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the free people store in dedham, MA is looking for local talent to showcase their artwork this summer!  if you are interested, please friend them on facebook (Freepeople Dedham) and send a message with your name, contact info, and a picture of your work.

sounds like such a cool opportunity!

-Apr 30, 2010, 11:44PM
What a great idea! Hope other stores follow with this idea!
Call Free -Apr 28, 2010, 2:23AM
I am quite interesting in this topic hope you will elaborate more on it in future posts.thanks for sharing

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“everyone knows what their roots are, but you’ve got to explore everywhere. you’ve got to explore the sky too.”

– mick jagger

Katie -Apr 27, 2010, 12:39AM
I love noot! this is one photo of possibly the best shoot I've ever seen in a magazine. when I was living on egg noodles, I sacrificed buying conditioner for the maire claire while I was waiting to be checked out. gorgeous! unique! the whole photo spread reminded me of Free People.

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i am a vegetarian, and i am constantly on the lookout for really good meat-less sandwiches.  so when i saw this recipe on lifeflix and read that it was supposedly the best sandwich EVER, i was really excited to try it out.

you’ll need:
2 slices of oat nut bread (whole foods brand) toasted
handful of mixed greens
slices of red bell pepper
thinly sliced cucumber (skin on)
sliced tomatoes (seasoned with salt + pepper)
sliced swiss cheese or whatever cheese you like
mayonnaise
balsamic vinaigrette*
honey mustard dressing*
salt & pepper

Balsamic Vinaigrette:
1/4 cup quality extra virgin olive oil
1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 to 1 tsp sugar
1/2 pinch of black pepper
1/2 tbs water (tap)
*optional tiny squeeze of fresh lemon juice

mix everything but the olive oil. while mixing with a fork or a small whisk, drizzle in the olive oil into your vinegar mixture. taste and season according to taste.

honey mustard:
mix equal parts yellow mustard + honey

putting it all together:

prepare both dressings.

toast bread. they highly recommend the whole foods nut oat bread (green bag). in the meantime, cut all your veggies.

spread mayo on both slices of bread (one side only). spread about a teaspoon or so of the honey mustard dressing (both slices) on top of the mayo. layer one side with the cucumber slices, then the peppers, tomatoes and mixed greens. slowly drizzle balsamic vinaigrette over the mixed greens OR you can toss the greens with dressing in a separate bowl. top with cheese and the other slice of bread. that’s it!

my verdict? delicious!!! the dressings blend perfectly and the sandwich is as fresh as a bite out of spring!

sydayDevy -Dec 12, 2010, 6:51PM
i am hobby visual artist, perhaps you'd like to show some of my images? i think it would be neat for your site :-) totally admire your blog! send me a email please in case you want to see my photgraphs
physical therapist -Apr 26, 2010, 2:21AM
Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

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how cute are these shirts? they’re for sale over at print liberation, but more importantly they were designed by our very own lizzy janssen! she’s not only a talented artist but a total sweetheart and very funny…read on for an interview with lizzy and to see more of her amazing work!

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where do you draw inspiration for your work?
i get inspiration from nature and science. i like to draw things a little mysterious which seem to have been overtaken by nature and color. in my mind i’m always drawing miss havisham’s house from great expectations.

who are some of your personal favorite artists?
i like artwork that is really colorful and has a sense of humor. lucienne day, maxwell loren holyoke-hirsch, kime buzzelli, betsey walton, margaret killigan, martha rich,  esther pearl watson.

do you listen to music while you work? what do you listen to?
yes lots of music, a lot of times lyrics end up in drawings…
i like folk and blues, the carter family, woody guthrie, hank williams, leadbelly, howlin’ wolf, joan baez, bob dylan, neil young.

what are some of your hobbies?
i like to collect antiques and go to flea markets and auctions with my dad! and mostly reading, hanging out with my cats june and arlo, watching movies, and walking all over philly.

if you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?
high heels,  my cats standing on top of a record player with bob dylan’s “nashville skyline” …and eyeliner :)

how would you describe your personal style? which free people girl are you?
i’m a little bit country, and i’m a little bit rock and roll! i think i could be a mix of candy and lou – dresses and heels but not too girly.

what is something that most people don’t know about you?
i had a magical childhood living in penang, malaysia, where i was a puzzle box model.

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lots more great stuff at lizzyjanssen.com.

Rusty Stinson -Jan 29, 2011, 11:05AM
Great read! You should definitely follow up to this topic? gurkha cigar
Helene Gratzer -May 03, 2010, 2:48PM
I am sure, Johanna and Werner are proud of theyr granddaughter. Derar Elisabeth, I wish You all the success You were hoping for, when You became a feshion designer. I am an old friend of Johanna. I live in Vienna. I think we learned to know each other, when You were in Vienna. Kind regards and Love from Helene.

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yes, some of you are probably still recovering from the madness of coachella but this weekend another huge music festival begins  – the new orleans jazz festival!  this isn’t your typical festival though — it spans 9 days and is all about celebrating the incredibly rich musical heritage and culture of new orleans. there are some pretty impressive musicians playing this year- including dr. john, the black crowes, the funky meters, simon & garfunkel, my morning jacket, the allman brothers, widespread panic, aretha franklin, pearl jam, jeff beck, van morrison, b.b. king and richie havens…just to name a few :) in addition, there will be arts and crafts galore, and all of this is on top of the mysterious, voodoo tinged atmosphere that already exists in one of the most fascinating cities of the united states.

