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today’s recipe comes from our new intern naomi! i haven’t had a chance to “formally” introduce you guys to her yet but i will soon :)

These random days of gorgeous spring weather we’ve been experiencing, have me thinking one thing – SUMMER. My friends and I have already jumped the gun and pulled out the vinyl records and grill for summer-like evenings outside. My mind is on warm weather and night time meals, so I wanted to share a simple soup recipe paired with some delicious cornbread. I especially love this cornbread recipe because it is made with yogurt instead of butter. The meal is simple, light, and perfect to eat at the picnic table in the backyard with friends!

Both recipes come from my Moosewood (an organic and vegetarian restaurant based in Ithaca NY) cookbook which has proven to be a favorite of mine.

Cream Spinach Soup

1 Large Onion
2 Medium Potatoes, peeled & chopped
3 Cups of Water
2 Tsp Salt
1lb. Spinach, cleaned & stemmed
5 Med Garlic Cloves, peeled only
1.5 Cups Milk (can be low fat, I like 2%)
White Pepper and Nutmeg to taste


  1. Place onions, potatoes, and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and then cover and simmer until potatoes are fully cooked.
  2. Remove from heat, add spinach and garlic, cover and set aside.
  3. Heat up milk in a large skillet.
  4. Puree spinach and potato mixture.
  5. Once pureed, stir in heated milk, white pepper, and nutmeg.

Squash Cornbread:


2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
2 Egg Whites
¾ Cup Greek Yogurt (can be nonfat)
1 Cup Cornmeal
1 Cup Unbleached White Flour
½ Tsp Salt
1 Tbsp Baking Powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F
  2. Grease an 8”
  3. In a large bowl, beat together the brown sugar, yogurt, and eggs until frothy.
  4. In a smaller bowl, mix together cornmeal, flour, salt, and baking powder.
  5. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet until just mixed together.
  6. Pour batter into pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.


haydn -May 19, 2011, 5:11AM
Yeap! I enjoyed it ...
rey -Apr 26, 2011, 3:39AM
seems dilicious

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after getting settled in at the house on thursday night, we walked to a nearby restaurant called z tejas for a delicious dinner outside under tree-strung lights…


the guacamole was amazing.


i woke up friday morning to the soft strumming of guitar and came downstairs to find our hair and makeup artists dennis and deanna, who got in late the night before.  not a bad way to wake up!


coffee on the front porch as the sun comes up…i could do this every day.


models ashley smith and anastasia khodkina arrive for the first day of shooting!


while waiting for shooting to get started ashley picked up one of the guitars at the house and started playing…it was such a beautiful moment.


we’re working with austin-based photographer alexandra valenti – i am such a huge fan of her work, so it was really exciting to meet her. she has amazing style, too!



we went to this rad venue called mohawk, located on red river street.



anastasia gets touched up before shooting.


two members of local band the happen-ins, who are friends with alexandra valenti. i can’t get over that california raisins tank!


the band introduced us to the michelada, a concoction of tecate beer, bloody mary mix and lime – apparently you can’t come to austin and not try one! it’s interesting, that’s for sure :)


that’s all for now! today i am breaking away from the crew to go exploring…stay tuned!

Lew -Apr 21, 2011, 4:21PM
Michelada's are my favorite! A friend of mine from Mexico City introduced me to them and now it's my drink of choice.
ely -Apr 18, 2011, 11:17PM
Michelada it's the best! We drink it all the summer here in Monterrey, Mexico.. you need to try the "clamato" =)

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sometimes artwork is a lot more complex than it might appear at first glance, and that is certainly the case with these paintings by mark warren jacques.  don’t get me wrong, i love the colors and patterns and imagery he creates but even just knowing the titles to these pieces gives them a much more meaningful context.

“work is love made visible”

“i wasn’t there when you made it but i feel like i’m there when i’m lookin at it.”


“you and me and our perpetual emotion”


“suddenly we meet”


“a daydream / spacing out”


“the things i think, they dangle from me like this.”


“smile in the morning, everyday is a beautiful day.”


“tonight we are the moon, glowing in the light of the sun, and woman you are my shelter, happy for the warmth of my fire.”


“the feeling of forgetting”


“falling into love”


“this is all i know”

go see more here!

Keely -Apr 18, 2011, 9:42PM
He is my fav! I love the cosmic/tribal feel to his works...kinda puts you in a trance when you look at them. and of course I love all the colors!
Kate -Apr 17, 2011, 7:26PM
These are amazing!!

