Moroccan Photo Diary Part 1: Rabat

rabat37web One of the best things about what I do is that I get to travel so much and experience other parts of the world, cultures, and ways of life. I am so thankful and blessed to have these amazing, eye-opening opportunities that without my blog would have never been possible. Most recently (if you follow me on instagram you know) I spent the past 10 days in Morocco, Africa. Although it’s North Africa (and of course much different than southern areas) it was my first time in Africa and something I kept pinching and reminding myself of the whole trip. It really is a world away and wasn’t easy getting there from California that’s for sure! A 12 hour flight to Germany, followed by a layover and another 4 hour flight to Casablanca, and then a several hour drive seemed like an eternity. But eventually we made it to our first stop in Morocco: Rabat. I heard so many mixed things about visiting Morocco, to be honest many people advised me to be very cautious; saying that a blonde American woman isn’t so safe there. I do agree that being a blonde can make traveling to other countries a bit more difficult- you always stand out, you always get the most stares and god forbid if anything strange were to happen (aka getting robbed) a thin blonde woman would probably be an easy target. But truth be told there’s blondes all over the world, from of course Scandinavia, to South Africa, Australia and even Italy. Also being American we are advised to be very careful in predominantly Muslim countries, that we are (for lack of better words) “unwelcome”. So as I headed to Morocco as excited as I was, I was precautions. What I found was completely different than I expected. I found a beautiful welcoming country full of culture, and wonderful people who were kind and accepting. “Where are you from?” people in the streets would ask. “California” Every single response was a HUGE smile “Wowwww I love California, I hope to visit there one day.” Followed by questions on if I was an actress or if I knew anyone famous, what Hollywood is like, etc etc. Every single person I met in Morocco, was so welcoming and helpful I truly felt touched. It’s funny how we have these misconceptions. I’ve traveled a lot, all over Europe, Central America, South America but I needed this trip. I needed to find out the truth about Morocco with my own eyes. I think as long as you travel with a group, are safe, smart and respectful you will be fine wherever you travel in the world. As much as you are interested in learning about their culture they are curious about you. That’s the beauty of travel, being eye to eye with someone who has a life completely different from your own, and the realization that this person so different from you is at the same time so similar. One of my main concerns about going to Morocco was what to wear! I heard SO many different things about the amount of “covered’ one should be. While of course there’s a lot of women covered traditionally, Morocco is also becoming very Westernized and in the large cities there’s just as many women dressed as you or I. I opted to wear mostly long thin maxi dresses and always carried a scarf around with me incase we went into a mosque, and although (truth be told) I would have absolutely felt safe in shorts and a crop top I wanted to be respectful of the culture. Even in the markets one day (where everyone advised me to stay covered) I wore shorts with a long kimono and it was completely fine. Of course I got stares (I was getting them anyway because of my hair and super pale skin) but no one was ever disrespectful or out of line. If anything they were intrigued to ask me where I was from and find out more about me. So what I would advise here is that you really can wear what you want, but respect them and they will respect you. I, along with photographer Jones Crow took some 7000 photos of our journey. This is photo diary 1 from Rabat: the capital of Morocco, situated along the North African coast. We stayed at a beautiful beachfront resort L’Amphritite Palace about a 20 minutes drive west of Rabat and then took a driver into the city each day. We walked around the old part of the city, attended the Mawazine music festival, explored the Chellah ruins and the Hassan Mosque. Hope you love the photo diary. And stay tuned for the next diary as we head to Marrakech. Photos by: Jones Crow (and some by me)
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Moroccan Photo Diary Part 1: Rabat


  1. Beautiful Pictures and amazing post! I am in love with your maxi dress :)

  2. Rory says:

    Love the Stone Cold Fox dress, and wowww such beautiful pictures! You Rumi and Bryan must have had an awesome time :) Such a beautiful place!

  3. Natali says:

    You look like a goddess!! I wish to visit Morocco someday, it’s been on my trip “wish list” for a long time now :)

  4. Absolutely stunning photos! And love how you shared your tips and perspective on visiting Africa!


  5. Adrienne says:

    So amazing!!
    Such great photos!
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  6. Gorgeous photos and fashion. Can’t take my eyes off your fabulous hand chain. Love how colorful Morocco is.
    Down to the colorful plates.

  7. Fashion Snag says:

    Loved all your tips and the photos were great. It looks like a beautiful place to go! Those carrots looked really good.

  8. Marle says:

    Beautiful photos, I love your bikini!

  9. Asma says:

    Hello Shea, I am from Morocco and firstly, you look stunning. Secondly, I want to explain to you why do you get looks wherever you go. As a brunette myself, living around brunettes aaaaall the way, I will stare at a blond girl if i run into her, or a blond boy. We even stare at moroccan blond people, because it is simply something that we wish we had, and is uncommun. We stare at you Marie because we find you very beautiful in an usual way. Won’t you stare at Jennyfer Lawrence or Miley Cyrus if they passe by you? It is exactly the same thing here. You are a Hollywood star in Morocco, so make us happy by visiting us again and again.

