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

Holding On

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.

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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

Local Adventures

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.

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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!
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ASTR Dress | Keds Shoes | Forever21 Bag (similar here and here)

Dog Days of Summer

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.

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Uniqlo Camisole / Merona Shorts / H&M Kimono (similar here and here) / Calvin Klein Wedges (similar here) / Street Level Crossbody Bag

When Spring Feels Like Fall

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).

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H&M Jacket | H&M Turtleneck | Zara Polka Dot Leggings (similar here) | Nine West Boots | Forever21 Bag (similar here and here)