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we loved working with natalie suarez on our october catalog so much, we asked her to come back and model in our studio! here she is off duty in our office this week- look for her on our website soon!

Alyssa -Oct 29, 2010, 5:56PM
I love the shirt she's wearing under the shawl! Does anybody have any ideas on where I'd be able to find it?
Online Coupon -Oct 28, 2010, 4:58AM
So beauty !

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you may have noticed these lanterns hanging in our new university village store…they were made by one of our fp girls who works for our west coast display team, and she was kind enough to write up a little tutorial for the blog!

what you need: wire framed lantern, fabric scraps, trims, needle, straight pins, and thread.

lantern: the lantern we use is custom made in india. it is a simple wire frame with a mylar cylinder in the middle for good light diffusion (these lanterns are more about style than a good light source :)). with this raw form, fabric is attached.

i suggest going to a thrift store and looking for lamp shades with a wire frame and taking off the pre-existing fabric – the lamp shades you will find in a thrift store will be a more common kind of shade but the following sewing/ fabric assembling treatment will make it look much more enchanting and wild!

fabric selection: having great fabrics is the key to a great lantern! i had a lot of amazing fabrics and trims to choose from. i choose to mix sheer, vinyl, cotton, and decorative trims. you can find these trims and fabrics from any fabric district or thrift store, but the fancier more elaborate trims we got from India.

i suggest going to a large fabric wholesaler and digging through their bins of scraps. if you happen to be in los angeles, there is only ONE place to find trims: shana-tex!!! they have sooooooo many trims stacked in high piles which you have to dig through…but so worth it because you can get huge spools of lace, sequins, and bright colored trims for pennies.

if you aren’t in los angeles, look up your neighborhood fabric wholesaler or thrift store for great rare finds. i have used thrift store table clothes, eyelet linens, etc.


sewing/ aesthetic: i just pick out the scraps of fabric and trims that i like and begin placing them on the lantern. i prefer to start in the middle at the widest part and work out from there.

fold the fabric over a part of the wire form and do a whip stitch to hold fabric to frame and itself. from the FIRST piece of fabric, i placed another piece of trim or fabric. to keep it in place I used the straight pins and then sewed the piece of fabric. repeat this process and soon it grows into a solid lantern.

sometimes i worked in different areas of the lan-tern, but always made sure that the composition felt right and was well balanced. the look i was going for was a loose, organic assemblage of fabrics and trims….so, i just mixed sewing and tying ends in knots. the pictures tell this story. you will see sewn edges and knotted pieces. i even left holes in places to maintain the “loose” aesthetic :)

electrical hook-up: this is the easy part! i just bought a cord socket combo from home depot and threaded it through a hole (part of wire frame) and screwed in a light bulb.

so beautiful and creative!

Zia -Nov 15, 2014, 11:54AM
This is beautiful. Can you tell me what site you used to get the wired lanterns with the Mylar cylinders? I love them!!
Debbie -Aug 08, 2012, 1:14AM
Unique.... Could use two umbrella attached together, remove handles Cover umbrellas with fabric or just use as is. Attach light before you attach them together. Use velcro or snaps so it could be taken apart if needed. Just food for thought

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heading out west to celebrate the birthday of my favorite person in the world! been way too long since i’ve seen the pacific ocean and palm trees… i can’t wait.

i’m going to try and visit some free people stores while i’m out there and i’ll take lots of pictures for the blog! and don’t worry there will still be posts while i’m gone :)

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eunice -Oct 27, 2010, 3:57AM
My hometown<3 Have a blast my #1 blogger. :)
jenelle -Oct 26, 2010, 7:45PM
oo!!! Lots of fun things to do here in la la land. Make sure to go to olvera street (, you will find all sorts of handmade mexican goods there. A swoon worthy paradise for any freepeople lady!

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we love you :) -Jun 25, 2014, 3:19AM
This small group may have excessive head sweating problems as a result of an underlying medical condition and it is advisable to consult a doctor. Because commercial antiperspirant, like many commercial hygiene products, contains several ingredients which have been shown to cause blood disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease. He will conduct a few tests and will check sweat drops at times when you aren't anxious or emotional stressed.
Stephanie N. -Nov 05, 2010, 8:06PM
I absolutely love this dog. I always check the blog & get extra excited when their are Toby posts! He is just so handsome! <3 <3 <3 Hope to see more of Toby amongst all of the other amazing Free People Posts!

