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at first glance, these look like really pretty ceramic vases, right? take a closer look…

these vases are crafted by german artist markus linnenbrink out of recycled objects (recognize that gatorade bottle now?) and colorful resins.

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you can buy these pieces at artware editions in manhattan. but i’m wondering how hard this would be to do yourself? i mean mine probably wouldn’t look as pretty as his, but still…it seems doable, right? you can buy natural resins online or at art supply stores, and mix them with oil paints to get a glossy finish like these. there are probably lots of other cool ways to decorate them though – if you think of any other ideas let me know!

Katelyn -Apr 26, 2011, 11:33AM
I'm currently a high school cermic student and I absolulty love these pieces. I was wondering if anyone know the steps to create them and where i can buy the materials needed for them. Thanks
Heather B -Mar 11, 2010, 4:10PM
When I saw this I was first inspired to make candles with different layers of colored wax! Thanks for the idea :)

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i picked today’s featured band for a few reasons- their new album came out today, they’re playing at SXSW, and they also happen to have a show in philly tomorrow night!

they are the morning benders, a san francisco band who make sunny melodic pop music reminiscent of the beach boys. the album, big echo, was produced by grizzly bear bassist chris taylor, who helped give the songs a sort of fuzzy, vinyl-like sound. i really like the song “excuses” – check it out below!


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the morning benders have a few shows during sxsw – you can find the full list of shows on their myspace page, here. and if you’re in the philly area, you can check them out at johnny brenda’s tomorrow night!

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DK -Mar 10, 2010, 2:07AM
I really like the song. I"ll have to check out their new album!

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i am in love with the theme for our website right now – tangerine dream.

“a dreamy trippy notion, like walking on a rainbow…drops of sherbert color pops are drenched in a hazy daze that feels fresh and cool and ready for the sun.”

its time to ditch the winter blues and lighten up with shades of pink, aquamarine, and of course, tangerine …and capture the essence of a beautiful spring morning.

here are just a few of the many inspirational images…

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and we’re making this one available to you all as a download:

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click on the image to go to our flickr page and download the large size.

also make sure you go explore our website, it looks really beautiful! and here’s a little playlist to listen to as you browse :)


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fp julia -Mar 10, 2010, 12:23PM
hi luana! i asked our photographer, here's what he said: "I used an old 70's 5-image filter. It can just get very repetitive so you've got to use it sparingly. If you cant find the filter, try shooting through a kaleidoscope, different types of velum, or glass surfaces."
Luana -Mar 09, 2010, 11:35AM
I love that photograph where her face is layered several times. How was that done, was she moving with a slow shutter speed or is it Photoshop?

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our lazy daisy floral jumpsuit made an appearance on cocorosa’s blog today!

she says, “i simply couldn’t resist the free people throwback romper. i love the bohemian vibe and it’s so easy and comfortable to wear… i could totally visualize myself standing between meadows and wildflowers…… hmmmmmm summer…..”

i love how she’s paired it with a vintage blouse underneath and platform shoes. she looks like she stepped right out of the seventies!

you can find the jumpsuit online, here.

flower girl -May 28, 2010, 2:28AM
Hey this romper is really comfortable and easy to wear .I have tried this before it is really easy and comfortable to wear having full sleeves and this is specially for winter i had tried this in winter season... really nice
fadetoblack -Mar 14, 2010, 7:08PM
you kidding me?? i love this!!

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…and it’s a beauty.  says our creative director: “we wanted to keep it simple on a set rather than on location because we wanted the clothes and the outfits to shine on their own.”

and shine they do- this book makes me so excited for spring flowers and warm sunshine. i could totally see myself wearing any one of these outfits at a concert or music festival!

i’m dying over that outfit on the far right in the middle – the flare jeans, ruffle top and headband – sooo cute. shop the march catalog here!

fp julia -Mar 15, 2010, 12:36PM
hi winter law - right here! http://www.freepeople.com/march-10-catalog-items/petticoat-halter/
Winter Law -Mar 15, 2010, 12:00PM
where do i find the middle far right left model's dress? i love it

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sarah, a long time member of the free people family, used to work with us here at the home office as an accessories designer, but more recently she has launched her own line of jewelry.  she has a shop in philadelphia called adorn, and her work has won several awards and has been featured in juried shows and exhibitions.  we are so excited to welcome her back as a featured jewelry designer!

a lover of nature, sarah was introduced to metalworking and lapidary (the process of taking raw materials like stones, minerals and gemstones and transforming them into decorative items) while living in arizona.  she loves crystals and minerals and creating simple settings that showcase the natural beauty of the stones, as well as combining materials like glass, silver and stones in unique ways. the result is a small-scale wearable sculpture that is earthy and bohemian, but modern and fashionable.  the use of raw, earthy materials, stones, feathers and dream catchers make her jewelry a perfect fit for the natural, free-spirited girl.  sarah appreciates the preciousness of jewelry, and most of her pieces are one-of-a-kind, making them even more special.

sarah also draws inspiration from everything around her and everything she does, including fashion, travel, music, her family and friends – we are inspired by her and all that she has become!

check out sarah’s jewelry featured throughout the march catalog, and on our website.

-May 29, 2010, 1:21PM
shes on etsy too. :)
marrie -Mar 10, 2010, 3:31PM
Seems a bit overpriced to me. I've seen better pieces on ETSY.COM for more reasonable prices. Beautiful nonetheless.

