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although it has been available for download for a few weeks now, today is the official release date of radiohead’s 8th studio album titled “the king of limbs.”  i of course downloaded it the moment it was available, but i held off on writing about it till now because to be quite honest i needed more time to digest it.

it has always been my opinion that the best bands are the ones who make albums that you listen to from start to finish without skipping a track… and if you were to take one song away, the album wouldn’t feel complete.  like reading a book – if you skip a chapter, or cut straight to the ending, the whole thing is ruined.

there are some bands that excel at this, and radiohead is at the top of that pack.  i have all eight of their studio albums, and i love every minute of every one of them.  to this day, when i hear the song “high and dry” on the radio, my brain expects “fake plastic trees” to come next.


with “the king of limbs” they have created another album where the sum is better than its parts.  this album needs to be listened to in its entirety.  and also true to form, this record sounds different from anything they’ve done, with a more abstract and electronic sound that snaps you up from the start in a whirlwind of beats with “bloom,” tosses you around with “morning mr. magpie” and “little by little” and then soothes you with gorgeous piano and lyrics on songs like “codex” and “give up the ghost.” the last song, “separator,” is my favorite on the album.

and just like that, it’s over.  37 minutes.  or is it? according to rumors, this is only part one, and i sure as hell hope so.  but if thom yorke is sending a message in the lyrics of “separator,” there could be truth to those rumors.

“if you think this is over then you’re wrong.”

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p.s. to celebrate the release, radiohead has produced a special newspaper that will be available today only (in the US and Canada; it was available yesterday elsewhere)! more info on where to find it here.

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jhed -Mar 29, 2011, 9:24PM
Psyched to get new Radiohead! You know what else is sweet? This...
Keely -Mar 29, 2011, 8:56PM
I absolutely Love this album! it has been on repeat in my car computer..everywhere!, Codex, Lotus Flower, and Give up the Ghost...purely amazing..I agree with you tammy I have been watching lotus flowers music video over and over is the best thing and it just makes me so happy the whole thing just puts you in a trance watching him! Heres a post I actually did about the album

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This week I’m fortunate enough to be in London, my old home town!!! I’m so excited that I get the opportunity to come and visit this vibrant, electric city full of character, old world charm and WOW fashion.

I wanted to give everyone a bit of insight into my trip oversees, so I’ll be updating on my shopping, eating, and general perusing of the city. Prior to my flight I stopped off in NYC to stay with my sister and her lovely cat poppy. She recently moved into an apartment in Williamsburg. It’s such an airy, inspiring place – a perfect stay before my long haul flight to heathrow.

my flight was a night flight from JFK, the most uncomfortable flight I have ever had, I could NOT sleep, so I indulged in the new release movies that were on offer.

After 6 hours we finally came close to touching down. I slid open the window shutter and was greeted with a thick cushion of clouds – typical British weather!

What excites me about London is the eccentric fashion. Oxford street comes alive with high street brands throwing must-have trends into a visionary display. With that in mind I headed straight there to get a little bit of a fashion fix. I must warn you though it’s pretty tiring, afterwards you will sure need a cup of coffee in Costa Coffee perhaps?!

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Stay turned for more of my guide through London!

Bev -Mar 29, 2011, 8:36PM
LOVE the wild hair..not crazy to me..been waiting for it to come back but it's everything else..LOVE the native american clothing too!! I envy you in London..I have so many friends there..need to go there on holiday.. ENJOY!! ~ xxx
katie -Mar 29, 2011, 8:17PM
if you want good coffee there's better places in central than costa! if you're shopping aroundabout oxford street again then head to Flat White on Berwick Street, Sacred on Ganton Street, Milkbar on Bateman Street, or Tapped and Packed on Rathbone Street. any of them will be a delight i promise! (or for a spot of phenomenal tea try Yumchaa (also on Berwick Street, just further up) :) x

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we’ve posted some of dutch artist tord boontje’s work before, but i was checking out his website recently and i had to share these photos of some of his pieces. the integration of such unique, bizarre-looking furniture in natural outdoor settings has a feel that’s very alice in wonderland. they also kinda remind me of really rare animals being photographed on a safari or something, if that makes any sense…







Blake Cushing -Jul 01, 2011, 10:52AM
I'm stealing the image thot I'd let U know. thanks b
writing a term paper -Apr 12, 2011, 8:56PM
IT's something incredible! I've never seen anything like this!! The works of a really talented artist!

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loving the warmth of these facebook fan photos on this chilly monday in philly…

christina -Mar 30, 2011, 10:01PM
what kind of nikon camera is the gal in the second picture holding!? love it!
juliette -Mar 30, 2011, 4:25PM
thank you so much for posting those pictures of me!! <3 they all look really good!

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BIOCYTE -Apr 25, 2011, 3:52AM
Intéressant, mais pourquoi les choses tournent comme ca?
Bev -Mar 29, 2011, 9:28AM
Wonderful Quote..must say the man had it together..knows what's real ~

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i came across chelsea brown’s work on cosmic dust and i am speechless… loving the tribal undertones and small pops of color. these would be such rad tattoos.  see more here.

