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I’ve posted some of Beth Hoeckel’s work before; she’s one of those artists I always keep an eye out for new work from.  I love her collages and that they’re made of found paper and archival paste, not digitally. One of my favorite hobbies is making collages, it’s something I like to do in my down time while listening to music.  It’s incredibly relaxing and also a great way to express your feelings – I actually rarely show mine to people because I think of them as little visual diaries full of mixed emotions, but the cool part is that their meaning is unique to the eye of the beholder.  Someone else could look at them and have no idea what the real meaning is behind them.

But I guess that’s true for most art, huh? :)


Samantha Cruz Fraticelli -Feb 03, 2012, 3:31PM
Just inspiring!!
Taylor -Oct 22, 2011, 10:38PM
This is too funny, because I am about to go to sleep, and hopefully these images will bring me good dreams. :) I love to make collages also. And yes, I ALWAYS have music on. It makes me stop thinking, and allows me to create. Beth Hoekel's work really is lovely!

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DO: get out and enjoy the colors of fall.

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Last weekend a friend took me on a three hour motorcycle ride through the countryside. We stopped a couple of times to check out a covered bridge or run through a field, but what filled me with the most joy were the endless views of fall. It’s so beautiful outdoors that I can’t get enough. I’ve been riding my bike to work a few times a week just to gaze upon the fallen leaves and feel the refreshing breeze in my face. On the weekends my friends and I frequent fall festivals and flea markets, or just spend hours walking around the city. There’s something truly special about autumn. The way the sun shines and the air feels – it permeates you with happiness the minute you step out your front door.

Don’t let it pass you by! Go outside, take in a deep breath of the cool autumn air, and enjoy the colors of fall.

some images are my own. for others, click to see sources

kate -Nov 06, 2011, 9:14PM
oh sorry, just read the above comments--i live in the neighborhood surround valley forge... it's beautiful. i miss it
kate -Nov 06, 2011, 9:13PM
is the covered bridge picture from valley forge park?

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Have a beautiful weekend :)

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Betsy -Oct 21, 2011, 7:45PM
Awesome Friday Photos - you have me TOTALLY ready for the weekend now!
dragon fruit -Oct 21, 2011, 6:56PM
Loveee these photos. happy weekend !!

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Shirts have become a fashion focus with an emphasis on the collar. Styled individuals are wearing their shirts buttoned up – right up! But it doesn’t stop there…
Decorating the collar is key in creating a quirky new take on this trend whether it is with a necklace or actually customizing the shirt collar itself.
Right now we love this collar necklace as it allows you to create a quirky collar twist with almost anything!

Are you all collared up??

Oh… and stay tuned for a DIY next week


items: Miles of lace dress,  La bourse Plaid button down, Cropped cardigan, Stella collar

Lizzy -Oct 21, 2011, 9:20PM
Adorable I wish that necklace were a little cheaper
-Oct 21, 2011, 8:41PM
Looks alot like Fenton/Fallon. Quit biting

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I came across these scarves on green eyed monster and I loved the story behind them so much – for anyone out there who, like me, suffers from seasonal depression, here’s a little ray of light :)











“I am always bewildered by the arrival of early autumn darkness. I travel around in my normal routines confused for weeks. This year I felt I needed to try harder to understand the transition. Was there some way I could prepare? Without even knowing it I found I was using my camera as a tool to dissect the final hours of illumination. I became fixated on capturing a momentary blanket of light, of all tones and colors, which I could hold and pull up around me when all I see is black. I wanted to feel the light. I needed to see the light. And now I feel ready. Come darkness, here we are again.”

more here.

kate -Oct 21, 2011, 1:27PM
Love these pics! Very cool.

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One of my co-workers is fostering two sweet little kittens until they find a home – this is Whiskey, and he has a brother named Pancake. My heart is breaking from the cuteness, and also because Whiskey isn’t feeling well :(

Send some love and positive vibes his way today!

