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MarkSpizer -May 03, 2010, 9:16AM
great post as usual!
-Apr 30, 2010, 7:48AM
Wow! When I was creating my inspiration board for the concept internship, I almost used the same picture of Brooke Shields in the Blue Lagoon that you posted! It ended up not fitting in with the composition but it's such a cool coincidence nonetheless! :D

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our team is currently shooting our july catalog and sent along this photo of models linda vojtova and noot seear during their lunch break :) you’ll be hearing more about this catalog in the future, but i can tell you it’s going to be a good one!

Rocio -Apr 27, 2010, 8:12PM
wow alredy planing the july catalog,.
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They embody FreePeople women!

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of all the albums coming out this year one of the ones i am most excited about is the national’s high violet. as far as i’m concerned this band can do no wrong – especially led by frontman matt berninger, who’s deep baritone and blue-eyed, sandy-haired good looks are enough to make any girl swoon.  i’ve always been fascinated by him, because he’s very private and actually terrified of being on stage, but you’d never know it when you see him perform. their music is slightly melancholy and a good listen when you’re feeling down – and the lyrics are sometimes deeply personal – but i’ve seen them play live and they can rock out and get you dancing during songs like “secret meeting.”  their new album comes out may 11th but you can actually stream the entire thing now at nytimes.com.  i just listened and now i am itching to get my hands on a copy – it sounds amazing.

i also definitely recommend checking out the documentary about them filmed by vincent moon of la blogotheque, called “a skin, a night.” it’s really beautifully done. in fact, the first music video moon ever filmed was the national’s “daughters of the soho riots,” one of my favorite songs. check it out:

now listen to a couple of their new songs that i’m really digging…


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i’ll be seeing them this june at the electric factory in philly and i’ll be sure to take pictures and write about it on the blog!

here is part two of our new store playlist! enjoy :)


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Christina -May 05, 2010, 9:06PM
That's a great playlist!! The Daredevil Christopher Wright is an awesome band.. from Wisconsin too so all the better! Another band from Wisconsin: Trapper Schoepp and The Shades. They're from Milwaukee and they're one of the best bands around. Check 'em out and maybe feature them in a playlist?.. P.s. This blog is beautiful. :)

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some final inspiration from morocco… photos taken by our producer.

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i hope you’ve enjoyed our journey through morocco this month!  what are some other places you’d like to see us go? i’d love to know!

Linda -Apr 27, 2010, 8:00PM
South America! Chile..Argentina
Caity -Apr 27, 2010, 7:33AM
definatly thailand, taiwan, japan, papa new guinea, pretty much any south pacific island :)

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A festival wrap up

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It’s been 1 week since we’ve been back from Coachella and I am having massive withdrawal symptoms.  I’ve been shifting through my pictures and reminiscing almost every day.

One thing’s for sure the music was insane and fueled a lot of inspirational thought, from fashion to feeling.

These are some bands I am aspiring to at the moment. Individualism makes me tick and these guys sure have it.

Coachella has been a blast for us and we’re hoping these become a more frequent topic of conversation on the blog. Anyone going to upcoming festivals, we’d love to know?

fp julia -May 17, 2010, 6:11PM
hi samantha! you're welcome, thanks for sharing them :) we will be at bonnaroo too!!! keep an eye out for us there....
Samantha -May 17, 2010, 5:57PM
first of all THANKS for posting 2 of my Coachella pictures! That was awesome to see, & coachella was absolutely AMAZING. Some of my favorites were Passion PIt, Phoenix, Bassnectar, Deadmau5 and MGMT. I'm also going to Bonnarroo in less than a month. I'll send in pictures! xxx

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a reader sent me the link to these beautiful photos taken by katie stoops, using some of our clothing! i love the outdoor setting of the photos but i think my favorites are the close-ups because they really show the beautiful details of some of our pieces. check out more of katie’s work here.

the free people items pictured are the stitched boho tank, embellished tube dress, lacey insets dress, ends in sequins dress.

speaking of details

christine -Apr 28, 2010, 12:41PM
i love all the chan luu jewelry in the looks as well!
fp julia -Apr 26, 2010, 2:42PM
thanks miranda - i added her website to the post as well :)

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i am loving this batch of photos from our facebook fans! you guys are awesome – and if you haven’t seen it yet, check out the “fp me” section of our website where we feature facebook fan photos! we just put up some new ones and they’re beautiful!

summerteeth -Apr 27, 2010, 9:56AM
oh hey, me. love that second row of photos..
-Apr 26, 2010, 4:09PM
LOVE the outfit with the lace top and skinny jeans in that doorway! SO ADORABLE!

