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Office style this week was quite eclectic, it looked like people here at the office had done some travelling and picked up beautiful items from around the world. Very inspirational.
I especially adored our New Romantics designer’s print, which looked like it had come from Hawaii, and all the cool accessories especially that giant healing gem. Just another day at the office of Free People.

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fp jemma -Jul 05, 2011, 9:57AM
Hey Linda, the Hawaiian print outfit is actually vintage.
ryn -Jul 02, 2011, 12:00AM
how do you go on to a previous page of the blog, i don't see that option anymore?

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Yesterday was such a lovely day. the temperature had dropped a little from last week’s heat wave, and there was a cool breeze in the air making us all dreamy. Light crochet piece wear, great cover ups and fun jeans were perfect for the ideal weather.

While our buyer and lingerie designer wore the perfect cover-ups – a chiffon button up shirt tunic and a one shoulder dress.

It was sure a day dreaming day at the office yesterday!

Julia and I at our desks

our buyer and lingerie designer

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2gitanas -Jun 17, 2011, 12:38PM
You guys look great...
karacter -Jun 17, 2011, 10:42AM
casual dressed offices are the best! Mine is too...Thank God! http://www.karacterblog.com

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Free People now has an Instagram account where we share our visual thoughts and daily activities in pictures.

We’re all addicted to this smart phone app and can’t stop capturing all the cute little things that happen in our office.

If you have a smart-phone, follow our visual journey — our username is “freepeople” — if not we will give you a weekly update of beautiful snap shots taken throughout the week;

from our home pets to our favorite restaurants, pretty mood boards and on location look book post card shots. We invite you into out postcard world!


Tamberine -Jun 16, 2011, 9:07AM
I absolutely LOVE instagram!! I'm just getting started though and not a lot of my friends are on it yet...I already follow you guys! If anyone's interested you can find me @tamberine =)
Aida -Jun 14, 2011, 7:42PM
I am so sad, I have a droid, and this app is for iphone users:( I wanted to follow you guys so much!!!! however i love your photos:)

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I don’t personally follow a gluten-free diet, but I have friends who do, so I like to mess around with recipes once in a while. This nut bread is one I’ve been wanting to try for a while. Normally, the thought of making bread kind of scares me a little. I feel like you need skills I’ve never tried out before, but with this bread it turned out the toughest part was gathering all of the obscure ingredients I needed to make it gluten-free. Once I finally got around to making it, it turned out to be nutty and delicious. It works great for toast in the morning with a little bit of jam =)

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups almond flour
¾  cup arrowroot powder
¼ cup flax seed meal
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
4 eggs
1 teaspoon agave nectar
1 teaspoonapple cider vinegar
¼ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
¼ cup hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
½ cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup sesame seeds

Instructions:

Chop up all nuts that need to be coarsely chopped, and mix all seeds/nuts in a small bowl.

Combine almond flour, arrowroot powder, flaxseed meal, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl.111

In a large bowl, beat eggs well. Then add agave nectar and apple cider vinegar.

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Slowly mix dry ingredients into wet.

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Stir in nut/seed mixture

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Pour into a well-greased 7.5” x 3.5” bread pan

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Bake for about 35 minutes. (You should be able to stick a toothpick/knife into the center and pull it out cleanly.)

marianne -Jun 13, 2011, 3:31PM
Thank you Naomi for thinking of us Ceiliac FP Fans!!! xoxo
Fp Naomi -Jun 13, 2011, 2:43PM
Grace Mae - bake it at 325F.Sorry about that!

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DO: take a cold shower.

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It’s that time of year again. The air is already so hot that a simple walk outside is enough to leave your body coated in sweat, but don’t let it scare you! Summer is meant for being outdoors. Let the lure of sunshine, warmth, and living life overcome the sterile cleanliness of air conditioned spaces. Explore the outdoors, lay in the grass, attend festivals, plant a garden, just go outside and GET DIRTY. Afterward you’ll have a chance to jump in the shower and clean off. But don’t just let it be any ordinary shower-turn the knob to cold, and let those capillaries open up. Feel the chills all over – the way your hair gets so extremely silky with cold water. Nothing says summer quite like the alive feeling you get from a cold shower.

