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good morning! today’s tunesday post comes from our marketing manager :)

photo from the november 7th show at the academy of music in philadelphia.

If you’ve managed to come this far without an introduction to Sufjan Stevens – like me until his tour came through Philadelphia – then you are about to experience a treat. Sufjan is a singer songwriter with a unique grasp on storytelling that pulled me into his labyrinth world that night, and I still haven’t crawled my way out. Instead, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks recounting the concert as I would an enigmatic dream. I was in a beautiful old theater laden with dramatic chandeliers and dim lights. The concert was calm and Sufjan’s Stevens’ voice was melodic and soothing; his lyrics thought provoking and real. Then, a shift in the last 25 minutes. He changed his stage presence, layered his voice with distortion and switched gears into lady gaga style dance music, but with lyrics that looped back themes of abandonment, love, and communication.

Long story, short: this show made an impact. My favorite songs from the new Age of Adz are “Too Much”, “I Walked”, “Vesuvius”, and “Impossible Soul”. Check them out below.

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zoe -Dec 05, 2010, 12:05AM
you've posted about so many artists that i LOVE so i just thought i'd recommend one of my other favorites that most people never really know of... his name is patrick watson. listen to anything off his album "wooden arms"...hopefully anyone reading would love him as much as i do!!
joanna -Nov 30, 2010, 12:13PM
very jealous. seems like a great band. love their new album!

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 My first American Thanksgiving

So, my first Thanksgiving has passed and it didn’t disappoint. I went to Texas and ate enough food to feed an entire nation!!!

I woke with sleepy eyes greeting me and a big birthday hug as it was also my birthday. I walked into the kitchen and it was already hustling at 10am, big love and laughter filled the room as the sweet potato casserole, cranberry salad, vegetables and the best southern pecan pie around was prepared.

American football played in the background on the flat screen TV — as I understand it, big games were played that day. A big turkey bird was deep fried out on the drive in the cold frosty air – southern style — while I sat on the porch gazing at Friesian horses walking majestically across the pasture.

I felt very blessed to have experienced such a beautiful celebration in the US, and I sure did give thanks to a bountiful Harvest :)

I packed light; it was only a 3 day stay so I stuck to basics – a pair of jeans, 3 tops one of which is WTF striped burnout tee.  Accessories included the Chevron Tall Sock Boot which were perfect to snuggle up in and two rings that added a little bit of sliver to my look Long Metal Ring and the Arabian Sand Ring.

I hope everyone had an extra special day too!


Mary -Dec 06, 2010, 12:13AM
...Just wondering: Where is that blue bag from in two photos up (top left)? Is it a Free People find or elsewhere? Care to share? LOVE it. Many thanks, Mary
fionazhou201 -Nov 29, 2010, 10:35PM
I am hungry now, I want to eat all the food in your photos.

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such a sweet little sketch.



one of our fans tried the hand-drawn frames! it looks so much better than mine!




and a mini tree inspired by our store displays! so rad.

peggy -Nov 30, 2010, 8:09PM
Such talent. Taylor keep drawing!
Taylor -Nov 30, 2010, 3:45PM
thanks so much! and yes, i will make some more! :)

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Christine -Nov 30, 2010, 1:17AM
from someone who is, at times, fiercely independent, this is my mantra :]
Keri -Nov 29, 2010, 9:16PM
so inspirational<3

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I have never heard of this place before and was slightly gutted when my sister beat me to it after I’ve been here much longer than her.

The Benjamin Franklin old fashioned ice cream parlor is the place I’m talking about. Isn’t it the perfect place to take some cool photos.

The aesthetic of the place is so delightful and oozes character. I know, I know, it’s getting a bit cold for ice cream, but it’s goooooooooood any time of year, right?!

“The Franklin Fountain aims to serve an experience steeped in ideals, drizzled with drollery, and sprinkled with the forgotten flavors of the American past.”

I was blown away by the original porcelain mosaic tile floor. I wish I had this in my own home!! It’s definitely a place to head to if you want to beat the Sunday blues.

Go here to visit their beautiful website. Their history is pretty magical.


Nicole -Dec 01, 2010, 12:24PM
I love all the stuff you guys post about Philly! I grew up on Long Island, NY and my best friend since 3rd grade has been living just outside of Philly for about five years now and I always drag her along to do the stuff I've seen here on the blog when I visit her! Thanks for another one!
-Nov 29, 2010, 9:25AM
The souls of the employees that work here are gone. Every time I walk into the parlor, it feels like a ghost town. But the ice cream is delicious. Absolutely to expensive, but still delicious.

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thanksgiving day began with a light snowfall outside the window and ended with a fire-lit private gathering at my favorite philly bar… i hate winter but it made me long for a blizzard. there’s nothing better than a snow day that shuts down the city… sleeping in, playing in the snow till your cheeks are rosy and warming up by the fire. have a great weekend! xoxo

Dragon Fruit -Nov 29, 2010, 11:30AM
so beautiful! I had a similar Thanksgiving with fires and NYC as well :) nothing better in my opinion! happy days.
women's fashion trends -Nov 28, 2010, 10:28AM
Greetings from windy NYC! Hope the FP family had a nice Thanksgiving.

