our makeup artist shows you how to create a gorgeous holiday look…featuring the lovely model renata.

if you want to try out this look, here are the products she used:

eyes: NARS silk road
- apply pale pink all over lid up to brow
- apply pink w/ gold flecks on lid
- to intensify the pigment, apply a face gloss (she used MAC gloss creme brilliance); aquafor will also do the trick.
lashes: maybelline colossal volume mascara

shimmer face powder: NARS hungry heart

cheek color: NARS orgasm powder blush

lip: NARS orgasm lip gloss

stephanie -Dec 18, 2009, 12:48PM
i can almost see whats going on through the filters. i understand adding effects and filters can make the video look nice but when you are posting a tutorial (on makeup especially) this much is unnecessary and excessive. i can barely even see what she looks like at the end ???
Fashion CHALET -Dec 16, 2009, 10:37PM
Sooo glad you guys have a blog. Your clothing and stores are amazing!! =) Great Holiday "how to" video. xx

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i have a very special preview for you today of a new segment on the blog called home sweet home!  we thought it would be fun to give you all a glimpse into the homes of some of our free people team members, and to kick things off we took a trip to the beautiful home of our managing director of design and image.  she’s a big part of the free people look so we’re thrilled that she let us in and we got to see a little bit of her personal style and what inspires her.   we also got to meet her adorable children!

here’s a sneak peak into her home, and stay tuned for the video… it’s coming soon!

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-Dec 19, 2009, 8:59AM
What ever happened to all the capital letters? Ever since the July 9th post, nothing has been capitalized. Is this the format for your blog? I'm not liking it much.

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good morning! i saw these homemade terrarium ornaments on design sponge and thought it was the coolest idea. they add some nature to your christmas tree, even though they’re actually fake (so you don’t have to worry about watering them), and as the blogger who made them suggests, they’d be a great decoration for the home after holiday season as well. read on for some instructions on how to make them!

what you’ll need:
– clear glass ornaments
– dried moss
– twine
– pencil
– q-tips
optional- twigs, fake butterflies, feathers etc…

1. tear off a small piece of moss and moisten slightly (this helps to keep the moss from crumbling a lot of dust inside).

2. with the eraser end of your pencil, gently push moss into the opening. repeat this a few times until you have a forest floor on the bottom of your ornament.

3. add any extras and poke with your pencil to style things as necessary.

4. bend a q-tip and clean any debris stuck to the inside walls of the ornament.

5. attach a piece of twine with a bow and hang!

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guccibags -Mar 31, 2014, 9:30PM
love that she chose a mix of urban and natural settings for the shoot too. Check out a few of my favorite images from her senior session!
traveltips -Jan 23, 2012, 8:25AM
What a nice idea. I am gonna try oit for sure. Hopefully my guests will like it

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this album came out a couple of months ago but i felt compelled to write about it now, since the timing is appropriate.   in a career spanning roughly 50 years (!!!) and 47 albums, bob dylan has finally recorded a christmas album, which comes as a surprise to some of his loyal fans.  first of all, he was raised in a jewish family, second of all, people assume something like this, coming from him, is meant to be ironic and not taken seriously.  but he is serious, and his straightforward approach to recording the songs (with background singers and traditional arrangements) is a measure of his appreciation for the music.  the album might not be for everyone but if you’re a fan of either christmas music or bob dylan, or both, definitely give it a shot.  plus, all proceeds from the album sales in the u.s. will be donated, now and in perpetuity, to feeding america, which guarantees that over 1.4 million families will be provided with meals this holiday season. proceeds from sales in the u.k. and worldwide will go to the charities crisis and the world food programme, respectively.

check out this really cute video, by painter/animator jeff scher, for bob dylan’s “little drummer boy”:

for more info, visit bob dylan’s website.

-Dec 17, 2009, 12:38PM
Check out some of Jeff Sher's videos here: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/category/jeff-scher/
-Dec 17, 2009, 12:29PM
Jeff Sher's videos are magical. Would love to see more of them in future blogs. (Dylan's pretty good, too.)

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a lot of people think that when it comes to giving gifts, gift cards are the easy way out.  but that’s not necessarily true…a lot of times if you don’t know exactly what to get someone, it really is the ideal gift…especially if you personalize the gift card by giving it a creative touch.  here are some suggestions for fun ways to wrap a gift card that are so cute, no one can accuse you of copping out…

frame it! frames are great gifts anyway, and you can find a pretty inexpensive one and decorate it or paint it yourself for an added touch.   Tape the gift card to a piece of patterned paper like the one above.

these are some fun things you can do with felt that look very simple to make.  i especially like the mushroom, which is actually meant to be a business card holder.  but on second thought, why not make a holder for your gift card that can be re-used as a business card holder as well?

