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#TuesdayShoesday:
Picnic-Ready Pumps

#TuesdayShoesday: Picnic-Ready Pumps

Spring picnic plans afoot? Pack up our Gingham Clogs and Pumps to go along with that wine and cheese. Spread your blanket on a sunny patch of grass, kick back and watch the blue skies go by.

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Make It Happen:
Strawberries in a Small Space

We know what you’re thinking: you’d love to grow your own produce, but darn it, you… >

Make It Happen: Strawberries in a Small Space

We know what you’re thinking: you’d love to grow your own produce, but darn it, you just don’t have the outdoor space. But before you resign yourself to another summer of suspiciously super-sized supermarket strawberries, consider green thumb Marie Viljoen, who turned her teeny Brooklyn terrace into an urban garden, and then penned a cookbook, 66 Square Feet: A Delicious Life, based on her experience. Marie generously provided a step-by-step guide to growing strawberries in a less-than-sprawling space. Follow her tips and you’ll be enjoying the perennial fruits, ahem, of your labor all summer long.

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“April is an excellent time to plant this undemanding fruit, whose first flush of berries will ripen around late May. Strawberries are perennials—they will return year after year. They also reproduce freely, so if you start with one or two plants, you’ll have a few dozen in a couple of years.”

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“When shopping for plants, look for the word “everbearing,” like the Alpine variety. This means that they will produce flowers and fruit throughout the year.”

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“Plant your strawberries in organic potting soil, in containers with drainage holes. They grow happily in containers as small as 6” across, but smaller pots mean you will need to divide and repot your plants more frequently; a 10” pot is more ideal. Place your newly planted strawberries in full sun, meaning six hours of direct sunlight.”

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“If critter control is an issue, protect the plants with a loose covering of chicken wire. This deters squirrels, cats and thieving blue jays.”

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“Feed the plants every week with a granular organic fertilizer, liquid seaweed or fish fertilizer (don’t worry, the smell only lasts a day!). Mix a small bit into the soil every time you harvest a flush of ripe berries. Water them thoroughly when the top half inch of soil is dry. This will be daily in summer—do not rely on rainfall for potted plants.”

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“Pick the berries when they are plump and a bright, scarlet red. They last longer if you include a short piece of stem.”

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“Savor them as a simple picnic dessert, or with a decadent splash of cold prosecco.”



 

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Thinking Pink
(and Mint and Lavender, Too)

Could be the warming temperatures, the brightening sun or the blue-again sky… >

Thinking Pink (and Mint and Lavender, Too)

Could be the warming temperatures, the brightening sun or the blue-again sky, but suddenly everything in our world is coming up pastels. To find out who else was feeling similarly peachy-keen, we asked our pals around the Home Office to share some of their personal pastel thingamajigs. Here’s the happy-go-lucky scoop.

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"My favorite pastel items remind me of home: these mini paper lanterns are from a Savannah flea market." 
— Halligan N., art director

"The stamps have been passed down through my family; most have come from old letters and postcards that my grandfather, who traveled quite a bit, sent to my grandmother. Some of the letters are mine now, and I have loved learning about my grandparents through their correspondence." 
— Christine K., prop stylist

"Mint reminds me of summers growing up on the beaches of Southern California. After playing in the water all day, we’d go to the ice cream parlor and I’d get two scoops of mint chocolate chip goodness in a waffle cone. It was a race against the heat to eat it before it melted all over my hands."
— Jen B., studio coordinator

"This vintage radio was handed down to me by my great auntie. She used to have fabulous dinner parties where it played all night in the background."
— Bryanna M., content marketing manager

"Every Easter, I look forward to two things: scouring our family room for handpainted eggs, and nearly cracking my teeth on handfuls (and handfuls) of Jordan almonds. The pink ones are the best!"
— Emily F., copywriter

"I used to live next-door to a woman who had an amazing collection of vintage things. I used to go over for tea and admire everything. Once, I told her I liked this comb and mirror set and she sent me home with it! She was very generous, and it always reminds me of that way of being in the world."
— Allison D., copywriter

"I lived on Lake Erie growing up, and almost every evening in the summer my parents and I would take a walks on the beach to collect sea glass. I keep jars of it in my apartment as a reminder of home."
— Maddie B., merchandiser

"About five years ago my older sister moved from Pennsylvania to Colorado and my mom and I drove her out there. We found the milkshake blender at a vintage shop on the way. Just so happens I love ice cream!"
— Katie H., stylist




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Make It Happen:
Flower Pots, Four Ways

Flower pots are so darn pretty—the brilliant colors, the crackly glazes—that… >

Make It Happen: Flower Pots, Four Ways

Flower pots are so darn pretty—the brilliant colors, the crackly glazes—that it seems a shame to let the plants they hold steal all the attention. If you’re looking for something different to do with those pots (or if your thumb just isn’t green enough to keep plants alive in them for long), take a look at the alternative uses we’ve dreamed up for your garden vessels that will guarantee they get the oohs and ahhs they so deserve.

