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here in philly we’re dreaming of spring and so are our fp girls all around the country… here are some great photos from our stores to give you more spring outfit and color inspiration!

planting flowers in walnut creek, california.

cute floral pant street style spotted by our 5th avenue girls.



bright colors and balloons in austin domain for valentine’s day…






…and some style inspiration and spring display photos from austin downtown.



style inspiration from portland.


displays going up in denver




…and in dallas.



summery outfit inspiration from south coast plaza.



and some inspiration from santa barbara :)

audra k -Mar 13, 2011, 3:47PM
what dress is the girl in the first pic wearing? ;)
Gena -Feb 18, 2011, 10:20PM
How cute are those Denver gals!! ;)

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spring is in the air today in philly! warmer weather is on its way, i can feel it in my bones, and i’m so excited to wear lighter clothes and brighter colors and prints.  like maybe…floral shoes and socks?  it’s such a sweet look and literally puts some spring in your step.  which of these floral shoes would you wear?

the bed of roses platform:

the dandy brogue:
dandy brogue

the daydream saddle shoe:
daydream saddle shoe

the foxy fabric platform:
foxy fabric platform 2

or the rose cloud lace up boot:
rose cloud laceup boot

here are your results from last week’s lookbook poll!

-Feb 18, 2011, 12:14AM
i really don't get the whole frilly sock trend. it doesn't look cute to me. maybe i'm missing something.
laura T -Feb 17, 2011, 9:44PM
i love all of them... you can't make us choose between such beautiful shoes!

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Inside the closet

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Our creative director shares her style of vintage denim bell bottoms, of 50’s inspired pieces, polka dots, dirty denim and vagabond accessories. She’s the all American girl with an eccentric wardrobe.

 She inspires us daily… take a peek and get inspired.


anonymous -Feb 16, 2011, 10:06PM
Closet gone viral - perfect vintage and jewelry, hats . . . what photos! makes me want to Twitter
-Feb 16, 2011, 5:21PM
i love it! the jewelry is amazing too!

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good morning! today’s DIY is once again inspired by our spring store displays – specifically, the colorful silk scarves floating around the ceiling.  our team dyed and hand-painted each one of these scarves themselves! i think they’re beautiful and such a great way to add some color to a space for spring.

what you need:

for our displays, our team used silk scarves from dharma trading co. and dye-na-flow silk dye.


the dye can be applied to the fabric by simply dipping it in the dye or by using a brush, squirt bottle or sponge to create different patterns on the scarf. once dry, iron the fabric for a few minutes to fix the dye, then wash in cool water with synthrapol and rinse.



i love the mixture of printed and solid scarves our team used!

if you check out the instructions for the silk dye here, there are a number of other cool dying methods you can try, such as sun printing:


i never heard of this method before but what you do is arrange cutouts or found objects like leaves and flowers on the fabric while the dye is still wet, and lay out in the sun for a couple of hours.  when you remove the objects you’re left with ghosts of the shapes that look really beautiful.



i love the idea of sewing a bunch of scarves together like our display team did…they look like prayer flags. i am definitely going to try this and string them up in my apartment!


Jenny Vega -Apr 07, 2012, 10:47PM
I am so going to try this. My silk is a old one its has some slub to it. I hope it goes well
Ely -Mar 06, 2011, 12:52AM
Do you happen to know what kind of silk we should use from the dharma trading co?

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guys…i am so stoked about this year’s bonnaroo lineup!!!

they seem to be going back to their roots, which makes me very happy.  there are some big bands that have had amazing years – arcade fire, black keys, mumford and sons, florence and the machine, there are the jam bands and bonnaroo staples – widespread panic, robert plant & band of joy,  my morning jacket, string cheese incident, primus, gregg allman, warren haynes, bela fleck, railroad earth…and then there are the surprises – like buffalo springfield featuring richie furay, stephen stills, neil young, rick rosas & joe vitale, and superjam featuring dan auerbach (of the black keys) and dr. john. check out the full lineup on the website.

here’s a little playlist of some of the bands playing this year! man, listening to widespread takes me back…love those guys. so who’s going with me?

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images up top are from last year’s bonnaroo :)

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nicole -Mar 08, 2011, 12:51AM
bonaroo has a pretty good set…. but Summecamp is tight!!! Bela, Widespread, Punch Brothers,Avett Brothers! Festivals are amazing, sad Rothbury is all dubstepped out!

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“say anything,” he said. “you can’t make a mistake when you improvise.”

“what if i mess it up? what if i screw up the rhythm?”

“you can’t,” he said. “it’s like drumming. if you miss a beat, you create another.”

in this simple exchange, sam taught me the secret of improvisation, one that i have accessed my whole life.

he looked at me, my  cowboy with indian ways. “you know, the dreams you had for me weren’t my dreams,” he said. “maybe those dreams are meant for you.”


“i believed he would once again embrace the knowledge that there is no pure evil, nor pure good, only purity.”


he always returned to his muse. i no longer felt that i was the right model for him, but he would wave my objections away. he saw in me more than i could see in myself.  whenever he peeled the image from the polaroid negative, he would say, “with you i can’t miss.”


we were leaving the swirl of our post-brooklyn existence, which had been dominated by the vibrating arena of the chelsea hotel.  the merry-go-round was slowing down. as i packed even the most insignificant of things accumulated in the past few years, they were accompanied by a slide show of faces, some of which i would never see again…

many would not make it…taken down, the stardom they so desired just out of reach, tarnished stars falling from the sky.

i feel no sense of vindication as one of the handfuls of survivors.  i would rather have seen them all succeed, catch the brass ring. as it turned out, it was i who got one of the best horses.

click on images for sources.

