January 25, 2017

Wardrobe Essentials: Statement Earrings (Under $50!)

Wardrobe Essentials: Statement Earrings (Under $50!)
Its that time of year when wardrobes can start to feel more than a little stale. Lots of black, lots of layers, thermal everything. At the same time, with spring on the (distant) horizon, investing in anything more for cold weather seems like overkill. A new accessory like an affordable pair of statement earrings can help breathe some life into winter wardrobes and transition to warmer outfits as well. Here are some great options under $50! 


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January 23, 2017

Travel Guide: Atlas Mountains

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The Atlas Mountains are truly breathtaking. Staring up at them it somehow feels as if you've arrived at the edge of the earth, which if you consider that the vast Sahara desert is on the other side it is perhaps an accurate feeling. There is a sense of being very small and yet also having incredible perspective, and when the afternoon light hits the mountains and everything glows softly yellow there is a definite kind of magic to it.

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We stayed in the Ourika Valley at the Kasbah Bab Ourika but another more luxe option that isn't too far away is the Kasbah Tamadot which I've also heard great things about. The Kasbah Bab Ourika is truly an escape and I would highly recommend making time for a visit here. The interiors are incredibly well-designed with plenty of nooks to tuck away in and feel as if you have the place to yourself.
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January 16, 2017

Travel Guide: Marrakech

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Marrakech is one of those mythical places that you hear and read so much about prior to arrival that those initial impressions can seem a bit distorted. Is this actually what is looks like or did I see this in a photograph? It is a place that lives up to all if they hype and is yet some how just more everything. On first blush it is a chaotic, dirty maze of a place that seems absolutely determined to take advantage of tourists in any way possible. Once you get past the initial impressions of whizzing motorbikes, donkey carts, the endlessly confusing streets, the pungent diesel fumes and getting hassled from every single possible direction it is a place with so many different layers to explore. From the brightly colored souks, to the stunning historical sites, to the chic and calm riads, and the flavorful local cuisine it is a place that is worth enduring the surface chaos to discover.
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There are lots of places to stay in Marrakech, from uber luxurious places like La Mamounia and The Royal Mansour which sit on garden compounds just outside of the medina (the old walled city) to charming little riads (guesthouses) tucked behind unassuming entrances amid the chaos of the medina. We stayed at the budget-friendly Riad Yasmine which was incredibly tranquil and had just a handful of rooms. They had a great roof terrace for relaxing and the plunge pool in the central courtyard was lovely. Breakfast was included and they did offer dinner though you have to book in advance. I would recommend reserving a room upstairs as we had one right beside the pool and it was a bit loud. Other great options include the design-forward El Fenn which is worth a visit for the stunning interiors alone and Villa des Orangers which is just outside the medina and a great place for dinner if you don't stay there. 
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