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26 January 2015

Aït Benhaddou












Kimono: The Tinsel Rack
Shorts: From Australia
Sandals: From Taiwan

A follower left a comment on one of my Instagram pictures a few days ago, he said he has always wanted to go to Morocco and that he's wishing for the day the trip would come to fruition. To which I replied, "don't wish, make it happen!", and I meant every word of it! Perhaps it is this "I will make it happen" attitude and motto I adopt that keeps me motivated and going, after all, my first ever trip to Paris happened because someone I met insinuated I would never be able to make it there on my own account anytime soon.

I'm sharing this as it was only a couple of months ago that I was looking through photos of Aït Benhaddou online on Google Image, and to actually get to visit this fortified city a few days ago is just surreal, and a constant reminder to me to work harder.

I only hope you find energy, passion, and love for what you do. Go actualise your dreams and goals. (:

Today's outfit features an upcoming Kimono from The Tinsel Rack.

Photography by Amanda Wong, Editing by Me.

Love,
Drea

25 January 2015

Camel Ready










Plaid Shirt: The Tinsel Rack
Grey Suede Top: The Tinsel Rack
Jeans: Mango
Boots: Zara
Shades: Tory Burch

Riding a camel through the Sahara Desert to an oasis is what you'd imagine would happen in movies, not real life. So you can imagine me freaking out when I saw our camels waiting for us at our camp, best part was we had the camel guide and the camels to ourselves, and that 2 hours through the desert completely alone was quite something. I had ridden a horse in Western Australia two weeks ago, and I was left terrified not knowing how to handle my horse well, and ultimately went home with a swollen tailbone. Thankfully, camels (mine is pretty photogenic don't you think?!) are more docile and less prone to galloping at high speeds, our 2 hour ride to the nearest Oasis was a breeze, and I mean it was breezy as well. I reckon January/ February is the best time to visit the Sahara Desert because of the lackof tourists, and the nice cooling weather (it was about 17 degrees when we shot these pictures).

Today's outfit features a plaid shirt and a grey suede tank top from The Tinsel Rack, dropping in stores tonight! x

Photography by Amanda Wong, Editing by Me.

Love,
Drea

24 January 2015

Adventures in Sahara













Shirt: The Tinsel Rack
Pants: Topshop
Boots: From Thailand

Typing this post in the car (and typing as furiously as I can before we lose connection) while on the way to Aït Benhaddou after our stint at the Sahara Desert. No trip to Morocco is complete without a trip to there. The desert is about 9 hours away from Marrakech by car, and the drive to the desert which passes through the Atlas Mountains, is worth every bit of your time.

Amanda and I spent 2 days and a night at the desert, we camped in nomadic tents, sat around a campfire for dinner hearing our desert guide play the drums, star-gazed and spotted our first ever shooting star, and rode a camel to an oasis. Somehow the fact that we had zero cellular and data connection made the experience that much more special, save for the fact it left our friends and family worried as hell because they didn't hear from us for more than 24 hours. Our desert guide, Sallah, and our driver Youssef, are the two men I would entrust my life with in Morocco. As I mentioned on my instagram, they were not only guides and translators, they were guardians, friends and companions.

I've shared some images and a considerable amount of my thoughts about our desert trip on my instagram, I'll find the time to do a proper lengthy blog post with all the details about our Morocco trip (i.e. our driver's contact details, the Sahara desert tour agency we went for, beautiful hotels - or Riads as they call it - to stay at, survival tips, etc...) soon, in the meantime, do leave a comment if you have any questions, and I'll try to address them in my 'Planning for Morocco' post.

Photography by Amanda Wong, Editing by Me.


Love,
Drea