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

Real Madrid

I couldn’t go to Spain without seeing where the name of my favorite futbol (soccer for you Americans) team came from. I wore a tried and true outfit clean with muted metallics to visit my future home Madrid’s royal palace.

This was another of those “no photo zones” that I was not amused by in Madrid. The palace has 3,418 rooms (whoa!), but we only saw about 30. It is absolutely beautiful and the rooms were to die for…like, I need that interior designer on speed dial for when I win a multi-million dollar lottery. There was gold, patterns, and art everywhere — I was about ready to move in! It’s crazy that nobody lives there now (it’s only used for state ceremonies).

Afterwards we wandered over to the Temple of Debod before calling it a day. Donated by Egypt, this temple was pulled apart in Egypt, transported, and reassembled in Madrid. Pretty generous of Egypt if you ask me.

Zara Tunic Top | Lulu’s Pants (similar here and here) | Keds Sneakers

Taste Treaty Travels

One thing you have to know about me if you know nothing else: I love to travel! Exploring new places can be refreshing, inspiring, and eye-opening (always remembering safety first, of course). I recently took an amazing trip to Barcelona and Madrid with my main ladies, my mom and my grandma, which was definitely too short. My first day in Madrid I went for a breezy, colorful, yet comfortable look suited for hours on hours of walking.

I’m definitely not a Type A personality, but traveling brings out my research and organizational side, mainly because there’s such a short period of time to learn so much! With my two main ladies in tow, we walked the city on foot hitting the Museo Nacional Del Prado, Real Jardin Botanico, and Buen Retiro Park (major props to my 70+ year old grandmother for keeping up!). The Museo Nacional Del Prado is Spain’s expansive national art museum with an impressive collection of 12th to 20th century European art. I found myself nerding out at and in awe of the magnitude of beautiful pieces. Unfortunately, there were no pictures allowed in the museum (not cool), but I guess that gets people to come back time and time again, which I’ll probably do at some point in the future.

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Real Jardin Botanico was a short walk from the museum.  We mainly stayed in the outdoor sections, although there are five different greenhouses. Not gonna lie, my lack of plant knowledge made all the different plant names a little overwhelming, so after an hour or so we made our way to Buen Retiro Park in search of the Crystal Palace. Let me tell you, it felt like a trek! There was a hill and stretches of park involve, but it was worth it! We couldn’t go inside the Crystal Palace, but it’s made of all glass, so that didn’t matter. The palace is absolutely beautiful, especially surrounded by nature. After taking some time to adore the Crystal Palace and a much deserved break, we roamed more of the park, discovering a rose garden, Avenida de Mexico, Paseo de la Argentina, and many sculptures.

Don’t miss these spots if you find yourself in Madrid!

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Acler Dress | Indigo Rd. Sandals | Rope Belt (similar here) | Forever21 Bag (similar here and here)