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on wednesday i took a little field trip over to city hall to check out the philadelphia mural arts program’s winter art exhibition, which featured the work of their very talented big picture and mural corps students. big picture students designed and painted sneakers and large-scale mixed media “treasure maps” representing their ideas on how to “be the change you wish to see in the world” (based on the gandhi quote). mural corps students explored notions of identity through self portraits. i spoke with some of the students and they were so proud to show of their work, which was available for sale to raise funds for the program…and they have every right to be proud- they are seriously talented!

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for more information about philadelphia’s mural arts program, visit their website.


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remember the hilarious saturday night live skit featuring horatio sanz, jimmy fallon, chris kattan and tracy morgan playing the song “i wish it was christmas today?” if not, you’ve gotta watch the video below. anyway, julian casablancas (strokes singer) has done a remake of the song and it’s got all edge and energy you’d expect from him. take a listen!

happy friday! stay warm if you’re getting hit by the winter storm in the northeast!

Ashley -Dec 18, 2009, 5:29PM
I *love* that SNL skit! It's so cute! And I can't believe there's a legit version of the song now, that is so funny. I still prefer the Jimmy Fallon/Horatio Sans/Chris Kattan/Tracy Morgan version :)

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what is your favorite holiday tradition?

i used to love going to the christmas tree farm when i was little…it was one of my favorite things about the holiday season.  i have vivid memories of riding around on the tractors and getting yelled at for jumping on and off the wagon while it was moving.

something you can do this weekend wherever you are…tomorrow just happens to be look for an evergreen day! so if you haven’t already done so, head on out to a tree farm where you can pick one out and cut it down yourself…

Ashley -Dec 21, 2009, 11:12PM
That's a neat tradition. Unfortunately, my Mom is a worry wart. She believes real trees are a terrible fire hazard, which is also why we don't have candles! I think she's a nut! I LOVE the smell of pine! especially at Christmas! Our tradition is to watch A Christmas Carol on the night of Christmas eve! I look forward to it every year.

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there’s a cool event going on this saturday on south street in philly.  the south street winter solstice celebration, hosted by philadelphia’s magic gardens, will start at 11am and last until 9pm with live entertainment, hands-on activities and discounted holiday shopping at participating shops up and down south street.  plus the theme is warm, tropical climates, with live latin music and dancing to help take your mind of the frigid temps!

click here for more info on the event and activites throughout the day, which include art workshops and free guided tours of the incredible magic gardens at 12 and 4.

what’s everyone up to this weekend (besides last minute christmas shopping!)? any fun events going on in your area?

fp julia -Dec 18, 2009, 4:33PM
@whitney- wow that is a great cause, and such a sad but inspiring story...thanks for the heads up!
Whitney -Dec 18, 2009, 4:21PM
I'm going to this tonight!! http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/music/Dave-Som-79566912.html If you live in philly you should stop, its for a great cause. And then some holiday crafting and a cookie swap!

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1. etsy; 2, 8. cosmic dust; 3. michael kenna; 4. we heart it; 5, 9. knight cat; 6. ana guerrero; 7. summer teeth; 10. burk uzzle

Sting -Jul 15, 2013, 11:35AM
beautiful beautiful. so majestic. thanks for the link ;)
Alex -Jul 15, 2013, 11:33AM
Love the icy and dreamy aura of the photos.

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pieced cardigan; stonewashed leather boot by humanoid; fp destroyed skinny jeans; aphrodite necklace; siberian husky puppies.

what’s on your wishlist this year??

Ashley -Dec 21, 2009, 11:29PM
I love you, fp! You are my favorite!
Chloe C -Dec 21, 2009, 8:32AM
what about the pony? :)

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well well well…it’s thursday poll time!

last week i asked about our pretty floral tunics and it was a close vote but the winner was the burbank tunic, with 32% of the vote!  this week, with the holidays upon us, i wanna know which of the following items you would splurge on…or would most want someone else to splurge on for you!

a fashionable piece like the graham & spencer faux fur vest:

a pair of must-have shoes like the keira buckle boot:

a leather bag like the obi cross body bag:
obi cross body bag

a vintage statement necklace like the one-of-a-kind vintage cluster necklace:
one of a kind vintage cluster necklace

or a fabulous jacket like the leather bomber by giorgio brato:
Leather Bomber Jacket By Giorgio Brato

time to vote!


