I wasn't really sure how to share my photos from my trip to Barcelona in a way that would do the city any kind of justice. I didn't take too many to begin with, but I fell in love with Barcelona in a way that perhaps can only be conveyed through a complete sensory experience; red wine and some kind of tapas + sunshine and salt water + all of its beautiful colours + good spanish guitar if I'm going to be all Vicky Cristina Barcelona. But alas I can't do that (yet) on this website (quite frustrating, as everyone thought we would have flying cars by now and all i want to do is share my food with you guys) so I'm going to have to accept the limiting parameters of a blog and post these here for now... I guess they'll do :-) More on my trip as well as recommendations for food/drink/hotels/sightseeing etc. will all be posted with my digital photos, which my computer won't let me edit yet because of a disk problem. In the mean time, have a lovely weekend!! Let's all pretend we're in Barcelona eating seafood and swimming on the beach together.
Summer things, shot by Peter on an adventure in Hong Kong's heat. I'm actually back in London right now, but by the time you read this I'll be in Barcelona for a few days of tapas and museums with the family- I'm so excited! It's my first time in Spain and I would love to hear your favourite spots in the city for exploring/ eating/ shopping etc.
Dress c/o Privacy Please via REVOLVE.
Dress c/o Privacy Please via REVOLVE, Anne Thomas sandals.
Bodysuit c/o Privacy Please via REVOLVE, vintage Levis, Anne Thomas Sandals.
I guess I'm starting to blur the lines between laziness and nonchalance... that's what summer does to you when you can't be bothered to wear anything more than a slinky slip and sandals. Oh, and this Loveless bag by McQ which has become my vehicle of choice as of late. The perfect amalgamation of a tough-girl bag and utilitarian camera bag kind of deal, in which I can hold even the most ridiculous of summer necessities (yes, 3 rolls of film, a litre of water and a bag of Cheez-its are very much necessary). It also fills the shoes of that cool kid backpack you never had...remember how at one point your coolness in primary school was measured by how low you wore your backpack to avoid looking like a ninja turtle and probably not doing much for back and shoulder support? Reliving that with this bag and not complaining.
Wearing a dress by objects without meaning, McQ Loveless bag and Anne Thomas shoes.
As far as life updates go, I've been interning for the past month (hence the blog hiatus) but hopefully I will be able to post more from now on...In other news, I have taken a new liking to hot yoga and muay thai, the latter of which has given me a bruise the size of Texas on my left shin though I would highly recommend both. I've also made my snapchat public (correction: finally gave in) and if you would like live updates of my dog you can help yourselves (or not, but my username is zosuen).Lastly, I've decided that I want to do so more with this platform and have been a little frustrated as to how to do it, so I'm asking you guys; think sustainability in fashion and women's rights. What would you guys like to see more of and how??? Help your girl out.
Wearing a dress by objects without meaning, McQ Loveless bag and Anne Thomas shoes.
Shot by Hoi Cheung Wong.
Behold, the most overdue of overdue photo diaries. I don't really know why it took me so long to publish these, but I found a bit of pleasure trickling them in via instagram when a #tbt allowed for it, Thursdays or otherwise. These photos mean a lot to me as they capture one of the most jam-packed, road-trip heavy, tagine-full and memorable trips I've experienced to date, with some of my favourite people. I've included a few places we enjoyed from Marrakech to Fez to Chefchaouen and Essaouira, though it may have been a good idea to write this up once we got back as it's now pretty hard to remember all the places we went to as we managed to do so much within the course of eight days. I hope you enjoy, and let me know if you visit and enjoy Morocco; it was such a vibrant and beautiful country and I'll remember this trip forever.
Part 1: Marrakech
We spent most of our time in Marrakech, but took some time out to make a trip to Fez (+ Chefchaouen) and a day at the end for Essaouira. We stayed in a place Grace and Sommy found via TripAdvisor called Riad Tizwa, as well as a second place after Fes but I highly recommend Tizwa because of how affordable it was as well as the amazing hospitality of the manager Hassan which helped ease some of the initial culture shock at the beginning of the trip, before Kes and Yasmine arrived. It wasn't the most luxurious of riads in the medina (inside the old town of Marrakech) but we loved it, especially the breakfast spread they laid out for us every morning.
For things to see, I'd recommend YSL's Majorelle garden and visiting some of the palaces (We visited the Bahia Palace) aside from getting lost in the souks which can be stressful, but also a sensory overload in a good way. On one of the days we spent an afternoon at The Pause, a kind of desert retreat 30 mins outside of the city, where we had an amazing lunch. We also enjoyed a quiet lunch at Le Table du Palais; Nomad and Le Jardin are lovely new restaurants where you can go for a bite to eat between sightseeing and meandering through the souks. I regret not doing more shopping there, so bring comfortable shoes and your best bargaining skills as you'll find a ton of cool souvenirs in the souks such as Moroccan slippers, carpets and homeware. On our last day, we made a trip to Beldi country club which is the perfect getaway if you feel like lounging at the pool and getting a massage after days of walking and exploring; we tried out the traditional 'hammam' experience which was memorable to say the least. Oh, and if you are lost in the souks and people offer to bring you to your destination, there is a large chance they will ask you for money at the end, and this includes children.
Part 2: Fez
I thought it was easy to get lost in Marrakech's medina, and then we arrived in Fez, which is a tenfold more maze-like. There were noticeably less tourists than Marrakech, and we liked not having to worry about getting run over by motorcyclists in the souk. It was a shame as we planned on visiting a huge leather tannery while we were there but it was closed for renovation so we didn't manage to see it in action. I recommend having lunch at the Ruined Garden restaurant, which we enjoyed before heading back to Marrakech. One of the only souvenirs I brought back to london was a little roll-on bottle of essential oil which the locals use as perfume, and you can find a ton of different scents plus things like argan oil in their pharmacies. Also, don't trust anyone in the souk who tells you that they can show you the best roofs for views (into mosques etc.) as these are scammers and we found out the hard way.
We took a day trip from Fez to drive 5 hours to the blue town of Chefchaouen. The views along the way were beautiful and though we were only in Chefchaouen for a few hours, it was a nice break from the city; the blue alleyways make for amazing photo ops and made me feel super calm and serene. Compared to Marrakech and Fes, the locals in Chefchaouen are much more quiet and shopkeepers tend to mind their own business rather than lure you to buy souvenirs. It's a great place for a day trip although I wouldn't necessarily recommend staying there overnight (or for a few nights) if you're looking for an activity-packed visit.
This was one of my favourite parts of the trip. We drove from Marrakech to the beach town, and were pleasantly surprised along the way by some goats in trees; I got super excited. We arrived explored after a quick lunch, and ended up horseback riding on the beach which was also a highlight (they let you go very very fast). We snuck in a quick snack of fresh and cheap seafood before getting back on the car but I highly recommend visiting for anyone who wants a bit more sun and sea.
I hope the photos managed to capture what an amazing time we had, and writing up this post has given me the itch to travel again. Also, thank you to Grace, Sommy, Yasmine and Kes for being the best travel companions a girl could ask for, as they were the reason I had such a good time. Let me know if any of you plan on visiting Morocco in the future; I'm sure you'll love it.
Photos taken on a Contax T2.