another trend we’re excited about right now is shoes in all different shades of brown…whether they’re hazel, chestnut, chocolate, tan or caramel, brown shoes look good with any fall look!
i was inspired to search for brown shoes around the office and found quite a few…so here’s a look at office style, brown shoe edition…

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check out the brown shoe selection on our website!

can you guess what the weather is like in philly today?
hunter boots are the best.

last week i asked you all to send in some of your halloween costume ideas and pictures. i’ve gotten some great ideas so far, but i’m giving you more time to send ideas and pics, seeing as halloween is this weekend. so for now, here are some of the ideas from our readers and home office employees to get the creative juices flowing…
oh and the rad robot costume was one of our home office employees last year…can’t wait to see what people have in store for this year!
homemade raggedy ann and andy costumes – ann hair was done by tying red yarn to a filigree-styled headband and bowing it at top. only cost was matching socks ($5) and sailor hat ($5) – from janella
for halloween, i’m going to the beaux arts ball here in lexington (the hood internet is going to be there!) & i’m going as a g lion. i spray-painted a party dress gold today and made a gold petticoat to go underneath, as well as spray-painted a tail and ears. i have really african-inspired earrings and lots of gold makeup, and i’m going to tease my hair to no end! last year i was amelia earhart, before that laura ingalls wilder, marie antoinette and elizabeth I. loving those historical female figures! – from leslie
my boyfriend and i are going as peace and quiet: i’ll be a hippie and he’ll be a mime! – from alyssa
i’m being a star trek geek! – anonymous
wednesday adams – from employee
little bo peep and her sheep – from employee and friends
as for me…i’m going to be at a pearl jam show on halloween, so i’m taking that opportunity to dress in 90s grunge gear…my inspiration is rayanne graff from my so called life.

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keep the ideas coming!

Presente For Men -Oct 31, 2009, 5:57PM
the robot costume is a good idea.
Audrey -Oct 28, 2009, 11:31PM
I am going to be a silent movie actress...i am going to wear white makeup, wear white tights and a black fringe dress w/ pearls and a black cloche hat...and keep mum and carry around a whiteboard

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some of you might be familiar with the awesome blog that is summer teeth…it is full of inspirational and fashionable images that always amaze me. we love it so much we decided to ask the awesome person behind the blog, dana, to do a guest post for our blog. but first, we wanted to know about her likes, dislikes, and more…read below to learn more about dana and stay tuned for her blog post later this week!

what is your first memory of free people?
age 15 or so. falling in love with, having to have, couldn’t leave behind so many of the free people tank tops and sweaters that i had a pile of about 20 in my arms. i was at the neighborhood loehmann’s (a discount mecca for the fashion-frenzied) and was dropping bits of clothing as i walked around the store.
what is the inspiration behind your blog?
my blog, as its been said before by many bloggers, started as a place to productively and effectively organize the thousands of images i had been accumulating in a few ‘inspiration’ folders on my computer. i comb the internet like a mad woman, and will save up to 20 photos to that folder a day. i had to find something that would make all the procrastinating from school work worthwhile! that, and for the last two years or so, i’ve been really trying to pick up photography. the best thing i’ve discovered for expanding your own aesthetic is by being exposed to the aesthetic of others. the blog was a way for me to compile this, and create a sort of inspiration board day by day.
what is your current state of mind?
expectant. i’m heading to a dirty projectors concert here in baltimore later tonight!
who are your heroes?
people who have the courage to go their own way, explore, be their own person, discover or at least hope to discover what makes them tick, and pursue it.
if you could choose what to come back to life as, what would you be?
this is a hard question! maybe a beautiful perennial flower. then, i could hide underground in the warm dirt during cold, wet months, regroup, and leap to life again every spring season. though the dying every winter thing might be tricky…
what or who is your greatest love?
john cusack, say anything.
name one thing necessary to your happiness.
things to look forward to (whether it’s a concert, going shopping, meeting up with friends, cooking some fancy and over-my-head recipe… etc.)
what do you hate the most?
cheese on pizza. and musicians who look horridly bored when performing in front of a crowd.
what would the name of your band be and what genre? what instruments do you play in this band?
summer teeth. oops! that’s the name of my blog… oops! that’s the name of a wilco album! actually, i really don’t know what i’d call it, but i think i’d design the sets and try and have a hand in the wardrobe of the band. i’m not so musically-endowed. But i do like to be surrounded by music.
what color are you?
iridescent. depends on which angle and in what light you look!
what is your motto?
don’t feel guilty for being a dreamer in a harsh world.
what is the one article of clothing you can’t live without?
this is much too hard. can i give three articles of clothing for this fall season instead? i’d say: well-fitting, worn-in jeans, my perforated oxford flats, and chunky knits (socks… sweaters… scarves).

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tunesday

devendra banhart – what will we be

what will we be is devendra banhart’s seventh studio album, but it is his first major label release, and has drawn mixed reviews from critics and fans who were expecting more of the raw, bohemian weirdness that banhart is known for. the overall sound of what will we be has a clarity unlike his previous albums and the vocals are smooth and relaxed, but the freak-folk moments and international influences are still there. the album starts out strong – the first few songs are like a breath of fresh air and the first single, “baby”, is addicting. “rats” is unexpected but interesting, starting out slow and then rocking out like a zeppelin tune…but for me, towards the end, the album sort of lost its excitement.

listen to the album here and let me know if you agree or disagree!

we hope to see you there!

