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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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alice in wonderland comes out in theaters today…anyone seeing it? i am definitely intrigued, i love anything tim burton does…



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if you do see it, let me know what you think!!

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Chantel -Mar 07, 2010, 3:33PM
WOW!!! it was INEFFABLE!! I LOVED IT! and it was a good turn out :)
jamie -Mar 07, 2010, 11:28AM
i saw it, and liked it. but i expected more from it. It was so much animation, more than i like. but good over all. good message too.

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space15twenty, where one of our newest stores is located, is holding a relief benefit for haiti this sunday, march 7 from 2-8pm.  “haiti cheri” an artist for artist benefit for our brothers and sisters in darling haiti, will feature performances by l’esprit d’afrique and queztal guerrero along with DJs, special guests and visuals & photo exhibit from cine institute.

all proceeds go to: doctors without borders, cine institute of jacmel, sosenfant school, save the children.

for more info click here.

Amanda` -Mar 05, 2010, 12:43PM
Hi, I know this is off topic but I was wondering if someone could email me letting me know how were expected to dress for the open interviews in california? :)

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our australian-based blogger friend, shine by three, posted an interview she did with our director of image and design and creative director. check it out here.

thanks, margaret!

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this item looks adorable on its own but the best thing about it is you can layer it with other pieces to create so many different looks! check out these photos of our beautiful fp highland park girls in some awesome outfits they created with the ruffle bottom slip:

with the sunshine coast tunic & stripe ruffle blazer.

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with the fp one floral tunic (similar to our burbank tunic).

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with the remington plaid shirt & spliced grommet waist belt.

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with the davenport beach tunic.

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with the we the free scoopneck tunic and holster belt.

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with the we the free butterfly shadows tank.

don’t they make lovely models? :) you can find the slip on our website, here.

Valerie -Mar 09, 2011, 2:52PM
Just bought this skirt in black and can't wait to wear it with MY Burbank, Remington and Davenport tunics!
suzi -Jun 16, 2010, 2:02PM
just found this post and love it! phenomenal stylist! love your catalogs & the way you show us how to make So Many different outfits from your pieces! you help me to put it all together and FP works with much of my wardrobe... important to me! Thanks!

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celesteal -Mar 04, 2010, 8:28PM
i couldn't agree more with Tori. It has to be this dank and dreary winter. i need sun on my face and warm sand between my toes...
fp julia -Mar 04, 2010, 7:46PM
tori - you and me both! glad it helped :)

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