Travel Diary: Day III In Marrakech

18th May, 2012

On our third day in Marrakech, we dialed down the glamour but amped up the economy with a serious shopping excursion in the city’s psychedelic soukOur spending spree began at Palais de la Menara, an exquisite emporium offering the most beautiful jewelry and furnishings that we saw in the duration of our trip.Jamie was on the hunt for a large area rug for her new photo studio, and the shop’s proprietor was the perfect gentleman to guide us through the selection process. The Moroccan people take great pride in the craftsmanship of their carpets, and he patiently educated us in the intricacies of the different variations and weaves available. We spent hours sipping tea and pondering the possibilities, and in the end she chose one for her home (above), and one for the studio (below). The experience of getting to better understand this art form only increased the already-obvious beauty of each.I must admit, I was pretty pleased by how well my jeans (which I also wore HERE) coordinated with the occasion!After Jamie’s rugs had been rolled up and readied to be shipped to their new home, we really ventured out into the depths of the souk ~ the massive, mostly open-air market at the center of the city. For sale in the souk, we discovered all sorts of delicious loot ~ and we learned a few things about how to drive a hard bargain. Surprisingly, even with a lifetime of experience in shopping at flea markets, I was initially timid about negotiating with the locals. Luckily, my companion was a natural haggler! We were primarily researching + shopping for an upcoming project, so you’ll have to wait until that’s unveiled to see what we found ~ but suffice it to say we doubled our luggage!We also discovered that Morocco is home to the most mind-blowing olives on earth, so naturally that night began with a hunt for the dirty martinis to match. As such, we found ourselves back at La Mamounia…for which I changed into: reworked vintage earrings, a Vena Cava frock, a Naeem Khan shawl, that Primary clutch from Day 1 and some Elie Tahari heels.Jamie slipped into a pair of earrings scouted that morning at the souk, a Halston Heritage gown, and Miu Miu shoes:|PHOTOS| by Jamie Beck // Click through to explore the entire series: part one / part two / part three / part four / part five / part six

  • Gaby

    oh goodness, I want to go to Marrakesh so so so badly. its looks amazing! 

  • Vibri Wulandari

    Love your sandals.  Love your beautiful yellow dresses.  Love the scene, background.. Thank you for the photos 

  • dbiruk21

    The pictures are amazing! You look beautiful, as usual. And Marrakech just became my number one dream vacation trip! 


    This looks absolutely amazing! It would be so hard to hold back and not buy everything! Beautiful rugs, incredible tagine pottery. You guys look really beautiful and love your evening outfits, you both would’ve looked like a dream together in the blue and yellow! Safe travels. 

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for sharing these gorgeous photos!  I’ve always wanted to go to Morocco, so I’m really enjoying the series.  p.s. You both look divine! 

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  • Thefashionphysician

    I’ve always wanted to go to Morocco it’s gorgeous and the shopping must be great! I hope the upcoming project has something to do with home goods and you’re hopefully looking at Moroccan influence!

  • Anonymous

    Amazing pictures!! I love how vibrant and colorful everything is!
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  • Roulab
  • oh wooow! Love this pictures!You really make want to go there, too!
    Have fun there,

  • You both look stunning, once again! Like from another decade =)

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    this one right here is amazing.. would love to have a collection of this

    and this one too
    ill definitely go to this place.

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  • Thanks for another day of great pictures, I can never have enough of this 🙂 Definitely wanna go to a exotic vacation like that (good that soon this will come)!

  • welovefur

    L’esplosione di colori che trovi in questi posti sono indescrivibili ed indimenticabili
    Un bacio

  • Rhoda Wong

    i love your outfit! look so great!

  • Cinnamon and White Chocolate

    Lovely pictures. You reminded me of my trip to Morocco couple of years ago. Marrakesh is fabulous, specially their huge souk you can easily wonder through whole day… I also bought a fantastic carpet and a huge pile of jewellery… I don’t know weather you are visiting Fes, but their medina is must-see place, so if you have the chance… Kiss from Croatia, Ilina

  • Anonymous

    You guys were PERFECT companions for each other!! Such amazing pictures and setting! Next time you’ll have to cross over to Spain too 😉

  • Looks like a dream world. Such rich colors and beautiful shapes. 

