store style

our store girls keep inspiring me with outfit ideas! they always look so amazing…here are some of the latest looks that have caught my eye on our stores’ facebook pages!

one of our dallas girls wearing the morning glory chiffon skirt as a dress, with the borderline fringe sweater over top and the bullet boots. LOVE.

here’s one of our houston girls looking gorgeous in the fp-1 around town shirt dress worn over the super stripe tee – what a great layering idea!

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another houston gal wears the we the free graphic bareback tank over the sweater halter tunic with the cantina concho belt and western boots – cute!

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a great casual look – the super stripe tee, skinny jeans, wrapped in fringe vest, fedora and backpack.

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i want to copy this outfit… the super 70s jeans, floral bodycon tunic, tassel hip belt and tyler cinched hat. amazing.

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one of our portland girls posing with the spring store display! she’s wearing the slouched rugby tee, printed floral skort and faded dye scarf.

speaking of spring displays – how amazing are these umbrella chandeliers from portland?!

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oh, and…. HAPPY FRIDAY!

fp topanga puppy pow wow!

free people topanga is throwing the first ever “puppy pow wow” at our store tomorrow, saturday february 26th from 3-6pm! during these hours, come in with your furry friend and shop all our new spring product. your pup won’t go home empty handed either – every pup who comes receives a special “doggy bag” filled with treats, and everyone will get a special fp frame mailed to them with a picture of them and their pup at our event! what a cute and fun idea, i wish i could go :)

fp greenwich style

check out fp girls taylor and haley of our greenwich store, rocking outfits they styled with some of our new items!

left: cropped bib tee, fp cargos, convertible traveler’s bag; right: shadow maxi cardi, eyelet dress, fp bra.

left: first bloom maxi dress, cropped trench coat, ombre braided belt; right: windows on the world top, printed wideleg pant.

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window on the world top, into your heart tank, printed chiffon maxi skirt.

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left: rugby tunic, eyelet scalloped short, chantilly trim sock; right: rugby tunic, macaroni dress

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left: floral fields wideleg pant, fine gauge top, sinclair sunglasses; right:snappy florals buttondown, polka dot short, tyler cinched hat.

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left: bow back cardi, seamless cap sleeve, lacey pedals layering skort; right: floral fields wideleg pant, fine gauge top, sinclair sunglasses.

looks like they had a blast, and they look lovely :)

more signs of spring!

here in philly we’re dreaming of spring and so are our fp girls all around the country… here are some great photos from our stores to give you more spring outfit and color inspiration!

planting flowers in walnut creek, california.

cute floral pant street style spotted by our 5th avenue girls.

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bright colors and balloons in austin domain for valentine’s day…

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…and some style inspiration and spring display photos from austin downtown.

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style inspiration from portland.

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displays going up in denver

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…and in dallas.

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summery outfit inspiration from south coast plaza.

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and some inspiration from santa barbara :)

wednes-diy

good morning! today’s DIY is once again inspired by our spring store displays – specifically, the colorful silk scarves floating around the ceiling.  our team dyed and hand-painted each one of these scarves themselves! i think they’re beautiful and such a great way to add some color to a space for spring.

what you need:

for our displays, our team used silk scarves from dharma trading co. and dye-na-flow silk dye.

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the dye can be applied to the fabric by simply dipping it in the dye or by using a brush, squirt bottle or sponge to create different patterns on the scarf. once dry, iron the fabric for a few minutes to fix the dye, then wash in cool water with synthrapol and rinse.

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i love the mixture of printed and solid scarves our team used!

if you check out the instructions for the silk dye here, there are a number of other cool dying methods you can try, such as sun printing:

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i never heard of this method before but what you do is arrange cutouts or found objects like leaves and flowers on the fabric while the dye is still wet, and lay out in the sun for a couple of hours.  when you remove the objects you’re left with ghosts of the shapes that look really beautiful.

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i love the idea of sewing a bunch of scarves together like our display team did…they look like prayer flags. i am definitely going to try this and string them up in my apartment!

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event at fp upper east!

Join Free People Upper East in NYC on Saturday February 12th, as they celebrate Valentine’s Day with special treats while you find that perfect Valentine’s Day outfit! Owner Jenny Bee from Jenny Bee’s Bakery will be providing delicious vegan Red Velvet cupcakes for our customers.

All day, any customer that shops has a chance to enter into a raffle for a Free People gift card, or a yummy sweetheart basket from Jenny Bee!

