sugar…oh, honey honey

from our marketing manager, kathryn… :)
my brother and his partner, who live one of my many dream lives, spend 3 months out of the year here in philadelphia with family and the rest of the year in their home in hawaii. they, among other things, are local beekeepers. before they left this year, they harvested the hives and left me with a jar of local, organic honey. you can see the difference between the smaller jar of honey that was harvested here, and the darker honey from hawaii. apparently, when done organically, the color depends on the flowers the bees choose to collect pollen. check out their website to learn more about organic, biodynamic honey. i’d like to learn how to keep bees eventually when I have some space, but for now i’ll enjoy these gifts from them. wanted to give them some love for the cool things they are doing. xo.

a few interesting notes about honey and beekeeping…
1. it is said that eating local honey can help prevent and tame outside allergies.
2. there are said to be 212,000 beekeepers in the US, and about 95% of them are hobbyists.
3. the white house vegetable garden is home to a hive.

fp interns – allie

we’ve had 7 interns with us at the home office this summer…most of them are heading back to school now.
allie worked on our planning team. see below…she learned so much while she was here!

things i have learned this summer:
• contrary to my suspicions, ap physics actually DOES come in handy in the real world. understanding “velocity” is crucial to becoming an accomplished planner or allocator.
• WTF does not stand for “what the ****!”…it stands for We The Free
• i have learned to proficiently read without vowels. for example, “hey jamie. how are you allocating that L/S SLD VNK XTRM BTTNDWN MNSWR B/D PCKT TNK? i really like it”
• planners like numbers so much that they have made a numerical equivalent for almost every word used in the retail world.
• IT is your best friend
• ProClarity is your worst
• make mistakes, it’s how you learn. however, make the same mistake twice, shame on you.
• be open to new opportunities. don’t turn your nose up at something until you are fully educated about it.
• incorporate design into all aspects of your life. be creative, be influential, and let yourself be open to influence.
• have energy and stay inspired.
• never settle for anything less than your dream job because…
• success and happiness are interchangeable.

stuff to beat the band

we the free in brooklyn is hosting a nice little event to kick off their “cafe days”, a series of backyard performances, complete with refreshments! come by and say hi.

where: corner of smith and pacific sts. brooklyn, ny
when: august 22nd 4- 7pm
dandy lions. a brother/ sister duet with a guitar and accordion!
4- 4:30
andy bilinski. singer-songwriter
5- 5:30
kim garrison. our headliner! popular east village acoustic artist…
oh, and it’s all free. we the free. :)

best in (cat) show

from fellow fp girl whitney. she is the department store specialist for our wholesale division…
“my friend (dustin fenstermacher) just showed me his website and I’m in love with his pictures!! right now he is working on putting together a book of cat show pictures. i’m trying to tag along to a cat show with him because they look amazing!! i don’t know which one i’ll enjoy more, the fancy cats galore or the fantastic people watching.”