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. Saturday, 18 May 2019 .
"Is that a good idea?" or "Aren't you scared" were definitely the most common questions I was asked when I told people that I was heading to Morocco as a solo female traveller. When I started planning my trip to Morocco, safety was something that I considered but I didn't really give it much more thought than I would any country I visit alone to be honest. But people's reactions made me think twice and I started doing a bit of googling - probably not my brightest idea because I came across numerous articles, newspaper reports and blog posts relating to safety in Morocco, particularly aimed at women. Now I'm not saying having too much information is a bad thing, of course this information should available for people to read and make informed decision about the places they are visiting. However I must admit, had I done this research prior to arranging and booking everything I seriously might have reconsidered. But for better or worse I'm a pretty stubborn person so there was no backing out now. It's safe to say that the vast majority of things I read painted Morocco in a very negative light, which certainly wasn't my overall experience of the country. So I thought I would add my two cents to the picture in the hope of reassuring some people who have also been put off by what they've seen online.
Hassan Tower
I visited Morocco for 10 days in February of 2019, I spent most of my time in Rabat as I was working for a travel company whilst I was out there and this is where they are based. Most people probably aren't familiar with Rabat but it is actually Morocco's capital city! I also visited Casablanca, Fes and Marrakech during my time in Morocco and my experience varied a lot in the different cities.

I definitely experienced harassment during my time in Morocco; some of which was just due to being a tourist in a foreign country, but some was much more directly aimed at me because I was a woman on my own. However I was taking steps to reduce this as much as possible, which is what I'd suggest you do.
  • Walk with purpose. If you look lost and confused, people will use this to try and talk you into things that you otherwise you wouldn't agree to. I'd suggest looking at the map and familiarise yourself with the next few roads you need to take, then put it away while you're actually walking. When you've reached as far as you can go, stop out of the way to look at the map again before setting off. If you look lost people will offer to guide you. Some of these people may just innocently want to help, others may expect payment in return, so it's best just to avoid anyone offering you directions full stop. I have also heard of people being led to a completely different place under the guise of helping them find their way in order to rob them among other ulterior motives. So my advice would be to avoid accepting directions from people all together and make sure you're very firm with your 'no' otherwise they'll likely continue to pursue you. 
  • Dress conservatively, particularly young women. My usual attitude is that everyone should be free to wear whatever they want, however in a conservative/religious country such as Morocco it's worth noting that what you wear will greatly impact your experience. I understand that when you're in a hot country, you want to wear less clothing to keep cool and catch the sun, but just be wary that if you're wearing less clothing you're going to attract more attention from local men. I would recommend wearing clothing that covers you from shoulder to knees. I primarily wore either culottes or midi skirts with a high neck t-shirt. 
  • Have a bit of a resting bitch face. This isn't something that comes natural to me as I'm generally quite a smiley person! But unfortunately looking approachable isn't something that will work in your favour in many places in Morocco. 
  • If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, or you don't want to have a conversation with them, then it's best to totally blank them. If you engage them in any kind of conversation they're going to see it as you being interested in them. It feels incredibly rude but if you start a conversation, men in particular will not leave you alone. 
  • As with everywhere, keep your money and your valuables close to you, and don't flaunt them. Certain parts of Morocco, particularly in Marrakech, have very high theft rates against tourists. The Moroccan officials are trying their best to reduce this as they want to encourage the tourism industry, but it's worth doing everything you can to be cautious too. 
Camel ride in the desert outside Marrakech

Generally the best experience I had in terms of safety/little harassment was in Rabat, but the worst was definitely Marrakech. Rabat isn't as popular with tourists as other cities, despite being the capital. In fact most people don't even seem to realise that it is the capital! Rabat is quite a modern city in many respects; the public transport is quite good, there's lots of multicultural food options and it is quite clean. In fact in some parts of the city you could easily mistake yourself for being in Paris! Morocco gained independence from France in 1956 but there are certainly a lot of French influence still present. Whilst I received a few comments off men in the street, it was generally very harmless and after I ignored them they dropped it. In more touristy areas such as Casablanca, Fez and Marrakech, people tended to be a bit more persistent. 

