Meet our latest featured Facebook friend – Samantha!

Samantha came to our attention after she posted some amazing photos that she took on her grandparents farm in North Carolina, in which she models her Pointillism Dress with the Diamond Crochet Halter Bralette. She took all the pictures herself with a timer, and had to run to get in the spot she wanted to be! They look great though! Samantha was kind enough to share the pictures with us and with you, and they are posted down below…
We also asked Samantha a few profile-type questions, just for fun! You might be surprised to learn that she is not a full time photographer, but actually a Geodetic Surveyor for an aerial mapping company. How cool is that?!
Where do you live?
Anchorage, Alaska
What do you do?
Haha, well, thats hard to explain! I’m a geodetic surveyor for an aerial mapping company. Basically, I take various data and turn them into something useful and cool to look at. I work in a field with a lot of big, gruff men so it’s a bit strange for everyone that I’m this tiny girl. I don’t fit the stereotype at all!
What draws you to the Free People style?
I love the patterns and designs. I really love the farmer’s daughter collection! The styles are carefree, but well thought out. It’s about loving what you put on and feeling great in it. Free People brings out the girly side of me! As a college student I wasn’t concerned with what I wore and now I’m trying to break the habit of jeans and a sweatshirt everyday. I want to wear cute dresses and boots and dress them up with random pieces of jewelry!
What is your favorite article of Free People vintage clothing?
Well, the dress in the photos is definitely my favorite- I immediately fell in love! But being in Alaska I won’t get to wear it as much. :(
I wear Free People jeans nearly every day (they fit so well) as well as my navy retro puff jacket. They are my faithful standbys! I wish I could replace my whole closet, because FP style fits so well with my personality and the style of clothes I would make if I could make them myself.
Do you have any pets?
I have two tabby cats: Lucy is 3 years old and I recently got her a playmate Thomas who is 7 months (and already as big as Lucy!) I rescued Lucy from a shelter and Thomas from a foster mom. Lucy is such a trouble maker! Her favorite thing to play with are hairbands, but you have to watch her or she’ll eat them. She also greatly enjoys dragging my clothes out to the food dish. I named Thomas that because we have always had orange tabby cats named Tom in my family. They were all huge and very affectionate – which he is turning out to be!
What inspires you?
I gather inspiration from a lot of things: traveling and learning, the creativity/ideas of others (I have a serious addiction to home decorating magazines), rummaging through my grandparents place for old items (I found an awesome collection of vintage buttons), and of course Free People- I find the photography as well as the clothes inspiring!
What do you do in your spare time?
In the winter time? Hibernate! The rest of the time I like fishing, camping, sea kayaking, and beach combing.
What do you like best about where you live?
Alaska is gorgeous and there is so much to do in the summertime! Summers are even better here because we get about 20 hours of daylight. In the winter the northern lights are out and they are always spectacular! Everyone should make a trip at some point in their lives to get up here- I’ve not met one person who didn’t love it.
What do you like best about springtime?
The whole world is waking up. A few weeks ago the finches showed up at the bird feeder for the first time since winter started. I was just as excited as the cats! You can feel the energy and excitement of longer days, warmer weather, summer activities- it’s time to come out of hibernation!
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Hooray! Thank you Samantha! This was fun!

samantha -Mar 30, 2009, 7:10PM
good question. i bought them from a thrift store about a year ago or so. im not sure what brand they are...i can go look.
M. -Mar 22, 2009, 5:14PM
I love her boots- where are they from??

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Nicole, Pruitt and I made this video as we played with all of the different ways to wear the Free People chain vests. I love that just one piece can be worn as a necklace, a belt, a bracelet, a vest, or even to embellish your favorite boots!
What is your favorite way to style them?
Pick out your own from the four different styles on freepeople.com

springtime collages

These collages by Anna Kunz may not be intentionally spring-y, but they sure do look wonderfully springtime to me! I love the colors she used, as did Dear Ada, where I saw the collages! She actually painted the papers first, then cut them up to make the collages. They’re so appealing…

fabric easter eggs

Believe it or not, Easter is already around the corner, and Retro Mama made these awesome little fabric Easter eggs! I love them! Even better, she posted a how-to make them on her blog – it looks like it will be really easy! Worth checking out if you want to make some cute Easter treats!
Via One Pretty Thing.

-Apr 17, 2009, 6:18PM
Jess - I love the easter eggs.

