good morning everyone…i am so excited to announce about the launch of the book club! we have chosen on the road by jack kerouac as the first book featured in the free people book club! this is one of my favorite books of all time, and I can’t wait to hear what you all have to say about it.
since we’re new at this, we’re just going to learn as we go…if you look to the list of categories on the right you’ll see we’ve created one for the book club. you will still be able to see the posts on the main page, but if you ever want to see only book club posts, click there.
here’s how it’s going to work:
on the road is broken into three parts, so we’re going to give you all some time to read the first part and then we’ll start discussing! check back for a post – maybe in the form of a question, a highlight, not quite sure yet – on monday november 23 about part one of the book, and leave any comments you have in the comments section as you normally would. but make sure you don’t spoil the ending for anyone who might not be finished the book yet…
happy reading!

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ellebo -Nov 18, 2009, 2:04AM
just bought it today so i can read it!

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warm color

i recently came across the work of rachell sumpter, an artist who lives in tiny island, n. puget sound. some of her work is currently on display at the richard heller gallery in santa monica. what I love about these images is that the subject matter invokes fall, winter and coldness but the colors she uses are so cheerful and warm…perfect on a day like today.

finery, 2009

igloo, 2009
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brothers in sport, 2009
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jokulhlaup, 2009
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ghosts, 2009
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molten kin, 2009
other interesting facts about rachell…she is inspired by big, big trees, and living off the grid…she is reading born to kvetch, the orchard keeper, the lone ranger and tonto fistfight in heaven…and she is listening to beach house, bonnie “prince” billy, and bruce.
check out more of her work on her website.

monica burnett -Nov 11, 2009, 11:52PM
wow these are amazing, such great colors. thanks for sharing! http://monicaburnett.blogspot.com/

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windy la

one of our we the free designers and our creative director were out shopping in la and took this video because the weather was so weird…windy.

Jamie Morgan -Nov 11, 2009, 7:08PM
I saw this and thought you guys might like this awesome stop-motion..! http://yayeveryday.com/post/6848 so...cute!

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new store playlist!

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check out this sweet new playlist of music we’re listening to in our stores…


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enjoy!

Chantelle -Nov 11, 2009, 6:42PM
I love it! Especially the Rapture, Matt & Kim and BoA! All artists I know of but songs I did not, thanks Free People xoxo
Jennifer -Nov 11, 2009, 1:18PM
it is so weird how this new autumn playlist is so entirely different from what i listen to in the autumn time. i start to get all relaxed (i go into hibernation mode or something) and make myself a playlist of vast, massive attack, soft zeppelin, blue oyster cult, zero 7, atmospheric music. this playlist was so pop-fun music, its just interesting to hear what someone else's take on seasonal music is.

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yoga for a cause

do you love animals? do you love yoga? do you live in philly? then you’ll love this event…

this saturday, practice yoga studio and the monster minders present upward dog: a yoga benefit for paws. the event will take place in the beautiful sanctuary at fleisher art memorial (8th and catherine) at 4pm, with two full hours of yoga led by ellen greenberg, owner of practice yoga studio on fabric row.
this event is free but there is a suggested donation of $25 that will go to the philadelphia animal welfare society to aid in their efforts to save shelter animals.
you can rsvp for the event here.
sounds like a win win situation to me :) is anyone attending any cool yoga events this week/weekend?

Megan -Nov 11, 2009, 1:49PM
I'm not attending anything new, but I did start 40 days in a row of yoga yesterday! The more people I tell, the more I am committed...I hope I can do it

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wednes-diy

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what’s not to love about fall leaves? isn’t it sad how quickly the bright oranges, reds and yellows go away? check out this awesome DIY activity from creative kismet to make some pretty autumn leaves! i think they’d be great decorations at home, or even to spruce up your desk at work.

here’s a step by step tutorial on how to make them…
what you’ll need:
A brown paper bag
acrylic craft paints in assorted autumn colors (yellow, orange, green, red, brown, copper, gold)
paint brushes, sponges, old toothbrush
blow dryer (optional)
scissors
twine

1. take one brown paper grocery bag, tear it open into one flat piece. tear into 3-4 large pieces and crumple into a ball to give it lots of texture. flatten out.
2. prep paints by diluting with a bit of water
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3. slop paint all over paper.
4. allow to dry. use a blow dryer to speed the process (optional).
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5. lightly sponge on metallic gold and copper paint
6. spritz some diluted brown paint with a toothbrush to create speckles.
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7. admire your pretty paper :)
8. when paper is completely dry, cut into leaf size squares and cut out leaves. if you are lucky to have sizzix machine with leaf shapes, that would be a really easy way to make leaves. If not, try stacking several squares together and cutting multiple leaves at the same time. another way to cut the leaves would be to use leaf shaped cookie cutters!
9. glue stems onto twine and hang your pretty garland on a window or around a door.

