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tonight is not only the longest night of the year, but also for the first time since 1638 there will be a total lunar eclipse coinciding with the winter solstice! starting at about 1:15 a.m. (e.s.t.) the moon will start to darken as the earth’s shadow moves across it, with the deepest shadow occurring at approximately 3:15 a.m. (e.s.t.), when the moon will take on a reddish orange glow.  yeah, it’s the middle of the night, but this won’t occur on the winter solstice again until 2094!

images via weheartit.

fp julia -Dec 20, 2010, 4:37PM
@shannon- you're right! my bad, i mixed up the numbers :)
Shannon -Dec 20, 2010, 4:34PM
It's actually the first time since 1638! An amazing sight. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/12/101220-lunar-eclipse-tonight-winter-solstice-2010-total-december-science/

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i went to our sister store terrain for the first time this weekend, and i must say… it really lived up to my expectations.   i’ve heard so much about it, especially how lovely it is this time of year – with christmas trees, lights, a bonfire and more. but what really got me was the smell.  after browsing the outdoor stuff, we walked through a velvet curtain to check out the inside and were greeted with the aroma of what i can only describe as christmas.  fresh pine, logs burning on a fireplace, hints of cinnamon and spice…i want to bottle up that smell and keep it.

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check out the website here.

Anonymous -Dec 21, 2010, 11:51AM
I was just there last night! Terrain absolutely took my breath away. It's everything I love combined into one. Definitely a huge inspiration to how I hope to decorate my home. Love it- I WILL be visiting more often.
Taylor -Dec 20, 2010, 3:53PM
I need to take a visit~ :) & the cafe menu sounds really great!

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as promised, here is the holiday card for you to download! click on the image to go get the larger size from flickr. happy holidays!

jawbone icon thinker -Dec 21, 2010, 1:46PM
Merry Christmas! jawbone icon thinker
Lauren -Dec 20, 2010, 1:01PM
What a lovely gift! I like the deer sketch. Merry Christmas! - Lauren Ladaisi Blog

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*UPDATE 12/20*

congrats to our winners so far:

marissa from georgia, elena from new york, jill from washington & taryn from california!

just one more dress to go…

if you have already entered, you do not need to enter again. if not, you still have a chance to win – click on the link below to enter! good luck! xoxo

in the spirit of the holidays and giving, we’re doing ANOTHER giveaway!

a lot of you have been asking about the beautiful display dresses in our new holiday displays. well guess what? starting this week, you can enter by clicking right here and filling out the simple form for your chance to win one!

each week on friday, we will pick a winner. we have four dresses to give away and one mini display, which consists of two of the felt snowflake panels and two sheer glittery booti print panels – inspired by actual indian booti prints. we’ll pick the winner of the mini display this friday, and then each friday after that we’ll pick a winner who will receive one of the dresses.  the final winner will be announced monday december 27th, as we are not in the office friday december 24th.

you only need to enter the giveaway once, and each week a name will be selected at random from the entire list of entries.

PLEASE NOTE: the dresses are NOT meant to be worn. they are for display purposes only.

some of the dresses are embellished with pieces of glass and we would not want you to hurt yourselves :)

**finally, for those of you who do not win- you still have a chance to own one of the lovely dresses! they will be sold in our stores starting the day after christmas for $40 each, so stop by your local FP store to snap one up.**

good luck and happy holidays! xoxo

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Audrey -Apr 19, 2011, 5:35PM
I'm making the top right one in black and light blue for prom. =)
Laura -Jan 04, 2011, 9:24PM
We were able to buy one at the store and so excited for my daughter, we're going to tweek what we need to so she can wear it. Love Free People your all so creative.. thanks

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image; quote.

allisa -Dec 30, 2010, 3:28AM
your quotes give me hope
keri -Dec 20, 2010, 3:24PM
:)

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last weekend i made the trip out to longwood gardens for the first time in years… i can remember going there as a kid and not really appreciating the carefully manicured gardens that my parents would admire for hours.  but this year i went to see the “holiday magic” display and even though i’m not the type that gets really into christmas it was hard to not get into the spirit when surrounded by lush greens, the aroma of roses and lilies, fountains, twinkling lights and massive, dazzling christmas trees around every corner.

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alexandra -Jan 05, 2011, 12:04PM
I actually just visited this area yesterday! This was one of my favorite areas: http://www.alexandralasota.com/2011/01/longwood-christmas-display-daytime-view.html Beautiful place!
Sharron Clemons -Dec 21, 2010, 3:21PM
I HAVE A PLACE THAT I GO TO WITH MY FAMILY DURING THE HOLIDAYS AND IT LOOKS VERY MUCH LIKE THE PLACE YOU WENT TO! I LOVE THE PICTURES! JUST BEAUTIFUL AND INSPIRATIONAL

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anna emilia

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these works by anna emilia are so sweet and appropriate for winter! and while i love the subject matter alone, what makes them even sweeter are the little stories she writes to accompany each work. the descriptions give the images a context that makes them seem even more special.

