Sigur Ros is coming to town and it may just be better then Christmas! This Friday the Icelandic sensation returns to Philly!
After delivering stunning back-to-back sold out performances on the Mann’s Skyline Stage last year, Sigur Rós return to the Mann for one show only on the main stage Friday, September 20th.
Known for their captivating live shows, one of Iceland’s most enigmatic bands made their triumphant return to the US after a four year hiatus to rave reviews including a headlining performance at Madison Square Garden in March.
Steel Pony staffer, Lee, will be in attendance wearing her favorite SP pieces and bobbing back and forth to the overwhelming sound scapes. Take a listen to the piece: Sæglópur (Lost at Sea) and view the official music video. The show is sold out, but we will have images and perhaps a sound byte for you next Monday.
The blog posts this week have all revolved around Labor Day and The Made in America Festival. This final post will be no exception. The video below has a long run time, more then ten minutes, but is live footage of Beyonce performing ‘Dance For You’ on the Ben Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia this past weekend. Take a few moments to check it out and let us know what you think. SP has this single blaring in the studio this week after hearing Beyonce perform.
Also, there is a documentary coming out by Ron Howard on the festival, slated for release in 2014, here is the official trailer.
What to wear, what to wear…for the Made in America Festival it was a sea of cut off jean shorts, espadrille wedges and asymmetric cut tanks. Steel Pony has a KILLER version of the popular top: the Violet tank. Head to ‘shop online’ to check it out closer and snatch it up in fall’s hottest colors! Pair it all with tribal jewelry and layers of bangles for a laid back, bohemian vibe, the ideal outfit for a day of outdoor music.
1. Tribal Necklace
2. Cut Off Jean Shorts
3. Steel Pony Violet Tank Top in Azure
4. Braided Magenta Espadrille Wedges
“All the world is becoming commercial. Was it practicable to keep our new empire separated from them we might indulge ourselves in speculating whether commerce contributes to the happiness of mankind. But we cannot separate ourselves from them. Our citizens have had too full taste of the comforts furnished by the arts and manufactures to be debarred the use of them.”
- Jefferson to George Washington: 1784 March 15
Happy Labor Day SP tribe-sters! We were discussing the meaning of this holiday in the Studio last week and putting our own spin on the irony of it, to a certain degree, in our present economic and American manufacturing states. After our talks, I decided to take a look into the background of the nationally recognized day of celebration.
The first Monday in September marks Labor Day, a time to pay tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. The idea came to the American government in 1884 and the first official governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.
The first Labor Day was held in New York City by the Central Labor Union, who urged similar organizations across the state and country to get together to form a day celebrating the “working man’s” holiday. The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families.
Across the United States the day continues to be celebrating in this manner. Unions show their community presence by taking to the streets in droves. Cities put on large scale parades. Festivals, such as The Made in America Music Festival, crop up with huge names headlining, pulling in thousands. But what all are we celebrating? We have gone from nearly 100% of manufacturing taking place on our soil to, in the apparel industry at least, a mere 1%. Steel Pony continues to add to the depleting statistic by creating and making American fashion.
In the Steel Pony world we are all vastly eclectic & that is consistent in our individual music tastes as in every aspect of our Selves. This week Steel Pony staffer’s are nodding and bopping to Hot Chip and a favorite stand by of theirs- ‘Boy From School’.
Not only is the song on repeat in our heads, but we can not get enough of the music video! We are thinking of adding some of these…umm…techniques (?) into our dyeing process, what do you think? Looks like fun, eh? Maybe the next Steel Pony Studio Sale can showcase an interactive SP tribe members fabric wall. Who would be down to strap on some sponges and hurl themselves at a blank unfurled bolt of fabric in the name of art?
Thoughts of interactive fabric art aside; curious minds want to know – what song is playing in your head this week? Share your favorite bands, include links to their sites and songs, then check back next week to see if your band gets featured on the SP Playlist.
Calling all paper addicts & overly abundant mail receivers! Tired of losing track of the 101 pieces of paper floating around your home or office? Steel Pony has a super simple, chic & sustainable solution. Shutter it!
