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just returned from a weekend in san francisco and i think my head is still somewhere up in those clouds… it was my first time back since moving back to philly two years ago and i feel like i slipped back into a different time for a few days.  there’s magic in the air out there.


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Sabrina -Feb 16, 2011, 4:56PM
Oh these pictures are wonderful! I am from San Francisco but currently live in New York so these photos make me think of home. I would love a San Francisco city guide just to see if there are any new places I should check out when I visit again.
anna -Feb 16, 2011, 2:33PM
yessssss....so lovely! you said it perfectly, there is definitely something magical in sf air.

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valentine’s day isn’t just about your significant other…it’s a celebration of all the things we love in life- even the simplest things.  here are some of the things we’re in love with right now!

“i’m in love with my new ring!” – graphic designer

“i’m in love with lipstick! especially my new orange one…and i cant wait till spring to wear the pink one.” – office coordinator

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“i love japanese masking tape….it comes in such pretty colors and patterns.” – graphic designer

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“girl scout cookies!!!!!” – everyone

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“i’m in love with these flowers my friend sent me.” – director of design and image

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“i love my cat!” – designer

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“i love america…i just moved here from london!” – designer

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“i love these sweet cards a co-worker sent me…the bunny on the left below is wearing a little piece of one of my knits!” – designer

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“i love shrunken denim jackets like this one on our creative director! i’m going to buy this one.” – creative design assistant

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“i love really old vintage valentines! the free library (in philly) has some that you can look at but they’re so old you’re not allowed to touch them.” – creative director

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“my dog monster is my valentine :)” – designer

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tell me, what are you in love with right now?

calla -Feb 15, 2011, 1:57PM
those greeting cards are adorable! www.SHINYUPSIDEDOWNCROSSES.BLOGSPOT.com
Sarah -Feb 15, 2011, 1:31PM
I love your graphic designer! I've always been an admirer of her work on FP's website. What is her name??

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our vintage buyer found a stack of adorable vintage valentines at a flea market recently, and our graphic designers made them into little valentines that you can print out and use! she told me that vintage valentine cards are difficult to find and very expensive- and it is not known who many of them are designed by.

valentine’s day was not always a loving and romantic day, and early valentines were actually intended to be mean and insulting – called “penny meanies” – and were sent unsigned.  by the early 19th century the practice of sending more sentimental valentines grew in popularity, and the ones above are from the early 20th century. i think its so interesting to see how valentines have evolved…the vintage ones are so sweet and innocent compared to some of the racier ones we see today!

click on each image to go to our flickr page and download the large size!

Anette -Feb 14, 2011, 1:17PM
Am I just grumpy and getting old when I think that Valentines day is made to sell more stuff, and that is so much more romantic to get flowers any other day...? My boyfriend was easily convinced that this was a good idea:)
elizabeth -Feb 14, 2011, 1:07PM
happy valentines day to all!!! i send my love =)

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There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known.

Nothing you can see that isn’t shown.

Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.

It’s easy.

– Lennon & McCartney

Eva @ Four Leaf Clover -Feb 14, 2011, 6:57PM
Great quote. : ) Happy Valentine's Day to everyone who reads this!!
serena -Feb 14, 2011, 11:35AM
such an inspiring song...lennon-mccartney <3

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have you guys ever seen rainbow roses? i never have and i couldn’t believe they’re actually real – albeit man-made. they were first created by two dutch companies who found that by splitting the stem and dipping each part in water colored with dye they could achieve this effect. the colors are drawn into the petals as the rose blooms, resulting in the rainbow of colors. i love how it almost looks like tie dye!

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boho diva -Feb 15, 2011, 6:31PM
That may be the coolest thing I've ever seen! xoxo http://www.bohodivagirl.com/
Helise -Feb 14, 2011, 4:09PM
It probably should be done with white roses my guess. They are gorgeous!

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i mentioned artist sylvia marius the other day…we were particularly inspired by her deconstructed umbrella for our store displays, but as i was looking through her website i found myself completely in awe of all of her beautiful work. this quote helps give you an idea of where she’s coming from:

“I am an inexhaustible collector of fragments of life.
With these roots as my own vocabulary, I create fragile and
delicate objects with a more-than-uncertain use; scarified
sculptures put-back together by a hazy hand.
They are: Aerial objects, a sum of fragments put together from
end to end…
Often, in my world, things seem to hold each other together by
one thread. However, in reality, they are connected by several
links.”

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“There is the first sight… Casting itself onto various objects.
Then… A gathering of objects: Building blocks fashioned from
a collection of testimonies:
Fragments of history, gathered during the constant
movement of life…
Fragments placed together for a purpose:
Observe… But particularly… Repair.”

amazing stuff. check out her website here.

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serena -Feb 13, 2011, 1:17PM
i love these random photo posts, always inspirational. more please? :D
emme -Feb 13, 2011, 6:33AM
i looove those pictures, all the colors are so wonderful and happy. my fave is the one with the two girls sitting on skateboards .. remindes me of me and my bestie sallie ..

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there’s another toby in the office! i met this little ragamuffin the other day when i found him in the hall playing with his ball and squirrel…

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toby is quite stylish in his bandana and puffer jacket:

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kisses for mom :)

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-Feb 14, 2011, 7:33PM
I love her nails, is there a design on them?

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We have fallen head over heels in love with Bass shoes. That 50’s jive look is growing on us in a big way.

