ysl-garden-marrakech

Posted by & filed under Fashion Edit, Lifestyle Edit.

jardin-majorelle-marrakech-1 jardin-majorelle-fountain jardin-majorelle-cactus jardin-majorelle-seatsjardin-majorelle-window jardin-majorelle-walkway jardin-majorelle jardin-majorelle-marrakechjardin-majorelle-plants jardin-majorelle-ootd jardine-majorelle-plant-pots ysl-garden-marrakech

This is the prettiest garden you will ever go to, also the most expensive and an overrated one. Priced at 70dh for entrance into the Jardin Majorelle and an additional 30dh for entrance into the museum, which is based on berbers, it has nothing to do with the actual YSL. The museum is filled with plants from all over the world and is deceivingly small – with small ponds and fountains so sit buy and take in all the beauty it has to offer. Even though it’s overpriced in my opinion, I would still highly recommend it, mainly for all the instagram shots you can get inside. I unintentionally ended up matching the walls! This post is basically an ode to all the photos I took there! The cafe in the garden is cute but overly priced – however I did go and eat there, mainly because I wanted to experience what the offering was like in the Jardine Majorelle (imagine me saying that in a super cool french accent) and if you ever get the chance to go there avoid having the club sandwich, 125dh for a cold tasteless bagel. Instead opt for a tagine or a salad, the wise people setting on the table next to me ordered what looked/sounded like a delicious tagine, whilst I stared miserably at my cold sandwich. I have no idea why I thought a club sandwich was a good idea, but there you go!

The dress worn is an old Warehouse dress, designed as a midi but fits as a maxi on me, beautiful print and material, literally went on sale a month after I brought it so I was gutted – some Warehouse stores may still have this in the sale section – but currently sold out online.

To get to the Jardin Majorelle we got a yellow taxi from the old town square and it was approx 30dh – however we did have a couple taxis who tried to charge us 75dh. Always negotiate price before you get into a taxi!

You’ll spend about 30mins – 1hr and 30mins, longer if you decide to just sit and relax.

morrocan-palm-trees

Posted by & filed under Lifestyle Edit.

I’ve compiled a list of things that I wish I had found on the inter webs when travelling to Marrakech.

 

TRAVEL:

Old town is a maze – literally. But if you get lost and someone offers you directions – don’t take it. These are the people that know you’re vulnerable and will be walking with you for 2 minutes and in return will ask you for a minimum of 50dh. However, if you see a security guard, shop owner, police officer, these people will guide you without asking for anything in return. In any case, be prepared to walk a lot in and around the souks. You will most likely get lost but the best way is to keep calm, look confident as if you’re supposed to be walking that way. I would avoid the souks during evening time, mainly because its getting late and to get back will become a bit more of a hassle. 

Now to walk to the new town, also known as Geliz, is about 1hour from the old town. Very do-able, however it all depends on how much energy you have left. Yellow taxi are around and you can get one around 10/15dh during the day and 20dh during the night. However as you’re a tourist they will try and charge you double – just haggle before you get into the taxi. Make it clear where you want to go and how much you will pay. If they say no, which they most likely will, tell them you paid 15-20dh to get here, and if they still don’t budge, move on and find another taxi. Young moroccan drivers will charge double/triple, therefore try and aim for someone slightly older. Also for locals, the taxi drivers use a meter but for tourists, the idea of a meter goes out the window and they will try and make the most that they can. So haggle away with a smile. The truth is though, they know we’re tourists, so we’re never going to have the luxury of paying local fares, but it’s a real good feeling trying to get as close as we can!

The square which leads to the souks has a huge bus stand and has many buses that go to Geliz – and they only charge 5/6dh so if you really want to travel on a budget give that a go. Also it’s always nice travelling using the local transport. 