Amy Choi -Jan 14, 2010, 5:21PM
do you guys hire people ? cuz im looking for a job right now and i will love to work here please email me if you guys need it. thank you :)
Demi -Dec 10, 2009, 4:19PM
Wish you all would open a store in Virginia Beach VA i'd work there : )

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we just posted a pic of her wearing free people a couple of weeks ago…and here she is again, wearing one of my fave new we the free shirts!

you can find the shirt on our website here.

after 42 years of sports and musical history, this week the beloved philly venue will host its final concerts before being torn down early next year. pearl jam will play tuesday, wednesday, friday and saturday night, and rumors are swirling about possible guest appearances on the final night. the spectrum is known amongst performers for its excellent acoustics, and some of the most legendary musical acts of the ’60s and ’70s have played there- including led zeppelin, the doors, jimi hendrix, pink floyd, the who, eric clapton, bob dylan, neil young, the beach boys, frank sinatra, the jackson five, elvis, the band and bob marley and the wailers. the grateful dead played there 53 times, more than any other musical act.
i’ll be attending all four shows this week and will be sure to report back on the blog!
here are some of the greats who played the spectrum…
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jimi hendrix concert poster…check out those ticket prices!
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top images of the spectrum from remember the spectrum.
so long, spectrum…you will be missed.

Don'tMeanToPush -Oct 29, 2009, 3:48PM
Greatest Philly weekend ever on the horizon! Two more PJ shows, the World Series and Eagles v. Giants on Sunday! Whoo Hoo!!
Shelley -Oct 26, 2009, 6:26PM
So sad, a piece of history going away!

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some recent photos from our facebook fans…

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thanks so much for sharing, these photos are lovely!

FPlover -Oct 27, 2009, 11:57AM
these pictures are so creative and beautiful! they give me some good ideas for me to try! thanks FP!

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beneath the layers

we are loving lots and lots of layered jewelry…pile it onto the wrists and fingers to accessorize a simple outfit like a black dress to turn it into something rockin…
our accessories buyer shared some images that provided the inspiration behind this cool, eclectic look.

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check out some amazing new accessories on our website.
stay tuned…we’ll be bringing you more of the inspiration behind our favorite looks in the future!

Nikki -Oct 26, 2009, 12:06PM
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monday quote

“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars…”
- jack kerouac

have a magical monday…
image from flickr.

g! -Oct 26, 2009, 9:49PM
love this quite, one of my favorite books too!
kirsten -Oct 26, 2009, 10:18AM
i am living in a community in amsterdam, and i have this quote hanging over the entire length of my door. unfortunately, ducthies need to have it explained several times over.

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nature prisms

one of our new features on the blog is all about artists we love…whose work strikes us in a certain way and inspires us. this week i stumbled upon the work of joe ryckebosch, who uses found images of nature and wildlife and overlays them with brightly colored lines representing patterns he sees in nature that are invisible to the human eye.
joe answered some questions for me about the thought process behind his work…check out the interview and some of his artwork below!

“discoveries”
where are you from?
i live and work in portland, or. i’m originally from a small town in southern california. i lived in the san francisco bay area for several years and it was there when i discovered the shapes and patterns that make up the work i produce today. my wife and i lived in nyc for a short spell, but it really didn’t work out very well (living in nyc). we moved to portland in 2007 and the change of scenery really inspired me to start the nature paths and wildlife analysis series in my art.

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what is the inspiration behind memory screens of things seen and unseen?
i wanted to try and convey the idea that we sometimes remember or recall things a certain way and our minds have this strict idea of exactly how we saw it or perceived it, but that sometimes is not the case and these things, such as nature and wildlife, are not exactly that way and the entire time they had this sort of aura or life force surrounding them. in my work this life force becomes palatable in the shape of colored lines and patterns.
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“panthervision”
where do you find your nature imagery?
ahh, well i find these things all over the place. i like to take little trips on saturday morning up and then back down 82nd ave. (in portland) and stop at all the thrift stores along the way. there are about 4 of them and in my “rounds” i usually end up with a few good finds.
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“lupine shine”
how do the “unseen patterns” come to you?
they just sort of pop out of an image as soon as i see it. It’s funny, i will walk into a place and see an image just sort of staring back at me. i instantly know if i can work with it and perhaps, hopefully, remix it to the way i see the patterns emerging.
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“forest relics”
can you explain the phrase “nature authors nature”?
well, i can provide an example: the water flows down the stream and feeds all life in its path. what if the water was really this colorful life source surging forth? it is not really a liquid anymore but rather a source of power, a necessary thing that will ultimately sustain life. nature then edits the way things really are, nature’s unseen editing will dictate and govern how things should and will be. i try and bring that to the foreground in my work.
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“spectral falls”
who are your heroes?
hamish kilgour, jack k., william b., the ether spring, david r., jonathan ames, sara bir, and tony turano.
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“majesty tree”
what does “free people” mean to you?
free to choose, free to live, free to think. un-inhibited and never afraid to try new things, despite oppressive factions and dictatorships.
memory screens of things seen and unseen is on display at half & half gallery in portland through november 1.

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Natalie -Oct 26, 2009, 2:53AM
His work is fantastic. I would love to visit portland, oregan. it must be so beautiful over there! great post xoxo natalieoffduty.blogspot.com

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