It has been two years since I’ve been on a vacation, that sounds crazy! I missed everything about my roots: the culture, architecture, mosaics and the colourful souks. The natural beauty products and their traditional fashionable clothing. Gosh, I missed my great grandmother and her feminist stories with a touch of humour! Her laughs and her wise life lessons, I missed her a lot. I missed the farm of my grandfather and the sound of his voice when he calls me or my little brothers from far. As a born and raised Moroccan girl in the Netherlands, is the Moroccan vibe we have here not the same as in Morocco. Surely, versatile Morocco.
I’m going to Morocco by car, driven by my hero of a dad. We go through Belgium, France and Spain before we take the ferry to Tangiers. It’s going to be a long trip, but definitely one with joy and a touch of annoyance, because of sleepyheads that drops on your shoulders.
The first thing that I do is settle in our home. I have the habit to go through every room and corner to visually remind myself of memories that I have experienced in our home. Then I visit my room and make it my own and homey as soon as possible! Only then I’m able to rest and enjoy my vacay. Loves, are you excited as I am? Follow my journey during my trip on my Instagram and see a glimpse of Morocco and get inspired!
During my vacay I hope to work on my time management. I really want to learn it, because I’m juggling between my studies, blog work and chores. It’s like that 24 hours isn’t enough! I worked with planners and to do lists, it’s not working for me. If you have any tips Loves, share them with me! I’m happy to try them out.
Back to my vacay: you can read my excitement, yay! Have you been to Morocco or another Islamic country? I’m curious about your experience, if you blogged about it feel free to share your links.
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My summer holiday from college officially started, until September am I a free elf! This summer am I going to work on myself, my blog and my studies. These are my top priority on my to do list during my summer. However, summer wouldn’t be summer if you don’t put your to do list aside. My yearly visitation to my roots in Morocco is off the table, this little setback doesn’t hold me to enjoy this year my second roots country: the Netherlands. I’m going to be a tourist in my own country by taking small holidays to see what the Netherlands should offer me besides my backyard. How better to do this together with a MAHI?
I was instantly obsessed with it as soon I put it on my wish list. Since I got it, I mostly use it for college but it is also perfect useable as a hand luggage. Since minimal and simple belongs to my sense of style, I chose this The Classic Tote bag and I love it! Leather is well known for its long shelf life and that’s what I love about leather bags. For a personal touch, you can get it embroidered, I chose my first name and last name first initials in the colour black. To me it gives that bit extra.
At this moment, I’m planning for a little getaway, I think it’s going to be somewhere in Europe. It is not official yet, but I’m already thinking what I’m going to put in my MAHI. Naturally I’m taking my notebook with me to write down my thoughts and blog related work. I will also take with me a travel size fashion magazine just for a bit of beauty related inspiration for my blog. And most of all the travel size is perfect for a holiday so I don’t have to carry a normal size fashion magazine with me. I also take with me my favourite sunny at the moment, Ray Ban sunglasses in my floral glasses case. When I’m on a holiday I don’t think a lot about my makeup. My currently lovie Chanel lippie is more than enough. However, my hair is quite important to me. So, I’m taking my hairbrush with me and of course it is travel size. Perfume is a must take for me, deodorant is also perfect but I feel that the scent doesn’t stay longer like perfume. So, for a quick fresh up I take a perfume with me that has a woody citrus scent like GUESS Seductive.
The last two items that I wouldn’t miss to take is my phone and camera. My phone for accessibility and my digital camera because of the size, my other camera would only be in the way of shooting memories!
Since it is quite a big bag, I will take clean underwear with me and other toiletry. The rest of the space is reserved for goodies I couldn’t resist to buy under the guise of ‘’cultural references’’!
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I still enjoy from my late summer in the Netherlands after my holiday in Morocco. Even here the sun shines like the beginning of summer and I’m not complaining! Summer is one of my favourite seasons and I always take good care of myself more than the other seasons. This is my confession; I think it is because my energy level or better yet my happy thermometer is increasing.
The beauty product that I swear by is my all-time favourite rosewater but I wouldn’t be a beauty addict if I’m not trying other goodies out so I expended my fav list!
Let me start with a great beauty invention; dry shampoo. This goodie is ideal to use on warm days. You’ll sweat during your whole day no matter how many times you shower so to stay fresh and presentable spray dry shampoo on your hair namely on your scalp where the creasy part is. From my own experience whenever I use dry shampoo I wear my hair never loose. My hair structure is then different, like puffier. That’s why I prefer another hairdo like a ponytail, messy bun or a braid.
