Blogger Diary: Birthdays and Photography

“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?”

My birthday was last week… its funny how as you get older, you start to worry about birthdays more, and want to acknowledge them less. I’ve always felt that the day itself doesn’t really hold much significance, but whenever it comes around I think of it as a time to reflect on the past year, and also think about the year ahead and what I want to do with it.

My dad got me a new camera. As someone who once aspired to be a professional photographer, and built a darkroom in his parents basement, he appreciates photography and has always been incredibly supportive of my little “hobby.” I’ve taken photography classes in the past, but with film, not digital – and this year I want to make a conscious effort to work on it.

So over the past week I’ve been playing around with the new camera a lot, and using it to capture little bits of what I’ve been up to…

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My friend made homemade apple cider using tea-bags filled with spices (and a little bit of rum)… YUM!

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And after several months of living in my current apartment, I FINALLY got around to hanging up some artwork! The fish is by my sister’s super talented boyfriend; one of my best friends had the painting on the left below done of my shore house –the sweetest gift I’ve ever gotten.

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I spent some time yesterday working on a DIY with these fun colors of embroidery floss! Can’t wait to share :)

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And lastly, I thought I’d share a few of the Free People items i can’t stop wearing lately! The velvet extreme flares are the most comfortable, luxurious pants I’ve ever worn – they’re getting a lot of wear this season. My sister got me the marled yarn pullover in this lovely wine color and it’s my new favorite sweater! And technically my Gola sneakers are from February of last year when we sold them before, but I still love them just as much today and am contemplating getting another color… put together these items make a cute outfit too!

And, my kitten Jam, who always wants to be the center of attention :)

Oh and to answer the question I started with… I think I would think I’m in my early twenties. How about you??

Sunday Funday: A few more from Morocco

I’ve had the pleasure of going to one of our catalog shoots, so I know first-hand that our catalog team is amazing and so much fun – these photos definitely capture that spirit! Behind the scenes from our holiday catalog shoot :)

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What a great crew :) Photos by Thomas Northcut.

Catalog Behind the Scenes: Morocco, the 1970s

Here’s the second batch of behind the scenes photos from the 1970s portion of our holiday catalog shoot in Morocco… from a scorching desert landscape to a serene oasis.

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Love Elsa’s look in this shot: fp one sequin short, back to cali tunic, tangier maxi poncho, headpiece and lots of layered necklaces. Burning Man, anyone?!?

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This looks so peaceful.

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The Gola Retro Sneakers are my fave.

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Beautiful accessories.

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Beautiful. Photos by Thomas Northcut.

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Catalog Behind the Scenes: Morocco in the 1970s

There’s something surreal about these behind the scenes photos from our holiday catalog shoot in Morocco.  The lighting, the colors, the vast open landscape, it almost seems like a different planet… where our team became desert warriors on a mission to shoot a beautiful catalog.

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The stunning Tangier Maxi Poncho

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All hands on Marianna :)

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The Zig Zag Lurex Flares

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Loving the car’s headlights :) This was also one of my favorite outfits from the book – I love the layering of the gorgeous fp spun fools gold crochet dress over the floral maxi, worn with the fp one sequin jacket and gola retro sneakers!

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More creative layering: got rhythm velvet crop top over the fp one sequin cami over a vintage tee.

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Desert warriors… aka the fp catalog crew :)

Photos by Thomas Northcut.

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Details: Shine On You Crazy Diamond

We love adding a little touch of sparkle to an outfit – the fp one sequin jacket is perfect!

Our faux fur jacket from last year.

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Cool DIY bracelets.

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Feather earrings.

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Amazing belt!

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Studded denim vest.

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Sneak peek at some sparkling Vintage Loves!

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Toby got his sparkle on too.

The holidays are a great excuse to add some shine to your outfit :)

Step Inside Free People Aspen

We opened a new store in Aspen, CO on Friday and it is beautiful! The store is decorated with our new holiday displays, so it fits right in with its wintery setting! It’s like a snow globe on the inside and out :) Here are some photos of the magical new store…

Our beautiful new store front! And check this out, here it is back in the day:

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Before and after :)

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“Sequining” the display bike! And how cute are the sweater pedals?!?

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Stay tuned for a tutorial on the awesome wrapping paper!

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The FP Spun Sequin Knit Shorts are so beautiful – and I love how they look on the right paired with the red opaque tights, plaid shirt and cropped fairisle pullover!

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More great outfitting ideas! On the left, the Sequin Bodycon and Fairisle Triangle Scarf; On the right, the Miles of Lace Dress with the Plaid Buttondown with Gingham over top.

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Beautiful accessory display! One of our FP girls made the little tags for higher price-point bags and accessories using Aspen postcards! I love this idea for holiday gifts – check out a tutorial here ;)

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So pretty :) Welcome to the family, Aspen!

Free People Through the Decades: The 1970s

The 1970s has always been a decade that fascinates me – it was such an interesting time of change. So many life-altering events took place in the late sixties, that the 70s seemed like a period when people were a little “dazed and confused”, turning to new types of music, film, or travel as a form of escapism. Many writers and musicians traveled to Morocco, where we shot this decade of our holiday catalog – seeking a change of scenery and inspiration. Others turned up in droves at Studio 54, to enjoy the disco music craze and dance the night away. Fashion was all about personal expression – from sequins and flowing dresses to floppy hats and bell-bottoms to the menswear look made famous by Annie Hall.

Pictured, clockwise from top left:
Led Zeppelin, one of the biggest bands of the 1970s
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Musician and 70s fashion icon Carly Simon
Mick Jagger and his first wife Bianca Jagger, who was a fashion icon in the 70s and fixture at Studio 54
Fleetwood Mac, who released one of the biggest albums of the 70s, Rumours, in 1977
A shot from our holiday catalog, by David Bellemere
Almost Famous captures the music scene in the 70s based on Cameron Crowe’s experience touring with some of the decade’s biggest bands, including the Allman Brothers, Lynard Skynard and Led Zeppelin.
Iconic photo of Talitha Getty in Morocco by Patrick Lichfield.

Stay tuned for some amazing behind the scenes photos, and check out the full holiday catalog.