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good morning! today we have a very special interview with marit larsen, the lovely norwegian singer/songwriter who will be stopping by our brooklyn store for a show this friday! marit rose to fame as half of the pop duo M2M, formed during her teen years with her childhood friend.  since then she has been pursuing a solo career and released her second album the chase in october 2008, featuring the single “if a song could get me you” – which you can check out below!

when did you know you wanted to be a singer/songwriter?
when i had written my first song, at age 13.

who are some of the musicians that have inspired you?
to name a few: joni mitchell, fleetwood mac, CSN&Y, rufus wainwright, feist, dixie chicks, rilo kiley.

what is your favorite place that you’ve traveled to?
an impossible tie between paris and new york city.

if you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?
a box of chocolate truffles, a piano and an iPad.

how would you describe your personal style?
i’m very inspired by the 50′s and always on the lookout for the perfect high-waisted, puffy-sleeved, kneelength dress!

what is your motto?

love like there’s no tomorrow.

if you could spend a day with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be?
my best friend in oslo, who i haven’t seen in a long time.

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

study literature.

what inspires you on a daily basis?
good books, love, coffee, chocolate and yoga!

what does “free” mean to you?
choosing the life you want to live every day.

now check out the video for “if a song could get me you”…

if you’re in new york, don’t miss her show at our brooklyn store on friday night at 6pm!

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as mentioned, our may catalog features real girls who work for free people.  this month on the blog we’ll be profiling these lovely ladies and learning more about their life and style… starting with our web merchandiser!

i am inspired daily by the people i surround myself with. i have some very special people in my life, whether they are best friends, family members or work acquaintances, they’re all here for a reason.

i LOVE to travel… the pure, clean, crisp air of the colorado mountains gives me a feeling i can’t describe. a close second would have to be the redwood national forest in california- a magical place for sure! i also love going out to eat and trying new restaurants, and cooking.  i’m just starting to teach myself, so i started a cooking club dinner night with my girlfriends. some of my favorite things are live music, dancing at concerts with friends, pilates, riding my bike and hikes with my new pup… and flipping through fashion mags, which thankfully has become part of my job!  on a typical day off i sleep in with my dog, cat and boyfriend – yes,all in one bed – make banana pancakes and take a walk to the farmer’s market, then maybe stroll around the city with a girlfriend, checking out shops and getting manicures.  then out to see a show with some friends at night or dinner with my boyfriend!

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i love lots of kinds of music – everything  from biggie smalls to hank williams jr.  some of my all-time favorites: the disco biscuits (i have followed them on tour for the past 10 years… so yeah, i guess i like them) phish- they changed my life, grateful dead, pink floyd, radiohead, muse, zeppelin, the doors, jay z, beck, nirvana…

and some newer favorites: phoenix, gorillaz, MGMT, hot chip, passion pit

my style…

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1. genetic kelly patched flare; 2. easy corset slip; 3. printed smocked bandeau; 4. charli clogs.

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Jen -Jun 18, 2010, 2:16PM
Just going through this blog for the first time although I've loved Free People for longer. Used to go to a lot of Disco Biscuits shows myself (don't personally know Elisa although I did take a picture for her and a mutual friend) and am wearing a Free People dress to the Phish show I'm going to tonight :)
rebecca -May 11, 2010, 3:08PM
Marisa~~ I know your sister and husband very well! My boyfriend, Johnny is the godfather for Sophie!...we are going out to visit them at the end of the month in good old Colorado! I was at their wedding here in Philly, so I'm sure we have met! xo

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Our creative theme for May is retro Africa and the styling theme is (no surprise for this African theme) clashing prints.

I understand this could be a scary theme for some but you need to have fun with this one.

Think boldness and be eclectic. I adore Abbey Lees style she mixes textures, bold prints and crazy accessories into her outfits and looks awesome.

She’s a great inspiration!!!

Whenever I think of bold prints and clashing colour and textures I turn straight to Marc Jacobs; one of my favorite designers.

His Marc by Marc Jacobs ads encourage this trend to a ‘T’.  I love how there’s no rules. It doesn’t matter if the colours bounce off each other or the accessories don’t quite go. It’s all about the fun!

How we like to work this trend

Bold fabrics with graphic T’s (as above). Aztec patterns with ditsy floral. You need bold accessories so the prints don’t take over the whole look. Think wooden beads and patterned belts.

We’re really into ankle socks at the moment and I love them with clogs and wedges just remember it has to be in a contrast print thought to the rest of your outfit.