Dani -Feb 15, 2011, 7:53PM
These photos are breathtaking! Lovely finds.

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just returned from a weekend in san francisco and i think my head is still somewhere up in those clouds… it was my first time back since moving back to philly two years ago and i feel like i slipped back into a different time for a few days.  there’s magic in the air out there.

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Sabrina -Feb 16, 2011, 4:56PM
Oh these pictures are wonderful! I am from San Francisco but currently live in New York so these photos make me think of home. I would love a San Francisco city guide just to see if there are any new places I should check out when I visit again.
anna -Feb 16, 2011, 2:33PM lovely! you said it perfectly, there is definitely something magical in sf air.

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valentine’s day isn’t just about your significant other…it’s a celebration of all the things we love in life- even the simplest things.  here are some of the things we’re in love with right now!

“i’m in love with my new ring!” – graphic designer

“i’m in love with lipstick! especially my new orange one…and i cant wait till spring to wear the pink one.” – office coordinator


“i love japanese masking tape….it comes in such pretty colors and patterns.” – graphic designer


“girl scout cookies!!!!!” – everyone


“i’m in love with these flowers my friend sent me.” – director of design and image


“i love my cat!” – designer


“i love america…i just moved here from london!” – designer


“i love these sweet cards a co-worker sent me…the bunny on the left below is wearing a little piece of one of my knits!” – designer



“i love shrunken denim jackets like this one on our creative director! i’m going to buy this one.” – creative design assistant


“i love really old vintage valentines! the free library (in philly) has some that you can look at but they’re so old you’re not allowed to touch them.” – creative director


“my dog monster is my valentine :)” – designer


tell me, what are you in love with right now?

calla -Feb 15, 2011, 1:57PM
those greeting cards are adorable!
Sarah -Feb 15, 2011, 1:31PM
I love your graphic designer! I've always been an admirer of her work on FP's website. What is her name??

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our vintage buyer found a stack of adorable vintage valentines at a flea market recently, and our graphic designers made them into little valentines that you can print out and use! she told me that vintage valentine cards are difficult to find and very expensive- and it is not known who many of them are designed by.

valentine’s day was not always a loving and romantic day, and early valentines were actually intended to be mean and insulting – called “penny meanies” – and were sent unsigned.  by the early 19th century the practice of sending more sentimental valentines grew in popularity, and the ones above are from the early 20th century. i think its so interesting to see how valentines have evolved…the vintage ones are so sweet and innocent compared to some of the racier ones we see today!

click on each image to go to our flickr page and download the large size!

Anette -Feb 14, 2011, 1:17PM
Am I just grumpy and getting old when I think that Valentines day is made to sell more stuff, and that is so much more romantic to get flowers any other day...? My boyfriend was easily convinced that this was a good idea:)
elizabeth -Feb 14, 2011, 1:07PM
happy valentines day to all!!! i send my love =)

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There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known.

Nothing you can see that isn’t shown.

Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.

It’s easy.

– Lennon & McCartney

Eva @ Four Leaf Clover -Feb 14, 2011, 6:57PM
Great quote. : ) Happy Valentine's Day to everyone who reads this!!
serena -Feb 14, 2011, 11:35AM
such an inspiring song...lennon-mccartney <3

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have you guys ever seen rainbow roses? i never have and i couldn’t believe they’re actually real – albeit man-made. they were first created by two dutch companies who found that by splitting the stem and dipping each part in water colored with dye they could achieve this effect. the colors are drawn into the petals as the rose blooms, resulting in the rainbow of colors. i love how it almost looks like tie dye!




boho diva -Feb 15, 2011, 6:31PM
That may be the coolest thing I've ever seen! xoxo
Helise -Feb 14, 2011, 4:09PM
It probably should be done with white roses my guess. They are gorgeous!

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by a thread

i mentioned artist sylvia marius the other day…we were particularly inspired by her deconstructed umbrella for our store displays, but as i was looking through her website i found myself completely in awe of all of her beautiful work. this quote helps give you an idea of where she’s coming from:

“I am an inexhaustible collector of fragments of life.
With these roots as my own vocabulary, I create fragile and
delicate objects with a more-than-uncertain use; scarified
sculptures put-back together by a hazy hand.
They are: Aerial objects, a sum of fragments put together from
end to end…
Often, in my world, things seem to hold each other together by
one thread. However, in reality, they are connected by several










her home looks incredibly inspiring as well:




“There is the first sight… Casting itself onto various objects.
Then… A gathering of objects: Building blocks fashioned from
a collection of testimonies:
Fragments of history, gathered during the constant
movement of life…
Fragments placed together for a purpose:
Observe… But particularly… Repair.”

amazing stuff. check out her website here. -Oct 02, 2014, 3:58PM
Check out at our the child place remodel. I believe that it was ideal for just 5 times of work.
How To Build Storage In Garage -Feb 05, 2014, 10:38PM
This really is a smart way to remain organized. I understand my garage area and additionally basement are really a mess. I am certainly designing on making an activity like this.

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