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It’s poll time again! This week we want you to pick your favorite look from our Japonaise collection. I’m a big fan of the look – it’s so sultry and mysterious! I can’t decide which pieces I want to buy first. Pretty florals, linear cuts, peak-out black lace – which is your favorite look?

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guest -Jun 30, 2011, 5:31PM
I love look 3, but I am going to go with look 1. It's flirty, serious, mysterious, (on the side) quiet. I love looks that keep people guessing and wanting more.

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On July 15th, me and few girls from the Free People stores are heading to the pitchfork music festival in Chicago. We‘re pretty thrilled to be heading to such an awesome festival. The lineup is incredible! Pitchfork is the No1 go-to site for new music and up-and-coming bands, so it makes sense that they are featuring some of the coolest performances.

What’s more exciting is that while we’re there we WILL BE style stalking to capture lovely girls in great outfits for our blog. Over the next few days you will see the outfits that we’ve created and a low down on what bands we are soooo excited to see. Post-festival you will get a run down of our style stalked outfits, candid photos, and close-up action of the bands on stage. We look forward to seeing you if you are attending, if not be sure to follow the experience of FP goes festival!

Pitchfork is set in the ever so stylish city of Chicago, so you’re able to dress somewhat nicer. I’m teaming the spin me wrap skirt with the crochet long sleeve top, these festival perfect leather ankle boots available come August and the and a cute little fringed bag – most items will be available when our Rock steady July book hits next week.

Here’s some of the items featured above – Spin me wrap skirt riviera hat

Stay tuned for more of our festival outfits these coming days!

Ashleyanne -Jul 26, 2011, 10:12AM
are the sunglasses the manager on the right is wearing in the first picture, the fresno aviators?? I want to buy them but I want to make sure I know what they look like on someone :)
Melissa -Jul 01, 2011, 9:21PM
I'll be there. Chicago welcomes you! :)

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so, i just got an iphone…after holding out for a while, i decided to join the party. i still find it a little overwhelming, but i will say this – the photography apps are amazing! hence the office space polaroids…(taken with the shake it app).

do you guys have any recommendations for great apps, photo or otherwise?

Leen -Aug 25, 2011, 8:46AM
I love that floarboard and the chair in the photograph third from last. What I wouldn't give for floorboards like that!
ash -Jul 02, 2011, 3:52PM
i love photosynth you can get some super cool photos with it

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Brooklyn is such a perfect little hub of culture and beauty. Most people come to New York to see Manhattan, but we think that Brooklyn is where NY’s true beauty is. All of the Free People Brooklyn girls live and work in Brooklyn! We want to take you on a little tour of one of our neighborhood’s prized possessions, Prospect Park!

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Prospect Park is 585 acres of gorgeous grass, pond, trees, and sights that touches a handful of neighborhoods that surround it. Summer is when Prospect Park shines; Brooklynites all around the borough come to relax and plant their toes in the grass and enjoy all the events the park hosts.

The Green Market is one of my favorite parts of spring/summer in Prospect Park. It’s a beautiful farmers market that brings produce, dairy, meats and treats from upstate to Grand Army Plaza

Grand Army

Famers Market

The Green market offers vast varieties of vendors! Anything you can imagine you’ll find at the Green Market; fruits, fish, product, meats, herbs, plants, and delicious treats!


String Beans


Flower Tent


If you are in New York and are looking for a way to treat yourself to amazing foods, stop by the Green Market!

And, I took a different path on my way to the Brooklyn Free People after leaving the Green Market  and I came across the most beautiful mosaic house around the corner from our store. It pays off taking a different route every once and awhile :)


<3 Free People Brooklyn

hawthorne girl -Jun 30, 2011, 4:30PM
i love the little free people store on smith street in brooklyn. my freind lives right down the street from it. i agree, brooklyn is so much more charming than the city. it totally reminds me of my city of portland, or.
Victoria @ The Pursuit of Hippieness -Jun 29, 2011, 3:07PM
I kick myself all the time for living just outside the city and never having been to Brooklyn! Definitely on my agenda this summer, especially the farmer's market!

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…is a house with a porch.Read More

dancingelf -Jul 10, 2012, 7:07PM
Does anyone know what type of flowering vine is in the second picture?
Dreambox -Sep 06, 2011, 10:47PM
A dream that is dying. I have to do it.

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UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed.

i have another gorgeous piece from our summer store displays to give away! this amazing rope swirl tapestry was hand-made by our talented display team using rope, various brightly colored strings and pom poms and tassels inspired by india.  hang it on your wall, use it as a carpet in a hallway, a table runner – whatever your heart desires! one thing’s for sure- no one else will have anything like it :)


this tapestry is actually two pieces – so you can take it apart and hang them separately or keep it as one long piece!


lots of you are asking for a diy – you’re in luck, we did one :) find it here.

