homemade granola

i love granola – but it has never occurred to me to try and make my own! i found this recipe on the kitchn and they raved about it, so i think i might try it.  plus granola is a great energy-boosting snack that is perfect to bring along on hikes or other outdoor activities you might be doing on a nice day like today…

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cups raw pistachios, hulled
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds, hulled
1 cup coconut chips
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
3/4 cup chopped dried apricots

fresh berries, for serving (optional).

1. preheat oven to 300 degrees. in a large bowl, combine oats, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, coconut chips, maple syrup, olive oil, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and cardamom. spread mixture on a rimmed baking sheet in an even layer and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden brown and well toasted.

2. transfer granola to a large bowl and add apricots, tossing to combine. serve with yogurt or fresh fruit, if desired.

*makes about 9 cups.


heidi and erika anderson

these sisters are so talented… i think it’s really interesting how similar their artistic styles are, yet they also have their differences. the colorful, nature-filled images feel appropriate with today being the first day of SPRING!

these are by heidi:


these are by erika:

and this is a collaboration by the two:

see more on their website, here.

sxsw update

good morning and happy friday!

i heard from our fp girls down in austin and they’re having an amazing time already at sxsw – they told me about a couple of events taking place this weekend that they’re really excited about:

austin carniville started yesterday and runs through saturday, with a lineup of several great bands including major lazer and the walkmen – plus there will be rides, games, food and more. mmm funnel cake…

carniville is at the mexican american cultural center, 600 river st. in austin.

another event that our girls are attending is taking place tonight at the galaxy room. this showcase includes a handful of great bands such as the antlers, local natives, and the band they’re most excited about – an horse (pictured above). more info here.

so what is everyone doing this weekend? any exciting plans?

thursday poll – edition 86

the results are in from last week’s patchwork poll and the winner by a longshot were the patchwork rugged cutoffs, with 44% of the vote!

this week i have the beach on my brain… the weather is getting warmer and soon i’ll be spending weekends at the shore and i can’t wait!  i also can’t wait to wear some of our comfy beach styles… we have some great new items and i want to know which one you like best:

the always easy maxi:

the weekender dress:

the sweetheart strapless dress:

the on the run dress:

the who’s that girl romper:

or the riptide jumpsuit:

a little piece of paradise

one of our fpgirls just returned from vacation and shared these wonderful photos and story. take a moment and let us transport you to a place we think is pretty special…



there’s a small island tucked to the coast of Puerto Rico where horses run wild, beaches are made of flour soft sand, and a bio bay is teaming with millions of falling stars that burst into light when ever-so-slightly touched. this place has been a well kept secret by the few who live and travel there, but i wanted to share it with you, because word is starting to get out, and it’s beautiful and magical and if the secret is revealed, i’d rather it be to you first… it’s called Vieques. if a vacation is in your budget (and it’s pretty cheap to get there), go. now. enjoy. and tell us what you think.

thursdays on nw 23rd

any portland readers out there? on the third thursday of each month, northwest 23rd street, where our store is located, has a day of special events and discounts. celebrate the start of spring and stop by our store today for special treats, and a music mix with purchases over $50!

i’ve always wanted to visit portland and these photos are making me want to even more…that street looks so pretty.

for more info click here.

reminiscent of a beautiful spring morning…

have you seen the new outfits section of our website yet?  it’s a great source of inspiration for styling different items. i love seeing how our team puts together looks…they always give me so many ideas. make sure you keep checking back because new outfits will be added each month!

view the outfits section here.