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karlee bloomfield is a talented gal- she plays keyboard and sings backup for the quincy mumford band, who make music they describe as “earnest pop with a touch of funk and a saltwater twang.” in addition to being the house band at jersey’s historic stone pony they’re on the lineup for a couple of big festivals this year, including gathering of the vibes (in connecticut) and musikfest (in bethlehem, PA). karlee happens to be a big fan of free people and in interviewing her for the blog i learned she’s also pretty rad :)

hey karlee!!

how long have you been playing keyboards?
i have been playing keyboards since i was old enough to sit on a piano bench all by myself. my parents bought a digital grand piano, about a year before i was born – my mom said she had a feeling that she should put a piano in the house. the fact that she thought that is still kind of wild to me.  as a toddler, i was fascinated by all the controls on the piano, and eventually i knew just how to work it so that i would get the sounds i wanted. it was pretty much my favorite toy growing up. i started taking formal lessons at the age of 5, and have been playing and taking lessons ever since, so that makes it about twelve years now.

when i was seven years old, i met andy letke, who became my piano teacher and later my most important mentor…he is still my teacher today.  i study classical Piano, and attend an after school program where i study bass guitar, drums and vocals.

my true love is playing and jamming with my band.  i absolutely love the music we play.  we like to call it, “FEEL GOOD MUSIC”.  it is the kind of music that makes you feel happy when you listen to it. it is like a really great beach day!

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who are some of your personal musical influences?
page mcconnell from phish, john paul jones from led zeppelin, herbie hancock, jeff paris from keb mo’s band, and a local artist named matt wade. oh, and grace potter from grace potter and the nocturals, that girl can rock the hammond organ like no other female musician i know!  i actually played a show with her last year, which was a really cool experience.  VH1 filmed the show for a documentary about the influence of woodstock on today’s up and coming musicians – definitely an experience for the memory book!

if you could see any band (past or present) live in concert, who would it be?
i’d definitely have to say led zeppelin. their musicianship was amazing, plus robert plant was a hunk back in the day.

(i am totally with you on that one karlee!!)

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what is your favorite place that you’ve travelled to?
there are so many places, but i would have to say florida, because we traveled there as a band.  we’re like one big family on the road, we have so much fun together.  we have played down there a couple of times now, and the weather has always been perfect!  it is so nice to leave NJ when it is chilly, and in 20 hours be back in t-shirts and flip flops.  and i can honestly say that every time we play in florida or anywhere on the coast, i am always wearing my free people dresses :)

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if you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?
first and foremost my keyboard, second, an endless supply of fruit, and third would definitely be my diary!  i am a girl who loves to write, draw, eat fruit and play music – keeping it simple!

how would you describe your personal style? what are some of your favorite free people items?
i am a hippie chick through and through. i love wearing little dresses, and as a matter of fact one of my favorite dresses is a floral free people dress with gold trim on it (the ends in sequins dress). it’s so cute, and looks great on stage! in fact, i just wore it to a show we played at.

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winter, spring, summer or fall?
i really don’t enjoy the cold weather too much. i love playing out on a warm, breezy summer night – that  is the best feeling in the entire world to me.

what is your motto?
whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.

what inspires you on a daily basis?
the desire to improve my art, to bring as many people into my life as possible, and to be happy and to make others happy!

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what’s coming up for the quincy mumford band?
this summer, the quincy mumford band is up to some great things.  we are looking forward to playing the main stage at the gathering of the vibes festival in connecticut july 29th -aug 1st. at the festival we will be playing with some of the biggest names such as: furthur, robert randolph, damian marley and so many others. we are counting down the days to this festival! i am sure there will be lots of people in free people clothing there. in addition, we are already scheduled to play the summer stage in asbury park opening for umphrey’s mcgee and donavon frankenreiter. we are also the house band for the legendary stone pony in asbury park (home of bruce springsteen), where we host “feel good thursday”, every other thursday -we’re creating a little mini-festival vibe there.

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check out our facebook page, myspace, and website for more news and shows!

thanks again, it has been great to chat with the free people community. keep it free!

and now check out the video for their song “lifted”!

Debbie -Jun 09, 2010, 10:40AM
A rockin' free spirit - who always looks fabulous!!
katherine -Jun 09, 2010, 12:06AM
Stay Free!!!! Stay happy! I'm with you on those warm breezy summer nights!