Caro -Aug 22, 2015, 12:32PM
Hello, I would like to have this rug. Where to buy it Thanks! Caro
Gigi -Nov 01, 2014, 5:05PM
Hello, I would like to have this rug. Where to buy it Thanks! Gigi

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the errant charm is a superb soundtrack for an afternoon idyll…”Read More

Keely -Jun 30, 2011, 9:53PM
Some current albums that are on my summer playlist are City and Colour - Little Hell (amazing cd) Bon Iver - Bon Iver My Morning Jacket - Circuital
rey cole -Jun 29, 2011, 5:45PM
i just got back TODAY from a 2 1/2 week stay in the richmond district (swoon). miss it so much already, but these tunes will make me smile until i get back there! xo

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things got a liiiitle bit crazy lately but i haven’t forgotten about the book club! any suggestions for an inspiring but not-too-heavy summer read?

leave ‘em below!


Diane -May 10, 2012, 2:29PM
Chuck Palahnkiuk books! Such as Rant and Fight Club
nats -Oct 01, 2011, 3:43PM
Hui Wei ''Shanghai baby''

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are you following us on instagram?

p.s. one of these photos is from our september catalog shoot, can you guess which one? ;)

monie -Jun 29, 2011, 4:53AM
Love instagram!
-Jun 28, 2011, 1:23AM
truly an inspiration. ^-^

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one of our lovely readers, mae, made the second image… so inspiring.

image one.

Kia -Jun 29, 2011, 12:39PM
thats so inspiring. free to! :) <3 it~
Aqilah -Jun 29, 2011, 3:00AM
I love Mae!

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As promised, this week’s recipe is one of the many delicious meals from my recent camping trip in the Adirondack Mountains. The bare essentials and need for practicality reminded me how good simple foods like a plain sandwich can be. Even though I got a bit fancier than that for this dinner, there is still a quality of simplicity to the meal that I really like. The challenge of cooking with limited resources was fun and allowed me to get creative. This recipe can be prepared over an open fire or using a grill – I’ll show you how to do it both ways.

Kabob Ingredients:

½ Red Pepper

1 Small Carton of Whole Baby Portabella Mushrooms

1 Small Sweet Onion

½ Zucchini

½ Lb. Bay Scallops

¼ Cup Olive Oil

½ Lemon

1Tbsp. Fisherman’s Wharf All Natural Seafood Seasoning


Wooden or Metal Kabob Skewers

Basting Brush

Bruschetta Ingredients:

½ Loaf of Pesto Seasoned Bread

¼ Cup Olive Oil

½ Lemon

1 Tbsp. Fisherman’s Wharf All Natural Seafood Seasoning


Basting Brush

We bought all of the ingredients from local mom and pops stores. If you do the same, your kabobs and bruschetta could turn out completely different, but you can still follow the same process.


Slice Lemon in half. Mix together squeeze juice from one half and mix with with olive oil & seasoning for the kabobs. Set aside.

Break off 2 ft. piece of tinfoil. Fold over each edge.


Fold in each corner.2

Fold up each side making a wall – pinch together at corners.081

Fold over the corners so that they will not leak.083

Slice red pepper, onion, and zucchini into fairly large wedge-shaped pieces.


Slide ingredients onto skewers in random order until all are used up. As you finish skewers lay them onto the tinfoil.111

Baste skewers using entire lemon/oil/seasoning mixture.112

Slice desired amount of bread for bruschetta.114

Make anther – smaller – tinfoil boat to place the bread slices into. Mix together bruschetta olive oil, seasoning, and juice from remaining lemon. Baste both slides of each bread slice with the mixture.


To cook over the open fire, cover tinfoil boats with another piece of tinfoil.127

You want to separate logs and create a nice spot over hot coals to place the food.129

Let cook for about 15-20 min, depending on how hot your coals are. Use a fire mitt when checking to see if they’re cooked or removing them from the fire. Once scallops are cooked, they won’t have that cloudy/clear look they have when they’re raw.135

You can also cook everything on the grill. Put the kabobs on first. After about 10minutes add the bruschetta and let grill for another 5-10 minutes.


Enjoy the tasty meal =)

Mollie -Jun 29, 2011, 10:45AM
I live like 8 miles from Wilmington! Glad you had fun
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what a brilliant idea… dear photograph asks people to “take a picture of a picture from the past in the present.” something about these images makes me sad, not in a bad way, but in a nostalgic, why-do-things-have-to-change kind of way.






check it out (and submit your own!) here.

Paul -Jun 28, 2011, 1:41PM
Awesome way to jazz up layout images, Thanks for posting this. -Paul
Emmy -Jun 27, 2011, 11:41AM
This is SUCH a unique and amazing idea. Thanks for sharing!! -Emmy

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