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I moved here in January from the big smoke London.  I wanted to start fresh so packed light and got on the big jet plane.

Moving to a new country can be a pretty daunting experience. Unfamiliar with my new surroundings I had to find a place to live, pretty tough yes!

I wanted to find a place that I could play around with and create a little haven for myself. Not knowing Philadelphia I came across the first place that was safe and pleasant and took it.

Now I’m having fun making it my own. I love using my walls to create collages of inspirational thought; I collect random photo frames to trap my most memorable photos hang trinkets from family and friends and feature dried flowers wherever possible.

When I have friends over they engage themselves in the floor length mirror while I burn my multi coloured candles, dripping wax over wine bottles. The Diptyque scent usually fills the air while Nick Drakes plays subtly in the background.

My place is almost there, it’s nearly reached that comfort zone.

Starting from scratch is the most refreshing thing and letting your personality pour into a new home is quite satisfying don’t you think?

 

MOski -Aug 19, 2010, 10:59AM
An older post, I know, but I was just browsing and stopped when I saw your purple crochet tank top/dress? Where is it from??? It's wonderful I love crochet work, tell me about it!
Georgie -Jun 30, 2010, 12:49PM
What an amazing job you've done! Can't wait to see it in real life ;) xx

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merci beaucoup

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we appreciate all of your comments… i truly wish i could give each and every one of you a butterfly!

congratulations to our lucky winners, who were selected at random:

meghan h. from pennsylvania
kelly p. from alabama
liz r. from virginia

i will be sending your butterflies shortly :)

our 4th winner has been contacted but i have not heard back yet – please check your email and if it is you, please send me your address so i can mail the display piece! if i do not hear back by monday, a new winner will be selected.

thank you all so very much! and stay tuned… we hope to do many more giveaways like this in the future ;)

barefootjaime -Jun 29, 2010, 1:10PM
Dang! I was ready to give a butterfly a real nice home~
Caitlin Frates -Jun 28, 2010, 10:04PM
Yes, please!!! More giveaways!

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a bunch of us fp girls are going to see passion pit at the mann center this weekend! are you going? maybe we’ll see you there!

i wonder if we’ll hear this?


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lunaparka -Jul 28, 2010, 9:59AM
I saw them this tour in Cleveland at the HOB. Truly a great night with amazing music and great vibes. Here are some videos from the night:) http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=773907486264 http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=773907486264#!/video/video.php?v=773856703034
the clothing menu -Jun 25, 2010, 1:49PM
i'm going to see them in boston saturday night - can't wait!

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a few of our fp girls were at the phish show in camden last night – looks like it was a good time! here are some photos from the night…

in the middle, one of our favorite jewelry designers (and former fp girl) sarah lewis! rockin’ the sequin slip :)

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Leslie -Jun 25, 2010, 10:35AM
Oh, Phish.
Jen -Jun 25, 2010, 10:20AM
Nice pics but it's so painful not to be there!!

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our new store in costa mesa, california, opens today! if you’re in the area, stop by and say hello :)

tara -Sep 09, 2011, 2:13PM
open a store in Tampa!!!
blaire -Jun 27, 2010, 3:34PM
this is my mall i can't express my happiness that there is now an FP store here!!!! THANK YOU

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she made these earrings  by cutting up an old fur coat! rad.

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sonia -Jul 26, 2010, 5:02AM
where do you find cool boho model photos?
alyssa -Jul 07, 2010, 12:57PM
I lovee the shoes!

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the photos don’t do justice to the wicked storm that just blew through philly…

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…poor sam was shaking like a leaf!

Laura -Jun 25, 2010, 5:56PM
It was supposed to hit Baltimore too, but never did. It's so dry down here!! We need a storm!
katie -Jun 24, 2010, 10:53PM
those pictures are crazzyy! that was the worst storm ever! i was stuck in it on the way home.. traffic was horrrriblle. :(

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tea dye!

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what’s goin’ on in here?

it’s our assistant stylist dying book pages with tea! how cool is that? it’s so easy to do- just fill up a plastic container like this with water, drop in some tea bags, and then rip out pages from a book and soak them in it! the result are really cool antique-looking pages that you can use for pretty much whatever you want- you could cover an entire wall with them, or they’d look really cool as backing for a photo album or scrap book!

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i can’t tell you what we’re doing with them, but you’ll find out soon enough…

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Vintage Loves backdrop?
nikki :) -Feb 07, 2011, 12:32PM
How do you get the pages to stick to the wall?!

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right now we’re really loving patchwork prints- colorful, nostalgic and perfect for a sweet summer picnic. which patchwork print is your favorite?

the embroidered floral border dress:

the long sleeve printed dropwaist boho tunic:
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the paisley floral skirt:
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the paisley garden printed tank:
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or the patchwork paisley necklace dress:
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the winner of our stripes poll was the we the free lace & stripe short sleeve top, with 44% of the vote!

lilly -Jun 24, 2010, 4:17PM
Floral skirt followed by paisley tank

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how timely…if you’re in the area, stop by space 15 twenty in los angeles and check out their americana pop-up that runs through the 4th of july! in addition to shopping americana themed goods like the ones pictured below, you can check out one-of-a-kind customized denim jackets on display from the levi’s archives (above).

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a couple of weeks ago our highland park, illinois store had an event celebrating their first birthday, and they raffled off a personal styling session at their store.  the winner was one of their favorite customers, hannah, who came in for an hour of collaborative styling with the girls of highland park.  check out some of the great outfits they put together!

here she is wearing the adorable embroidered ruffle hem dress, accessorized with the macrame stretch waist belt and natural wood bib necklace.

i love how she paired the paisley necklace dress with cute western boots and the double tipped leather hip belt.

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here she’s wearing the seamless cami, pacific woven waist belt and tazmanian floral skirt.

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the we the free mala strana dress with the pacific woven waist belt.

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she looks great in our skinny military cargo! worn here with the we the free applique baseball tee.

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the streamer ruffle dress accessorized with the macrame stretch waist belt.

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and last but not least, the malawi vines dress with the double tipped leather hip belt and natural wood bib necklace.

she looks great! which outfit is your favorite??

anonymous -Jun 25, 2010, 11:22PM
i love the malawi vines dress with the leather belt! she looks great in every one of the outfits! we LOVE YOU free people and we love all the people who work at the highland park store!!!!!!!!
-Jun 24, 2010, 10:31PM
I absolutely love the fact that the "model" was someone with a shape! See...FP clothes CAN look great on some with a chest! Amazing styling, she looks adorable!

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for the documerica project, the EPA hired freelance photographers to take pictures of subjects relating to environmental problems, EPA activities, and everyday life in america in the 1970s.  the resulting photographs are fascinating to look through, and many of them are quite beautiful.  i love the old, grainy quality of the photos…they make me long for a simpler time.  here are some of my favorites…

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view all of the photos here.

jordan -Jun 25, 2010, 8:14AM
they also did this in the great depression :)
Vicki -Jun 24, 2010, 9:50AM
Wow, these totally remind me of my childhood. My dad was big into photography in the 70's and we traveled cross country every summer. I think I need to dig out all of those photos now. Thanks for sharing.

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