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“experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing.” – oscar wilde

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i love these mendhi-inspired spiced cookies! they’re so pretty i almost wouldn’t want to eat them though…

the story behind these cookies is really cute too – they’re from the blog sprinkle bakes, and the blogger made them for a friend who was going through a rough time.  she wanted to make something with a personal touch, so she decorated the cookies with mendhi designs – something she and her friend had always been really interested in.  plus, the designs themselves have meanings so you can pick a design symbolic of peace or luck as an added touch.

if you happen to have a hand shaped cookie cutter, that’s great, but i think it’s even cooler that you can trace your own hand :)

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after rolling the dough a little thinner, lay the template on the dough and cut around it with a sharp knife. transfer hands to parchment lined cookie sheet.  with the back of your knife make lines between the fingers, being careful not to cut all the way through (so they don’t break off).

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after baking the cookies (instructions below), you’re ready for embellishment!  use a fine-tipped artist’s brush and a little brown/black gel food coloring.

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ingredients:

3 ½ cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
¾ cup (packed) dark brown sugar
½ cup molasses
1 large egg
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

instructions:

- blend ingredients together in large bowl, using electric mixer.  gather dough into ball, divide in half. form each half into a ball and flatten into a disk.

- preheat oven to 350 degrees

- line baking sheets with parchment paper

- roll out dough between two sheets of waxed paper to about ¼ inch thickness.  cut out cookies and transfer to baking sheets, spacing one inch apart

- bake one sheet at a time until cookies are firm on top and slightly darker around edges, taking up to 12 minutes.  cool completely on rack.

enjoy!

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Wilton -Mar 20, 2014, 3:56AM
Not all companies are made equal, ppus some are a lot more expensive compared to others.*Run or move the pearl gently alolng the sharp edge oof front teeth. It is a fact that 10 billion fawrmed animals die each year to become meat products for the American public. I've read a few good stuff here. Certainly price bookmarking for revisiting. I wonder how so much attempt you place to create the sort of great informative web site.
Phanie -Aug 22, 2012, 5:31PM
i am so happy to have found this! i'm helping to decorate for a bride-to-be's henna party tonight and this could not be any more perfect a treat to include! thank you!

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i had surgery on my ankle yesterday and these flowers and card from my coworkers seriously made my day. thanks so much you guys -  i miss you! xo

przeciski -Oct 19, 2011, 1:55AM
Great post! Thank you
Katie Stephenson -Mar 09, 2010, 3:06PM
Feel better soon. That card is so darn cute.

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we’ve posted some of marcelo gomes’s work on the blog before-  his photos are breathtaking.  he emailed me recently and told me about his new book, taciturn heart, so i took the opportunity to ask him some questions for the blog!

i was born in brazil, but i’ve been living in the u.s. on and off since i’m 15 years old.

when and how did you get started in photography?

i started shooting very casually when i first moved to new york, around 2003. i worked at a magazine called index here in new york, and i got my first camera then, just for fun.

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where do you draw inspiration for your work?

more and more i find that inspiration comes from colors and music, both these things make me want to pick up the camera!

who are your personal favorite photographers/artists?

i love gerhard richter, donald judd, dan flavin, roy andersson, caetano veloso, there are so many…

if you weren’t a photographer, what would you do?

i think if i weren’t a photographer i would be a filmmaker (which could happen anyway) or a windsurfer dude…

what are some of your other hobbies?

music is a very big part of my life, even though i can’t really play any instruments (yet).

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taciturn heart, published by hassla books, can be purchased here.

thanks marcelo!!

Lyle -Jun 22, 2014, 8:03AM
If you didn't know these stylish souls prior to, then now may be the time to check them out. This year I had one of the most glamorous experiences in my life - I attended Toronto Fashion Week. that can offer you a great deal of fashion tips for your special occasion.
Berniece -Jun 01, 2014, 8:27AM
Imagine speaking to your fans and seeing them cringing away because you smell like an ashtray. The main reason is that the store takes great care while choosing the best fabric for the dresses. It can be daunting to keep up with fashion in changing times.

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have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Julie O. -Mar 08, 2010, 11:16AM
everything about this cutecutecute!
jordan -Mar 07, 2010, 10:28AM
i wish i had purple hair :(

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very exciting news! we just opened a new free people in toronto’s hudson bay flagship store – the first fp in canada!

free people officially launched its 1,000 sq. ft. hardshop on the much talked about contemporary floor, which houses brands such as opening ceremony, McQ, LnA, halston heritage, tucker, catherine malandrino, vena cava and doo ri.

reflective of our creative roots, this shop is truly one-of-a-kind.  it is a beautiful blend of modern and vintage, mixing the earthiness of our teak tables and cane globe lanterns, with linear designed wood and metal racks.  our fabulous team of artists worked their magic, painting columns and back walls with gorgeous green flora and fauna, creating that special free people experience that keeps our girl coming back for more!

canada is big country, so stay tuned for more exciting free people launches where hockey may be golden, but sparkles and crochet will always be the way to a girl’s heart.

xx

Maureen -Aug 18, 2013, 8:12AM
I also saw a few fp items in the Bay on Rideau st in Ottawa. Would love to see some more.
Nora -Jan 10, 2013, 2:54PM
There is the FP line on St.Catherine's street at The Bay in Downtown Montreal since over a year ago, which nobody seems to talk about for some reason, even though Montreal is one of the world's most fashionable cities! I now live in SW Missouri, where there is no FP stores (or even Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie stores) so I really appreciate visiting The Bay when I fly home :)

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