blue shirt: ASOS
white blazer: Topshop
crochet layer shorts: TK Maxx
bag: Longchamp Le Pliage
brown plaited belt: Primark
black ballerina pumps: Primark
excited cheesy grins: my own
How are you all?
Apologies yet again for the long absence, life these past two months have been hectic to say the least (in a great way). My blog took a backseat but I have been updating my YouTube channel frequently if you were interested in taking a peek at summer trends, lazy day outfits, clothing hauls and a holiday lookbook!
Let's start with a quick catch-up before I dive straight into the post.
First up, I've finished university. The three years have come to an end and I welcomed 'real life' with open arms. It was a great experience but by the end of it, I was ready for a change from the academics. Life has been great, I now have a new job of which I'm UNBELIEVABLY happy/grateful/lucky/excited/eeeeeeee about.
I won't go into details but it's for a social video technology company; I've been there for two weeks now and I absolutely love it. Everyone made me feel welcome before I had even started, I feel right at home. :) I'm so thankful for the position, to be able to work with such an amazing group of people and I love what I do. Hurrah! It also meant that 6am wake ups and a 2 hour round trip left little time for me to update my blog :( now that I'm settled in, I've created a lovely little daily routine so that will now be a thing of the past.
I also went to Madrid (the title was a bit of a giveaway). After the stresses of deadlines/job hunting/balancing internships, the holiday arrived at a perfect time. It was actually a 21st birthday present for Jordan although it definitely benefited me as well (sneaky sneaky...). We both had a brilliant time and I would 100% recommend the city if you have never been before but interested to pay it a vist. I didn't think I'd love it as much as I loved Barcelona but I was wrong!
Back to the outfit:
Rambling aside, this was the outfit that I wore on the first day. I wanted it to be comfortable yet feel that I had made some kind of effort for when I arrived in the city. The contents of my suitcase were shortlisted and the winners were the usual suspects: a blazer, shirt and patterned bottoms. That wasn't obvious, was it?
I ditched my black blazer and opted for the lighter version with the hopes of feeling more summery/alive/airy. Luckily, the sunshine had already provided that but for the early 3am wake-up in England, this injection of brightness was much needed.
White on white is a huge trend for this season and I decided to mix it up a little by throwing in a splash of colour. I don't wear this blue shirt enough yet I love how great it complements the white pieces and textures of the outfit. It's smart casual yet the fabric is comfortable enough for a quick nap on the plane and a day of exploring.
To dress it down, I opted out of any tight fitting pair of trousers/smart jeans and chose these white crochet layered shorts instead. It's girly, playful and helps to eliminate the seriousness of the blazer and shirt combination. It also emphasises a tan too (which is always a bonus!) Shirts aren't solely restricted for formal occasions, try pairing it with some casual items and see if they work together! :)
I'll now leave you with a few photos that we took on day one!
We stopped off at Chocolatería San Ginés for their famous churros. It was the first time that I had it and we loved it so much, we went back another two times for breakfast! I'm craving it as I'm typing now (it's 2am).
I'd say that Madrid and Barcelona are complete opposites of each other. Barcelona is more metropolitan, tourist-based, modern yet heavily focused on street art and music. Gaudi's work was a strong contrast against the contemporary architecture that laid upon the city walls and it was so refreshing to see the integration between the old and the new. Madrid on the other hand really reflected the traditions of Spanish culture. I loved walking down the cobbled streets and gazing up at the brightly coloured old buildings with decorated balconies; I loved walking past museums, market places and spending hours exploring the alleyways trailing off from the city's plazas.
They're both different in their own way. If you love historical cities, Madrid is perfect. The atmosphere was incredible too, walking down to Plaza Mayor for dinner at 11pm to be greeted with cheering crowds and music was very different to life in London! I wish we had as much energy!
I wasn't kidding about the Spanish architecture! It's mesmerising.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Day two, three and four are yet to come. I also have a backlog of around 20 outfit posts that will be up very soon, bear with me!
Let me know if you have any summer holidays coming up (so I can live vicariously off you)
I hope you're all having a lovely day,
Thank you for always being so patient :)