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alissa -Jun 04, 2011, 3:32PM
Awesome pics!
Tamra -Jun 04, 2011, 3:05PM
I took a cold shower today after setting up for an outdoor party we are having tonight then i came and read this and i smiled sooo big my cheeks hurt! I love freepeople and summer!!!!

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Music Nostalgia

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One of the awesome things about music is that there is so much of it to enjoy. Not only are people making new music every day, but there is tons of music which has already been made. You can go back and forth between looking for something new and seeking out good oldies. When I was a kid my musical world was a mix of influences from my deadhead older brother, my Americana-hippie mother, and my father who grew up with nothing but The Beatles, so I have great memories tied to some of that old time music. With the warm weather I find myself having some music nostalgia. Here’s a taste of what’s been playing on my iPod as of late.

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Jennifer -Jun 05, 2011, 5:57PM
I love the picture of the girl standing in the train station! it reminds me of http://theinvisiblethread.com/2011/06/05/from-playgrounds-to-skylines/
! -Jun 03, 2011, 2:23PM
Naomi, you are just the coolest! Your posts never fail to inspire. Great Friday playlist. Have a happy weekend all!

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DO: call an old friend today.

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Sometimes life gets really hectic. We’re focusing on everything we have to do, running around in a whirlwind of the here and what’s next. It’s all too simple to lose yourself and forget about the things that are not right in front of your face. Today, take a moment to stop the mayhem – to sit down and call an old friend, and to laugh at old memories and catch up on what’s new. I recently lost a good friend from high school. I had been meaning to call her that week, but every time I thought of it I was tired or had to run out the door. Lots of people say, “put that past behind you,” but I don’t always agree. Sometimes it’s important to remember the past – where you’ve been and the people who helped shape the person you are now.

If there is somebody you care about – call them. Call them on your way to the grocery store, call them while you’re doing the laundry, call them when you’re sitting on the beach. Fifteen minutes of hearing an old friend’s voice is worth it. Believe me.

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Kiera -Jun 01, 2011, 3:58PM
this is so right, when I was in 1st grade i moved from NJ to IL and i had a great friend named Katie, we were bests. Then i moved back to NJ the following summer. We promised to write but I couldn't keep up. I feel so bad that i didn't keep it touch and wish that i had so badly. I lost a really good friend and cant go back. keepcalmandlearntofly.tumblr.com
hm hippie -May 30, 2011, 2:59PM
I love old phones...I wish people still left messages on land lines and voicemail boxes! I remember how cool it was to come home and have my mom check our messages! Great Post!

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Saturday DO

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DO: try a handstand (or headstand) in yoga class this week

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Okay, so maybe you don’t do yoga, but that doesn’t mean that this week’s DO isn’t for you. It’s all about encouraging yourself to grow. One thing that it’s important to understand is that growth occurs in plateaus. You need to push yourself to the next level, and then spend some time adjusting at that spot. Sometimes we get down on ourselves during the plateau stage, but it’s just as important a part of growth as pushing yourself – sometimes you can’t fully move forward if you’re not comfortable where you are. But don’t stay here forever. Make sure you recognize when you’re ready to go outside of your comfort zone again. Sometimes you won’t be sure, but I say always be willing to delve into the next level – try that handstand – you’ll find out if you’re ready. Maybe you’ll surprise yourself. Finding out you can do something you never thought possible is one of the best feelings there is.

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Buffi -May 23, 2011, 12:12PM
I'm still to scared!!! I too have been doing yoga for over 10 years.. but still am petrified!
boho diva -May 23, 2011, 11:02AM
Great inspiring post! Too bad I've been doing yoga for over 10 years and still can't do a handstand unless my feet are against the wall. Dang it! XOXO, Boho Diva www.bohodiva.com

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Post image for Office Style: Fp girls are Rock Steady this week!

