Monday, April 14, 2014

Stuff I've Been Diggin' Recently

Yo what's up ma readers. 

I love April. Especially in the northern hemisphere because:
a) It's my birthday month 
b) It's Spring and who doesn't love all them blossoms 

I've had some time to unwind between all the travelling (minus Marrakech, that was also unwinding time). Because, don't laugh at me when I say this, travelling all the time is actually exhausting – being constantly on my feet and doing things all the time eats away at my sleeping hours. 

As the weather has been warming up, here are some things I've been diggin' recently:

Bronzing (Tanning) pills: These are little magical wonders. They help prep your skin for the sun, and also aid in getting more of a golden hue. Disclaimer: They in no way provide protection against UV rays and the use of sunscreen is advised. 

Quirky shades: I am totally getting in these bad boys. I bought them at Urban Outfitters in London, and I plan on expanding my collection...Hopefully including a dupe of these.

Bright nail polish: Oval or almond shaped nails are so hype right now. Bright orange-hued reds are also timeless and super fun for the season, and will stay appropriate right into the Summer. (Except who cares, I'll wear this baby all year 'round !)

Nail polish pictured: OPI's 'Red My Fortune Cookie'

Interior design and decoration magazines: I don't why, but I seriously love these. Around this season they always have super fun layouts and ideas. Not really in the market for a new place, but some re-decorating back home...Perhaps. I recommend Elle Decoration or Vogue Living.

Exciting literature: This little gem is another one of Philip Kerr's "modern classics". It's a really good read, and top combination of modern history, mystery and perfect syntax. Not through with it yet, but so far so good.




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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Marrakech | Part III | Hotels & Spa Days

One of the main reasons we visited Marrakech was really just to have a relaxing getaway, somewhere peaceful where we can soak up the sunshine and unwind (especially for my cousin). So naturally, some spa sessions were in need (or want). We spent some time in our own hotel's spa, which was really nice and relaxing...



However, another place takes the cake as the ultimate destination. We went to the Palais Rhoul for lunch and a massage, where they had mind-blowingingly exquisite grounds – they alone would put anyone in a chill disposition. Elise and I both immediately thought of Star Wars, and if you glance below, you'll know what I mean. 

This is basically Naboo but on earth and in Morocco. 

We ate some delicious food, some Moroccan salads and tajines, which were possibly the best I have ever tasted (sorry Mama...) but I think the grounds themselves just enhanced everything we did...I have honestly never seen such a breathtaking place as this resort and spa. 





















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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Marrakech | Part II | The Town & Souk

We visited the town and the souk, a huge open air market place where nothing ever really has a fixed price, so if you are a good bargainer, you should probably swing by this place. It did feel quite different walking down the streets of Marrakech. I mean, it has to be said that, as a woman you really feel men's eyes on you and you kind of need to be careful, but aside from that, the rest was positive, you really felt in a different universe. Donkeys pulling carts walk by you, old farmers sitting peacefully on the cart's bench. Desert reds and browns contrast with the colossal mountains on the horizon, which are still fresh with snow despite the 30 degrees celsius. The sun can be almost blinding, and you see the locals subconsciously squint their accustomed eyes in order to cope with the light, whereas you find yourself retreating to your sunglasses. One thing can definitely be said, I've never seen a richer, bluer, clearer sky in all my life.

Photos do not even do it justice.










Yes, that is an orange tree in the middle of the street. Apparently this is normal...














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