-Mar 28, 2011, 10:55AM
These remind me of Sam Flores
nina -Mar 27, 2011, 6:49PM
so good, I am in love with the stylistic traditional designs and shapes.

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I’m addicted to street style sites; I find them ever so inspiring when it comes to putting together
fresh new looks.

Lately I have been seeing a lot of brogues on girls adopting that Annie Hall
sophisticated tomboy vibe. I like this look going into spring but I’m not sure which way I’d
prefer to take it – do I give my feminine outfit that little bit of attitude or do I go for the full blown tomboy
look, teaming it with denim skinny jeans and shirts?! Either way I think it rocks!

How would you guys wear them?

Photos taken from


Mina -Apr 01, 2011, 6:23PM
I love wearing mine with rolled skinny jeans and striped sweaters, too, like this: Though now that Summer's coming it'll be t-shirts and tops. Don't really consider it the "boy approach" though, since I mostly wear flat shoes of some sort, ha ha.
Emily -Mar 26, 2011, 11:07AM
I LOVE wearing skinny jeans and a top! It's comfy, cute and always a great go-to. Sometimes when no heels are wanted it's fun to do the "boy look"!

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at 8:30 pm on saturday turn off your lights in support of earth hour! more info here.

happy friday!


Eva @ Four Leaf Clover -Mar 25, 2011, 9:02PM
You're awesome for posting this! : )
Taylor -Mar 25, 2011, 6:45PM
I will write it on my hand to remember! :D

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i grew up in the city for the earlier part of my childhood, and i’ve always felt really fortunate to have that experience. we lived at the end of a quaint, tree-lined street where everyone knew each other, us kids all played together, and block parties were a common occurrence. i took art classes (and went sledding) at the museum of art, loved riding what i called “accordion buses” and playing at cherry street park, and regularly went shopping at reading terminal. i can’t say that i always loved going there, as it was typically a crowded weekend day, but it always seemed so full of activity and excitement, and of course, delicious food.

it was recently named one of the top ten public markets in all of the united states, so i thought i’d take a trip down memory lane and visit for the first time in years to take some photos.





























reading terminal is located on 12th street between market and arch in philadelphia – check out the website here.

Len -Mar 29, 2011, 10:00AM
Costa Rican Tarrazú. That's my favorite coffee. I didn't know we exported that! :)
MB@YarnUiPhoneApp -Mar 28, 2011, 8:40AM
These shots look amazing...I can't say we have anything like that here in Chicago. Food, stuff, fresh vegetables all in one place. Amazing.

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a little over a year ago one of our fp girls adopted a sweet little bull mastiff puppy named jazmyn…you may remember, i posted some photos of her back then:


jazmyn doesn’t come to work with her mom because she’s got a little too much energy to sit at her desk all day, but she came in today to say hello and look how much she’s grown!!




such a pretty girl :)

Amélie -Mar 27, 2011, 5:59PM
Love the blurry tail on the second to last pic. Happy puppy!
cornelia -Mar 25, 2011, 8:00PM
I have a fawn english mastiff! such great dogs!

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Everyone loves engineered prints here at the office teamed with cute crop tops. Check out one of our designers look in the video below –

She has worked this trend into a look that’s totally her own. I love how she has made a vintage skirt into a modern fresh outfit and her ring is to die for!!!

The crop top and shoes are free people check them out here.

platform boot  buttonfront crop top

g! -Mar 25, 2011, 4:37PM
Love it. And she is gorgous! And THAT RING! Where did she get that from!? I'm dying to know!
Fp Jemma -Mar 25, 2011, 10:04AM
Hey Pippi, no our senior stylists does not have a blog unfortunately.

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marais USA was founded in 2007 by two parsons school of design students named catherine chen and haley boyd.  while in school they both worked as waitresses around new york city and throughout their college years of shoe shopping in the city, found a need for simple but fashionable shoe styles that were still affordable. from this discovery their company was born, and they now work in brooklyn designing “essential” shoes for girls like them, who want to be stylish but don’t want to break the bank. their inspiration comes from a summer spent in le marais, the eclectic paris neighborhood known for its shopping, where there is “literally something for everyone” – a philosophy that holds true for their company as well.


le marais, paris

it’s fitting that the three shoe styles we’re carrying right now from marais are each completely different, too. i took some inspiration from their website, where they feature four very different “marais girls,” and found three very different gals here at our office who each loved a different pair of their shoes!

i made a collage for each one of them using images they keep around their desks as inspiration –you can see how different their styles are just looking at these images…




find them on our website: gladiator sandal; peeptoe espadrille bootie; maryjane bow flat

Jenny -Mar 24, 2011, 4:56PM
I need those gladiator sandals!!! Also the pictures in a picture is pretty awesome.
haley -Mar 24, 2011, 3:07PM
we love it!! xx marais usa

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