Valentine’s Day is closer than you think, and to get in the spirit, we have put together a little contest for you!
It’s my pleasure to announce Free People’s Best or Worst Date Ever Video Contest!
What was the worst date you have ever had? How about the best? Tell us about it for a chance to win a Free People Valentine Goody Box, including some cute Free People intimates wear and many other treats!
Make a little video in which you tell us about the best or worst date you ever had. What was so awful or so great about it? Why was it your worst or best date ever?
To get your wheels turning, we made a little video of our own worst and best dates! Check it out above, it’s really cute!
A few requirements for entries:
-You must be 18 or older to enter, and you must be a United States resident.
-Only one entry per person.
-Videos must be 3 minutes or less.
-Videos should not have music in them. Unless you are singing unaccompanied. ;)
-Please do not mention the real name or nickname of your date. Don’t show pictures of your date either!
-No offensive, lewd language or stories please! Keep it classy.
-Only you should appear in the video.
-Videos emailed to us as attachments must be in .mov or .avi format, and be no larger than 10MB.
Videos will be judged based on their relevance to the question at hand and their creativity in telling the story, at 40% each. They will also be judged a tiny little bit on humor and production quality, at 10% each.
The video with the highest score wins you a Free People Valentine Goody Box, worth approximately 100$! Who needs a good valentine when you have your FP goody box?!
How to submit:
There are three ways to enter your video in the contest:
1- Upload your finished video to YouTube or Vimeo and email a link to your video to freepeoplecontest@gmail.com.
2- Email your video as an attachment to freepeoplecontest@gmail.com. All videos emailed as attachments must be in .mov or .avi format, and must be no larger than 10MB.
3- Send a DVD of your video to:
Pruitt Shutt
5000 S. Broad Street Bldg. #15
Philadelphia, PA 19112
All entries, regardless of method of entry, must include your name, address, phone number, email address, age and whether your date is a “best” one or a “worst” one!
The contest ends on February 2nd, 2009! That means we must receive all online entries by 11:59pm on February 2nd, and all mail-in entries must be mailed by February 2nd as well! Mail-in entries must be received by February 11th.
We will announce the winner on Valentine’s Day!
Before you enter, make sure to also read the Official Rules, since when you enter you agree to be bound by them!
And if you’re not in the mood to compete for a prize, stay tuned as we will be starting our Valentine’s Day Craft Swap! Hooray! And good luck!

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How about these cool wire sculptures? I’m really impressed by them. They are the skilled work of Polly Verity, who makes them using wire, tissue paper, and occasionally some folded regular paper. Her site has photos of a lot of her work, including some life-sized wearable paper dresses, which are pretty cool. I’d rather have that unicorn mask though, or maybe some wire shoes! They look almost like glass slippers…

carissa -Jan 26, 2009, 9:23AM
these are pretty amazing too!! I found them while randomly looking around etsy.com http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5012764

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Something about these pictures is really interesting to me. They are from a set by Catherine Wagner called Homage to the Light Bulb. I really like the way all the light bulbs look together – I wonder though, how does one find all those different bulbs?
Via BlackWhiteYellow.

pretty paper creations

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Lately I’ve been feeling really inspired by the work of UK artist Jennifer Collier. Her favorite medium to work with is paper, and she makes all sorts of things with it, as you can see above. I needed the reminder of how many things you can do with paper! I especially love the hair clip at the top- it’s so pretty and unique! I’m wondering where she finds all her neat vintage paper though- like the paper used for the tie – wow! You can see a whole online gallery of her work on her website. Check it out for more paper inspiration!

shoe jeans

Does getting dressed in the morning just take toooo long? Think about how much more you could get done if you didn’t have to put shoes on? This must have been what Sebastian Errazuriz was thinking when he designed these Converse jeans.
Sebastian has done some other clever playful fashion interpretations. I think the belt of buckles is pretty cool, and the LEGO helmut is definitley genius!
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found via refinery 29

distress those jeans

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Nikki at our NY showroom got a million compliments on these jeans last week, to which she replied, “Thanks, I made them myself!”
Everyone was was so impressed and needed to know how, and I thought you might like to know too. Nikki used a pair of thrift store $10 jeans, but you can use any old jeans that fit you well. This is what else you need:
A cheese grater
Scissors
Bleach
Scrub brush
It’s so simple here are the steps:
1. Pour some bleach where you desire to have to denim to be washed out looking (you will most likely have to pour it on several times to get the desiered wash and affect) Take the scrub brush and scrub the bleach into the thighs and the knees to make them more worn and lighter.
2. Lay them out in the sun to dry if you can
3. They’ll look a little different once they’re dry, so make sure denim is the desired wash. If not repeat steps 1 and 2
4. On dry denim take cheese grater and run up and down legs of the jeans… this will wear away the denim making them softer and more distressed looking!!
5. Take the scissor and use it to make holes in upper thighs, pockets and knees.
6. Repeat distressing with cheese grater and scissors until desired effect is reached!

Angela Gispert -Jan 28, 2009, 1:05PM
I did this on a pair of old jean shorts and it came out great! Check out my blog for pics.
Catherine -Jan 27, 2009, 5:58PM
So trying out that technique!! Thnx for the idea!

