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on the outskirts of philadelphia, past manayunk and mount airy, you’ll find the wissahickon valley of fairmount park and a hidden wonderland known as valley green. the sound of traffic and horns are replaced by birds and trickling water and its hard to believe you’re still technically in the city. this scenic little valley is one of my favorite spots to go for a day of hiking, relaxing, and escaping when i’m feeling a little drained by the hustle and bustle of living downtown. sometimes you just need to get back in touch with nature.

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lewlew -Mar 29, 2010, 12:02PM
fairmount park is just fantastic

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this is maru – the strangest cat on the planet.

digital products review -Feb 13, 2011, 9:50PM
Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enyed reading your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon
Bec Bowers -Mar 27, 2010, 5:05AM
Your cat is just sooooo fabulous! What a beautiful creature you have.

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this weekend… dance!

-Mar 26, 2010, 3:59PM
you guys are the best!!!

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ever since i wrote about polaroid film a couple of weeks ago (here) i’ve been wanting to bring my polaroid camera into work to take some photos around the office.  well i was finally able to do it!the timing could not be more appropriate, too, as project impossible announced on monday that they have succeeded in re-producing a new analog instant film for traditional polaroid cameras! this is very exciting news, because i no longer have to hoard my polaroid film and save it for very special occasions only :)

here are some test shots of the new film from the project impossible website:

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looks awesome!

fp julia -Mar 29, 2010, 9:37AM
hey erin! you can buy it on the impossible project website here: http://shop.the-impossible-project.com/shop/film
Erin -Mar 26, 2010, 6:04PM
This is awesome! Where or when can this film be purchased? Yay!

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what if the whole world paused to dance?

that is what artist beth fein is asking. today, march 26, at noon in san francisco, 3pm in new york/philadelphia, 6pm in paris, etc…she wants everyone to stop what they’re doing, wherever they are, and start dancing.  any form of dance – even if you think you can’t dance at all. her goal is to blur the line that separates art and dance from our daily lives, and bring awareness to this art form that we are all free to express.  sounds like a brilliant idea to me…if you think about it, why should the joyous act of dancing be confined to certain spaces and times? i think it would improve your every day to let yourself go and dance no matter who is watching.

if you see anyone participate, or if you yourself choose to, let me know :)

more info here.

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ORCYN -Mar 26, 2010, 2:25PM
sounds like fun ... a little dancing at lunch in the great north west!
alexxandra -Mar 26, 2010, 2:02PM
im fairly certain this is the best idea i have ever heard of.

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Look how lovely these illustrations are from the designers here at home office.

They are so adorable and bring great personality to the clothes. We wish we could bring them to life for a day at the office.

I see a mixture here of the Candy and Meadow girl.

fp julia -Mar 31, 2010, 3:45PM
hey mel! unfortunately we only have a slightly larger version but i've put that on flickr if you want to download that one and try it out! http://www.flickr.com/photos/freepeopleflickr/4479281029/
Mel -Mar 31, 2010, 12:08AM
Random question... Is there anyway you can upload a bigger version of this picture???? it would be PERFECT for my laptop wallpaper!

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fpcarrie -Mar 26, 2010, 10:48AM
go run dmc!
Erika -Mar 25, 2010, 6:11PM
Cute! Are you guys hiring ;)?

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as you may have seen by now, free people has categorized our customers into 5 different styles and given them names. well today for the blog our carlsbad, california, location put together an outfit for each style using their favorite fp items! check out the five fp girls: california style!

sandy is the beach-going, laid back surfer girl. she is usually outfitted in our beach line or our sundresses but plays them down with sandals or flip-flops. here she is wearing the gorgeous lace embrace skirt as a dress, with the seed bead stretch waist belt and charlie hat!

lou is a tomboy and she loves we the free – she wears tees and boyfriend jeans and throws on a pair of converse or funky boots to complete her look. she lives in our jersey raglan top, shown here with the acid wash knit pant!

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meadow is bohemian and she loves our flower headbands, crochet tops and woodstock-inspired clothing. she pairs her outfits with gladiators or cowboy boots and she most definitely is attending coachella! she adores tops like the lace flutter tunic or chrissy lace drape top, worn here with a crochet flower on lace headband and patchwork rugged cutoffs, and hippie jewelry like the devandra layered necklace.

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ginger is the girl that comes in looking for a stunning dress to wear out on the town! she loves our tight-fitting dresses like the downtown date dress and sexy tops that show off her figure. here she’s wearing the poison ivy tunic (similar to the ruffled flowers shift dress) over the ruffled layers skirt.

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candy is our pretty in pink girl – everything she picks out has beautiful detailing and is very girly! she loves sweet floral and ruffle dresses like the dazzling ditsy dress and the streamer ruffle dress, shown here with the field of dreams necklace.

claudia -Jul 25, 2010, 1:16AM
The carlsbad staff was so helpful over the phone and so friendly, and my tunic got here fast. Awsome. Thanks
-Mar 30, 2010, 9:23PM
AH! She helped me the last time I was in that store!

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happy happy birthday to our amazing web and graphic designers!! you guys rock.

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she loves cats and he loves bunnies, so that explains the awesome decorations on the cake- i especially love the cats climbing up the sides :) here’s a closeup:

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her birthday gift was a ring by the amazing eric saeter, who we love. lucky girl!

carrie -Mar 28, 2010, 5:43PM
love the mayor mccheese shirt
Sophia -Mar 25, 2010, 7:54PM
Where, oh where, did you get that gorgeous antiqued mirrored dresser?!! I have been on the hunt for one for so long. Any info would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

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our team took advantage of the nice weather yesterday to get some special web shots outside… the wind wanted to make things a little bit difficult when it came to the backdrop :)

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we had a little tea party towards the end of the day today as a fond farewell to one of our designers who is leaving us this week.  that’s her channeling julia roberts in the polka dot dress up top- we will miss her and wish her the best of luck!

Chelsea -Mar 25, 2010, 2:24AM
The tea party reminds me of a blog I found written by two girls: they are college students "swamped with homework whose only outlet is through fashion." Their vintage style and attitude totally represents an FP girl! :) check it out! http://twoforteaplease.blogspot.com/

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i just saw these fabric-covered pots on creature comforts today and i thought they would make a perfect follow-up to my post about plants.  instead of splurging on nice flower pots, buy a bunch of standard cheap ones and cover them with pretty patterned fabric!

this is one of those projects you can be really creative with- if you have scraps of fabric lying around at home you can combine different colors and textures to make a really unique looking flower pot.  or you could take an approach like the tutorial on lavender and limes and use soft vintage looking floral fabrics you can find at an arts & crafts or fabric store.  OR this is another great use for old free people shopping bags! either way the results are one-of-a-kind and add a little touch of unexpected cheer to your potted plants.

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all you need are some terracotta pots, fabric, mod podge (to coat the fabric with so it stays on the pot), and a brush (for applying the mod podge)! for more detailed instructions check out lavender and limes.

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