The seasons are changing, and we’re finally opening our eyes to beautiful florals and delicate lace.
The trees are blossoming and there’s that little bit of humidity in the air making us excitied for the summer sun.
Around the office today floral and lace brought that little bit of life to our black items.
our fp girls in the northwest and southwest districts did a fun little project where they took photos of their outfits for a week and uploaded their favorites to a photo album that they shared with me for the blog! they always have the best styling ideas and look amazing- see for yourself:
i’m so excited about today’s guest DIY! it comes from halligan norris smith, who i met through fp jemma and is an amazingly talented and crafty lady! we posted some photos from her beautiful wedding a little while back, and they definitely give you a taste of her creative aesthetic…so when she said she wanted to do a DIY for our blog i knew it would be awesome!
i’m sure you’ve all seen the foxtail trend that seemed to take over the blog world last summer… well in a spin on that trend, remember the phenomenon that was rabbits feet? i had a few of the so-called good luck charms when i was little. but thanks to the crafty genius of halligan, you can make your own faux rabbit’s foot in just a few easy steps and have an adorable keychain or accessory to wear this summer!
needle and thread
glue – such as E6000
wire or looped head pins
Step 1: Download and print out template from our flickr page. Cut out your outline.
Step 2: Trace paper template shape onto the back of two pieces of faux fur.
Step 3: Cut out both shapes.
Step 4: Place both fur sides together and do a simple blanket stitch around the outside, leaving about 1 1/4″ open for stuffing.
Step 5: Turn rabbit’s foot fur side out. Then take your tin foil, roll it up and squeeze enough to fit vertically inside the pouch. Then, use polyfill to fill any remaining open space.
Step 6: Slightly curl lips of opening, line with glue, and pinch closed with a clothespin.
Step 7: Trim extra fur from around tip of you rabbit’s foot form.
Step 8: Use embroidery thread to wrap tip of rabbits foot, tie off and glue string ends.
Step 9: Sew 3 bead “toenails” onto base of rabbit’s foot.
Step 10: Use a curled head pin or curl wire to form loop. Put loop through bead cap and put glue onto wire before inserting into top of rabbit’s foot.
Step 11: String chain into loop.
All done! Use them as keychains, hang from your car’s rearview mirror as a good luck charm, or clip them to your bag or belt loops for a super cute accessory :)
images by the talented jess roberts, and be sure to check out halligan’s website here. thank you so much ladies!
i feel like i’ve been hearing a lot about stevie nicks lately… maybe its because she’s touring right now so she’s at the forefront of people’s minds. even my boyfriend has a crush on her- which is totally fine, she’s amazing (the first concert he ever went to was fleetwood mac, isn’t that cute?). one of my friends posted this video on facebook today and watching it, i’ve got a bit of a crush on her too. so, since we could all use a little stevie every once in a while, here’s that video and some of my fave quotes and pics of her. she will always be one of those inspirations that never, ever goes out of style.
“She is like a cat in the dark
And then she is the darkness”
“Like a heartbeat drives you mad
In the stillness of remembering
What you had
And what you lost…”
“And it all comes down to you
Well you know that it does, well…
Lightning strikes…maybe once…maybe twice…
Oh and it lights up the night
And you see your gypsy”
“She broke down and let me in
Made me see where I’ve been
Been down one time
Been down two times
I’m never going back again”
packing lightly and being able to mix and match is key for music festivals – the sophia bikini top would look great with the overalls or just with the cutoffs as well! i would also bring a scarf to either sit on or cover up my hair, which would surely be a mess after dancing in the hot sun all day and into the night. the feather straw fedora and sunglasses would also be in my bag to keep the california sun out of my eyes. and in addition to the sandals i’d bring along some comfy kicks like the muddy waters sneakers.
when i’m at a festival, sometimes i don’t want to worry about carrying a bag so the artists and revolutionaries fanny pack would be ideal, and would hold my small journal and some sunblock. and i’m loving these candy-colored shades of nail polish by chanel! finally, i’m obsessed with the bag charms by the 2 bandits and the cute saba feather clips (on the straw hat and in sasha’s hair above)! clip ’em to your bag, hat, belt loop or right into your hair! the perfect festival accessory.
those are my picks, click here to go to our festival shop for more inspiration :)
Our April Look Book went up today and it’s truly beautiful. The concept is called Modern romance of a beautiful ballerina in decayed, decadent environment. It was shot in a dilapidated house in west Philly with crackled walls and peeling paint. I joined the image team to take some behind the scenes photos and to get to know the model a little bit more. The place was beautiful – the walls were full of texture, and the light was soft. It definitely gave that feeling of something beautiful falling apart to reveal something even more interesting. We had a great time!
last week i gave you the low-down on hair and makeup and the lead-up to shooting, and now it’s time for the action to begin! here’s a behind the scenes look at shooting with sasha pivovarova.
being able to watch a world class model in action was such an awesome experience. sasha blew me away- she was so sweet and soft spoken in person, and had a very graceful, swanlike presence on set. her ability to strike completely unnatural poses and make them seem effortlessly natural is incredible.
sasha’s jewelry and doodle on the makeup table.
in between shots hair and makeup were touched up.
guy reviewing the shots – he’s so good, he could probably take one photo for each outfit and be done, but he seemed to have an idea in his head of what he wanted each shot to look like and wouldn’t stop until it was perfect.
sasha was a natural with the animals – very playful and sweet.
we were all crazy about this outfit – the combination of the long-in-the-back raglan tee and mesh ombre skirt is to die for! i loved that she just wore socks with this look too, giving it a very relaxed loungy feel.
someone on set (i cant remember who) had the idea of using one of the belts in the shoot instead of a leash :)
stylists at work.
i love this photo :)
the light outside started to fade as we neared the end of our allotted shooting time.
sasha loved this necklace – and we all loved this outfit, our favorite of the day!
and that’s a wrap on day one! stay tuned for day two :)
Erika Pena is a dreamer, who started her journey into Fashion design and accessories when she was 18 and attended Parsons school of
Art and design in New York City. Her Accessories draw inspiration from her move to Manhattan from Puerto Rico conveying the rough and edgy city life of NYC to the light and airy free spirited air of the Caribbean. All her work derives inspiration from her travels, the people she meets and the cultures she absorbs herself into – making her pieces extra special!
I played around with her pieces in the studio the other day I feel in love with the unique rings that sit just delicately on the tops of your fingers. The textures of her jewelry make for exquisite accessories perfectly dressed down for a festival and easily adapted for a lovely night out. Sasha wears the rings throughout our April book, they add that extra special to any outfit.
“Our lives are not as limited as we think they are; the world is a wonderfully weird place; consensual reality is significantly flawed; no institution can be trusted, but love does work; all things are possible; and we all could be happy and fulfilled if we only had the guts to be truly free and the wisdom to shrink our egos and quit taking ourselves so damn seriously.” — Tom Robbins