I have never heard of this place before and was slightly gutted when my sister beat me to it after I’ve been here much longer than her.
The Benjamin Franklin old fashioned ice cream parlor is the place I’m talking about. Isn’t it the perfect place to take some cool photos.
The aesthetic of the place is so delightful and oozes character. I know, I know, it’s getting a bit cold for ice cream, but it’s goooooooooood any time of year, right?!
“The Franklin Fountain aims to serve an experience steeped in ideals, drizzled with drollery, and sprinkled with the forgotten flavors of the American past.”
I was blown away by the original porcelain mosaic tile floor. I wish I had this in my own home!! It’s definitely a place to head to if you want to beat the Sunday blues.
Go here to visit their beautiful website. Their history is pretty magical.
thanksgiving day began with a light snowfall outside the window and ended with a fire-lit private gathering at my favorite philly bar… i hate winter but it made me long for a blizzard. there’s nothing better than a snow day that shuts down the city… sleeping in, playing in the snow till your cheeks are rosy and warming up by the fire. have a great weekend! xoxo
the office is deserted today – everyone’s either off for the holiday or working in our stores. the few of us that are here feel a little lonely, but the quiet is kinda nice compared to the craziness that’s probably going on at stores today…
cute shirt on our creative design assistant :)
chau wearing something one of our designers whipped up in mere minutes. amazing!
good morning! hope you all had a very happy thanksgiving! due to the holiday we missed the thursday poll so let’s do it now shall we…
how cute is this image our creative team did? they had the thermals pinned up on a wall in the office :)
in addition to our standard thermals we have some other really cute layering tops that would be so cozy on a dreary day like today in philly. which of these is your favorite?
the ladder rungs sweater:
time to vote!
and here are last week’s poll results – look eight was by far the winner with 35%!
doodles on the whiteboard in our conference room make me smile :)
they have chewbacca…
…we have elvis.
the vintage loves set.
pumpkin and apple pies in our kitchens this morning!
the office is quiet today… lots of people took off for the holiday and everyone else is wrapping things up. we’re out at noon today and off tomorrow but i’ll be back on friday! happy thanksgiving :)
some of you asked for a tutorial on how to make the sequin hangers in our holiday displays… well ask and you shall receive! one of our lovely visual display gals was kind enough to put this together for the blog. the hangers are actually quite easy to make!
a hanger, scissors, needle & thread, marker, pins and fabric! we obviously used sequin fabric, but any kind of fabric works and would look great. i’m already thinking about all the other fun fabrics i want to try :) and if you can’t find sequin fabric, try looking for a sequin top at thrift stores!
steps (pictured above):
1. trace outline onto fabric 1/2” around outside edge of hanger – do this twice for front and back pieces.
2. cut out both pattern pieces on marker outline.
3. place the two patterns on top of each other, with insides of fabric facing out. pin together. sew tops together only, 1/4” in from edge of fabric, along pink dotted line. if you are using sequin fabric, we suggest sewing by hand – the sequins might break your sewing machine needle!
4. turn cover right side out.
5. cut small hole in top center of hanger cover. poke metal hanger through hole.
6. cover hanger with fabric. sew bottom shut by hand.
We caught up with our crafty knits designer to find out what she is inspired by.
In the outside world, what inspires me?…
I’m really loving all the costumes on Boardwalk Empire. The girls are dreamy, milky white skin with burgundy lips, and then all of the amazing 20s styling, oooh! So inspiring. Also loving the outdoorsy/early 90s styling on the classic TV series Twin Peaks for Fall. There were at least 3 awesome boxy tops I wanted in my closet from season one alone.
Sheer sheer sheer legs! Sheer stockings, maxis, skirts, pants & leggings. I know after the fall silhouette meeting the girls were feeling this way, but personally I think it might have more to do with my relatively new leg tattoo?!
I’m always listening to New Order, Morrissey, The Stone Roses, etc. but lately I can’t stop listening to oldies and lady gaga! Go figure! I can’t get enough of the color red. Red lips, and accessories. And ginger boys and girls too. Hehe ;)
Design-wise I’m going crazy over doing really fashion forward bodies with embellishment/ fp trim details. Finding the perfect combination of cool body with cool artwork/trims details is the best – It feels so fresh and makes me really happy!
something a lil fun for you today… remember when you were little and you learned how to draw a turkey by tracing your hand? well i asked our graphic designers to do something for the blog for thanksgiving and this is what i got :) ain’t he clever?
if you guys want to get creative, feel free to send in your rendition of a hand turkey to firstname.lastname@example.org :)
i can’t believe thanksgiving is the day after tomorrow… not quite sure where this year went. this time last year, i asked people around the office what they were thankful for. i was thinking about it today and this year i am definitely most thankful for the people in my life – the new ones who have made their way into my heart and the old ones that will never leave.
what are you most thankful for this year?
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