Transitions: Midi Skirts

  It’s that time of year again – the days are subtly getting shorter, school buses are slowing down your commute, and you can count the amount of Summer Fridays left on one hand.

While it’s hard to see summer go (seriously, where did it go?!), there’s a different type of warmth that comes with the fall — colorful leaves and family bonding holidays are on the horizon.

The transitioning weather also means its time to transition your wardrobe. There are so many ways to do this, but the one I know I’ll be rocking the most in the next few months is midi skirts. Not only are they the perfect length for work and making sure your thighs don’t touch that subway seat (city girls know what I’m talking about), they make transforming a look from summer to fall super easy. Use them to move effortlessly with the cooling temperatures from sandal to boots, crop tops to sweaters, all while looking casually put together.

This particular skirt is from Zara, but I’ve added a few more of my picks under $100 at the end of this post.

Outfit detailsZara skirt BB Dakota top Zara bag | Nine west pumps, similar here

Seville, Andalusia, Spain

Traveling through the Iberian peninsula for nine days was absolutely amazing. I hit up Barcelona and Seville in Spain, and Lagos and Lisbon in Portugal. I will admit, I tried to fit a lot in a short period of time and if I were to do it again, I would either do one longer trip or split it up into two shorter ones. Regardless, I think leaving a place wanting to see and do more is a great thing, and it’s probably impossible to fully explore places rich in culture in just one trip with the serious dearth of American vacation days.

But let me get to my favorite city on the trip — Seville or Sevilla as the Spaniards call it. It’s small but absolutely beautiful. Here are some highlights of my trip that I recommend if you find yourself there.

Alcázar of Seville: AKA the Dornish palace in Game of Thrones, it’s actually a Moorish royal palace. It does not disappoint — intricate arches, amazing 16th-century tiles, and an expansive otherworldly garden make it an architecture lovers paradise. Europe is full of castles, however, few are in this style (the other Moorish castle in Europe that I can think of is the Alhambra in Granada). So I made the mistake of not allocating enough time for the gardens — they’re huge! The inside was so enthralling and that’s where I thought I should be spending most of my time, until I stepped into the amazing wonderland of artfully manicured bushes, towering palm trees, and quaint fountains! Give yourself at least a half day here.


Plaza de España: A gorgeous plaza rich in history, it was built in 1928 for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition. The style is a mix of Art Deco, Renaissance, Moorish, and Spanish architecture, visually combining the region’s influences. It’s pretty lively, but expansive enough that you can find a serene corner to read a book, people watch, or just chill. You may have spotted it in Lawrence of Arabia or Star Wars.

Zara dress  |  Zara belt bag

Casa de Pilatos: Another beautiful palace away from the super touristy sites. 16th-century Sevillian architecture with Gothic Mudejar style similar to the Alcazar, Renaissance touches, and scattered Roman statues. With all the different architectural styles, there are so many details to take in and enjoy.

 

Flamenco: Do it and do it right. What’s right you ask? Well, flamenco is about more than just dancing, it’s about the emotion, so always choose a small intimate venue over a large theater. The large theaters are tourists traps. You want to see the faces of the dancer, singer, and guitarists — that’s how you get into it and feel it. I sat in the second row of a small venue for the flamenco show I attended and despite my limited Spanish, I was moved by the raw emotion that went into every step, strum, and note. I can’t remember the name of the venue, but it was part of this Airbnb experience. Our guide was super great — she explained the history of the dance and all the origins behind all tapas and drinks that we had before and after the show.

Tips:

  • Spend at least 3 – 4 days. Since Seville is a small city, I thought that 2 days would be enough. I was wrong. There’s so much to take in at places like the Alcazar and Casa de Pilatos. I left without checking out so many places, many of which I added after taking a walking tour, which leads me to my next tip..
  • Take a walking tour on your first day there. This was extremely helpful for learning a bit about the history of the area and getting the lay of the land to figure out the most efficient way to hit all the places I wanted. There were a ton of free walking tours (just Google “free Seville walking tour”). My friend and I couldn’t find the one we originally planned to do and just joined another group. Just remember to tip at the end!
  • Plan your day before you leave your hotel or Airbnb. Unlike most European cities, Seville DOES NOT have free wifi at every cafe and restaurant, so it was essential to map the day out in advance. And even our hotel wifi was pretty shoddy.
  • Save your maps on Google, but also take screenshots of the step by step directions. Google maps kept getting confused by the many winding alleyways, so it was helpful to also have the step-by-step directions with street names.
  • Buy your ticket online ahead of time for the Alcázar. The line is LONG, especially in the morning. Get a timed entry slot online (there’s a separate, shorter line for this) and go in the afternoon when the crowds are dying down.

Winter Whites

You know how the saying goes — don’t wear white after Labor Day and before Memorial Day. But do you know where it comes from? Apparently it was one of the hundreds of silly fashion rules that old money women made to distinguish themselves from the “vulgur” new money families after the Civil War.

If it sounds ridiculous to you, it is.

Obviously, it was propagated into pop culture and promoted by the fashion world, or you and I wouldn’t still be talking about it now. However, rules are made to be broken, especially when it comes to fashion.

I love wearing unexpected colors in the colder months, and white is no exception. I found the coziest knit ensemble at Zara a few weeks ago and couldn’t resist turning it into my go-to weekend brunch outfit.

For winter, the perfect way to pull off white is with a heavy knit fabric to be weather-appropriate and chic. Check out the outfit details and some of my favorite knit white pieces below.

Zara Sweater | Zara Skirt | Zara Bag (similar here and here)

Make a Statement

Statement pieces are here to stay this fall and winter, and I’m loving it. The cold weather can be a drag, but unexpected textures and embellishments infuse excitement into your wardrobe and your day. With faux fur, velvet, metallic accents, embroidery, and faux pearls on everything from t-shirts to coats, there’s no shortage of fun ways to jazz up the typically drab cold-weather looks.

So how do you wear these luxe, seemingly extravagant details every day? Keep it simple. Obviously, the simplicity that I started going for got lost here since I was in an experimental mood. I wore all black with and added some color with a multi-colored faux fur jacket, red lipstick, and pinned my fro to the side, giving me an edgy 80’s look. My dress and boots are on the dressier side, but if you’re looking for a more casual feel, a black turtleneck, black jeans, and black ankle boots make a nice base for any statement jacket.

This jacket is now on sale for 30% at ASOS with code EPIC30. Take a look at other fun jackets to make the winter go faster after the outfit details.

Ivyrevel Faux Fur Coat | Calvin Klein Over the Knee Boots (similar here) | Forever21 Turtleneck Dress | Rebecca Minkoff Jumbo Love Crossbody

Me vs. the Big Blue Cock

What does this girl love more than art? Cheeky art.

This 15 foot chicken, appropriately named “Hahn/Cock” is towering at the National Musuem of Art’s East Building. I spent hours in the East Building alone, traversing rooms of modern art and eventually ending up on the roof on an overcast Spring day. I definitely need to plan my few trips back to explore everything the museum has to offer. It’s always crazy and awesome to me that D.C. has such easy and FREE access to cultural institutions, which I fear, are underutilized by locals.

Other than the art, another reason I love museums is because I feel like they’re one of the few places I’m comfortable going to alone (I wasn’t alone this time though). Art is one of the few personal, yet paradoxically universal things…how does that even work? I don’t have any answers, but I have all the love for it.

Zara Studded Jacket (similar here) | Calvin Kleinn Knee Over the Knee Boots | H&M Sweater Tunic (similar here and here) | Uniqlo Jeans | Rebecca Minkoff Bag