My worst, and only hands on experience, of harassment happened in Marrakech. I was walking in the medina, looking for the Musee de Mouassine which is down some small narrow streets off a main street. A group of teenagers, primarily boys, were hanging around down one of these narrow streets. I very nearly didn't walk down there but I wanted to go to the museum and wasn't about to be put off by a group of kids. Whilst walking down there a few of them shouted things like 'hello'/'how are you' but nothing major. I smiled and kept on walking. After I'd walked past them they came up behind me; one of them put their arm round my shoulder and grabbed at my breast and two more (I think) grabbed/slapped at bum. It all happened really quickly. I shouted at them to get away/get off and pushed away the boy who's arm was round my shoulder. It made me angry and uncomfortable but I wasn't about to let it ruin my day. In fact I was actually vlogging that day and didn't mention it at all in the video, simply because I hadn't really processed it yet so didn't know what to say. In hindsight the reason it made me so angry is because it says a lot about how a country raises its young men that these boys thought this behaviour was acceptable. However I also know there are a lot of young men in the UK who behave in a way that I don't think is acceptable and would never raise a child of mine to behave like. 

Despite this one experience, my overall time in Morocco was a very positive one and I would definitely return if the opportunity presented itself. As a woman I would recommend you do everything you can to keep yourself safe, but don't let stories you've heard put you off a trip here. 

If you have ever thought about travelling solo but aren't sure about it, check out a previous post I wrote about why I think you should travel solo. 

Have you visited Morocco? Is it somewhere you'd like to visit? Let me know in the comments! 

. Friday, 10 May 2019 .
 If you've been following me for a while, you'll likely have heard me talk about Beauty Pie before. They're a member's buying club whereby you pay £10 a month membership fee and then are able to purchase their luxury, high-end quality beauty products at cost price. One of the things I love about this site (besides the ridiculously good value of course) is that they give you a price breakdown for each product, so you can see exactly how much each element of the product costs to add up to final cost-price that you pay. They also compare this to the "typical price" that you would pay for the exact same item if you picked it up off the shelves of any other shop.

This post is not sponsored and I paid for all the items myself. I just placed a pretty large order recently (whoops!) so thought I would show you what I picked up. My order is a combination of some old faithfuls and some of their newer releases! I'll be sure to include the member's price and the typical price of each item so you can see the ridiculous discount you can get as a member!

Redcurrant and Fig Scented Candle

Member's Price = £16.64, RRP = £40. I am a big lover of candles, I always have been. Since moving into my own flat I can finally burn them to my heart's content. Prior to this I was living in either student accommodation or with my parents, neither of which allowed me to burn candles. So since moving out my candle collection has grown significantly! I am a big lover of berry scents - hence how this one ended up in my basket. It is described on their website as "energetic and zesty berries with bergamot and amber, over fig flowers, plums and musk." Beauty Pie actually released their candles a few months ago, but I wasn't quick enough to grab them first time round as they went out of stock very quickly. Luckily they recently came back into stock and I managed to nab two.

Pomegranate and Baies Rose Scented Candle

Member's Price = £14.64, RRP = £40. As I already mentioned, I couldn't narrow down my candle choice to just one so I ended up with two in my basket. Although quite frankly there were a few more I had my eye on. This one is described as a "sexy, sybaritic red fruit with a hazy halo of baies rose, artemisia cinnamon, clove, cashmere wood and patchouli." Another great thing about the candles is that they come in beautiful boxes that make them perfect for gifting, not that I have any intention of sharing mine!

Shimmerbar in the shade "Bikini"

Member's Price = £9.22, RRP = £32. The Shimmerbar is a cross between a highlighter and a bronzer, it's a hybrid that I didn't know I needed until it was in my life, and now I can't get enough of it! Perfect now that the warmer weather is upon us so you can get that sun kissed look, without the skin damage.

One Palette Wonder  

Members Price = £6.23, RRP = £35. This product is exactly what it says on the tin; it's pretty much everything you could need for a gorgeous makeup look in one palette. If you follow me, you'll know I love to travel. So when I saw this I just knew that it had to be mine because I couldn't think of a more perfect palette to take with me on adventures. This plus some SPF, a BB cream, mascara and i'm good to go! This reminds me a lot of a limited edition palette that Charlotte Tilbury sold last year. I very nearly picked it up but I think it retailed for around £70 and I just couldn't justify spending that at the time as I was a student. That why I just knew I needed to pick up this palette when I saw it arrive on the Beauty Pie website. Plus I already own quite a few of the Beauty Pie powder products and have always been impressed with them so it was just a no-brainer.