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the office is deserted today – everyone’s either off for the holiday or working in our stores. the few of us that are here feel a little lonely, but the quiet is kinda nice compared to the craziness that’s probably going on at stores today…

cute shirt on our creative design assistant :)


hahaha… typical.


chau wearing something one of our designers whipped up in mere minutes. amazing!

-Nov 30, 2010, 4:48PM
Hooray! Thanks for the reply!
fp julia -Nov 29, 2010, 4:43PM
the cat shirt is from zara :)

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good morning! hope you all had a very happy thanksgiving! due to the holiday we missed the thursday poll so let’s do it now shall we…

how cute is this image our creative team did? they had the thermals pinned up on a wall in the office :)

in addition to our standard thermals we have some other really cute layering tops that would be so cozy on a dreary day like today in philly. which of these is your favorite?

the long sleeve sweater and lace turtleneck:

the ladder rungs sweater:

the heart on your sleeve thermal:

the we the free v-neck freckles sweater:

or the we the free fairisle sweater sleeve thermal:

time to vote!

and here are last week’s poll results – look eight was by far the winner with 35%!
lodge results

Bridget -Nov 30, 2010, 8:00PM
uhm, why can't I vote for all of them? :( they're so fabulous!
fp julia -Nov 29, 2010, 5:34PM
thanks kara i was still on the hunt! :)

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fionazhou201 -Nov 27, 2010, 9:14AM
Lovely dogs! Happy Thanksgiving! Eventhrough I am a little late.
TP -Nov 26, 2010, 12:17AM
Great picture. Happy Thanksgiving!

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doodles on the whiteboard in our conference room make me smile :)





they have chewbacca…


…we have elvis.




the vintage loves set.




pumpkin and apple pies in our kitchens this morning!


the office is quiet today… lots of people took off for the holiday and everyone else is wrapping things up.  we’re out at noon today and off tomorrow but i’ll be back on friday! happy thanksgiving :)

fp julia -Nov 29, 2010, 4:36PM
hey rachael! it's by teagan white- just discovered her work after searching for the poster and its lovely :)
rachael -Nov 27, 2010, 11:21AM
That 'the person you love is 72.8% water' poster is so good - where can I buy one?

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some of you asked for a tutorial on how to make the sequin hangers in our holiday displays… well ask and you shall receive! one of our lovely visual display gals was kind enough to put this together for the blog. the hangers are actually quite easy to make!

a hanger, scissors, needle & thread, marker, pins and fabric! we obviously used sequin fabric, but any kind of fabric works and would look great. i’m already thinking about all the other fun fabrics i want to try :) and if you can’t find sequin fabric, try looking for a sequin top at thrift stores!


steps (pictured above):
1. trace outline onto fabric 1/2” around outside edge of hanger – do this twice for front and back pieces.
2. cut out both pattern pieces on marker outline.
3. place the two patterns on top of each other, with insides of fabric facing out. pin together. sew tops together only, 1/4” in from edge of fabric, along pink dotted line.  if you are using sequin fabric, we suggest sewing by hand – the sequins might break your sewing machine needle!
4. turn cover right side out.
5. cut small hole in top center of hanger cover.  poke metal hanger through hole.
6. cover hanger with fabric.  sew bottom shut by hand.

all done!

fp julia -Nov 26, 2010, 10:02AM
bari- i think you could probably do that :)
Keri -Nov 24, 2010, 8:01PM
omg I was wondering how these were made...Omg I'm so I need to find sequin fabric!!! :) <3

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We caught up with our crafty knits designer to find out what she is inspired by.

In the outside world, what inspires me?…

I’m really loving all the costumes on Boardwalk Empire. The girls are dreamy, milky white skin with burgundy lips, and then all of the amazing 20s styling, oooh! So inspiring. Also loving the outdoorsy/early 90s styling on the classic TV series Twin Peaks for Fall. There were at least 3 awesome boxy tops I wanted in my closet from season one alone.

Sheer sheer sheer legs! Sheer stockings, maxis, skirts, pants & leggings. I know after the fall silhouette meeting the girls were feeling this way, but personally I think it might have more to do with my relatively new leg tattoo?!

I’m always listening to New Order, Morrissey, The Stone Roses, etc. but lately I can’t stop listening to oldies and lady gaga! Go figure! I can’t get enough of the color red. Red lips, and accessories. And ginger boys and girls too. Hehe ;)

Design-wise I’m going crazy over doing really fashion forward bodies with embellishment/ fp trim details. Finding the perfect combination of cool body with cool artwork/trims details is the best – It feels so fresh and makes me really happy!

Sari -Dec 28, 2010, 11:56PM
I absolutely loveeee fp!!!!(: it has pretty much made my life...i'd loveeee to be a fp model. god i can't even imagine.. <3
Claire Anne -Nov 29, 2010, 8:19PM
I also get inspired by the women and styling on boardwalk empire, many times the costumes have reminded me of the fp style :)

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