It’s no secret that humans adore flowers and plants…we love being surrounded by this peaceful form of life. Today, or sometime this week, begin to expand your own oasis. Whether inside or outside, flowers can create the perfect environment for thought and creativity. Planting is also a fun project because there are so many ways to go about it. Scrounge for neat flower pots, add stones, display terrariums, drape viney plants over a wall – you’ll never get bored coming up with ideas. Even if you don’t plant it for yourself, you can plant a tree somewhere so it can be a joy for somebody else. By planting something you are making a dedication to beauty and tranquility, and doing something good for the earth =)
Summer is the perfect time to plan those weekend getaways, and our country is full of great escapes to explore. Last week I headed up north to camp in the Adirondack Mountains – a perfect getaway destination. The mountains, rivers, and lakes are immediately relaxing. We set up camp in Wilmington, NY right near Whiteface Mountain and Lake Placid. It was the perfect spot to explore the village of Lake Placid and to get in good hiking and fishing. The town is full of cute shops, Olympics memorabilia, nice people, and even a pile of snow they keep year round. We shopped local specialties to picnic and grill (look out for this weekend’s recipe!) You can even bring your dog into most places, so bring the trusty friend along if you go. I had Abigail, and she had a blast getting down and dirty in the mountains. One day we hiked Whiteface, the tallest mountain in the region. She made it the whole way =). I highly recommend the challenge if you’re up to it. The view and sense of accomplishment are surreal and invigorating.
My beer, the Ubu Ale, was named after a local legendary dog =)
Abigail, always thinking she’s the star of the show…
Almost to the top!
“climbing mountains is hard work, give me food!”
It’s not often you get to enjoy nighttime in the middle of the woods – talk about a getaway…
waste time Facebook stalking (gotta make full of use of modern technology, right?)
revert to child-like games
treat yourself to yet another pair of shoes
I once asked my father if he was going to give up something for lent. He responded innocently through a thick Italian accent (in the way only he can do), “there are already so many denials in life – why should I choose to give up yet another thing?” I laughed. This is a man who wants nothing but to enjoy decadent meals followed by desert, to disappear for hours on a long walk, or to be a kid and play with his toy trains. Often what life requires – a trim waist, hard work, maturity – denies him of these simple things. Obligations can become laborious and exhausting. If you never let go to do what YOU want, you’ll go crazy. It’s good for the soul to lose the control and indulge once in a while. They say life is short, and at the end of it all, you want to be able to look back and know that not only did you work hard, but that you also enjoyed everything it had to offer.
ever since i first heard about the site the burning house i’ve been completely fascinated with it. it’s based on this simple premise: if your house was burning down, what would you take with you? sure, it’s not a pleasant thought but it’s a really interesting way of seeing what possessions are most valuable to people. when i was growing up, this was my biggest fear- i would literally lie in bed thinking up a plan for what i would grab on my way out of the house (usually our cat).
the photos are beautiful and often quite touching.
to see more and read about the items these people pick, check out the site here.
so i was inspired to pull together my “burning house” items and it was really difficult but here’s what i came up with:
1. favorite hoodie that was my mom’s from back in the 70s
2. buddha that i inherited from my dad’s collection
3. my huge photo album that encompasses high school through college and is full of amazing memories
4. stack of vintage postcards
5. journal from my road trip a few years ago
6. favorite book
7. photo of my mom and her ring that rarely leaves my finger
8. favorite record of all time- an original copy of the white album that i found at a thrift store in ocean beach san diego
9. vintage film canister and loupe from my dad’s childhood darkroom
10. good luck charms: friendship bracelets, lucky lighter and case, handmade necklace with charms, pocket knife and little stone and turquoise frog that probably has more sentimental value than anything else in this photo.
what would you guys grab first on the way out of the burning house?
brooke dombroski is a photographer and designer who lives in hawaii, on the island of oahu where our may catalog was shot. the second i saw her tumblr, brooklyn hawaii, i was completely enthralled with her laid-back surfer girl lifestyle – and brooke was kind enough to share some photos with the blog to give us a little peek into her life in hawaii! needless to say, i am beyond jealous…
Location: North Shore of O’ahu, Hawai’i
A 7-mile stretch of the best waves in the world!
What I love about living in Hawai’i:
We are the most isolated island chain.
Life is so simple. Nature can keep us entertained for a lifetime!
Surf + Sand + ROAM + Shells + Waterfalls + Crush Sunglasses + Bare feet + Hand-sewn Bikinis + Coconut water + Fresh fish + Mountains + Ocean + Sun + Friends + Ohana (Family) + ALOHA
That’s right, we’re adding something to your Saturday to do lists, but don’t worry – we’ll always make sure it’s worthwhile ;)
DO: laugh too hard at one of your own jokes
Never hold back an opportunity to laugh – even if it’s at yourself! Laughter is one of the most important and powerful human abilities. It can dispel anger or sadness, bring people together, and even boost our immune systems. Self entertainment keeps life fun. So lose all embarrassment, let loose, make a bad joke, and cackle your head off. Think of it as the simplest way to keep yourself healthy – emotionally & physically. =)
australia’s gold coast is located in south east queensland, on the country’s eastern shore. with 35 miles of coastline that includes some of the most popular surf breaks in australia and the world, the area has been a huge draw for both tourists and surfers all over the world. it was also inspiration for a special shop launching today on our website that is our nod to surfer girls everywhere – denim shorts in bright colors, easy knits, bathing suits, summery shoes and pops of neon, its a collection that screams summer fun and adventure.
for her second guest post for us, mandy of the amazing blog oracle fox went down to the gold coast and took some beautiful photos to capture the atmosphere there. i am thinking a trip to australia is definitely in order!
all images by oracle fox – thank you so much mandy!
and here’s a little collection i made inspired by the gold coast. click on the image to go see more details, and check out our gold coast shop here.