What I also like during warm days is not only a deodorant but also a body mist. When I was in Morocco this goodie never left my bag. I sprayed it during my day just for a quick fresh up before I shower. Because it is a body spray I use it easily over my whole body then perfume, it would be a shame if your perfume bottle gets sooner emptier because of it. Right Loves?
My face has its own routine that I stick with and lately I asked myself what am I doing to moisturize my eyes? Well, nothing! So I bought a hydro eye roller from my local drugstore to try it out. It contains caffeine, this ingredient stimulates your blood circulation and reduces puffy eyes. It also has hyaluronic complex to prevent dark circles and wrinkles. A great moment to start with because if you follow me on Instagram you would know I turned the big 27 last Tuesday!
I didn’t use a lot of make-up during my holiday or even during summer but when I do it I always finish it with a make-up fixing spray and honestly I thought it wouldn’t work, this goodie must be a fable. I guessed it wrong! It works perfectly and I recommend it to every Loves who are die hard make-up users!
The main reason I prefer no or a bit make-up during summer is because I have an oily skin. Whenever the heat touches my face I look like a melted vanilla cookie. To prevent an acne break out, which I suffered from many years is to use a sebum-reducing cream. The one I’m using contains salicylic. Salicylic combats the existing and the formation of new pimples and this goodie truly works! I use it as my day crème and the control stick of the same brand I use it only on pimples that are already there to dry them out
This is it Loves! Which products do you love to use during the heat?
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As you all know Loves I’m in Morocco, my place to be when I’m going on a holiday. Morocco is rich in architecture, art, culture and of course clothing. In my event report about Twiza Festival I already gave you a glimpse of what Moroccan culture is about. When it comes to clothing, Moroccan dresses are made to impress. Even when you are choosing which fabric you want to use before you bring it to the tailor, it will take you hours or even days to find the one you really want. Moroccan attire is just precision work.
It is all about the details but, Moroccan style has also simplicity. The dress I’m wearing I bought it in the Netherlands in a Moroccan Islamic store. This dress is called djellaba (pronounce: zalaba). Every djellaba is a loose- fitting robe with long sleeves and is manly worn in North Africa along with other Arabic-speaking countries. The robe is unisex and can be adjust in any way that you like.
I like to wear djellaba in feminine colours and fitted. Traditionally, djellabas are made of wool and comes in different shapes and colours, although nowadays lightweight cotton djellabas have become more and more popular!
As much I like simplicity, I also prefer details. The loafers I’m wearing is a perfect example! Just like the djellaba it comes with different colours and styles. These loafers, called balgha is yet again for both sexes. Wearing it with a simple djellaba is just the perfect combination! I’m going to make a fashion confession: the other reason why I like this robe is that it’s so comfortable to wear. You could wear your unicorn pj under and nobody would notice it. Great right? Hihi…
The beauty of fashion is that every style has its own unique way. It is timeless and has a major culture bound, it represents who you are.
Loves, show me your traditional clothing!
Djellaba: The Netherlands Balgha: Morocco
I am in Morocco! I’m saying this with such a relieve, from the moment I put my feet on Moroccan soil and the heat greeted me the fatigue of my daily routines in the Netherlands burned with the heat. I feel blessed to visit my country again and I’m glad to give you Loves an inside snoop!
Of course I travelled in pink….and black. I wanted to travel light weighted so a suitcase and a valise is more than enough besides I wish I could take my whole wardrobe with me.
I flew with Air Arabia and to be honest it is a good airline and the stewards did their job well but, ordering food and drinks took so long that we almost landed and when I ordered the cold drinks were warm and some warm drink like cappuccino they didn’t have it. Slightly disappointing. I’m not the hardest person but these small things are a welcome card for an airline and if it isn’t complete you just going to feel like mwah.
Confession: I don’t like to fly. As the plane rises I say a little prayer same goes when the plane is going to land. If we have turbulence my belt is closed tightly and I’m not even moving out of my chair. So the three hours I stayed in the sky I squeezed my eyes 267 times, said a prayer 154 times and hold on tight on my belt like it is going to save me when we going to crash! Hahaha…What a mess! Through land, seas and the sky traveling to any country that you have your mind on is a great experience to have.
I’m wishing you all Loves if you are also on a holiday in a country that you love to enjoy! My journey in Morocco is just getting started follow me on my social media for more inside scoops!
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“You are not Moroccan if you don’t know how to make Moroccan tea.’’
Well, that is a strong opinion; then I have to confess: I can make Moroccan tea but there was a time I did not drink it! What you hear about Moroccan tea: too sweet! It’s true. That was the reason I did not drink it. I know what you think: don’t drink it sweet? Believe me when I say I do now but drinking Moroccan tea happens mostly during family gatherings and has a special way to make it. And it is kind of rude to ask only for you tea without sugar. But let me say; if they knew it before they will make it to your wishes.