Left to Right: Love Berry, Pin Up, Cowboy Nude, In The Nude / / /


Member's Price = Less than £4 (each shade is slightly different), RRP = £20. Do I own too many lipsticks? Probably. Do I care? No! I've tried out quite a few of the Beauty Pie lipsticks and loved them all, so decided to add a few more to my collection. Plus repurchase an old faithful which I'd used up entirely! Love Berry is a pinky-toned berry shade in a satin finish, I love that it's a little bit purple but is more wearable because of how pinky it is. Pin Up is a satin finish classic red, every girl needs a good red in their collection but I didn't have one, so I thought it was about time I added one. Cowboy Nude is a matte that I've repurchased twice now, it's my perfect nude and I get so many compliments on it. In The Nude is a satin finish mid-tone brown, it's a little bit out of my comfort zone but I actually really like it on, especially with a brown smoky eye.

Precision Eyeliner Marker 

Member's Price = £2.86, RRP = £16. I am a big fan of felt tip liners and yet have never tried the Beauty Pie one surprisingly, so I thought it was about time. I haven't actually applied it to my eyes yet but I've drawn a few lines on the back of my hand and so far i'm impressed! It left a thin, highly pigmented black line - exactly what I'm after! It claims to be smudge-proof so i'm really hoping it lives up to that claim too as there's nothing worst than smudged eyeliner. /  /

Eyeshadow Brushes

Member's Price = £4.51/£3.62/£3.66, RRP = £22/£20/£20. Now this may surprise you all, but brushes are something I'm actually lacking in my makeup collection. Well, I should probably rephrase that, I have a lot of brushes but not necessarily the ones I need! So I decided to pick up these three as the ultimate combination for an eye look; there is an eyeshadow base, crease and smudge brush. Again, I haven't used these yet but the feel soft but firm (if you know what I mean!) and don't shed any hairs.

Five Minute Facial

Member's Price = £8.34, RRP = £60. Now this is an item I have repurchased MULTIPLE times! In fact I even showed it on my blog several times before, once in a skincare favourites post, top picks of Beauty Pie post AND a previous Beauty Pie haul. So if there's one thing you decide to pick up after reading this blog post i'd definitely recommend that you make it this! This bad boy contains both chemical and physical exfoliants so every little bit of your face is left feeling amazing. I like to pop it all over my face for 5-10 minutes like a mask to let the chemical exfoliants work their magic, then rub it into my skin with wet hands in a circular motion to make use of the physical exfoliants before rinsing it all away. Honestly, once you've tried this stuff you won't be able to get enough!

Super Pore-Detox Black Clay Mask

Member's Price = £7.26, RRP = £50. If you're new around here, you might not know that I have very oily skin. However, I certainly mention it a lot so I doubt it will be a surprise to many of you that know me! I used to have a lot of issues with my oily skin creating bad acne but thankfully, that's pretty much under control now. I do still get a lot of blocked pores however. This mask does a great job of drawing all the impurities out of my pores. In fact, once it's dried you can even see the little dots where the gunk has been pulled out! It's a little gross, but very satisfying. Personally I think this and the exfoliant I mentioned before are just an absolute dream team for my oily, acne prone skin.

Apricot Cleansing Balm

Member's Price = £12.24, RRP = £50. I'm really trying to move away from using makeup removing wipes/pads in favour of more sustainable products. I decided to pick up this cleansing balm which is designed to be used with a face cloth; simply rub it into your face and wash away with a cloth. Plus a major selling point for this for me was that it smells of apricot and I LOVE apricot. I also loved the fact that it is nourishing. I have very oily skin but it also gets quite dry, so in the evenings I like to focus on giving it all the moisture I can. So this seemed like the perfect start to my evening routine!

Liquid Lipstick in "Winner" 

Member's Price = £5.46, RRP = £20. I am a big fan of liquid lipsticks, I've tried one of Beauty Pie's before and really loved it so I decided to pick up another shade. This one is a pinky-red. I love it because it's bold but not quite as bold as a full red. Once dried down, these liquid lipsticks have fab staying power!

