sleeveless chiffon shirt: Primark
orange skater skirt: River Island
gold choker necklace: Forever21
bag: Longchamp Le Pliage
paisley print Lita dupes: eBay
I present to you my first evening outfit in Madrid! After a day of exploring, we decided to fully embrace Spanish culture with tapas (and sangria) plans. One of my favourite meals of all time!
We were recommended to go to the San Miguel area by the hotel staff and boy, we need to thank the man as it became our favourite spot for great food and drink!
For the occasion, I decided to dress up a little (but still leave room for a potential food baby). Out came the black chiffon shirt but hold your horses, this doesn't end in one of my usual monochrome affairs... a bright orange skater skirt broke the marriage and decided to accompany it instead.
It's no secret that I'm a lover of patterned/loud/statement/crazy/you get my drift bottoms so this little number didn't escape from my wandering eyes at the River Island sale. It was reduced to £12 and I waited 2 months to finally wear it; the weather in Spain certainly did it justice. Pairing brightly coloured items with a neutral top half helps to lift and emphasise the intensity of the colour; it's also a great way for strict monochrome lovers to dip their toes into experimenting with colour without straying too far away from their comfort zone.
However, I'm excited to colour clash this piece in the future and have a few items in mind to pair it with. A vivid cobalt blue loose vest would be dandy... complementary colours and all that.
The occasion also called for a nice pair of heels. Well, it wasn't necessary but I wouldn't say no to the illusion of longer and slimmer legs. Trust me, I umm-ed and ahh-ed about taking these shoes with me with the fear that it'd remain a prisoner in my suitcase but fear not, they were put to good and frequent use during their time in Madrid. They're ridiculously comfortable to walk in for a 5 inch height thanks to its 3 inch platform buddy. I didn't fall flat on my face or trip (bravo), didn't form a single blister or have any troubles at all.
I'll have one in every colour please.
Jokes aside, they're my 'test run' heels before I commit to the real thing. £120 is a whole lotta money! If you're interested in the dupes, you can purchase them here.
Onto the rest of the evening, we merrily walked over to the San Miguel square and were immediately greeted with the Mercado de San Miguel. Foodie. Heaven. It was an indoor market filled with tapas, pastries, seafood, paella, cocktails and stalls filled with a rainbow selection of fruit. It was incredible. We took a quick stroll around with the promise to return after dinner for dessert, we were not disappointed. We went back at least once every day after that evening; it was love at first sight.
Behold, the oldest restaurant in the world.
We finally decided to eat at Meson Rincon de la Cava largely due to the incredibly decorated interior and exterior. The restaurant was perfect. It felt like we had stepped out of our modern day shoes and went back in time. The walls were lined with an array of flowers and old paintings. Old wicker chairs sat outside basking in the evening air and old wooden stools greeted us as we walked in. We sat at low wooden tables and our sangria was housed in a terracotta coloured pitcher. I'm not one for snazzy modern decor and would happily swap swanky glass doors with an antique that promised to tell you stories from the past. I'm also in a huge Game of Thrones phrase right now, I'm reading the books and rewatching all of the episodes.
We even had live music! They weren't strumming harps and reciting poetry but instead settled for a microphone and a Toshiba keyboard... it was the thought that counted and it was lovely all the same.
I'll leave you with this attractive image of me tucking into my favourite dessert in all the land. It was a hybrid between a pretzel and croissant filled with an almond paste before it smothered in rich dark chocolate. I don't sin often with my healthy lifestyle but this pastry dish had me forget about refined carbs and junk for a moment. Holy moly. I need another one.
That's a wrap up for day one!
I hope you enjoyed it and you're having a lovely day so far. Jordan and I will be exploring Central London today. We aim to walk until our feet hurt and drink in the buzz of the city. I also want to pay a visit to the Harrods Food Hall in an attempt to feel like a posh ol' lady.
Have a great day! :)