Guess who graced us with his presence today?! Fritz!
He was feeling camera shy…
…until he got a treat.
Lou is getting so big!
Mr. Pig’s face kills me.
Dillinger stretching out.
cool desk space.
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When I was reading the Guide to Venice that our producer put together, I was surprised when she said Venice is a city known for its decay – I’ve never been there and am not very familiar with it, but from what I’ve seen it looks beautiful and far from decay. But it’s true, and the same aquatic setting that also makes Venice so scenic puts its gorgeous architecture at greater risk of decay. In some ways this also adds an element of dramatic beauty and heightens the mystique of the city. In the behind the scenes photos from our shoot, Thomas Northcut also captured the dark beauty of the architecture in Venice…these photos take my breath away.
Every time I fly some place I keep thinking how I really need to get something to hold my passport and other travel documents in. I’m getting ready to head off to Hong Kong, and well, I thought it was finally the time to follow through and actually get one. What’s even better than getting something is making something, and when I saw this DIY, I thought I could very well do this myself. It takes a bit of precision and care, but you can put this together at home no problem. Here’s how:
You’ll need: a passport, a cutting board, ruler, 2 – 8.5”x11” pieces of leather, leather rope (not pictured), white charcoal pencil, ruler, utility knife, awl, needle and thread (I got this cool 3 in one gadget pictured below that worked great)
Step 1) Lay out leather, aligning it with the lines of your cutting board, and place passport in the corner .5” from the edge.
Step 2) Trace around the outside of your passport with the white charcoal pencil. After you’ve done so, use your ruler to extend the line all the way to the other side, stopping .5” from the edge.
Step 3) Align extra piece of leather so that the top edge is even with your top line. Line ruler up with the bottom edge of your first piece of leather, and trace a line across piece number two.
Step 4) Using the utility knife, cut along the line you have just drawn on piece number two.
Step 5) Get your awl ready, for those of you who bought the same one I did, you have to unscrew the top piece, insert the needle, and then screw the piece back on over the needle to hold it secure.
Step 6) With the right sides together. Lay the first piece on top of the second piece, and begin to poke holes every 1/4” along the white lines (do this on every line except for the top one). You’ll then want to push the needle through to enlarge the holes even more.
Step 7) Once you’ve poked the holes on all of your lines, sew thread through. Cut off lose ends with your utility knife.
Step 8) After making sure that your passport fits, draw two points roughly in the center that are 2” apart.
Step 9) Using the awl again, poke holes on both of these dots. You may have to poke a few next to each other to make them big enough. Once you’re done, feed leather rope through. Tie in a bow and cut off extra rope.
On my first day in San Francisco I met up with Micaela who writes the blog The Drifter and the Gypsy. We met for coffee at a cute little place in North Beach called Café Trieste. North Beach is one of my favorite neighborhoods in San Fran – located in the northern part of the city, it is full of culture and history. This is the part of town where beat generation legends like Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady hung out, and home to their favorite haunts, the famous City Lights bookstore and Vesuvio Cafe (see photos in my previous post). When you climb to the top of some of its hilly streets, you are rewarded with breathtaking views of the bay.
I have been following Micaela’s blog for a while now, so it was great to finally put a face to the personality that comes across on her blog. She is wise beyond her young years and a talented writer and photographer –and we discovered that we both dream of one day writing a book :)
Here are some photos from our meetup!
Me, in the fp vegan leather jacket, which i am in love with and wore all weekend!
I loved Micaela’s vintage skirt and tapestry bag!
I also wore the fp extreme vintage flares – most comfortable jeans ever!
Photos 3,4 & 8 by Micaela, rest by me.
Whenever i think of “the sweet life” la dolce vita i think of Europe. I think of exquisite beauty that romances you and makes you feel rich inside with thoughts and emotions. It’s gives a feeling of wealth but not the kind of wealth involved in spending lots of money on luxury items, but the kind of wealth that involves evoking a feeling of fulfillment. Textures like velvet and fur that scream “I’m worth it” a whole silhouette that tells a story of love, of taste and great knowledge of the beautiful. European fashion definitely embodies la dolce vita.
This trend makes me want to get lost in a city just like the concept of our August book. It makes me want to fall in love and feel like a million bucks.
What does la dolce vita mean to you?
Images taken from weheartit.com
items in second image: swalesdale texture shrug vegan leather pleated skirt floral lace fit and flare dress large amulet pendant western moonstone ring malachite wrap ring
“Take another little piece of my heart…”
San Francisco is the only other city I’ve lived in besides Philadelphia. A few years ago I drove across the country with a friend and when I got to San Fran I fell in love with it and decided I wasn’t leaving. The vibe of the city is unlike anywhere else – a unique blend of creativity, individuality and a bit of artistic madness. It always brings to mind the Jack Kerouac quote:
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”
There’s a reason he, too, was drawn to the musical beat of San Fran.
The city is alive with music, all hours of the day and night – when I lived there it wasn’t, “what are we doing tonight?” it was “what show are we going to tonight?” It’s a place where you never feel lonely, because even if you are alone you’ll always meet someone on the street or in the park or on the barstool next to you with a smile and a friendly ear. And it’s a city where no matter how big it is, or even if you’re at a festival with thousands of people, you can still run into an old friend.
Philly is my home but I will always love the city by the bay.
Outside Lands 2011 has come to a close and what a magical weekend it was… Sunday was another gorgeous sunny day in Golden Gate Park and once again Free People was everywhere we looked. The girls in San Francisco definitely know how to do festival fashion right!Read More
Try it out for yourself if you dare =P
1 1/3 Cups Whole Milk
100 Grams of Dark Chocolate
¾ (generous) Cup of sugar
¾ Cups of ground hazelnuts
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
Beat egg, 1 cup of milk, and vanilla extract together in a large bowl.
Place sugar, chocolate, 1/3 cup of milk, ¼ cup of hazelnuts into a pot, and place over a low flame. Keep stirring until chocolate is fully melted and sugar is dissolved.
Pour melted chocolate mixture into milk/egg mixture, add remaining hazelnuts, and stir vigorously until fully blended together.
Pour into a bread pan, and let cool for a bit. Once it has reached room temperature, stick the whole thing in the fridge over night.
After a night in the fridge to freeze, it should be ready to serve nde
The weather could not have been better today at Outside Lands! Uncharacteristically, the sun was shining all day and burned through the San Francisco fog. Also? Free People was everywhere! We ran into so many girls wearing FP duds and carrying our tote bags. Here’s a look at the fashion on day two shot by Erin of calivintage.com!
The striped lace inset top from last year!
Love this combo of leopard, fringe and our seed bead necklace.
One of my favorite looks from today.
Love how she knotted our pieced together maxi!
Free People bag and Joe lace up over-the-knee boots!
Natalie, looking amazing in our forbidden garden mesh maxi!
My favorite photo of them all :)
More coming tomorrow!
Photo Credit: Erin Hagstrom, calivintage.com