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09 August, 2019

SUNFLOWER FIELD, WRITTLE ENGLAND

SUNFLOWER FIELD PHOTOGRAPHY, WRITTLE ENGLAND

There's something about sunflowers that scream Summer right? These gorgeous golden blooms are now in season popping up all over the place and I was keen to see if there was a field near London! I was planning on visiting Stanhill Farm but I read on their website because of the weather they've not planted sunflowers this year. Then I saw on Insta Writtle Sunflowers a family run farm selling flowers in Chelmsford, Essex - a perfect Summer's day out!

SUNFLOWER FIELD IN WRITTLE ENGLAND, WRITTLE SUNFLOWERS
SUNFLOWER FIELD PHOTOGRAPHY, WRITTLE ENGLAND
SUNFLOWER FIELD, WRITTLE ENGLAND
SUNFLOWER FIELD, WRITTLE ENGLAND

My sister and I visited the fields yesterday and the weather was gorgeous, it was very quiet and peaceful, a small but blooming field with bees buzzing around and gorgeous wildflowers growing as well. You can buy freshly picked sunflowers £6 per bunch or two for £10. Side note you can't just wander in the fields and take a millions pics for the 'gram ;) you do have to buy flowers, which makes sense! You can also book a professional photography session on 19th August.

SUNFLOWER FIELD PHOTOGRAPHY, WRITTLE ENGLAND
SUNFLOWER FIELD PHOTOGRAPHY, WRITTLE ENGLAND
SUNFLOWER FIELD PHOTOGRAPHY, WRITTLE ENGLAND

The conditions of the sunflowers varies, some were big and full of colour and some were wilted and small but generally they were a very pretty sight. It's a working farm so expect limited facilitates, bumpy grounds, no toilets or cafes but there is parking space. If you're planning on visiting, check their Facebook page for updates. We also explored Chelmsford park afterwards and it had a lovely lake, playground and cafe as well - a perfect Summer's day out :)

Writtle, Chelmsford CM1 3RU
Open Tuesday - Friday, 11am to 5.30pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am to 5.30pm

Have you been to a sunflower field?

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03 June, 2019

JARDIN MAJORELLE, MARRAKECH MOROCCO

YVES SAINT LAURENT JARDIN MAJORELLE, MARRAKECH MOROCCO

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 Secret when 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.

JARDIN MAJORELLE, MARRAKECH MOROCCO
YVES SAINT LAURENT JARDIN MAJORELLE, MARRAKECH MOROCCO
JARDIN MAJORELLE, MARRAKECH MOROCCO
YVES SAINT LAURENT JARDIN MAJORELLE, MARRAKECH MOROCCO

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?

JARDIN MAJORELLE, MARRAKECH MOROCCO
YVES SAINT LAURENT JARDIN MAJORELLE, MARRAKECH MOROCCO
YVES SAINT LAURENT JARDIN MAJORELLE, MARRAKECH MOROCCO
YVES SAINT LAURENT JARDIN MAJORELLE, MARRAKECH MOROCCO

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.

YVES SAINT LAURENT JARDIN MAJORELLE, MARRAKECH MOROCCO
YVES SAINT LAURENT JARDIN MAJORELLE, MARRAKECH MOROCCO
YVES SAINT LAURENT JARDIN MAJORELLE, MARRAKECH MOROCCO
YVES SAINT LAURENT JARDIN MAJORELLE, MARRAKECH MOROCCO

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?


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20 May, 2019

PRETTY FLORAL DISPLAYS IN LONDON, CHELSEA IN BLOOM 2019

PRETTY FLORAL DISPLAYS IN LONDON, CHELSEA IN BLOOM 2019

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!

PRETTY FLORAL DISPLAYS IN LONDON, CHELSEA IN BLOOM 2019
PRETTY FLORAL DISPLAYS IN LONDON, CHELSEA IN BLOOM 2019
PRETTY FLORAL DISPLAYS IN LONDON, CHELSEA IN BLOOM 2019
PRETTY FLORAL DISPLAYS IN LONDON, CHELSEA IN BLOOM 2019

The above displays from top left - J Crew, Rigby & Peller, Sarah Chapman, Jigsaw, Dermalogica, Sloane Square and Links of London.

 CHELSEA IN BLOOM 2019

 CHELSEA IN BLOOM 2019
PRETTY FLORAL DISPLAYS IN LONDON, CHELSEA IN BLOOM 2019
 CHELSEA IN BLOOM 2019
 CHELSEA IN BLOOM 2019 sticks n sushi
 CHELSEA IN BLOOM 2019
 CHELSEA IN BLOOM 2019 chanel
 CHELSEA IN BLOOM 2019

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.

 CHELSEA IN BLOOM 2019
CHELSEA IN BLOOM 2019

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?


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07 May, 2019

LE JARDIN SECRET, MARRAKECH MOROCCO

LE JARDIN SECRET, MARRAKECH MOROCCO

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)

29 April, 2019

A YEAR OF MOTHERHOOD

A YEAR OF MOTHERHOOD
 
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 :)

15 April, 2019

PRODUCTS FOR THINNING & FINE HAIR FROM JOHN MASTERS ORGANICS

PRODUCTS FOR THINNING & FINE HAIR FROM JOHN MASTERS ORGANICS

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.

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