“Jenny Bee’s Bakery is an alternative vegan baking company that uses the finest ingredients to create the most amazing baked goods. We are 100% dairy-free and egg-free, with gluten free and nut free options. Saving the planet one dessert at a time!”

This will be an all-day event so we hope you stop by! Free People upper east is located at 1319 3rd Avenue in New York City. Visit them on facebook here.

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in the dressing room area of our pittsburgh store, look up and you will see these amazing chandeliers made out of deconstructed paper umbrellas dancing overhead. they were inspired by the amazing work of artist sylvia marius:

i was immediately intrigued by them and went down to ask our display team how they were made. they were kind enough to give me a little lesson on how to do it and let me use their supplies to make my own! it’s actually not hard, as with most projects it just takes a little time and patience.

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what you need:

a paper umbrella- you can find these in chinatown or online at amazon or party supply stores. don’t worry about the design or quality of the umbrella because you’re going to cut it up!

you’ll also need some cord or heavier string, thread, beads and scissors. i used some strips of fabric our display team had lying around as well, but just for decorative purposes.

our display team had some really pretty beads they let me use, but you can find beads at any craft or art supply store.

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start by cutting the paper out from between all the framing – make sure not to cut the white string part! also our team, and i, opted to leave some of the paper on the frame because we like the way it looks and it gives the chandelier some color. i was able to pretty much just tear the paper right off, this part was easy.

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for the next step, measure out pieces of string to reach from the end of one spoke to the end of the umbrella handle – i tied some of the fabric strips just below where i was attaching the string so it wouldn’t slip down – you could also tape it into place.

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it’s ok if the spokes curve a little bit too – i actually liked how it looked that way. i also wrapped the entire handle in fabric strips… which i probably should have done before tying all the string on… ;)

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now its time to start stringing beads! to leave spaces of empty string in between beads, just knot the thread around a bead and continue.

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tie the strands of beads right to the spokes of the chandelier at random intervals.

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and you’re done! hang the chandelier somewhere that you can admire it, and enjoy :)

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free people pittsburgh

even though our stores all get the same seasonal displays, there are always little touches our fp girls put into each one to make it unique. our new pittsburgh free people looks incredible, right down the tiny little details…

welcome to steel city!

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i love all the oddly-angled beams. as for the scarves, our display team dyed and hand-panted each one themselves!

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i adore this wall! it has such a great vintage, fifties feel.

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and perhaps my favorite part, this suitcase filled with trinkets is amazing! i would love to do this as a way of commemorating a special trip…take the suitcase you used on the trip and adorn it with decorations and trinkets from your travels!

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another gorgeous store! stay tuned because there’s one part i didn’t show you yet…

spring in our stores!

i mentioned last week that we opened two new stores – one in houston and one in pittsburgh. they both debuted our new spring displays, making them a bright and inviting space beckoning for people to step out of the cold and inside their doors. our display team blows me away every time – this spring’s combination of strips of fabric in cheerful easter-egg shades, parasols and colorfully patch-worked suitcases is like a warm burst of sunshine for the soul.

here are some images from houston:

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the scarves sewn together remind me of prayer flags!

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this suitcase “sculpture” is beyond amazing…the suitcases are covered with fabric and dripping with trinkets that the free people girl has picked up on her travels.

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beautiful work, display team! stay tuned for pittsburgh photos later this week.

snow day valentines

i hear chicago had quite the snowstorm yesterday…one of our fp girls sent along these great photos and said she and her roommate, who also works for fp, were snowed in with drifts up past the windowsills and no shovel – the fp store was even closed!

she wrote that they have a rule with every catalog: save one to cut up, and one to keep (i do the same thing girls!). so, being stuck at home, she decided to use old catalogs to make valentines! love this idea, might have to steal it…

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thanks for sharing lauren!

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…three potato four.

i never heard of it until our graphic designer mentioned it as one of her favorite vintage stores, where she finds some of the awesome stuff in her home.

then today i was getting coffee and saw a flyer for a barn sale the store is holding this weekend and i checked out the website… now i know one thing i’m doing saturday!

the shop is full of hand-picked vintage treasures ranging from books, signs, glass bottles and mugs to blankets, furniture and other various oddities.  plus it’s owned by a sweet married couple with two adorable little kids :)  check out their blog too, where they post shop updates and cute family photos.

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this is the first barn sale they’re holding – as a change from having normal hours, they will have one of these every month. check out their website for more info!