The Marrakech Express

Last weekend my friend Oma and I decided to take a quick trip to Marrakech. Since it is a quick flight from Italy, it is a rather easy weekend excursion.

We stayed at a charming Riad, and once we figured out how to get back to the place, we were golden. It is quite hard to find your way around the center of town, even if you’ve been there a bunch of times like I have. One incredible discovery was a map app that literally saved us a couple times called

The app, once downloaded works offline. If you’ve every been terribly lost in another country, this is a MUST.

The food in Marrakech is delicious and fresh. Some of my favorite places include Le Jardin, Nomad, and Terrasse des esepices  , but make sure you make reservations, this is very easy to do online. Note: Don’t miss Norya ayroN at the top of the stairs at Le Jardin for one of a kind Moraccan style kaftans and tunics.


We had a great time shopping for rugs and furnishings for our guest quarters. One of my big finds this trip was the most glorious rug vendor Bazar Du Sud, introduced to me by our guide Monica. I highly recommend that you hire a shopping guide. If you are interested in hiring my guide, just contact me through my site and I will connect you to Monica. I had a few places in mind for my shopping excursion, however our guide Monica had some new places on the schedule as well. I love shopping at Mastupha Blaoui, and if you have not been, GO! I found all sorts of great pieces for the guest quarters.

Warning: Leave plenty of time in your schedule as this place is enormous and chocked to the brim with amazing rugs, furnishings and home accessories. One amazing place we went, although it was not Moroccan and is owned by a Belgian woman, is called Magasin General. It is in an industrial part of town and is styled perfectly with treasures from all over Europe with a focus on Belgium. The owner is charming and full of helpful information; not to be missed. It is swoon worthy for sure.

All in all, our Morccan adventure was successful, and I managed to snag a few treasures for La Fortezza. I hope you will come visit sometime and stay with us in our newly appointed rooms.

Check out my instagram feed for more photos of our weekend trip to Marrakesh…Ciao for now

xx Annette

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Fall Side Dishes: Moroccan Spiced Cauliflower

Last year, I lead a styling + photography workshop through Marrakech. I always try to give our attendees a little food product from the area we will be visiting. My gift to the Moroccan attendees was from a company based in Seattle, Villa Jerda. The attendees enjoyed the company’s Harissa and Kefta rub.

I love cauliflower, and I thought that it might be delicious baked with the Moroccan spices.

I was right; it was a delicious combination. Here’s the recipe, and I encourage you to read Villa Jerda’s blog for more amazing recipes.

xx Annette

Moroccan Spiced Cauliflower
Serves 6

*Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

You will need:
– 1 head of cauliflower
– 2 teaspoons Harissa
– 1 teaspoon Kefta rub
– 3 tablespoons olive oil
– 1/2 teaspoon salt

To prepare:

In a large bowl combine the Harissa, Kefta rub and oil, and salt, stir to combine.

Break the cauliflower into pieces and toss into the spices, coat the pieces well.

Place into an oven proof roaster and place into the preheated oven for 1 hour until the cauliflower is fork tender. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Ready to Launch :: Annette Joseph Style Workshops & Retreats Website

AJS Workshops & Retreats

As you know, I have been leading style + photo workshop & retreats for over two years. I must say that when I first came up with the idea of teaching my craft, my job, and my skills, it was something I thought would be fun – a nice idea.

All the creative folks that have emailed over the many years for career advice, internships, and mentoring would have one place to learn styling and photography from trained professionals working in the field for over 20 years.

Since I have been styling and producing for awhile, teaching seemed to be a natural transition for me. With my styling kit in hand, I have managed to work with over 200 students who have attended my style + photo workshops over the last 2+ years. It’s been the biggest thrill, and truly a pleasure.

Of course, devoting a website to this endeavor seemed the next natural step. My Annette Joseph Style Workshops & Retreats launches today. This year I have added 2 amazing destinations and 2 incredible photo instructors to the mix. I hope you head over to Annette Joseph Style Workshops & Retreats, grab your place, and come along on our next AJS Style + Photo adventure.

Workshop News: Follow along as I purchase and renovate my Workshops & Retreats studio kitchen, photo studio, and location in Tuscany. This location will provide the perfect setting for workshops and retreats of all kinds: cooking, yoga, writing, branding, and of course, all sorts of styling and photography workshops from many experts from all over the world. To say that I am excited would be an understatement. I am looking forward to playing host to a bevy of talented instructors and attendees.

