Medina haul: bohemian chic summer staples
I am currently looking for summer staples that will suit my new lifestyle and that I can bring to our big trip. Why? Because I refuse to look like a Quechua sponsored backpacker ?
After a shopping session, I was very frustrated with what I found in stores. Everything was too “on trend” for me and either low quality or insanely high prices. So I decided to take a look in the medina for some more unique handcrafted pieces, and boy was I pleasantly surprised.
In addition to buy very affordable stylish pieces that are not seen everywhere, I love supporting small businesses when I can.
So here is what I got:
First of all, I got THE IT item of the moment: the straw bag. While I really love the bohème Birkin look, I am not comfortable paying hundreds of dollars for a straw bag… so I was very happy when I found just the perfect one in the medina. Simple, minimalist and the long handles are very practical, it can be work as a shoulder tote.
My second crush is those leather strappy sandals. It’s exactly what I had in mind, a nude pair of versatile flats to bring in my backpack. They can be worn in day time or for beach parties and I dare you to find a piece of clothing that wont go with these sandals.
Last but not least, a cute pompom raffia pouch to add a pop of colour to my neutral outfits. I can either use it as a pouch inside my beach bag or as a clutch since it has a little handle.
Rest assured, if you don’t live near a souk or a medina like me, you can still get those pieces. I did my research and you can find all of them on Etsy. It’s obviously more expensive than buying them locally, but the prices are still fair and affordable. You also get to help a small business in the process.
I linked some for you below:
I also spotted beautiful kilim backpacks, but I am having doubts because of the closing system. Too complicated to quickly grab my phone for a snap ? Available on Etsy as well! What do you think? It does make a statement right?
I love the Medina of Rabat, it feels like time has stopped there, far from the city traffic and rush. The artisanal crafts can be found in Rue des Consuls. Honestly, I am not defending my city, but shopping here is far better than Marrakesh souks and less sketchy in terms of tourist traps.
This is a great reminder to be aware of the beauty surrounding us…
“Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.”
xo xo Dalal