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Purple #11 from Purple Magazine on Vimeo.
Model Natasa Vojnovic gets crazy for Terry Richardson! This is such a preformance for a photo shoot, they all must have had a blast! I love at the end with Terry just can’t help laughing. The photos are in the March issue of Purple.

yttr -Mar 20, 2009, 10:58AM
awesome video!
melissa eiffert -Mar 19, 2009, 9:59PM
woah ! im a dancer, and i wish i could dance in a beautiful dress like that one and get my picture taken. haha this is really amazing i love how even though she is moving she is still stopping for a moment for the shot. soo neat

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What a week my friends! They sure do seem to speed by! Happy Thursday!
Last time on our Thursday Poll we voted on a few rompers, and decided that our favorite is the Grafitti Peacock Romper, which won with 178 votes!
This week I have been perusing all of our cute short skirts! I am interested to know which short skirt styles appeal to you guys the most – so here goes!
First scope out our LnA Zipper Mini Skirt in charcoal below.

Next up is our Military Flounce Skirt in olive.

Now shown below is our Shirred Cotton Micro Mini in black.
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Next, check out our Butterfly Drindle Skirt in black!
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Finally, have a look at the Bindi’s Studded Skirt in ivory!
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And now I leave it to you: Which of these short skirts do you like the most?

Charlie . S -Apr 02, 2009, 9:11AM
Hi Free People, Im from the UK and I love your brand! I am currently studying Fashion Marketing at University and I have chosen to look at Free People for my next assignment. I wondered if you could help me with my research and give me some ideas about your target consumer and also about the brands tone of voice ? If you could provide me with any infomation it would be really helpful and very much appreciated, Thanks, Charlie
Tina. T. -Mar 19, 2009, 9:51PM
All of those skirts are so different and versatile, I loved them all so it was hard to pick just one!!

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You can see the ocean from our newsest store in Manhattan Beach! We are two blocks up from the water and on a hill, so the view is amazing. Come see us tomorrow for the opening!

poobah -Feb 04, 2010, 11:04PM
i was there!!!! i partially live there :D
mb90266 -Mar 20, 2009, 10:05PM
Welcome to Manhattan Beach

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I can hardly believe these are line drawings, they’re so detailed and patterned! They are the work of Japanese artist Kosuke Ikeda, who uses gel ink ball point pens to create these unique pieces. He has many other visually interesting works on his site as well, worth checking out!

melody -Mar 21, 2009, 2:52AM
they are very beautiful. nice blog too:)

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blow up hoodie

How about this hoodie made partially from a blow-up doll by Mama Anders? I first noticed it because I thought it was funny to have a face on the back of your head, I didn’t realize it was a blow up doll until looking closer.
Mama Anders: I customize existing tracksuit tops with parts of the blow-up dolls…These dolls are so ugly and vulgar that turning them into something beautiful has become a challenge for me. The doll is a means to convey something else. Interesting!
Via LikeCool.

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Lucy -Mar 19, 2009, 11:37AM
that's hilarious!! so clever...

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Running the Numbers is an interesting set of photos by photographer Chris Jordan, in which each picture has a specific quantity of a mass-consumed item. For example, one photo features fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of average paper use), and another shows 106,000 aluminum cans (about thirty seconds of can consumption). As you might imagine, in real life some of these pictures are huge, like 10 feet by 25 feet! Below are a couple of shots from the set; see more here, they’re amazing!

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Via CubeMe.

Okay so I know this is slightly old, but I just found out a little bit ago that Christian Siriano, who won Project Runway a while back, designed a bunch of shoes and bags for Payless ShoeSource! Those are some of them above, and for only 25-45$ a pair, they look darn awesome! I’m pretty into this – and I think I will have to get a pair of the chained up shoes in the upper right corner. What do you guys think? Like or no?
Via The Cut.

stacy -Sep 24, 2009, 11:57AM
I like the shoes with the chain also which seem more wearable.
Lindsey -Apr 08, 2009, 2:12PM
Ehh.. im not diggin most of them. The only one i like is the chain up ones also.

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inside her closet!

Check out this cool video in which model Noot Seear shows off the inside of her closet! She has so many awesome items – I can’t get over it! She has very ‘boy’ taste – lots of plaids and studs, chains, leather, distressed denim – she’s like a We The Free poster girl! And speaking of, you may recognize Noot from our current catalog – she’s in it a whole bunch!
Enjoy!

See more videos on modelinia.com

Self Storage Gatley -Aug 10, 2010, 2:48AM
Nice post, keep up the excellent work
meagan -Mar 18, 2009, 4:10PM
I LOVE things like this! It is so cool to see what goes on in other peoples closets :D!

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