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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
! -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.







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.
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





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

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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 :(



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.


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
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

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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:

shoreline binetti bag

The Shoreline Binetti Bag

beach comber cardigan

The Beach Comber Cardigan

wink fringe sandal

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 - :)
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 here's her website!

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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:










“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!

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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?


Mesh maxi half slip embroidered mesh crop we the free long sleeve burnout baseball tee crossover stripes bandeau skinny stripe bodysuit.

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 ;)

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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.

look one:

look two:

look three:

look four:

look five:

look six:

look seven:

look eight:

look nine:

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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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.


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.


and that’s it!



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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heads up!

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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 :)

gratka mieszkania -Oct 27, 2014, 8:40PM
Problematyka pokrewna każdemu, polecam literaturę
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!!

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