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“certain things, they should stay the way they are. you ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone.” – j.d. salinger

j.d. salinger, author of my favorite book of all time, passed away yesterday at age 91.

-Jan 29, 2010, 5:02PM
This was such a great book, i'm really glad they made us read this in school. My favorite quote is: If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she's late? Nobody.
Susanna-Cole -Jan 28, 2010, 7:34PM
I've heard mentions of this book, for almost as long as I can remember, however, just the other day, I finally added it to my list of "books-to-read", (unfortunately, it was never assigned to me to read, in school or I may have found it long ago), and now to hear he's passed is really quite sad, but hearing everyone talk about the book, and him, once again, really motivates me to go read it already! :) xoxo, S-C

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we’re very excited to be opening a new store at space 15 twenty in los angeles!

if you’re not familiar with space 15 twenty, its a unique retail setting where each store is connected by an outdoor courtyard, and includes a performance space for live music, an art gallery, and a monthly pop up shop.

stop by tomorrow for the grand opening party, with food, drinks, and vintage vinyl spun by dj dez!

-Jan 29, 2010, 1:39AM
Can't wait to see it! Love that location and the girls that work there are amazing!
fpcarrie -Jan 28, 2010, 2:00PM
sweet art!

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happy thursday everyone! it’s poll time…last week i asked about some of the graphic tops we have right now and the winner is the zuma mason tank with 31% of the votes! that was my favorite too :)

this week we’ve had the military trend on the mind…it was a huge trend on the runway for spring/summer 2010, and we’ve got some great pieces right now to help you get this cool, army-inspired look. which of these would you most want to add to your wardrobe?

the brass revival cargo jacket:

the my pants cargo pants:
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the platoon jacket:
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the we the free twill pocket short:
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or the we the free sargeant jacket:
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time to vote!


taylor -Jan 29, 2010, 9:20AM
Love the neew looks AWESOME

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after today’s DIY post, an fp girl here at the home office showed me a project she did, also involving butterflies. at first glance, it’s a normal book…

…but then you open it:

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isn’t that amazing? she cut out the inside and created this beautiful little scene.  i love it!

-Jan 29, 2010, 3:06PM
LOVE..

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fp loves…

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another new feature on the blog!

“fp loves” will take a look at an item we’re really excited about and get word from the buyer on why they love it so much!  first up: the beryll vintage artisan asphalt boots… hand-distressed from restored leather sourced from the 60’s and 70s.

and, it turns out vogue italia loves the beryll boots too! they were featured in the cover story, shot by steven miesel, for the january 2010 issue!

the beryll boots are available on our website, here.

moo -Feb 05, 2010, 7:31PM
I can't believe how horrific that model looks.... it's hard to imagine talking about her stylish boots in the post and missing the point that she looks like death walking. It is the saddest statement on where a women's body image has been shoved to. In a corner with nowhere to go.
Taylor -Feb 04, 2010, 10:50AM
Wow those models look sick!!

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wednes-diy

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one of the girls here at the office told me about this awesome DIY project that she’s going to try, and i think i might have to try it as well! it is so simple and there are so many fun things you can do with it…

what you need:

1. some pretty paper – this would be a great way to reuse your old free people catalogs!

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2. punches in whatever shape or size you want – i love the idea of using varying sizes.

3. some zots (clear adhesive dots) and 3d-dots (sticky foam cubes) to add some dimension by placing the butterflies at varying heights, like this:

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4. a picture frame with 3d mat board

once you have your paper picked out, start punching! lay out the shapes on a piece of paper as you punch, in whatever pattern you feel like.  then you’re just going to attach them using the zots and 3d dots, placing the shapes at varying heights.

lollychops has a really great step-by-step tutorial if you need more direction:

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read the full tutorial here.

she also suggests adding an inspirational quote or word – what a great idea!

top image from the year of story.

