Congratulations to our winner, chosen at random: Mamatank!
i have an ancient pillow that belonged to my mother. i named it Cuddle Pillow because it was made for cuddling and comforting me. for the longest time i thought it’s pillowcase was a strange shade of gray… but yesterday i poured some oxi clean into the washer with it and later discovered that its actually YELLOW! i love it even more now :)
Yay! This was such a fun giveaway – thank you all for participating! A few of you mentioned in your comments how nice it was to sit and think about comfort toys and childhood. I completely agree! It was so pleasant to read all your stories – thank you for sharing them! It made for very sweet and cheery reading!
And for everyone who didn’t happen to win the bear – don’t worry! There are more giveaways on the horizon!

riley -Jul 17, 2009, 12:08PM
awww i loooove that story!!! awww i loooove that story!!! <3
Karla -Jul 16, 2009, 11:14PM
OMG it's the bear!! I SO regret not buying one of these when they were available. I so love him.

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The ladies at our Manhattan Beach store in California gave me a heads-up that there is going to be a really big volleyball tournament right down the street from the store, on the beach! The Manhattan Beach Open Volleyball Tournament is reportedly one of the biggest AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) tournaments of the year, and the girls at the store are really looking forward to it! If you’re in the Manhattan Beach area this weekend and looking for something to entertain you while you catch some rays, this is it! Check out all the information here!
Photo here.

print & pattern

These gorgeous shots are from an editorial by Steven Meisel that appeared in Vogue Italia in 2003. The first and last photos are particularly eye-catching, don’t you think?
Via Fashion Gone Rogue.

aza -Dec 22, 2009, 1:28PM
hi this i the bom were did u find this stuff and i have a fashion blog to its called hot fashion and the name is aza is nice hook me up
nicole cupcakes -Jul 16, 2009, 11:19AM
this is amazing where do you guys find all these cool articles/prints

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bamboo taxi

These bamboo taxis are so cool! They were commissioned by the mayor of Tabontabon, a town of about 10,000 people in Leyte Province, Philippines. The main method of transportation there is motorcycles, with sometimes up to 6 people crowding onto one bike. Though this method of travel is cheap, it is very dangerous, and not very environmentally friendly either! The new bamboo taxis are made 90% of bamboo, are as cheap as motorcycles, and run completely on bio-diesel. One gallon can make the cars run for 8 hours! Such a cool idea!
Via Inhabitat and The Best Part.

Gladys Bolden -Jan 04, 2011, 7:31PM
Rupert is the best =D dog grooming
keren keziah -Jul 18, 2009, 10:47AM
I visit your blog daily, and i always look forward to each entry everyday to inspire me! I am certainly suprized to find this cool post about the bamboo taxi, since i live here in the Philippines, yet i have no idea we have it here! :D anyhoo, thank you guys for this blog and never get tired inspiring us!

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These paper birthday flower rings by Tithi Kutchamuch and Nutre Arayavanish are so clever! Each ring resembles the birthday flower for one of the 12 months of the year, and you can get them all, or individually as a birthday card for your friend! I love it!
Via noquedanblogs.

cuddly giveaway!

Isn’t this FP teddy bear as cute as can be? He’s very soft and huggable, and he’s looking for a nice cozy home, maybe yours! All you have to do for a chance to have him come live at your house is leave a comment on this post telling about your first or favorite stuffed animal or comfort blanket, etc… You know, the one that is all grimey because you loved it so much and couldn’t be without it! Tomorrow at this time, we’ll pick one comment at random, and if it’s yours, we’ll send you the cute bear! As you can see from the picture above, Trixie really wishes she was eligible to win this giveaway…
P.S. Don’t forget to leave your email address with your comment so that we can contact you if your comment is the one picked!

Tessa Hurr -Jul 22, 2009, 5:52PM
From when I was born to when I turned eleven, I had a mickey mouse baby blanket with pictures of the Disney characters on it. I love it so much and would carry it with me everywhere. I would do everything with it. When my mom told me it was smelly and that I should wash it, I would always cry and would stay up at night because I didn't have my blankie with me.
Christy Mehaffie -Jul 21, 2009, 2:00PM
My first stuffed animal was a brown dog named Florence. It was a pretty fancy name for a pretty fancy dog.... or so I thought. I took him EVERYWHERE.... church, the mall, family trips... I'd even try to smuggle him in my backpack so I wouldn't be without him in school. I carried him well beyond the days where his felt ears began to rip off, his stitching began to pull and seperate, his fur became matted... He was literally a mess, but I loved him anyway. Florence is still around these days, but I leave him at home. Maybe one day I'll pass him on to someone who will love him as much as I did.

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Come to Kahn Park at 11th and Pine Street tonight and see an awesome show by the West Philadelphia Orchestra! Their music is really fun, boot-stomping good, inspired the music of Eastern Europe. Check out the video below for a sampling!

7:30pm tonight!
Kahn Park
11th at Pine St.
Philadelphia PA

We’re loving this gorgeous and inspirational set by Ben Watts! Dreamin’ indeed…
Also, you may recognize the model, Noot- she was in our March catalog!
Check out this video to see her showing off all the cool clothes in her closet.

Anastasia -Aug 11, 2009, 10:30AM
This is so beautiful! There is so much freedom in the style of clothing and unkept hair.
Ashley -Jul 15, 2009, 7:37PM
Wow, what a beautiful photoshoot. I want absolutely all of the clothes and accessories used in it!

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Hey everyone! We have two internships currently available, one in our buying department and one in our planning department – right here at the home office! Either of the internships offer a great opportunity to grow and learn about the inner workings of a fashion company!
The Retail/Direct Buying team intern will be assisting the Buyer and Assistant Buyers on day to day projects. This includes tracking samples, creating reports, and imputing PO’s. They may be called upon to be a liaison between the Buying, Production and Design departments. Click here to learn more about this position and apply!
The Planning Intern will help maximize sales and profit by helping to develop and execute sound merchandise plans that support Company goals for sales, turn and margin. This candidate will possess strong computer skills, and be able to work independently both ongoing and ad-hoc projects related to reporting and analysis. Click here to learn more about this position and apply!

-Jul 30, 2009, 1:21PM
Do you need a college credit to take this internships? And when is it?
alexa -Jul 17, 2009, 10:01PM
when do you announce your 2010 summer internship positions? I will be a freshman in college and I would love to work for yall durring the summer!

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How pretty is the birthday cake Tai Shan got for his birthday?! It’s that lovely pink color because one of the main ingredients in it is shredded beets! The only other ingredients were ice, beet juice, and bamboo. What a cake!

Images via Getty.

Megan -Jul 17, 2009, 1:39PM
I love this.
Priscilla -Jul 15, 2009, 2:40PM
OMG so cuuuute~ He looks so happy in the last picture. :3

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in the waves

These beautiful images of waves are by Japanese photographer Syoin Kajii. Syoin is a Buddhist monk residing at a seaside temple on Sado Island, where he works on his photography as well. His photos from this gorgeous set were recently featured in Foam Photography Magazine. I would love to get lost in any of them!
Via 2 or 3 Things.

Bench fan -Jul 15, 2009, 6:12AM
those pics look really cool!
Courtney -Jul 14, 2009, 10:58PM
I love these! It feels like you're right in the midst of the waves.

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coffee animals

I love the simplicity of these coffee-themed illustrations by Jenny Kim! On her site she has a couple photos that show how the pieces would look as a wall mural or on a coffee cup, and they’re awesome! Her paintings are very good as well; check them out on her site.
Via The Best Part.

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