Our special shoots for this month  make me want to listen to M.I.A really loud and play dress up!

cna training -May 18, 2010, 11:41PM
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pharmacy tech -May 17, 2010, 9:51PM
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our may catalog drops tomorrow! this book is very close to our hearts- because it features real fp girls. this month on the blog we will be bringing you behind the scenes photos and video from the catalog shoot as well as a glimpse into the lives of the girls who grace its pages – they are all so beautiful on the inside and out.

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see all may catalog items here!

Cathy -May 11, 2010, 7:28PM
LOVE the catalog!!!!!!!!!!
Laura -May 10, 2010, 10:56PM
I looove the dark blue backdrops in a lot of the photos! It's really pretty and like a breath of fresh air in a new chapter of late spring-nearly summer!! Lots of beautiful new items! I really love the cotton drop sweater towards the back.

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“wherever you go, go with all your heart.”  ~confucius

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show your mom some love and upload a picture of her best boho vintage look for our mom’s boho style contest! the winner will receive a very special recreation of your mom’s look, with love from free people :)

happy mother’s day to all you fp moms out there!

xoxo

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i have a love/hate relationship with first fridays in philly.  i live in old city…so when i leave my place to go out on the first friday of the month i have to wade through the sea of people blocking the sidewalks, and every place i go is packed.  but once it gets nice out, i find myself warming up- literally – to the idea.  the streets of old city come alive with all types of creative folk who line the sidewalks with their art, craft and music.  i’ll wander around perusing the treasures, stopping every once in a while to talk with sellers, all the while soaking in the energy that is first friday in philadelphia.

here are some photos from yesterday evening…

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and i ran into some fp girls!

jules -May 10, 2010, 1:11PM
i read about first fridays in a letter from a friend. i'm going to school in philly next year and i can't wait to get out and see all the excitement!
sheila -May 10, 2010, 9:25AM
Everithing look great,the art,the people,i wish to have thats store in DOMINICAN REPUBLIC!!

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fridays are always a little tough at work this time of year, with it being so nice out and so close to the weekend, so what better way to help pass the day than a lunchtime concert? we snuck out today at noon, hopped in the car and made the quick drive over to WXPN for the local natives free at noon show – something the station does every friday at world café live.  we were instantly transported from work mode to music mode as we took our seats up in the mezzanine level (thanks xpn!) and let the tunes take over.  this band blows me away- they sound better live than on the album and the songs “airplanes” and “who knows who cares” gave me chills. i knew “sun hands” would be amazing live as well and it sure was- they put everything into that song no matter how many times they have played it. this was my first time seeing them live and it definitely will not be the last- i have already got tickets to see them at first unitarian church in philly this august!

TP -May 08, 2010, 11:21AM
I love these pictures. i cant wait to see local natives this summer!
cna training -May 08, 2010, 1:30AM
Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks!

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walking over to our cafeteria today i spotted this little baby dachshund outside…  maybe even smaller than the previous smallest dog i’ve ever seen?

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i can’t get over the cuteness in this last picture.

fp julia -May 10, 2010, 5:44PM
hi amanda! we allow dogs in the workplace here so there everywhere! i don't know when the next internship will be but if i hear of anything it will be posted on the blog so keep checking! you do not have to live in PA, i will have to get back to you on the hotel/plane fare question. and yes you can be a college student. thanks!
Darlene Strickland -May 08, 2010, 11:46AM
This is an adorable puppy. I had one just like it and now she is a most adorable full gone mini dashound. I love her so much and she has the heart and courage of our 110 pound brownn lab! They are best friends and they are the cutest when they play together. They make my life so full! Darlene

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Post image for mom’s boho style contest!

when it comes to bohemian style one of the first things that come to my mind are the sixties and seventies and photos of my mom in bell bottom jeans, long skirts and peasant tops – looking through photos of her in her twenties is so inspirational. was your mom a total free people girl when she was young?

send us a photo of your mom in a boho, vintage outfit  and we will pick a winner and recreate the clothing depicted in the photo! the runner up will receive a $100 gift card.

to enter the contest, click here.

*you must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of the US to enter.


i can’t wait to see your photos!

Gregorydamian -May 08, 2010, 2:42PM
This promotion is inspired. So cool on mothers day
Mattie -May 07, 2010, 6:29PM
I don't know if it's relevant ... but we could do the same for fathers day? My dad was a pretty foxy boho babe too!

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Post image for brooklyn event next friday!

hey everyone, don’t forget marit larsen will be performing in our brooklyn store’s backyard next friday – and stay tuned because next week we’ll have an interview with marit on the blog!

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Dylana -May 08, 2010, 2:11PM
Everyone looks so wonderful and so FREE PEOPLE!
-May 07, 2010, 12:24AM
have you guys contacted the chosen concept intern yet?

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