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wake up to the sun rising over the mountaintops, shedding light over the nature and beauty of squaw valley, california.  breathe in the crisp, refreshing air and stretch your limbs with an energizing yoga class. take a cable car with astonishing views to the mountaintop to explore meadows and streams and lose yourself in nature. come back down to the village where music, bongo drums and laughter fill the air.  wander among the booths and shops and indulge in delicious locally grown food as the sun goes down.  the stars twinkle above and the village heats up with fire dancers, acrobats and late night music sets by renowned djs like moby, bassnectar and pretty lights.

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this is wanderlust, and free people wants to take you there.

we have teamed up with wanderlust festival to bring you the ultimate yoga and music festival experience! now through july 2nd you can enter to win 2 seeker tickets to wanderlust (3 days access to a carefully curated schedule of yoga classes, 3 days and nights of music, 2 nights of lodging, and travel stipend) AND a $200 free people gift card!

two runners up will receive pilgrim and daytripper passes, and a $100 gift card. the pilgrim passes are good for one day of music and yoga and the daytripper passes are good for one day of music only.

to enter the contest click here!

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for more information on wanderlust, check out the website.

Majorie Desue -Apr 02, 2011, 5:45AM
You produced some just ideal elements there. I did a search on the topic and found most folks
GayRoulette -Sep 14, 2010, 7:44PM
Wow neat! This is a really great site! I am wondering if anyone else has come across something exactly the same in the past? Keep up the great work!

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our creative director has just returned from a trip to montezuma, costa rica, and was kind enough to share these beautiful photos and story from her trip…

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“montezuma is a small town on the pacific side of costa rica. i stayed in a bungalow at a place called los mangos that was a little ways from the beach and surrounded by mango trees where many howler monkeys lived! our first night there we were awakened early in the morning by strange howls and we assumed it was wild dogs but it was the howler monkeys. they love to eat mangos and it was most entertaining watching them feel each one trying to find the ripe one.

the food was great – we ate lots of ceviche which is fish cooked with fruit acids and served cold with saltines. it is so delicious and refreshing! in the mornings we drank the costa rican organic coffee which is so chocolatey and rich, and we ate cosados which is rice and beans with eggs, guacamole and sour cream. my boyfriend loved the local beer called imperial which you can drink everywhere and at all times! at the airport all the taxi drivers offer you beer and water :)

we took a 4 hour horseback riding journey to many gorgeous beaches and to one beautiful water fall. i loved just being submerged in nature everyday, swimming in the ocean and riding horses. it was all great fun and mind clearing!!!”

she never ceases to inspire :)

Sarah Sotirin -Nov 14, 2010, 3:18PM
What a heart quenching trip! Observing howler monkeys find the perfect mango is definitely on my list of things to do!
lewlew -Jun 08, 2010, 1:43PM
I went to Mal Pais 3 years ago and spent a day in Montezuma. The water fall is sensational!

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for our latest trend, “summer nights,” our team headed over to penn treaty park which is located in fishtown, philadelphia, on the bank of the delaware river. it was a warm night in early june as the sun went down and the ben franklin bridge twinkled in the backround…

…and then the cops showed up.

fortunately, once they laid eyes on our gorgeous model renata and our team explained what they were doing, they were happy to help out – they turned on their red and blue lights which added to the mood of the setting, giving it the feel of an outdoor disco, and made for a pretty great story!

you can see the tint of their red lights pretty well in this photo:

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our team also brought along some sparklers :)

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i think the above and below photos are incredible.

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read about the summer nights trend here, and shop it here!

Kayla -Jun 10, 2010, 12:54PM
This is my ideal summer wardrobe! Fabulous. And I love that summer means fireworks. My sister and I have been driving around with fireworks in our backseat since New Mexico, but haven't had time to let them go.

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Summer days make me thirsty for adventure and magic. Whenever it’s hot outside I have the urge to stay out all day making the most of the beautiful sun.

Our new trend is fitting in with this mindset perfectly “summer nights”

It’s all about the long summer day’s outfit dressing “mid street” never returning home until your mind says sleep.

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The body con becomes your new BFF a foundation for a great long day.

