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i am in awe of these sculptures…the timing is also pretty appropriate, seeing as we’re expecting a bit of snow here in the northeast this weekend…

they’re from the sapporo snow festival, an annual event in japan that attracts about two million people who come to see incredible snow statues and sculptures like these.  this year’s snow festival actually starts today and lasts through thursday february 11.

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these snowmen were made by festival-goers, who tied messages of good luck around their necks.

kooh -Feb 21, 2010, 7:14PM
wow!! sapporo is my hometown!! i havent been there for 5 yrs... miss the festival:(
Shelley -Feb 06, 2010, 4:02PM
Amazing!

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Post image for an artist we love…

kris chau is one of our fp girls, and she’s also a really talented artist.  she has a show opening tonight at topstitch boutique in philly (54 n. 3rd) called “puppy face” featuring some of her new works, so i thought i’d ask her a few questions!

where do you draw inspiration for your work?
i draw inspiration from the girls around me, lyrics from hilarious songs, my dog, flowers i see, and artists i admire.

who are some of the artists you admire?
yuko shimizu, zeloot, genevieve castree, tim gough, rob sato, ako castuera.

what is your favorite thing to draw?
well ladies of course. ladies, ruffles, shoes, and puppies.

with a full time job here at fp, when do you find time for your artwork?
sigh, that is a question i get quite a bit and i ask myself the same thing. i give up a lot of social things and maybe grooming to do both. my life at free people gives me many opportunities that i will forever be grateful for, and due to my lack of free time making art has become incredibly important to me. it becomes something very serious in a way, i now create things that i do not compromise, i’ve taken a less illustrative and more arty route these days. my position at free people is also creative, so creatively i feel like every week i run a marathon and i am constantly trying to balance it all.

do you listen to music while you draw? what do you listen to?
i listen to a lot of podcasts (thank you fresh air and ira glass i will send you more money) as well as booty shakin jams to keep my spirits up.

what are some of your other hobbies?
gardening and playing with my sweet sweet puppy.

if you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?
my sweet tim, my sweet puppy, and a lifetime supply of cucumber soda.

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if you’re in philly stop by topstitch boutique tonight between 6 and 10pm!  a bunch of us fp girls will be there :)

also check out more of chau’s amazing work on her website!

heather rae -Feb 12, 2010, 12:21AM
Kris Chau! I have an art crush on you that spans the states! You are literally the best.
kathryn -Feb 05, 2010, 1:31PM
i'm excited to see her amazing art first hand tonight! :)

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An Item Of LOVE

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I’m head over heels in LOVE with the Lucky Charm Romper. Cleverly enough it can become two outfits for the price of one!

Wear it under denim shorts to reveal a cute peek-a-boo of ditsy print or just on its own- I’ll be wearing mine with barely there blank tights, seductively loose slouchy socks and ankle boots, with a big chunky cardigan, until the sun starts to give warmth.

Oh and keep your eyes open for the piece in the up and coming Feb Catalog- It’s candy to the eyes!

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another new store opening! our newest store is located on lamar blvd in austin, so if you’re in the area stop by and check it out! i will post photos as soon as i have them!

Maria -Mar 13, 2010, 8:30PM
We need a store in New Albany, OH!!!!!!
molly -Feb 10, 2010, 2:14PM
are you guys going to be hiring?!

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just some shots of people at work and lookin’ stylish this week at the home office :)

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Mal -Feb 05, 2010, 3:37PM
I love seeing shots of you guys working in the office! It gives me so much more appreciation for the creative processes that go into all the gorgeous clothes and accessories! Plus, I love seeing everyone's unique sense of style - it gives me ideas for my own wardrobe. Thank you for all the great work and for this fantastic blog!!
Elsbeth -Feb 04, 2010, 8:24PM
cutest staff ever!

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benefit concert tonight at the trocadero theater in philly! “philly rocks for haiti,” will feature the West Philadelphia Orchestra, Black Landlord, Zeppelin cover band Get the Led Out, Blood Feathers and Free Energy.  doors open at 7pm and tickets are $12 with all proceeds going to the haitian professionals of philadelphia, who will ship much-needed supplies to haiti.

for more info, click here.