Quinne -Nov 11, 2009, 11:21AM
This is such a cute idea. I love fall leaves but I hate how the colors fade. I am definitely doing this before winter comes! I've been following you guys for a long time and thought you would like this song... it's by a couple from Columbia, Missouri. The video location is beautiful and the song is just lovely. Please check it out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVSi-1RDulc

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ready, able

grizzly bear, one of my favorite bands right now, just released this awesome video for their song “ready, able” on friday. the video is directed by allison schulnik, a claymation artist that the band likes…if you dig this video, you may also enjoy her short film “hobo clown,” which also features the music of grizzly bear.

mens dress shirts -Nov 11, 2009, 3:51AM
Grizzly Bear, i like the band, actually i had a collection of their shows
Pear Picker -Nov 10, 2009, 3:47PM
I am also quite grizzly bear afficianada and felt the need to share that I saw Grizzly Bear play just a few weeks back (In an Prominante collage chapel might I add). Twas INDUBITABLY SPLEDIFFEROUS.

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my kind of stamps

i have always loved album covers…i think they’re a very special form of art that tends to get lost in all the online sites that allow you to download music these days. having the actual album means something to me, and to a lot of people who still insist on buying them, and when my dad gives me his old record collection one day (i hope…!), a lot of the albums are going in frames and up on my wall.
so i think it’s really cool that next year, britain’s royal mail will launch a new series of stamps that celebrate ten classic british album covers. for the near-impossible task of selecting which ten to use, they did a series of polls and conferred with music editors, designers and writers. the stamps will have the unique shape seen in the images above, allowing for the vinyl disc poking out of the sleeve.
here’s the full list:
the clash – london calling
rolling stones – let it bleed
led zeppelin IV
david bowie – the rise and fall of ziggy stardust and the spiders from mars
pink floyd – division bell
blur – parklife
primal scream – screamadelica
coldplay – a rush of blood to the head
mike oldfield – tubular bells
new order – power, corruption & lies
don’t be too shocked that no beatles albums made the cut…they have already been on stamps.
do you agree with the british choices? if they did this in the US…what classic album covers would you want to see on stamps?
this would be at the top of my list:

ronnie -Nov 11, 2009, 3:09PM
well i know it's not a classic album cover, but it does come in vinyl, and it's one of the best covers ever - Mika's "Life in Cartoon Motion". He's British, and all of the beautiful colours and drawings in it would make for a spectacular stamp! here's a picture of it: http://www.doun.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/04/mika.jpg

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sunny day…

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happy 40th anniversary, sesame st!

i grew up watching this show and i’m not going to lie, i’ll still watch it from time to time…
which character was your favorite? mine was grover.

Marney -Nov 12, 2009, 3:12PM
My favorite was cookie monster (and it irks me that he doesn't eat cookies anymore), as well as snuffleupagus ....
Rose -Nov 11, 2009, 9:59AM
My favourite is Elmo! GO Sesame! GO! ;)

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i saw the monsters of folk last night at the academy of music in philly, and i was so impressed that i felt compelled to write about them today. MOF is a “supergroup” consisting of jim james (frontman of my morning jacket), m. ward, conor oberst and mike mogis (brighteyes), all of whom have had great success in their respective careers. so it seems odd then that they’d put their main projects on hold to record an album and tour together, but seeing them live makes it clear why, as they have amazing chemistry together on stage. they each bring something different to the table, and they feed off of each others talents to create a sound that is incredibly unique – sometimes folky, sometimes it rocks out, sometimes you’re not really sure what it is (“dear god”)…but it’s always good. what i also really enjoy is that they don’t lose their individuality, and seeing them live is almost like seeing several shows in one, as they play a mix of their new music along with my morning jacket, conor oberst and m. ward songs.
i highly recommend checking out their album, monsters of folk, which was released this fall, and seeing them if they play in a town near you! in the meantime, you can watch this video for the song “the right place.”

caitlin -Nov 10, 2009, 4:27PM
that show was incredible. the music was phenomenal and the atmosphere couldn't have been more beautiful. the lights! the smoke! the curtains! i was completely enthralled the entire time. worth. every. nickel.
Kate -Nov 10, 2009, 4:08PM
This is such a great album! I saw the show in Phoenix and absolutely loved it. Thanks for posting this! :)

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Edikarier -Nov 24, 2009, 6:18PM
Stunning, I did not know about this topic up to now. Thanx!

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thank you!

thank you so much for all of your feedback on starting a book club! we’re so glad you all like the idea, and you’ve given us so many suggestions to think about.
stay tuned for an announcement about the fp book club later this week!

George -Nov 16, 2009, 1:36AM
The book club is a great idea. If you are looking for a terrific book, I can recommend one that I recently bought and read. It was written by Dr. Clark who provides tremendous wisdom that is designed to help people rise higher than they ever thought possible. He has advice on just about every interaction with others including how to dress, how to approach people and how to build favorable relationships, as well as ways to avoid tricky office situations with the opposite gender and unreasonable individuals. His book is available at ABCPhD.com and I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone I meet. It is well worth the price!

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