 

EAT:

Moroccan cuisine is full of fresh bread, fruit and meat. I personally adore Kefta Tagine and each place does it different. You can have it with bread, rice, chips or on its own. Old town has some pretty little cafes, however these are pretty much over priced as the only people who eat here are tourists. Geliz town was my favourite place to eat as they had a huge array of food options. Chicken/kebab skewers, pizza, tangines, lots of options which are all affordable. Now if you want to go all out, head on down to Comptoir Darna, food is more on the pricier range. Again full of tourists but you get a buzzing atmosphere – open from 7pm till late, with belly dancers, sheesha and a bar. If you want to feel like you’re in a scene of Made in Chelsea then this is the place to be. 

Starbucks and Mc Donalds aren’t the fast food joints that they’re in London. These are hang out places for the rich and elite who come from 7pm onwards till the early morning and literally just hang out. Now I’m not a fan of Mc Donalds but Geliz had the nicest rooftop terrace floor that I could resist myself. If you’re looking for a sweet treat head down to Dino’s – a short walk from Mc Donalds and they serve up the nicest ice creams – but make sure you actually have space in that belly of yours as the portions are huge!

 

SHOP:

Now I didn’t do much shopping, I wanted to buy a rug but the average price was 1000dh for a small rug – it was almost impossible to haggle down so I just gave up. I did however buy a few bottles of Argan Oil from Atlas mountain which was 90dh – pure Argan goodness. And this leads me onto my next point nicely…

 

EXCURSIONS

We did a couple;

Quad biking – pointless driving in dirt/sand. We had a much better experience in Greece and Turkey. 

The average price was 500dh pp however we met a couple who only paid 200dh for the both of them. You could imagine how we felt. So honestly haggle hard!

We also did a whole day excursion from 9am-4pm, off to Atlas mountains, berbers house, waterfall with a pit stop of for lunch – which you have to pay for seperately btw – even though they make it seem like it’s in the deal. This cost us 250dh pp however the same couple only paid 220dh for the both of them. Those guys are serial hagglers – totally admire them!

We visited the YSL gardens – totally overpriced for what it is, but still quite pretty and the restaurant had really bad food & service. Definitely not recommend. Standard price is 70dh for the museum and an extra 30dh for a museum tour of the berbers (nothing to do with saint laurent) and its a small room, save your 30dh! Also don’t take a taxi right outside the YSL gardens, they will over charge you. Walk further down for 10mins, you’ll save about 70dh that way.

Bahia Palace and Ben Yousseff mosque are definitely worth the visit!

 

STAY

Ok – this is a biggie. All depends how long you’re going for and what you want from your time in Marrakech. If you’re a real traveller at heart and want to see all that Marrakech has to offer, the good and the ugly then stay in a  Riad in the old town. These are small hotels/homes with upto 5/6 rooms. The service is a friendly one, they make you feel at home and its only a tad cheaper. Also I would only recommend staying in a Riad for 2/3nights. Any longer and you’ll get bored and miss being buy a pool and hotel amenities. If you’re staying for 7nights, might be worthwhile splitting your trip into 2 segment, some time at a Riad and the rest at a hotel. If you do opt to stay at a Riad keep the address on you at all times. Most drivers won’t know where a Riad is but will know the road name and can take you there much easily. Hotels are easier to find so you won’t face a problem there. When we went to Atlas Mountain on our little excursions I did see    the prettiest hotels on the mountains with exquisite views – the only thing you’d have to deal with is coming back into town is almost 1hr 30mins drive – but if you really want to get away for a little secluded retreat then perhaps that could be an option?

Overall Marrakech is a vibrant city with quite a bit to do, with good food and good weather. I stayed for 7 nights and it felt too long, a 4night stay is probably the right amount of time I’d say!

