Saturday, 16 June 2012

morocco- outfit post

A few of my outfits from Morocco...with my faithful blue scarf around my shoulders, shielding me from the scorching heat!

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Monday, 11 June 2012

marrakech - part 2

Here is the long overdue Marrakech post, part 2!  While spending time in Marrakech you must visit the famous square at the heart of the Medina, Jemaa al Fna.  Crowds throng to the square, whether it be day or night.  At day, tourists and locals explore the square alike, soaking up the atmosphere and watching the world go by while sipping on mint tea.  At night, you can experience traditional Moroccan street performers while enjoying the delicious street food on offer and hearing the buzz of the crowd.  This thriving square is also home to the world famous Souks where one can indulge in a spot of shopping and purchase beautiful Moroccan jewellery, intricate woodwork and intoxicating spices.  This is an experience not be missed.

The square just before night fall, captured by my friend, Abi.

                Taken from the roof terrace of a restaurant looking out on to the square.  

Images of the souk.


The two days spent in Essaouira where just what the doctor ordered from the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh.  Succulent seafood, relaxing strolls along the beach, heady hammams and a desert trek across the beach.  Blissful!

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Wednesday, 6 June 2012

marrakech - part 1

I have just returned from a week long adventure in Morocco, a country which I will most definitely be returning to.  A vibrant and welcoming city, Marrakech is a city that truly grabs you by your senses, with the overpowering smell of gasoline and spices that lingers in the souks; the decorative, beautfidul ornate furnishings which had me mentally designing my future home and the enthusiastic  market vendors who try and sell you their wares through any means possible...including a adopting an English accent so believable, you have to turn and stare in shock.   We spent our entire visit staying in Riads, a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard, which provided a necessary oasis of calm in the bustling city.  I would recommend staying in the Medina, the old city of  Marrakech rather than staying in Gueliz, the new city; this will allow you to fully immerse yourself in the real Marrakech and experience the city from the eyes of the locals. We also visited Essaouira, a beautiful coastal town, for two nights, for some much needed rest and relaxation.  The sea food was exquisite and we were inducted into the heady world of Hammams by the experience I will never forgot! Here are some holiday snaps taken from my iPhone and devoid of any people...I'm not quite sure how this has occurred!  More photos and holiday details to come in my part 2 post.

We began the holiday by going down the typical tourist route, visiting all the must see sights recommended by guide book and the locals themselves.  We visited Bahia Palace, built in the late 19th century and which captures the essence of Moroccan architecture.  Intricate woodwork and beautiful, traditional Moroccan tiles are the cornerstone of the palace which has an exquisite orange tree garden where you can soak up the atmosphere and the gorgeous architecture on display.

The Jardin Majorelle is a must visit when in Marrakech, a meticulous botanical garden created in the 1920s by Jacque Majorelle and subsequently owned by the designer and couturier, Yves Saint Laurent.  When entering the garden, you are overcome by a sense of tranquility which is hard to come by in this bustling and vibrant city.  The Art Deco pavillion at the heard of the garden and the surrounding infrastructure is painted in a mesmerizing cobalt blue and brilliant yellow, which has left me with an urge to follow suit and decorate my garden home garden in similar colours.  My way of bringing the magic of Morocco back to London.  

 While in Marrakesh we took a day trip with our riad to Ait Benhaddou, a "fortified city" or ksar 32km from the Berber town of Ouarzazate, surrounded by the Atlas Mountains.  Ait Benhaddou, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and locals take great pride in noting the number of desert epics that have been filmed at this site, including Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, The Mummy, Prince of Persia...I could go on but I won't.   We walked to the top of the hill shown in the image below where we had a breathtaking view of the surrounding area.  

On our way to the site, we drove through the breathtaking Atlas Mountains and had the opportunity to stop and take photos.  

After visiting Ait Benhaddou and a quick lunch of tagine, we visited the Kasbah in the town of Ouarzazate.  Built and originally inhabited by the Glaoui family, the residence now remains empty and while the government has taken steps to restore the kasbah, it is difficult to imagine the structure in its former glory days however hard you may try.  A maze of rooms, it is a formidable building full of hidden nooks and alcoves.   

More to come in my second post which I will soon be uploading...if I haven't bored you senseless in this post then please, take a peek!  Also if any of you are considering going to Marrakesh let me know, and I'll be happy to share some of my travelling tips!
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Friday, 18 May 2012

outfit inspiration: hawaiian print

Hawaiian print shirts are no longer just the outfit of choice for middle aged men sunning themselves in warmer climates, as seen here at Sydney Fashion Week.   You can find a great selection on the high street or by visiting your local charity shop/thrift store.

Photos: JakandJil

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Chanel Resort 2013

like marie antoinette
Backstage from Chanel Resort 2013
Channeling Mario Antoinette with a hint of Japanese anime.
Intricate embellishment; beautiful, floral motifs; dazzling jewels; a cropped, angular bob and of course the trademark Chanel logo painted on the model's sculpted cheekbones.

Photos: Studdedhearts

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