Style File: Senior Graphic Designer

I’ve always thought that our Senior Graphic Designer has amazing style, but for some reason I was under the impression that she was one of those who aren’t a big fan of having their photo taken. I’ve since discovered that I was wrong, and so to make up for lack of showcasing this woman’s amazing style, I decided to feature her as this week’s Style File.

One great aspect to our Graphic Designer’s fashion is her keen eye for texture and pattern. She understands pieces, and how to show off their interesting features. For example, she’ll layer a fun color underneath to show off a top layer’s loose knit, or she’ll call attention to a bold, retro-inspired pattern by stacking it up with basics. Either way, she’s great at creating a balance so that her looks never look like too much.

I’m also a HUGE fan of this woman’s ring collection. She has a great assortment of chunky knuckle decoration full of cute animals and edgy cuts. She’s not afraid to pile on the rings, and will often pair them back to a sweet choker.

Equally as impressive, is her awesome shoe collection. She’s a big heel girl, and her shoes always have attitude. The good sturdy heel gives her look a nicely confident spin.

Overall, her wardrobe of fun pieces is gutsy and playful. It never gets boring seeing what this girl is going to wear to the office.

The Polka Dot Blouse pops perfectly with her bright red booties

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Get the look with a large gauge knit like this and the a fun colored buttondown like our Sheer Buttondown Tunic in Mint Julep.

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Here she updates the poncho by wearing it in a totally modern way layered over a basic button up and shorts.

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Try a great choker with a collared shirt to get the look. The Tribal Triangle Collar is a great option to do it with at an easy price .

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Holiday Gift Guide: Ginger

For the sexy, nightlife-lover that you love!

1. Velvet Bike Short
2. Bodycon Sequin Skirt
3. Gilded Coil Cuff
4. Silverspun Headpiece
5. Seamless Crochet Crop Top
6. Joplin Necklace
7. Handprinted Holiday Cards
8. Victorian Backseam Tight
9. Almost Famous Clutch
10. Lace Crop Bralette
11. Lurex Long Sleeve Crochet Top
12. Denim Cutoff Short

Thursday Poll: Western-Inspired Jewels

You all saw our December Catalog last week. Its pages are full of western-inspired apparel, but what you may not have noticed is that we’re also showing some pretty awesome jewels to go along with it. These pieces combine Native American influences with leather-clad, tobacco spittin’ cowboys to form what we now think of as western jewelry.  To get the right feel, it’s about rough organic elements with a sort of practicality to them. The pieces combine tarnished metals and statement leather with hints of turquoise and ivory.  Did I mention that these would make great gift items for a special someone? Which is your favorite western-inspired piece?

The Concho Beaded Pendant

The Cut-Out Grecian Leather Cuff

The Tarnished Rose Collar

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The Mixed Stone Ring

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The Tarnished Rose Cuff

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The Treviso Stone Bracelet

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Style File: Sample Coordinator

This week’s style file is an FP girl through and through. She’s been working for the brand almost five years now, and she has the styling down pat. It goes something like: layer, layer, layer, awesome ankle-cut shoes, necklace, necklace, necklace, and then a fist full of rings. In writing it sounds like it’d be too much, but in person and in the photos you can see that it goes together amazingly. What do I want to rip off her most though? The jewelry. This girl has a collection that I think any girl would lust after. It’s full of rough stones, hammered metals, and ethnic engravings. She has a lot of artisan pieces that are funky and one of a kind.

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Nothing like a great bulldog face…

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Her friend gave her the binocular necklace when she moved away so that she could always see home (Chicago) from Philly. What a cute friend!

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She may have moved to Pennsylvania, but her new plates are still Illinois.

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The Hooded Vegan Leather Jacket and High Waisted Textured Shorts

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How cool do the Buckle Back Ankle Boots look with red fishnets??

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DIY: Brighten Up Your Jewelry With Neon Thread!

When it comes to accessories I’m in a bit of a neon crazy lately – I love this editorial from Cosmo Australia that I saw on Oracle Fox and set out to create lots of fun, laid-back-surfer-girl-style accessories that look awesome when layered heavily like the photo above. Read More

DIY Holiday Ornaments turned Accessories

Have you guys seen our beautiful collection of holiday ornaments? We have chosen some of our favorite jewelry designers to collaborate with, interpreting their aesthetic and materials into ornaments that can be hung on a tree! The ornaments are lovely, and the best part is – all of them can be turned into accessories that you can wear and enjoy all year round :) Our team helped put together some awesome tutorials on how to do this – first, we’ll show you how to turn the ornaments into earrings or necklaces!

DIY ornaments turned into earrings

What you need:

A pair of pliers and two earring hooks – you can find these online at places like amazon or at your local craft store.