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What is your job here at FP?
assistant art director – which means doing a little of a lot… but a lot of video & a lot of listening.
What is your current state of mind?
contemplative. peaceful. hopeful.
Who are your heroes?
my mom & dad. underdogs… olivier dahan for making “la vie en rose.”
If you could choose what to come back to life as, what would you be?
a suitcase, so i could travel the world for free. actually, i’d have to pay $15 now, huh? maybe i’d come back as a wolf.
What or who is your greatest love?
I ♥ my dog & cats. but my greatest ♥ is love itself.
Name one thing necessary to your happiness.
laughter.
What do you hate most?
i don’t hate anything. maybe double-negatives… bad grammar… bad drivers… tarantulas…
What would the name of your band be and what genre? What instrument do you play in this band?
i’ve got several… though we never actually write songs or anything. i am usually the drummer in all, however.
What color are you?
today? very blue.
What is your motto?
regret nothing.

sally -Jan 26, 2009, 3:24PM
she's really pretty!
katiehov -Jan 25, 2009, 4:40PM
my friend Bunny has the same writing. i like it.

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cloudy


I recently found this video of Simon & Garfunkel’s Cloudy on YouTube. I just love it, it’s so relaxing and mellow! I think it’s a clip from an old TV show, rather than a music video… I never had seen it before! Enjoy!

fpkate -Jan 23, 2009, 5:17PM
Oh my goodness I *love* this song. Perfect Sunday morning music.

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These are real!
Viewed from one angle you see this…

But from just the right angle you see this…

And so on…
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They’re so amazing! I can’t imagine all the work involved to figure out exactly where to place each part of the design! Check out Felice’s website for more.
Via Fraiing.

Lucy -Jan 23, 2009, 10:03PM
Wow! That is truly amazing. It's great to see such a talented individual make art accessible to everyone!
olive -Jan 23, 2009, 1:12PM
This is by far one of the coolest things I've ever seen. Aside from those 3D sidewalk chalk designs. http://www.toxel.com/inspiration/2008/05/18/3d-sidewalk-chalk-art/

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Hooray! This time on DogTALK, learn to make dog-friendly brownies with Jasmine, Kevin, and of course Brownie! Yummy! You and your doggies are sure to enjoy these delicious treats and this fun DogTALK!

Be sure to tune in next time!

Caitlin -Jan 24, 2009, 8:56PM
Definitely going to try this! I would loooove if you guys would come out with a doggie line! Cute little collars and leashes! The stuff you find in the pet stores are just so cheesy : /
tristan -Jan 22, 2009, 8:02PM
this is hysterical!!

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It’s time again for our Thursday Poll! Last week, I wondered which color of our Solid Pullover Poncho you liked the most. Coral and Bark were very close, with votes of 108 and 104, respectively. However, they were the winners by far, with Midnight getting 83 votes, and Grey Heather only 52! Bright colors ruled the day!
Lately, I’ve noticed harem pants starting to come into style. We recently came out with a few different pairs ourselves, and this week I wondered which ones you preferred!
First, have a look at our Linen Harem Pants.

Next are the We The Free Crinkle Jersey Harem Pants.

Shown below are the Pocket Harem Pants.
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Finally, check out our Cropped Harem Pants shown here in Slate.
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So which pair do you guys find most appealing?

-Jun 20, 2013, 4:05PM
I wouldn't wear them on a regular basis, but are great for performance stuff like flow arts
-Jan 24, 2009, 8:52PM
gross!

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Meet our featured Facebook friend – Myra!

We found Myra, (or rather, she found us) after she posted some amazing photos of her clothing designs on our Facebook page! She also wrote us a little note about how her designs and photo shoots are inspired by Free People! We could totally tell, and were very flattered!
Myra is from Chesterfield, Missouri, and is creating things all the time! She starts out her process by envisioning a story, which includes a specific model and setting, and goes from there. She has been designing ever since she received her first sewing machine in 2004! She will be attending school for fashion design starting this fall, and is currently planning a booth for her wares at a local art fair!
Myra was so sweet as to put together an awesome how-to for the camisole tank dress that she makes! You can see examples of how cute the dress looks when it’s finished in the pictures above and below! We just love the details on this dress! I can’t wait to make my own! Myra even shows us how to cinch the tank at the top! Click here for all the instructions on how to make the dress, with a ton more pictures too!

Just for fun, we asked Myra a few interview-type questions!
What is your current state of mind?
I am enthused about my future for the endless possibilities!
Do you have any pets?
I have a big black cat, named Big Boy
What inspires you?
Nature, vintage photos, vintage styles, and of course Free People!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Sewing, going to music stores, shopping for vintage clothing, eating at places I’ve never been to.
Do you have a favorite artist?
Erté a French designer and artist in the early 1900’s, and Mucha
Who are your favorite designers?
Free people, Marc Jacobs, Betsey Johnson, and myself.
Who is your favorite celebrity inspiration?
Kate Moss, Sienna Miller
What did you want to be as a child?
I wanted to be an elementary teacher I thought it would be fun to create activities for kids to do.
What do you like best about where you live now?
My friends and family, and the inspiring mid-west countryside
What superpower would you most like to have?
Definitely to fly, I’ve had dreams of flying and it’s the craziest feeling to be above everything.
What is your favorite article of clothing that you own right now?
My collection of vintage plaid shirt’s, I can’t just pick one!
What is your motto?
Out of good comes good
And the mysterious fate
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Yay! Thank you so much for sharing one of your beautiful designs with us Myra! I can’t wait to work on my own camisole tank dress!

victoria -Jan 25, 2009, 7:48PM
I love this I'm so going to make it!
heather -Jan 22, 2009, 3:46PM
This is so great!

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