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right now we’re really loving patchwork prints- colorful, nostalgic and perfect for a sweet summer picnic. which patchwork print is your favorite?

the embroidered floral border dress:

the long sleeve printed dropwaist boho tunic:
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the paisley floral skirt:
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the paisley garden printed tank:
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or the patchwork paisley necklace dress:
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the winner of our stripes poll was the we the free lace & stripe short sleeve top, with 44% of the vote!

lilly -Jun 24, 2010, 4:17PM
Floral skirt followed by paisley tank

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how timely…if you’re in the area, stop by space 15 twenty in los angeles and check out their americana pop-up that runs through the 4th of july! in addition to shopping americana themed goods like the ones pictured below, you can check out one-of-a-kind customized denim jackets on display from the levi’s archives (above).

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a couple of weeks ago our highland park, illinois store had an event celebrating their first birthday, and they raffled off a personal styling session at their store.  the winner was one of their favorite customers, hannah, who came in for an hour of collaborative styling with the girls of highland park.  check out some of the great outfits they put together!

here she is wearing the adorable embroidered ruffle hem dress, accessorized with the macrame stretch waist belt and natural wood bib necklace.

i love how she paired the paisley necklace dress with cute western boots and the double tipped leather hip belt.

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here she’s wearing the seamless cami, pacific woven waist belt and tazmanian floral skirt.

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the we the free mala strana dress with the pacific woven waist belt.

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she looks great in our skinny military cargo! worn here with the we the free applique baseball tee.

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the streamer ruffle dress accessorized with the macrame stretch waist belt.

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and last but not least, the malawi vines dress with the double tipped leather hip belt and natural wood bib necklace.

she looks great! which outfit is your favorite??

anonymous -Jun 25, 2010, 11:22PM
i love the malawi vines dress with the leather belt! she looks great in every one of the outfits! we LOVE YOU free people and we love all the people who work at the highland park store!!!!!!!!
-Jun 24, 2010, 10:31PM
I absolutely love the fact that the "model" was someone with a shape! See...FP clothes CAN look great on some with a chest! Amazing styling, she looks adorable!

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for the documerica project, the EPA hired freelance photographers to take pictures of subjects relating to environmental problems, EPA activities, and everyday life in america in the 1970s.  the resulting photographs are fascinating to look through, and many of them are quite beautiful.  i love the old, grainy quality of the photos…they make me long for a simpler time.  here are some of my favorites…

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view all of the photos here.

jordan -Jun 25, 2010, 8:14AM
they also did this in the great depression :)
Vicki -Jun 24, 2010, 9:50AM
Wow, these totally remind me of my childhood. My dad was big into photography in the 70's and we traveled cross country every summer. I think I need to dig out all of those photos now. Thanks for sharing.

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Shindig

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Lately I’ve been obsessing over Indiana Jones style hats. I recently saw Risko from src783

Looking might fine in one and it just made me WANT one even more. I’m thinking here a perfect shindig outfit or

 a look I would wear late afternoon drinking in a local dive bar. The hat, an oversized denim wrangler shirt with bike shorts underneath of course and

these lovely little clogs.

 All I need now is for Friday to hurry up and get here!!!!!!

spa & wellness -Oct 24, 2011, 2:48PM
Utterly beautiful.
Jess G -Jun 25, 2010, 3:35PM
I love! Perfect for a sunny day in London town. The fringed purse necklace amazingness is the best xxx

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spotted in milan – amazing!

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LOVE LoVE http://www.AWSurveys.com/HomeMain.cfm?RefID=nsapsar
fp julia -Jun 24, 2010, 11:58AM
i want an old VW van to decorate too!!!!!

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Alissa -Jun 23, 2010, 7:29PM
*would love...hehe
Alissa -Jun 23, 2010, 7:28PM
I will love for this to be my very own workspace :) so much inspiration!