-Oct 24, 2011, 11:56AM
Did he go to the vet?? Poor kittie.
a former vet tech -Oct 24, 2011, 12:01AM
...that first pic does not look to good. I had a kitten similar situation. The anoyn is right. kittens tend to get sick and know the rest. you need to get them some bottles and KMR milk. NOT NOT NOT "human" milk. it will KILL them at that little. I foster cats for a "living" you could say

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I think the word for this week’s office style is eclectic – a little bit of this, a little bit of that. Outfits were right on trend, with a bit of something unexpected thrown in.

This outfit takes me off to dream land. What a great interpretation of the all white trend.

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Glitter Lita’s – what a fun way to spice this outfit up! Get the same effect with these bad boys here.

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What an amazing print.

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A great dressed down look for fall.


Dress twins!

Picnik collage

The one-eared feather look – so cool and carefree. Reminds me of our feather beaded shoulder duster.

-Oct 21, 2011, 8:12PM
love the free style jeans , shoes, bag, jacket smile and up up up
Reisa -Oct 21, 2011, 1:02PM
In deep love with that red floral print dress! Especially the neck part!

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Post image for Thursday Poll: Which Sweater is Better?

In the switch from Spring to Summer I gave away a bunch of sweaters to make room in my dresser drawers. I’m now beginning to regret that decision as cooler air moves in and I’m getting bored with my current options. I’ve been looking around for pieces to fill the void, and The Weather Pattern: Fairisle and Nordic collection on the Free People website has some great options built in there. I’m loving these patterns and chunky knits.

Which sweater do you think is better?

The Arizona Blanket Wrap

Cropped Fairisle Pullover

Fairisle Border Wrap

fairisle border wrap

Fairisle V-Neck Pullover

fairisle v-neck pullover

Heavy Knit Pieced Sweater

heavy knit pieced sweater

paige -Oct 21, 2011, 5:09PM
the heavy knit pieced sweater is toooo good! obsessed.
viviane / hippiebohoreloaded -Oct 21, 2011, 2:09AM
absolutely love the border wrap! Nikki, I also tend to sell to give away too much stuff and I regret it later :)

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A great batch of photos from our various store gals showing looks they love for fall!

Love this look of the extreme velvet flares worn with the 2-pocket sheer crop top over the glitter mesh layering top.

The americana sweater jumper looks so cute with the printed thermal cropped bralette, fringe and feather hair clip and textured tall sock.


I love how she dressed up the velvet overalls with the pretty gini lace top and leopard clutch.


Everything about this look rocks! The lace bell bottom, the lovebug thermal layered over the floral burnout henley, the chainmail bib necklace and the hair!


Perfect fall look: the gypsy lover maxi skirt, graphic henley, slouchy velvet blazer and brit boot (and Dillinger!).


We love layering with the maxi robe! Pictured is the moon duster maxi worn over the swiss dot seamless slip with a scarf.


A great boho look: the extreme vintage flare, pleated lace trim crop top and zigzag print turban.


Or for a chillier day, the extreme vintage flare with the cannaregio mesh top, floral woven pullover and velvet turban.


You can wear a sleeveless dress in fall! Just add a layering top like the dotted lace tee underneath! Looks extra cute with the knitted ranger hat.


You can never have too many layers! The lovebug thermal, crochet back plaid button-down, denim shirt, margarita texture scarf, vegan leather shorts, floral tight and hacienda lace-up boot.


The color of this cashmere shrug cardigan is gorgeous! Looks lovely with the extreme velvet flares.


This is such a cute grunge look! The lace bell bottoms, graphic muscle tee and plaid button-down.


And last but not least, give your bodycon a little twist by adding a pop of color underneath! Pictured: the fp spun velvet leaf dress, seamless slip, brit boot and boucle textured jacket (my new love – i just bought it!).

You all look amazing ladies!

anon -Oct 21, 2011, 1:57PM
all about the grunge look with the nightcap lace bell bottoms! 'super cool girl' written all over it ;) xx
Jenny Lane -Oct 21, 2011, 9:04AM
Wow! That red velvet blazer is INCREDIBLE!! And my favorite look of all is the gorgeous girl wearing the extreme flare and boho top - fashion inspiration to last me all week!! Great post.

