Sunday, 14 July 2013

Day Three in Madrid: A Floral Playsuit at the Bernabeu Stadium

floral playsuit - topshop
floral head crown - primark
white blazer - topshop
Longchamp Le Pliage tote bag
leather sandals - topshop

Happy Sunday!

Day three in Madrid consisted of a morning trip to the Bernabeu stadium and an afternoon adventure in Parque del Buen Retiro - a daytime itinerary that pleased the both of us greatly!

We visited both the Old Trafford and Camp Nou stadiums last year and thought we'd finish off our football frolics with a visit to the final ultimate team's home, Real Madrid FC. The grounds were huge and had the capacity of seating 85,000+ fans; it housed an impressive array of trophies collected over the years and Jordan was very happy indeed. We saw Ronaldo's gear, Alfredo Di Stefano's boots from the 50s and had a sneak peak of the fancy changing rooms too. I'd still definitely recommend a visit to the stadium even if you're not an avid fan of the sport - I found them all to be really interesting and there was a unique 'buzz' in the atmosphere present during stadium tours that doesn't quite seem to exist in any other tours. My favourite grounds (and team) is still Barcelona though... shh.

What is the best way to show your passion for football during a stadium tour?

Well, I pranced around in a floral playsuit and a head crown of course!

I could have chosen to fully embrace the sports luxe trend once and for all but opted for a more low-key approach by choosing to be as girly as possible instead... a logical decision. As the forecast had alerted us of a 30C+ heat of bright sun and no clouds, a quick consultation with my makeshift suitcase wardrobe decided that this was the winning piece. 

This Topshop number is made from a cotton fabric born to tackle hot and humid weather, the light colour reflected heat and kept me cool. Wearing a playsuit meant I didn't have to faff around with creating the perfect top and bottoms combo although going to the toilet was a bit of a nuisance. It had a frilly bow detail that incidentally also nipped me in at the waist and cancelled out the need for a belt around that region too. 

The print and girly patterns gave off a 'whimsical' and child-like effect so I decided to play it up with a floral crown around my head. This accessory seemed to have been hailed as the 'ultimate summer must-have' and it's not hard to see why: it instantly adds femininity to an outfit, it hides a bad hair day and it looks so darn pretty resting on the head. 

To look less like a 5-year old, a white structured blazer accompanied it to inject a slight bit of independence. I had to look my age somehow! It turned a relaxed daytime piece into something immediately smart casual. Dare I say that it's a possible candidate for workwear too? At least it is in the industry that I work in!

After we were finished with the tour, we headed over to Plaza de Santa Ana for a quick pit stop of tapas and juice (or cerveza in Jordan's case). I was intrigued by salmon palmitos so decided to order it. It turns out that palmitos is actually the heart of a palm tree. As a self-proclaimed foodie, I gave it a try and... I didn't like it. The texture and taste didn't quite suit the other ingredients that was paired with it! Jordan ordered a seafood paella! 

We then walked all the way to Retiro park. Jordan and I usually try to skip the metro/subway/underground wherever we go if we can manage to walk to our point of destination in under 30-45 minutes. It did us good to burn off lunch and it gave us a chance to properly explore the city on foot rather than through a tinted glass window underground. 

It was only around 5 euros to hire out a rowing boat for 45-60 minutes: an absolute bargain. There was something very romantic about rowing a boat across the lake against the heat of the sun in a foreign country with Jordan! :)
 Once our time was up, we headed back to Plaza Mayor and stopped off at the best frozen yogurt place we both had ever been too! Just look at the picture below... drool. It was amazing! I didn't quite want it to end.

Day three evening and day four daytime will be comin' up soon!

I also had an amazing time with my sisters and Jordan yesterday all to be repeated all again today for his dad's birthday! Although it's highly unlikely that he'll read this blog post... HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAUL. We're going to make this an amazing day for you! :)

Have a lovely day everyone!


  1. Oh my gosh, Shu look at that frozen yogurt!! haha that looks fantastic, as do the rest of the pictures :)


    1. I'm having withdrawal symptoms from said yogurt now! Lemme at it. :) x


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