DIY Apothecary Bottle Necklace

UPDATE: This post originally ran February 22, 2012 but lately I have become re-enamored with the idea of apothecary bottle necklaces! I particularly love this little one Brigette has, and I really want to fill one with sand from the beach so I can wear summer around my neck all winter long… Read More

Featured Jewelry Designer: Pushmataaha

Push by Pushmataaha is a jewelry line created in 2007 by Australian filmmaker and art collector Virginia Rouse. Inspired by a lifelong love of stones and Native American jewelry, Virginia works with real metals in the creation of the pieces and combines this with the beauty of organic, semi-precious stones handcrafted by master artisans. Read More

Handpicked: Our Current Favorites

The Inspiration Piece ~ Inspired by an antique necklace our fp one designer picked up at an open-air market during her travels, the Marigold Embellished Tank is the perfect statement piece to bring out the wandering gypsy in us all. Read More

Featured Jewelry Designer: ManiaMania

The brand was founded by Australian art director and stylist duo Melanie Kamsler and Tamila Purvis, two talented women who met while working at RUSSH magazine. Drawing on inspiration from old and new – ancient historical figures, artists, muses and cult musicians – they create pieces that are sculptural and heavy with mysticism.  Read More

Handpicked by Free People

I wanted to give you guys a heads up about a cool new section on our website where we feature our favorite accessorieshandpicked! Out of our selection of bags, jewelry, hair pieces, belts and more, these are the items you’ll find at the top of our wishlists :)

Pull your hair back in the chic Lasso Pony Holder. Braids and Ponytails no longer bore with this grommet studded stunner!

Jazz up your hands with this collaboration of colorful stones and intricate banding – The Hermoso Stone Ring is our favorite way to showcase an everyday dose of color block pop!

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With its heavy metal ridges and statement shape, the Hyde Ridged Cuff is one elegant piece of armor.

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This jewel tones and contrasting sunset hues of the Bright Nights Crossbody are transporting us to a tropical paradise far, far away.

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The Aggie Chain Wrap Bracelet is edgy yet simple with its unique wrap style and contrasting metal band detail.

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The Western inspired Pastel Fields Belt won our hearts with its perfect pastels and striking pattern.

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Whether long and layered or short and sweet, the Northridge Necklace strikes the perfect balance of texture and tribal-infused design.

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With equal parts function and fashion, the Geo Print Turban is our go to for adding a bold dose of graphic to a simple outfit.

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Wear it as a necklace, choker or wrap, the San Pedro Turquoise Wrap has got you covered!

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Style File: Assistant Designer (Lou)

This week’s StyleFile is an effortless beauty who’s style has a laid back California beach vibe. I don’t know if it’s her long, wavy blonde locks, the colorful friendship bracelets, or the heart tattoo on her wrist that scream Cali, but it’s definitely there. She wears a lot of stellar grunge pieces – ripped and splattered jeans, a slouchy knit hat, baggy tees, and kicks. She’ll then mix it up with an awesome Native American inspired necklace or poncho. There’s no doubt, she looks like your quintessential American girl – active and full of life. Her vivacity can’t be restricted with pompous or tailored clothing – she has no time for that.

These jeans are perfectly slouchy and distressed. Get the look with a grungy graphic tee, hat, and Converses.

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This photo makes me want Summer. And colorful bracelets

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She takes the formality out of a cable knit sweater with fringe layering

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In this cold Winter weather, everyone needs a good throw on poncho to stay warm.

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She loves her Native American accessories just as much as the rest of us at Free People. Some great variations are on our website right now here, here, and here.

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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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Free People Holiday Giveaway!



Tis the season… for giving! We’re celebrating the holidays with a special giveaway for YOU – our amazing readers and fans :) Each Friday in December I will select a winner at random who will receive a special Free People goodie bag!

Each goodie bag includes: the fp one beaded bandeau, a necklace, bracelet, ring, fabric wallet, coin purse, set of barrettes, a display item and some special little trinkets!

Head on over to our Facebook Page to enter.  Happy Holidays!

