Lately I have come across a few pretty stellar examples of “glamping.” This is not something I was familiar with until recently, but glamping is, basically, glamorous camping. Ideal for those who love the great outdoors, but don’t exactly love roughing it. I for one would definitely be down for some glamping – especially in either of these amazing spots.
Whitepod Resort, in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Switzerland
In my memory of the night it was raining – although – I’m pretty sure that it wasn’t. I left work late at night with a boat load of stuff: clothes, a dog carrier, backpack, camera bag… quickly stopping at home to pop a pita in my mouth and twirl my hair into a bun. Read more »
As you guys may have heard by now, we are opening our very first Free People store in Philadelphia this Friday! It is definitely a homecoming of sorts, as we open our doors on Walnut Street in Center City, not far from where the company began. You’ll hear much more about all the special touches we’re putting into the store over the next few days, but today Jemma, Naomi and I decided to take a field trip and head to some spots in the city that are nearest and dearest to our hearts, to shoot our own little Philly lookbook.
I knew right away what my location would be – the street where I grew up. A three story brick townhouse in the Fairmount neighborhood, walking distance from the Art Museum and just a few blocks from the stone walls of the penitentiary. A quiet, tree lined street, where the same construction truck still parks in the spot across from my old house, and marble steps climb up towards doors painted varying shades of blue, red and green.
It was a magical time in my childhood, full of block parties, neighborhood cleanups (when we’d all go out and rake leaves and clean up together), bike rides, scraped knees, and water ice from the park grocery across the street that has since closed its doors for good. Sometimes its nice to take a little trip down memory lane.
After wearing the wingtip boots today I became slightly attached.
Stay tuned for our photos, they’ll be up later this week!
My introduction to First Aid Kit actually came here at our home office, when they played a surprise show for us during lunch, and they’ve been winning me over with their sweet harmonies and graceful style ever since. Read more »
It was so fun photographing our Assistant Stylist for this week’s Style File. Her carefree spirit just communicates through photographs so well. Living up to her aura, she has some of the best boho pieces around. Getting up close, you notice all of details she piles on, and sneaks in there. There’s no such thing as less is more with her, but she makes it work. She’s a true modern day hippie – loaded with fringe, feathers, and bangles. There’s something about this girl that makes you feel peaceful and smiley.
Our new January Lookbook features the lovely Alexandra Spencer of 4th and Bleeker – and although she’s an Australia native, she rocks the California style flawlessly! Tan skin, sun-kissed hair, barely there cutoffs and daring mini dresses are some of her signatures, and she showcases her bold style through the amazing photography on her blog. Take a look, and read on to learn a little bit more about this beach babe!
My name isAlexandra Spencerand I live in Sydney/Los Angeles/ London.I’ve been living here forsplitting time for 3 years!
On a typical day off, the first thing I do ischeck my emails!I’m usually wearingwho knows!!?
My favorite coffee shop is in Sydney- Andys coffee, In LA – coffee bean on Hollywood and Orange and in London – the Marylebone Starbucks,andmy parents make the best breakfast!
If I’m in the mood for some shopping, my destination of choice isParis!!My favorite store isBalenciaga on Melrose!Last time I went there I bought a white shirt I’m too scared to wear.
Shopping can work up an appetite, and the best lunch isthe Spaghetti at Chateau Marmont.
I love checking outMoMA for a little culture and inspiration, and no day is complete withoutNathan Webster!
The last movie I saw wasThe Bourne Supremacy.It was last night in bed at The Ace, Palm Springs.
A typical night out on the town for me consists ofgreat shoes and a lot of wine!
If I feel like going to a show, the best venue is definitely O2 Arena in London.The best show I ever saw there was I took my parents to see Arcade Fire.
If my life had a theme song, it would be Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones or Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel for a dramatic flashback montage.
On my iPod right now you’ll finda lot of Neil Young, I got a harmonica for Christmas and I’m driving my boyfriend crazy with it one Neil young song at a time!
Three words to describe my style are4th, And, Bleeker!
This summer I’ll be in the South of France! And back to Rio.