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Bailey -Apr 24, 2014, 11:26PM
Im Headed there this weekend! wooohoo gettin' jazzy
Cathy -Apr 24, 2010, 10:34AM
IS THAT THE CHATEAU MOTOR HOTEL COURT YARD ? SURE LOOKS LIKE IT. I'M JEALOUS NEW ORLEANS IS A GREAT CITY & JAZZ FESTIVAL IS A BLAST

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free people is looking for a full time sweater design intern! this will be a six month internship starting in june and ending in december. this is a great opportunity for recent grads!

the objective of this position is to support the designers by providing basic administrative skills and entry level design skills, completing assigned tasks in an efficient and timely manner and giving them the assistance they need to create and execute product that represents the unique style of the free people customer.  for a full job description and to apply, please click here!

forex robot -Jun 10, 2010, 2:15AM
Great site. A lot of useful information here. I’m sending it to some friends!
Caroline -May 04, 2010, 1:29PM
Wow this opportunity sounds amazing! I applied for the concept internship and I'm about to send in my resume for this one too. I love this company so much and hope to hear from ya'll soon :)

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during the 1950s and 1960s, morocco was a refuge for writers and musicians from abroad, including the rolling stones, jack kerouac and william s. burroughs, who wrote the legendary naked lunch while staying at a hotel in tangier.  morocco was to the rolling stones what india was to the beatles – they traveled there in the late 1960s in search of musical inspiration and found that and much more.  the fusion of berber, african and arabic music had a huge influence on the rolling stones’ sound but they were also enthralled by the atmosphere of the country – especially the somewhat seedy city of tangier – home at the time to spies, smugglers, expatriate aristocrats and writers-in-exile.  they arrived in the british mod style and left in billowing shirts, weighed down by bracelets, necklaces and various trinkets.  about his experiences in morocco, keith richards said “we enjoyed being transported. you could be sinbad the sailor, one thousand and one nights. we loved it.”

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the stones were part of a large crowd of swinging londoners who regularly visited morocco in the 60s.  one of the most iconic photos representing morocco and the bohemian culture of the 1960s is of talitha getty, wife of paul getty, shot by patrick lichfield on the roof of their home in marrakech.   our team was inspired to recreate this photo when shooting our catalog in morocco- here is our version!

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Gunga Din -Feb 16, 2013, 5:08PM
Interestingt posed pics ...you wouldnt find a native Moroccan woman attired as this gal is ...Nor a native Moroccan man who's wearing jeans under his cloak........I should know. I was a GI stationed there in Rabat and Casablanca Morocco in 1959 - 1960. We flew relief supplies to the victims of the Agadir earthquake in 1960.....quite an experience....
sofia -Mar 16, 2011, 6:13AM
Gorgeous shooting and the catalog is so wonderful! I would definitly love to work with you guys from here (casablanca/marrakech) kiss

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good morning! our team sent along this awesome behind the scenes photo from california, where they’re shooting our fall wholesale catalog.  the location looks so beautiful, i can’t wait to see the end result!

fp julia -Apr 26, 2010, 10:57AM
hi guys! this is actually our first wholesale catalog! it won't be out until fall, but i will definitely post more info (and photos if possible!) when i have it!
niccole -Apr 23, 2010, 6:19PM
where are they shooting in CA? I would love to see the catalog too! please post images!! BTW I am super excited u r finally coming to Orange County! Be sure to post the grand opening events on the blog... so i can try to go. thanks<3

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hey everyone! hope you’re all enjoying your earth day. the weather is warming up and i am loving all of our cute shorts – which do you like best?

easy linen short:

denim carpenter short:


cord cargo short
:
cordcargoshort

ever brookland short:
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paint splatter cut offs
:
paint splatter cut offs

we the free madras short
:
wtfmadrasshort

last week’s poll turnout was amazing! 1,525 votes and only 9 votes separated the winner (girl number 5) from second place (girl number one) – and in case you didn’t figure it out, the winner was sandy and second place was candy :)

Zara -Apr 25, 2010, 9:00PM
Wow.. they look Great
Keeley -Apr 23, 2010, 9:58AM
Really I love them all!

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building 543, which holds our cafeteria, had a ton of great stuff going on today for earth day – starting with this beautiful display of flowers that greeted everyone who walked in the door! i thought it was a really nice touch that the flowers were arranged in water bottles :)  there were plant potting and vertical garden workshops hosted by terrain, reusable water bottles and bags for sale, stations for recycling batteries and cell phones, and lots of yummy organic treats!

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our topanga, california store had a tea party over the weekend to celebrate their second birthday – check out these great pics from the event! in addition to tea and treats they had a model in store to give styling ideas, and fp girl karla hand painted frames and wrapped them in green tissue paper as adorable little gifts for anyone who made a purchase :)

check out all the girls who came out for the event in their cute outfits below!

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Ashley -Aug 20, 2010, 2:34PM
@megan - THANK YOU!!
Kay -Apr 25, 2010, 9:49PM
Lovely. What kind of bike is that? An Electra?

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as we told you earlier this week, to get our special web shots for the twisted classics trend, we went to nearby FDR park to get some shots of ‘lou’ on her skateboard. it was a gorgeous spring afternoon and i think we were all a little excited to get out of the office for a bit and enjoy the weather- here are some behind the scenes photos of our team at work!

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