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i’m in love with lisa congdon’s artwork right now…the bold colors she uses, her amazing animal portraits, and that little owl that is just so stinking cute…i would love to have a whole bunch of her paintings all hung on a wall together.

Keren -Feb 22, 2011, 3:25PM
If you love her work you can purchase her prints for unreasonably affordable prices at 20x200! Live with art, it's good for you! -Keren
Keely -Feb 21, 2011, 11:34PM
Lisa Congdon's work is so amazing her use of color I love. She is an inspiration as an artist! If you like her I would recommend checking out Mark Warren Jacques his use of color and shapes is fantastic! here a link to my blog where I did a feature of him. Mark and Lisa are some of my fav artist!

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i could spend hours wandering around our building checking out peoples’ desks… each one is like a window into who that person is – what they love and choose to surround themselves with and the things that inspire them when they’re creating.  here are just a few of the amazing desk spaces from around the office…













Jacqui -Mar 05, 2011, 12:51PM
A few points in response to Anonymous: 1) Not all hippies are concerned about the environment, and not all environmentalists are hippies. 2) Free People doesn't market itself as an environmentally friendly brand. It sells upscale hippie-inspired clothing. 3) There are more ways to be environmentally friendly than just using a Klean Kanteen. Like by buying used items, and limiting your purchases to what's really necessary. Hop off that treadmill of consumption!
dani -Feb 26, 2011, 3:22PM
i love the desk with the james franco pictures <3

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our vintage buyer brought an article over to jemma about how to feng shui your desk at work, and i immediately decided my desk needed a makeover. my feng shui was all wrong… and with the beautiful weather we’re having today it felt like a good time to do some spring cleaning!

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(the article is from whole living magazine)

here’s what my workspace looked like before – a cluttered mess!


to feng shui my desk i followed the instructions above as well as i could with what i have here at work.  i put my plant, dreamcatcher and buddha figurine in the back left (or top left) area, with a photo of the sunset over the pacific in the background to make it feel as zen as possible. the bottom left area has a collage of photos from my latest trip, just kids, “music we like” from amoeba (a great music reference), my little journal and peaceful accents of blue. at the top right i have photos of loved ones and notes and cards from friends at work, and at the bottom right i hung some scraps of fabric to inspire creativity.


here’s the end result:


it may not look much different but it sure feels better! now i just need to feng shui my apartment…

Erika -Sep 17, 2014, 10:09AM
This article was super helpful also for me! Thank you! Erika
Isabel -Feb 06, 2013, 8:35PM
This article was super helpful! I'm moving into an apartment and this is the perfect time to de-clutter and give my space a fresh new look!

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it’s friday, it’s 60 degrees and there’s a new radiohead album out today :)

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karen -Feb 19, 2011, 10:08PM
ahhhhhhhhhh, so happy about the king of limbs.... and thom yorke's choreography kills me.
-Feb 19, 2011, 9:55PM
ahhhhhhhhhh, so happy about the king of limbs.... and thom yorke's choreography kills me.

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everyone looks so lovely in the office today! i noticed a theme of pretty vintage and flowy dresses over leggings with socks and sandals or ankle boots.










i also really loved this tshirt with the pink bra peeking out!


and this jewelry…


and toby’s new spring tie :) -Mar 12, 2014, 6:56PM
Wow, fantastic blog structure! How lengthy have you ever been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The entire look of your web site is magnificent, let alone the content.
Victoria -Mar 03, 2011, 8:53PM
Still no answer on where the boots are from? Dying to knowww !

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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:
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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.

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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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