Images of the Chinese new year celebrations are always so incredible. I love that they take each new year and the symbolism behind it so seriously. 2012 is the year of the dragon – a symbol of power, strength and luck…a year to take control and breathe fiery life into everything you do.
Last week, Allison and I showed you all how to make homemade babaganoush and pita chips. For our second round in healthy snacks for the New Year, we put together Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps. These are a great healthy option, so long as you use a hot sauce that is not butter based (we used Frank’s Red Hot). For those of you who are vegetarian like me, you can easily make this with tofu as well. =) Read more »
Decade Diary is an illustrated diary chronicling past, present interests and future perspectives of a decade lived in New York City, by Illustrator Bernadette Pascua. The second I discovered her site, I knew I had to feature her on the blog. She has a wonderful creative eye, and is a very talented illustrator and collage artist. Her creations convey not only a sophisticated style but a unique take on fashion and the world around her as viewed through New York eyes.
Bernadette was kind enough to create this amazing New York themed collage just for us! Read on to learn more about her and see more of her lovely work.
City lights photo and all watercolor by Decade Diary.
Film still from Andy Warhol’s “Empire”
Press photo of the Neue Galerie
Patti Smith on the Bowery, photograph by Godlis
Press photo of Saturdays Coffee Shop
Press photo of Diner in Brooklyn
I live in Brooklyn, in the Southside of Williamsburg, right along side the bridge. It’s such a great location – the city is just a ride across the bridge and most of the buildings on our street are turn of the century cast iron, dating back to the 1800’s. The street is quiet but with a little liveliness that comes from having a row of favorite restaurants like Diner and Marlow and Sons (plus their amazing grocery store Marlow and Daughters).
What do you love most about New York?
I love the constant flux that the city is in. It keeps a great balance of feeling like you are in your own world yet it brings people together in the most odd ways. There’s something magical about the way New York serendipitously brings people into your life. I love those moments of camaraderie New Yorkers can have, all of those chance encounters. Everyday is a big surprise.
Describe a typical day in NYC:
Each day is never the same for me, but I think the most typical day in NYC has to be the Sunday Brunch Day! It’s like an unspoken holiday of sorts that every New Yorker celebrates on the weekend. Waking up later, reading the paper and then going to a brunch with your boyfriend or friends. Then taking a walk around wherever you find yourself going.
What is your favorite coffee shop in the city?
Right now my favorite coffee shop is Saturdays Surf in Soho. It’s on the way to my subway station going back into Brooklyn. It’s a surf shop that has a small counter in the front where coffee can be ordered, there is usually only one attractive guy working the coffee who spends a really long time making your drink, so it always turns out good. They have a casual backyard with simple benches for hanging out which is great in the summer. In the winter looking at all the Surf memorabilia sort of keeps your hopes up for some sun.
Describe New York City fashion in three words:
Of the moment.
Where do you go in New York to get away from the crowds?
I love going to a museum or a gallery for some quiet time. The rows of galleries around 9th Avenue in Chelsea are along some very calm streets. My most favorite museum ever is the Neue Galerie by Central Park. It’s a small and uncrowded museum devoted to early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design, housed in a beautiful townhouse. So it feels like you are looking at art in someones home. Downstairs it has a Café inspired by turn of the century Vienna, its like being transported out of New York for an afternoon.
How long have you been doing Decade Diary, and how did it come about?
Wow I’ve been doing Decade Diary now since 2009, so four years now! It seems like a really long time but I’ve actually been doing projects similar to Decade since my teenage years. In High School I used to make a lot of xerox copied zines with my Illustrations and stories, and would send or trade them via snail mail. So blogging only seemed like the natural thing to do!
Last weekend I went on a mini road trip with friends to just – get out of the city a bit. I headed the music while one danced around and the other manned the wheel. One Wawa sandwich, some day dreaming, laughing, and a couple of book pages later, it hit me that I had forgotten how much fun road trips could be. Utter relaxation. I highly suggest going for a ride some place with the homies today. Set a destination a bit farther than usual and head out. Enjoy the moment.