  • I can’t wait for day 4!

  • Nora Fab

    I loved Marrakech – how lucky you are to be there. Equally I loved Fez and Essaouira. I hope you’ll have the opportunity to visit.


  • wow!! so colorful!! love your pants!

  • wao that looks so beautiful! I want to go there now :p

  • Wow, those Moroccan tagines and bowls are simply amazing. I can’t wait to see what you brought back with you. xo

  • Luna

    You are beyond amazing! Your stunning photos are giving me an itch to hop on a plane and go be fabulous. Thanks for the daily inspiration and I’ve officially added Marrakech to my list of travel destinations. Hope you post photos of how Jamie ends up styling her new rugs! Happiest Friday to you.


  • those lanterns! those plates! so gorgeous

  • Simply gorgeous!  I was pretty much sold on planning a trip to Marrakesh after your Day 1 post, but each day just keeps getting better and better.  Keep ’em coming! 🙂


  • so many amazing shots!x

  • Adeola Naomi Aderemi


  • Beauty Follower

    Super photos
    like the last two dresses!

  • Lfolden

    why aren’t you dorks matching again?

  • Very beautiful photos!

  • Karolina Borchert

    These photos are amazing and really inspiring, love the oriantal prints and colours, you both look gorgeous.

  • Lola Reggy

    I wanted to go to Marrakech topo, once I finally convinced my boyfriend (ex right now hahaha) he cancelled the trip 🙁 And now I am seeing this I am all ohh and ahh’s, LOVE the colors and the lamps!!


  • Beautif and so magical. Love your outfit…xoxox

  • Jeannine

    I really, really, really wish I were there!

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  • gorgeous photos, my favorite time when i was studying in Spain was getting to visit Morocco and Marrakesh in particular. Pretty much impossible to leave without an extra piece of luggage in tow, or two or three…

  • This is stunning! Marrakesh looks so beautiful – ah, and the fabrics!!! xx

  • Shagun Daral

    love the yellow and the blue dress….. gorgeous!! 

  • 3maigloeckchen

    great pictures!!! wonderful!!!

  • Théa Unknown

    Marrakech souk is the best place to have ideas!

    xoThéa Unknown

  • Professoressa

    Morocco is THE place to wear flowing silks and chiffon.  I bought rich rugs, lovely fabrics for dresses that I had custom made and a pound of saffron and on my last visit.  I filled one suitcase in 3 days!

    I cleared my site to make room for new adventures and I think I might have to start with Morocco.

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  • Maggie

    Everything looks amazingly beautiful!

  • So jealous you had native companions.  Just got back from northern Morocco and the fact I had to haggle for everything definitely prevented me from buying as much as I wanted…although I guess in hindsight that’s a good thing (or so I tell myself).
    I ended up getting 40% off on a giant carry luggage bag (similar to your backpacks) so I guess I didn’t do too bad 🙂

  • wonderful shots and you both look absolutely stunning! looks like you had a great time, loved marrakech when I visited last year, such a special place!

  • Oh wow.  What amazing photos, thank you!  Just the ornate detail in everything… so beautiful! 

  • Bfan388

    In love with your sandals .. from where did you get them? 

  • Ann

    Where is Jamie’s day dress from (the taupe one from the carpet pics)?? I love it!!

  • Jade

    OMG! After looking at your photos, Marrakesh is on my list of places to visit! I loved to travel and thus far have traveled through most of the Asian countries. By the way, that is a beautiful yellow dress!

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  • I’ve been to Marrakech and it is simply so stunning (apart from when my boyfriend almost got us chased across Jemaa el-Fna square – scary!). They have the most beautiful home decor inspirations. I bought a hand embellished gold throw for my lounge from the medina. These photos have just taken me back there! I want to return so badly now!

  • Ray

    Gorgeous! Takes me right back to my trip a few years ago; so vibrant and beautiful, such a dream!

  • Xiao squared

    How much did you pay for the backpacks?

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