today i thought i’d ask some folks around the office what their favorite memories from 2009 are, and of course i love any excuse to make a collage…
what was your favorite memory from the past year?
i can’t believe tomorrow is new year’s eve! this year went by outrageously fast…i haven’t even had a second to really think about new year’s, let alone what i’m wearing, but luckily i’ve found some really great DIY ideas that i’m dying to try…
accessories are a great way to dress up a simple outfit on new year’s, so here are a couple of things you can do that will stand out, and probably start some conversations as well!
bleachblack had this brilliant idea involving fool’s gold (remember fool’s gold?) that would be a sweet new years eve accessory…all you need is an old cuff or ring, some pieces of pyrite (fool’s gold) and embellishing glue. check out the tutorial here.
and i got to thinking, if gold isn’t your thing, this would work with any kind of crystal or gemstones that you can by at a hobby or crafts store…
hair accessories are big right now too…we have quite a few awesome ones on our website right now…but i also love these “wild” hair pieces i saw on design sponge that you can make yourself:
these are made with items you can find in your garden or a store, or leftover holiday decorations- the top one is a peacock feather, poinsettia leaves and a sprig of evergreen wrapped in floral tape- i love it! check out their full tutorial here.
finally, if you’re looking for a great holiday makeup look, don’t forget about our how-to video… watch it here!
with new year’s eve just a couple days away, i decided to ask what some of our home office team members are doing to celebrate…if you’re still undecided about what’ you’re doing, maybe this will spark some ideas!
i’m taking my son to “new year’s eve with the kids” at north bowl in philly! it’s a family event where kids can bowl and jam out to some live music, along with other activities. it starts at 5 and ends at 8pm with a new year’s toast for the adults!
i will be ringing in the new year at the loews hotel downtown in philly!
i’m going to see the radiators from new orleans at my club in ardmore…its called the palombaro club and was originally an italian club to help immigrants get settled here…it’s almost 100 years old. today it is more of a social club but we do lots of charity work. last year our big project was raising money for the variety club freedom playground being built this spring.
i’m going to boston! a bunch of us will be there to celebrate on new year’s eve, and then we’re going to the winter classic hockey game at fenway park on new year’s day!
i am going to see my favorite band, the disco biscuits, at the nokia theatre in times square! i have been seeing them on new years for 9 years, it’s become a tradition that i share with many friends around the country. my boyfriend is the lighting designer and he’s amazing, so it makes it even more special for me- i can’t wait!
i’m thinking about checking out this warehouse/factory party in brooklyn that looks pretty interesting…www.newlostcity.com.
in germany, where i grew up, the tradition is to eat a marzipan pig with a four leaf clover for new years, for good luck - so that is “something” i will be doing!
so, readers, what are your plans for new year’s eve?
i am not a huge wine drinker but i would try these in a second! they are called “wines that rock,” a new line of wines by the mendocino wine company, that are based on iconic music. winemaker mark beaman took the words right out of my mouth: “i can’t believe that this is my job. i get to taste wine, listen to music, and think about how to put it all together in a bottle of wine that truly captures the essence of an album.”
i love the descriptions for each bottle of wine:
“to capture the intense, brooding character of the dark side of the moon he turned to a classic wine variety, cabernet sauvignon. a varietal with a deep, complex character that takes a relaxed environment to fully appreciate, cabernet sauvignon reflects the hauntingly dense, timeless character of pink floyd’s masterpiece album.”
“the music of woodstock celebrates community, individual expression, and breaking with the past. inspired by this message, winemaker mark beaman created a ‘naked’ style chardonnay. unlike other regions which grow more muted flavored chardonnays (which are then dressed up with oak and malolactic fermentation), woodstock chardonnay is an expression of pure fruit character and the land it was grown on…and as mark likes to say, “sunshine in a bottle.”
“to capture the essence of forty licks, the 40 tracks that cover the rolling stones’ career, winemaker mark beaman chose to work with merlot. this varietal captures the comfort of turning to a solid classic that stands the test of time. much like the band itself, mendocino county winemaking stays true to its roots with a consistent and confident character not caught up in fads or trends.”
for more info check out their website.
in honor of today being the last tunesday of the year, i have the results for your favorite albums of 2009!
the two albums that got the most votes were black joe lewis & the honeybears – tell ‘em what your name is and edward sharpe & the magnetic zeros – up from below…those were two of my favorites so i definitely agree!
next up are several albums that each got the same number of votes, and those are:
animal collective – merriweather post pavilion
fruit bats – the ruminant band
phoenix – wolfgang amadeus phoenix
avett brothers – i and love and you
passion pit – manners
grizzly bear – veckatimest
and finally some honorable mentions that each had a couple of votes:
monsters of folk – monsters of folk
fanfarlo – reservoir
wolfmother – cosmic egg
the swell season – strict joy
pink mountaintops – outside love
yeah yeah yeahs – it’s blitz
the xx – xx
now for your listening pleasure, here’s a playlist of songs from the albums above!
we have a new feature on our website! now when you review an item you have the option of uploading a photo with your review! this is a great way to see how other fp girls are wearing a product you’re thinking of purchasing, or just to share images of items you bought- click here and follow the link for the customer reviews for an example. i personally find the reviews to be extremely helpful when i’m shopping online, so i think this is a great addition!
thank you so much to all 196 people who participated in our holiday craft swap! you guys are so creative and i love seeing photos of your projects…i hope the craft swap brought you all some added holiday cheer!
make sure to check out our flickr page for more craft swap photos!
“keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”
- walt whitman
image: freckled cup.