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good morning! let’s get right to today’s poll, shall we?  last week i asked about some of our army surplus styles and the winner, just by ten votes, was the platoon jacket!

this week i want to ask about some of our adorable printed bralettes!  we’ve got some great new ones in romantic, pretty prints just in time for valentine’s day.  and they look super cute peeking out from under tank tops and sheer tees! so which one do you love most?

the floral lurex bandeau:

the floral lace halter bralette:

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the printed rouched bralette:

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or the printed lace racerback bralette:

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Post image for ‘fp me’ part two!

when we saw how amazing your “fp me” photos were that you posted on facebook, we knew that we had to do something special with them. we are so inspired by seeing how real girls wear free people clothing and love seeing your individual styles. so we are doing it again – this time with a new twist! we will choose some photos to be featured on freepeople.com!

to be considered, please submit photos of yourself showing how you style fp pieces. upload them to the fan page wall on our facebook page between now and 2/12 and label them “fp me”! photos chosen will be featured on freepeople.com later this month.

* also, please note – if you already posted pics for the last fp me, you will be considered for fp me part two, so no need to resubmit them.

can’t wait to see all your photos!

fp julia -Feb 08, 2010, 2:52PM
hi elizabeth! can you go back and label it as "fp me?" or just put "fp me" in the comment section? we are only going to use photos with that label, just to be safe so we don't end up using someone's photo who didn't want to :)
Elizabeth -Feb 05, 2010, 7:11PM
What if we uploaded a picture but didn't include "FP me" in the fb post? is it still okay? :( Thanks!

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ok so these are kinda similar to the butterfly DIY i posted last week (here) but i wanted to share them because i think they’d be such a cute project for valentine’s day! as decoration or a gift for your loved ones…and it doesn’t seem like it would be that hard to do. you could follow the instructions from last week’s post, or if you want to make something that looks more like these, i think you could just glue the hearts right onto the backing paper, leaving some flat and some only glued on one side to get that cool fluttering effect :)

these images are from sarah and bendrix’s etsy shop – check out more here.

sarah -Feb 03, 2010, 8:03PM
love, love, love valentine's day! Sarah www.pittsburgh-odds-and-sods.blogspot.com

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this is an old pair of jeans that i love, but they’ve got three holes in them.  i was okay with that for a while but now -  maybe because it’s so cold out – i decided it was time to patch them up.

here are some images i found around the web and saved as inspiration for my project:

i really liked the idea of using different shades of denim and prints with blue in them…

this patch of fabric is actually the inside of a pocket from an old pair of jeans, but i love the way it looks – and it fit perfectly over the large hole in the knee of my jeans!

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i used scraps of old denim for the other patches:

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and here’s the finished product!

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i think they look much better.  the only thing i’m not sure about is whether i should do something to the bottoms or not – i might attempt something like this (the genetic patched flare):

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…but i can’t decide. what do you guys think?

indi -Feb 06, 2010, 8:50PM
you should check out kristen and val's rendition of the birkin jeans...so cute...i did them last week on a pair of bleached wide legs and they turned out realllly well http://www.bleachblack.com/?p=7345
Ann Julie -Feb 04, 2010, 10:08AM
You really look like a creative personality and your design rocks to the core.

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As of late rainbow hair has become a massive trend, I’m constantly stumbling upon this craze on the World Wide Web-bloggers are going crazy for it, Stylists and Magazines are crazy over it and moreover I’m CrAzY over it!

It doesn’t help when I sit next to a FP girl here at the office that has a beautiful faded pink strand in her golden hair. Me want and Me like!

If you haven’t seen the Beautiful video on Vogue Australia of Abbey Lee behind the scenes on the Vogue cover photoshoot I suggest you do! click

If you haven’t picked up Dazed and Confused Dec Issue yet in which the Caption States:

“Tie-dye takes over hair in a spirited approach to Autumn/winter’s crazy colours, moving it beyond it’s hippie heritage”

I suggest you do- Styling is done by Katie Shillingford and its ace!

Carrie D -Feb 08, 2010, 5:32PM
This is a beautiful post. If I were a color, I would be rainbow! Cheers
Leighanne -Feb 04, 2010, 2:10PM
Love this, want this, this weekend I will be dipdying!!! Don't you just love it when a new trend surfaces and gives you butterflys of excitment. This gives me butterflys. Aussie vogue and summer hurry up please. Ace post jem. Love ya xxxx

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good morning! i have a special treat for you today -  one of our graphic designers sent me these sweet designs that you are free to download as wallpaper for your computer, or whatever else you may want to use them for…just click on the images to go to our flickr page and download the large size!


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Ann Julie -Feb 04, 2010, 10:14AM
Who is the genius behind these amazing wallpapers ???? Would love to meet that person and congratulate on such a fine work.
Mara -Feb 03, 2010, 11:20PM
you guys just fulfilled my addiction to feathers :D

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