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“it’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

– henry david thoreau

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yeah you might lose an hour of sleep tomorrow morning but look at the bright side – spring is almost here!!

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enjoy the extra hour of sunlight today… if it isn’t raining where you are, that is :)

spring salad

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ok so this hasn’t been the nicest weekend in philly but the recent warmer weather has made me crave lots of fruit and salads. i’m really picky about salads though and don’t always like the recipes i find – but i think this one sounds really good :)

bitter greens with apples, pecans and buttermilk honey dressing

whisk together in a small bowl:
1/4 c cider vinegar
1/4 c sour cream or yogurt
1/4 c buttermilk
3 t honey or maple syrup
1 t minced garlic
1 green onion, minced
pinch of ground red pepper
salt and black pepper, to taste
add in a slow and steady stream, whisking constantly:
1/2 c olive oil
combine in a salad bowl:
4 c bite-sized pieces arugula, washed and dried
1 small head radicchio, washed, dried, and torn into bite-sized pieces
2 belgian endives, washed, dried, and sliced lengthwise into long strips
stir the dressing well, add just enough to moisten the greens, and toss to coat.  divide the greens among salad plates and top with:
2 granny smith or other tart apples, cored and very thinly sliced
1/2 c pecan halves, toasted

makes 4 to 6 servings

if you know of any really good salad recipes please share!!

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Pretty In Black -Mar 14, 2010, 1:40PM
Looks yummy! After all the winter holiday treats a nice spring salad sounds refreshing to me.

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art wall

a couple of weeks ago i got an email from a reader named katie, who wanted to tell me about a website she started called art wall. i wanted to share this cool site and a brief interview with you…

a lover of art with a background in display and visual merchandising, katie always felt that there was something missing from the experience of shopping for art online: the “wow” factor that inspired display can add to the equation. with art wall she saw an opportunity to bring the two together. read on for a brief interview with katie about the website.

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what inspired you to create art wall online?

if i think back it was really out of a desire to showcase special picks and finds for a fan-based site i run: savegocco.com.  i wanted a way to feature and highlight my picks:  enter the “studio” room.  it was going to stop there as just a page in the save gocco domain, but then i thought: why not make a whole website with pages dedicated to different rooms in a house?  i have a total crush on art walls, i find them fascinating and think it takes a special skill to create them in a way that looks interesting. i’ve studied them in magazines for years so it was only natural that i used that type of display to highlight multiple pieces of art that worked together…i used my own home as inspiration.

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the website features different rooms- an entryway, dining room, master bedroom, etc. – each with a selection of artwork displayed on the walls. viewers can click on the artwork to see an image of the piece, and information about the artist.

i read on your blog that february’s master bedroom had a “love” theme – do all the rooms have themes?
all the rooms have a very subtle theme in the sense that each one has at least one piece that relates to the room.  read: a key lino print in the entryway, the gocco prints in the studio, a sultry portrait in the bedroom.  i don’t love themes for rooms in general but i do appreciate that different pieces may work better in specific rooms.

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i love all the artists you feature on art wall – do you select who you’re going to feature, or do people submit their work to you?

the displayed pieces are a mix of artists who have submitted their work to me and artists i’ve invited to display.  i want the site to continue to have a specific look and feel so i think it’s important for me to keep scouring the indie marketplaces for that look.

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check out art wall here, and also check out the art wall blog, its full of inspiration! thanks katie!!

amy -Mar 17, 2010, 12:46AM
very much enjoyed this feature! katie you have a wonderful way of picking out great pieces to feature on your blog and the art wall concept is wonderful - i'm a big fan. happy to learn more about katie here.
Katie Stephenson -Mar 17, 2010, 12:40AM
Thank you so much for the lovely feature. It was wonderfully "curated." Cheers!

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a couple of girls from our visual display team setting up for an event in building 543…pretty!