Please feel free to give my any feedback in the comments; I would love to hear your thoughts. If you would like to conduct a workshop in Italy at our location, please feel free to contact me, too.


BIG thanks to Nicole for building the site with me and to Oma for copy editing!

Big thanks to my AJS Style team, Kayla, Megan, Leo, and Nicole. You’re amazing…I could not do it without you. xx

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Meet the AJS Workshop Team:: Megan Bowers


Now that you’ve gotten to learn more about me and Sarah Dorio, I thought you’d like to meet our newest member, Megan Bowers of Pictory Productions. Megan is our videographer, and I cannot wait to see all of the ways she helps make our workshops even better.

I met Megan at Alt Summit, and we instantly hit it off. I knew she would be a great addition to our team. She’s spunky, too, and I love that. You can see some of her videos in the Marrakech post as well as on my Instagram, and be sure to visit her website for more.

Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself.
A:Your full name? Megan Bowers
Where are you from? Pittsburgh, PA
What do you do for a living? I make brand films for creative businesses.
What is your role on the AJS Workshop Team? I’m the videographer!

Q: Tell us about your background.
A: I have been creating video content for over 10 years. I’ve filmed everything from broadcast news to brides to businesses.

Q: Describe your expertise for the workshops.
A: My job is to capture the awesomeness of Annette’s workshops. My initial objective was to market other workshops, but the attendees love it because it also serves as a keepsake for them and their experience.

Q: What do you enjoy most about being a part of the AJS Workshop Team?
A: I love being surrounded by so many talented professionals (both the teachers and students). I always leave the workshop with lots of lessons and inspiration.


Q: What is one app (business related or not) you absolutely cannot live without?
A: Google Translate. In Marrakech, I was able to have full conversations from English to Arabic with the locals. It was such a surreal experience!

Q: Where is your favorite place to travel?
A: Italy…do I really need to go into detail?!

Q: What is one travel destination you hope to cross off your bucket list?
A: Thailand

Q: What is your favorite part of exploring a new destination?
A: Getting out of your comfort zone and pushing past any pre-conceived nerves or fears.

Q: What is one travel essential you’re sure to pack on every trip?
A: Lots of outlet converters! When it comes to shooting video, I’m constantly charging laptops and batteries.

Q: Just for fun (and in true Annette style), what is your go-to cocktail?
A: An Aperol Spritz (I’d drink it for breakfast if I could.)

Meet Megan Bowers, our AJS workshop videographer |

Photo credit: Sarah Dorio and Megan Bowers

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Meet the AJS Workshop Team:: Sarah Dorio


I cannot say enough wonderful things about my incredible workshop team. Marrakech only made it all the clearer that my team is full of the best in the business. As I continue to introduce you to members of the team, I am reminded of each of their awesome talents.

Today, I’d like you to meet Sarah Dorio, our fabulous and super talented Marrakech workshop photography instructor. You know how much I love Sarah after last week’s post about Project Soar. She is amazing, and I am happy to introduce her here today.

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Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself:
What is your full name: Sarah Ianacone Dorio
Where are you from? Rochester, New York
What do you do for a living? Photographer

Q: What is your role on the AJS Workshop Team?
A: Photography Teacher/ Workshop Leader

Q: Tell us about your background.
A: I‘ve been taking pictures since I was a little kid. I love to travel, look at art, and meet interesting people.

Q: Describe your expertise for the workshops.
I’ve been shooting professionally for 17 years, and I was a photo assistant before I started shooting on my own.

Q: What do you enjoy most about being a part of the AJS Workshop Team?
A: This was my first experience. Working with Annette, Cassandra, and Megan changed me. They are all such creative, smart women, and we all learned to support each other pretty quickly. It was as if we were creating one thing, together. A single, creative unit.

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Q: What is one app (business related or not) you absolutely cannot live without?
A: Ooooh, both the camera and the music app. Equally.

Q: Where is your favorite place to travel?
A: I don’t really have a favorite, but I measure places by the people and the spirituality. I have a deep love for Istanbul, Mexico City, Jaipur, New Orleans, and Marrakech. Also, China. I love China. I studied abroad in China, so I can’t look at a photograph of China without getting emotional.

Q: What is one travel destination you hope to cross off your bucket list?
A: Japan

Q: What is your favorite part of exploring new destination?
A: Always the people

Q: What is one travel essential you’re sure to pack on every trip?
A: I always bring way too many books. Not sure if that’s an essential, but for me it’s an emotional essential. If that’s a thing.

Q: Just for fun (and in true Annette style), what is your go-to cocktail?
A: Coffee!

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