I’ve become a bit of a veteran to visiting these beautiful things that we call the European Christmas markets, so I decided that I should do a little write up on what to wear to the Christmas markets as I don’t want you to make the same mistakes that I once did!  After many trips I can safely say there are a few tricks to keep nice and toasty rather than freezing your reindeer balls off!

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Grab a Down Jacket 

Last year, prior to our trip to Peru I purchased this Rab Microlight Alpine Down Jacket as I was going to do a trek to the Rainbow Mountains and I needed something that was light but also would keep me snug as a bug in a rug!  I’ve now worn this jacket to Moscow and also to the Salzburg Christmas Markets and I can say with my hand on my heart that I didn’t get a chill once – buy a quality made down jacket that covers your kidneys and peachy bottom and you won’t have a problem.  The reason why I purchased Rab was due to the fact that they have a good reputation for quality and how they source their down (you can find out more on their website)…not all companies do this however Rab and Berghaus do…let’s all try to buy items that are a bit more ethically sourced if we can.

How good is this Rab jacket…my mum wanted to pinch it and fly home to New Zealand with it…I nabbed it off her just as she was about to take off on her broomstick (one day I will post photos of mum on her broomstick to the blog so we can have a giggle)!

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^^me modelling all my what to wear to the christmas market tips in one photo.

Layer your Clothes

Make sure you layer your clothing; it’s better to be too hot than too cold especially when you’re far far far away from your hotel and requiring a hot bath to warm up!  For layers I always look at buying Merino Wool clothing as it’s good at keeping you warm or cool depending on the temperature.  Two New Zealand brands that I love are IceBreaker and MacPac…I actually prefer MacPac due to my height; if you’re tall like me then you understand that finding tops that are long enough can be a problem…I have a rather long torso…I find MacPac are better at this than Ice Breaker.

I bought a few Rab tops recently and I used them as part of my layering technique when I was in Austria and they were fantastic.  Really digging Rab, can you tell.

Make sure you buy Wool

I know some people are allergic to wool however wool has changed so much over the past few years…merino wool is amazing and doesn’t scratch if you have sensitive skin which I do have.  When packing your bags make sure your clothes have an element of wool in them…as this is what is going to keep you warm.  I get really annoyed with the ladies in the office that wear jumpers without an element of wool in them and complain that it’s to cold…it’s worth the money to buy something that will keep you warm at the Christmas markets.

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^^I’m guessing she is regretting not buying more wool clothing!

Love a Hoody

Now I understand why hoodies love hoodies…they keep your bloody warm!  I purchased this Rab hoody and it worked better for me than a scarf and beanie as it keeps your neck really warm as there isn’t any skin exposed.

Boot Love

I bought some Sorel winter boots and I can say these giant thumpers were amazing…I normally can get away with wearing a thicker pair of socks (mum sends me icebreaker socks which are amazing and don’t slip down!) and chuck on my Russell & Bromley Chelsea Boots (great for wide feet as well!)….Chelsea Boots or any style boots are great looking however if they don’t have a grip then you are going to go home with more than a few nut crackers…boys might head home with having their nuts cracked through a lovely connection with the concrete.

The Sorel boots are amazing if you’re looking for grip and warmth…grip is the most important word…you can tuck your jeans into them and they don’t look too terrible to be fair.

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Jeans

I live in jeans when I’m travelling as they are versatile however in cold climates they aren’t the warmest of clothing to be wearing…the way to get around this is to buy some leggings or tights to go underneath them…just a thin pair however if you feel the cold then I would suggest investing in a good quality pair of sexy Long Johns…check out Rab or Icebreaker

Accessories

While I loved my hoodie, I still used my beanie, scarf and fingerless gloves a few times…I take too many photos to deal with taking my hands in and out of gloves!  Make sure you pack some socks that have a wool element…honestly anything with wool will keep you warm…do I sound like a nagging old nana yet…stay away from acrylic and nylon as these wont keep you warm at all.

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Raincoat

I took my Barbour raincoat as when it rains it can really put a dampener on things…and you don’t want to have to be watching where you stick your umbrella when you could be looking at all the pretty Christmas decorations.  It’s not the most stylish but it does what it says on the tin and it keeps me covered almost down to my knees…you can buy here or here.

Luggage

When visiting the Christmas markets, my key is not to over pack and focus only on packing items that I know I will be wearing…you will need that extra space in your bags for christmas decorations.

This is my faithful packing list of what to wear to the Christmas Markets…my motto: the more quality wool products the better!

As sharing is caring…why not check out my 10 Travel Tips for Visiting the German Christmas Markets!

