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Visit our flickr page to get the August calendar download in the regular or widescreen version!

Can you believe it’s August already? Slow down, summer.

reina -Aug 01, 2011, 5:42PM
gorgeous! I've been printing these out and sticking them on my wall every month since february! They get better every month! This is my favourite so far.
Margaret Ivory -Aug 01, 2011, 5:39PM
These are amazing photographs...very ethereal...

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I love spring rolls, but when they’re fried, I can’t really eat them without feeling some guilt. That’s why these rice paper spring rolls are great. Fill them up with fruit and veggies, and you have a guilt free, fresh, summer hors d’oeuvre. You can find the rice paper wrappers at any Asian market, or I usually buy mine from our local Whole Foods. Messing around with combinations for filling is half the fun, but this combo has proven to be a favorite amongst my friends. It’s also one of my own favorites – easy, no cook, and so utterly fresh tasting.

You’ll Need:

1 avocado cut into slices

1 mango, peeled and sliced into strips

½ cup of cherry tomatoes, quartered

1 carrot, shredded

4 leaves of red leaf lettuce, torn up into pieces

2 sprigs of cilantro

9 rice paper wrappers

Basin filled with hot water to soak wrappers in


Soak wrapper in hot water until it becomes pliable and bendy.


Take the rice paper out, and lay it out on a kitchen towel to absorb some of the excess water. Pile on a bit of each ingredient right in the center of the wrapper.



To roll it up, first fold up the lower half, keeping everything tightly together


Then fold in either side


And roll it up the rest of the way


Do the same for each spring roll. Serve with any dipping sauce you would like. Chili dipping sauce or soy sauce are two that taste great


-Aug 02, 2011, 11:27AM
These look amazing!! Guess I'm stopping at the Asian market today...
Alexandra -Aug 02, 2011, 10:00AM
Yum! I have been making these for the past few summers, they are one of my favorites! I am going to try it with the mangoes, that sounds delicious. I usually make a dipping sauce with peanut butter, hoisin sauce, hot sauce and hot chilli flakes. xox

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DO: embrace change.



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One of the life lessons that comes with age, is that life is not always the same – there are many phases, and change is a continual force that will take hold of your life as it progresses. Before the change comes, it’s typical to be in a state of limbo. You’re figuring out what to do next, and this can be unsettling for the psyche.

It’s the unknown of change that humans fear. Although I’ve experienced it too, this fear continues to puzzle me. Every time I’ve gone through a big change, I’ve found myself in a new chapter with new enchantments. An entirely different moment, no better or worse than what came before. You gain new perspectives, and learn things that you would never have gotten the chance to learn had you stayed put in life. So why are we scared of this?

I’ve come to the conclusion that it is entirely mental.

It’s time to adapt – to face our fears, and learn that change is normal and healthy. To become wise we must gather life experiences through the passage of many phases. So next time you find yourself in that state of limbo, and it’s scaring the crap out of you, don’t let your fears get out of line. Know that it means you have once again come to that point where you can grow from change, and look forward to the surprises that lay ahead – you never know what you’re about to learn.

Susan -Aug 03, 2011, 12:34PM
I seriously needed to read this; I've been in limbo this whole year while in a one-fifth life crisis. Thank you for posting it! :]
meganna -Aug 01, 2011, 7:20PM
thank you so much for this. it was exactly what i needed right now. :)

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I’m a little late posting these but we had an awesome summer party at the home office a couple of weeks ago! Here are a few photos :)










two happy dalmations :)

What’s everyone doing this weekend? I think I might have to hit up the beach!

Sanne -Jul 30, 2011, 5:03PM
That looks like a lot of fun! I went shopping today :) xx
-Jul 30, 2011, 11:45AM
How fun! c:

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We are looking for a Fall Visual Merchandising Intern!

We are looking for an intern who can work a few days a week, is local to Philly and able to receive school credit.  Any interested applicants can send their resumes to and reference the Fall FP Visual Merchandising Internship in the subject.

-Dec 01, 2011, 3:44PM
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alma -Jul 29, 2011, 3:06PM
ooo.. I wanna have one of this alerts plis.. but downtown in Mexico plis..:)

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Post image for Weekend Getaway: The Not-So-Dirty Jerse

Jersey gets a bad rap, but my experience with the state has been primarily good, so I wanted to highlight one of its cute, lesser-known towns: Mount Holly. It’s a quaint historical village with a bit of indie vibe. Drive in on the main road, High Street, and you’ll be amongst town halls, prisons, and estates built as early as the late 18th century. As you make your way down the buildings are that of a more recent era – now filled with quaint shops, cafes, and restaurants. There’s a rich history in this place, and you can feel the presence of the many lives lived here.


Once you reach the town center’s crossroads – you’ll come across an arched gate leading into what is called Mill Race Village. The town mood changes here. Mill Race is an eclectic mix of quirky shops, handmade goods, and cute homes all painted in vibrant colors that brighten up your day. You can find anything from ghost hunting supplies to fresh honey to handmade jewelry in this part of town. It’s a lot of fun to walk around and explore.