Now onto some photos:

waterfall-atlas-mountain waterfall-restaurant berber-house-marrakech marrakech-souk-lanterns marrakech-souk-tea-set marrakech-souk marrakech-old-town
marrakech-old-town-to-souk marrakech-terracota-walls riad-pourpre-medina-marrakech marrakech-pink-door

bahia-gardens-morroco

Posted by & filed under Fashion Edit, Lifestyle Edit.

bahia-palace-2 bahia-palace bahia-palace-3 bahia-palace-doorsbahia-palace-windows bahia-palace-fountain bahia-place-details detailsbahia-palace-inside bahia-palace-palm-trees bahia-gardens-morroco bahia-palace-wallsmorrocan-palm-trees bahia-palace-4 bahia-palace-arches bahia-palace-interiormarrakech-gardens bahia-palace-5 bahia-palace-plants

 

Oh hi there little space on the inter webs of mine. It’s been a while, as always. Today I’m back with a new post, one which I have probably mentally written 100 times but have never actually physically written so here it goes…

I’ve just come back from a week long break in Marrakech and I feel like I need a holiday to recover from this holiday. Marrakech is a place like no other. I’ve seen two very extreme sides, and I’m on the fence as to whether or not I’ll actually go back in the future. The souks and the markets sound quaint and quite the adventure however – in real life that is not the case. The strip of where hotels and the regenerated/more tourist friendly area (Geliz) is very much like a country trying real hard to simulate what Europe is deemed to be. 

We stayed in the old town and pretty much got ripped off everywhere we went. Within the first 5 minutes of stepping out of our Riad we were lost and what seemed like a local offering us some friendly directions, was actually an successful attempt of making 50dh from us. We were in the middle of a random alley way, with some morrocan man smiling with his hand out, we foolishly handed the money over and carried on walking. Still lost, but 50dh lighter. At that point I had a bad feeling about the trip but carried on smiling, just incase law of attraction is an actual thing. 

Throughout the whole trip the best money we spent was at the Bahia Palace – have no idea about the history, but it was pretty enough to take instagram photos’ and I guess thats what matters right?

I feel like there is a ‘story time’ kinda video about this trip coming to the YouTubes…

zara-embroidered-skirt

Posted by & filed under Fashion Edit.

topshop-love-life-shoeszara-frill-top zara-floaty-top zara-white-frill-top

Frills are bigger than ever and here to stay. Its probably my favourite trend at the moment, frills on sleeves, collars, waist lines. My current love is this Zara frills sleeve top, incredibly difficult to actually photography and show how exaggerated these sleeves are. The skirt is an old H&M embroidered number and I wasn’t at first sure if the A-line mini went with the skirt but I quite like the pop of colour that peeps out. My shoes are an old Topshop number, extremely old and battered but I adore them and will wear them until they absolutely tear. I was given a beautiful JORD watch – they’re sustainable wooden watches that are really well made and crafted – absolutely in love with them so expect a post on them this weekend. Its been London Design Festival this week and I’ve been to the V&A twice – the installations are stunning and if you walk around Brompton Road there’s houses which have art work installed, really worth the the visit!

floral-asos-trousers

Posted by & filed under Fashion Edit.

hm-frilled-shirt hm-white-frilled-shirt

 

 

So frilled shirts are a thing this A/W season and I couldn’t be happier. I picked up this shirt from H&M – white with frills and the fit is actually really flattering. There are a lot of variations of these shirts, Topshop, NewLook, Zara, they’re all doing them! The trousers are an ASOS sale purchase, unfortunately all sold out currently but these do seem to be quite timeless all year round. Cigarette trousers which cut at the ankle are the most flattering as they make your legs look longer and slimmer. I wore this outfit to work the other day and at first look when leaving the house I had a split second thought ‘is this too much’ and normally if you think that then the answer is probably yes. However I went with my gut and I’m glad because it was comfortable and attracted lots of attention. I saw on instagram somewhere that theres only 11 Mondays left till Christmas – that is mental! How quick has this year gone! I’m also looking at holidays for next year and thinking Sri Lanka…? It seems like the hot spot for beach and cultural holidays so if anyone has gone and has tips do let me know.

zara-trafaluc-metallic-skirt

Posted by & filed under Fashion Edit.

zara-metallic-pleated-skirt zara-foiled-metallic-skirt zara-block-coloured-pleated-skirtzara-red-embellished-bag zara-metallic-skirt

