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one of my favorite music festivals is taking place this weekend! the XPoNential music festival is an annual three-day festival put together by the university of pennsylvania’s public radio station, WXPN. it’s pretty much the only radio station i listen to- not because i went to school there, but because they play the BEST music. i cannot tell you how many new bands i have discovered through them. anyway this year i think they have put together their best lineup yet! here are some of the bands playing:

grace potter & the nocturnals; the felice brothers

yo la tengo; the walkmen

these united states; blood feathers

dawes; robert randolph & the family band

dr. dog; edward sharpe & the magnetic zeros

the festival is held at wiggins park, a really cute spot on the waterfront in camden. they have lots of local vendors, good food, good people- and the best part is how small the festival is. the first time i went i got to meet jim james from my morning jacket at the side of the stage – really exciting for me since they’re one of my favorite bands. can’t wait for this weekend! i will be taking lots of photos for the blog, so stay tuned.

and here is a playlist of songs by the bands listed above!

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Juliet -Jul 14, 2010, 1:57AM
Grace Potter is awesome! Wish I was going :(
Hillary -Jul 13, 2010, 11:25PM
FP & all good sounds like a plan Nettie! all goood foreverrr gahhhh

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does this painting look familiar? it was inspired by the photo below, which we posted a little while back.  the painting was done by the girl’s father, mark lovett :)



free people worn in a music video by our fan danni rosner!








more lovely photos from our facebook fans – thank you thank you thank you for sharing your photos we love them <3

asdsdasdsadas -Dec 21, 2010, 5:59AM
Aweseme article. I used to spend alot of my time wakeboarding and watching sports. It was most certainly the best sequence of my past and your info somehow brought back me of that. Thank You
Perth Lawyers -Jul 13, 2010, 11:31AM
The third pic is my favoriate...really amazing.

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what happens when you gather a bunch of free people guys and gals together on a hot summer night? this is what happens…

















kristina -Jul 13, 2010, 1:52AM
love the yellow shirt and white shorts outfit. i'm actually wearing pretty much the same thing right now. vintage The Who shirt+high waisted cut off shorts. :]
sophia tangerine -Jul 12, 2010, 10:27PM
now that's a party!!

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“listen; there’s a hell of a good universe next door: let’s go.”

– e.e. cummings


Dominique -Jul 15, 2010, 9:04AM
My favourite quote ever! Thanks for reminding and sharing
Tom -Jul 12, 2010, 1:49PM
Every Monday i look forward to your quote and they are always great. Thank you for starting my week with some good inspiration.

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drinks in a cube

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this idea is so brilliant… don’t you hate when you have an iced coffee (or whatever you drink) on a hot day and the ice cubes immediately melt and you’re left with a watered down drink? i do.  i saw this on tastespotting from the blog zoom yummy – ice cubes made from coffee!

and check out how pretty these look:


these are rasberry iced tea with a mint leaf inside them!

not only is this great for the aforementioned reason but i think it would be fun to come up with different flavors and combinations, like water with lemon ice cubes or iced tea with mango juice cubes… you get the idea :)

check out zoom yummy for more ideas!

Amy -Jul 12, 2010, 11:44AM
great (and gorgeous) idea! thanks for sharing.
Kristi -Jul 11, 2010, 3:34PM
so pretty! the coffee ones look like amber

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chris russell

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i love the colors and mix of reality and fantasy in this artwork by chris russell…plus the scenery reminds me of our july catalog location, with its snow capped mountains and pine forests.

Franii -Jul 12, 2010, 10:57PM
A reaaal artissstt!!! *.*
-Jul 10, 2010, 9:14PM
Simply stunning.

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quote by jimi hendrix – and stolen from one of our interns :) ; image by ann h.

be free this weekend!

Aura -Jul 09, 2010, 7:12PM
I adore this quote.

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i wanted to share some photos of a really fun project two of our interns were working on today! walker, or visual display intern, and mallie, our creative team intern, were asked to transform a part of our office to make it look like a free people store!

here is the space earlier this morning:

and now, at the end of the day, this is what it looks like:






it looks great – i can’t believe they did all that in one day! nice work ladies!!

livyy -Jul 15, 2010, 12:55PM
where do you get those pillows they are SO beautiful?! I NEED them!!
FraniiFre$ha -Jul 12, 2010, 11:12PM
I waaant a closet likee daaaat! come to my house please ^^

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we love this top!

we also had a birthday party which always means an impressive spread!



check out that cake!




pretty flowers :)

Tiffany -Jul 24, 2010, 11:01AM
Where are those boots from in the second and third pictures? I LOVE them :)
fp julia -Jul 12, 2010, 10:10AM
it's the free people crochet top unfortunately its no longer available!! :(

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free people is opening a store at fashion square in scottsdale, arizona this august! we are now hiring for all positions, including management and sales associates.  to view the open positions and to apply, please click here!

fp julia -Jul 20, 2010, 4:07PM
-Jul 20, 2010, 3:53PM
can you give us a more specific store opening date????

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our videographer!

how are you feeling today?


what are you working on?

i’m downloading footage from our august catalog shoot.

are you listening to any music?

actually when we were on the shoot, some of the guys in the fort where we stayed played hand drums for us, so i’m listening to that :)

what are you up to this weekend?

tonight we’re having a joint birthday party at my friend’s place for all the “crabs” who have birthdays around now (myself included)! and on sunday night i’m going to see kurt vile at johnny brenda’s.

what was the highlight of the past week for you?

the 4th of july fireworks here in philly were amazing.  and i saw the movie cyrus which was incredible!


and here’s a look at her desk space!


Les Shutt -Jul 09, 2010, 1:57PM
Videographer! You do the coolest videos ever, you rock FP videographer!! The July 2010 catalogue video is awesome, and what a knack for the perfect music. So madras today and Happy Birthday!

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we love these amber and macramé bracelets because not only are they beautiful but they have an amazing story behind them.

the bracelets are hand made by women in ecuador to raise money for the eden’s rose foundation.   this foundation is working to build job skills and sustainability in the impoverished outpost communities of tosagua, ecuador, and proceeds from the sale of these bracelets go directly towards building a basic needs center in tosagua to help young children in need.


the region of tosagua, ecuador is affected by heavy flooding.


each bracelet varies slightly in the color of the string, and they all feature columbian pre-andean amber. this is a rare and lovely amber that comes in a few different shades. some specimens include the fossil remains of the wood the amber was once attached to, and others have bugs and other creatures from the time period. most of this amber is from before the aquitanian age of the miocene period and some predates the formation of the andes!



by purchasing one of these beauties you are not only getting an extremely unique and special item but you are helping a very worthy cause – what could be better than that?

find them right here.

to learn more about the macrame project, please visit

top image from sarah lewis jewelry, ecuador images from eden’s rose facebook page (link above).

Leon @ Macrame Project -Feb 12, 2012, 3:34AM
P.S. it is Columbia, South America
Leon @ Macrame Project -Feb 12, 2012, 3:32AM
Thank you FP for all of your support. Our foundation info has been improved and some of these bracelets are still available. If you want to know more about these bracelets visit the Macrame Project and the Eden's Rose Foundation.

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