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My friend Lauren has lived in Australia for a couple of years now. She is British and has settled into the low key lifestyle Australia has to offer perfectly. She has an adorable blog that she uses as an online visual diary – sharing her thoughs and inpiration with the world. She let’s us take a peek into her lifestyle there. Below she shares her thoughts on Yamba one of her favourite beaches.

Here’s her Blog Baumbach

The Yamba Story.

I live in the land of sun and sky, beaches and beauty. I moved to Australia from the UK just over two and half years ago and have based myself in Brisbane.

Just over three hours drive from home and I can be in Yamba. One of Australia’s best-kept secrets, same beauty and wonder as Byron Bay but imagine it before the travelers took over.

One pub perched on the cliffs overlooks the beach and a perfect place to sip beer and soak up the views. The home of Billabongs creator and a pro surfer attraction with the famous Angourie surf break just down the road.

Yamba calms me, it has a presence and a serenity that I search for and haven’t found anywhere else yet. Beautiful coastline, perfect for learner surfers like myself to practice my surf skills and to get tossed around by the waves.

back your bags

Pitching a tent and spending a few days is all you need to unwind and escape from the city.
Yamba I love you with all my heart, one day when I have made my mark I will buy a plot near the beach and call you home.

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our newest store opens today in new jersey! stop by and say hello :)

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toenail fungus remedy -Apr 18, 2011, 3:04PM
New jersey concerts are just the best!

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i am so incredibly excited to have the opportunity to join our team for a catalog shoot in austin! i just arrived and am still wide-eyed and soaking it all in but here’s a little peek so far…more to come :)

what i packed – it is hot down here and i am loving it!

so long philly…


hello austin! of course the live music capital of the world has a band playing in the airport :)


the house where our team is staying- it is absolutely breathtaking! i’ll have lots of pics for you guys don’t worry!



this place has such an amazing laid-back vibe…i can’t wait to explore downtown tomorrow and see what it’s all about! stay tuned…

mei mei gao -Apr 20, 2011, 11:40PM
it is so wonderful!!
fp julia -Apr 18, 2011, 4:41PM
hi! the shirt in the middle is right here-, and the tshirt is vintage loves -

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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.



-Apr 14, 2011, 8:01PM
Looove the long lace jacket. So cute
Lauren -Apr 14, 2011, 6:32PM
Ow! I love the peek-a-boo lace top under the sweater. Laurenlovestoshare

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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:










so cute!!! thanks ladies :)

Brooke -Apr 25, 2011, 11:49PM
Does anyone know where I can get that lacy beige sweater that's on the right? It's gorgeous
Heidi -Apr 24, 2011, 10:30AM
Okay so I bought the black and beige skirt and wore is as a strapless dress over a blank tank. I paired it with one of your cream cardigans with flowers I got so many complements

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Post image for thursday poll – edition 130

it’s that time… for a lookbook poll! jemma gave you a little peek behind the scenes of the lookbook shoot the other day, and now i want to know which outfit is your favorite!

click on each image to go to our website and view details on the outfit.

look one:

look two:

look three:

look four:

look five:

look six:

look seven:

look eight:

look nine:

Jane -Apr 17, 2011, 1:06PM
Yeah, LOVE them all!! Meaning this poll fails! ha! But in all seriousness, all the looks are gorgeous!
Jasmine -Apr 17, 2011, 12:49PM
5,6,8,9 simplicity is love. I haven't been spring shopping yet but I like these looks (:

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artist jonna pohjalainen, who transformed a bunch of aspen logs into massive colored pencils as part of a finnish environmental art installation. sooo freaking cool!





ColeHaber -Apr 14, 2011, 1:07PM
This is so cool. Did she do this in person or did she edit the photos?
Emma -Apr 14, 2011, 5:17AM
wow, I love this! great inspiration.

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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

faux fur
wire or looped head pins
bead caps
embroidery thread
tin foil


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!

top two images via fashiontoast and minkpink.

maggi -Jul 16, 2012, 7:12PM
id love to see this done with real rabbits feet!
tee -Dec 27, 2011, 12:09AM
aww I LOVE this!!! I too had them as a child. I don't think I ever thought about what it really meant. I would much rather have this cruelty version! Thanks for posting!

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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”



“rock on, gold dust woman”


brittany Keating -Apr 14, 2011, 1:53PM
just did a photo project inspired by stevie! love her spirit. she IS everywhere..and i'm lovin' every minute of it! the weather is perfect for some fleetwood mac and buckingham nicks tunes..i can feel that summer is around the corner :) xo
-Apr 14, 2011, 10:43AM
such a beautiful free woman

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