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.
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!
Acler Dress | Indigo Rd. Sandals | Rope Belt (similar here) | Forever21 Bag (similar here and here)
Sometimes you just can’t let go of something. That can be good or bad depending on what that something is — in my case it’s the heat. I try to find any and every excuse to still wear sandals, so when the weather peaks above 65 on a sunny fall day, I’m there. Not to discount all transitional pieces, but layering can exhausting, so I’m more than happy when I don’t have to. On this day I decided to frolick on down to the coffee shop (La Colombe mocha’s are amazing FYI), feeling whimsical and classy at the same time with my gold skirt and off the shoulder top.
Forever 21 Off-the-Shoulder Top (similar here and here) | Zara Gold Skirt (similar here and here) | Cole Haan Sandals (similar here) | Rebecca Minkoff Jumbo Love Bag
As summer comes to an end I have a tendency to overbook myself on little adventures that I know I’ll be too lazy to do once the colder weather hits. Since I’m a recent D.C. transplant there’s a ton of undiscovered charm that’s waiting for me. I recently decided to walk through the overgrown green neighborhood of Takoma Park, off the main street, to explore the unique town. Since it was a cooler day and I needed comfortable shoes for the walk, I threw on this medium-weight striped dress and some gold Keds.
If you’re in the area I would definitely recommend checking out the individuality of each home in the neighborhood! And a fun game to play is “name that plant” because there are tons of cool, exotic, and mysterious greens that you wouldn’t expect to find in a D.C. suburb.
P.S. I can’t wait to wear this dress again in the fall with a leather jacket and boots!
The sticky dog days of summer are here causing most of my outdoor adventures to shortly end under the closest AC (#firstworldproblems indeed). Since going naked isn’t an option and I have what I’ve deemed overactive sweat glands, my closet is stocked with pieces that make me look cool even when I’m dripping. Take that, heat wave.
Pro tip: moisture-wicking fabric isn’t just for the gym, which is why I love Uniqlo’s AIRism camisole. Eyelet, lightweight anything is a classy way to let air in without risking decency–here I went with white 5 inch shorts from Target to catch those elusive breezes. I added some color & character to an otherwise all-white ensemble with a loose printed kimono top from H&M to hide the expected stream of sweat down my back and armpits.
But, not going to lie, the iced coffee was the real MVP here.
Uniqlo Camisole / Merona Shorts / H&M Kimono (similar here and here) / Calvin Klein Wedges (similar here) / Street Level Crossbody Bag
Mother Nature’s been on some serious mood swings these past few months and doesn’t seem to be ready to show any steady “normalcy” anytime soon. Spring and Fall have always been about layering, but I’m finding myself gravitating for more warmer layer than lighter ones this spring with temperatures in the mid-50s during the day as opposed to the high to mid-60s. With a touristy day planned in D.C., I piled on some texture with pops of color. Feeling oh-so-comfy and looking put together at the same time was the ultimate win. My favorite part was getting to wear a uniquely beautiful scarf that I bought in Nepal a few years ago (which reminds me that I need to go jetsetting soon).
H&M Jacket | H&M Turtleneck | Zara Polka Dot Leggings (similar here) | Nine West Boots | Forever21 Bag (similar here and here)