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the kings of leon released a new album last week called come around sundown.  i have to be honest, i didn’t love their last album – as someone who really appreciated their older music, i felt like they were changing their sound just to appeal to a wider audience.  i have no problem with bands changing up their sound, i’m just not a fan of the new music. that being said, there are a couple of songs on the new album that give me hope that the old kings of leon are still in there somewhere. for example, the song “mary,” which they played at bonnaroo this year, is pretty good. unfortunately the playlist function i usually use isn’t working today so here is a video of them playing the song live.

import chiny -Oct 16, 2011, 11:06PM
Nice post! Thanks
fp julia -Oct 26, 2010, 4:43PM
sure thing!

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“waking up was a sheer delight for him; he always showed a naïve and simple amazement at the discovery that he was back on earth; he was sincerely pleased. she, on the other hand, awoke with great reluctance, with a desire to stave off the day by keeping her eyes closed.”

“insofar as it is possible to divide people into categories, the surest criterion is the deep-seated desires that orient them to one or another lifelong activity.”


“ideas can save lives, too.”


“characters are not born like people, of woman; they are born of a situation, a sentence, a metaphor containing in a nutshell a basic human possibility that the author thinks no one else has discovered or said something essential about.”


“the characters in my novels are my own unrealized possibilities. that is why i am equally fond of them all and equally horrified by them.”


“When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object.”

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fp julia -Oct 26, 2010, 12:58PM
hey A- i wish i knew but i have no idea :(
A -Oct 26, 2010, 11:07AM
where is the sweater from in the third pic?? adorable

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such a lovely batch of photos from our facebook fans!

aubrey -Oct 26, 2010, 1:23AM
these are amazing

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1/2 cup vegan butter
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
egg replacer for 2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk* mixed with 1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cup pumpkin puree

*make vegan buttermilk by placing one tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup. add enough milk (soy or replacement milk of choice) to bring the liquid up to the one-cup line and let stand for 5 minutes.

preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

beat the butter and sugars on medium speed until fluffy (about 5 minutes.)  while that is mixing, sift the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking powder, ginger, cloves and pepper in a medium sized bowl.

add “eggs” to the butter and sugar and mix thoroughly.  alternate adding the flour and milk mixtures, beginning and ending with the flour. mix thoroughly again. now add in the pumpkin puree and mix until smooth.

bake 23-25 minutes. let cool completely and frost with your favorite buttercream frosting! makes approximately 22 cupcakes.



Anna -Dec 13, 2010, 11:34AM
these look delicious, i linked to this post here: thanks for the idea
supergirl -Nov 30, 2010, 8:45AM
I don't dessert, but i like the plate and backgound, It looks very beautiful!

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kirra jamison

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awesome work by kirra jamison.

natm -Oct 25, 2010, 9:01AM
i like the second one with the girl in the dress and the caravan.
kate -Oct 25, 2010, 8:59AM

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lovely images by cate underwood and pink floyd quote via src783.

have a great weekend!

Herminia Castellanos -Dec 23, 2010, 5:10PM
Possibly the BEST page that I have read ever :P Yours truly
sara -Oct 24, 2010, 3:56PM
you can't kill time without injuring eternity. Thoreau

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fall has descended on the navy yard… the changing colors of the leaves make it more beautiful than ever.

and of course, go phillies :)

stuballew -Oct 25, 2010, 4:14AM
Amen SFC. Giants all the way!
SFC -Oct 23, 2010, 11:38PM
GIANTS!!!!!!!! WORLD SERIES!!!!!!!

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earlier today i was looking for grizzly bear, who i told you about a couple of weeks ago, because i saw her sporting a little pink bow this morning and i wanted to take a picture. well look where i found her!

curled up in the lap of one of our designers while she worked :) could she be any cuter?

and look who graced us with his presence this week!


fritz!! long time no see buddy!

Valentine -Oct 25, 2010, 10:49PM
Anna -Oct 22, 2010, 6:31PM
Grizzly Bear and Fritz are so cute :)

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