Destination: Essaouira, Morocco

Morocco has been a destination on my wish list ever since I started to stalk the magnificent riads on the Essaouira coast. Essaouira has always intrigued me – it’s a late-18th-century fortified town, constructed according to the principles of contemporary European military architecture. It’s a charming town that I would one day love to visit.

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Shoe Style: Western Boots

If you follow us on twitter, you know that today is a little thing called “Tuesday Shoesday” – a celebration of awesome shoe style :) With that in mind, today I thought I’d highlight some of our newest boots that are right up my alley! We love western style boots right now – they are perfect to take your basic jeans and tee up a notch, adding a little something cool and special to a simple look. The pattern inset boots add some funky print and color, and a little bit of stitching or a buckle adds a unique touch.

The Caballero Ankle Boot worn with FP Skinny Cords.

The Hayden Stitch Boot looks awesome with some colored denim! Also shown is the Sixties Roller Bag.

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The Caballero Tall Boot worn with FP Skinny Cords.

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The Billy Blanket Boot worn with the Rocker Vegan Leather Pant.

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The Hayden Stitch Boot, Billy Blanket Boot, Sugar Mountain Ankle Boot.

Shop all Western Boots.

Thursday Poll: December Catalog

The December Catalog dropped on Monday, and I have to say – it’s a personal favorite. I love the strong photography paired back to the refreshing setting and cool western-inspired styling. It’s such a breath of cool air in all of this holiday chaos. Which is your favorite shot?

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Trend Spotting: coloured jeans

Fashion has gone vibrant when it comes to bottoms particulary skinny jeans, we love the rainbow selection and teaming them with simple tees. They brighten up our day.  A trend that grew from the fall 2011 runway shows and got everyone hooked.

It adds a new kind of fun to that Rock N’ Roll skinny jeans vibe. Are you the type of girl who would wear bright coloured jeans?

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Style File: Assistant Stylist

This week’s Style File is one of our adorable styling assistants. All day long she runs around the web studio making sure that looks get shot, that they look good, and that the process moves along in an organized smooth manner. It’s tough work, but she’s always cheery and relaxed. Having moved here from Austin, TX (jealous? I think so), maybe it’s her southern roots that spark this kind of attitude.

Her style on the other hand, does not remind me Austin. It’s much more sophisticated – tailored even – though, it, like her personality, has a touch of kookiness. It’s a pea coat and lady-like dress paired with…knee highs? You half expect it to be prim and proper from head-to-toe, but then she confuses you like that. It’s great! She doesn’t take herself too seriously but she has great taste in sophisticated pieces. Check it out…

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The perfect breezy day outfit with the Jenoah Floppy Brim Hat!

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The Mesh Dot Ankle Sock peeks out.

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The Free People Multi Stripe Pullover

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Thursday Poll: Party Shoes

Tis’ the season to start thinking about what you’ll be wearing to all of those holiday parties! One thing’s for sure, you’re going to need some good party shoes. Think – lots of glitter and glam mixed with blacks and deep reds for the perfect holiday shoe. Which pair will be making your toes twinkle?

The Cabaret Platform

The Cambridge Crochet Platform

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The Lissie Glitter Heel

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The Studio LTD Platform

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Blogger Diary: Once…Pop-Up Preview Event

My day went from getting dressed & morning coffee to train rides and a Free People preview event…

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As many of you should know by now, today is the launch of our much awaited bicoastal NYC & LA pop-up shops. Last night we held a little preview event for friends, bloggers, & media at both locations. I was lucky enough to help organize the whole thing and attend the NYC event. I was working of course, but this is the kind of thing I’ve always dreamt of getting the chance to do. We had RSVP’s from editors I’ve watched creep up masthead ranks, and bloggers who inspire me on the regular. Working for a brand, that my heart is truly invested in, I just couldn’t wait to share it with them. I was nervous though. Was I going to say all of the right things, and forge a connection between Free People and these important figures?

The cupcakes & wine were set. Goodie bags were in place. I smoothed a red coat of confidence across my lips and watched the door as attendees began to trickle in. As soon as I greeted the first to arrive, Claire Geist from Delune Blog, my nerves evaporated. A warm calm of “I got this” washed over me. I was there to represent the brand, but I was also there to just be myself, and had a blast. I cracked jokes with Natalie Suarez and Christina Caradona who apparently has something of a Kanye crush (Kanye – if you’re reading this, I highly suggest dropping the woman a line). I connected with Karen of Wheredidyougetthat over the beauty of individual interpretation in fashion, and specifically the creative freedom that Free People possess to inspire it. She had a calm insightful point of view that stirred up my thoughts – which is exactly the kind of conversation I live for. Lastly, I finally got to meet Erica & Lauren of Honestly…WTF who we’ve worked with before, but I’ve never gotten the chance to meet myself. They’re both intelligent women with such cool energies about them. You can’t help but notice that you’re in the presence of a rare kind of special person when you’re with them.

The gowns looked beautiful and at the end of the night I was content. I loved talking about the brand and getting Free People’s beauty out there. It was a night of meeting new people, partaking in interesting conversations, and celebrating fashion – exactly what I’ve always wanted for my future.

Now somebody pinch me. Nobody gets their dreams this young…

Once… Our limited edition dresses from the designers

Our limited edition dresses will go live today, beautiful creations designed exclusively by our senior designers. Here they talk about their dress and what inspired them to create such a magical dream.

We welcome you into the world of our limited edition dresses!

 

Free People – Once – limited edition dresses from FreePeople on Vimeo.

Fall Favorites

It’s come to that season where gift giving is on everyone’s mind and we always need a helping hand in knowing what special items are out there. We went around our home office and asked our seniors what items they are all about this Fall.

Here they tell us what item they love from out Fall collection

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Vintage Extreme Flare

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Russian Print Mini Sweater Skirt

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Milan Fashion Week

Milan’s fashion week has come to a close and I’ve been scrolling through the shows for inspiration. It was bright and glitzy, everything that you would expect from a city that enjoys the finest things in life.

I’ve always been a huge fan of Marni, there’s something so incredibly quirky going on with it aesthetics; whether it’s the unique colour palette or the juxtaposition of ad-hoc accessories against geometric prints. In this collection I was seeing a little touch of 60’s housewife which worked in a weird kind of way – that’s what to expect from Consuelo Castiglioni.

Roberto Cavalli’s show brought glitz to my eyes the artisanship won me. The collection seemed like it belonged at the couture shows at times. I loved the contrast of gold with leopard and florals against the black. It was a dream to look at.

Milan shone bright, next stop Paris!

Photo’s taken from Vogue and Style

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