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i’ve never really been one for clothing with the american flag on it…but i would totally love to do this with my shorts and if they came out looking half as good as valerie’s from bleach black i would rock them all the time!

what you need:

a pair of denim shorts

paint pens- she recommends two white and two red

x-acto knife, pencil and ruler

one piece of hard posterboard for stencil (she used the hangtag from the shorts)

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and here are her instructions:

begin by practicing with your white paint pen, on the inside of your shorts, so you can get used to how the pen works.  once you are ready, prepare your stencil for your shorts.  my star is 1.25″ at the widest point.  cut out star with x-acto knife, and place on shorts.  use stencil to draw the outline of your shorts.  remove stencil, and fill in star with paint pen.  place next star approx 2″ away from next star.  if you end at a seam, draw a small part of the next star, to continue the pattern repeat.  once you are ready with your stripes, begin on the far left seam, using the seam as a ruler.  my red stripes are 1/2″ wide, and approx 3/4″ apart.  continue stripes up to waistband, and on coin pocket, but not on waistband.

sweet! you’re set for the 4th of july, too.

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archie -Apr 24, 2011, 9:51AM
these shorts are BEYOND fabulouss! omg i would love to do the stripes rainbow (gay pride flag). do you think i could use regular paint out of the bottle?
Eryn -Jul 05, 2010, 10:36AM
I saw these on your blog and decided to try it out--here's the outcome! I love, love, love them! I made a few extra alterations, such as adding the plaid in the side seams. http://aproperfool.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/am-air-uh-canpart2jellyfish-in-the-sky/

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…to our awesome office coordinator, who left us this week. fortunately, she’s just moving to a different department here at urban so we’ll still get to see her. some pics from her going away breakfast…

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we’ll miss you!!!

forex robot -Jun 30, 2010, 2:05PM
Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks!
nat -Jun 23, 2010, 7:02PM
loads of sweet stuff and diet coke is my kind of breakfast!

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Kevin -Jun 23, 2010, 9:50AM
Summer is the coolest!
Jemma Louise -Jun 22, 2010, 5:59PM
I love the doodles, lavender and riding the bikes in the sun :)

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a couple of weeks ago, a reader named kayla contacted us to let us know that we inspired her and her sister to take a cross country road trip that they documented on her tumblr.  her photos were so amazing i couldn’t wait to share- and they also fit perfectly with our current americana theme.

their photos give you a wonderful taste of what it’s like to drive across the united states – from deserts and teepees to skyscrapers and subway cars.  looking at their pictures is making me nostalgic for my own road trip. i want to do it again.

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the photos were taken with a fujifilm instax instant camera, in case you were wondering :)

check out her tumblr here, and see more of her beautiful photos here.

thank you for sharing kayla!

Jessie King -Jun 23, 2010, 10:23AM
This is so great! those girls are super cute!
mariel -Jun 23, 2010, 9:32AM
me and my boyfriend are doing a 2 week trip across the country to our new home in san francisco! check out our blog starting soon to see our journey.

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one of the largest and most eagerly anticipated music festivals in the world starts tomorrow – glastonbury!  located on worthy farm in pilton, glastonbury has been going on since 1970 – the day after jimi Hendrix died, to be exact.  it has come a long way since its first year, when attendance was only 1500 and the cost of entry was one pound (which included free milk from the farm). now there are too many artists playing to even list, and tickets are extremely hard to come by – but i can see why. it is definitely on my list of festivals that i must attend at some point in my life.

it reminds me of bonnaroo but on a much bigger scale – a farm that transforms into its own bohemian world of music, dancing, laughter and lights. and maybe some mud…

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love that last photo…those girls have the right idea!

some of the many acts playing at this year’s glastonbury: gorillaz, muse, stevie wonder, flaming lips, phoenix, the national, lcd soundsystem, mgmt, grizzly bear, black keys, mumford & sons, the xx, julian casablancas, broken social scene, mos def, george clinton with parliament, toots & the maytals, loudon wainwright III, broken bells, local natives, beach house…and many, many more. sigh.

are you going? who are you excited to see? be our eyes and ears… and feel free to send photos to blog@freepeople.com :)

top two images from the glastonbury scrapbook.

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