Our August book was shot in Venice, Italy by the one and only Guy Aroch, featuring models Marloes Horst and Darla Baker. It is romantic, dreamy, sophisticated and full of intrigue – everything I imagine Italy to be. The book drops next week, and here’s a little preview!
The catalog drops on Tuesday, I can’t wait to show you more!
This past weekend I attended WXPN’s annual three-day music festival over in Wiggins Park Camden – The XPoNential Music Festival. It was a great time as always – despite the oppressive heat there was a nice breeze on the river and the amazing music made it well worth it! Read more »
While we were at pitchfork festival we were lucky enough to meet Sun Airway the bliss pop band from right here in Philadelphia at Schubas Bar where they played an amazing set for an after show gig. Read more »
If one had enough time and money it would be possible to follow the summer around the world, making it endless.
This thought inspired the film Endless Summer and has inspired countless travelers and surfers and adventures. But what if summer isn’t something tangible, defined by weather, fashion, location or anything else? It can be a feeling, an emotion, that you carry with you all year long. Freedom, purity, childlike innocence, serenity… all words I associate with summer, that I try to remind myself of in the dark days of winter. Wrap yourself in cozy, light sweaters and layers that still carry the scent of sunblock and close your eyes, imagine you are listening to the sound of waves crashing on sand and hold on to summer as long as you can.
Check out these amazing photos from our Houston Galleria store girls, showcasing the FP Spun line! The photos were taken by Houston Galleria’s senior store manager of the assistant manager, and they did such a beautiful job! The photos really draw attention to the delicate details of the Spun pieces and the model looks gorgeous :)
The FP Spun Daily Chord Pointelle Tunic worn with the Kelsey Mule Wedge and lots of layered necklaces.
Here’s our second round of festival street fashion at Pitchfork Music Festival 2011 from quirky couples to unique details. Pitchfork sure gave us a whole inspiration overload; we adored the style Chicago had to offer! Read more »
At the start of Jitterbug Perfume, on the page in between the dedication and the start of the saga, the author included four quotes. These quotes seem strange in proximity with each other, but they tell you a great deal about the journey you are about to embark on and I felt the need to include them here.
“The distinctive human problem from time immemorial has been the need to spiritualize human life, to lift it onto a special immortal plane, beyond the cycles of life and death that characterize all other organisms.”
– Ernest Becker
“The history of civilization is the story of man’s emancipation from a lot that was harsh, brutish, and short. every step of that upward climb to a sophisticated way of life has been paralleled by a corresponding advance in the art of perfumery.”
– Eric Maple
“Rage, rage against the dying of the light”
– Dylan Thomas
“(And) always smell as nice as possible.”
– Lynda Barry
This tale takes place in four “locations” – or points in time, I should say. Present-day Seattle, New Orleans, Paris, and ancient Bohemia – and follows the characters in each of these places as their lives eventually converge.
It begins in ancient Bohemia, where a king named Alobar longs to escape his fate, which is that upon the growth of his first gray hair – a symbol of aging – he will be killed and replaced.
“In those days the Earth was still flat, and people dreamed often of falling over edges.”
“Upon those travelers who make their way without maps or guides, there breaks a wave of exhilaration with each unexpected change of plans.”
“The sky was a velvety black paw pressing on the white landscape with a feline delicacy, stars flying like sparks from its fur.”
“The eclipse…it was probably the most real thing I’ve ever seen, but it was also like a dream. You know what I mean? Real and unreal, beautiful and strange, like a dream. It got me high as a kite, but it didn’t last long enough. It ended too soon and left nothing behind.”
“Bones are patient. Bones never tire nor do they run away… Water is like flesh. Water will not stand still. It is always off to somewhere else; restless, talkative, and curious. Even water in a covered jar will disappear in time. Flesh is water. Stones are like bones. Satisfied. Patient. Dependable.”
“Perhaps the most terrible (or wonderful) thing that can happen to an imaginative youth, aside from the curse (or blessing) of imagination itself, is to be exposed without preparation to the life outside his or her own sphere – the sudden revelation that there is a there out there.”
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are you guys reading along? leave your thoughts in the comments!
Our catalog team sent along some more photos to give you guys a little peek at what they’ve been up to! Enjoy :)
We arrived in New York City on the 19th and had a nice bonding dinner to start the shoot off right at Frankie’s on the Lower East Side. We stayed at The Bowery – the rooms are beautiful and some have lovely private terraces. We got up early the next morning and headed to Splashlight Studios where we were shooting with one of our favorite photographers, Guy Aroch, and model Julia Stegner. She is very beautiful and even more so behind the lens! I love the 60′s Marianne Faithfull vibe she brings to the table and felt really inspired by it. During the shoot we listened to Carly Simon and munched on Sushi. It was a fun shoot and the perfect time to be in NYC – while there was a stifling heat wave in Philly, New York had a cool breeze circulating the summer air. It was a great shoot, we are all very proud of it and can’t wait for everyone to see!
A couple of weeks ago we introduced you to our new line of specialty pieces called FP Spun. The line features garments made with fine Italian yarns, shiny silk blends and nubbed soft linens, accentuated with intricate jacquards, stitching and details. The pieces range from short and flirty to slinky and long to shaped and sculpted, each portraying a different personality. Learn a little bit more about spun and the lovely designers in this video!
This week’s recipe is more of an entire meal, and, I’m not going to lie, it’s a bit more difficult than the recipes I usually post. This is one to pull out when you have a good amount of time to cook, and you want to impress a group of friends (or whoever) with an entire delicious meal.
The coolest part of this Asian-inspired meal is that you’ll be able to tell everyone you made your own teriyaki sauce. Who does that, right? It’s easier than you’d think. It’s all about letting it boil down to the right consistency which can take a while. The broccoli rabe is the perfect light accompaniment to go along with the flavorful fish. Top the plate off with simple brown rice, to fill your guests up.
Place orange juice, mirin, soy sauce, and ginger into a large sauce pan at high heat. Once it starts to boil, lower the heat and let simmer until it reaches a thicker consistency. Approx 30-40min.
When teriyaki sauce is half way done, place butter and scallions in a small pot to sauté for about 2 minutes. Add brown rice & water. Cover pot until water has evaporated and rice is cooked. Turn off flame, and let sit, coved, until rest of meal is ready.
Preheat oven to 400F
Cook the cod in the sauce pan with the teriyaki sauce for about 4 minutes. Then place it in a flat, oven-safe pan. Pour left-over teriyaki sauce over the fish & add chopped scallions. Cook in the oven for another 10 minutes.
Using the same sauce pan, add grapeseed oil and garlic for broccoli rabe. Once garlic is sautéed, add broccoli rabe and water to cook for about 5 minutes. Once it is fully wilted, like cooked spinach almost, it will be done. You may have to pour out excess water.