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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!

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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

be sure to check out her beautiful tumblr here: www.brooklynhawaii.com

Kanani Parker -Feb 07, 2013, 8:08PM
Her stuff reminds me of Cayenne Carocci's photography whom is also an island girl. I believe these women are very blessed... Aloha
Greg Holbert -Feb 06, 2012, 12:45PM
Very beautiful pictures that make me want to live on a beach!

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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

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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. =)

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tori -May 16, 2011, 12:43AM
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Zoe -May 14, 2011, 1:27PM
This post made me smile! Zoe http://blessedbeeapothecary.blogspot.com/

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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!

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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.

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TESS -May 20, 2011, 8:40AM
THANK YOU!!! this is the first time in ...well for ever..that I have the Gold Coast (and the women that live here) represented properly!!!!! I am absolutely stoked to see the style and ideologies of the Gold Coast girl portrayed accurately - we don't all have fake boobs and orange skin - YEY!!!!!!!
salima -May 14, 2011, 10:53AM
Oracle fox is one of my favourite !! Mandy is so stylish and her pics are so wonderful and full of sun ... I'm happy because I bought your friendship bracelets yippieeee !! I can't wait !! xoxoxo http://blogmoodeuse.blogspot.com

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My love letter to Cafe Bouquineste

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

Her blog Baumbach

Tiff -May 07, 2011, 4:14AM
I've always wanted to find a place like this, the warm cozy feeling is like home away from home
Kate -May 07, 2011, 1:24AM
Love the collection of pictures!! www.sweet-louise.blogspot.com

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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.

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Karla -May 02, 2011, 3:19PM
Beautifully written! :) I hope to go to Melbourne someday. I hear it is an amazing city.

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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.)

Sammi Sherdel -Apr 12, 2014, 1:04AM
I would love to meet with her and discuss working together on some ads and look book imagery.
rachel -May 03, 2011, 12:31AM
i swear that is the same dress i got at anthro. if not, then anthro copied it (cause it's beautiful)!! anyway i couldn't find it on their website, but i bought it back in early march so it may be gone... i'd still keep your eyes peeled, though!

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she drapes herself in fabric the color of the earth and sky so she blends with the landscape as she walks barefoot, careful so as not to disturb the life that calls the ground and trees home.  she gathers petals and leaves that have fallen and uses them to adorn her hair and body, soaking in their energy.

she lives by the sun, loves by the moon, dances with the stars, sings with the wind and grows with the trees.

click on images for sources. check out our nature girl collection here.

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Jennifer -May 22, 2011, 5:09PM
This reminds me of this shoot! http://theinvisiblethread.com/2011/04/22/rain-dance/

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Post image for australia guest blogger: daydream lily

our third aussie guest blog post comes from another favorite of ours, the lovely liss of daydream lily!

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One of my favourite things about life in Australia is summer road trips!

Open roads, windows down, making a mix for the trip, road stops in little country towns for coffee and muffins, stopping off to explore, documenting the trip….
bliss!

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Liss from Daydreamlily (http://www.daydreamlily.com)
Liss’ new online shop Stylemilk (http://www.stylemilkshop.com)

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Vanessa -Apr 23, 2011, 3:57PM
lovee daydream lilly, have been a fan of them for ages <3 flyingindreams.tumblr.com

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This week is Earth Week, so I thought I’d bring you guys a post about our lovely home and some tips for living in harmony.

I am part of the sun as my eye is part of me. That I am part of the earth my feet know perfectly, and my blood is part of the sea. There is not any part of me that is alone and absolute except my mind, and we shall find that the mind has no existence by itself, it is only the glitter of the sun on the surfaces of the water.

– D. H. Lawrence

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as we celebrate our beautiful home this week, here are some simple things you can do to give back to planet earth. Remember, the earth is what you make it…

    1. Cut down on waste: By using a reusable water bottle/coffee mug, or buying a mesh/cloth coffee filter for your coffeemaker you can significantly reduce the amount of waste you produce.
    2. Clean your clothes smartly: Wash your laundry in cold water instead of hot and line dry as many pieces as possible (especially linens) to save energy.
    3. Make your own cleaning products: Rather than products with harsh chemicals, did you know you can make your own with ingredients you most likely have around the house? Combine baking soda and vinegar then flush with boiling water to clean out clogged drains. Lemon juice is great to remove mildew and corn starch can be used to deodorize carpet.
    4. Conserve Paper: Use both sides of a piece of paper in order to print things out. Instead of throwing away used paper, keep a pile of scrap to either print or write on.
    5. Buy Local: By purchasing locally produced meat, produce, and dairy products you can cut down on pollution. Not only do the goods not have to travel as far (car, train, airplane pollution), but it also doesn’t need as much packaging or preservatives.
    6. Use your legs: Whenever possible, walk or ride your bike.  it’s better for you and it’s better for the planet! If you must drive, try to carpool and consolidate trips.
    7. Know your impact: It’s good to know how green you are living. By calculating your carbon footprint you can also learn the areas in your life that could use improvement. There are a lot of tools out there, but I used footprintnetwork.org, and really like it. Test it out.