Dress it down with a baggy boy Tee and moccasins for cycling and hanging @ the park in the day.

When the clock strikes mmmmmmmm 7 take off the Tee dress up with a cute vest and accessories and away you go onto the Bar or a roof top party to finishes off such a perfect day.

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a stellar batch of photos from our friends on facebook…you guys are amazing, keep them coming!

i love that tattoo in the last photo…

Emma -Jul 29, 2010, 10:53AM
i had no idea these got posted to a blog, that's me in the last two, thanks so much for putting them up <3
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love photo number 9 the sea fused with the incredible nature! congratulations and to the photographer to not many people have that eye to capture the moment. nomada

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“the aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.” – henry miller

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-Jun 21, 2010, 10:13PM
its a beatiful quote... oh i just love this blog... its my favorite

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avocado crostini

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1. pop 4 slices of crusty artisan bread in the toaster, or on the middle rack of an oven set at 350 degrees F, until crisp and golden brown.

2. while the bread is toasting, peel and mash 1 ripe avocado in a small bowl.

3. spread the avocado on the toasted bread and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. sprinkle with freshly ground pepper and sea salt. enjoy!

so simple and so delicious :)

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Jenna -Jun 06, 2010, 7:55PM
It's even better with a bit of shredded parmesan cheese sprinked on top! (That is if your not vegan or vegetarian)
mary -Jun 06, 2010, 1:09PM
my favorite!

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really interesting illustrations by jonathan reid sevigny.

ashanti -Sep 07, 2011, 10:27AM
I am literally sitting in a digital illustration class now and I decided to search for inspiring illustrators and now i believe i am in love. This is great. This will motivate me for years. Thank you!
Breanna -Jul 14, 2010, 11:18PM
Oh my goodgoshgreatness my heart just exploded

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have a magical weekend :)

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Kayla -Jun 10, 2010, 1:02PM
I love the mood this photoset creates!
kimm oetegenn -Jun 05, 2010, 4:14PM
I wasn't sure how to tell you, but Trolle Siebenhaar's music reminds me so much of free people/ anthropologie, i am not sure if you already know her but i just wanted to tell you :)

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if you’re headed to bonnaroo and have the time, try and set aside a day or two (preferably pre-festival so you’re not completely worn out) to explore the city of nashville.  the self proclaimed “music city” and birthplace of country music is home to the ryman auditorium (the “mother church of country music”) and a lively bar scene where you can listen to live music any day of the week.  broadway and printer’s alley are lined with honky tonks (what they call the bars that also serve as music venues) and just walking down the street the sound of guitar and country music twang will entice you to step inside. at bars like robert’s western world and legends corner you can feel the ghost’s of past musicians in the creaky wooden floors and beat up cowboy boots that line the walls.  it is easy to lose an entire day wandering from bar to bar and listening to music – plus a lot of the bands will take requests! i had a fun time trying to get one band to play some stones and the only song they knew was “honky tonk women”.  shocking :)

stay tuned for a post on the awesome vintage shopping scene in nashville!

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funniest movies ever -Jun 07, 2010, 5:22PM
I love the tourist stuff in nashville! Great post!
Samantha -Jun 06, 2010, 4:45PM
MY HOME TOWN!!! i love your blog, huge fan.... you should totally check out hipper scenes in East Nashville... there is a wine bar called "Rumours East" totally rad, art for sale, amazing food!!!, endless wine, cutest quaint restaurant! also hillsboro village has some vintage shopping, Green Hills area is nice-good shopping. other good eats: Urban Flats, Cabanas (fun place), Whikey Kitchen. Bars: GO TO Demonbreun Street!! its the only place i go, if im going out to the bars. Trust me, east nashville is your best shot to experience the more hipster stuff!!

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free people highland park is turning one! they’ll be celebrating all weekend long with refreshments and live music from their very own janelle kroll on saturday from 12 – 5pm. plus all weekend customers can enter a raffle to win a personal styling session at the store to be featured right here on the blog!

Free People Highland Park -Jun 05, 2010, 5:31PM
Thanks to all who came out today! We had a blast! Dont forget you still have sunday to stop in and enter the raffle as well as enjoy tasty treats while you shop!
kendal croix -Jun 05, 2010, 1:19AM
i had no idea there was a store so close to me. crazy.

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