I can hardly believe it myself, but I’m back from my whirlwind trip to Morocco! We somehow managed to cram 5 cities into 8 days, with 2.5 days of car rides (and one camel ride) in-between. I enjoyed every minute of our week-long trek across the country, so I have decided that the best way to share my trip with you is chronologically… After an 8-hour plane ride from Dulles to Paris, a 4-hour layover, and another 4-hour plane ride to Casablanca, we finally arrived.
We were greeted by Aziz, who would be our amazing driver for the duration of our trip, at the airport in Casablanca. He had already met up with my sister, Natalie, who had arrived hours earlier from Senegal, so we all hopped in the car to travel from Casablanca to Rabat, our first destination. In Morocco, the hotels we stayed in were “riads,” traditional Moroccan houses/palaces with an interior garden or courtyard. Riad Kalaa, in the heart of Rabat, had a beautiful Andalusian courtyard with stone and marble architecture. The room I shared with Natalie was super cozy and had amazing amenities. It was so cozy, in fact, that Natalie and I didn’t want to get out of bed. Thankfully, Riad Kaala had a filling and delicious breakfast of traditional breads, yogurt, and fresh-squeezed orange juice that tempted us to leave our room.
Our stay in Rabat was a short one, but a great intro to Moroccan culture and hospitality. I would quickly learn that Morocco is home to beautiful medinas, delicious kefta kebabs, and cats – lots of cats.
If you’ve been looking for the perfect whimsical wedding hair style and the person to do it, look no further. Paige Clifton of PSC Hair Artistry transformed my long locks into a sweet spirally up do, suited for a lovely crown of red roses, for a styled shoot at the beginning of March. Paige is based out of Annapolis, Maryland, and is launching her website on May 1, 2015!
In the meantime, you can check out her artful handiwork on Instagram @pschairartistry. Her beautiful hair designs were also recently featured in a Buzz Feed article, 8 Must-Have Looks for the 2015 Bride. I would say “I do” to any of these looks!
Enaura Bridal Gown
Les Fleurs Floral Crown
Hair by PSC Hair Artistry
Makeup by Ashley Yalana
Coordinating by Pop the Cork Designs
Photography by CJK Visuals
This blue and white top just screams “take me to Morocco!”, doesn’t it? Little does it know, it will in fact be accompanying me on my journey to the exotic lands of Morocco very soon – Friday in fact! I’m not quite sure how this trip snuck up on me as it did. A few months ago our family vacation to Africa seemed forever away. Now, it’s just a few hours. Crazy how that happens, huh?
My intent was to write a post on “how to pack for an exotic vacation” , but that clearly was a lofty goal as I have not taken photos for or written said post. Instead, you will have to settle for many, many photos from my trip and maybe a note or two on how my packing worked out… or not. I’m actually feeling pretty confident that I packed enough basics and layers (without over-packing, huzzah!).
I have managed to fit 7 days worth of outfits, four pairs of shoes, light camera gear, and entertainment material into one carry-on and a mid-sized suitcase (with room to spare!). I’d call that an accomplishment.
South Moon Under Tunic
White Denim | similar
Stella & Dot Renegade Cluster Bracelet
Stella & Dot Rebel Cluster Necklace
Lou Lou D.C. Necklace
It has happened – I finally have my dream work space! No more wishing, wanting, and longing for the perfect place to dream, think, doodle, and be creative. I may even delete my “Dream Workspace” board on Pinterest. (OK, let’s not get too crazy…). The space speaks for itself, but there are a couple of things that I want to highlight.
My amazing friend Heather Mae, in addition to being a musician and fellow style blogger, refurbishes furniture and creates memo boards on her Etsy shop, ALittleLoved. She created a gold memo board for me with chalkboard panes and fabric panes for pinning my favorite notes and clippings. I love me some Pinterest, but there’s something irreplaceably gratifying about pinning things to a physical board.
Shelves were also an important piece of my workspace, so a little trip to Ikea and some gold spray paint did the trick. If you’re thinking about redoing your workspace, it doesn’t take much to give it a little uplift, and a little lift makes all the difference.
Although you can’t tell by the white fluffy stuff in the background of these photos, I think that spring is finally just around the corner! I enjoyed our little snow day last week, but too much time inside has given me a serious case of cabin fever. Ergo, B and I spent a lovely day at Union Market, just a few blocks away from my NE D.C. apartment. The sun was finally out on Saturday and temperatures exceeded 40-degrees, so I was a happy girl.
