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a post from our concept intern anastasiya :)

What is it about summer that makes it so easy to fall for?

I refuse to believe that it is merely the warm temperature. Whenever I had at my disposal a moment to think freely, I caught my mind dancing around that same question, trying to grasp what moments or events define my past summers and make me so nostalgic. Amid my contemplation, with glazed eyes for disguise, I decided that this summer, due in large part to this internship, has been the most memorable of recent years. At moments I still prod myself to see that this is not all a dream.

But what is it for you that gives summer its mystique? Is it the long nights that seem to stretch to infinity until you can no longer tell if you are awake? The warm air that rouses your childhood senses and makes you believe in magic—believe in the power of your dreams. The feel of the wind on your face, the music in your ears, and the electricity that is born of the company of friends. What is the essence of your summer?

Lizzie -Aug 10, 2010, 7:01PM
It is the nostalgia of days past when worlds of make-believe took over our minds. The days were long and summer felt infinite. Our time was our own and we were free to dream and imagine the days away. Now I always feel cheated when I am stuck in my cubicle, wasting away the hours while the beautiful sun shines down on the world outside. It feels like my freedom and the possibilities that summer always held have been taken away.
Brittany -Aug 10, 2010, 11:02AM
The way the sun feels when you wake up in the morning and look forward to the day ahead, the smell of rain on hot pavement, the amber glow of the end of a summer day that promises it will be back again...

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the last three photos were posted by one of our facebook fans who had them taken at gerald decock’s amazing home!

lindsey martin -Aug 12, 2010, 4:26PM
yay my photo is the third one! i was so excited to find out you put it on the blog! thank you so much! i lovelovelove free people!
Danielle -Aug 10, 2010, 10:23PM
i wondering is that in the third photograph? :) please and thank you!

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vintage.  to me a vintage piece carries a certain weight – it has been around longer than i have, it has a history, and an energy that radiates through it. touch it and you can feel the presence of its previous owner, a tiny rip, scratch or loose thread evidence of their past adventures.  a dress that was worn by a high school girl at a 1950s sock hop, a patched up pair of jeans worn at a beat poetry reading, or a blouse worn at a 1960s love in…the possibilities are endless.  this special uniqueness is what makes each vintage piece so irreplaceable, so treasured, and so desired.

view our vintage loves collection here.

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Chloe C -Aug 10, 2010, 10:43AM
this, and looking at all the vintage collection was a very nice blast from the past. Sometimes I wish my daughters knew more about this time - they are much,um,tougher. (But I am proud of them)(most of the time) Well put together, very evocative. Thanks!

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this questionnaire will give you a little bit of an idea of who our vintage buyer is, but it doesn’t paint the full picture.  just like the items she works with, ali is one of a kind.  in the time that i’ve known her, i’ve learned that ali: 1. has an amazing cocllection of vintage rock tshirts, 2. has an adorable bulldog, named  chloe, who is blind, 3. left her car in arizona, 4. has a fisher price record player at her desk, 5. records her vintage purchases in a leather bound journal from the 1800s.

here’s a little more about ali :)

what is your theme song?

“sunny day sweeping the clouds away…” – sesame street!

if you could go anywhere in the world, free of cost, where would you go?

fantasy island

if you were stranded on an island, what 3 things would you want with you?

a bacon egg and cheese mcmuffin, an ipod and a satin eye patch.

how would you describe your personal style?

east meets west…old school urban cowgirl hippi crunchy.

what is your biggest fear?

war

winter, spring, summer or fall?

all you have to do is call.

what color are you?

rainbow

what is your motto?

peace love happiness

what is your favorite hobby?

watching movies.

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

albert einstein.

nicole -Mar 18, 2013, 7:29PM
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Emily -Feb 11, 2013, 7:00PM
LOVE!!!! We adore vintage. Nothing like it. xxxx Emily of EL Vintage

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Freesoul -Mar 15, 2015, 9:26AM
I agree with most of you, and you can tell the positive reviews sound like someone from the company. I stumbled across this site from a pinterest link, not knowing who or what the company was about. 1. Absolutely shocked by the prices. 2. Brain tries to justify the prices 3. Cannot find justification, as, if you think you can't find all this stuff at markets and op shops, well you are a sheep and just think anything with a high price tag must be cool or worth it. Good luck to you in life! You can find this kind of stuff in op shops for sure! And cheap shops! In fact they are all boring, run of the mill designs and designed for those with no imagination that aquire self worth from the cost of their clothes. Give it to the poor and reassess your life!
vintage style clothing -Jul 15, 2013, 2:19PM
I am quite conflicted, I comments are quite varied but I notice price is one that keeps coming up here. Things look quite expensive. :/

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lucky little fp jemma was at lollapalooza this past weekend and sent some pics for the blog – looks like it was a beautiful weekend!

