our makeup artist wearing a vintage dress she found at a sidewalk sale outside someones stoop – i love how she paired it with striped socks and boots! she looks awesome.
and i stumbled upon our senior stylist packing for paris- she and another stylist are heading back to shoot our january lookbook, which i’ll tell you guys more about soon! that suitcase is stuffed to the brim with lookbook outfits :)
and here they are on their way out, traveling in style!
our videographer snapped these photos jenny lopez when they were out to dinner last night- doesn’t she look amazing? i actually really love how the photos are slightly blurry, they add to the vintage look of her outfit!
p.s. jenny did a really cute post on her blog yesterday about packing light when she travels, featuring some really cute pics taken at our home office! check it out here.
i am so excited to finally show you a sneak peek of our january catalog, shot in paris by guy aroch, featuring models elsa hosk and martha hunt. i know i always say this, but this really is my favorite catalog ever. here’s a little preview in some beautiful behind the scenes photos taken by thomas northcut.
that last photo is downright amazing.
the catalog drops on tuesday january 11, stay tuned!
saw these adorable little fabric-embellished moleskine journals over on honestly…wtf and they’ve been hanging around in the back of my mind ever since! any crafts that involve taking a simple everyday object and personalizing it are always appealing to me – plus i am one of those people who does not go anywhere without a journal to jot down notes, song lyrics, doodles, and yes, even blog ideas. i love the little moleskines because they’re nice and small and can fit in any bag, or in my pocket.
what you need: moleskine journal of whatever size you desire, fabric, scissors, a needle and thread.
i’m going to go off on a tangent for a moment and say that one of my favorite place in our building is our visual display team’s workroom. they have everything you could possibly ever need for crafting! and yes i know how lucky i am that they lend me supplies for some of my projects :)
these beautiful scraps of fabric are from antique quilts our team finds in india… you may recognize them from many of our store displays! it’s nearly impossible to pick one because they’re all so special but the rich cerulean blue of one really stuck out to me.
cut the fabric to your desired shape. honestly…wtf recommends gluing the fabric to the journal first so it doesn’t move around, and then sewing with a sewing machine. while that would be much easier, i did it by hand, without any glue, and it worked just fine – and here’s my cute little journal!
i have a feeling this is going to become a regular thing now…
have you guys seen this??? our creative director sent it along and oh. my. goodness. one of the sweetest things i’ve ever seen. take a little break from whatever you’re doing and watch…it will make you smile!
our senior stylist recently moved into a new home and painted one of the walls with chalkboard paint – such a fun idea! friends can leave little drawings and notes when they stop by, and it would come in handy for bursts of inspiration! i love how elegant her’s looks with the mantel and mirrors – and don’t you love the fire someone drew :)
there are so many cool things you can do with chalkboard paint…here’s some more inspiration from around the web.
I’ve been obsessing over hats lately like crazy. I see so many cute pictures of girls wearing them with prairie dresses, rock T-shirts and polka dots. Whenever I throw on a hat I feel like a different person… like I’m in character… it’s kinda fun. It makes me feel like I need to be a performer for the day!! I think I need one in my life. There are so many adorable styles out there.
The look I’m chasing at the moment on the hat front is that naïve folksy look, the prairie look made accidentally cool. Mixing a hippie dress with a polka dot shirt, then either a bowler hat or fedora or if I just wanted an easy care free day – a vintage rock tee, dirty denims and yep topped off with any hat.
I gotten hat crazy this month but my life has been made easy with the great selection that is right here on our web.
you know those days when your head is in the clouds… and no matter how hard you try to ground yourself, part of you just seems to be floating off in a dream? this is the perfect music for those days. the album pictured above is actually from 2007 but has some of my favorite of their songs on it. when i first heard “seeds of night” i listened to it about twenty times. check out some of the cave singers’ songs below and pretend you’re lying in a grassy field on a sunny day with the wind tickling your face or walking barefoot on the beach in a chilly air, the sand cool against your feet.
i am very excited to announce our next book club read – just kids by patti smith! a couple of you recommended this book but it was literally yesterday during a conversation with our videographer that we chose it. here is what she had to say about it…
i’d heard friends talking about patti’s book and how powerful/inspiring/mesmerizing it was…
coincidentally i got tickets to see her play in new york for the new year.
i’m not much of a reader anymore, but…
i started the book on sunday – after seeing her perform which was downright amazing – and stayed up til 1am tuesday to finish it.
i don’t even feel like i can conjure up words to say what she’s already said – though when i read the last page, i texted my good friend,
feeling compelled to say “good lord, there’s good work to be done.”
i haven’t been so moved by a book in maybe…ever.
you’ll want to throw away all of your fears and reservations and excuses and go for it –
it being whatever the heck you want your life to be.
ok sign me up! i can’t wait to start reading it. i’ll give you all a week or so to get started and then i’ll start posting about it. in the meantime, here are some images of the impossibly cool patti smith.
i am so inspired by this story and artwork sent in from reader keely, from savannah, georgia. a college student who paints on the side, she was inspired by one of our summer display bikes to create jewelry out of wood, hemp, floss thread, scrapbook paper, fabric and free people catalogs!
it was this bike – specifically the wheels – that sparked her inspiration:
and here’s a look at the jewelry she created:
here are some of her paintings, which she creates using mixed media such as fabric, paper, glitter and acrylic paint. i love how colorful and cheerful they are:
finally, i had to share this photo of her christmas tree, decorated with all DIY ornaments!
now that’s a free people tree if i ever saw one :)
check out more of her work here. thanks so much for sharing, keely!