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our hearts go out to all the victims of the devastation in haiti.

free people will be making a donation to american red cross to help communities affected by the earthquake.

Zola -Jan 15, 2010, 6:27PM
I think that it is great that people are donating to the country but... i also think that it is sad that it took such a horrible NATURAL disaster to make the world actually pay attestation to the UNNATURAL atrocities that have occurring within the country for a ridicules amount of time..it is also even sadder that the majority of these things are still going unnoticed.. -just my 2 sense

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some eye candy to leave you with today…this video for ok go’s “wtf?” is so cool…way cooler than the treadmills (in my opinion).

OK Go – WTF? from OK Go on Vimeo.

thanks alexxandra :)

unidentified -Jan 13, 2010, 10:53AM
This is awesome!! I always love the music and videos you post here.

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i am especially excited to introduce you all to our new fashion blogger…you’ll be hearing much more from her in the future here on the blog, where she’ll be the yin to my yang :)

so here’s a little more about her (transcribed below)

what is your theme song?
i would say HOTEL CALIFORNIA by the eagles (the live version though, the one with the spanish guitar intro).  this song brings happy thoughts.

if you could go anywhere in the world, free of cost, where would you go?
NORWAY definitely, to see the northern lights, has been on my list to do before i pass away for years!

if you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?
a canoe, so i can go out into the ocean, a sketch book to keep my mind off things, a dog for company.

what is the one article of clothing you can’t live without?

my friendship bracelets, i love them, i have an obsession with collecting one everywhere i go.

what is your biggest fear?
growing old alone.

winter, spring, summer or fall?
“…all you have to do is call”
SUMMER – campouts, warm sunshine, glowy skin, sandals, cute summer dresses. everyone’s happy in the summer.

what color are you?
MINT, I think mint sums me up perfectly :)

what is your motto?
ALWAYS believe in your dreams

What is your favorite hobby?
creating visual diaries, i have an O.C.D.!!!

if you could spend a day with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be?

i would love to spend the day with devendra banhart.  i think the day would be very colorful and full of giggles and weirdness.  PERFECT!

be on the lookout for posts from our fashion blogger, and check out her bio here!

fp julia -Mar 01, 2010, 2:09PM
hi alexandra! we'd be happy to answer your questions, please send them to blog@freepeople.com!
Alexandra Cooley -Feb 28, 2010, 9:13PM
Hello! My name is Alexandra Cooley, I am currently a sophomore studying Fashion Merchandising at Philadelphia University. I am taking Retail Strategy this semester and have a few questions about the Free People blog, BLDG15. I would love your input and suggestions. I hope this finds you, have a great Monday! Alexandra Cooley cooley4994@philau.edu

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if you aren’t familiar with the band ok go let me refresh your memory: choreographed dance routine on treadmills.

i haven’t heard much about the band since their 2006 video was a huge viral success, but recently, they’ve resurfaced with a new album, of the blue color of the sky and a funkier sound.  prince was a huge influence on the album, which you’ll hear in the track “skyscrapers”.  i’ll be honest, i wasn’t a fan of the band before, but this album has inspired me to give them a second chance — it’s catchy.  i also like the album name — taken from an 1876 book called “the influence of the blue ray of the sunlight and of the blue color of the sky” by augustus james pleasonton, on his theory that blue light had the ability to cure all ills.

check out a couple songs from the album below…be warned, the first one contains explicit language so if you’re offended by that, skip to the second one :)  we also included the song “back from kathmandu” on our new store playlist, which you can check out here.


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listen. enjoy. critique.  and…report back with your opinion.

alexxandra -Jan 12, 2010, 5:18PM
their new video to WTF? is mesmerizing! the colors and effects are unbelievable. i was hypnotized for the entire video and even a few minutes that followed.

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loving these photos by jinjoo hwang this morning…so peaceful.

@LadyLUX -Jan 13, 2010, 3:24PM
those are wonderful photos and help calm me during the middle of the day of the middle of this busy week!
summerteeth -Jan 12, 2010, 2:51PM
gorgeous love them thanks for sharing! i've never heard of this photographer!

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as you now know, our january catalog was shot in prague…but why?

our team chose the location because it is bohemia. the term bohemian gets mentioned quite often in fashion, and it is definitely a huge influence on the free people aesthetic. but did you know that it refers to the untraditional lifestyle of writers, artists and musicians who came to europe by way of bohemia, the area now known as the czech republic? our team also liked the idea of going to prague because it is a fairytale city untouched by wars. not to mention, both the photographer (david mushegain, who also shot our december book) and our creative director both lived in prague at earlier points in their lives, so they are familiar with the city.

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these beautiful photos were shot by our producer during their trip…more to come!

