much like the culture itself, moroccan cuisine is extremely diverse – a literal melting pot of berber, moorish, mediterranean, arab and african influences. spices, dried fruits and vegetables are used extensively in most dishes, often served with couscous. meals are also typically served with bread, which is used as a utensil for scooping up food and soaking in its rich flavor. our team told me they ate a lot of tagine- morocco’s most popular and common dish. tagine is a slow cooked stew that combines meat, vegetables, sometimes fruit, and loads of spices. they’re usually served in really neat looking pots called tagines, like the one above, from which the meal gets its name.
one of our fp girls made this amazing cake for a special occasion at the office – more on that later – and she shared her recipe and instructions below! i’m already thinking about all the pretty color combinations i’d want to try…
i discovered the artwork of rachel t. robertson a few weeks ago and i thought it was so reminiscent of our new website creative concept, sweet jasmine. rachel is a san francisco-based artist who creates whimsical collages reminiscent of a scrapbook, combining nature imagery and mixed media with tiny details like graph paper, envelopes, stamps and thread.
when our team went to morocco to shoot the april catalog their first stop was marrakech. they stayed in a gorgeous spot just outside the city, where small streets and alleyways recede into a vast grove of palm trees. the sounds of the city are a distant memory as you enter a peaceful oasis where oranges grow on trees and roses climb the walls towards your balcony window. the hotel is called les deux tours and these pictures taken by our producer speak for themselves…
our free people store at space 15 twenty in los angeles is holding a spring outfit contest this sunday! stop by the store between 1pm and 3pm and put together your perfect spring look at the store. they will photograph you in your outfit and select a winner who will receive a free people gift card and be featured on the space 15 twenty website! the winner will be announced on space15twenty.com on tuesday april 13. make sure you rsvp for the event here!
so what’s your favorite look for spring? i’d love to know!
so have you all seen our new april catalog yet? if not you can check it out here – the catalog was shot in morocco and features some really beautiful dresses for spring and summer. which one of these moroccan-themed beauties do you love most?
this is heidi – an adorable customer who came into our bucktown, chicago store already wearing our lightshow babydoll tank and raving about how much she LOVES free people! our fp girls got to know her while she had fun modeling some outfits for them…
where are you from?
what is it that draws you to free people?
i love the attention to detail!
what’s your favorite free people item in your closet?
i’m buying it right now! these jeans are amazing!
the girls who work in our virginia stores sent me the following writeup on an event taking place in their area that they love – the national cherry blossom festival!
on march 27th, people began to flock to the DC metropolitan area to witness a breathtaking event – the flowering of the cherry blossoms along the tidal basin! in 1912, japan gave the cherry blossom trees to the citizens of the united states a gift of friendship. the cherry blossom festival is held every year – this year from march 27th until april 11th, and is located just 5 minutes from our free people store in clarendon, va, and 20 minutes from our tyson’s corner, va location. throughout the two-week festival, customers who visit the stores are inspired by the cherry blossoms, which symbolize the fresh, bright renewal that spring delivers. the free people girl loves venturing into DC to enjoy the colorful blossoms blooming in her path and to fulfill her love of nature.
read more to see some stunning photos and a selection of free people items that evoke the spirit and beauty of the cherry blossoms!