So, the ones you see everywhere: a cup of mint tea with still the mint leaves in it is just a quick way to make it.
- Mint Leaves.
- Dried Green Tea.
- Sugar (or not).
Boil water until you get bubbles. Pour one tablespoon of dried green tea in the pot. A Moroccan pot is perfect for it. It’s cultural, curvy and beautiful! If you don’t have one, don’t worry a normal teapot works fine. Pour a little bit of the boiled water in the pot swish or swirl it around and pour the water in a cup. Do not throw this away! We are going to use this later. Pour again a little bit of boiled water in the pot, swirl around pour it again in a cup. This time throw the cup away. We do this because the first cup still contains the core of the flavour the second cup is brighter as you can see whenever you make it and is basically not useful. So you are not wasting anything.
Add mint leaves in the pot; use a large amount of the leaves for that extra delicious mint flavour. Then add sugar, as much as you like. Pour the cup you left behind back in the pot and add more boiling water into the pot. Place the pot on the stove and boil it again until you see small foam bubbles. We do this to caramelize the sugar and this gives the Moroccan tea that special flavour!
Before serving pour the tea in a cup pour it back in the tea pot to mix all the ingredients. Pour then the tea high above the cup to get that special foam.
So many steps for that perfect Moroccan tea, enjoy it until the last drop!
I’m in my hometown! In fact these pictures are taken in front of my home. I live in Oujda (pronounce: wousda). The place to be every Summer!
I must say I felt a little bit uncomfortable while shooting for this OOTD. Not only was the lens of the camera focused on me but also a lot of eyes. And because of it I had many uncomfortable looking pictures and a lot of tripping; but hea, all for the perfect shot!
I’m wearing a loose fit pants. It’s such a dream come true wearing one during Summer, especially in Morocco. When I wore them I felt like princess Jasmine from Aladdin. Ok, I’m exaggerating but you know what I mean hihi…
I’m lately combining colours with other colours. I’ve noticed that I’m crawling out of my shell; normally you won’t see me in colourful pieces. To still keep the tone down I wore a navy blue top to accentuate the pink. To me it would be a mix match of colours if I combine bright colours with bright colours.
The ones who know me, knows that I pledge for good accessories. When I saw these cobalt blue plateau shoes I had to have it! The colour is just beautiful and because of the plateau soles they walk terrific!
I finished it off with arm candy and a clutch. What can I say about them? Except they make my OOTD complete!
What do you think Loves?
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Top: Primark Loose Fit Pants: Vero Moda Shoes: Primark Clutch: Primark Beads Bracelet: Primark Pink Bracelet: H&M
I’m on holiday! Yay! Whenever you read this I’m probably already on the road; destination: Morocco!
I’m very excited and nervous at the same time. Even though I visit my country every year, it is always a responsibility. During my trip I go through Belgium, France and Spain. This means a long trip! But this equals enjoying my views and picnicking during my stops.
As much I like visiting my country, I have to let you down. Without Wi-Fi I cannot post until I’m in a hotel. So I have to be patient! Like last year I’ll keep you informed. There will be ootd’s shooting, new make-up looks and hotel reviews. My holiday is going to be very inspirational! I already feel it! I have so many ideas to share with you Loves.
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For the ones who are on the road too, I wish you a safe trip! And the Loves who are already lying on the beach enjoy!
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I really like this outfit! I feel very femine in it. As you all know me…Blue, blue, blue lover overhere! Navy blue is such a classic color, it is always good like black.
In my first post I told that I really like eye catchers as accessories. It could be anything. The reason why I love them is that even tough you put something on like a plain white shirt and a denim jeans, when you combine it with an eye catcher you don’t need more!
I never thought that colorblocking would be something for me because I thought it would not look good. I was wrong.
How would you combine this maxi skirt? Please do show me…!
If you go one day to Fez a place in Morocco make sure you’ll visit this hotel! You get instantly introduced with Moroccan culture and the architecture.
It was a color bomb to my eyes, such a warm welcome! I really like Moroccan architecture; to be honest it seems we are very good at it, as I could see in this Jnane Sbile hotel which the meaning of is ‘’farm for travelers.’’ I know what you think…How do you mean a farm? The word Jnane in Arabic dialect is literally translated as farm but we mostly mean it as a resting place.
We had two bedrooms include a closet, shower cabin, television and mini fridge. It’s decorated with Moroccan paintings and decors like a mirror and a side table.
I really enjoyed staying here, next time I will definitely return!