Let's talk beauty // Maybelline Snapscara

I've been on the hunt for the best mascara for the better part of 14 years. Everyone knows it - my best friend's mom asked me my newest preferences at her daughter's wedding this summer; a college friend asked me if I was still obsessed with making my lashes as black and long as possible, and it had been 5 years since we'd seen each other (my bad!).

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My favourite mascara isn't sold in Belgium so I've been on the hunt for something that's more easily accessible for this Belgium-based lash lover.

Thus, I was extremely happy, and surprised, to find the new Maybelline Snapscara at a decent price in Au Chan in Lille (for some reason, France is always the best place for beauty buys in this region). As an avid social media user, I had of course seen Maybelline's posts and ads for this with Gigi, and I can't say that I was particularly impressed. But mascara is one of the things that I'm always willing to try so into my basket it went!

I waited just 12 hours before trying this, and I was gobsmacked. The formula has no wax so it's nice and smooth, but I worried that all it would be to my fine, blonde lashes would be to colour them. But this baby makes it look like I'm wearing falsies, with no clumps, and it doesn't flake at all, with no need to reapply before a night out, though it does layer well.

My point? If you're a mascara lover, try this. I like my lashes thick, curled, and black, and this helps me check off every need on my list.

Have you given it a go? Let me know your favourite mascara!

xox,
Suz

Rooftops of Marrakesh // Morocco Part 2

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Now that I've had some time to decompress and get back into the regular swing of things, I can very easily say that my favourite parts of Marrakesh were the rooftop views from each area of the city. Jemaa El-Fna square from Café de France and Café L'Ancien, the view of/from our riad (and a bonus tour picture from Bahia Palance of yours truly and PJ); all were greatly enjoyed with a seat in the sun and some sort of drink in hand - usually mint tea or a cappuccino. Our riad also served alcohol, so we treated ourselves to a bottle of Sahara Reserve. 

I can also highly recommend the view of the spice souk from Nomad - just make sure you book in advance!

Impressions of Marrakesh // Morocco Part 1

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To celebrate 6 years together, PJ and I travelled to a place we'd never been before - Marrakesh! It came about in a pretty funny away: we were searching for a good November location and each thought that the other wouldn't be interested in a trip to Morocco until we finally brought it up over a glass of wine...and so we booked a trip back to the same continent where we met in 2012!

After countless Pinterest searches and endless travel blogs, I thought I was well prepared for the absolute chaos that is Marrakesh. From the motorcycles, horses and donkeys winding their ways through narrow souk alleys, to the call to prayer sounding from mosques all around the city, and the madness of Jemaa El-Fnaa Square with its monkey handlers, ever-changing food stalls and snake charmers; with all of that hustle and bustle, and the rush of tourists each way you looked, I can assure you that I was definitely not prepared.

But even amongst the chaos, you can easily find moments of calm. The sunsets over the square once we'd found refuge at a panoramic cafe or the roof of our riad, the soothing smells of our incredible hammam, and the little corners of buildings that you could think about living in forever.

And though it's impossible to capture every aspect of a city with pictures, here's the jumble of images with which I left Marrakesh (in addition to a magnet, straw bag, pair of sandals and argan oil in my hand baggage. I am a shopper, after all):

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A weekend in Boulogne-sur-Mer

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This weekend we had such a nice time exploring Boulogne-sur-Mer. I’m not entirely sure what inspired our trip there, but we got talking and immediately decided it was the perfect Autumn weekend destination because 1) the sea and 2) the AQUARIUM IS NO JOKE. We could’ve stayed in there for hours. It’s the type of place that I wish you could bring a bottle of wine and just enjoy the scenery. Like an underwater sunset. But not wet. And with no light. So nothing like that at all, really…

We arrived Friday night (after listening to Southern Nightmare on the way - super interesting but the first four episodes were also super depressing). Because we know they allow dogs and we’re not fussy at all, we stayed in the Ibis just a few minutes walk from the city centre, and about 15 minutes from Nausicaa. Being the couple that we are, we brought a bottle of champagne and talked the night away. No complaints here, most of my favourite nights are spent with PJ, Hobson and a glass of something good, chatting about everything and nothing all at once. 