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those of you who were there, what was the highlight of the festival? i’d love to hear about it!

thanks jem xo

Juliet -Aug 15, 2010, 10:45AM
One of my favorite things - and there are many - about living in Chicago is Lollapalooza. I hope everyone stayed an extra day to check out the Art Institute, Millennium Park, and some of our great neighborhoods like Wicker Park, Hyde Park, and Logan Square.
Ellie -Aug 14, 2010, 12:44PM
chicago is so amazing!

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Lulu -Aug 09, 2010, 4:37PM
that hilarious, my friend JUST sent me a postcard with that top picture on it!!! anyway, lovely post =]
fp julia -Aug 09, 2010, 10:04AM
noon today!!!

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image by nirrimi.

nia -Aug 07, 2010, 2:07AM
i'm so happy that nirrimi is finally getting recognition. she is such an amazing, talented person. she's a real role model for all of us young girls out there hoping to get out and explore the world.

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local natives at first unitarian church in philly – 2125 chestnut street, 8pm

celebrate national farmers market week and hit up your local market for some fresh fruit and veggies.

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lollapalooza! grant park, chicago

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the beach – soak it in while summer’s still here :)

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Karla -Aug 06, 2010, 2:13PM
You girls all look beautiful! Everyone has their own style and it completely suits the Free People persona.
Ping -Aug 06, 2010, 1:52PM
such cute outfits!! i wished everyone at my office looked like that. my fave is the sheer tank and the gray pants with brown sandals...so casual chic.

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one of our fp girls is on a recruiting trip in nashville for our new store there (tentatively scheduled to open mid-november!) and shared some great photos for the blog.  i have a soft spot for nashville, i really love it there…i think these photos really capture the atmosphere down there :)

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wish i was there…

photos taken with iphone app hipstamatic.

elise -Aug 21, 2010, 12:04PM
nashville truly is amazing... i'm one of the few born and raised here. :) i am beyond excited for a fp store!!! and opening in the fall, my most favorite fashion season. yay!
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nashville truly is amazing... i'm one of the few born and raised here. :) i am beyond excited for a fp store!!! and opening in the fall, my most favorite fashion season. yay!

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i know some of you have been wondering about our wanderlust winner :) the lucky girl is andrea from fairfax, california! i asked her some questions to learn some more about her, and it’s clear she’s a real yoga lover and free spirit – it’s great she was able to experience wanderlust!

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What is your theme song?

Breathe Me, Sia

If you could go anywhere in the world, free of cost, where would you go?

I’d sail the Caribbean (and the Mediterranean!) with my dad.

If you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?

Since we’re speaking purely in hypotheticals… an eco-friendly, self-sustaining prefab dwelling; an old typewriter with the longest piece of banana paper imaginable; and an extensive supply of vegan pizza.

How would you describe your personal style? What are your favorite items from free people right now?

I’d say I’m kind of a boho badass, rocking torn jeans, oversized beanies and tight tops with draping jewelry and windswept hair. I’m really digging all the boots and the Ruffled Layers Maxi Skirt at Free People right now. And all the rough cut crystal jewelry is awesome (got me some of that).

What is your biggest fear?

Something bad happening to someone in my family.

Winter, spring, summer or fall?

Summer love… salty hair, tan skin, bikinis, booty shorts, fresh coconuts…

What color are you?

I am chartreuse.

What is your motto?

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu: May ALL beings EVERYWHERE be happy, free, and fully expressed, and may each of us live our lives to that end.

What is your favorite hobby?

Yoga! Though it’s much more than just a hobby…

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

A dinosaur (preferably not of the carnivorous variety…) or Pattabhi Jois

What was your favorite thing about Wanderlust?

Live music during yoga classes, especially Chid Rasa with Janet Stone and Hareesh Wallis. So decadent. So galvanizing to the soul. One word: yum.

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here she is getting an adjustment from yoga instructor janet stone at wanderlust :)

Sally -Aug 10, 2010, 12:23AM
I love the jacket in the second to last photo! Congrats on winning :)
kristina -Aug 08, 2010, 12:16PM
what a rad chick! congrats! ;]

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