  10. Very different but interesting outfit. You have really played with the colors and I like that a lot. The place is super beautiful, I’d love to go there someday! :)

  11. Gap says:

    Great shoots!! Amazing!!
    XOX, Gap.

  12. Mattie says:

    Beautiful post and photos!

  13. Jessica Rose says:

    Yes, people seem to like telling scare stories…glad you are having a wonderful time

  14. Sarah says:

    I think this article is amazing! I’m so glad you discovered with your own eyes and didn’t listen to people who don’t know the truth! Morocco is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and when I went there (I’m French) I felt touched by the kindness of people! As you very well said it: if you respect them they will respect you! And I personally had no problem walking around in shorts!!
    Thank you so much for your vision and great pictures.

  15. Jenny Tsang says:

    Such an incredible experience, the beauty of the culture is so unique and every little detail of their streets are irreplaceable. I think your maxi dresses worked perfectly there, especially with the fun patterns it compliments. Wish to visit there one day soon. It’s fun to see a different culture and experience their type of art.

    xo Jenny

  16. You look amazing as always! I’ve always wanted to visit Morocco, it looks beautiful!

  17. Vanessa says:

    absolutely stunning


  18. The Freebird says:

    LOVE this post! I have been wanting to go to Morocco :) and I totally agree with you that traveling is usually an amazing experience if you stay respectful. Thats been my experience in all my travels.

    Great pics too, you look amazing!

    xo Kara

  19. Paulynagore says:

    Wonderful diarie !

  20. Joanne says:

    This is a lovely post! Your outfits are lovely x

  21. Jasmin says:

    Omg amazing pictures. I’m in january in marroco cant wait for it.

  22. Charlotte says:

    I had a similar experience whilst in Egyp,t which is also in the North of Africa, they are very intrigued by pale blonde women but none were unwelcoming about it x

  23. As a girl with blonde hair, I have always been so curious about this, thanks for shedding light! I love your travel diaries, they are always so beautiful and informative!

  24. Jessie Khoo says:

    Beyond amazing! These photos look amazing, hope you had the best time! :)

  25. Daniella says:


  26. mywhiteT says:

    Gorgeous photos!

  27. Julia says:

    What an amazing trip! I love how you show us your outfits, while at the same time including pictures that truly capture the place and the culture. It seems like a beautiful place to visit, and your outfits were stunning as well!

  28. Amazing photo diary!! Loving all the vibrant colors that I’m seeing!!

  29. roy tungari says:

    just read the diary part 1, very nice, simple yet elegant and well told..
    followed you on IG but it is my first time to visit your site and found out that not just talented on fashion but also on writings, nice..
    keep up the good work, and you should visit Indonesia (well not just Bali of course which i bet you already have) ^^ Bless u.

  30. Moncika says:

    Hi Shea,
    the slideshow does not work. M.

  31. Franca says:

    Your photos look fab!

  32. Leesa says:

    wow, such amazing pics! Would love to go there!

  33. Jint says:

    Gorgeous pics! Looks like a super fun trip!
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  34. Simona says:

    Amazing photos ! simply love all of them ! Glad that you enjoy your first trip to Africa :)

  35. María says:

    The pictures and your outfits are amazing. It looks like paradise to me!
    I’m definitely adding Morocco to my list.
    Great post, xx

  36. Katie says:

    Wow. I can’t wait to visit Africa one day. My Dad grew up in Kenya, so it’s such a huge part of my family history, yet I’ve never quite made it!

    Beautiful photos, that first one where you’re walking through the blue stained, walled street is beautiful!

    Katie <3

  37. Melissa says:

    Such gorgeous photos! Looks like you, Bryan and Rumineely had an amazing time :)
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  38. Camille says:

    Amazing pictures

  39. Whitney V says:

    Stunning photos, looks amazing and like you guys had a wonderful time!! Reminds me a lot of when I went to Egypt, full of colours, sea, and sand!! Beautiful x


  40. Bee says:

    Loved this post! Really amazing photos! I love your maxi dresses! Thanks so much for sharing!

  41. Love this photo diary!!
    Can’t wait to visit Morocco someday.

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  42. Amazing photos, Shea. It makes me want to go to Morocco so bad. I love all your outfits, you look beautiful!
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  43. Maria says:

    This slider thing is really annoying! Can you please go back to the usual format? I’ve just skipped 5 of your posts, because the slider is blinking and it’s slow and it’s simply annoying. As your biggest fan, I simply had to tell you – this slider sucks!

  44. Laëtitia says:

    The first dress is soo gorgeous !! Love your pictures, they all are stunning !

  45. Ver, very nice pictures and post! You are very fortunate to have this opportunity!

  46. Kimberly says:

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    you look great :*

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  47. Great photos, I see you had an amazing time! :)

  48. Manuela says:

    beautiful pictures !!! nice ppost <3
    xoxo manu

  49. Wilmke says:

    Lovely pictures, especially the first one with the blue walls.


  50. Meriem Rawlings says:

    I loved your pictures from Rabat.I am a fashion designer from Marrakech( and i am always happy to see beautiful pix from My country.

    From Marrakech with love


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