After enjoying the town, venture out to Smithville Park. This National Park is built around a historic village which was once a major industrial plant known for its high-quality woodworking machinery in the the 1860’s to the 1920’s. The plant ruins are a bit eerie, but they’re placed amongst such beautiful surroundings it gives off a strange feeling. Keep wandering around and you’ll find a large lily pad covered lake with canoes, hiking trails, gardens, and old homes both restored and vacant.








Mary R. -Jul 30, 2011, 10:38PM
Cool, thanks for sharing!
fp naomi -Jul 30, 2011, 10:12PM
Rapunzel - I have a Canon Rebel. One of the best presents I have ever received..

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Post image for Office Style: I like what you got in the behind..

I love when somebody’s outfit is okay from the front, and then they turn around and all of a sudden its ace. They have that element of surprise in the back – a cool detail or bold statement. It’s like that old saying, business in the front, party in the back… or is that just about mullets….??? Either way, I love the trend, and these ladies have nailed it.


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Tory -Jul 29, 2011, 8:48PM
What is the name of the top in the first picture? I love it?
sara alana -Jul 29, 2011, 3:29PM
Love all of these shots. I just started following you guys on and I am getting so much inspiration from all of you "around the office" shots. Looks like an amazing place to work.

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Post image for Thursday Poll: Cropped Bralletes!

Cropped bralletes are everywhere. I think just about every girl has one in her wardrobe nowadays, and I don’t know that this was so typical 10, 15, 20, 30….years ago. With fashion being cyclical, it’s tough to find things that are unique to our decade. Of course, bras have always been around, but the way we’re wearing these pieces feels entirely new. They’re useful to have. You can layer them under tanks with big armholes, t-shirts with back cutouts, or anything with a droopy neckline for that pop of something pretty, edgy, ethnic – whatever you want that pop to be.

So what do you want that pop to be? Let us know!

Sexy Lace

Edgy Print

Romantic Shade and Texture

new Romantics Woven Bustier

Flirty and Innocent

zinke lace crop bralette

Funky Ethnic Design

chevron seamless halter bra

Boho Floral

love you more bustier

VASARELLE -Jul 31, 2011, 7:54AM
These are stunning! I want all of them;///
Kerri -Jul 29, 2011, 3:09PM
Oops haha nevermind!

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Meet one of our store managers that works in our Chicago stores, I met up with her in Chicago to talk about fashion, style and blogs. She’s a cool cat with the sickest jewelry. Meet Alyssa and check out her lovely tumblr. When I met her, I was obsessed with her insane jewelry collection stacked on her hands, she let me know that some of it was made by her best friend who happens to have a trunk show in Chicago this weekend, if you’re there you should check it out!

About me:  My three most favorite feelings in the world are: feeling well-traveled, feeling inspired & feeling loved. Having the chance to travel is extremely exciting for me; I lust for the opportunity to explore the unfamiliar and seek as many new adventures as possible. Inspiration comes to me from most all places, especially travel, my friends, and blogging. Now, having my own blog, I’m challenged to come up with creative ways to give inspiration to all my readers as well. When I’m not working at Free People or blogging, I’m usually spending time with super sweet boyfriend, my family, or my amazing friends. I believe having a tight knit group of people who love and support you & who you love and support in return, is essential. My style icon has to be Erin Wasson, she has such a free & easy, relaxed look that I aspire to when I get dressed each morning! …she is totally a Free People girl too; she was just shopping in my store on Monday!



BohoQueen -Jul 28, 2011, 10:42PM
Love this post! Her "about me" section is perfectly written, and I find myself sharing many of her feelings. Her jewelry is too cool, and I love the last group of three pictures! It's so creative! xoxo
Lana -Jul 28, 2011, 9:56PM

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Post image for August in Venice with Guy Aroch: Catalog Sneak Peek!

Our August book was shot in Venice, Italy by the one and only Guy Aroch, featuring models Marloes Horst and Darla Baker. It is romantic, dreamy, sophisticated and full of intrigue – everything I imagine Italy to be. The book drops next week, and here’s a little preview!












The catalog drops on Tuesday, I can’t wait to show you more!

alison -Jul 31, 2011, 4:47PM
the catalogs photographed by guy aroche are my favorite! they are so beautiful
paola -Jul 29, 2011, 4:21PM
Love these shots!!!! Cool photographer!! :)

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Post image for Home Décor Inspiration From Down Under

I’m completely in love with this home…it’s so full of color and pattern and life! It makes sense that something this amazingly eclectic belongs to an artist and musician in New Zealand.Read More

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Post image for XPoNential Music Festival 2011 Photos

This past weekend I attended WXPN’s annual three-day music festival over in Wiggins Park Camden – The XPoNential Music Festival. It was a great time as always – despite the oppressive heat there was a nice breeze on the river and the amazing music made it well worth it!Read More

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