Manoeuvring in Marrakech

It has been a while since I’ve written a blogpost on here! I’m hoping to be more consistent from now and all through 2020 too. I thought I’d start off with highlights of my recent trip to Marrakech – Morocco.

My sister & I travelled here for my 24th birthday (I still can’t believe it lol) because I wanted a bit of winter sun. If you live in UK then you’ll know it’s been raining for like 3 months straight; a girl is tired and needed some vitamin D.

We were picked up by the Marrakech Concierge, for their transfer airport – they were prompt, friendly and were so helpful during our trip. We were dropped off to our first Riad, Riad l’Oiseau du ParadisThe decor, staff and food were honestly so amazing I didn’t want to leave. img_0616

We stayed here for 4 nights and two in another Riad. The Riad’s are located in the centre of Marrakech, the Jemaa el-Fnaa. Which was honestly, so convenient butttt…the town centre can be pretty

Be prepared for things to be shouted at you, asked into the stalls or offered a ‘free henna tattoo’. Believe me when I say, nothing is free over there; it’s just a smart ploy to trick you into paying. I learnt the hard way lol and on my first day too.

The weather was literally perfect, not too hot but just right. It was about 24-28 degrees and we went early November.

Another key tip to remember in Marrakech is to always haggle! Whether it’s in the market or taxis. Haggle like there’s no tomorrow or you will get bumped.

 

 

I loved the decor in this place, it was traditional – with a hint of modern. The staff were sooo friendly and helpful with recommendations and what not to/what to do.

 

 

 

 

 

Oh and the breakfast was one of my favourite parts of the day!

On our first day, after being harassed by henna ladies (lol) we visited the Bahia Palace. The interior was stunning! Wouldn’t mind moving in tbh. The entrance fee was very reasonable and queuing wasn’t too bad either.

& yes I co-ordinated with the backdrop!

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The next day consisted of some of my favourite things! Chilling by the pool, good food & drinks, you absolutely can’t go wrong. This was courtesy of https://www.marrakechconcierge.co.uk at Nikki Beach Marrakech. I really did not want to leave!

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Of course we had to Camel riding too! We made sure we did our research before booking, making sure that this was an ethical company that treated the camels well. We were picked up not far from our hotel and dropped to the Agafay Desert (we kept saying this wrong and our driver kept laughing at us) and we got changed to start our ride.

I’m not going to lie to you…I was shook! It’s the bit where the camel goes up from the ground and goes back down so you can get off – that gets me the most! I can barely handle rides at Winter Wonderland so that’s telling you a lot already. My camel decided it was cute to sneeze on me and we found out my sister’s camel was called ‘Sarah’…really! The ride had such nice views, but if you’re someone like me that has a sensitive back you might feel like you’re in agony the next day.

Our home for the last few days! I fell in love with the decor of the Indian Palace, it was STUNNING. Literal pink paradise. This is exactly where I wanted my extra self to wake up to on my birthday.

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On my birthday, we visited La Trattoria which was honestly to date one of the best restaurants I’ve ever visited. The service was A1, the scenery was gorgeous – there was a pool in the centre of the restaurant with low hanging lanterns. It was unreal. The food was uh-mazing and honestly…I was surprised by the bill, it was so reasonable you’d think it would be waaay more. It’s a 10/10 from me. See the restaurant in full here: http://tidd.ly/54db1e3e 

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Overall, I loved my birthday trip to Marrakech. It was the perfect Winter Sun destination and even though I enjoyed it, I was happy to go home because it tired me right out and it can be kinda manic over there so going back to reality wasn’t too bad for once. Keep an eye out on my channel for a Vlog on my experience!

 

Signing out, Sarah xo

January Joy

The first month of 2019 is finally coming to an end. For some people, January is seen as a fresh blank page. The month to build on or start new goals and set your plans in action. Whatever they might be for the year. For others, it might be seen as a month that needs to end quickly. So that the year can really start; the end of Blue January.

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Fatigue & Energy

Whatever it means to you, it is important to take steps to make your year as productive and enjoyable as it possibly can be. I’ve noticed that I am most productive and relaxed when I feel energised and well rested throughout the day. However, being at that stage, can be a bit of a struggle! Juggling working full-time, blogging, social life and just about breathing can be a bit hectic at the best of times. I also suffer from anxiety; particularly at night and often I find myself going into full blown overthinking and worry mode. This tends to have a negative/domino effect on me…Whereby I am tired throughout the day and have less energy to achieve my tasks or goals as productively as I could have…had I slept that little bit more.

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I have recently been using two amazing supplements from a brand called Neubria. The first is the Neubria Charge, this is works to energise you in the day, reduce fatigue and keep you focused. The second is Neubria Drift, which supports healthy sleep and eases you into relaxation before going to bed. I usually take this a few hours before bed to achieve a natural and gradual effect. The combination of the two really complement each other well. Providing energy where needed and a natural alternative to being able to ease into sleep better. I love the fact the products are all natural, all of their products are also in line with the Medicine & Healthcare Regulatory Authority Board. The results have been amazing so far! It has been great being able to sleep peacefully without tossing and turning or overthinking in the night and waking up feeling like I have actually slept.

