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so i saw these friendship necklaces on honestly…wtf last week and i’ve been thinking about them ever since.  they definitely bring back memories of grade school – although i actually still wear friendship bracelets that i made back in those days. what excited me about this was the idea of making lots of extra long necklaces to layer… and then i got to thinking… what if i tried it in my hair?

all you need to do this is some string – and if you want to make necklaces like the ones above, rope or hemp cord. if you don’t know how to make these, it’s incredibly simple and you can find an excellent tutorial right here.

during my lunch break i drove over to a.c. moore to pick up some string – so many colors to choose from!


i got some hemp cord too for when i make the necklaces.


these are the colors i’m going with for the hair wrap.


i took a small section of hair, wet it and twisted it up, and then just knotted the three strings around it – warning- it might not be easy to take out :)

now use your hair as if its the rope in the tutorial, and start wrapping! use one color at a time, holding the others in with the section of hair until you want to change them up.



another cool idea- wear the necklaces as belts:


last image – fashion gone rogue.

Ashley -Mar 15, 2012, 12:53AM
putting a charm or pretty pendant on the end also gives it a little something extra
Megan -Jan 11, 2012, 4:48PM
I did this to my hair this last summer (2011) because i was really bored and it looked so pretty in some pic i had looked awesome (to me) but no one else really noticed it..maybe next time i'll put it on the top layer instead of underneath because no one could really see it..when my mom seen it, she did think it looked really cute...I also braided the strip of hair before I wrapped it, it made it alot easier to work with :)

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I love that there are very few things that books cannot do. They can pluck you from under the covers and drop you into the outskirts of your imagination. They can rearrange the chemicals in your brain until you feel happy and uplifted, or wistful and nostalgic. They can with the careful placement of words side by side remind you of places you have seen in the dreams of your childhood that you thought you had long forgotten.


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I would love to make one of these books my own. I feel like their beautiful exterior would inspire me in my quest to make the inside equally as magical.

– stacey, the concept intern :)

fp julia -Aug 02, 2010, 3:54PM
hi j.m. - thanks so much :)
J.M. -Aug 01, 2010, 12:48PM
I love what you've written here about books. I, too, am a believer in the power of careful composed writing. I'm going to repost this on my blog, with credit to you of course ;)

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…the streetlights become hundreds of ghosts going home.











Alexey Titarenko's City of Shadows series via Them Thangs


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do you still believe in magic?

post by our concept intern stacey – click on images for sources (some unknown).

Sam -Jul 28, 2010, 4:17PM
So pretty. I always come to this blog to get new backgrounds for my computer!
esteff -Jul 28, 2010, 3:40PM

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i’m suffering from major creative block today.  luckily when this happens all i have to do is take a little walk around…











and i learned something new! these little guys are on wheels :)






i am in love with these chairs… my apartment neeeeeds one :)

-Jul 28, 2010, 12:17PM
whos desk has all the gum?! :)
Victoria -Jul 28, 2010, 9:13AM
please tell me they're going to sell those umbrellas at free people. LOVE them!!!!

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the wanderlust festival is this weekend! three days of music and yoga in the gorgeous squaw valley, california …could it get any better than that? here’s a selection of items that i would bring:


1. hill tribe embroidered bag; 2. spacedye mobius headband; 3. monrow vintage sweatpant; 4. heathered sporty bra; 5. bad turtle tee; 6. open up short sleeve crew neck; 7. we the free layered tee hoodie; 8. short sleeve scoop bodysuit; 9. we the free long sleeve bandana print; 10. desert boot.

a few of our fp girls will be there this weekend so hopefully i’ll have some pics for you next week!

Jenn -Jul 28, 2010, 3:13PM
Can't wait to be at that fest! It's going to be so beautiful. <3
roo -Jul 28, 2010, 1:43AM
Whoever it was, I'm totally jealous. It looks gorgeous out there.

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a few of our fp girls attended the kings of leon concert at tinley park in chicago this past weekend and shared some photos for the blog! i love their outfits –  i hope they didn’t have any incidents involving pigeons… :)

-Jul 27, 2010, 2:00PM
lots of lighting and rain (priceless fun!) but no pigeon problems...thank goodness!!!

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i mentioned grace potter & the nocturnals the other week because they were one of the acts performing at the XPN music festival – but today i wanted to dedicate a whole post to them.  i think grace potter is one of those musicians that you need to see live to really appreciate. she can really rock.  i think she’s probably the only female musician around right now who could do justice to jefferson airplane’s “white rabbit.” check it out:

Lulu -Jul 27, 2010, 3:14PM
definitely agree that you have to see her live. i just saw her at Lilith Fair last month, and she was amazing. her energy is unbelievable. unfortunately, you can't really get that same energy through a digital recording of a song. =/
mary -Jul 27, 2010, 12:34PM
yay grace!!!

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our visual manager for our west coast stores sent along some great photos from her recent trip to our stores in texas.  i always look forward to the photo albums she sends, she takes lovely photos!











soon to be the first free people austin baby! she will be a scorpio :)






ground penetrating radar -Jan 28, 2011, 10:16AM
I have seen when it comes to pregnancy females get more beautiful.
Erin -Jul 27, 2010, 2:06PM
Love that store. And I just saw that "I love you" graffiti on the side of Jo's Coffee Shop on my way home from work yesterday! :)

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our glendale, california store is looking for an assistant manager! for more info and to apply, click here.

fp julia -Aug 02, 2010, 4:02PM
hi tasha! i do not know if we will! the model is renata maciel - she's lovely!
Amanda -Jul 27, 2010, 7:23PM
I applied, this would be an AMAZING opportunity!!

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love our fan photos :)

Angela -Jul 27, 2010, 5:10PM
Jamie -Jul 27, 2010, 11:34AM
All pics are beautiful! The second pic is my fav too! ;-)

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fp jemma came in today wearing the cutest outfit – and the best part is she got it all for under $30 at the punk rock flea market in philly this weekend. here are the items she scored:




long smocked maxi dress $5, native indian feather necklace $1, heart bracelets $1, moon stone ring $5 and moccasins $15.


Liah -Jul 28, 2010, 3:34PM
Wow if I knew you could score finds like that at a punk rock flea market, i woulda checked it out. The name alone kinda turned me off to visiting it, because I'm not in the punk rock scene.
kristina -Jul 27, 2010, 3:18PM
maggie, i have those too. you mean they're just leather on the bottom? the leather will get dirty and turn black, but the leather hardens as you wear them. they'll eventually wear out, but they're pretty easy to come by at thrift stores.

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quirky but incredibly cute! an fp girl who works in one of our stores sent me the following…

“on friday i got promoted from the part-time MIT to full-time MIT and one of the associates said congrats with the cutest little present – an old glass jar filled with pink flowers & broccoli! … so strange but so fitting, i love flowers, and broccoli is my favorite food ever.  i thought i’d share these pictures with you because i’ve never seen anyone arrange something like this before, and it made me smile!”

i’ve never seen anything like that either! so original and sweet. thanks for sharing :)

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