 

Autumn is here – for the first time in what feels like months, I’ve finally worn a jumper and it felt pretty good. To be fair it wasn’t even cold, probably around 18 degrees with a nice warmish breeze but  because there was no sun in sight I has the perfect excuse to get my jumper out. Also Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte is back so that means hallows eve is just around the corner, excited much? I went into Homesense today, feel pretty lucky that there’s a Homesense within a 10minute walk from my place, I saw the nicest one seat chair/sofa with a real rustic/Parisian vibe – absolutely stunning but if I was to get it I’d have no where actually to put it – need to find an excuse to justify the purchase. Anywho back to Autumn days and autumnal clothes – I’m obsessed with metallic skirts, I have been for while now and I’ve got a real collection of them. This is the latest addition a Zara block metallic coloured skirt – it’s so perfect. To complete my collection I’m on the hunt for a pure gold coloured one, similar to the last shade on the this skirt – however the search continues. Zara is killing the A/W range at the moment, I literally love everything I see – so much so that I have to restrict myself from actually going into stores. This embellished red Zara shoulder bag is beautiful! The insect detailing seems to be a theme through-out a lot of bags this season and I kind of love it? Also I’m not a red bag kind of person yet something about this bag drew me in. I’m scheduled to film a mother of all hauls this weekend – it’s feel nauseous just thinking about it! The intense amount of guilt probably comes from buying way too much – post shopping guilt is a thing.

monochrome outfit

Posted by & filed under Fashion Edit.

nike laser cut bronze thea trainers henry holland dupe sunglasses h&m white frill sleeves top h&m frill top zara brown croc peint bag

 

 

This is by far my favourite outfit of all time. Dungarees have without a doubt been my most worn item in my wardrobe – I actually need to find another pair because these were from Topshop brought a year ago and the colour is starting to fade, clear indications of a well loved outfit. They’re just so easy to put together and it’s my weekend go-to choice, without having to think too much about what I want to wear. The white frill top is from H&M and a real bargain for £9.99 – the top provides a little bit of a delicate feel. The sleeves are my favourite part of the outfit. Can we also take a minute to talk about the sunglasses. They’re dupes of glasses that Henry Holland had a while back and I adore how statement they are, these were from Ebay and pretty much look like the real thing. Now I’m not an advocate of ‘rip-off’ things because I feel like its a slap in the face of the designers – however my struggling student self just simply couldn’t afford it at the time. I’m actually looking to buy a new pair of sunnies because I’ve fallen out of love of the ones I have – any suggestions send them my way! I spent most of my day afternoon yesterday roaming Covent Garden – I realised that the walk from Covent Garden to bank is really not that far – we did it within 30mins and it was actually a really lovely walk. Being an avid Architecture fan I was very easily amused by the old buildings. Zara Croc print bag with the embellishment looks far more pricier than what it was – I’ve decided that gold hardware is my favourite type on bags – which has helped me narrow my 30th birthday present down. 

 

HM white frill top

Topshop Dungarees

Zara Croc Bag

 

blush pink velvet cami

Posted by & filed under Fashion Edit.

I foresee two new trends for AutumnI, camis and pyjama style shirts. I love the way night clothing is transitioning into day-time appropriate wear. Cami’s are huge at the moment – normally these were seen as an under garment but now they’re worn on their own. I picked up this velvet lace cami from Bershka and I absolutely adore the colour. Summer days are now very limited so wearing a cami on it’s own probably isn’t the smartest of ideas, so I’ve paired this with my favourite pyjama shirt from New Look. I love the way this shirt fits and looks casual as well as being formally appropriate. I’ve seen velvet and satin camp’s all over the highstreet. These Topshop Hayden jeans are 4 years old and they’re probably not even available anymore. But the more I wear them the better they age and they give the entire outfit a ‘weekend’ vibe. My mum just fails to understand ripped jeans, intact she loathes them so much that she refuses to see me in ripped jeans. 