Riley -Jan 13, 2010, 10:56AM
These pictures are BEAUTIFUL!!!! I can't wait to look at the catalog!
angie -Jan 13, 2010, 9:46AM
I love Praha!!! I looked at the new catalogue briefly last night but it was not until this morning that I realized the photo's were shot in Prague. I honestly did not pay any attention to the background until I found a dress that I liked (the Hundred Spires Dress) and thought "wow that reminds me of Prague". I will keep this catalogue because it reminds me of my trip several years ago...Thanks Free People for bringing back great memories :-)

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such a great batch of photos from our facebook fans today…sporting fp in some beautiful locations!

tulum, mexico

el salvador

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about to explore a cave in mexico

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not positive where the last two were taken, let me know if they’re your photos!

fp julia -Jan 12, 2010, 9:39AM
hey miko! awesome, great photo :)
Casual Jackets -Jan 12, 2010, 4:48AM
I love the outfits here!

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our january catalog was shot in prague and it is beautiful!  i’m really excited about it, and i have tons of photos our team took while they were over there shooting that i’ll be sharing with you on the blog throughout the month!

here’s a preview of what you’ll see in the catalog…

you can also check out the whole thing online, here!

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“the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes”
- marcel proust

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tp -Jan 11, 2010, 2:02PM
another great quote!! thanks

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it’s been really, really cold in philly lately…and i’ve been craving some hot chocolate.  i found a couple of alternative hot chocolate recipes that sound sooo good i can’t wait to try them…

spiced hot chocolate

ingredients:

  • 6 cups skim milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

directions:

heat the milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat until lukewarm; stir the cocoa powder and sugar into the warmed milk until dissolved. add the vanilla, cinnamon, chili powder, nutmeg, and cloves. heat another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

- original recipe yields 6 cups

maple hot chocolate

ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 large marshmallows

in a large saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa and salt. stir in hot water and butter; bring to a boil. add the milk, maple flavoring, vanilla and 8 marshmallows. heat through, stirring occasionally, until marshmallows are melted. ladle into mugs and top each with a marshmallow.

-original recipe yields 4 servings

if you try either of these let me know how it is!

Jenna -Jan 14, 2010, 4:34PM
I just made the maple hot chocolate yesterday. My family loved it! My mom gave me the " I usually don't like hot chocolate, but this one is so different. I really like it." And my brother even liked it, and he doesn't like much. Well, for me it was goodness in my mouth! :) definitely making this one again!
geisslein -Jan 11, 2010, 8:05AM
hmmm - would love to taste such a hot chocolate NOW! Snowy greetings from germany, geisslein

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how awesome are these photos by kassia meador? they are part of a show opening today in los angeles called “put your finger on the button,” comprised of all female photographers.   if you’re not familiar with kassia, in addition to being skilled with a camera, she’s also a professional surfer…and she was cool enough to answer some questions for the blog!

read on to learn more about how she got started with photography, and check out some of the brand new photos she sent me below.

how long have you been interested in photography?
i’ve been traveling the world as a professional surfer since i was 17. my family always wanted to see where i was going and what i was up to so i’d shoot photos along the way. when i was 20 i got a super bad injury that kept me out of the water for almost a full year. during that time i took some online photo classes to just learn a bit more. since then i have been shooting more and more. it wasnt ’till last year when a good friend and mentor thomas campbell saw a few of my photos and was like “yo you should show people some of your work.” he helped me edit some images and i was invited to show some work in japan for their greenroom festival. since then i have had a few shows in california and nyc. i just recently shot my first fashion story for foam magazine and am planning a shoot for their next issue. super jazzed to be shooting as much as possible and excited to see where it all goes…”

is photography more of a hobby for you or do you see it becoming a profession as well?
“it is something i love to do just like surfing. but surfing not only was my first love it also became my profession. photography is a bit like that for me as well…i really love it and am so passionate about making images that make people feel something. i’m working on shooting lil fashion stories now and i’m really into it so we’ll see where it leads.”

what inspires you on a daily basis?
“my friends, family, environment and traveling.”

who are your heroes?
“i got a lot of heroes. but some people who are super inspirational to me on a photography level are thomas campbell, david mushegain, michael halsband, and ellen von unwerth”

(we love david mushegain too! he shot our december catalog – check out our post on him here.)

and now, check out these incredible photos kassia shot on new year’s morning.  the project is titled “MARS…A NEW DAY A NEW DAWN,” which she describes it as “just a fresh perspective on a new year and all that lies ahead”

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for more info on the show, click here, and to check out more of her awesome work click here.

thank you so much kassia, we think you’re rad!!

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on the hunt…

Ryan -Feb 12, 2010, 10:45PM
I hope it's donated, there's lots of people out there that need clothes.
anon -Jan 11, 2010, 6:22PM
unsold clothing goes to sample sales or is donated, it is never thrown away

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