Thursday, March 21, 2013

What to wear in Morocco

As part of my Morocco travel recap, I wanted to answer a question that I saw being asked on all the travel blogs and forums.

So, what do you wear in Morocco?  To be fair, there is no all encompassing answer as we have to make allowances for personal taste, style and planned activities.  So this answer is for the woman who wants to be stylish, comfortable within the city (no hiking or strenuous activity unless you count lifting carpets and haggling) and still respect the culture of the country.

Morocco is an extremely modern and tourist friendly country.  Although its considered to be  a traditional muslim society, the western culture is firmly established in the cities so you will easily find the young Moroccan women out and about in skinny jeans and sleeveless dresses. The fashion designers are extremely fashion forward and the boutiques carry fashions that could be seen in any European or American city. 

However, in the medina, where all the markets are located, the dress code is more conservative. The general rule is to wear loose tops with sleeves and make sure your bottoms are not too short or tight which means leave the hot pants and Herve Leger body con minis at home.

I only brought a carry on, so all these pieces did double, even triple duty during the trip. Not credited are about 3 white tanks and 2 light layering tees. 

What ? No pictures? Hush, impatient ones, here's what I wore in Morocco.

Tunic by Tory Burch

Dress from Piperlime

Heritage Wrap Cardigan by Banana Republic,  perfect for plane rides and chilly evenings.

Paige Jeans and Lace Blouse - Visits to Boutiques and Rooftop Drinks

See by Chloe

StudUp by Steve Madden

And finally,  my number one travel necessity. A big fluffy scarf or two twisted together.


Theodora and Callum

Friday, March 15, 2013

Three days in Marakesh

It's only been one day since I got back from Morocco and I'm having serious sun withdrawal. There's a snow storm in Germany ...really, Deutschland? It's freaking March 15th.

Anyhow,  I had an amazing time. I seriously want to live in Marrakech forever, or at least for half the year. I"m already plotting my next escape and I can hardly wait...more on that soon to come.

My trip started off on a rather sour note due to the nitwits at Ryanair and their insane luggage policies but once the warmth and sunshine hit me, my mood improved immediately.  I chose a hotel in the old city (the Medina) because I wanted to be close to the markets and experience as much of Moroccan life as possible.  My hotel, Riad Snan13 sent a car for me and that made transportation a breeze. I'm so glad I chose to be picked up because the Medina is a pedestrian only zone with loads of twisty roads and little lanes and I might have never found it on my own. This place was gorgeous. I generally hate to use terms like 'oasis' and 'refuge from the outside noise' but if the shoe fits? The owners, Stephan and Xavier are really the best hosts ever and they took care of my many, many travel needs and answered all my crazy design and shopping questions.

The Medina gates


And the shopping, unbelievable. I came with a carry on and left with 2 suitcases worth of lamps, rugs, fabric, home accessories, ceramics and blankets.  I'll be sharing pictures of my finds over the next couple of posts so stay tuned !