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rene micheli is a philadelphia photographer who did some of the close-up, fairytale-like shots in our november catalog. I was looking at her website and I really love the dreamy style of some of her portraits.

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check out more of her work here.

Shelley -Nov 04, 2009, 11:29PM
I love the way the soft focus & blur create the dreamlike feel. Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing them with us!

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free people is looking for an in-house hair/make-up artist to join our web team!
a candidate for this position should understand the free people aesthetic inside and out, and have creativity and technical skills to back them up. this person should have extensive experience in both hair and make-up for commercial and fashion photography. he or she should be able to produce fresh, innovative hair and make-up styles in a timely fashion. he or she should be experienced and prepared to groom one model daily for the FP.com and FPwholesale.com websites, and stand on set to ensure that the model looks her best in photographs throughout the day.
-have extensive knowledge of various hair/make-up tools/tricks of the trade
-should be able to stand on his/her feet for 8 hours.
-have experience working with all hair and skin types.
-be highly creative, keep a book of tears for inspiration.
-experience working in a studio setting.
-a hair and make-up kit will be provided.
-please come prepared with your portfolio.
if this sounds like you, please apply online here!

have you seen our new november catalog? it’s so pretty and full of light…
the inspiration behind this catalog, with the holidays quickly approaching, was the play of light and color in the images. i like it because instead of feeling dark and cold like a lot of holiday stuff, it feels very warm and soft.

to get these cool effects they strung christmas lights in front of the camera…something i might have to try.
you can view the entire catalog here.

FP lovin' -Nov 04, 2009, 5:30PM
gorgeous! when does the gift catalog come out?!
monica burnett -Nov 04, 2009, 2:06PM
oh my god, these photos are gorgeous! looks like a really lovely nylon magazine spread. i am really digging the light flares in each shot - so magical! http://monicaburnett.blogspot.com/

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there once was an artist who really wanted to encourage the neighborhood to get to know each other. so, he decided to help them. he gathered all of the neighborhood doormats and brought them to a gallery. the neighbors were stumped by the mysterious thievery. then, each neighbor received an invitation to come and get their property. later, they arrived at the gallery and saw that their doormats were much prettier together than apart. they began to talk and get to know each other – at least i hope that is how it turned out for the sake of kevin harman, the artist behind the installation…

http://www.kevinharman.co.uk/doormats.html

kissingeden -Nov 03, 2009, 5:54PM
cute story~ great idea! ^.^*

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november mix tape

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i’m home sick today :( …but i made this playlist of songs that feel very november-ish (or have november in the title) and listening to it is making me feel a little bit better…hope you enjoy it!


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MySpace Music Playlist at MixPod.com

chelsea -Nov 03, 2009, 11:43PM
feel better!
Wrecked Stellar -Nov 03, 2009, 3:30PM
Thanks for sharing! Was thinking I'm in the mood to listen to some new music. I'm home sick too :(

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tunesday: lykke li

i was in nyc this weekend and my friend/go-to for new music introduced me to lykke li. she exudes creativity and beauty. so far, “little bit” is my favorite song. hope you enjoy her as much as i do…

-Nov 06, 2009, 11:29AM
yeah i work for fp and she was on our mixes for the in-store playlist months back. loved her so much, went to see her in show. so good!
Technosunshine -Nov 05, 2009, 11:56PM
I love this song! thanks for posting it

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images selected by dana of summer teeth. view part one of her post here.

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sometimes i’m amazed by the artistic abilities of the people who work here…this image was done by the very talented gal who was doing the blog before me.

fprebecca -Nov 03, 2009, 5:55PM
she is lovely!
kendal croix -Nov 02, 2009, 10:06PM
lovely image.

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monday quote


“keep on rockin’ in the free world”
- neil young
(the spectrum’s final farewell…10/31/09)

mila -Nov 07, 2009, 7:01PM
My name is Milagros, and i am from Argentina. I like very very much the things you do... kisses!
tom -Nov 02, 2009, 2:07PM
amazing amazing amazing!!!

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embroidered notes…via crust station

-Nov 02, 2009, 11:40AM
but it's hand sewn and so creative. i love it. :)
-Nov 01, 2009, 1:36PM
#2 is a receipt for a grocery store...

