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!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Styled: All Wrapped Up

If you had asked me last year if the tasseled ponchos of my elementary school years were ever going to come back in style my response would have been, hell no. I could never have imagined my favorite sweater-like item as a child would ever come back in style because, let's be honest, it was kind of a horrible trend. Well, it seems as if the poncho might be the first trend I've seen come around twice. I didn't believe it was possible for the poncho to become an 'it' item ever again, but I was wrong. 

I fought and fought believing ponchos were back, even when I saw them in the window of the boutique next to my apartment, but after seeing Emily Schuman in an amazing version on Cupcakes and Cashmere this week I gave up the fight. After doing a little internet searching (aka pinning like mad) I decided I actually liked this poncho trend. Unlike the ponchos of my childhood (see here) today's poncho is more like a cape than anything else. 

From heavy textured fabrics to thin cashmeres there is a poncho (cape) for everyone. I mean who doesn't like wrapping themselves in a blanket and getting to wear it all day? For the classic new englander a plaid poncho in deep colors will be your go to on freezing fall weekends. If you want something a little more classic try a thin black version with a cowl or turtle neck with a striped tee underneath. If you can't get enough pattern then try finding a tribal print poncho or a striped option like Emily's. 

What do you think of the poncho/cape trend? Are you willing to try it out or do you think the past should be left in the past?

P.S. The start-up I work for (called Dressometry) has started doing weekly dress giveaways on our Facebook page. If you want to enter all you have to do is like the Facebook page, comment on the giveaway, and tag a friend in your comment. I'd love if you all would check it out! The week's giveaway closes tonight at 5pm EST

Monday, October 13, 2014

Outfit: Bordeaux

 {Mango jeans, LF tee, Longchamp bag, Macys INC flats, Essie Wicked nail polish}

I remember a year or two ago when maroon or 'bordeaux' went crazy on the fashion week runways. It was so popular that it felt like every designer had a different name for the exact same color. Well, I've been wearing maroon since before this craze and I don't plan on ever stopping wearing it whatever the name.

 So when I found these bordeaux coated jeans in Mango last week I knew they'd be the perfect replacement for my black coated pair that I left at home. The color is the perfect way to pull me out of my black and white slump since usually I'd wear this exact outfit with normal blue jeans. A nice perk (one of many) of being in Spain is that the jeans only cost me €30 ($42) when they cost $60 back at home. I'm questioning why I haven't bought everything in Mango yet.

Hope you all have a great start to the week!