I was also happy to throw on some lighter spring layers, like my new window pane tunic and favorite Zara anorak. I have been searching for the best “window pane” look for me, so I was super excited to find this tunic on the sale rack at Urban Outfitters. I can’t wait to wear it in warmer weather, and on my trip to Morocco (more on that to come)! B also found a couple gems from UO on his last shopping trip there that I was lucky to catch on our outing. He has been warming up to the idea of me taking photos of him, and I am so glad (because how cute is he in his Aztec print cardigan?!).
I’m also relieved that orange is back in for spring this year. Stella & Dot has an amazing new leather cut out clutch that speaks to me every time I go to pick a purse. What does it say, you ask? “Wear me defiantly until the snow melts away and spring is here to stay!”. At least, that’s what I would say if I were a cute bright clutch.
Urban Outfitters Cardigan | on sale!
Vans Cosmic Galaxy Shoes
Urban Outfitters Tunic | on sale!
Zara Anorak | similar
Stella & Dot Waverly Clutch
I have never been much of a pastel person, but this Valentine’s Day I put myself in a delicate blush dress that I found in a second hand store and a blush and gold petal necklace from Stella & Dot’s new spring line. There’s something about pastel tones that whisper (because screaming would not be very lady like) femininity, and I have very much been gravitating toward that ethereal color palette lately. Normally I’m a bright blue, crisp white, and classic black kind of gal, but I think I may make a little room in my heart for blush, aquamarine, lavender, and all things feminine this spring.
Thrifted French Connection Dress | similar
Stella & Dot Birdie Necklace
Photography by Paul B. Jones
When I went down to Richmond a couple weekend’s ago, B and I found a couple of gems on our adventure together. Our first mission: eat all the donuts. Promptly after I arrived in RVA, we jumped in the car to get to Sugar Shack Donuts, known for their amazing – you guessed it – donuts. It was insanely hard to choose which delectable doughy rounds to include in our box of a half dozen, but we settled on a chocolate glaze, strawberry, banana, coconut, Samoa (which tasted just like the Girl Scout cookie!), and my personal favorite – a simple sugar.
And if you give a girl a donut, she’ll want some coffee to go with it… so we headed to Shockoe Espresso & Roastery for our second mission: drink all the coffee. Shockoe has a very impressive wall of beans – some they roast in-house, and others from roasters like Mill Mountain Coffee in Roanoke, Virginia. I ordered a cappuccino to sip along with our donuts, while B opted for a cafe au laite – both very good. I left with a very happy tummy and a bag of Mill Mountain’s Ethiopian Harrar beans that I have been using for my pour over coffee in the morning. Delish!
Shockoe had a great atmosphere with their light-filled space and brick walls, and was the first of three coffee shops we visited that day. Needless to say, we were hopped up on caffeine the entire afternoon. A day in the life of a coffee lover…
Native Run Band Tee
Zara Houndstooth Blazer old
Frye Melissa Button Boots
Stella & Dot Charm Necklace
Vintage Leather Satchel
I’m in love… with a small shiny magic box. B is in Richmond for a 3-month training, so I drove down to meet him this past weekend with my new Fujifilm X100T camera in tow. I was excited to explore the trendy little city with both of my loves (Bryan being #1, of course), and explore we did. One of my favorite spots we visited was Belle Isle and the American Civil War Center in historic Tredegar, where took these photos.
It was a magnificent un-seasonably warm day on Sunday, so I took full advantage of the weather (and the fact that it’s Valentine’s Day week) and pulled on my brightest pink skirt over my favorite heart spotted button down. I’m a sucker for themes, so give me a holiday and I’ll dress to the nines. I’m not usually a “pink girl,” but you better believe I’ll be wearing pink on Saturday, and I won’t be sorry about it.
Madewell Shirt old | similar
Old Navy Skirt | similar
Frye Melissa Button Boots
Marc Jacobs Signature Studs
Photos c/o my Valentine
I can’t be the only one tired of long cold, long grey winter days (did I say long?!). Yesterday we got lucky with almost-50-degree-weather in Virginia and it was fantastic. I relished in my 20 minute excursion to Sweet Leaf for a “healthy” lunch and didn’t want it to ever end. The cold (and darkness) also instill a laziness within me. Can you believe I hadn’t been grocery shopping in two weeks?! I can. I finally gave in last night with a quick trip to Trader Joe’s after an intense Bar Method workout for the essentials (and I mean the bare bones essentials, like milk and eggs, and maybe some Manchego cheese…).
But I can always count on a heavy coat to at least cover the cold part. I have a couple of wool blend favorites, but my go-to is my Miss Sixty fit and flare coat, given to me by my fashionable mother for Christmas a couple years ago. I love having a winter coat that’s trusty and trendy. Although, that statement may seem fickle when I shed my layers and yell how much I love 60-degree weather from the rooftops come April.
Miss Sixty Coat old | similar
Photography by Paul B. Jones