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these days more and more artists are coming up with new media and materials to create art that is unique and unexpected, so it was only a matter of time before artists started working with mud. but jesse graves, an artist based in milwaukee wisconsin, has taken it a step further by using mud to create stencil artwork that puts environmentally conscious messages in public spaces…so in his own way, he’s using earth in order to protect the earth…which is a very cool concept, i think.

msr = mud stencils rule.
according to jesse, “i use mud or earth because it is a fundamental life-giving substance, logical for my messages. mud stencils are an evolving medium, intended for art and social justice, not corporate advertisement. i see preserving and improving the environment we live in as all encompassing. the world is composed of interconnected systems or cycles. everything is connected, and every choice we make matters.”
here’s a look at some of jesse’s stencils and the meanings behind them.

“to me, industrial farming means agriculture on a massive scale that typically includes the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, genetically modified foods, erosion, and soil degradation. industrial farming is happening worldwide, it is reducing crop variety, eradicating traditional farming methods, and harming the health of animals (including humans). this mud stencil is a call to action. beat back industrial farming by supporting small sustainable farms and gardens.”
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“my original idea for this piece was to relate it to growing your own food. i enjoy gardening, and i want to share the joy i find in the sustainability of growing my own food. i considered writing “garden” with the plant letters, but eventually decided on “grow”. i wanted this piece’s meaning to be more ambiguous and personal to the viewer, instead of a bold statement like some of my other pieces.”
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“wild food is plants and animals that are not farmed, grown, or raised for human consumption. wild food is nutritious, and finding it makes you more aware of your environment. wild food is all around us, even in urban environments, most just overlook it and disregard it as weeds and nuisances.”
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“to deal with the infections cows are fed antibiotics which end up in the milk and meat produced by industrially raised cattle. this is just one of the many problems with industrial farming. corporations do not care about the health and well-being of the animals they imprison or and people that eat those animals.”
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“why do people drink bottled water when perfectly potable, perfectly healthy tap water is readily available? in places without clean drinking water, bottled water makes sense; everywhere else, it does not. it takes oil to make the plastic and packaging for bottled water, and even more oil to transport them. more oil is used to recycle the plastic, unless the used bottles are filling up landfills instead.”
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“free can mean a lot of things. hopefully this stencil means something to you. to me this piece is about how great it is to ride a bike. for myself commuting via bicycle means i am free from oil and free from the confinements of an auto. sadly while biking in a city i am not free from rude motorists, and the exhaust autos spew.”
i like this last one…obviously, the notion of freedom is something that we feel strongly about here at free people :)
to learn more about jesse and his mud stencils, visit his website: mudstencils.com

daniela -Nov 24, 2009, 10:29PM
this post really caught my eye! regarding the role of antibiotics in agriculture .. maybe if people knew it was harming us as much as the animals people would understand how bad it is. in humans as well as animals antibiotic resistance is growing! and thats only ONE problem!!!
Beth -Nov 09, 2009, 12:34PM
Awesome!!!

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in need of halloween plans for the weekend? here are a few suggestions going on this weekend…
…in new york:
the 36th annual village halloween parade takes place on saturday from 7 to 11 pm on the avenue of the americas between spring and 21st streets. the annual parade is open to any costumed member of the public and features live bands, enormous puppets, dancers, visual artists and revelers from all walks of new york city life.
…in boston:
tonight check out a very halloween-ish lineup of bands, including a place to bury strangers, dead confederate and all the saints, playing at the middle east upstairs (472 mass ave in cambridge). show starts at 8pm, tickets $12.
…in chicago:
the monsters of folk are playing tonight at the auditorium theater (50 e. congress), at 7:30pm. or catch a screening of the rocky horror picture show, tonight and tomorrow night at midnight at the music box. the screening includes a pre-show dance party and costume contest.
…in los angeles:
on saturday night lacma will hold their popular annual halloween party, with this year’s theme inspired by the current exhibit heroes and and villains: the battle for good in india’s comics. the event includes extended hours, live music, djs spinning, complimentary cocktails and, of course, a costume contest (previous winners included an ostrich and centaur).
…and last but not least, in philly (in case you aren’t attending pearl jam or the world series…)
a bowling costume party! the 5th annual vampire and vixens halloween party at lucky strike (1338 chestnut st, center city). $10 in advance or $15 at the door and includes one free drink and entry in the costume contest. vip tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door, and get you open bar from 9-12pm and exclusive access to the vip floor.
or, just head over to the infamous eastern state penitentiary on friday and saturday night with terror behind the walls, when the prison becomes a massive haunted house. the tour starts at 7pm and costs $30.
i’ve lived in philly my whole life and have never done this because i’ve heard it’s that scary.

photos from the village halloween parade, taken by joe marquez.

alyssa -Oct 30, 2009, 11:53PM
allie grant from weeds in free people! http://www.imdb.com/media/rm184518912/nm1872782

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