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it has been way too long since the last fleet foxes album came out – going on three years, to be precise. it’s rare that i fall so hard for a band after only one album, but their debut had me hooked from the opening notes of “sun it rises.” i wore out that album in the summer of ’08… it was the soundtrack to a very transitional time in my life when i moved out to nor cal. their music lifts my spirits and i still listen to “ragged wood” pretty frequently. well, their new album, “helplessness blues” comes out may third but we can get a taste of it now with this video for the song “grown ocean”! i really like the dreamy feel of this video, check it out and listen to the title track from the new album as well, below.
even though we didn’t get to go to coachella this year, we were still there in spirit, and in the form of these lovely ladies rocking free people at the festival!
i am in love with this look! our eyelet crop top looks amazing with a printed skirt, and bare feet are a bonus :)
lovely lace! the dress on the left is a january item that’s currently unavailable but we will be getting more in june! the maxi on the right is a may catalog item – it has arrived in some of our stores and should be online soon :)
cute skirts and dresses look awesome paired with converse kicks.
this is one of my fave fp tops ever – i wore it all last summer! love how it looks with the polka dot shorts.
images via harper’s bazaar, refinery 29 and elle.
for my last day in austin i decided to go off on my own and explore the city while i had the chance. my first stop was south congress street, a hip area known as soco. i was told beforehand that this was THE place for vintage shopping and getting a good taste of what austin is all about.
there were several amazing stores in soco, but this one was by far my favorite – i literally could have spent the entire day there. it’s called uncommon objects and is basically a massive assortment of rare vintage objects including postcards, found familiy portraits, boots, mexican blankets, home furnishings, skulls and an array of bizarre items.
after shopping i stopped for lunch at jo’s cafe, right by the hotel san jose. it’s got great outdoor patio seating perfect for people watching!
next i walked back towards downtown austin, with a view of the impressive texas state capital guiding my way.
beautiful lady bird lake.
the oldest hotel in austin, the driskill, is rumored to be haunted.
next i headed down 6th street, also known as old pecan st, which is lined with bars and is the central location for SXSW-goers.
i headed west on sixth street towards lamar, where one of our free people stores is located! the girls were super sweet, as always, and very excited that we were in town shooting!
by this point i was pretty tired and sun-burnt so i headed back towards our house, and passed this amazing place on my way…
almost every house i saw in austin had a porch. one day i will have a house with a porch.
our team returned from their day of shooting and we headed out to dinner, where we drank texas mules (tito’s, ginger beer and lime) and i had one of the best veggie burgers EVER. then it was off to bed to get some sleep before my early morning flight.
austin, i miss you already.
p.s. i am putting together a whole guide of our favorite spots in austin so stay tuned for that when the catalog drops in july! xoxo
The platform has taken a quirky new direction. A new sole has appeared on the fashion front and we’re diggin it.
The flatform was a key statement throughout the spring/ Summer runaway shows – Derek Lam, Prada, and Vena Cava
All made their silhouette that much more interesting by adding this elevated shoe.
They have the comfort of wearing flats but give you that attractive 5 inch lift without the cripple factor.
We here at the office love them and find them the perfect way to add quirkiness to any outfit.
Flatforms, are you digging the shoe of this season?
See our selection here Flatforms
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
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
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!
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”
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.
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.
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…