GFS -Dec 17, 2009, 9:20PM
Hi Julia! Thought you might like to check out some pics from my Etsy site. http://mamasheashea.blogspot.com/2009/12/cascading-feathers-necklace.html
Giò -Dec 17, 2009, 5:34PM
Absolutely leather bomber!!! I have one that looks like this

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one of our home office team members got this really sweet note in the mail and we thought it was so cute we wanted to share it on the blog.

snail mail is the best…thank you so much!

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good morning! we are very excited to bring you the first episode of home sweet home, featuring the home of our director of design and image. enjoy!

*the song in the video is guantanamera.

veronica tm -Dec 18, 2009, 6:17PM
what a wonderful house, full of personality and soul. beautiful family too.
Sammi -Dec 17, 2009, 5:49PM
What a fantastic video! More More! Super Super cute house.

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our makeup artist shows you how to create a gorgeous holiday look…featuring the lovely model renata.

if you want to try out this look, here are the products she used:

eyes: NARS silk road
- apply pale pink all over lid up to brow
- apply pink w/ gold flecks on lid
- to intensify the pigment, apply a face gloss (she used MAC gloss creme brilliance); aquafor will also do the trick.
lashes: maybelline colossal volume mascara

shimmer face powder: NARS hungry heart

cheek color: NARS orgasm powder blush

lip: NARS orgasm lip gloss

stephanie -Dec 18, 2009, 12:48PM
i can almost see whats going on through the filters. i understand adding effects and filters can make the video look nice but when you are posting a tutorial (on makeup especially) this much is unnecessary and excessive. i can barely even see what she looks like at the end ???
Fashion CHALET -Dec 16, 2009, 10:37PM
Sooo glad you guys have a blog. Your clothing and stores are amazing!! =) Great Holiday "how to" video. xx

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i have a very special preview for you today of a new segment on the blog called home sweet home!  we thought it would be fun to give you all a glimpse into the homes of some of our free people team members, and to kick things off we took a trip to the beautiful home of our managing director of design and image.  she’s a big part of the free people look so we’re thrilled that she let us in and we got to see a little bit of her personal style and what inspires her.   we also got to meet her adorable children!

here’s a sneak peak into her home, and stay tuned for the video… it’s coming soon!

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-Dec 19, 2009, 8:59AM
What ever happened to all the capital letters? Ever since the July 9th post, nothing has been capitalized. Is this the format for your blog? I'm not liking it much.

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good morning! i saw these homemade terrarium ornaments on design sponge and thought it was the coolest idea. they add some nature to your christmas tree, even though they’re actually fake (so you don’t have to worry about watering them), and as the blogger who made them suggests, they’d be a great decoration for the home after holiday season as well. read on for some instructions on how to make them!

what you’ll need:
– clear glass ornaments
– dried moss
– twine
– pencil
– q-tips
optional- twigs, fake butterflies, feathers etc…

1. tear off a small piece of moss and moisten slightly (this helps to keep the moss from crumbling a lot of dust inside).

2. with the eraser end of your pencil, gently push moss into the opening. repeat this a few times until you have a forest floor on the bottom of your ornament.

3. add any extras and poke with your pencil to style things as necessary.

4. bend a q-tip and clean any debris stuck to the inside walls of the ornament.

5. attach a piece of twine with a bow and hang!

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guccibags -Mar 31, 2014, 9:30PM
love that she chose a mix of urban and natural settings for the shoot too. Check out a few of my favorite images from her senior session!
traveltips -Jan 23, 2012, 8:25AM
What a nice idea. I am gonna try oit for sure. Hopefully my guests will like it

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