23 Mar 2014

McArthurGlen Trend Clash

Reiss Jumpsuit c/o McArthurGlen, Belt by Oasis, Bag by Zara; Carvela KG Shoes c/o McArthurGlen
Levi Denim Jacket c/o McArthurGlen, Trainers by New Balance, T-Shirt by All Saints, Guess Trousers c/o McArthurGlen

We were really excited to be asked to take part in a Trend Clash style challenge set by the owners of the UK's best outlets, McArthurGlen. I had the hardest challenge as only being 5'6 and the jumpsuit easily being made for someone 6ft and taller but I tried my best :) The jumpsuit is really high quality, but then I wouldn't expect anything less from Reiss and the flares are certainly very 2014. Karl had the perfect challenge as both trend's were right up his street and his jacket hasn't left his back since - and who knew corduroy's would come back into fashion? These one's from Guess are perfect if you are looking for a chino/corduroy. If you haven't already visited one of McArthurGlen outlets then look up your local one and plan your trip as they really are the best if you are looking for designer brands which are up to 60% off!

16 Mar 2014

Making Occasion-wear Versatile with M&S

Dress c/o Marks & Spencer; Sleeveless Blazer c/o Marks & Spencer
We've all bought that dress for a special occasion and then year after year find it hung in our wardrobes never to be worn again. So I just couldn't turn down the challenge set by M&S to make occasion-wear versatile. I picked one of my favourite dresses from M&S' new collection and dressed it up with white summery heels and a neon bag to compliment the orange pattern. I find this dress really adaptable and found pairing this with M&S' black sleeveless blazer and some smart heels for work quite easy and effective!

10 Mar 2014

Morocco Travel Diary: Day 3

On the last day of our time in Morocco we explored every inch of Essaouira thanks to our wonderful guide who spent 4 hours showing us around, even taking us to his house so we could appreciate the gorgeous view from his terrace. I wish this was the view from my living room!!

We visited an artisan workshop to see how the locals produce wood and turn them into masterpieces - just look at the ceiling of the shop! The items they produce here is mind blowing and everything is so intricate and delicate. I couldn't leave without a souvenir so I bought my mum a wooden star with an Arabic prayer written in the middle which keeps you safe when you're in the car - she is half Arabic :)

On the last leg of our exploration we headed to a local workshop where various artists from around Essaouira paint and sell their work (you will see these paintings in many apartments around Morocco), I even bought one for my bathroom in my new house. It really was fascinating watching them at work and the different tools they used as opposed to traditional artists.

After lunch and some down-time at the Riad we wanted to go nowhere but Taros for our last meal together and got to the roof terrace just in time for the sunset. Taros is a must if you visit Essaouira, they have an extensive cocktail menu and the best food in town - just be prepared to pay a little bit more! We recommend the chicken tagine and crème brulee for dessert.

6 Mar 2014

Morocco Travel Diary: Day 2

After our visit to the Argan Oil Farm we were taken the scenic route back to the apartment and after almost being sold for a camel (dying my hair blonde before coming to Morocco was a bad idea!) We were back in time for lunch and did a little more exploring...

While Elodie and Michelle were having a traditional Moroccan Hammam at Lalla Mira, the rest of us stumbled across a beautiful riad called Al Madina with a stunning courtyard just off from the busy streets. With free wifi and rose covered waterfalls it seemed like only a minute before the girl's were back and telling us how amazing their hammam was!

After buying as many souvenir's as our hand luggage would allow and eating the best pizza possibly ever (head to the main square, the restaurant next to the ice-cream shop is the one!) we headed down to the beach to watch the sunset. If Carlsberg did sunsets...

Once the sun had set it was time for dinner so we headed to The Sweet Clock just outside the main square. They have the widest menu so there is something for everyone - we had steak, chicken and saffron rice tagine and even spaghetti. You have to remember you are in Morocco so if you visit try the traditional food, honestly the tagine's and fresh fish are utterly mind blowing.