*update – the umbrellas are from a market in india :)

-Mar 14, 2010, 3:26PM
That's my sister's building! That means she should see it tomorrow! Lovely idea.
Lulu -Mar 12, 2010, 7:56PM
i love the way umbrellas look when they're hanging. just went to a store that had an umbrella just like one of those dangling gracefully from the ceiling and i thought it was gorgeous!

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you may remember a little while back we told you we loved your “fp me” photos so much we were going to put some up on the website…they are up and look awesome…you guys have such great style, and we’re always inspired by how you wear free people!

check out fp me on the website here.

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if you live in austin or are heading there for sxsw, be on the lookout for the wondercraft!

it’s a vintage airstream trailer (named “stella”) stocked with arts & craft supplies! the wondercraft is the brainchild of four creative ladies who had a goal of bringing supplies to wherever there was a need for artistic expression.  they offer  mobile classes, parties and events and keep their trailer stocked with a unique selecton of inspirational products.  i love it! such a great idea, and the vintage trailer just makes it even better :)

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for more info check out their website.

Beth H -Apr 08, 2010, 6:05PM
Hi there, I'm one of the founders of The WonderCraft. Thanks so much for mentioning us here! too cool! : )

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there are some really beautiful girls gracing the pages of our march catalog. they are from IMG models in new york, and some of them are very successful models. i was looking into some of their portfolios and was really amazed by some of the work they’ve done. here are a few that stood out to me…

missy rayder:

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hana soukupova:
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irina shayk:
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caroline winberg:
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if you don’t get our catalog in the mail, you can check it out here.

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Taniyyah -Jan 08, 2011, 12:15AM
They are very pretty and would love to be in there spot one day...
malfegor -Aug 17, 2010, 10:40AM
definitely I falling in love, Irina Shayk is the most beautiful women in entire planet, I admired not only for her beauty also for her professionalism at the work time.

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last week’s poll was all about feather accessories and the winner, with 28% of the votes, were the lovely feather earrings – nice choice!

this week we have an awesome selection of patchwork items that i am loving…i think it’s really cool how a couple of these styles are one-of-a-kind – each with their own unique wash and patches of fabric collected by our designer in india. which do you like best?

the patched denim jacket:

the fp slouch patch boyfriend jean:
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the merrie patched vintage short:
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the fp military patch skinny slouch denim:
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or the patchwork rugged cutoffs:
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Self Storage Old Trafford -Oct 20, 2010, 3:26AM
Nice post, keep up the excellent work

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love these office style pics! taken by one of my very kind coworkers :)

Taylor -Mar 16, 2010, 1:54PM
How do I get a job there!! I have been trying for months and months!
Pear Picker -Mar 11, 2010, 9:04PM
Pendleton for Opening Ceronmony if I am not mistaken.

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we just opened a store in toronto, and for all you readers that live there, here’s an art exhibit definitely worth checking out! it’s a group exhibition presented by 01 magazine – we’ve posted about a couple of the artists involved before (david horvitz, jennilee marigomen) and they’re ridiculously talented. today i wanted to post some of the work of alexander binder because it reminds me so much of our tangerine dream imagery…and it’s just pretty awesome:

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more info on the show here.

kim -Dec 27, 2010, 3:49PM
I need to look at it when I don't have a headache. It is beautiful but it triggered my migraine further
Supergirl -Nov 22, 2010, 10:24PM
Incredible landscape! Photographer is so talented.

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another fp girl sent me this video saying it reminded her of our tangerine dream web graphics – and i agree, with the bright colors and trippy effects. it’s the trailer for oddsac, a visual album by philadelphia video artist danny perez and animal collective.

the band has worked with perez before, and actually just debuted a live art installation with him this past weekend called “transverse temporal gyrus,” at the guggenheim in new york – it got mixed reviews but these photos look pretty cool:

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oddsac premiered at sundance and screenings are taking place now in various cities throughout the us- go here for a full list – and you might even be lucky enough to see perez and animal collective there!

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