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Disclaimer: some of these links are affiliate links meaning that I earn a small commission if you make a purchase, this doesn’t cost you anything additional…it just means I may make a few pennies that I can add to my little shoe money box.

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I have a grand love affair with North Africa and the Middle East so I know how important it is to dress appropriately i.e. keep the boobies and bottom covered and your likely hood of getting hassled will be halved!  So here is my little guide on what to wear in Marrakech, in fact during your whole holiday in Morocco; I hope it helps one or two ladies out!

Morocco Travel Tips: Advice on what female travellers should wear and pack when travelling to Morocco. Dressing respectfully means less hassle so you will enjoy your vacation more!

I didn’t have a chance to photograph every outfit; that would just be too hard work and I prefer to eat rather than trying to pose badly (I could never ever be a fashion blogger!).

What to Wear in Marrakech – the Capsule Wardrobe

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Where to find items as above: Boden for good quality cotton tops and cardigans; Monsoon for Maxi Dresses, ASOS for cheap as chip jeans or GAP for basic t-shirts (I prefer the long sleeve t-shirts so I am fully covered…stops the constant looks and also I am protected from the sun)!

Remember that cotton and linen are your friends when it’s all hot and steamy especially during the summer months in Marrakech!  A long sleeve cardigan or scarf will cover up your arms when required.

Shopping in the Souq

Cover yourself up and you won’t have any issues; yes every shop owner will beckon you in to buy a million and one scarves but this is totally normal.  Long trousers, jeans or maxi skirts work a treat and if you don’t want dirty feet then stick to closed in shoes as it can get pretty dusty shopping in the souq.

Morocco Travel Tips: Advice on what female travellers should wear and pack when travelling to Morocco. Dressing respectfully means less hassle so you will enjoy your vacation more!

Afternoon Tea at La Mamounia

As we were staying at the hotel I went more casual and went for a maxi dress, cardie and flats option; maxi dresses cover up a multitude of sins (when you hit your 30s you realise you learn to hide rather than paying a crap load of money on fancy creams like you did in your 20s as it’s all down to genetics anyway…but I digress).

Morocco Travel Tips: Advice on what female travellers should wear and pack when travelling to Morocco. Dressing respectfully means less hassle so you will enjoy your vacation more!

What to Wear in Marrakech when it comes to Shoes

I have a simple rule; three pairs packed in your luggage plus a fourth pair on your tootsies and Marrakech was no different.  If you plan to take a few Moroccan shoefies on holiday then I suggest you wear prettier shoes than I did.  My shoes choices for Marrakech were a pair of Converse (worn numerous times in the souq), Birkenstock Sandals C/o Intercontinental Berlin that are actually quite comfy if you get puffy feet when it’s hot; Havaianas for the spa and a pair of Greek Sandals (similar style here).

Morocco Travel Tips: Advice on what female travellers should wear and pack when travelling to Morocco. Dressing respectfully means less hassle so you will enjoy your vacation more!

Swimwear for the Pool

Obviously anything goes especially if you are at a huge tourist hotel with foreigners but getting slightly prudiest in my old age (and trying to hide a few scone rolls that I’ve collected due to writing those pesky Gluttons Guides to Eating Gluten Free Afternoon Tea posts) I opt for a one piece.  I won’t frightened you all with a pic in my togs…but you can check out my Swimwear Pinterest Board if you fancy!

Sunglasses

Take a pair with you that will offer UV protection as you will need them to protect your eyes from the sun and dust.  Check out the Sunglass Hut for options!

Scarves

If you plan to visit a Mosque while in Marrakech then a scarve comes in rather handy and you can pick them up in the souq for around a £1 (depending on how good you are at haggling).

Morocco Travel Tips: Advice on what female travellers should wear and pack when travelling to Morocco. Dressing respectfully means less hassle so you will enjoy your vacation more!

So what are you tips for what to wear in Marrakech?  Have I missed anything out?  If you’re planning a trip to Marrakech then why not check out my other posts on this great city – Afternoon Tea at La Mamounia Hotel, a Spa Day at La Mamounia Hotel, my honest review of La Mamounia Hotel, the Marrakech Gluten Free Guide  and my Marrakech Travel Guide.

Morocco Travel Tips: Advice on what female travellers should wear and pack when travelling to Morocco. Dressing respectfully means less hassle so you will enjoy your vacation more!

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I’ve got a little confession to make, I’m addicted to World Duty Free.  For the past few years we’ve head straight to the Lounge prior to our flight (and my credit card was rather happy about this) but lately I’ve done a little bit of “browsing” and then purchasing in Duty Free.  So I thought I would share with you all what jumped into my shopping basket at World Duty Free at T5 last Friday.

