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With the Free People swim shop re-launching with some amazing new items this week, it got me thinking about the mysteries of water. Mermaids, octopi, treasure … who knows what’s really out there? We may never know.  Yet, however mysterious or scary it may seem, people have always been drawn to the water. We spend our summers gathering at its shores… we run through sprinklers…and we drink it down as the elixir of life. Here’s to the beauty and mystery of water:

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“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.  It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” – Albert Einstein

Check out our swim shop here.

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Rylie -May 21, 2011, 12:37AM
Does anyone know what book is in the photograph? P.S. LOVE the first one! :)
Taylor -May 03, 2011, 4:55PM
love love love this post! ---printing these all out! www.forsurejadore.blogspot.com

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The transparent look is all over the spring 2011 runaway shows – Items that showed off what was being worn underneath, A bit controversial? Yes!

The looks on the runways are not necessarily meant to be worn as-is in everyday life. They’re artistic presentations of a designer’s inspiration, presumably to give you inspiration for ways to wear the pieces yourself. Obviously, the completely sheer ensembles are too extreme for most people’s taste in day wear, but perhaps as inaccessible as this trend may seem, mixing in pieces to suit your personal taste would make it more wearable.

We played around in the studio yesterday to see what works under such sheer items.

We toned down what could be very provocative to the eye by making them a little tomboy; Sheer maxi shirts worn over bootie shorts with a relaxed shirt pattern, bodysuits under sheer tops to add a bit of interest, and lace trimmed bike shirts worn under those adorable chiffon slips.

Would you go sheer?

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Casey -May 01, 2011, 11:24AM
The look on the left is genius! So cute. I'm so happy maxi skirts are "in" now,they're so adorable but so comfortable!
dragon fruit -May 01, 2011, 7:31AM
i really like sheer - but yes the way it's worn on the runway is nottt in my every day wardrobe. i love a little sheer in a maxi though ;) www.dragonnfruit.com

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it’s that time… for a lookbook poll! jemma gave you a little peek behind the scenes of the lookbook shoot the other day, and now i want to know which outfit is your favorite!

click on each image to go to our website and view details on the outfit.

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Jane -Apr 17, 2011, 1:06PM
Yeah, LOVE them all!! Meaning this poll fails! ha! But in all seriousness, all the looks are gorgeous!
Jasmine -Apr 17, 2011, 12:49PM
5,6,8,9 simplicity is love. I haven't been spring shopping yet but I like these looks (:

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well i hope you wont see me in my ragged company you know i could never be alone… and you can send me dead flowers every morning…

bits of inspiration from around the building today. rolling stones in my head.

Taylor -Mar 16, 2011, 6:17PM
This is beautiful!
Eva @ Four Leaf Clover -Mar 16, 2011, 3:06PM
Those handkerchiefs are so pretty!

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i made my first vintage loves purchase the other week and i was so happy when it arrived in its lovely little tie dye bag! i totally forgot about them! i adore the colors and i want to be able to use it as a tote bag this summer, so i decided i’d add a handle!

this is super easy. all you need is a needle and thread, and whatever you want to use for the handle. i used a fabric belt that was part of an old coat i don’t even have anymore, but for some reason i kept the belt.

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i sewed the strap onto the inside of the bag, below the drawstring – i wanted to still be able to pull the bag closed with the drawstring.

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and that’s it!

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in case you missed it, check out our post from this summer when we showed you how we make the tie-dye bags!

Megan -May 08, 2011, 10:28PM
Where do you buy your bulk bags? I own a vintage clothing shop and have been looking do do something similar for my online orders but can't seem to find a bag I really like but these look awesome!
Fionazhou -Mar 10, 2011, 9:42AM
Life is full of this kind of small funny, ha? Enjoy every small thing in every day.

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just a little note to let you guys know that when you make a purchase on our website, you now have the option of checking out with paypal :)

Dominique -Mar 18, 2011, 10:14AM
OMG! Yes! Now I will be buying a loooot more at Free People. I have a dog walking biz so all my money comes through paypal and it's much easier. Hopefully I'll pay my bills first though. =) Thank you thank you!!
georgia -Mar 06, 2011, 9:55PM
i can't even express how happy this just made me! thanks so much for adding paypal as a payment option,i can now order more gorgeous clothes from your site without having to beg & twist my mum's arm into letting me borrow her credit card,haha.i just made 2 orders last month & i'm already looking forward to ordering more,yaay~ (^ _ ^)v

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the final batch of behind the scenes photos from our january catalog shoot!

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Taylor -Jan 20, 2011, 9:52PM
Love these!
thomas -Jan 20, 2011, 9:09PM
thanks so much to everyone at free people for the amazing trip and for showing so many of my pictures here on this great blog! i'm so glad you all liked them!

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the first shot!

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their wheels for the week! they shot all over iceland, which they told me is quite small.

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looks like such an amazing experience :)

melliforte -Dec 10, 2010, 9:26AM
I googled a bit and discovered that he red-haired model’s name is Julia Hafstrom. She is unbelievably pretty.
-Nov 23, 2010, 8:04AM
oh, how I would love to be a Free People model. Not only do they get to wear some amazing clothes but travel to and see amazing places!

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wee people is now up online! it is so exciting to be able to see the whole collection after hearing about it for so long – and the little models are really too cute for words.

here is a collection featuring the favorite items of our managing director of design and image, who was inspired to create this line by her own daughter (who just so happens to be the model pictured above and in many of the wee people shots) :)

click on the image to go to our website and see more info on each item. and shop all wee people here!

