if i had to put mgmt’s music into words it would be… summer 2008, days spent in the parks of san francisco listening to music, hoola hooping and hanging out with friends, dancing barefoot all night till you’re drenched in sweat, and watching the sun come up. few albums capture a moment in time so clearly as oracular spectacular did for me. this leads to high expectations for their new album – and i am still undecided whether congratulations lives up to my expectations or not, but i’m giving it time because it took me a few listens to warm up to their first album. their music is the type you hear in the background at parties, or see live at a music festival, and once it is experienced – rather than just listened to – the moment sticks with you. they’re a little out there but i love them, i think they’d be so fun to hang with. they’re playing coachella this year and i’m sure they’ll be one of the festival highlights!
listen to some songs from the new album below and let me know what you think!
we love being used as inspiration and hope to encourage it … photographer javiera estrada used free people clothing to style part of a look book for a jewelry designer! thanks so much javiera, we’re very flattered and your photos are beautiful! check out a couple more of her photos below that we love and think exude free people spirit…
to get you all in the mood here are some beautiful images taken by hedi slimane at last year’s coachella festival. i’m used to seeing festival images in color, and i think seeing them in black and white really adds to the emotion and starkness of the images.
so i have finished reading the perks of being a wallflower and i must say that i am so glad we chose this book. i had never read it before and i found it very moving and full of wisdom that is relevant not just to someone around the age of the narrator (a freshman in highschool) but to anyone of any age. everyone can relate to the feelings of loneliness, sadness and longing that charlie experiences, and those emotions can occur at any age. deep down, i think we are all searching for that moment of ultimate freedom and happiness- when you truly feel infinite. throughout the week i’ll be posting inspirational quotes from the book along with images that it conjured up in my brain…please feel free to share your thoughts on the book in the comments section!
“it’s much easier not to know things sometimes.”
“…it’s just that sometimes people use thought to not participate in life.”
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…