This week we are feeling a little grungy – the weather hasn’t been too great, so to give some attitude back we’ve pulled out our vintage rock tee’s and our grungy boots to help us get through the grey rainy days.

Our web merchandiser is a huge fan of Motley Crue and has a great selection of vintage concert tees. She makes them hippie cool by teaming them with Fp bohemian necklaces. I also wanted to dedicate this office style to a lovely intern we have here. She wears Fp most days and looks adorable – she’s quite a stylist too.

And of course all these outfits are worn with leather jackets when we head outside in the rain. Hopefully the weather will brighten next week :(

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Georgie -May 23, 2011, 5:00AM
purple skirt is so special, and i love other t shirts too. Funny.
fp jemma -May 20, 2011, 9:56AM
Hey Aria, there is a reorder in a new fabric for august :)

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Here’s the second addition of RAFW from Mandy at oracle fox. She sent images from the Alice McCall’s collection, which was beautiful. The colour scheme was soft – jet black juxtaposed and gave it that hard edge when needed. Soft light shapes seemed to flow down the runway items that were interpretations of familiar volumes and forms. I loved the billowing backs of some of the garments and the intricate cutout details that was featured on some of the oversized tunic dresses.

Australia Fashion week looks like so much fun, I’d love to get my hands on one of those goodie bags!

First two images are from the Alice McCall show, 3rd images decoration, and 4th 5th and 6th from the Nookie show.

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boho diva -May 19, 2011, 4:42PM
I LOVE that last image! The rings are amazing and that's just such a cool shot! xoxo, Boho Diva http://www.bohodivagirl.com/
Karacter -May 19, 2011, 4:41PM
Almost everyone in front row is wearing red lips.. guess it's a big trend in Australia? Love the clothing :D http://www.karacterblog.com http://www.examiner.com/fashion-trends-in-newark/kara-luzzi

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Fringe has been everywhere lately – it’s definitely a trend we’ve fallen for here at free people. I love how the look can be interpreted differently depending on the garment or material. Sometimes it takes on a light and airy ethereal look, while other times it looks tough and edgy. No matter how it’s used, fringe gives off a great bohemian vibe that I just can’t get enough of.

Here are some of my favorite examples of fringe I’ve collected…

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At Free People we’ve always loved fringe & our collection contains some really great pieces. I’ve had my eye on a few that I want to pick up for spring. Here are three of my favorites:

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The Shoreline Binetti Bag

beach comber cardigan

The Beach Comber Cardigan

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The Wink Fringe Sandal

What do you guys think about fringe? How would you wear it?

All inspiration & magazine photos taken from mariediena (tumblr)

verena -May 11, 2011, 8:28AM
why dont you have a shop in germany :)
Oda -May 11, 2011, 6:09AM
I love love love fringe.And the beach comber cardigan is already high up on my wishlist! :)

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Wall Art

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I was inspired by these wallpaper designs sold out of the Greenwich Village shop, Secondhand Rose. The owner, Suzanne Lipshutz, has devotedly sought out vintage wallpapers since the 1960’s. Today her neat store boasts a collection of over 2,500 vintage prints from all around the world. Interior designers, magazines, set designers – you name it – they are all flocking to her one-of-a-kind store to find exciting wall decorations. I personally stumbled upon the collection one day while I was looking for inspiration and fell in love with the selection she offers – each one is so unique and beautiful! Just imagine the crazy rooms you could design with some of them…

fp julia -May 04, 2011, 3:54PM
paige - yeah i love her work! posted about it here - http://blog.freepeople.com/2011/01/beth-hoeckel/ :)
paige -May 04, 2011, 3:28PM
absolutely love these! speaking of art and such, not sure if you have ever heard of beth hoeckel?? but she does a lot of collagey type stuff, very free people! I blogged about her collages a while back http://paigesofnothing.blogspot.com/2011/04/send-me-on-my-way.html here's her website! http://bethhoeckel.com/

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