LOllyChops -Jan 28, 2010, 11:02PM
Thanks for featuring my tutorial!
julielani Chang -Jan 28, 2010, 1:32PM
I too reuse FP and Anthropologie catalogue for art projects. Also I am tickled pink with the butterflies. I am in the process of redecorating my daughters room and I have also used butterflies as part of the theme. In addition to the butterflies, birds and birdcages will also be used. I can't wait to share the end products with FP facebook someday when I finish. I could only do a little bit at a time. You cannot hurry art, it just has to evolve. Wow I think this is why everything I do takes so long to finish !

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wild goose chase

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lately i’ve really been loving the work of scotland-based artist fiona watson, using feathers, flowers, and other found items…

these are from her series called “an unwritten book”

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“i used to be a scientist but have always been an artist.” – fiona watson

the feathers and wishbones are so awesome. check out more of her beautiful work on her flickr page or website.

karen -Jan 27, 2010, 1:00PM
those are beautiful!

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today’s tunesday album is the new one from beach house, called teen dream!

i first heard of the duo when i saw grizzly bear in concert and victoria legrand of beach house was there to sing the backup vocals on “two weeks.” she has a beautiful voice that has drawn comparisons to nico and stevie nicks, and i can definitely see the similarities- especially on songs like “zebra” which sounds like it could be from the 70s. beach house’s music is often described as “dream pop”, their album is called “teen dream,” and it was recorded in a church in upstate new york called dreamland…so it’s hard not to use dreamy when describing their music- but it is just that. it feels like the type of music that would be playing in the background in your dreams, or walking through a field of flowers, or, appropriately enough, taking a stroll on the beach.

now take a listen to some tunes from the new album!


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Ashley -Jan 29, 2010, 11:25PM
you should do a post about Kickin Bear. Have you had a chance to see them yet?
Ellie -Jan 26, 2010, 7:33PM
i always wonder if you guys specifically choose songs that meke me so relxed i go all happy and make me think i can buy the whole store? if thats your diabolical plot, well then....its not so bad.

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good morning!  with today being tunesday, i thought i’d share some videos from la blogotheque.  if you’re not familiar with the site, you should definitely check it out.  it’s a french site that features new videos each week of an acoustic performance by an artist or group in the street, at a bar, in a park, or any random place in the city.  the videos are really amazing…check out these performances by bon iver and phoenix:

Bon Iver – Flume – Une soiree de Poche from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

Phoenix – 1901 – A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

check out more of the videos here.

fp julia -Jan 27, 2010, 10:52AM
hi katelyn! i know it is in paris but i'm not sure exactly where!
katelyn -Jan 26, 2010, 10:06PM
where is the one of bon iver filmed? it's so awesome, love it :)

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the final batch of photos from prague…

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hope you all enjoyed our glimpse into prague this month!

many thanks to our producer for taking so many awesome photos :)

Skye -Jan 26, 2010, 5:29PM
can you tell me her name please?i'll try find her ...thanks
fp julia -Jan 26, 2010, 4:43PM
skye - she no longer works here :( sorry!

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so if you’re a fan of free people on facebook, you probably know about a little thing we’ve been doing called “fp me,” where we asked our fans to submit photos of themselves in a free people inspired look.  we then randomly selected one each day to be our profile picture for the day.   well we got some amazing photos!  here are just a few of our beautiful fans…

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Aaliyah -May 28, 2010, 1:34PM
Thanks. I’m sure you are right.,Xavier
Daryl -Jan 26, 2010, 2:04PM
thanks for putting my pictures up, i have many more! how can i be a free people model ? :)

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We found this pic on Mesmerizingstyle.net of Ashley Tisdale wearing the We The Free Cutout Pullover.

Doesn’t she look Rock ‘N’ Roll!

I love how simple her outfit is. However, considerations were made to make it look super sexy-Thigh high boots and a cluster of jewelry. I’m Lovin layering my jewelry at the moment, the more the merrier I say!

With that in Mind, I have my eyes on these beauties from FreePeople(above)

emma -Jan 26, 2010, 8:00PM
i love it! i think you should do more posts like this. <3 u free people!

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