Superdrops Flash Face Lift 

Member's Price = £9.18 , RRP = £50. Now, I'm only 23, so I don't really think that a face lift is something I need to be worrying about now. However I am a firm believer that the earlier you start a good skincare routine, the better it is for your skin. I would rather be preventing wrinkles and fine lines, than fighting with them once I've already got them. I wouldn't say I have wrinkles but I definitely get a few fine lines around my eyes, mouth and across my forehead. These drops go underneath your usual moisturiser and I'm excited to add another step to my skincare routine which will hopefully keep my skin looking youthful for as long as possible!

Flawless Finish Blending Sponge Duo 

Member's Price = £4.12, RRP = £15. I am a big lover of makeup sponges, however the original 'Beauty Blenders' are quite pricey and a lot of the dupes just don't do anywhere near as good a job. These guys have great reviews on the Beauty Pie website, plus they're a much more affordable price. I think you can tell how great they are by the fact that they've sold out twice since they were launched!

Which of these products would you guys most like to try out? 

. Thursday, 4 April 2019 .
Banana bread is one of my absolute favourite things to bake, because it's basically cake but is also kind of healthy because it has bananas in it... right? I've mentioned banana bread a few times on my Instagram stories and on my YouTube channel now and several people have asked for my recipe, so I thought I'd share it with you all! I used to use a couple of different recipes that I found online, but I've tweaked it and played with it until I'm happy with it. So this isn't completely original, but is my own take on a combination of other recipes. Without further ado, this is how I make banana bread!

I added blueberries into this banana bread, but it's just as tasty without! 


  • 230g plain flour
  • 180g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 90g unsalted butter (+some for greasing)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 over ripe bananas
  • 85 ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • squirt of lemon juice


  1. Start off by pre-heating your oven to 180 Celsius then grease and line your loaf tray. 
  2. Cream together your butter and sugar.
  3. Sieve your flour into the bowl with your butter and sugar mix, plus the bicarbonate of soda. 
  4. Mash up your bananas, a few lumps are fine but you generally want it quite mushy. You could blend them if you'd rather, but they're easy enough to just mash up with a fork. 
  5. Add the bananas to the rest of your ingredients, including the eggs, milk, vanilla extract and the lemon juice. 
  6. Combine everything together in a bowl. If you want to add in some extra ingredients now is the time to do it! I like to add blueberries, as you can see from the photo, but you could really add whatever takes your fancy. I'd quite like to try adding some Nutella spread one day, but I haven't tried that myself yet so can't vouch for it.
  7. Pour your mix into the loaf tray and pop it in the oven for approx 50-60 mins. You'll know the banana bread is ready when it's gone a gorgeous dark brown colour on the top. If you use a skewer to test the middle of the loaf, it should come out moist but not sticky. Banana bread is much more moist than most cakes, so the skewer won't come out as dry as you'd expect it usually. 
So that's my take on banana bread - I'd love for you guys to try it out and let me know what you think! 

. Monday, 25 March 2019 .
I don't know about where you guys live, but the last couple of days have actually been pretty sunny for me! Still a bit chilly, but nevertheless the sunshine has made me think of the impending Spring. The clocks for forward at the end of this week and it's pay day tomorrow. So obviously with all that taken into consideration, of course I had to have a quick glance at the 'new in' section on ASOS. Probably not a great idea as I've already mentally spent most of my pay check before I've even got it. Whoops! So I thought I'd share with you all some pieces that I just *might* be adding to my wardrobe very soon.

This post is not sponsored, however all the links included will be affiliate links. This means I will earn a small amount of commission if you purchase after clicking through my links, however it will not cost you anything extra. So if you do decide to purchase anything from this blog post I would really appreciate you doing so through my links, but of course there is no obligation to do so. Direct links can be found underneath each image. 
I'm not sure if it's possible to be totally in love with with a dress, but if it is, then this is the dress for me! I'm very rarely brave enough to wear white, but if ever there was a perfect time to wear a little white dress then spring/summer is it. I love that this one has long sleeves, as let's be honest, the warmer months here in the UK aren't always that warm. The bow detailing at the sleeves is also just adorable (although I am likely to end up accidentally getting it wet/covered in food).  Plus if you watch any of my haul videos on YouTube then you will already know about my absolute LOVE of tortoise shell buttons. So basically this dress just ticks every little box for me. I think it screams Urban Outfitters/Topshop but at £32 it's certainly much friendlier on the bank balance.

