angelina -Nov 01, 2011, 4:06PM
Those are some fabulous victory rolls!

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Post image for Blogger Diary: California Dreamin’…

“I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering…”

Sometimes I feel like the thoughts in my head fly around at a frenzied pace and the only way to sort them out is to get away for a bit.  Even if it’s not far away, just to get out of the city, and surround myself with new sights, smells and sounds can do the trick.  This weekend I did actually travel though – I went to California for a quick vacation with my sister to catch up with some family and old friends.

California is one of my favorite places in the world – and while I prefer San Francisco, I do love LA.  We stayed at the Standard Hotel in Hollywood – located on Sunset Blvd, it has a really cool modern vibe and great location. We spent our days doing some vintage shopping on Melrose (where I found a pair of perfectly beat-up boots in just my size for a mere $20!), hanging out in Santa Monica – where we even went to the pier for the first time in years, and just lounging by the pool at the hotel, relaxing before a night out.

It was just what I needed before flying back to a cold, snowy (!) Northeast on Saturday.

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I loved this store Slow – especially its little off-shoot full of vintage treasures called As Is.

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Another great store – Wasteland – where I got my boots.

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karen -Nov 09, 2011, 1:42AM
aw everyones posts below are exactly how i feel about california and this post, and i just got back from visiting san francisco. now i live in las vegas but california is just where it's at. i'm really excited to the new free people store opening up at the mall i work at on the strip though!
Emily -Nov 03, 2011, 2:46PM
this post makes me miss Los Angeles so much! i love Slow and Wasteland. and i miss palm trees so much!

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Here is the beautiful video to accompany our holiday catalog, “Through the Decades.” It’s so fun to watch the models breathe life into each magical era!

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Models: Elsa Hosk, Zuzanna Bijoch, Julia Bijoch
Music: Frehel, “La Vraie de Vraie”

The 1950s
Model: Elsa Hosk
Music: Charlie Feathers, “That Certain Female”

The 1970s
Models: Elsa Hosk, Marianna Santana
Music: LA Vampires vs Zola Jesus, “In the Desert”

Modern Day
Models: Elsa Hosk, Tallulah Morton, Chrishell Stubbs
Music: Deerhoof, “The Merry Barracks”

louise -Nov 02, 2011, 10:46AM
oopss my bad...i didnt see that you guys posted it under the names of the models hahaha
louise -Nov 02, 2011, 10:36AM
whats the name of the song that starts at 0:47?

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Happy first day of November! I think this calendar is one of my favorites :) Visit our flickr page to download the regular or widescreen version!

briaa -Dec 04, 2011, 8:43PM
Where's the December calendar? :(
folkandfairytale -Nov 01, 2011, 2:53PM
love the chickadee's ! thx !

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This lovely lady with romantic style is a designer here at Free People. Beautiful wrap dresses and flowing chiffon paired with her head of fiery red curls give off an almost Victorian feeling. She puts an updated twist on the classically beautiful elements with leather leggings, boho wedges, and playful nail art. A master of prints, you’ll often catch this designer in a statement pattern that is to die.

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-Nov 01, 2011, 11:13PM
you stress color but wear almost always black.. interesting!!
kerkrow -Nov 01, 2011, 4:56PM
Absolute ~DREAM~ loved this! And, HER! Wonderful job at picking creative and exhilarating auras such as the lovely ladies you have workin for ya! P.S.- Couldn't help but LOVE the answer for Brown or Black?! COLOR! <3 Always look forward to your posts! Happy November 1st!

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The FP Pups :)

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Ilse -Nov 02, 2011, 6:22AM
I love the little lion! He's so cute!
Betsy -Nov 01, 2011, 9:43AM
Now THAT is the best way to start my day. With lots of giggles. I can't wait to show these pics to my little girls.

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Post image for Last Chance for Free Shipping to Australia & New Zealand!

Hey Australia and New Zealand! It’s your last chance to get free shipping and 10% off on all orders over $100!! Promo lasts through November 1st.

BUT, don’t worry if you missed it because starting November 2nd we are offering discounted shipping to Australia – at a flat rate of 7.95. Enjoy!

XOXO,

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It’s come to that season where gift giving is on everyone’s mind and we always need a helping hand in knowing what special items are out there. We went around our home office and asked our seniors what items they are all about this Fall.

Here they tell us what item they love from out Fall collection

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Vintage Extreme Flare

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Taylor -Oct 31, 2011, 3:19PM
I love this new catalog! I love all of the different styles, but they all can be mixed! I'm a big fan of the courdroy flares...I tried them on twice and they are so comfortable and different. --You can also wear them will sooo many things! www.forsurejadore.blogspot.com

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