Chokers and layering jewellery is something I struggle to do – it just seems like so much effort however when you have cute jewellery it helps! Topshop have some of the nicest (and overpriced) stuff. I always browse the jewellery section when there’s a sale. The metallic laser cut Nike Thea’s were a real steal from Office – I think they were put in the sale by accident because a week later they were back on for full price! Definitely not gym wear but they jazz up the entire outfit. This little ensemble is now my current fave! Last official weekend off just before I start work – so the next few outfit posts are most likely going to be work-related outfits. I also filmed a little look-book on YouTube which will be coming this Sunday…

new look pyjama shirt velvet cami with lace topshop hayden jeans black

New Look Pyjama shirt

Posted by & filed under Fashion Edit.

I’ve mentioned before that Pyjama shirts are my favourite things to wear at the moment. However when someone actually said ‘oh, I really like your pyjama’s’ I felt slightly offended. I always thought it was more of a put-together look as opposed to ‘I just woke up like this…’ This shirt is from New Look, only brought a couple of weeks ago so probably in store. The shirt I can see myself wearing for quite a few months, I love the fit, the material and in general how it looks when worn.These Topshop Gold Pleated trousers on the other hand are a bit of a FAD buy and one that I’m trying to wear on daily basis so I get the most out of them. They’re actually quite see-through so tucking in the shirt was literally only done for the purpose of this photo. Metallic and pleats is a combination that I’m really into the past couple months and now I’m on the hunt for a yellow toned gold metallic skirt – there was one on sale at H & M but all sold out online and I have yet to locate it in stores.  

Also I wanted to take this moment to address sliders, how have they become so popular? I absolutely loathe them and bearing in mind everytime I make a comment as such I end up buying the said items. Well not this time, I can assure you now that I will not be buying sliders anytime soon, especially not the fluffy pink puma ones. They don’t even appear to be remotely comfortable and they look hideous on. I am team Birkenstocks all the way – I’ve seen an all black pair for £129 which in all fairness is probably way too much to pay for a pair of sandals hence why I don’t own them yet – but they look so good!

Topshop gold pleated trousers New Look Pyjama shirt pink New Look office shirt Topshop Gold trousers

New Look Grecian Dress

Posted by & filed under Fashion Edit.

If you’re ever about in London, keep an eye out for the mews, these are old stables/warehouses which have been refurbished and made into little apartments that have a ‘holiday home’ vibe. I literally spent my day strolling around the back roads of Oxford Street all the way through to Marble Arch and there are some really pretty mews, they’re also perfect ‘ootd’ backdrops. This linen dress was an absolute bargain from New Look, I found it in the sale for £12. The benefits of living, what feels like, the middle of nowhere is that you end up finding some awesome stuff in the sales, I found a couple other bits in H&M in the sale – all my purchases are normally hauled on Snapchat as soon as I get them (beautclassyfied) The nude gladiator sandals are from Zara – purchased last year and I remember these being awfully painful however I feel like I’ve broken into them as 6hours of strolling around and they’re now quite comfortable. Also, is it possible to loose weight on your foot? If so, I feel like it’s happened to me. 

This Mulberry bag is the only bag I’ve been wearing these days, very pleased with my younger 20′s self for picking this one up. Although I do have my eye on the YSL Sac De Jour or Gucci Dionysys – which one out of the two though? Gucci feels like a trend purchase, similar to what the Chloe and Celine were a year ago and the Sac De Jour seems like a safer bet as it’s more of a classic bag. And I’ve thought the GG sign on the bag is, slightly tacky? But I’m starting to really warm up to it…ahhh #firstworldproblems. I have a couple months to decide so I’m hoping within that time I’ve decided – your opinions wouldn’t go a miss though…

Zara Gladiator Sandals New Look Striped Dress New Look Greek Wrap DressNew look curve striped dress New Look Blue Striped Dress

 

New Look Dress /  Mulberry Bag /  Zara Sandals  / Raybans