On Saturday morning we took a beautiful walk through the town, stopping to admire the Saturday market and loaves of bread that were about as big as my torso, and definitely bigger than our tiny boy. We romped around the ramparts of the old town, enjoying the little streets, an installation of sculptures inspired by 16th-century poetry and fables by Jean de La Fontaine (like the city mouse and the country mouse). 

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We passed by the cutest buildings and bakeries, and after a mini Autumn-themed photoshoot with Bob, we made our way back to the hotel (obvi stopping for croissants on the way) so that the little nugget could pass out and we could make our way to the aquarium. 

Yes. The aquarium. It. Was. Amazing. Much like the ocean, I also have a slight fear of aquariums. I always have that moment where my life flashes before my eyes and the glass cracks and all the water rushes out and the sharks devour me. A fairly active imagination, I know. 

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But man, this place. It was recently renovated and reopened. Split into two sections, the first takes you around one extremely large tank, with different viewing stations and information guiding you along. But once you get to the large view, it’s truly like a window into the depths. We made friends with some sharks and tiny fish and kept telling ourselves that we would watch one of the eagle rays pass “just one more time”. I’m certain they glided by us over 10 times before we finally moved to the second section. 

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This view alone is worth the admission ticket. Pro tip: take your break here. Buy a bottle of water and get off your feet for as long as you like and just enjoy it. 

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This was also quite nice, but my favourites were, of course, the sand tiger shark and sea lions. I love the penguins but prefer seeing them in Cape Town (which might be the most pretentious thing I’ve typed on this blog). We also tried to get in touch with our fishy friends in the touch tank, but the water was cold and those rays just weren’t having it anymore. 

When we finally left, we walked past the water to a little place off the town square for some steak tartare, beef, fries and creme brûlée for dessert at Le Dôme’s terrace. I may have also peaked into Sephora since we don’t have those in Belgium

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In the evening, we walked Bob to the water and that golden hour sunlight did him well. I will always claim that my boy is the most handsome in the world (but all dog people do this, so my proof is rather subjective). Our evening ended with some beautiful fish dishes at Chez Jules. Definitely the place to go if you have a large party. If you want to go somewhere else on a Friday or Saturday night in the city, make sure you book a table in advance!

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So, overall, 10/10 would recommend visiting this little town for a relaxed weekend of good food, sunny terraces, and hours among our under-the-water friends. Just don't be like PJ and ask why they aren't selling seafood in the aquarium. In there, fish are friends, not food. 

xox,
Suz



A morning in Oostende

This weekend, PJ and I decided to do a little bit of exploring in one of his favourite cities by the coast: Oostende. The city has had different mural artists come in over the last couple of years to give the city a little bit of art on its walls; the whole project is called the Crystal Ship. We first planned to ride some bikes around, but quickly decided to make a walk out of it with this map! My personal favourite was this little UFO poll - we didn't even notice them at first. 

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Sunglasses //Madewell
Cardigan // Old (similar)
Purse // Old (similar)
Bracelet // Bought at a hippie shop in Valencia

We finally stopped for some coffee at the cutest little cafe called Albrecht, then continued on with our search for more murals, before finally stopping at the new Upstairs Hotel to check out the interior and give ourselves a tiny break. 

We finished our afternoon with some sea-snacks by the water before driving to the ‘other side’ of the city (usually you can take a little ferry across, but we decided to save some time and take the car) to one of the larger murals.

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It was really fun exploring with PJ - he was so proud of our art walk and how beautiful this little Belgian coastal spot is!

If I'm being honest (which is tough because I've spent the last 3.5 years bitching about Belgium), I loved it too. 

xox,
Suz