This is probably the 1000th time I try to downsize my wardrobe. I do indeed have less clothes than before. Which I finally find out, not enough. After the 1000th time, I finally figure out that I’m in a style rut. I have been dressing the same since I was 12. Which isn’t a bad thing per se.
I have been reusing the same formula over and over again. Shirt/t-shirt/sweater, skinny jeans, ankle boots/sneakers. The formula has been proven to be working well for me. I bike daily to work so wearing tight skirt is impractical. Also have you ever tried biking with stilettos??? Oh maybe I need to mention that my bike is a fixie bike so it adds about 20% of overall discomfort.
I’m guessing the core problem of why I feel discontent to what I have in my closet is the fact that I’m still holding onto pieces that are… dingy. I still have my very first long sleeve t-shirt from ZARA. And the surface of that t-shirt that has no pills is much smaller than the one that has. Also some striped t-shirts that are lackluster. But it’s very difficult for me to part with those items because I still do wear them on a daily basis. Despite not feeling 100 whenever I put them on. But they do play a big role on my everyday dressing.
So what I’m currently trying to do is to keep the clothes that don’t spark joy (omg, I’m sorry for using that phrase) in a suitcase and never open for about a month or two or three. If I can figure out enough outfits with what I currently hang in my rack then I’m going to ‘dispose’ the content of that suitcase (don’t worry, by dispose I don’t mean just throwing them into the garbage bin).
We shall see how this goes, right now my closet is quite bare but the pieces there are the ones that I’m very much in love with. Also I just noticed, how come do I have more jackets than blouses????
Disclaimer, this post will be pictures heavy because for once I actually remember to take a lot of pictures during my vacation.
First things first, meet my friends!
We took this picture on our first stop to take pictures of the scenery of our Sahara trip. There were a lot of cacti and the view was so breathtaking. We left pretty early to it was still quite chilly (in a good way).
Everything is red here! Marrakesh has a nickname of “Red City” because at some point, the buildings were constructed by red sandstone.
We passed Col du Tichka on our way to Ouarzazate, which is a city where we’re going to have lunch. Ouarzazate is located right between High Atlas and Anti Atlas of Atlas mountain of course.
Picture above is Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou. My guide said this is the place where they shot the movie Gladiator, Asterix and Obelix, as well as Babel. From here we visited Ouarzazate to have lunch. Unfortunately we didn´t visit the old Atlas Studio where they shot Game of Thrones. It would have been epic to have it on my camera.
After Ouarzazate we pretty much driving non-stop until we arrived at the Sahara but we managed to stop once to take a picture in the middle of the road. Look at me with a boat load of cameras haha.
That’s the tent next to the tent we were supposed to sleep in (spoiler alert: we ended up sleeping at the eating room because it was too hot to sleep in the tent). I of course was busy either taking a selfie or recording myself mumbling about how amazing the Sahara is.
Once we arrived, we immediately took a camel ride for about an hour and then we ended the day with dinner and chit chatting with the guys who live there. I named my camel Coco by the way :)
The bag has been in my possession ever since December 2016. I have been utilizing this bag quite a lot and it immediately reached the status of being my go-to bag ever since purchase date.
My most favorite thing about the bag is the amount of compartments that it has. Also the schoolboy satchel look works really well with my wardrobe. I have been switching up between tying a knot on the strap (as how the bag came initially) and let the knot loose. I think with the ‘shorter’ strap, the bag can give more of a feminine look. But when I want to rock the comme des garçon style then I just let the strap loose.
I have been waiting for my bag to slouch like other people’s bags I’ve seen on the internet. But surprisingly, mine still hold it’s shape despite being used so many times, carrying so many different shape items. The leather is quite thick so I haven’t noticing any significant slouch look. I have developed some marks on the back of the bag from placing it on my bike basket but that’s totally because of my ‘fault’. The hardware also still as pristine as when I bought it!
One cons that I can mention is sometimes the clasp of the strap got stuck on the lapel of the bag, which can result in scratching the leather.
My bag is the Proenza Schouler PS1 medium in navy with silver hardware. In terms of dimensions, it’s Length: 12.5″ Width: 4″ Height: 8.5″ and Strap length: 22″ / 9″ drop. This bag won’t fit an A4 map so don’t force it if it won’t fit. They also have the plus version with some different details but the shape is pretty much the same. For this bag, it retails for eur 1550 at this moment. For those of you who live in The Netherlands, you can order/buy this bag easily from deBijenkorf. You can also wait for when it goes on sale like I did ;)
My friends and I visited Marrakesh, Morocco from 1st of June until 4th of June.
We flew from Eindhoven at 2pm. This was the first time I had to queue so long in Eindhoven airport. It was until the revolving doors! Also the first time I had to go through immigration when flying from Eindhoven. But it’s to be expected I guess, since I was traveling to other continent.
The flight was a nightmare. My seat was taken by a kid whom nobody claimed. And there was a young girl who screamed and cried the whole plane ride. Note to self: buy noise cancelling headphones.
Marrakesh has a beautiful airport. It’s so new, clean, and modern. Oh, I also acquired another stamp in my passport! Too bad, the passport will expire in 2019. I don’t think I will be able to finish all the pages.
We checked in at the riad and booked our tours for the upcoming days. We were greeted by very delicious mint tea.
Then we headed down to the market square and went into the souk. My friend answered to practically anyone. Dangerous move there. We also kinda got lost in the souk but found our way back ultimately by tracing back where we came from.
When we were back at the market square, we had dinner at one of the terraces. I chose chicken tagine with some potatoes and olives. It was very tasty despite being a tad too salty.
The guy at the terrace insisted that I haven’t given him my 100 dirham note although I am 100% sure that I have. I persisted and he caved, his goodwill came to his senses so he decided not to scam me.
After iftar, the square was filled with people having dinner. Also a lot of people were heading towards Mosque of Ibn Yusuf to have their tarawih prayer together.
We called it a night around 9 to ready ourselves for our sahara trip tomorrow.