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put the gift card in a cute little coin purse or pouch like one of these…they’ll think that’s the gift, and when they look inside they’ll find an added surprise! see more of our small bags and purses here.

happy holidays!

Krista Leigh Hurst -Jan 06, 2010, 11:35AM
Lovely Ideas!! I'll have to try some of these for my business cards:)
CARDS & WRAP GIFTS -Dec 24, 2009, 6:10AM
These all are so nice ideas...As they are creative and makes a most beautiful gift to our lovable persons. I will try it to give someone. Thank for ti\his.

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if you’re anything like me, the winter months can be a bit depressing…but did you know that wearing bright colors can actually improve your mood?

studies show that the brightness and purity of certain colors, and personal associations with them, can have specific effects on your mood.  shades of red and purple are said to boost energy levels by causing your body to pump out more adrenaline.  green and yellow are naturally associated with sunshine and the outdoors, and studies show that they can make you feel happy and upbeat.  green also evokes feelings of hope and renewal, like the feeling you get on a sunny spring day.  blue, which brings to mind the sky or the ocean, is a soothing, calming color that can make you feel less anxious.  and if you really want to bring out your fun-loving spirit, wear attention-grabbing neon colors like hot pink and lime green, known for being flirty and fun.

check out more of our bright items in the color boutique!

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the latest batch of photos from our fans on facebook!

Jamie Lee -Jan 13, 2010, 9:49AM
Yay! My photo made it. Love you, Free People! :)
fp julia -Dec 15, 2009, 12:31PM
hi morgan! you can upload them to our facebook page (post them to our wall) or email them to blog@freepeople.com...we'd love to see them!

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the free people portland store is participating in a toy drive and posted this cute pic on their facebook page :)

christy -Dec 14, 2009, 9:17PM
Just took some toys in for the toys for tots in southern oregon...guess there is a pretty big shortage this year...thats great you guys are helping out!!

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on friday, december 11th, animal sculptor mark coreth unveiled a life-sized ice sculpture of a polar bear in london’s trafalgar square, following one that went up in copenhagen the week prior. the sculptures will melt from exposure to the environment and people touching them, until all that remains is a bronze skeleton. they are meant to send a message about the environment and the melting polar ice caps that are endangering the lives of polar bears. furthermore, people who touch the bears will affect their shape and deterioration, symbolic of the effect we all have on nature and the environment, and hopefully inspiring more people to do something about this problem.

the project plans on unveiling more ice sculptures around the world, so keep an eye out for them…read more about the project here.

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Phil -Dec 16, 2009, 11:26AM
Check out this hilarious but fascinating interview with the the bear's sculptor http://www.actoncopenhagen.decc.gov.uk/en/ambition/achievements/december/8-dec-melting-ice-bear-sculpture

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i’ve probably mentioned this before but our graphic designers are awesome…i love this artwork!

and since we’re in the holiday spirit, i’ve made it available on our flickr page for you to download! you can use it on your desktop, as a card, or whatever else you may want to do…just click on the image!

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of all of the jewelry designers we have featured, this one is my personal favorite…

the name love heals immediately brings to mind the notions of compassion, spirituality and family, which are the core elements behind this jewelry collection created by adriana goddard. the line is run in collaboration with her son gunnar and daughter elisa. adriana spent the earlier part of her life traveling around europe and supporting herself by selling jewelry at markets. more recently, she has studied healing and spiritual arts, the influence of which is very apparent not only in the name of the jewelry collection, but in the pieces themselves.

each symbol and charm holds an individual meaning, and the jewelry also represents greater social and environmental causes, such as tree planting, child slavery and child blindness organizations. for each piece of jewelry purchased from love heals, 10 trees are planted, a donation is made to abolishslavery.org (to fund the equivalent of one month of a child’s freedom), and a donation is made to keep a child from blindness for one year with vitamin angels, who provide critical nutrients to children on the verge of going blind in inner cities around the world. in just one year since starting the program, 250,000 trees have been planted in the u.s. and africa. in addition, all of the love heals jewelry is made by hand inside a 30-foot geodesic dome on the family’s organic farm in ojai, california. the results are very earthy, bohemian pieces with a feminine touch, and the greater meaning behind them makes them all the more irresistible.

check out our selection of necklaces by love heals here.

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