19/04/2012

Haggling Just So Fashion Style!








Black Leather Jacket – H&M, Orange floral Maxi Dress – New Look, Aztec Maxi Dress – Republic, Blue Baxter Jeans – Topshop, Black Cardigan – Instant Vintage, T-shirts – H&M and Topshop, Black Sandals – Moda in Pelle, Gold Ballet Shoes – Blue Velvet, Vintage Leather Bag – Stuart Weitzman, Scarf – H&M

Everyone should experience Marrakech at least once in their life. At first it is a shock to the system but you soon adapt and enjoy the vibrant and exciting city. Haggling was certainly a unique experience and I would like to share some of my personal top tips and finds! Daunting at first but then you do get better at it, well once I had bought a plastic magnet for £8 I soon did! I discovered you will always be asked how many, how many? I nearly ended up with six pastel coloured scarves! Ok they were pretty but I didn’t want six! You will also more than likely come out of the shop with a better product than you initially haggled for and for a cheaper price!? The sea of colourful leather shoes are totally eye catching, I soon ignored being warned that the leather can smell from the tanning and preservation process. I bought a pair of pretty pink ballet shoes which I am still airing but the smell is disappearing so don’t be too put off. I also knew nothing about Argan before I visited Marrakech and now I am hooked. Used for skin and hair, it comes as a soap or oil produced from the kernels of  argan trees. The oil is great for unruly hair but use a very small amount, I use it when my hair is still damp before styling.  The rose oil is lovely too and smells great on the skin. Oh and not forgetting the famous ‘black soap’ they use for Hammams, which by the way, you can’t come home without having. If you don’t already know, a Hammam is a steam bath that is traditionally a public bath, but now many of the riads have their own private ones (our riad had one in the vaults which was completely tiled and smelt amazing!). At first it is like a sauna experience but as you lie on the massage table with the scent of eucalyptus in the air, warm water is poured all over your body and then you are scrubbed vigorously with black soap using a scrubbing mitt called a Kiis. It sounds painful but it will be the cleanest and smoothest you have ever been! I loved it and highly recommend one. I have even been trying to source them in the UK.
So book yourself a trip to Marrakech for a unique shopping and beauty experience. I just want to get back on that plane and do it all over again, and again, and again!

Happy Shopping!
Christina x