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the free people store in dedham, MA is looking for local talent to showcase their artwork this summer!  if you are interested, please friend them on facebook (Freepeople Dedham) and send a message with your name, contact info, and a picture of your work.

sounds like such a cool opportunity!

-Apr 30, 2010, 11:44PM
What a great idea! Hope other stores follow with this idea!
Call Free -Apr 28, 2010, 2:23AM
I am quite interesting in this topic hope you will elaborate more on it in future posts.thanks for sharing

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“everyone knows what their roots are, but you’ve got to explore everywhere. you’ve got to explore the sky too.”

– mick jagger

Katie -Apr 27, 2010, 12:39AM
I love noot! this is one photo of possibly the best shoot I've ever seen in a magazine. when I was living on egg noodles, I sacrificed buying conditioner for the maire claire while I was waiting to be checked out. gorgeous! unique! the whole photo spread reminded me of Free People.

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i am a vegetarian, and i am constantly on the lookout for really good meat-less sandwiches.  so when i saw this recipe on lifeflix and read that it was supposedly the best sandwich EVER, i was really excited to try it out.

you’ll need:
2 slices of oat nut bread (whole foods brand) toasted
handful of mixed greens
slices of red bell pepper
thinly sliced cucumber (skin on)
sliced tomatoes (seasoned with salt + pepper)
sliced swiss cheese or whatever cheese you like
mayonnaise
balsamic vinaigrette*
honey mustard dressing*
salt & pepper

Balsamic Vinaigrette:
1/4 cup quality extra virgin olive oil
1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 to 1 tsp sugar
1/2 pinch of black pepper
1/2 tbs water (tap)
*optional tiny squeeze of fresh lemon juice

mix everything but the olive oil. while mixing with a fork or a small whisk, drizzle in the olive oil into your vinegar mixture. taste and season according to taste.

honey mustard:
mix equal parts yellow mustard + honey

putting it all together:

prepare both dressings.

toast bread. they highly recommend the whole foods nut oat bread (green bag). in the meantime, cut all your veggies.

spread mayo on both slices of bread (one side only). spread about a teaspoon or so of the honey mustard dressing (both slices) on top of the mayo. layer one side with the cucumber slices, then the peppers, tomatoes and mixed greens. slowly drizzle balsamic vinaigrette over the mixed greens OR you can toss the greens with dressing in a separate bowl. top with cheese and the other slice of bread. that’s it!

my verdict? delicious!!! the dressings blend perfectly and the sandwich is as fresh as a bite out of spring!

sydayDevy -Dec 12, 2010, 6:51PM
i am hobby visual artist, perhaps you'd like to show some of my images? i think it would be neat for your site :-) totally admire your blog! send me a email please in case you want to see my photgraphs
physical therapist -Apr 26, 2010, 2:21AM
Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

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how cute are these shirts? they’re for sale over at print liberation, but more importantly they were designed by our very own lizzy janssen! she’s not only a talented artist but a total sweetheart and very funny…read on for an interview with lizzy and to see more of her amazing work!

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where do you draw inspiration for your work?
i get inspiration from nature and science. i like to draw things a little mysterious which seem to have been overtaken by nature and color. in my mind i’m always drawing miss havisham’s house from great expectations.

who are some of your personal favorite artists?
i like artwork that is really colorful and has a sense of humor. lucienne day, maxwell loren holyoke-hirsch, kime buzzelli, betsey walton, margaret killigan, martha rich,  esther pearl watson.

do you listen to music while you work? what do you listen to?
yes lots of music, a lot of times lyrics end up in drawings…
i like folk and blues, the carter family, woody guthrie, hank williams, leadbelly, howlin’ wolf, joan baez, bob dylan, neil young.

what are some of your hobbies?
i like to collect antiques and go to flea markets and auctions with my dad! and mostly reading, hanging out with my cats june and arlo, watching movies, and walking all over philly.

if you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?
high heels,  my cats standing on top of a record player with bob dylan’s “nashville skyline” …and eyeliner :)

how would you describe your personal style? which free people girl are you?
i’m a little bit country, and i’m a little bit rock and roll! i think i could be a mix of candy and lou – dresses and heels but not too girly.

what is something that most people don’t know about you?
i had a magical childhood living in penang, malaysia, where i was a puzzle box model.

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lots more great stuff at lizzyjanssen.com.

Rusty Stinson -Jan 29, 2011, 11:05AM
Great read! You should definitely follow up to this topic? gurkha cigar
Helene Gratzer -May 03, 2010, 2:48PM
I am sure, Johanna and Werner are proud of theyr granddaughter. Derar Elisabeth, I wish You all the success You were hoping for, when You became a feshion designer. I am an old friend of Johanna. I live in Vienna. I think we learned to know each other, when You were in Vienna. Kind regards and Love from Helene.

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