All you need is a found, salvaged or purchased wooden window shutter, some picture hangers & possibly a coat of paint.
- Window Shutter
- Heavy Duty Wall Hangers
- Spray Primer (if changing shutter color)
- Sponge Brush
- Sand Paper
- If you are not changing the color of your window shutter, then this is an incredibly fast & easy single step project : all you have to do is add wall hangers to the back of the shutter & hang like you would a picture in your desired area.
- For those needing to change the shutter color follow these steps: sand away current color until surface is smooth – no need to over complicate & take the piece down to its raw wood
- Spray entire surface evenly with primer
- Use sponge brush to evenly apply paint to surface. Repeat in multiple coats for an even finish
- Add wall hangers & place
Please send SP pictures of your shutter projects & let us know what you think in the comment section below.
There is nothing better then creating a beautiful meal that receives ‘oohs, ahhs’ and mouth watering accolades from the people you cook it for. This is a simplistic approach to a traditional Sunday breakfast dish. Using fresh peaches, picked by myself & my family at nearby Linvilla Orchards, I created an easy warm compote to top browned butter batter soaked bread slices. Pair with freshly whipped cream & add a mix of complimenting berries for a decedent treat.
French Toast & Peach Compote Ingredients
- 1/4 Cup Butter (additional 3 Tablespoons for compote)
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar (additional 1/2 Cup for compote)
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 Cup water (for compote)
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Pinch of Sea Salt
- 1/8 Teaspoon Cinnamon (additional 1/8 teaspoon for compote)
- 1/8 Teaspoon Nutmeg (additional 1/8 teaspoon for compote)
- 5 to 7 Peaches, washed & sliced
- Loaf Fresh Bread ( we use pecan & raisin bread- this is why the bread appears so dark in all of our images )
Fresh Whipped Cream
- Whipping Cream
- 1 Tablespoon Confectioner Sugar
- 1/4 Vanilla Extract
(french toast Instructions)
- Using a heavy bottom saucepan melt butter on high heat until the liquid begins to bubble & foam. Reduce heat, move liquid back & forth – swirl, you will notice brown speckles floating on the bottom of the pan. The liquid will turn from pale yellow to rich, deep gold & then brown. The butter is now browned. Remove pan from heat & set aside.
- Crack all eggs into mixing bowl. Pour in browned butter. Add brown sugar, vanilla extract, salt, cinnamon & nutmeg & mix on high with whisk attachment in mixer until all ingredients are fully integrated and smooth.
- Pour mixture into shallow casserole dish. Cut bread loaf into 1/2″ thick slices & add to batter mix. Allow to soak for 5 minutes on each side.
- Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in 12″ frying pan & add bread slices. Fry toast until golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes, on each side.
- Top slices with warm peach compote (see recipe below), freshly whipped cream (recipe also below) & complimenting berries
Peach Compote Directions
- Using a heavy bottom saucepan melt & brown butter (use same technique outlined above in french toast recipe)
- Add water & brown sugar, bring mixture to a boil. Stir until sugar is completely integrated.
- Add in Cinnamon & Nutmeg, stir
- Add sliced peaches to liquid & bring back up to a boil for 3 minutes, stirring on & off throughout
- Reduce heat a& allow peaches to breakdown slightly & liquid to reduce. Approximately 15 minutes. Remove from heat & seat aside until ready to use.
Freshly Whipped Cream Directions
- Pour whipping cream into mixer bowl
- Add vanilla extract & confectioner sugar
- Whip using whisk attachment on highest speed until liquid is light & fluffy – your ideal whipped cream topping consistency. Do not over whip the mixture
Enjoy! Send us images of your results for these recipes and let Steel Pony know how yummy this all tastes!
“You might think people would buy clothes out of pity, but they won’t. People buy clothes because they want to be excited about themselves. So it can’t just be goody-goody clothing; it has to be great clothing that just happens to be goody-goody, too. You’ve got to put the fashion first.”
— British designer Katharine Hamnett