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Use it to serve up those other greens, as in a leafy, lovely salad
(just be sure to line the pot with parchment paper first).


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Few sights are more welcome at a party than an icy, overflowing tub of tipples.


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In the mood for a mini DIY? Flip the pot upside down,
install a light kit and—voila!—insta-lamp.


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Already growing tiny succulents? Perfect. Nestle place cards into their
structured leaves for uncommonly pretty holders.





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A Collection Most Curious

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We’ve seen some pretty nifty collections from our magpie employees so far—travel pens, brooches and even faux food—but today we bring you the most curious one yet: flower frogs. Flower what? Yep, we had the same question. Flower frogs are what florists used to hold stems in place before floral foam was invented. Spiky, patinated and strangely beautiful, our creative director Carolyn has dozens of these antiques on display in her New Jersey lakefront home.


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“The obsession began with my grandma. She had a glass flower frog that she passed onto me. Since then, I’ve picked up one every time I’ve visited an antiques
shop on my travels.”



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“I love that they look like medieval torture devices, but are still somehow strikingly pretty. All of the different greens are just gorgeous.”

 

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“They are incredibly versatile. I use them as toothbrush holders, office organizers, jewelry stands, photo frames and, of course, for displaying flowers.”


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“Everyone has a collection in this house, even my dog, Mr. T. I’ve lost count of how many toys he’s in amassed in the four years he’s been a part of our family.”

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Earth Day, Our Way:
Window Gallery

Every April, the windows of our stores become more than a showcase for artful… >

Earth Day, Our Way: Window Gallery

Every April, the windows of our stores become more than a showcase for artful installations—they become a platform for our Earth Day efforts, a means to raise awareness of causes near and dear to our hearts. This year is no different, as we pay tribute to the monarch butterfly, whose annual migration—one of nature’s greatest spectacles—is at risk of disappearing due to vanishing habitats, extreme weather and increased use of herbicides.

In honor of these small but mighty creatures, we’re transforming our storefronts into fluttering exhibits, crafted of paper, fabric, wood, screens and more. “Every window we work on is special, but our Earth Day ones are even more so because they educate,” says our display director Erika S. “The monarchs have such an inspiring story, and that we get to help pass it on through beautiful displays, well that is truly humbling.”

From basic materials to winged wonders, the creative metamorphosis is happening now—stop by your local store over the next two weeks to see the windows being made (or go behind-the-scenes with our latest video), but first, here’s a peek at a few already-finished designs.

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        Got a photo of your local Anthropologie’s monarch windows? Share it with
                       us on Instagram using the hashtag #AnthroEarthDay.

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It’s 5-O’Clock Somewhere:
The Cel-Ray Spring Tonic

It may happen every spring, but we never fail to get giddy as the days grow longer and… >

It’s 5-O’Clock Somewhere:
The Cel-Ray Spring Tonic

It may happen every spring, but we never fail to get giddy as the days grow longer and the evenings lovelier. In honor of the much-anticipated return of one of our favorite happy hour guests, the sun, we’re mixing up the Cel-Ray Spring Tonic, a fresh and fizzy cocktail that’s as cucumber-cool as April’s first breezes. It’s just one of the inventive sips featured in “Shake,” a cocktail compendium from discerning tipplers Eric Prum and Josh Williams.

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Makes two drinks

2 shots of vodka
1 large sprig of celery leaves (plus two small sprigs for garnish)
6 slices of cucumber (plus two for garnish)
2 slices of lime (plus two for garnish)
1/2 shot of fresh lime juice
Ginger ale


HOW TO MAKE IT…

Combine the celery leaves, cucumber and lime slices in a shaker. Muddle until fragrant and thoroughly crushed, then add the vodka and lime juice. Add ice to above the level of the liquid and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into glasses containing large cubes of ice, top with the ginger ale and garnish with the remaining celery leaves, cucumber and lime. Now sit back, relax and enjoy the sun’s last rays.



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Photo credit: The Mason Shaker

 

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A Is for Art, Latte Art

Mmm, lattes. Typically we’re so bleary-eyed before that first sweet-and-smoky wave… >

A Is for Art, Latte Art

Mmm, lattes. Typically we’re so bleary-eyed before that first sweet-and-smoky wave of milky espresso hits our lips that we don’t take a moment to appreciate the laurel leaf or swirly heart gracing the surface of our morning cuppa. Well, at least not until we had a latte made by the one and only Michael Breach while shooting our April catalog at The Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. True story: this coffee wunderkind made us lattes featuring the faces—yes, faces!—of famous folk. (Too bad we drank ours much too quickly before realizing “That would make a killer snap.” Curses, caffeine-free brain!)

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Regardless, having seen and tasted Michael’s work firsthand got us all charged up (literally), so we just had to dabble on our own. Yes, indeed: A is for Arabica.

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