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Get cozy at Free People Seattle! Enjoy hot cocoa and apple cider while you shop all day Friday and Saturday (10am – 8pm)! With every “cozy” purchase made you will be entered in a raffle to win a $50 gift card or special one-of-a-kind gift basket :)

Check out their facebook page for more info and to RSVP!

Stop by Free People Pittsburgh this Friday through Sunday for our Fall Student Appreciation! You’re back in school and the weather is getting cold. Come into Free People and enjoy 15% off with your student ID!! And join us Saturday for Halloween costume ideas and treats!

Check out their facebook page for more info and to RSVP.



Lastly, Free People Wicker Park is hosting a Trunk Show with local jewelry designer Dallas Maynard on Saturday 10/22!
Dallas will be in the store selling her pieces from 11am to 9pm.
There will be fall inspired beverages and hors d’oeuvres and live music from Rebekah & Charity from 5-8pm.

All guests who make an in-store purchase and “like” Free People Wicker Park on Facebook on Saturday, October 22nd, will be entered in a raffle to win a Free People gift card!!

In addition, any customer attending the event who “likes” Dallas Maynard Jewelry on Facebook on the same day, will be entered in a raffle to win a piece of jewelry from the Dallas Maynard Collection!

Winners will be announced on Facebook on Monday, Oct. 24th.

Visit their facebook page for more info and to RSVP.

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1. WXPN festival media pass

2. Tea FP Naomi brought back for me from Hong Kong

3. String I dyed with onion skins

4. Quilted fabric from India, left over from today’s DIY.

5. Our latest book club read – Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

6. Tiny creatures from Uncommon Objects in Austin

7. Dried flowers make me happy

8. Wine cork from a trip to Napa

9. Sentimental memories…

10. My little Buddha watches over me at work

11. I can’t write unless I’m listening to music!

Nicole -Oct 20, 2011, 11:57AM
Team Freepeople should do a blog post on their favorite iphone cases.I just ordered the new iphone and I am SCOURING the internet for different options. I'd love your opinions! (Some good places to start: and
Darrin Bocker -Oct 20, 2011, 8:16AM
Hi there! I know this is kinda off topic nevertheless I'd figured I'd ask. Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest writing a blog post or vice-versa? My site covers a lot of the same subjects as yours and I believe we could greatly benefit from each other. If you're interested feel free to shoot me an e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you! Excellent blog by the way!

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I’ve been really into the menswear trend lately – I love taking pieces borrowed from a boy and giving them a feminine twist. Then I saw this photo on tumblr and inspiration struck! I knew my next DIY project would be customizing an old denim shirt by adding a pop of colorful pattern.

What you need: collared button-down shirt of your choice, pretty fabric of your choice (try old clothing you don’t wear anymore or thrift stores!), scissors, needle, thread and safety pins.


Lay the shirt flat with the collar folded up.


Place the fabric on the shirt, and you can either mark on the shirt where you want the fabric to cover, or you can cut a piece of fabric that is slightly larger than that area – this is what I did. I wanted to make sure I didn’t cut too small of a piece, and i figured I could just trim the edges later on, which ended up working perfectly.


Use safety pins to attach the fabric to the shirt so it doesn’t move around as you sew.


Start sewing! Sew along the seams at the top and shoulders of the shirt, and then straight across the back.


Once the fabric was sewn to the shirt, I went around the edges with my scissors and trimmed the excess fabric.

And that’s all there is to it! I’m pretty stoked about my “new” shirt!



We have some shirts online right now that would be great for this!

Nicole Swearingen -Nov 13, 2011, 7:53PM
I tried this for my friends birthday and it turned out great! I even added fabric onto the pockets. [:
Audrey -Oct 21, 2011, 4:04PM
This is amazing! I'm going to do it with one of my collard shirts that I was planning on giving to goodwill because I thought it wasn't really "me" anymore. Thank you so much!

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