“winter is ending”

a bear cub has been awake for a while because something is tickling him. maybe it is the spring.

“snow house”

igloos can be built when the snow particulars look like stars. then they hold each others and form firm cubes.

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“cone and bud dance for rain”

maybe the rain comes quicker to water bud and cone’s forest plants.

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“rain fresh tea”

a rainy day to be spent indoors, making tea from fresh rain water sitting on warm carpets.

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“brewing tent”

making tea is a delicate process. it needs warmth, fresh water and the right timing. today it is jasmine tea.

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“forest tearoom”

a small tearoom is hiding in a corner of a forest. have a walk watching tall trees and get inside to have a cup of warmth.

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“forest studio”

home to paint, write, drink tea, listen to music, read and sew. but mostly a home to paint.

check out her website here and her adorable blog here!

fionazhou201 -Dec 20, 2010, 3:53AM
Looks like the scene in the fairystory, love it.
George -Dec 19, 2010, 5:40PM
Great moons of Neptune! Love it. Thanks for turning on to her art! Oh swell! George Raised By Wolves

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when our team returned from shooting our december catalog with photos of the incredible western landscape, memories of my own road trip out west came flooding back.  utah, colorado, arizona and new mexico are home to some of the most beautiful land i’ve ever seen – national parks, forests, monuments, campgrounds, rivers, mountains and more.   i put together a little map of the four corners region and some of the amazing places you’ll find there.

this trip would be meadow’s holiday getaway of choice- taking off on a road trip with friends to explore the western landscape. camping at zion, swimming in lake powell and picking up turquoise jewelry and dream catchers at old road stops along the way.

click on each image to see a larger version in flickr, where you can download the entire map!

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stay tuned for our next journey… across the atlantic in beautiful paris!

Lizzy Hofweber -Jan 31, 2011, 10:23PM
My mum, sisters, cousin and I took off on a road trip out west for three months. We visited all of those places and more! ...It's pure freedom
Tanya -Dec 22, 2010, 2:16PM
Amazing trip, i took almost the same one last year and it was so beautiful!

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if you’re in the D.C. area tomorrow afternoon, stop by our store at clarendon commons! singer/songwriter danni rosner will be at the store playing some tunes off both her albums, piano actress and on my way. that’s her in the above right photo, which i posted on the blog a little while back, rocking fp while shooting a video!

check out her website here.

Connor -Mar 27, 2014, 1:20PM
Humidifiers increase moisture level of surrounding air and prevent drying of skin. You should also follow a healthy lifestyle in order to get quicker and more effective outcomes. yellowish pumpkin shaped tropical tree fruit native to the.

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hair bands

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saw this on tumblr the other day and thought it was the cutest thing… and appropriate following the post about vintage records.  what’s your favorite band hair? i’d have to go with zeppelin :)

update- this awesome drawing is by anna hatzakis, thanks for letting me know!

anna hatzakis -Dec 19, 2010, 12:14AM
hi there, that drawing is mine. thanks for featuring it, but would you mind crediting? it's on my website in this section: http://annahatzakis.tumblr.com/notebook
Tonya -Dec 17, 2010, 8:13PM
The Beatles forever!

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i am so excited that our vintage loves line now includes records!!! they are sold in collections that have been carefully hand-picked and include some of the greatest albums of the 60s, 70s and 80s. :) Read more »

Jeanmarie -Jan 20, 2011, 4:28AM
I love, love, love, the "vintage loves" collections. Brings back alot of memories! I was too late to purchase the red silk chinese bed jacket. Whoever purchased it; if it doesn't fit or you want to sell it, please! I would be happy to buy it from you! I hope more of the same comes our way. I love free
Jessie -Jan 08, 2011, 1:41PM
HOW GREAT ALL THESE ARTISTS ARE. I LOVE THE STYLE SO INSPIRATIONAL. MAKES ME WANT TO CLOSE MY EYES AND LIVE IN A DREAM

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ginger’s favorite part of the holiday season are the parties! whether they’re family parties with her loved ones, work parties or wild parties in the city she loves getting dressed up in her holiday finest and dancing till her feet hurt.  christmas is an excuse for her to wear gold and silver sparkles, bright reds and pops of pink to her heart’s content!

spice up ginger’s christmas by giving her a shiny chainmail bag from our vintage loves collection or some dazzling earrings.  our snake armbands will bring out her coy side and she’d flip over our leopard mini taco coin pouch filled with a necklace or ring and some gold nail polish.  ginger’s already counting down the days till bikini season so get her started with the sophia top, which she can layer with other items if she can’t wait till summer to wear it. she’d love our body con easy rider dress or flirty little numbers like the one shoulder lace trim tunic.  finally, the perfect accessories for ginger are some sheer socks to wear with her little black dress to a holiday party, a feather fedora and aviators!

in case you missed them, check out our gift guides for lou, candy and meadow as well.

Stephanie -Dec 17, 2010, 11:44AM
There are some great accessories in that collage.

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