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I’d definitely recommend you give these a try, if you are looking to improve your sleep or to feel more energised in the day. I am also giving a lucky reader to opportunity to win both these products! All you have to do is drop a comment under my Neubria related instagram post and follow @Neubria on Instagram. If you don’t have an instagram account…worry not! Drop your details below and you will be added onto the list!

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Thank me later! xo

Find your Algo-Rhythm

Soooo, many of us fell victims to the Instagram ‘glitch’ nonsense that occurred yesterday…Emphasis on the glitch – because we as a generation are far too clued on to differentiate between a glitch and an absolute fail of an upgrade. *sips tea*

Maybe you’ve clicked to read this to see whether I actually know how to spell algorithm; whatever the reason – thank you for reading so far & I hope this is helpful.

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Anyways…I luckily, was able to somehow to avoid the Instagram update. But I had the pleasure of seeing this ill constructed, story style, concoction of a mess from other discombobulated users. This year, we creatives, (bloggers, content creators etc) have faced the absolute wrath of Instagram’s unpredictable algorithm. Each Social Media network has a unique set of technical elements. Intricate logic and usage analytics that make up the algorithm that delivers content to its users. These algorithms are managed by dedicated teams of software engineers, data scientists, content strategists and more, so nothing you see is an accident. In every negative, it is always great to see what positives can surface. Yes, we have all complained about the algorithm…(And rightfully so!) BUT, rather than sit and mope about it; we have all done our best and have been motivated to do better. This has even created a strong bond in the community of creatives to support each other.

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1. Create a consistent feel to your posts.

Creating a consistent look/theme to your posts so that your feed collectively flows is a great way to make your content unique and recognisable to yourself/brand. I won’t lie and say that this is easy because I still struggle to.
However doing this also makes your feed as a whole appealing to the eye, seamless and attracts and can maintain new or existing followers and is also a reflection of how much thought you put into your content creation. This is also completely your choice and should be done in a way that reflects you. Below are some of my examples:

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2. Being consistent with the work you create.

It is so key to create a posting schedule for yourself and to set yourself a realistic posting amount per week. Don’t look at what others are doing, keep a tunnel vision and do what you can do to your own capability. If you can post every day, then great! But, if you’re like me and currently juggling life, food, sleep, full-time work and having a social life – then you’ll find posting everything day is not always so possible. And there’s nothing wrong with that! I give myself a minimum of twice per week which is a realistic goal that I can meet.
Let’s also not forget the significance of stories, these are an important way to stay relevant/remembered in between posting. This is also a great way to encourage people to visit your profile. And in our busy day and age; we are most likely to watch stories, therefore if we see something interesting on a story we are more inclined to visit the profile. Which is subsequently a great way for people to see your posts that they may have missed.

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 3. Put yourself out there.

Yikes. The thought of this always used to make me shudder and I would begin to start thinking of all the ‘what ifs’. I learnt that the time that I spent procrastinating and wondering what would happen if I put myself out there, or tried to reach out to someone could’ve been time spent actually building networks and a rapport with brands or other creatives. No one likes rejection or being ignored, however sometimes if you don’t try you won’t know. Not to be corny here – but life is too short. The most successful people are usually the ones that took risks. It’s important to collaborate and network with brands or people that align well with yourself. Don’t be afraid to send that email or DM.  You just never know what long term relationships could be formed. 

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 4. Final Tips.

I have noticed that interacting with the hashtags that I am going to use, often helps me to be at the top 9 of those hashtags. I usually do this 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after posting. I found this tip from a blog post (can’t remember where) which I have found helpful ever since.

Most importantly, use hashtags! Don’t over do it though…They have helped me so much in getting my post seen, I like to use hashtags which are relevant to my photo and hashtags which are quite popular.

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(7k views from hashtags!)

Side note: I have also noticed that when my post is saved more, it generally does a lot better!

And lastly, if you have a business account, use the analytics to assess when is best to post and to understand your audience better.

For any other tips – leave me a comment, email or DM!

Sarah xo

Definition credits: https://later.com/blog/instagram-algorithm/

https://sproutsocial.com/insights/social-media-algorithms/

Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to say a big thank you to all my readers this year. Wishing you nothing but success and happiness for 2019.

xo

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Golden Greece

As many of you might know if you follow me on Instagram…I have been absolutely obsessed with Greece!

My holiday there was absolutely amazing, every corner you turned looked like something out of a movie!

I jetted off to Mykonos-Greece simply because it looked like such a stunning island. I wasn’t disappointed and it’s safe to say, it definitely slots in the category of top 10 most instagramable countries! (I haven’t figured out the rest yet! But it’s definitely there)

This little number had me feeling like such a Greek Goddess! While also staying cute and cool in the heat.

Hopefully I’ll get round to uploading a holiday vlog on my channel! But for now watch my highlights on instagram to see what I got up to!

@sarahdiallo