Yay it finally feels like Summer, hope you guys have been enjoying the sunshine. I've been preparing myself for wedding season and will be busy over the next few months working, so I've been making the most of my free time with my little boy. I've also been trying to finish off blog posts that have been sitting in my draft! I shared a previous post on the beautiful Le Jardin Secretwhen I was in Marrakech in April and I also wanted to share my visit to Jardin Marjorelle.
The iconic Jardin Marjorelle is all over Pinterest and Instagram, the bright blue and yellow building and exotic garden are hard to miss! The garden is located outside of the main square of Marrakech and isn't really nearby any other attractions but that doesn't stop the crowds from visiting! The gardens opens at 8am and I arrived around 9.30am and there were already 2 long queues as well as another queue for tour groups. It's 70 Dihram (around £5.70) for entry into the gardens and an extra 30 Dirham if you want to visit inside the museum as well.
When you enter the gardens there's a small fountain with beautiful tiles and lots of people I couldn't move but they quickly disperse and found myself under a bamboo canopy. I wasn't expecting that at all but it was beautiful to see the tall bamboo trees shooting upwards and of course reminded me of the bamboo forest in Japan :) As I made my way through the garden passing all the selfie sticks and cameras, there were lots of cacti trees, exotic plants and flowers. There were birds humming and water tricking, even though it was crowded it felt nice and calm wondering around the garden.
As I walked towards the small pavilion, from there you can see the Majorelle square fountain and Museum in all it's blue beauty! Jacques Majorelle was an artist and transformed the now famous Jardin Majorelle into a living masterpiece. The high maintenance costs of the gardens forced the artists to open to the public in 1947. It wasn't no where near as popular as it is today as it was almost empty (no Instagrammers back then for sure!)
After Morelle passed away, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge who visited and loved the garden decided to buy the garden and restored it from being sold off and replaced as a hotel. They wanted to make "Jardin Majorelle the most beautiful garden - by respecting the vision of Jacques Majorelle." Isn't that amazing how something can be restored and be such a special and incredibly popular place in Marrakech now?
After Yves Saint Laurent passed away, a memorial was built in his honour as well as the street in front of the garden to be renamed after him. It was really inspiring walking around taking in all the plants, the vivid colours and art deco design.
I would definitely recommend a visit here if you're in Marrakech. You can easier spend a few hours here - just arrive early before it gets too crowded. The gardens are very well maintained with several workers on site.
I personally preferred Le Jardin Secret as it was more spacious and I liked the Riad and pavilion but Jardin Majorelle definitely has it's own magical charm!
What do you think of Jardin Majorelle? Have you been to Marrakech?
It's that time of year again where South West London is floral overload with the annual #Chelseainbloom floral art show! I didn't get a chance to go last year as baby was only a few old but this year I made sure my sister and I were there the first day :) It's on until this Saturday 25th May and this year's theme is 'Under the Sea'. It's also a great cause as it's supporting the charity Plastics Oceans UK, which focuses on stopping plastic pollution.
The winning display will be announced on 21st May and they are also running lots of fun events over the next few days including a floral masterclass by Jo Malone, a floral theme afternoon tea at Bluebird as well as sea inspired smoothies! There were so many inspiring and creative displays and it was so much fun walking around Chelsea taking photos of them. We started off at Sloane Square, walked up Pavilion Road, Duke of York Square and then King's road. You can also head up to Knightsbridge to see more. I love the mermaid display at Sarah Chapman and the big lilac jellyfish!
The above displays from top left - J Crew, Rigby & Peller, Sarah Chapman, Jigsaw, Dermalogica, Sloane Square and Links of London.
Above from top left - Pavilion Road, Provenance Village Butcher, Symons Street, Sticks n Sushi, Hackett, Chanel and Monica Vinader. Below from top left - Moyses Stevens, The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Brunello Cucinelli and Sloane Square.
As you can see these are such gorgeous and pretty backdrops for the 'gram as well :) I had a lovely day wondering around Chelsea with little one and my sister and glad we got the chance to see these amazing displays this year. Are you planning on popping along to see the floral art work this year? Which one do you like the look?
Over Easter I spent a week in Marrakech, with a toddler in tow our main agenda was to just relax at the hotel and not cram in too much sightseeing! After a visit to the main square in the hot sunshine and dusty streets, we realised it wasn't a nice environment to push baby around, so I spent a few mornings on my own sightseeing (was also nice to get some alone time!) I had read about Le Jardin Secret and decided to visit there early to avoid the crowds. I asked the taxi to drop me off there but he was confused until he realised it was right in the center of the Medina and Souks. Taxis can't drive down those roads so just ask to be dropped off at the Jemaa el-Fnaa square and it's a 10 minute walk from there.
I was a bit nervous and apprehensive wondering around Marrakech on my own, expecting the worse - getting bothered by the locals and vendors but it wasn't as bad as I imagined and I kinda enjoyed walking around on my own! The locals even directed me and help me cross the busy roads. I made sure to cover up with modest clothing and my camera was safe. I had read Google maps doesn't work around the Souks but it was fine for me luckily, I also made a mental note of the places I past just in case I got lost on the way back! I made my through the colourful Souk stalls and finally arrived at the Le Jardin Secret and paid 50 Dirham (£4)
This secret garden is the largest ancient Riad of Marrakech and after 3 years of restoration, it's opened to the public and I'm so glad I got to visit. A riad is a traditional manor house in Marrakech with a garden and high walls. I walked through the entrance and entered into a small exotic garden and I felt instantly calm and relaxed - compared to Jardin Majorelle, which I couldn't move as it was so crowded! A fountain runs through the garden and I read it's not just any old water but water from the Atlas Mountains. The exotic garden was lush, vibrant and full of life.