I have to admit, anything cropped but also knitted confuses me quite a bit. Like, do you want warmth or not? But again, this piece would work really well for those days when the weather can't seem to decide what it's doing! It would look great paired with some high waisted shorts/jeans depending on how warm it is. Plus I also think it would look cute with a patterned shirt poking out underneath to add something a bit different, especially if you aren't a fan of showing too much skin. It does seem a tad pricey for what it is though at £25. However ASOS are practically famous for having deals on almost all of the time, so could be a good one to keep in your saved items for a while to see if you can grab it for a better price!

Now for something a little bit more fancy, although could definitely be worn on more of an everyday basis depending on how you style it. I'm in love with the plain and simple front, but unusual design on the back of this jumpsuit. It nips you in at the waist with a cut out on your lower back to keep you cool in the warmer months and a cute button up detailing down the back. You should definitely click on the link to this one in order to see it in a bit more detail! From a distance it looks quite simple but the closer you look the more little features you notice, like the ruched detailing on the sleeves. I think this would be great for a summer wedding or christening perhaps and at £38 it's definitely cheaper than I expected it to be. and

Co-ord sets are very hit or miss in my opinion, but this one is a definite hit with me! I'm not sure what it is about this print that attracts me (I did think it was a bit random when I realised that the pattern was oranges) but I really love it. The colours are definitely stand out with the pop of orange against the darker navy background. The only thing that concerns me is the boob area - I have small boobs and still even I'm not sure how this is supposed to cover them! The good thing about this is the top and shorts are sold separately, meaning you could always size up with the top if you are fuller busted. However the downside to this is it does make it a bit pricer than it originally seems. I initially thought it was £16 for the whole set, but then realised that was just for one half! So you'll end up paying £32 for the whole outfit. However it is very cute, particularly if you've got a holiday coming up soon!

Sticking with the theme of patterns, how awesome is this Hawaiian style shirt?! I'm a big fan of 'out there' style prints, especially in shirt form. I actually picked up a fab shirt from the Men's section in Primark before my trip to Florida - I wore it tied up with denim shirts and referred to it as my 'Grandad-chic look.' This shirt is definitely a bit more on the feminine side but still has the bright, summery pattern. I also love yellow so really its no wonder that I love this shirt. The big retro looking collar is also a hit with me, gives you the perfect opportunity to accessorise with a cute necklace. I would personally wear this tucked into some high-waisted shorts/jeans or even perhaps tucked into a block colour midi skirt.

Sticking with the yellow theme (I told you I really liked yellow), next up are these vibrant culottes. They are made from linen so perfect for keeping you cool but covered in the warmer months. Not only would these look fab casually but also for the office. I love the contrast of the structured top section with the boxy/unstructured nature of the lower section of the trousers. Great for highlighting a smaller waist, without being too figure hugging. Because let's be honest, nothing that is figure hugging is comfy to wear in the warmer months.

Ok, I promise this is the last yellow thing. This is currently out of stock and that just breaks my heart. This is the one thing on the list that I would have impulse purchased, even before I got paid, had it been in stock! I just love ditsy little summer dresses, plus I love yellow, and stripes and buttons... so you see why I love this dress so much! Plus it is only £22 which I think is a bargain. This would look super cute with some white sandals, straw hat and sunglasses. I'm off to Rome in June and cannot help but think this is an absolutely perfect Italian holiday outfit. I will definitely be keeping an eye on my saved list to see if this little beauty comes back into stock. (PS if anyone happens to notice its back in stock, please let me know, I'll be your best friend forever).

Another staple in my wardrobe is midi skirts - if you'd told 13 year old Chloe that she'd be obsessed with midi skirts in 10 years time she would have laughed in your face. I always used to prefer having my legs on show. But within the last year or so I've developed a whole new appreciation for a high waisted midi skirt with a top tucked in. This one just screams spring/summer to me with the lighter colour and faint floral pattern. It's also not too much of a statement in itself so would work well paired with a lot of different tops.

