now that jemma and i have both been here for about a year we felt it was time to update the “about us” section of the blog :) we each gathered some photos to give you all a little glimpse into our lives and i wanted to share them so you know they’re there!
i’m the kind of person who, when having a rough time or a lot on my mind, completely loses themself in music. today it’s the new iron and wine album, kiss each other clean. it doesn’t officially come out until next tuesday but you can stream it right here or watch it performed live in its entirety here. this album is a step in a new direction, described as “like the music people heard in their parent’s car growing up… that early-to-mid-’70s FM, radio-friendly music.” while i’ve always been a fan of iron & wine’s quiet, mellow folk, i like this too – sam beam’s sweet voice, the background harmonies and delicate melodies are exactly what i need right now.
listen to a few of the songs below or check out the whole album by clicking one of the links above.
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it’s a miserable day in philly and after thawing my car out of a block of ice i am stealing the energy and warmth of these behind the scenes pictures from our latest special shoot. the shoot was for the mixed print trend on our website right now – we love how fresh this trend feels going into spring. to get the amazing special shots our team went to the home of our creative director, which they turned into a bohemian lounge full of rich prints and bold colors. looking at these photos (taken by our talented videographer) my breath was taken away…they look like they’re in a caravan on their way to a festival… with puppies of course :)
shop the mixed print trend here!
p.s. don’t you just want to curl up in some blankets with a book and a warm puppy now?
whenever i read a book i do so with pen in hand so i can underline certain lines or passages that are meaningful to me, and i dog-ear the corners of the pages so i can come back and find them. with this book i may as well dog-ear every page, it is so full of inspiration. here are some quotes that jumped out at me from the first couple of chapters – in which patti smith briefly describes her childhood and eventual decision to go to new york with only enough money for a one-way ticket and a few items (notebook, pencils, a book, and a few articles of clothing and photos) in her suitcase, leading to her meeting with robert mapplethorpe that can only be described as fate.
“what is the soul? what color is it? i suspected my soul, being mischievous, might slip away while i was dreaming and fail to return. i did my best not to fall asleep, to keep it inside of me where it belonged.”
“but secretly i knew i had been transformed, moved by the revelation that human beings create art, that to be an artist was to see what others could not.”
“his young eyes stored away each play of light, the sparkle of a jewel, the rich dressing of an altar, the burnish of a gold-toned saxophone or a field of blue stars. he was gracious and shy with a precise nature. he contained, even at an early age, a stirring and the desire to stir.”
“oh, take their picture, said the woman to her bemused husband, i think they’re artists. oh, go on, he shrugged. they’re just kids.”
“one cannot imagine the mutual happiness we felt when we sat and drew together. we would get lost for hours. his ability to concentrate for long periods of time infected me, and i learned by his example, working side by side.”
“i wish i could just project everything on the paper. by the time i’m halfway through i’m already on to something else.”
what do you guys think of the book so far? i don’t want to put it down! leave your thoughts below!
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in my mind there are few things better than grilled cheese and tomato soup. especially when it’s cold out – but really, it’s good any time. while i’m perfectly content with my usual campbell’s tomato soup and wheat bread + cheddar, i found some recipes online that look pretty out of this world.
this tomato basil soup looks sooooo good – love the idea of topping with fresh basil and thin slices of parmesan cheese!
now for the grilled cheese part – this one stopped me dead in my tracks. its made with homemade beer bread, sharp cheddar and fontina cheese, dijon mustard and caramelized onions – and though i’d probably do it without the onions, it looks incredible – not to mention combines three of my favorite things ;)
i love the sweetness and simplicity of these illustrations by clare owen! plus with the french theme they felt very appropriate. and how adorable are the cats?!?
one of our facebook fans posted a link to this gorgeous bohemian and french inspired wedding and i wanted to share some of the photos! i’ve never been the type of girl that’s into weddings or has any desire to have one (unless it involves bare feet, the beach and tribal tattoos) but i will say i find weddings to be beautiful and am always inspired by the tiny little details that people incorporate. for instance, i love the little french touches in this wedding!
the bride, an artist, painted the image for the wedding invites and had them printed as fine art prints, with the details on the back, so that people could keep and frame them if they wanted to.
they set up an antique french dresser with a stack of vintage postcards that people could write notes on and leave in a drawer for the couple.
there was a coffee bar at the reception, and tea boxes were used as centerpieces for the tables.
dried flowers and lavender were used as well for centerpieces, inspired by french country homes.
so beautiful! source.
love this shot of elsa from above.
our team shot part of the catalog in a beautiful apartment they found through an agency in paris – stunning. can you imagine living here?!
all photos by thomas northcut.