Sunday, 29 April 2012

Inspiration: Mellow Yellow

Monochrome trousers and sunshine shoes

This season’s staple!

Can you beat a trench?

We love lemon yellow!

Give your shoes a spring spin with neon socks!

Today I discovered a new source of inspiration, Topshop Tumblr. Now, I know this has been around for some time and I regularly see Topshop snapshot on the Facebook newsfeed, but hadn't yet come across the Tumblr site. 

It's pages and pages of fashion inspiration from accessory shots to pieces modelled by Topshop's own ladies at Head Office.  Here are just a couple of snapshots that caught my eye, with yellow forming a running theme. 

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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Marrakech Day 4: Pergola, peace and plenty of thé a la menthe

Private pool in our suite

Palm trees in La Palmaraie

Lunch at the pergola restaurant

Peaceful meals spent by the pool on the pergola at Les Deux Tours

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Sunday, 15 April 2012

Marrakech Day 3: The Atlas Mountains, Thunderstorms and Terrific Views

On our third day we trekked up to the mountains in a grand taxi from the centre of Marrakech. We were sad to leave the lovely Les Jardins de la Medina, but excited to see what Richard Branson's Kasbah Tamadot was like. 

First impressions were great. We were invited to have a drink in the relaxed garden surroundings and then taken up to our room (which was covered in tiny  mosaic mirrors). 

This was the view from our gorgeous room.

The decor was resplendent and very indulgent. 

The general decor of the Kasbah was beautiful and well-kept, with touches of Moroccan mixed with a very European feel. 

Little areas for sitting and relaxing everywhere. 

Cocktails were held in this lovely seating area by a decorative pool at 7'o clock every evening.

Flowers in the pool were a romantic touch and looked beautiful against the blue.

What an incredible view of the Atlas mountains

There was a sophisticated library also at the Kasbah with impressive views, an extensive range of books and a great DVD/widescreen set up.

Then at night you could have cocktails by the decorative pool with fires going.

In the evening there was a thunderstorm, but this only served to make the Kasbah even more atmospheric, with lightning bolts piercing the backdrop of the Atlas Mountains. 

Kasbah Tamadot, Richard Branson's Moroccan Retreat
BP 67, Asni 042150, Morocco

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Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Inspiration: Candy Pink

Mouthwateringly good cherry cupcakes from Waitrose Food Hall, John Lewis Oxford Street...yum!

Flowers at Wild at Heart, Liberty London

High tea with all the trimmings

Limited Edition LaDurée candle for my birthday

The most delectable candy pink coat 

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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Marrakech Day 2: Gardens, Guéliz and Guardian Lantern Carriers...

A morning spent walking the Jardin Majorelle, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé's garden. 

Then onto Guéliz for lunch - here there are a variety of European shops, cafes and bars, including Le Grand Café de la Poste. 

Then back to the peaceful haven of our riad hotel, Les Jardins de la Medina where we indulged on mint tea and delicious cocktails...

Then we spent the evening at Le Foundouk, where lantern carriers meet you to take you to the secluded restaurant, with three floors. 

Make sure you get a taxi to the meeting point (taxi driver will know where this is) and then a guide in a fez with a lantern will come to guide you to the restaurant as the neighbourhood is a bit dodgy.

The restaurant is on threee levels - definitely go for the outdoor roof terrace if you can, it is very atmospheric at night. 

Reasonably priced and good food. The experience has been cleverly mastered; the waiters give you scrolls (menus) to open up and look at. The restaurant caters for all tastes with a variety of Moroccan and French dishes, so something for everyone.

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