Of course no outfit is complete without an accessory, and in the warmer months it seems only right to include some sunglasses. I am a big fan of round glasses at the moment, particularly slightly larger ones like these. They have gold frames and then what ASOS describes as a 'smoked' effect on the glass. That smoked effect is what really draws me to these glasses, the fact that they're not too bold. The large circular shape is bold enough, so I think the less harsh colour of the glass itself makes the overall style look a lot softer and more feminine.

What is your favourite thing that I included in this wish list? Will you be picking any of these up? If you keep your eyes peeled on Instagram, I've no doubt that you'll be seeing some of these items make an appearance soon.


. Thursday, 24 January 2019 .
Before the clock has struck midnight on New Years Eve I always have multiple travel plans for the new year. I like to plan ahead, particularly where travel is concerned. Some people might consider it to be wishing your life away but I just always love to have something to look forward to. Watching a trip edge closer on a countdown app just gives me such a buzz! However, unusually for me, this year I don't have anywhere near as many trips planned as I'd like! I usually try to go on one longer trip each year but at the moment I only have shorter trips planned, and hopefully I'll be adding a few more to this list as the year goes on! This is everything I currently have planned for 2019:


My first trip of the year is approaching fast; I'm off to Morocco on February 2nd with Plan My Gap Year. For anyone who doesn't know, I work for them creating video content so will be spending a few days with them in Rabat filming the projects they offer out there. After that I'm thinking of heading to Fez for a couple of days then finish my trip with a few days in Marrakech. I'm hoping to do some kind of day trip into the desert or perhaps the Atlas mountains. Right now, I have no clue. I'm just going to wing it really! 

Orlando, Florida

This is a trip that I've wanted to do for YEARS! I went to Florida with my family when I was about 13 but my mum decided against doing Disney because of how expensive it was. But i'm a massive Disney fan and one of the things on my bucket list is to visit every Disney park in the World. So when my lovely friend Georgia Marie suggested a trip to Florida I couldn't have screamed any louder if I tried. We're heading out there in March to go to Playlist Live, Universal and Disney. This trip has cost me a small fortune but I don't even care. It'll be worth it! 

Rome, Italy

I spent just under a month in Italy back in the summer of 2016 and loved every minute of it. Rome is by far one of my favourite cities, particularly because i'm a big history nerd and love everything to do with the Romans. So when my boyfriend suggested a short city break after he finishes his final placement I jumped at the chance. He's never been before so i'm excited to show him around and take him to my favourite spots. I also really want to try and sort out a day trip to visit Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii as that was a total highlight of my last trip. Plus who wouldn't jump at the chance to eat all the incredible pizza, pasta and gelato possible?! 

Surprise Destination

This isn't meant to be a surprise for you guys so much as it is for my boyfriend. I wanted to take him somewhere on an adventure to celebrate him graduating university. However, as he sees all of my content, I can't tell you guys without spoiling the surprise for him. We're heading off for 4 days in July, so if you want to be one of the first to know where we go I'd suggest following me on Instagram, as I'm always posting Instagram stories. I'll likely vlog and blog about the trip, but that will all go live after I'm home! 

Northern Italy

Another trip to Italy! This is very unlike me, it's quite unusual for me to go back to the same place twice, let alone twice in the same year! This time however I'll be visiting a different region of the country; Emilia Romagna which is a bit further North than Rome. We're heading there because my boyfriend is taking part in the Ironman race in September and then of course they'll be a bit of time for exploring too. I'm hoping to squeeze in a trip to Verona as it's somewhere I wanted to visit when I was in Italy in 2016 but just couldn't manage to squeeze it into the schedule as there was a lot I wanted to see in a fairly short amount of time! 

European Winter Break 

I've been on a winter break for the last two years and loved both of them! In 2017 I went to Berlin and in 2018 I went to Oslo. I'd never really been on a cold trip before, I usually I much prefer to chase the sunshine! But I've found a new found love for European Christmas markets and cold weather. I've no idea where I want to go yet, that's something I'll think about a bit closer to the time. I just know that I want to go on another little city break in December of 2019.

So I currently have adventures planned for February, March, June, July, September and December. I wonder if I'll be adding anymore to that as the year progresses!

Where will you be travelling to in 2019? Let me know in the comments!