DO: try a handstand (or headstand) in yoga class this week
Okay, so maybe you don’t do yoga, but that doesn’t mean that this week’s DO isn’t for you. It’s all about encouraging yourself to grow. One thing that it’s important to understand is that growth occurs in plateaus. You need to push yourself to the next level, and then spend some time adjusting at that spot. Sometimes we get down on ourselves during the plateau stage, but it’s just as important a part of growth as pushing yourself – sometimes you can’t fully move forward if you’re not comfortable where you are. But don’t stay here forever. Make sure you recognize when you’re ready to go outside of your comfort zone again. Sometimes you won’t be sure, but I say always be willing to delve into the next level – try that handstand – you’ll find out if you’re ready. Maybe you’ll surprise yourself. Finding out you can do something you never thought possible is one of the best feelings there is.
i’m sure some of you may have been curious as to what ROAM hawaii is when brooke mentioned it in her post- i was too and checked out the website, and i got completely lost going through their photos. ROAM is a “mobile marketplace” from which brooke and a few of her friends sell handmade and one of a kind pieces from its traveling van (their “tiger mobile”!) that roams around the island. how cool is that?! do you ladies have room for one more? ;)
brooke dombroski is a photographer and designer who lives in hawaii, on the island of oahu where our may catalog was shot. the second i saw her tumblr, brooklyn hawaii, i was completely enthralled with her laid-back surfer girl lifestyle – and brooke was kind enough to share some photos with the blog to give us a little peek into her life in hawaii! needless to say, i am beyond jealous…
Location: North Shore of O’ahu, Hawai’i
A 7-mile stretch of the best waves in the world!
What I love about living in Hawai’i:
We are the most isolated island chain.
Life is so simple. Nature can keep us entertained for a lifetime!
Surf + Sand + ROAM + Shells + Waterfalls + Crush Sunglasses + Bare feet + Hand-sewn Bikinis + Coconut water + Fresh fish + Mountains + Ocean + Sun + Friends + Ohana (Family) + ALOHA
This week we are feeling a little grungy – the weather hasn’t been too great, so to give some attitude back we’ve pulled out our vintage rock tee’s and our grungy boots to help us get through the grey rainy days.
Our web merchandiser is a huge fan of Motley Crue and has a great selection of vintage concert tees. She makes them hippie cool by teaming them with Fp bohemian necklaces. I also wanted to dedicate this office style to a lovely intern we have here. She wears Fp most days and looks adorable – she’s quite a stylist too.
And of course all these outfits are worn with leather jackets when we head outside in the rain. Hopefully the weather will brighten next week :(
ponchos are typically thought of as a fall/winter thing, at least in my mind, but with our may catalog we decided to breathe some new life into the poncho as a light and easy summer layer – and the perfect beach cover-up. the idea of ponchos on the beach was first introduced to the fashion world back in the 70s – check out these images i found on tumblr!
these definitely play on the idea of using the poncho as a cover up and when you take it off, using it as a beach blanket – the boxy shape of ponchos makes them perfect for this. but that’s just one reason why they’re so great- in addition to being functional, they can also be really cute and sexy. here are some images I love of stylish gals rocking ponchos the summer way!
even heavier ponchos can work on a cooler spring/summer day- love how they look with shorts or a skirt and bare legs!
personally i can’t get over how this poncho is styled on our website with the nightcap lace bellbottoms. i would definitely wear this for a laid-back night out in summer after spending the day lounging on the beach!
Here’s the second addition of RAFW from Mandy at oracle fox. She sent images from the Alice McCall’s collection, which was beautiful. The colour scheme was soft – jet black juxtaposed and gave it that hard edge when needed. Soft light shapes seemed to flow down the runway items that were interpretations of familiar volumes and forms. I loved the billowing backs of some of the garments and the intricate cutout details that was featured on some of the oversized tunic dresses.
Australia Fashion week looks like so much fun, I’d love to get my hands on one of those goodie bags!
First two images are from the Alice McCall show, 3rd images decoration, and 4th 5th and 6th from the Nookie show.
good morning! it’s time for a lookbook poll – our may lookbook is all about movement, shown through light, flowing skirts and dresses perfect for summer nights dancing under the stars. i love how expressive model alina baikova is in these photos! which one is your favorite?
look ten: click on each image to see items in the outfit.
to read about the makeup for this shoot, click here!
Macramé has landed on our fp page bringing a little bit of unique texture to our summer feet. Many people get confused with Macramé and crochet so here’s a little about its background. Macramé is an art of decorative knotting without using needles or hooks. By using a series of knots, it can be created using any kind of material. You can use fine thread or even use leather strips. The outcome – a truly unique texture that creates interest.
We love the 1970’s influence and the workmanship aesthetic it portrays deriving from the early sailors of the seven seas. Sailors made macramé objects in off hours while at sea, and sold or bartered them when they landed, thus spreading the art to places like China and the New World. Nineteenth-century British and American sailors made hammocks, bell fringes, and belts from macramé. They called the process “square knotting”, after the knot they used most frequently.
However, the trend has made its way back and made an impact on the runaways for spring/summer 2011, but how do you wear such an intricate look?
Let the texture tell the story of your outfit; team with a simple sundress and brown satchel, maybe a no print outfit would work best avoiding over busy-ness or run wild with the 70’s look and team some cute little Macramé shoes with bell bottoms and a simple tee.
We’re loving the shoes that are featured here they’re the ideal summer shoe!
i am in love with these little terrariums from litill! something about the combo of white sand, cacti and happy colors really appeals to me…they seem like they’d be pretty easy to make too! another summer project added to the list… Read more »
a few of you have asked about the amazing rope swirl tapestries in our new store displays and you’re in luck because one of our display artists put together a tutorial on how to make them! it looks like such a fun rainy day project.
what you need: a large piece of cardboard, black marker, scissors, rope in various sizes and colors, neon twine, pompoms.
use a variety of different colors and textures to create a fun swirl – these purple and orange tassels are just another piece of string woven in with the others!
once you’ve got it down, you can make a whole bunch in different sizes and colors, to create a whole wall tapestry just like the ones in our stores :) i can’t wait to try this!
Be sure to check out our new DIY Projects category for more DIY Inspiration!
We have the uber cool Ruby Aldridge in our studio today. She screams rock chic and she’s adding a cutting edge to our looks. She’s having a blast dancing around to the NY Dolls, she’s full of energy I can’t wait to see her styled up on our web.