The Free People Buying and Planning teams adopted 3 families through the Salvation Army this holiday. Here is a photo of them shopping for gifts!
We were so happy we were able to help these families get some things they needed and hopefully made their holiday more cheerful.

Hôtel de Glace

Located at the Station touristique Duchesnay, a bit northwest of Québec City Canada, this awesome and icy building is the Hôtel de Glace. Built in early January each year since 2001, it stands until late March and is made of around 400 tons of ice and 12,000 tons of snow! It’s a real working hotel too, and though it’s a bit chilly, (a steady temperature of around 25 degrees Fahrenheit) I think it would be worth it! Check out this nice little article about it on Life in the Fast Lane and of course Hôtel de Glace website if you want to see more.
The gorgeous pictures are by lander2006, except the first, which is by duplamox.

These sweet photos came from Three Belgian Autochromists, a really cool site featuring the work of, you guessed it, three early Belgian autochromists! Autochrome is a very old way to take color pictures, used before the advent of color film. The site features the work of C. Corbett, P. Sano, and A. Van Besten, and frankly, the shots are just gorgeous. Plus, I really love getting to see pictures from as far back as 1903 in color! Do you think there are some hobbyists out there still practicing autochrome? The colors are so dreamy… See all the pictures here.

Shay -Dec 29, 2008, 5:36PM
these are gorgeous!
d -Dec 28, 2008, 5:43PM
god, that must have taken an age and a half to do each of those. incredible.

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Many of you may already know the sad news that the great Eartha Kitt passed away from cancer on Thursday. She was 81 years old, and was a fantastic singer, a pretty good actress, and smoldering sexy! She briefly played Cat-Woman on the Batman series in the 60′s. She could sing in at least 3 languages that I know of. Her voice was unique and to die for! I could go on and on! Above is a video featuring her performing the song Just an Old Fashioned Girl. Good-bye Eartha Kitt, we’ll miss you!

These scenic photos are from the Travel Photographer of the Year International Photography Competition. They recently posted all the winners, runners-up, and special mentions on their site, and I have been spending way too much time perusing them! If you are the sort who enjoys just savoring photographs, especially really interesting and scenic ones, I totally recommend checking it out!

Crystal Dawn -Dec 27, 2008, 1:30PM
Beautiful pics... and I just wanted 2 say that i luv the Free Ppl blog!!! NAMASTE

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miss dior cherie

What do you guys think of this new advertisement for Christian Dior’s Miss Dior Cherie perfume? I love the look and feel of it, but I’m not surprised since it was directed by Sofia Coppola! (Director of The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation, among others.) I also love the song! It’s called Moi Je Joue, performed by Brigitte Bardot.

Brianna -Dec 30, 2008, 11:35AM
this is one of my absoulute favorite commercials of all time!!! its so feminine and chic i could watch it over and over and over again
kate -Dec 29, 2008, 8:26PM
I would be as happy as she too, if I could lounge around all day in Dior. ;) I love this happy song, and I don't mind the fragrance either!

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season’s greetings!

Merry Christmas & Happy 5th day of Hanukkah!
Happy Holidays to all!
Picture of cute snowmen via LookU.

Aaliyah -May 03, 2011, 5:10AM
This look awesome , it must of taken ages tho. I like the setting , i think that this photograph rulesss :)

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These stunning pieces are from a recent book illustrated by Kat MacLeod, called Bird. It apparently runs for $400, so I doubt I’ll ever get my hands on it, but hopefully more of the images from it will appear on the net over time so I will at least get to see a few of them! If they are anything like these, I know I will enjoy them!

anisa -Dec 24, 2008, 6:57PM
WoW! these are gorgeous! I'm so happy you posted them since I can't afford the book either. xo~anisa

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Remember a little bit ago when I posted about the jewelry that our accessories designer, Sarah makes? Well, I am very excited to report that some of her pieces will be hitting our Paramus NJ, Short Hills NJ, and King of Prussia PA stores this week! Make sure to check them out if you plan on doing any after-Christmas shopping at Free People!

old wrist watches

I am having a great time looking at these antique wrist watches, which I found on oobject! Most of the ones I’ve shown here are from WWI, and were government issue. They started handing out wrist watches to soldiers so that they wouldn’t risk their lives fumbling around for a pocket watch, and the cool-looking grates over the face of the watches are to protect the glass from breaking. Though the grates have lost their functionality, I’d still love to have a watch with grating on the face. Would you?

-Dec 24, 2008, 9:58PM
I want a watch like that!

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crafty drink cozy

Chet and Dot makes these adorable little drink cozies out of old sweaters and such! I saw them on her blog, and can’t help wondering to myself- gosh why didn’t I think of that? I just love them! They can be found on her Etsy shop if you feel so inclined!

katie -Dec 23, 2008, 5:46PM
seriously so cute. i think the little graphic patches really make them!

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boot bandits from Lawnmower Sounds on Vimeo.
Boot bandits are perfect for dressing up any pair of boots. They are a woven band of fabric that adjusts to fit over the top of your boots, instantly adding color, pattern and detail to your outfit. The 2 Bandits are Erica Chan and Tamar Wider, two girls in NYC who want your boots to walk and dance:) Check out the cute video they made showing exactly how easy it is dress up your boots.
Get your bandits here!

Cloe -Dec 30, 2008, 4:31PM
So why didn't I think of this? it's a decorative band that goes around your boot to make your boots look different from everyone else? YES PLEASE. Are there more styles?
Melisa -Dec 23, 2008, 6:09PM
Can I get the ones in the video????? I need Bandits. Why didn't I think of that? What a perfect way to funk up your outfit. Does anyone know if they are in stores or just online? I want to them on my boots.

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