Out & About in Madrid

What to Wear and What to Do in 4 Days in Madrid

Shop My Look

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Select comfortable pieces for travelling.

I’m traveling in a cardi-coat (old) similar here and here over a slogan tee exact

Gray jean(with a bit of stretch for comfort) similar here and here and here and wearing biker boots, comfy to wear and too big to pack, (old) similar here and here

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More layers to combat the chill of Madrid..including my first purchase…a wool hat 😦

I’m wearing a grey marl cardi-coat exact here a leather vest, exact here a cashmere cardigan, similar here scarf similar here and here , hat similar here , my Chloe bag (old) exact here and leopard print boots (old) similar here and here

When we visit Madrid we normally stay in the area Barrio de los Recoletos sandwiched between Calle de Serrano to the East, an area where all the major designer brands have their flagship stores, and the parallel street Calle de Claudio Coello, (my favorite) home to the younger hipper brands.  To the South lies Retiro Park and the museum triangle of the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza, and a little further to walk, the Museo  Reina Sofia, famed for its collection of modern art, particularly of Picasso, including the unmissable Guernica inspired by the atrocities of the Guerra Civil (the Spanish Civil War).  to the West lies the Artisanal Quarter of Barrio de Chueca.

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After a visit to the Fundacion MAPFE (on Paseo de Recoletos) to view the Joan Miro permanent Collection we wandered around until we found a restaurant for a light lunch.  After a pleasant lunch at niMU Barquillo we wandered around exploring some of the smaller independent shops.

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Uno piu Uno flagship store

Loved this spacious shop and managed to make a few purchases (all on sale…Yay!) while Mr F was seated comfortably with a newspaper and some magazines…


I managed also to source a cap…not sure if its Naval Officer or Chauffeur…but its just what I was looking for 🙂 ….and I scored a fabulous cashmere and silk mix scarf in leopard and zebra print mix ;0….I loved this scarf 2 years ago but was not prepared to pay the price!  The Zadig & Voltaire outlet shop came up trumps…RESULT!!!!


Another shop that held a siren call for me was closed for lunch (some of the smaller retailers still hold to the old days of siesta time…but not many these days).

Luckily, next day, after  a visit to the Museo Thyssen to view the special exhibition of Toulouse Lautrec and Picasso paintings showing the huge influence that Lautrec had on Picasso’s earlier work (amazing…I had no idea)..


…we wandered back via B.ones shop (b.onesibiza on Instagram) and again Mr F was entertained royally while his wife tried on half of the shop ;)… I loved this independent and its choice of labels and practiced my Spanish with the owner all errors excusable by the mutual passion for fashion!  I bought a gray velvet hoodie and black button front pants…both on sale 😀

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A selfie in the spacious dressing are of B.Ones…

I’m wearing pretty much the same as the previous day (see my post on packing tips) except for white t-shirt exact here  similar here and white jeans exact here

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Later in the day…

Here I’ve changed everything but the jeans… I’m wearing a black patterned silk blouse (old) similar here a cardigan similar here and here my favorite scarf patterned with skulls exact here Chloe Susanna boots (old – and defo an investment buy even though I scored them on sale ;O) exact here and here and I’m toting my black studded cross-body also from Zadig exact here

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Another slight change of look…

Here I’m wearing white t-shirt similar here and striped sweater, similar here here and here white jeans, similar here and here and biker boots, similar here

I also managed a recce of Serrano and Claudio Cuello and managed to buy a pair of Ranger boots, on my list, from Twin Set which, although not new to me, I haven’t actually purchased from before.  The best part about shopping in this area for me is the amazing shop windows and merchandising.  Being an ex retailer I really appreciate display and some of the examples I saw were real art.

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Camper shop window taken from outside with the buildings reflected
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More shoes!!!
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Loved this window
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…and this one!

…and finally one of Mr F…he got himself ready…do you think that this styling thing is beginning to rub off?!!!

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That’s it for now my friends.  I hope you enjoyed this taste of life in Madrid, Spain and that I’ve managed to capture some of its flavor in this whistle top tour.  Sarah aka Badassbabyboomer xxx

Author: Sarah - Badass Baby Boomer ;)

Baby Boomer speaks for itself, yes I am a woman of a certain age ;) Why Badass? I have Rock & Roll in my DNA, coupled with some Punk Attitude and a (Lovin) Spoonful of Hippie Chic. Altogether BABB ;O The blog is not intended to be age specific, or indeed age appropriate! It is more about my style philosophy. The blog is to help girls and women of all ages to become more confident in expressing who they are through the way they dress. Mine are style tips and tricks based on years of styling, and an extensive knowledge of the fashion industry. My shopping advice is suitable for those with a limited budget, those who are strapped for cash, and for the lucky ones who have cash to splash. Personally I mix it up, marrying high street with high end to achieve my unique look. I hope that you will enjoy my new blog, Sarah x

6 thoughts on “Out & About in Madrid”

  1. Thank you for sharing your adventures in Madrid! I love the pictures of you and the different stores too. Mr F is definitely looking very stylish! Great blog!

  2. Loved reading all your adventures!! Looks fab:) Tell Me F
    he is definitely rocking it!! He’s almost as cute as you…ha
    Meems21345 on Instagram

  3. OOOh Sarah, Those shops ! and that food. I must say the style oozes from your pages…, Madrid is going on my list of ‘city breaks’ for this year!
    Ashley x

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