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I needed to restock a few of my REN Skin Products; a brand that I swear by and have used religiously for the past few years.

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Rose O 12 Moisture Defence Serum

This is my favourite REN product and if your skin gets a tad dehydrated from flying or air conditioning in general then this is a skin saver plus it’s the perfect size as it’s under the liquid allowance so you can pop it into your hand luggage.

World Duty Free Price: £35.00; John Lewis Price: £42.00

Everclam Global Protection Day Cream

This is my morning moisturiser (I use the Rose O 12 Defence Serum at night time) and is the perfect base before slapping on the old war paint.

World Duty Free Price: £22.50; John Lewis Price: £28.00

Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial

This is a newbie that I purchased on Friday and I’m willing to give most things a go at least!  A 1 minute facial sounds too good to be true; I used this for the first time this morning and immediately noticed a smoother texture to my skin and it looks a lot brighter.  I’ve got a funny feeling I will be purchasing this again in the near future, especially during the summer months when my pores are blocked thanks to layer upon layer of sunblock.

World Duty Free Price: £27.40; John Lewis Price: £32.00

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

This was my birthday present from my folks and I’m hoping that it will buff off about five years of wrinkles to take my skin back to 30!  Everyone seems to rave about this cleansing brush so am interested to see how my skin looks in a few weeks time.

World Duty Free Price: £65.80; John Lewis Price: £79.00

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One of the reasons why I’m loving World Duty Free is their customer service; they’ve gone above and beyond to get me reunited with these Miu Miu sunglasses last year all thanks to a few messages via twitter.  And I’m rather loyal to brands that have awesome customer service!

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What’s even better is that they offer a free, yes a FREE Personal Shopper service if required to help you find everything in store.

So what was your last World Duty Free purchase?  What’s your guilty pleasure when shopping in duty free shops?

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I was pretty darn excited about visiting The Ritz for Afternoon Tea last week however there was one thing that I was rather worried about – what to wear!  So I thought I would share with you all what to wear for Afternoon Tea at The Ritz and what you normally find me decked out in on all my other afternoon tea outings.

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Apologies right now for the horrible selfie (you can see I don’t do this very often from the intense look of concentration on my face) but my outfit was pretty basic – black dress, black jacket, black tights and leopard print ballet flats which G’s dad told me looked like slippers right before I left home to head to The Ritz.  I love flats; practical for any girl about to use the tube in London!

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Oh yeah when in doubt on what to wear to afternoon tea just add boobie bling!

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P.S. When drinking out of shoe you will get the attention of most men in the bar; they stop and stare.

While its lovely to get dressed up for afternoon tea when you’re heading out to a posh London hotel you can get away with wearing jeans and a nice top (just don’t try this at The Ritz – most places suggest smart casual on their websites).

This is G and I at The Langham a number of years ago (in my gluten monster eating days and that is the closest that G comes to smiling in photos!)

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And my shoe choices are normally ballet flats; its perfectly acceptable to wear flats especially when there is a chance you will be swaying in the breeze due to drinking a few glasses of champagne or consuming way too much sugar.

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I tell most people the story about G falling off the ladder the day before our afternoon tea at Claridge’s last year; G accessorised his shirt with a broken nose, a broken arm and two very lovely black eyes.  Just in case you didn’t believe me here’s the proof…he doesn’t read my blog so he won’t kill me!  G knew the rules; I didn’t care how many bones were broken we were still heading to Claridge’s even if it meant I had to push him there in a wheel chair.

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While I do love getting dressed up to go out for afternoon tea I always remember two golden rules –

1/ Wear clothes that you’re comfortable wearing so that you can enjoy the whole afternoon tea experience.

and

2/ Never wear a belt; it acts like a gastric band!

I hope this helps you out on what to wear to Afternoon Tea; if you need any help then please leave me a comment.

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Apparently I don’t blog enough about shoes, so in 2015 I’m going to rectify that (slightly anyway, it will be more packing focussed I think) and thought I would share with you my latest shoe purchase, a pair of Ruby Slippers.

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This is what happens when you go shopping the day after watching the Wizard of Oz on TV over Christmas!  You end up walking out of Hobbs with a pair of Ruby Slippers and giggling all the way down Regent Street (The Ellen Slippers are now on sale)

Then while having breakfast at The Savoy in London a few days later, I bumped into Judy – isn’t she super beautiful.

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I’m totally looking forward to skipping down the Yellow Brick Road with my Ruby Slippers and meeting some characters along the way in 2015…here is my 2015 travel wish list and there is still a teeny weeny bit of time left in the Travel Link Up this month.

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