I love this coffee shop so much so I get on my bike, Ida Flower, and cycle a 30 minute bike ride along the Brisbane river just so I can hide myself away in the hub of this beautiful cafe.
Coffee that comes out so pretty with love hearts in the milk, home made cup cakes and the most scrumptious eggs you could ever ask for. Borrow a book and settle in. Perfect place for people watching and making new friends.
People flock here why? Because Meridith the owner gives you a little taste of home, a place that is kooky and cosy and makes you want to keep popping back in for more.
My favorite place to just waste time and day dream the hours away x
It’s truly a beautiful thing when you meet that moment in which you can call a city home, call it yours. In that instant your movements sink into the pavement and you become cemented in adoration for your concrete jungle. A midnight garden sprinkler in a public park washes over you, setting forth the motions of your heart. City air somehow feels fresh as it affectionately tickles your cheeks like compliments as you begin to blush. Music met the night before still feels electric in your bones, still ravages your ears and heart like wildfire and you can’t help but bring a bounce to your step. House parties and bars bring memories only of smiles and laughter, never the contrary. By day you remove your sunglasses to feel more connected as familiar faces graduate to friends, you feel stimulated and challenged but strong and wholesome. The gardens in your street grow with your routine and you exchange familiar glances with that sky-high rose and its dusty pink hue. You embrace city walls and galleries in all their impermanence, absorbing it all as you feed off the inspiration. It’s a thrill because you know that tomorrow all of this will adjust and transform, soon to move you in a whole new way. Sometimes I walk too quickly so I can feel everything faster or sometimes a little too slow to make sure I see it all. Melbourne has become a dear friend to me, my affinity with her is growing and flowing. To me, she is home and I am so glad.
Post by Melody Paloma visit her tumblr here Little Wing
I caught up with this beautiful lady to find out what she’s inspired by right now as she moves into her new role of Art Director. She’s the lovely lady that works in our studio creating, along with the associate stylists, the beautiful looks on our web. She also comes up with some of the catalog concepts along with our creative director.
Her knowledge and vision, mixed with her exquisite taste are pretty inspiring.
What has been your most memorable fashion moment and why?
I think the most memorable moment related to FP and fashion has do to w/ a shoot we did in Morocco last year. We drove 13 hrs into the Sahara desert, about 3 km from the border of Algeria- and stayed with a Bedouin tribe in tents in the dunes. The first night was unbearably warm , so the team decided to pull our mattresses out of our tents and sleep under the stars for the remainder of the trip. Our Norwegian photographer and Swedish model sang us Scandinavian lullabies, and our hairstylist told us stories that made us laugh so hard we cried. We slept like starfish with our heads together and our feet pointed outward. All beneath the Saharan moonlight- the whole thing was pretty surreal and magical. Doing cannon balls off of sand dunes wasn’t so bad either.
When are you happiest?
I think there are so many different kinds of happiness- I am the happiest when I arrive in a new country or city I’ve never been to before- I find newness/ new experiences completely exhilarating.
I am happiest when I am filled with hope and anticipation about a new project- I’m a total Pisces, always dreaming about what’s to come.
I am happiest when I find a new book that I can’t put down.
I am happiest in Paris.
What is the one habit you just can’t break?
It’s not a habit, but every time I travel the contents of my toiletries bag spill all over the place. I am a total klutz- an unbreakable habit. No matter how tight I close the lids of my makeup, shampoo, etc – they will find a way to open. I am undeniably prone to spills and stains.
Who are your style influences and why?
I think my personal style is very different than the style I am attracted to… Anita Pallenberg, Mick Jagger, Zelda Fitzgerald, Brigitte Bardot, Ingrid Bergman, Marianne Faithful, Bob Dylan, Lauren Hutton, Kate Moss, Katherine Hepburn are all people whose style I am so inspired by- but don’t necessarily try to adapt for myself. I also love the instant gratification of street style blogs- I’ve had many mornings when I’ve had a difficult time getting dressed, checked out some blogs, and completely reinterpreted (knocked off) someone else’s awesome outfit. Like instructions on a lazy day.
What are you currently obsessed with?
I am taking French lessons through Skype- no excuses to not show up for lessons!
The Hunger Games trilogy, a young adult series recommended by a friend this weekend. Kind of a speed reading nerd, I read two of the series in one day.
Photography by a friend, David Bellemere. His work is rich, architectural, sexy and totally inspiring- Hoping FP will be working with him soon!
The last movie I watched was…
Last weekend I went to my friends new apt in Brooklyn and watched a film called Micmacs by Jean Pierre Jeunet. We ate gummy bears and peanut butter m&ms at 10 am and watched the movie. It was kooky and fantastical.
My favorite food is…
I think the ritual I am most in love with is a coffee first thing in the morning, though not necessarily any food in particular.
My biggest indulgence in life is…
Facials! I love them.
My wardrobe consists of…
My style is simple but romantic- high-waisted trousers, lots of silk and chiffon, menswear, vintage, and some core pieces I wear all the time. I am definitely a proponent of investing in items you think you will wear forever. I am curvy, and I definitely tailor my style to what works for my body shape- I think that’s a huge part of feeling confident in your style… Knowing what works, what doesn’t, and embracing that! ( Easier said than done, I know, especially when you fall in love with a style or silhouette that isn’t the best for your shape.)