“Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.”
– Henry Miller
Every once in a while you come across a quote at the exact perfect moment…when truer words could not be spoken, almost as if someone knew you needed to hear these words and and an invisible force held them up in front of your eyes. I am taking these words and holding them close throughout this year. I don’t like to make new year’s resolutions, more “life resolutions,” but like I mentioned in the previous post, I did make a list of things that I’d really like to do before the year is over. I have a feeling I’ll be able to accomplish them all :)
I want to work on my photography, and learn how to cook – I’m not talking fancy cooking, I’d just like to be able to make something! I want to spend more time at my beach house this year, and I want to visit San Francisco at some point and see my friends there. I used to be one of those people who went to yoga almost every single day – religiously. Ever since breaking my ankle, I don’t go nearly as often, and I still don’t feel comfortable taking the advanced classes I used to, but I think I can get back to it this year. I also ran track through my entire youth and want to start running again, if my ankle and bad knees let me. Lastly… I’m pretty sure I’m getting my next tattoo this year ;)
I’d love to hear your goals and resolutions for 2012!
I came across this street art installation by Candy Chang on stumble upon yesterday as I was waking up on the second day of the new year, lying in bed and looking for inspiration on my ipad. The timing couldn’t have been better – it’s a new year and my mind has been working overdrive setting resolutions and a “to do” list for the year ahead. This definitely got me thinking even longer term, about all the things I still want to do. There are a lot. But I thought it might be good to do this exercise on my own, and start with a smaller list of maybe 5 or so things that I want to do before this year ends – try it out, it might help you too :) I plan on hanging my list in my apartment and coming back at the end of the year to see what I’ve accomplished.
“Before I die” was started by artist Candy Chang in New Orleans – with the help of her friends and neighbors, she turned the side of an abandoned house into a giant chalkboard that residents could write on and share their dreams for the future. I think it’s such a beautiful way to transform a public space into something that is a reflection of the community and what really matters to them.
The project has since expanded to other cities including Brooklyn, Amsterdam, Lisbon, San Diego and more.
This time in Kitchen Confidential, we bring you Craig – a master chef working in our 543 cafeteria who came to us from Michelin star restaurant, Spruce, in San Francisco. Craig has some awesome culinary training strapped under his belt, and has traveled far and wide to places including Japan to perfect his craft.Read More
I’ve posted about Rosemarie Fiore before, but the timing was so perfect as she has some new works, and it’s the New Year so many of us will be seeing fireworks tonight/tomorrow! If you aren’t familiar with her work, she makes these incredible paintings with lit firework residue on paper – so cool.
DO: use rosewater to balance and refresh for the new year
The ancient Chinese used Rosewater to balance the energies in their environment. According to their traditions, the liquid holds special properties that help to equalize the two energies of yin and yang when they get out of whack.
What better way to bring in the New Year? Give yourself a fresh balanced start by cleansing your home with the fragrant elixir. You can either mist the air or use a cloth to wash the walls, countertops, tables, furniture, etc. I’ve personally decided to make 2012 a year about balance, so I like the idea of doing this as a metaphorical kickoff. Whatever your intentions, this is a great way to give yourself the gift of a fresh start to the New Year.
Just to explain further for those who are interested…in Ancient Chinese Medicine, yin and yang are two opposing energies that exist in everything. Every opposite has a either a yin or a yang energy (ex. night (yin)/day (yang), female (yin)/male (yang), cold (yin)/hot (yang), earth (yin)/heaven (yang), etc.). Although opposites, the yin and the yang require each other to exist, and together they form the symbol of balance. Sometimes, from the food you eat or the materials you surround yourself with, one can outweigh the other and special attention is required to get back on track. Often, the theory is used to understand personal health and wellbeing. When something is off – either with the body or soul – there is too much of one energy present. The key is listening to the cues and taking the steps to rebalance.
To read more about yin/yang and Ancient Chinese Medicine visit here.Also, this is a great recipe to make your own Rosewater. Happy New Year, everyone!!
New Year’s Eve is a night to celebrate and pull out your finest. Why not go all out with a fancier drink than usual? Need inspiration? Here are three amazing-looking cocktails to bring in the New Year – shown in order of easiest to hardest by way of preparation.Read More
…and us bloggers got to go to our shoot with Sasha Pivovarova in NYC – definitely a highlight of the year!
We worked with so many beautiful models…
We debuted FP Spun and Vegan Leather, and launched a special line of Limited Edition Dresses! We celebrated with pop-up shops in NY and LA, where Jade Castrinos performed at our store.
We fell hard for extreme flares, monochromatic dressing, birkenstocks, turbans, sweater dressing, fancy collars, western boots, friendship bracelets and bright nails, flatforms, mixed prints, color pops, polka dots and more…
We were influenced by decades past…
…and by trends like mod and grunge.
We brought you festival coverage from Pitchfork and Outside Lands…
We shot our July catalog with Alexandra Valenti and the Happen-Ins, and we had such a great time we went back and threw a party to celebrate the catalog release! We also threw a party at our 5th ave store for Fashion’s Night Out and had a blast.
We made so many lovely blogger friends!
Many crafts were made, and we held our first crafting events in Cambridge and NYC!
And, some new furry faces popped up in the office :)
2011 was a good year :) Here’s to making the next one even better!
The Iron Lady directed by Phyllida Lloyd premiered this week in New York City; a film that takes a look at the life of Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, with a focus on the price she paid for power.
Celebrities rocked the red carpet but one lovely lady in particular stood out – The beautiful model Behati Prinsloo created an immaculately cool Free People look that’s easily achievable yet attainably innate. We fell in love with her grunge but yet elegant look! Real style comes from within and she sure shows that.