Thursday, October 30, 2014

Styled: Maroon Blazer

My go-to piece for fall is always a blazer (see this post and this post) and my favorite color is maroon, so when I finally found a boyfriend blazer that fit me perfectly I scooped it up in an instant. I'm sure you'll be seeing my blazer on here soon, but before than I thought I'd give you all a little inspiration for how to wear a maroon blazer.  If you're experiencing the same weather as me (aka way too hot for almost November) try pairing the blazer with a pair of flowy shorts and fun sandals. Then once it gets chilly add dark jeans (or your favorite coated denim) and a soft blanket scarf. The deep color will instantly update your classic jeans and blazer look. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Outfit: Plaid For Spain

 By now you all know that my plaid addiction is real. I've really been missing my thick plaid shirts that I left so much that when I discovered Mulaya (almost like a cuter spanish version of Forever 21) and their adorable plaid pieces, I couldn't pass this dress up. It's thin enough to be worn with a blazer in 70 degree weather, but it also makes me think I could be picking apples in New England.  Plus, if you love this seasons burberry cape than you'll be dying for Mulaya's 26 euro version

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Travel: Barcelona

A post about my trip to Barcelona is long overdue since it's been more than a month since I went. While not planned, the trip ended up being scheduled for my birthday weekend and it truly was the perfect birthday present I could have given myself. On the train heading to the city someone told me that the year you turn the age that is the day of your birth (aka turning 19 on the 19th of September like I did) will be the best birthday you ever have. After my weekend in Barcelona I have absolutely no doubt that they were correct. The two days had just the right mix of exploring, relaxation, and fiesta(ing?). I desperately want to go back to Barcelona since the two days I spent there was not nearly enough time to really experience the city. 

Strolling Barcelona streets with birthday Gelato in hand (plus there was paella and sangria later). The blue detailed buildings were my absolute favorite. 
Park Güell was absolutely incredible and even though it was about a million degrees in the sun I never wanted to leave. The beautiful landscape, view, and spanish guitar players are enough to make you fall in love. 
I'm a bit of a sucker for palm trees (cause if you didn't know, we don't have them in New England) so I took about a million pictures of the beautiful palm trees on the beach. I barely spent anytime on the beach this summer so got as much sand & salt time as possible. Plus, the water was the perfect shade of blue. 
Just another palm tree picture...and the ceiling of La Sagrada Familia. While visiting I learned that Gaudí actually designed the huge columns in the cathedral to look like tree trunks and the ceiling to look like the top of a forest. It was incredibly impressive. 
As we left the beach one day we stopped by the huge carnival and of course ate our way through it. Spanish candy is absolutely delicious and the sunset over the water as we walked was picture perfect. 

When Sunday came I really didn't want to leave Barcelona and have to go back to reality. I'm still hoping by some magic I get to go back to Barcelona soon and explore the city more, since there were so many areas I didn't get the chance to experience. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Outfit: Weekend Stripes

{Zara jacket, Forever 21 top (similar), Gap jeans (on sale option), Old Navy sunglasses, J.Crew phone case}

I spent the weekend exploring Madrid and (per usual) eating some delicious food at the MadrEAT food truck festival, but sadly Monday is here and it's back to reality. I have most of my midterms at the end of this week so it's definitely cram time. Luckily, I have the best reward for finishing my exams since one of my best friends who is studying abroad in Prague is coming to visit for the weekend! 

This week is definitely one of those times when I want the next weekend to start just as the last is ending. Plus, this look from the weekend is really all I want to be wearing. Comfortable jeans, a thick striped tee, and a leather jacket combine to make the perfect fall outfit for the weekend. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Shop: Fall Covets N.2

Happy Thursday! The weekend is finally here for me (no class on fridays!) and with the weekend the sun is finally returning to Madrid. I can't wait to explore the city,  stop by a food truck festival (what that even really is.. I don't know), and soak up the fall weather.

For today though I have my second round of fall covets. The Shopbop sale pretty much overtook this post since it really is one of the best sales of the year (besides the Nordstrom anniversary sale). Almost everything on Shopbop is 25% off (excluding some brands), but it ends tonight so run, don't walk over to Shopbop to get some great investment pieces for less. 

Have a great weekend!