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This is so incredible, right?! I’ve seen a lot of really spectacular light shows, but this one really strikes me because the lights are all in such natural shapes! Lights made to look like flowers and peacocks? Awesome!
The display is at Bellevue Botanical Gardens in Bellevue, Washington. If you live near there, please go check it out for me! The great pictures were taken by Lecia of A Day That is Dessert, where you can see a bunch more pictures of the display!

Karla -Dec 22, 2008, 12:38AM
I grew up in that city and still live really close - the Botanical Gardens are a real Christmas tradition around here! They even have hot cocoa and hot cider to drink as you stroll through the park :)
Lecia -Dec 19, 2008, 10:38AM
Thanks so much for the mention!

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Recently, Urban Outfitters Inc, which includes Free People and all our sister-brands, had a winter coat drive here at the home office. Aside from all the coats people brought in, we had a lot of coats laying around the office, seeing as we are an apparel company! In the end we turned in all our coats to the Boys and Girls Club of America here in Philadelphia.
Today, I noticed a bunch of cards posted up on the wall by our coffee shop. Upon closer inspection, I saw they were thank you notes from a bunch of the kids in the Boys and Girls Club! They cheered me so much! There is something about stuff made by kids – and the thank you notes are so awesome and cute! I had to share…

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This week, I have a pretty simple question for you – well, it appears simple anyway! I still can’t decide what my own answer will be!
One of our newer items is the Floral Tiered Convertible Skirt. It’s really cute and versatile, and can be worn a couple different ways!
Here is the skirt is shown styled as a skirt, and in deep sea combo.

Below is the the skirt shown styled as a dress in grey.

So which way do you think looks best? Do you like it styled as a skirt or a dress?

Lola -Jan 08, 2009, 5:31PM
Hmm yeah aggred with 1st comment, the dress does look much better.
Caroline -Dec 18, 2008, 5:39PM
It looks like the model needs to hike up the waistband a few inches in the "skirt" photo -- it's about a centimeter away from seeing the effectiveness of her laser hair removal treatment.

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I couldn’t resist sharing this adorable picture of baby Ruby with you! Ruby’s mother is Julie, our Email Support Supervisor at our customer service center in South Carolina. Ruby just turned 3 months old on Tuesday, and is all dressed up for the holidays! So cute!

RStauffer43 -Dec 18, 2008, 7:35PM
Such a cute girl - her Nanny & Pop Pop can't wait to see her next week for Christmas.

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chloe sevigny

Vain and Vapid recommended this interview with Chloe Sevigny on Missbehave, and I have to say, it’s a really great interview!
She tells what “pop” celebrity has a girl crush on her, talks about baby names, her view of Hollywood, and some stories her publicist might not like. And her hair looks awesome!

g! -Dec 17, 2008, 6:10PM
i love her
Megan -Dec 17, 2008, 2:40PM
Thanks for the post. LOVE.HER.

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Today we visit the interesting desk of Lizzy, our senior graphic designer! The awesome book about the Fauves was a gift from Lizzy’s boss, Carrie.

Lizzy loves kitties, so they are very prominent in her desk decor. The girl in the picture with Elvis is Lizzy’s friend! They went to Memphis together and got an E-Cam, or Elvis Camera! Elvis is already on the film so all the pictures you take have Elvis in them with you!
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On this little shelf is Lizzy’s favorite item on her desk – a teeny snowglobe with a (plastic) beetle in it! It even lights up! As for me, I’m partial to the doll dress.
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Though most of us think the kitty in the corner is a little scary, Lizzy loves him! She tells me he is very happy, and is therefore screeching with joy!
Thanks for sharing Lizzy!

jack smith

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Many of you may already be familiar with the work of Yorkshire-born artist Jack Smith, who created the awesome pieces above, among many others. I love his style – abstract and colorful! Flowers Gallery in London is currently having a show of his work to celebrate his eightieth birthday, and to my delight, their site has a fantastic slide show featuring many of his pieces! Definitely worth checking out!

Going to be around south Philadelphia tonight or tomorrow night? B2 Cafe on Passyunk and Dickinson will be hosting a craft bazaar featuring the work of many different local artists, with wine and food to boot! Come by between 6 and 9pm tonight ot tomorrow night to check it out! It should be a blast!

i heart daily

We’re really excited about this new web site launched by a couple of Brooklyn girls that are involved in all that is cool. I Heart Daily is kind of a hip, more under-the-radar version of Daily Candy, or your other fav daily coolness update. Learn about new musicians, crafters, indie beauty brands, fashion and a bunch more.
I also love their about page! Anne and Melissa seem like a fun team, and I can’t wait to see more of their daily recommendations.

aileen -Dec 18, 2008, 5:19PM
yeah! i've been reading their stuff from their ElleGirl days 'til now! love the new blog so far and have been reading it religiously!

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Check out our latest episode of FP Dog Talk! Join our host Kevin as he travels to northeast Philadelphia to visit Stella and Georgie!

Tune in next time for another episode of FP Dog Talk!

Karla -Dec 16, 2008, 11:06AM
F-Yes! Love that dog talks!

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garland light

Tord Boontje is the creator of this delicate light, called the Garland Light. I’ve seen (and really liked) some of his work before, but this is just so eye-catching and natural-looking, I can’t get over it!
Via Now Voyager.

cake. -Dec 16, 2008, 12:57AM
they used to sell them at the AIA bookstore in philly!

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I couldn’t resist sharing this photo of our “pet wall” with you! One of our accessories designers got the idea to put pictures of all the pets belonging to girls in the accessories room up on the wall in the hallway, and soon it spread to include pictures of everyone’s pets! It’s especially fun to see pictures of everyone’s kitties, since they don’t get to come to work like the doggies do!

You might remember when we put up our FP Community Tree a while back. It includes a picture of each FP home office employee. Recently, it got updated for the holidays, and it now has a picture of each FP home office employee as a child! It is so much fun to see how everyone looked as a little one!
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Our lobby has recently been updated for more holiday fun too! I am crazy about all the hanging lights and garlands! They are such eye-candy- our Visual Display Team did a great job! (Thank you!)

Dominique DjeDje -Feb 25, 2009, 11:52PM
Ditto! I saw this in the store over the holidays and I wanted to take the whole store home. S'il vous plait (PLEASE) find out who and how they put these garlands and all the decorations together. Merci!
Anna McCaleb -Jan 04, 2009, 9:22PM
OKAY these garlands! WHERE WHERE WHERE can i find them! I am madly in love with them and i need need need them

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