As I walked though the exotic garden I entered the Islamic garden, which was so lush and serene. There were beautiful turquoise tiles on the floor, tall palm trees, well manicured plants and the Oud el Warn Pavilion in the center. There's also a cafe, a shop and exhibition space displaying art work. Throughout parts of the garden there are pathways leading to benches to sit and relax. It was such a pretty spot I had to set up the self timer to get a few photos of me!
I had read a review Le Jardin Secret was underwhelming if you had been to Jardin Majorelle but I actually prefer this garden because it's less crowded and more spacious. I like how open the gardens were and you can walk up to the terrace and take in the views from the top. The terrace was lovely with the sun shinning with tables and chairs to relax with a coffee. It was great to see the views of the hustle and bustle of the medina from up above. I would definitely recommend a visit here is you're in Marrakech, it's an oasis of calm in the madness of the medina.
My expectation of Marrakech was different to the reality, it looks so exotic and glamorous on Pinterest but in reality the streets are busy and dusty. I felt like my face and lungs were filled with dust every time I stepped outside. The streets are uneven and crowded and it can be hard to navigate. I didn't have a negative experience but just be aware it can be different to the posh hotels and riads you see on Insta ;) Stay tuned for my next post on the beautiful Jardin Majorelle. Have you been to Marrakech? How was your experience?
I've also updated my blog design (after the whole Pipdig situation) it was a bit of a hassle finding a new theme and I had to do lots of tweaks but hopefully it's all looking/working fine now! Let me know what you think?
Le Jardin Secret Rue Mouassine 121, Marrakesh Medina 9.30am - 6pm
And just like that my baby turned 1. It's true what they say about parenthood the days feel long but the years go quick! I wanted to share my thoughts and feelings on my first year of motherhood, it does go by so fast and I never really have a moment to reflect and take it all in :)
Yay it finally feels like Spring! Hope you're having a lovely April so far, this is my fav time of year - flowers are blooming, days feels warmers and I've got 3 birthdays to celebrate this month - mine, Hang's and baby's :)
So with a Spring in the air, I've decided to get out of my slummy mummy rut and focus on myself for a change, starting with my hair! I've never been a hair care kind of girl and usually buy my shampoo with my online groceries shop. Now a days, hair care is top of my list especially when I'm dealing with the dreaded hair loss post having a baby. I had pretty thick and healthy hair whilst I was pregnant. I did hear that thinning hair and hair loss post baby was very common and it wasn't until 5 months, I was shedding hair like nobodies business! It wasn't just a few strands here and there but big clumps and I hated washing my wash, just to see more and more strands. I'm constantly nipping around the flat with our Dyson vacuum collecting all the hair, not a good look at all.
Hope you're all doing really well and enjoying the start of the festive season! I recently put some pictures on my Instagram of a wreath making class I went to in London and wanted to share it on the blog as well. St-Germain - the French Elder flower liqueur brand were hosting a wreath making class with June in Marchflorist at their Winter Bloom pop up and I couldn't wait to sign up! The girls and I brought our tickets online and had a lovely time making our own wreaths and getting into the Christmas mood. Here are some photos of the beautiful pop up!
Today is mine and Hang's 3rd wedding anniversary, here's a post about our wedding if you fancy a read :) So with baby in tow this year, I thought it would be nice to have a trip to the seaside to celebrate. We haven't been to the beach in ages and didn't really want to go in the heatwave! Luckily the weather was nice and warm yesterday when we drove down to the Kent Coast to the seaside town of Whitstable. I've always wanted to visit Whitstable, which is known for it's oysters, picturesque beach houses and pebble beaches. We had a lovely time exploring the cute shops, walking along the harbour and admiring the colourful beach huts. Hope you guys enjoy seeing what we got up to on our day trip :)
It's been a tough few weeks recently, baby is going through a lot of changes and I'm one tired mama! I'm also back to work and editing at home with an active baby is not easy. By the way I've redesigned my wedding videography website, I would love it if you checked it out :) So all in all I don't have much time to myself....which I guess ties in to why I haven't been on Instagram for over a week, which lets face it feels like an eternity but it's been a nice break :)
I know sleep and new parents don't go in the same sentence but you can get a good night sleep, trust me! Our baby is now nearly 4 months old and well sleeping like a baby. Those first few months were hard with the broken sleep and constant night feeds but it does get easier. Sleep is precious for both parents and babies and anything that can help you get some rest is a must. I wanted to share some tips that have helped made bed time much easier as new parents especially in those early day, when it's all a blur!
Happy August guys, hope you're having a fab Summer of far. I've been trying to blog a bit more lately but I don't know how long that will last when I start work again next week! We all know this year is flying by and I figured why not try and have a more purposeful month. Each day has been a blur for me lately so I thought it would be nice to set some intentions for the next 4 weeks, I would love to know yours too!