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Cambridge Crafting Party Photo Diary!

Early Saturday morning I flew to Boston for our Holiday Crafting Party at Free People Cambridge. It was such an amazing day – we were blown away by the creativity of everyone who came to the event, and it was so great to just sit around a table, talking and crafting for a few hours! Here’s a photo diary of the day :)

It was an early flight…very early… but this sunrise made it ok.

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Hello, Boston!

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Our Cambridge store is located at Harvard Square, a really cute little spot just outside Boston where Harvard University is located.

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I loved these friendship bracelets one of our fp girls was rocking.

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And this sick tattoo another fp girl drew herself!

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Sweet Meghan, our Harvard-area stores manager.

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Printed Kimono twins!

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One of our crafters, Nicole, blew me away with her style and creativity! She made the following braided hat band, necklace and bracelet. And her rad printed jacket is actually a men’s shirt that she found in Africa – amazing.

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Fall layering done well by Kerrin.

Get the look: oversized sweater, tights, slouchy socks, buckle boots, light jacket and chunky scarf. Piece of cake!

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Friendship bracelet making :)

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So many amazing holiday ornaments were made!

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One girl used the embroidery thread and tied a bunch of tiny bows that she glued to the inside of the ornament – soooo beautiful.

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Wouldn’t it be a sweet gift to put a ring or something small inside a homemade ornament?!?

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Such a wonderful day :) Thank you so much to everyone who came, and to our Cambridge FP girls for being so amazing!

Would you guys be interested in having an event like this in your area? Let us know, maybe we’ll come to your hood next!

Designer Jewelry by DANNIJO

This month’s featured jewelry designer is one of my personal favorites – Dannijo. The New York based label was founded by sisters Danielle and Jodie Snyder, self-taught jewelry designers who learned how to wirework by playing with their father’s medical tools as kids. Their pieces are handmade using various metals – oxidized silver, gold and gunmetal – mixed with bold colorful elements like druzy quartz, crystals, aqua aura and pearls.

A combination of bohemian whimsy and old-world sophistication, their pieces are incredibly beautiful and eye-catching, making them a favorite among celebrities and fashion designers.

Their inspiration:

“For SS12 we were really inspired by Indonesian surf culture, western elements and Aztec artifacts — think masks, fossils and ancient jewelry dug up from the past. We wanted the collection to be really wearable and able to be stacked and layered as always so we had fun with color and silhouettes while keeping the collection very signature Dannijo. It’s sort of a modern take on remnants of the past.”

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I love how the necklaces are styled with vintage tees and faux fur in our October catalog – on the left, the Stella Collar, and on the right, the Tribal Rhaise Pendant.

And the rings? The rings are out of this world!

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Lucas Stone Ring, Dai Ring, Jacinda Ring.

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Style File: Visual Merchandiser

Meet this week’s style file girl – the visual merchandising assistant at the Free People home offices. She is one of the sweetest most humble people, and when you visit her desk you’re sure to get licked up and down by her friendly (canine) partner in crime, Dill. I was drawn to her style because of the perfect blend of classic elements and rocker edge that she seems to have mastered. You can almost bet she’ll have on at least one piece that you want to rip off of her for yourself – namely, the abundance of statement necklaces, hair pieces, and perfect tees that she has collected over the years. Another thing I love about her style is the hair. She has mastered the art of hair pinning for awesome intricate up-dos, and has tons of neat head bands, scarves, turbans, and hats that she works in. Maybe it’s her easy personality that makes it all look so effortless, but she sure knows how to top off a look achieving great results.

Her styling skills don’t just keep her looking like perfection each day, but they also keep our stores looking like perfection. In her job as a visual merchandiser, she styles mannequins with outfit ideas and comes up with merchandising concepts and color stories for our stores. Another cool part of her job involves selecting all of the music to be played in Free People stores. Every other Friday she and the visual team go through their new selections and choose their favorites. After all the ideas have been developed she maintains communication with store contacts, so they are well aware of the big ideas and everything going on.

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