The wishing magic of Marrakech with Royal Mansour

posted on: Wednesday, 10 July 2019

When people ask me what it's like to visit Royal Mansour in Marrakech, I simply respond, "there is no way for me to tell you what it's like, really. It's as if it exists in its own time and space, one that is magical and full of charm." So I might as well admit that's why it's near impossible to try and officially "review" such an establishment. Some things just have to be seen and experienced for themselves. Royal Mansour is one of those places. I can, of course, do my best to share my thoughts, feelings and pictures from any adventure I have there. But, it comes with a disclosure in that you must know my words will never capture one tenth of how special this place really is. 

In May, I drove through the larger than life gates of Royal Mansour for the second time. For this visit, I had been asked to return to showcase a new offering that the hotel was rolling out for guests. In true, lets-spoil-the-guests-to-death style, Royal Mansour was rolling out a special package that could be booked offering three wishes for those in residence. The idea is to see the best Marrakech, and the hotel, have to offer, in the most luxurious way possible. I don't think any amount of staring at the itinerary could have prepared me for what was about to happen.

Introducing Keanu... My first car in London, the good, the bad and the unexpected

posted on: Monday, 1 July 2019

Last year, after sixteen years of calling London "home," I decided it was time to bite the bullet and get my drivers license in the UK. Now, keeping in mind I'd been driving in the USA since I was 15, this all seemed a bit ridiculous. Why wait so long? All my friends back at home thought I was crazy, living carless in the UK. But, in all honesty, I'd always found ways around needing a car. I had public transport, and uber for everything else. So why need a car? Well, the older I got, the more people I met who were constantly telling me that a car in the city would give me a freedom that I never realised I needed. The more I heard, the more I convinced myself I needed to at least give it a shot. So, in October of 2018, I passed all my tests and was handed a license to drive...on the other side of the road. 

For all of you that keep hearing about how scary the UK driver's test is, let me tell you it isn't nearly as scary as the entire country builds it up to be. I passed all my tests on the first try and lost so many nights' sleep over it all that it now seems absolutely ridiculous. However, when my license arrived I had a whole new reason to panic. I sat on my sofa and blankly stared at the wall realising I didn't have the first idea about what was required over here to purchase and own a car. Of course I'd grown up in the USA, where things are completely different when it comes to car ownership. So I was found myself once again in the land of the unknown. But, let me backtrack here a bit.

How I take all my travel self portraits with just a smart phone, compact camera and tripod

posted on: Wednesday, 19 June 2019

{Yes, all of the above pictures were taken without a photographer, just me, a tripod and a camera}

At least once a day I'll be asked about my pictures and who's taking them, specifically when I'm travelling, and my response is always met with a sincere look of surprise. You see I take all of my own pictures on the go. It's just me and my tripod. I have a photographer that helps me about once a month in London with various campaign images (and I'm lucky that he's one of my best friends), but the rest of the images you see are all mine...taken with one trusted camera, two lenses, a travel size tripod and the help of a few iPhone app editing suites. Every bathtub shot you see, every Lowcountry bike ride, every outfit in situ on a balcony, it's all just me. And since I find myself answering this question daily, I thought it was about time I explained how I do it. I haven't been keeping it a national secret, I just haven't had the time to sit down and properly explain it all. But now I'm making the time, because I think what I'm about to share might just blow your mind a bit and give you the confidence to perhaps try it yourself. I think all too often people think there's this massive support group with creating content and more often than not, it's just the content creator and their craft left to their own devices. In reality, I prefer it that way. I feel I can be a lot more free with my photography when it's just me, myself and I. Ask anyone that's ever worked with me and they'll tell you I'm an entirely different picture when there is an actual human being working behind the camera. When it's just me and the tripod, you get the real me, no inhibitions, just solid entertainment. So, without further ado, let's get into it.

Style Update: Sensational Separates

posted on: Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Written in partnership with Marks & Spencer
Above: Skirt, Shirt

I'm not sure if you've officially recognised this, but I feel like it will come of no surprise for you to hear that separates in fashion are having a serious moment! Whereas I have always preferred the ease of throwing on a dress and going, I've found myself oddly attracted to this new trend and my closet most definitely reflects it. In theory, it's not all that different from the concept of a dress. Separates are designed to work together. So, an easy outfit is simply throwing the two together and running out the door, providing the same "pulled together" look as a dress. However, the glory of separates is this. The two pieces can be used to create dozens of different looks when styled apart.