plants are really pretty to look at but they’re also good to have around the home because they improve air quality. they’re literally a breath of fresh air, and a way to bring a little bit of the spring that’s blooming outside into your home.
similar to the paper whites we posted about a little while back, amaryllis flowers are really easy to plant inside. plus they come in bright shades of pink and red that are a welcome burst of spring color after the brutal winter we’ve had!
you can follow the same instructions as the paperwhites to do this yourself (see here) – the only difference is you’ll need a larger vase because these bulbs are much bigger, as you can see! the flowers grow pretty tall too so it’s a good idea to use a stake to keep them standing upright as they grow.
i never would have thought succulents could be so beautiful but they come in a huge variety of colors and textures you can combine to make a really beautiful plant… and you can be creative with the potting and arrangement to create something really unique.
instructions for planting your own succulents can be found here.
and just because… this wall of succulents is amazing:
a dog bed made of free people bags! our store manager in greenwich sent me the following photos and blurb that was so cute i had to share…
alison is from new york city and is one of our favorite customers in greenwich connecticut. she saved and recycled our free people shopping bags to make a bed for her dog! alison cut the fabric into small pieces and wrapped it carefully around a wire cord to create a base for the bed. she then continued to double the wire cord and wrap the free people fabric strips around as she built the bed walls. we think it looks amazing and her dogs are very happy campers!
alison made the bed for chelsea, the english cocker spaniel pictured above – but her other dog, ollie (below), likes to steal it because it’s so comfy!
those dogs do look very content! i love this project…it also sort of reminds me of the rag rugs we posted a little while ago (here). hmmm…maybe you could make a rag rug out of free people bags??
music festival season is underway! sxsw was just the beginning…next up is coachella, followed by sasquatch, bonnaroo, lollapalooza, outside lands…phew. that’s a lot of festivals. but i love them, and i try to attend one every year. there is something so freeing about losing yourself to the music and dancing among a sea of people. if i could go back in time i would want to live in the sixties so i could go to woodstock and monterey pop…and there’s a spirit in the air at music festivals that feels so reminiscent of that time.
are you attending any music festivals this year? leave a comment and let me know! we may try to get to that one too…
wouldn’t you like to own an item hand crafted or signed by one of your favorite musicians?
crafts for a cause is an online charity auction organized by binki shapiro of the band little joy. she gathered together a bunch of fellow musicians to craft items like tshirts, totebags, and artwork, or contribute photos and items – and it’s all up for bidding now here.
they may be a little pricey, but it’s for a good cause — all proceeds go towards relief efforts in haiti.
more info about crafts for a cause can be found on the website here.
Sweet dreams are made of this – What’s spring without some prettiness and romance. The whimsical season is here and the billowing chiffons are ready to come out. Feel light as a feather in lace, crochet and chiffons. Roughened up with denim, cargo and jersey. Here’s an inspiration round up of our Lace shop (click to go shop)
zooey deschanel is probably one of the few actresses who has achieved a successful career in the music industry. she has a natural, sweet voice that could easily fool you into thinking you’re listening to an old record from the fifties – and it probably helps that she’s teamed with m. ward, who is insanely talented. i recently saw him with his other band, monsters of folk, and i kept finding myself in awe of his effortless guitar skills and smoky, hushed voice. he and zooey make a good pair…if their music had an aura, it would be golden.
zooey is so cute too… i love her vintage style. she & him’s volume two comes out today – take a listen to some of the songs below and let me know what you think!
the first music festival of the season has come to a close… from what our fpgirls tell me, it’s a five day marathon of hitting as many possible shows as you can and going on very little sleep – but the opportunity to see so many amazing acts, many of them up-and-coming, makes it all worth it.
our free people store in austin had an event on friday featuring bands the boo who’s, jrl and the second grace, along with treats from hey cupcake! and giveaways for customers. luckily they had a camera on hand to capture all the fun!
how adorable is this little girl in the last pic? our youngest fp fan :)
did any of you attend sxsw? what was your favorite moment?
a little while ago i asked you all to vote on our next book club selection out of six choices that were picked from your suggestions when we first started the book club. the winner of the vote was stephen chbosky’s “the perks of being a wallflower.” however we also received several comments from people who felt strongly that we not select that book. unfortunately we can’t make everyone happy, but before we make a decision i wanted to ask you all for your opinion one more time.
would you be interested in reading “the perks of being a wallflower?” or would you rather us choose a different book? let us know in the comments section!
i love granola – but it has never occurred to me to try and make my own! i found this recipe on the kitchn and they raved about it, so i think i might try it. plus granola is a great energy-boosting snack that is perfect to bring along on hikes or other outdoor activities you might be doing on a nice day like today…
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cups raw pistachios, hulled
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds, hulled
1 cup coconut chips
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
3/4 cup chopped dried apricots
fresh berries, for serving (optional).
1. preheat oven to 300 degrees. in a large bowl, combine oats, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, coconut chips, maple syrup, olive oil, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and cardamom. spread mixture on a rimmed baking sheet in an even layer and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden brown and well toasted.
2. transfer granola to a large bowl and add apricots, tossing to combine. serve with yogurt or fresh fruit, if desired.