Bass has collaborated with Rachel Antonoff to design a collection of sweet/masculine looking shoes.  I think these shoes are perfect for spring; add them to your cute dresses or make your jeans a little more interesting.

What I like about Bass is the quality leather and thorough workmanship; you know you’re invested in a pair of shoes that will last a lifetime.

I think they are endearing, and I love how they have been styled on Tennessee from The Like.

We’d like to know, are penny loafers your thing?

James Dean made them ‘cool’ in the 50’s after he was seen rocking around in them but we love to know how you fp girls would wear them?

 

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cosmetic surgery marketing guide -Feb 14, 2011, 12:00AM
Those are really nice shoes. I wondering to buy its. I want the red and white for Valentine's Day!
Elin -Feb 11, 2011, 6:57PM
Love the style of Bass shoes! It's just my type! I don't own a pair unfortunately, but I will soon! And yes I do think penny loafers would be cute!

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Join Free People Upper East in NYC on Saturday February 12th, as they celebrate Valentine’s Day with special treats while you find that perfect Valentine’s Day outfit! Owner Jenny Bee from Jenny Bee’s Bakery will be providing delicious vegan Red Velvet cupcakes for our customers.

All day, any customer that shops has a chance to enter into a raffle for a Free People gift card, or a yummy sweetheart basket from Jenny Bee!

“Jenny Bee’s Bakery is an alternative vegan baking company that uses the finest ingredients to create the most amazing baked goods. We are 100% dairy-free and egg-free, with gluten free and nut free options. Saving the planet one dessert at a time!”

This will be an all-day event so we hope you stop by! Free People upper east is located at 1319 3rd Avenue in New York City. Visit them on facebook here.

alex -Feb 13, 2011, 10:30PM
soo delish!!!!
maya from fp upper east -Feb 13, 2011, 11:31AM
thanks to everyone that came out!!! we had a great time and the baked goods were fabulous!!!

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with our latest catalog being shot in california, i wanted to get some insider scoop on what its like to live there – i’ve been to  LA several times but could never see myself settling there…san francisco was much more my speed.  so who better to ask about life in so cal than two fashionable bloggers that were born and raised there – natalie and dylana suarez!

where in LA do you live?

in the valley area of los angeles.

what is your favorite thing about living on the west coast?

natalie: i love the beautiful weather and constant sunshine. i’m not much of a gloomy weather type of person!

dylana: my favorite thing definitely has to be the beautiful weather we always have year round, all the amazing beaches we can go to on a sunny day, and the amazing thrift / vintage shops.

what are some essential pieces every girl in LA must own?

natalie: a great pair of skinny jeans and comfortable boots! also, a big bag is great for toting around everything you need on hand.

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dylana: every LA girl must own a good pair of denim shorts, maxi or ankle length skirts, a good pair of leather ankle boots, silk blouses, and a lightweight blazer.

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where are your favorite places to shop/eat/go out?

natalie: we were born and raised in santa monica so that is definitely my favorite part of the city. i love main street and montana avenue for the cute, little restaurants. i love 3rd street for the shopping. from there, i usually walk to the boardwalk and beach.

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dylana: i love to shop on the santa monica promenade or the americana in glendale. my favorite place to eat is also santa monica because you can get just about anything there and there are a lot of cute little restaurants to eat at. i also really love main street in santa monica.

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is there a certain spot/place you like to go to get away from it all?

natalie: i love hiking up will rogers park on the westside. you get beautiful views of all of los angeles and it is super relaxing.

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dylana: if i want to get away from the city, i can just stay right at home in the valley, where things are of a much slower pace. i also like to go up to ventura and to relax on the beach or do some thrift shopping on main street over there.

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what’s your ideal way to spend a day off in LA?

natalie: my ideal day off would be biking along the beach from santa monica down to venice. in venice, i usually grab abbot pizza and gelato at nice cream!

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dylana: i like to meet up with friends at a new restaurant that i haven’t tried yet to just hang out and laugh. i also love to spend a few hours at the bookstore reading magazines or i head to the movies. another thing i love to do on my days off is take a nice long bike ride or hike around my neighborhood. it totally clears the mind!

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and here are their picks from our february catalog – i could see them wearing any of these pieces and looking lovely in them!

natalie’s picks:

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clockwise from top left: wrapped in peats maxi skirt;  everything nice lace dress; morning glory chiffon skirt; hearts flutter top; super 70s wideleg jean; first bloom maxi dress.

dylana’s picks:

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from left: borderline fringe sweater, go together well maxi dress, morning glory chiffon skirt.

all photos of natalie and dylana are via their blogs, natalie off duty and color me nana. thank you so much ladies!

Nikki Sulon -Mar 14, 2014, 12:53PM
Love these outfits. Free People is a staple for a CA girls. Find more CA girl style inspiration on my blog :) http://caligirlingold.blogspot.com
Tiffany -Aug 28, 2011, 1:10PM
Love to visit those placee.

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more lovely behind the scenes photos taken by our videographer!

kiki -Feb 13, 2011, 11:20PM
yes i agree with Gisella!! the texture/curls/everything is so perfect and i've been trying to get that look for awhile now. a tutorial would be wonderful! also, maybe a travel beauty tutorial. you guys are obviously traveling a lot, so what's your beauty secrets and favorite products?! :)
Gisela -Feb 11, 2011, 11:22AM
How did you create those beautiful waves on the blonde model for the Feb. catalog? On Meadow to be exact. Would love to know or see a tutorial.

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