Black & White for Instant Style

For a quick and easy polished look B&W is a failsafe option for me…

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Above I’m pretty casual in distressed denim and tee, but undoubtedly the look is elevated by the color palette.  My [very old] black tank, similar here and here and white wrap cardi, similar here  is a classic combo that I wear over and over with black or white jeans, similar here or if you like a more classic look try these here or here

Of course it is the chunky jewlery that takes the look into the next level, as you probably realize by now I’ve been collecting striking pieces for most of my life.  These items have actually reached the state of FREE items on my Cost per Wear scale ;O haha!  The leather cuff studded with silver metal and crystals is around 10 years old by DSquared2, I’ve done a bit of a search and found a few alternatives that would have a similar effect here one by the same brand, currently on sale :D, or I looove this one here  or how about this one for fierce fabulosity here The horn pendant was from a Spanish brand called Unode50, One of 50, and as I bought it 4 years or so ago, clearly it is not still available, but similar here and the skull pendant, exact here was likewise purchased several years.

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For the next look the addition of a schoolboy style jacket renders the B&W pallete even more chic.  I’m wearing the same scarf which is a very old one from my fav Zadig, if I were to reappraise this look I’d defo add an McQueen scarf here or here or I also like this one from Kenzo here  The blazer is linen [current but sold out Zara] similar here and I like this one here

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Here I’m looking angelic ;O in the same outfit…the jeans [black this time] are old favorites fro Zadig, the new rendition is here and these ones are on my lust list ;O here or for a less pricy option here

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The boot obsession you will all be familar with, although soon the temperature here will be too hot to wear them!  These are the real deal here but if you really love the style there are many similar looking copies around, from Basalt is my favoritehere My box bag is a previous season Zadig, here is this season’s version.

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I sometimes pin this ribbon brooch to add a vintage military feel, similar here  and my other jewelery has all featured on the blog in the past, mostly from the aforementioned jewelery brands.

 

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…and just to show how valuable are my style tips here I’m sharing some of my secrets with one of the Ale-Hop brand’s exponents of B&W style!!!!

Thanks for dropping by my friends, bye for now, Sarah ;D x

 

Hangin’ Out

…I’m not sure what number these are in a long line of Converse…

 

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Some of the younger generation think that double denim is a fairly new concept…NOT 😉  I’ve rocked a very similar combo to this many times over, in the 70s, 80s and 90s.  I’m wearing a denim shirt which I scored on sale from Anine Bing, same here  (very limited supply tho 😦 ), similar here and budget versions here and here Jeans are distressed boyfriend style (old) similar here  here and here

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The tee is an old favorite from, you guessed it, Zadig et Voltaire, this season’s version here or you could try this one, which I also wear on repeat here or this cheaper version here

The Converse sneaks were special edition and are now unavailable but I love plain red ones and have worn this style for years here and I also love these ones here the scarf is Zadig here and here and the belt ditto here and similar here Bag here and love this mini version here similar with 25% discount here

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My sunnies are old, similar here and here and my leather gilet too, similar here here and here and a cheaper version here I’m sporting the usual hardware here  here here and my new fav commissioned piece here

So the moral of the story is that there is really nothing new under the sun!  Find your style and develop it to suit yourself and your lifestyle and you will collect lifetime pieces to wear over and over in different combinations 😉  That’s it for now folks, thanks for dropping by, Sarah x

 

Having a Bit of a Boho Cow-Gal Moment…

Having a Bit of a Boho Cow-Gal Moment...

Topshop boho dress
€36 – topshop.com

Coach cowgirl boots
€445 – coach.com

Eugenia Kim hat
€245 – ifchic.com

Tory Burch tan belt
€110 – toryburch.com

Spring Please…

Spring Please...

Rebecca Taylor jacket
€305 – rebeccataylor.com

Yves Saint Laurent western boots
€365 – dlrboutique.com

Boho jewellery
€13 – amazon.com

Uniqlo leather belt
€24 – uniqlo.com

Wardrobe Musts

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There is something about Chelsea Boots that make my heart sing and when I spied this pair I have to say that my heart stopped and my eyes popped.  I just had to have these boots…perfect for everyday wear with jeans or leggings, or as here, styled with faux leather, similar here  Of course money is an object with me…that is I have not got unlimited funds (like you guys I guess) but on the other hand using my ‘Cost per Wear’ rationale I think that these will turn out to be a real investment ;D  exact here and in plain black here  The bag I’m carrying is a perfect example that justifies my philosophy, it is several years old, Diego style, by Alexander Wang.  It is still loved by me and admired by others, available here and here I also like this one in leopard print (no surprises there then ;)) here I plan to wear my boots also with my new mini bucket from Jerome Dreyfuss (mega cool Parisienne brand) here

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…

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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!!!!

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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)..

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…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