We used the Zodiac Coin Ornament – I love that these have little fortunes on the back :)

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Using your pliers, remove the large hook that comes on the ornament.

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Replace the large hooks with the earring hooks, using the pliers to pinch them shut.

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You now have a new pair of earrings :) It would be really cute to mix your own zodiac sign on one ear and a loved one or best friend’s sign on the other!

DIY ornaments turned into necklaces

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This one is really simple – all you need is a chain of your choosing, and, depending on which ornament you use, you might need the pliers.

We used the Crystal Claw Ornament:

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Remove the ribbon the ornament comes with.

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And add the chain! Easy peasy.

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These ornaments would make great earrings OR necklaces:

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Crescent Moon Ornament

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Dalila Turquoise Ornament

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Aiyanna Dream Catcher Ornament

Part Two coming next week!

Viva Las Vegas!

Free People Las Vegas is opening this Friday!!!  To celebrate, we’re having a special preview party tomorrow, November 10, from 4-7pm!  Come check out our new digs at Fashion Show Mall and enjoy live music by Avalon Landing, while checking out the new merch and getting styling tips from our Art Director and lead stylist. There will be sweet treats provided by Retro Bakery and awesome goodie bags stuffed with jewelry by Wild & Free, too :)

For more info and to RSVP go here.

Style File: Associate Buyer

This week’s style file is our one of our adorable associate buyers. I was attracted toward her style because of its effortlessness. Emanating from her attitude and seeping into her style, she walks around exuding an aura that’s casual and full of happiness. It’s never over the top, but always perfectly put together and relaxed. From a rolled up cuff, to a stellar combination of delicate and funky jewelry, it’s evident that there’s a good eye at work here.

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She’s a pro at rocking the Joe Lace Up Over the Knee Boot proving that there are so many ways to wear them and that they always look great.

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These Karen Walker sunnies are so Audrey Hepburn.  The tortoise is amazing!

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Free People’s Zodiac Cuff! I’m thinking this may be a great gift for the holidays.

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This Weekend’s Store Events!

Get cozy at Free People Seattle! Enjoy hot cocoa and apple cider while you shop all day Friday and Saturday (10am – 8pm)! With every “cozy” purchase made you will be entered in a raffle to win a $50 gift card or special one-of-a-kind gift basket :)

Check out their facebook page for more info and to RSVP!

Stop by Free People Pittsburgh this Friday through Sunday for our Fall Student Appreciation! You’re back in school and the weather is getting cold. Come into Free People and enjoy 15% off with your student ID!! And join us Saturday for Halloween costume ideas and treats!

Check out their facebook page for more info and to RSVP.

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Lastly, Free People Wicker Park is hosting a Trunk Show with local jewelry designer Dallas Maynard on Saturday 10/22!
Dallas will be in the store selling her pieces from 11am to 9pm.
There will be fall inspired beverages and hors d’oeuvres and live music from Rebekah & Charity from 5-8pm.

All guests who make an in-store purchase and “like” Free People Wicker Park on Facebook on Saturday, October 22nd, will be entered in a raffle to win a Free People gift card!!

In addition, any customer attending the event who “likes” Dallas Maynard Jewelry on Facebook on the same day, will be entered in a raffle to win a piece of jewelry from the Dallas Maynard Collection!

Winners will be announced on Facebook on Monday, Oct. 24th.

Visit their facebook page for more info and to RSVP.

Style File: Senior Sweaters Designer

Funky jewelry – check. Little black boots – check. Great floppy hat – check again…

Our senior designer for sweaters here at Free People has a modern day rock star style. She’s a master of textures, and knows how to rock a great sweater outfit (as she should).  Just by looking at her style you can tell she’s an expert.

Although you’ll often find her in sweaters which are soft and cozy, there’s a great grunge quality to the way she dresses.  She’ll mix in tattered pieces and vintage tees while piling on jewelry for that right amount of edge. I especially love the feather earrings that she often wears. Not only are they sweet pieces, but she will only wear one at a time, and it looks awesome.

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She has a great tattoo that says “feed the good” above a wolf. The words were inspired by a Native American folktale:

An old Cherokee told his grandson, ‘My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, & ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, & truth.’ The boy thought about it, and asked, ‘Grandfather, which wolf wins?’ The old man quietly replied, ‘The one you feed.’”

Such a good lesson for us all to remember!

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Thursday Poll: Cup of Tea Accessories

It’s no secret that Free People has some of the best jewelry around. Unique, ethnic-inspired pieces are aplenty on our website. I love the small curated collection of jewelry, Cup of Tea, that is live on the website now, but as usual with Free People jewelry, I’m a bit overwhelmed by the amazing options, and cannot chose one. What do you all think?

The Amalfi Coast Pendant

Saldana Chunk Ring

Veda Stone Ringveda stone ring

Bergamo Onyx Ring

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