Supergirl -Nov 21, 2010, 9:52PM
I cannot wait to keep them for my baby.
Diana Malak -Nov 01, 2010, 5:01PM
!!! Just in time for christmas, these are going to be awesome gifts for my little cousins =] ps. LOVE the layout for the FP site

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This is my workspace at Home Office; I love to decorate my surroundings and put things around me that inspire. Polaroid’s, vintage photo frames and postcards, found feathers and gems. I have a little habit of collecting post it’s that people leave me too, I don’t why but I can’t throw messages that people leave me away!

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I like the little doodle from Georgia Larsen haha

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get to know the first of our three october catalog models, natalie suarez!

What is your theme song?

I’m in love with all Bob Dylan songs. He explains things about life so clearly in his music. My two favorites are “Don’t think twice, it’s all right” and “Like a rolling stone.”

If you could go anywhere in the world, free of cost, where would you go?

I would go to Europe! It would be a dream trip for me.

If you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?

If I were stranded on an island, I would want to have food, shelter, and possibly a computer, though there probably wouldn’t be wifi. Maybe even a guitar just to keep me occupied!

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How would you describe your personal style? What are your favorite items from free people right now?

My personal style is really a mix of everything. I don’t just stick to one particular look. I wear a lot of vintage pieces that I mix in with designer finds and basics. I like to wear things that are unique so that I stand out from a crowd. My favorite items from Free People right now would have to be the gorgeous BodyCon dresses and the fitted lace blouses. I love how you can layer anything with Free People and it looks totally cool and beautiful. I love Free People’s soft fabrics and vintage inspired prints.

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What is your biggest fear?

Hmm, my biggest fear would probably be to lose someone I really love. I need my family and friends to keep me grounded.

Winter, spring, summer or fall?

That’s hard to pick. I love Spring and Fall. Both such beautiful seasons.

What color are you?

I would say my color is Green. I don’t know, I’ve always had this thing for dark olive or forest green shades.

What is your motto?

Just go with the flow. Try not to take everything so seriously. Things always happen for a reason.

What is your favorite hobby?

My favorite hobby would be singing and playing my guitar. It’s such a great way to release my energy and just let go. It gets me to really feel my emotions. And it’s really something so personal to me.

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If you could spend a day with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be?

I would spend the day with Jane Birkin. She seems like such a beautiful soul with so much talent. I would love to hear her story. She was an icon, but has so much mystery.

What’s the last album you bought? What else is on your ipod right now?

I recently got all the Rilo Kiley music. I’m obsessed with them. All their songs are great for driving in the car or just sitting in the subway. I also really love M.I.A, Vampire Weekend, Sun-kil Moon, Led Zeppelin, Paolo Nutini, and of course Bob Dylan. I really like all kinds of music.

If you weren’t a model what would you do?

If I weren’t a model, I would probably be focusing on music more. Also, I have always loved the whole college atmosphere. It seems like so much fun and I do enjoy learning and doing normal things like attending class. I plan on finishing college in the future. But for now, I’ve been really lucky with modeling and I love that I get to constantly meet new people and see new places.

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What inspired you to start a blog?

My sister, Dylana of the fashion blog, “Nana in Wonderland” first had a blog. She introduced me to the whole blogging community and I was fascinated. The photography and styling was so inspiring. I started blogging a bit on her blog, then decided to start my own. I’m so happy I did start blogging. It has brought me so many amazing opportunities.

What influences your style?

So many things influence my style. Editorials, street style photos, and music influence my style. Some days I’ll feel like dressing down if I’m having a mellow day and others I’ll throw on some heels and some really amazing vintage. The blogs influence my style as well. People are constantly updating with the latest images and you can’t help but take note of what looks amazing in the photographs and embracing that into your own personal style.

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What designers are you inspired by?

I’m inspired by Alexander Wang, Dries Van Noten, and Miu Miu. Those are just a few of my favorites.

What’s your most memorable experience whilst blogging?

My most memorable experience while blogging was getting contacted by Free People to appear in the October catalog. It was such a dream come true. I couldn’t believe it when I got the message. I feel so lucky and am so happy! I’ve been collecting Free People catalogs for years. I find them so inspiring. The styling and photography are so beautiful every single time. I’m a huge fan.

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How was your free people experience?

It was truly amazing. Everyone at Free People was so inviting and just so much fun to work with. We had a lot of laughs! The Free People clothes are also so so beautiful. I loved every piece I put on and they all work so well together, mixed and matched. It was amazing to be shot by my sister, Dylana, as well. I feel we really captured my personal style and the Free People vibe. We all worked together really well and nailed the shoot! I loved working with everyone at the team in Philadelphia and I hope to work with Free People again in the future. The whole experience was just something I will never forget.

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be sure to check out natalie’s blog, natalie off duty! the october catalog can be viewed in full right here.

Kera -Oct 06, 2010, 12:46PM
Black wedges with embroidered flowers! I loved them!
thomas -Oct 05, 2010, 7:30PM
thanks carrie! see you in a few days i hope! xo.

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Yesterday here at the office the lovely ladies from our NY showroom stopped by for one of our meetings.It’s always so lovely when they come to visit us as they bring so much energy with them.

Coming from one of the biggest fashion capitals in the world — NY – they always turn it up a notch when it comes to style!

My eyes were drawn to this perky ensemble…

Her look reminds me of a slightly hippified Jane Birkin while the glasses give her a modified Annie Hall Look.

Here shes been pretty creative with our Free People clothes. She’s wearing one of Fp floral rompers with the crochet top worn casually over the top and… why not, a little peek-a-boo of our lace bandeau.

-Sep 04, 2010, 9:27AM
I wear my free-people romper the same way!! How exciting.. even tho it looks like PJs.
Rachael -Sep 02, 2010, 2:26PM
love this collage! Especially the hairstyles! www.rachaeldiab.blogspot.com

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