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I always emailed this web site post page to all my friends, since if like to read it afterward my links will too.
lila -Oct 12, 2013, 6:19PM
such great photos! i love them all! the world map drives me crazy! i would like to hang it on the wall of my room! do you know how to get a higher resolution version of the image?? thanks end congrats on your blog! :)

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today’s recipe comes from our new intern naomi! i haven’t had a chance to “formally” introduce you guys to her yet but i will soon :)

These random days of gorgeous spring weather we’ve been experiencing, have me thinking one thing – SUMMER. My friends and I have already jumped the gun and pulled out the vinyl records and grill for summer-like evenings outside. My mind is on warm weather and night time meals, so I wanted to share a simple soup recipe paired with some delicious cornbread. I especially love this cornbread recipe because it is made with yogurt instead of butter. The meal is simple, light, and perfect to eat at the picnic table in the backyard with friends!

Both recipes come from my Moosewood (an organic and vegetarian restaurant based in Ithaca NY) cookbook which has proven to be a favorite of mine.

Cream Spinach Soup

Ingredients:
1 Large Onion
2 Medium Potatoes, peeled & chopped
3 Cups of Water
2 Tsp Salt
1lb. Spinach, cleaned & stemmed
5 Med Garlic Cloves, peeled only
1.5 Cups Milk (can be low fat, I like 2%)
White Pepper and Nutmeg to taste

Instructions:

  1. Place onions, potatoes, and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and then cover and simmer until potatoes are fully cooked.
  2. Remove from heat, add spinach and garlic, cover and set aside.
  3. Heat up milk in a large skillet.
  4. Puree spinach and potato mixture.
  5. Once pureed, stir in heated milk, white pepper, and nutmeg.

Squash Cornbread:

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
2 Egg Whites
¾ Cup Greek Yogurt (can be nonfat)
1 Cup Cornmeal
1 Cup Unbleached White Flour
½ Tsp Salt
1 Tbsp Baking Powder

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F
  2. Grease an 8”
  3. In a large bowl, beat together the brown sugar, yogurt, and eggs until frothy.
  4. In a smaller bowl, mix together cornmeal, flour, salt, and baking powder.
  5. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet until just mixed together.
  6. Pour batter into pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Enjoy!

haydn -May 19, 2011, 5:11AM
Yeap! I enjoyed it ... http://www.christianlouboutincheapstore.com
rey -Apr 26, 2011, 3:39AM
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Post image for Australia Guest Blogger: Lauren Brooks

My friend Lauren has lived in Australia for a couple of years now. She is British and has settled into the low key lifestyle Australia has to offer perfectly. She has an adorable blog that she uses as an online visual diary – sharing her thoughs and inpiration with the world. She let’s us take a peek into her lifestyle there. Below she shares her thoughts on Yamba one of her favourite beaches.

Here’s her Blog Baumbach

The Yamba Story.

I live in the land of sun and sky, beaches and beauty. I moved to Australia from the UK just over two and half years ago and have based myself in Brisbane.

Just over three hours drive from home and I can be in Yamba. One of Australia’s best-kept secrets, same beauty and wonder as Byron Bay but imagine it before the travelers took over.

 
One pub perched on the cliffs overlooks the beach and a perfect place to sip beer and soak up the views. The home of Billabongs creator and a pro surfer attraction with the famous Angourie surf break just down the road.

Yamba calms me, it has a presence and a serenity that I search for and haven’t found anywhere else yet. Beautiful coastline, perfect for learner surfers like myself to practice my surf skills and to get tossed around by the waves.

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Pitching a tent and spending a few days is all you need to unwind and escape from the city.
Yamba I love you with all my heart, one day when I have made my mark I will buy a plot near the beach and call you home.

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last week my friend geron played a short set at the north star bar- it’s been a while since i’ve been to a show there, actually. i think it’s because of the location- it’s a little out of the way, over in the art museum area -but it’s such a great venue to see bands in before they get big.

upon entering the corner pub you’re met with the same bar that has been there since prohibition, mahogany bar top, wooden ceiling fans, tin roof and all.  walk towards the back and go through a door on your right to get to the stage area, a wide open room with wood floors.  the stage is covered with well worn oriental carpets and in front, a staircase leads down to a lounge area with bright green walls that could probably tell some great stories… i thought i’d share a few pics from the other night!

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geron’s first single will be available very soon on itunes!

margarita -Mar 29, 2011, 10:07PM
WOW!!!!!!!!! great song!
amity -Mar 29, 2011, 9:29PM
The first single from Geron's new album is now available on iTunes. Search "Geron Hoy" or "Lady Crow." Enjoy!

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