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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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“a bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”
- maya angelou

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Ashley -Dec 14, 2009, 4:06PM
This is amazing. It inspires me to start painting again!

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on friday another free people girl and i attended a ‘how-to’ session on potting paperwhites…it was really easy and they’re so pretty – it will be a great addition to brighten up my desk at work. they’re also a great decoration for your home. here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to do it yourself.

first pick out a pot or container to plant your bulb in – you can use pretty much any type of container, just make sure to allow about two inches underneath the bulb for the roots to grow. i used a pretty little glass one.

paperwhites can be planted in soil, water, stones, gravel or decorative materials like glass beads. i filled my container most of the way with stones and then a layer of cute little pinecones.

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place the bulb on top, pointed side up. i surrounded it with some moss to add some color.

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you can plant several in one pot, and they can be placed closely together. here are some other creations being made:

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fill with water, but don’t submerge the bulbs, just have them sit on top of it. make sure to water the plant enough to maintain the water level.

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store your paperwhite in a warm room (60-65 degrees) and if possible, set it by a south-facing window for best development of the leaves, stalk and buds. once the flowers bloom, move it to a cooler place with less light to prolong its life.

next…sit back and let it grow!

-Dec 14, 2009, 11:58AM
...and they smell wonderful!

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william eggleston is a memphis-born photographer who is credited by many for establishing color photography as a legitimate artistic medium.  the majority of his photographs were taken during the 70s…i’m really drawn to the color and composition.

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“this is beginning to be my new favorite kind of light. it brings out a spectrum that appeals to me, warmer colors that i don’t always notice at other times. it’s like when a thunderstorm moves through and the light changes swiftly from cold to warm.” -william eggleston

check out more of his work here.

Amy -Dec 17, 2009, 11:09AM
I love the nostalgia of these photos, the sunlight in this time of the day can be so interesting! Keep up the good work, I love the good vibes I get from FP! what a good aura you all have!
Ashley -Dec 14, 2009, 4:13PM
These photographs are beautiful. The color of the light in these photographs remind me of all the great times in my life! Like first kisses and walking home from my first softball game!

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happy hanukkah

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and have a wonderful weekend!

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Ashley -Dec 14, 2009, 4:20PM
Everyone looks amazing! I want to work with the fp group! You guys look like fun!
natalie -Dec 14, 2009, 2:11AM
Everyone at fp has amazing style! love all the looks :))) xoxo natalieoffduty.blogspot.com

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