15 August 2014

Y El Cadáver Del Minuto Que Paso, Me Dice Así Se Vive Aquí Te Guste O No

I think no matter where I am -- no matter how wonderful my "now" might be -- I will always miss Spain. The months I lived in Madrid were unlike any other time in my life. I found myself discovering happiness, friendship and love. Love for myself; love for other people. I felt connected to my Colombian roots, despite being on the opposite side of the ocean. I learned to step out of my shell enough to talk to people who fascinated me and helped change my outlook on so many things that always held me back. I'll always be shy -- an introvert. But in Spain I left my bubble just enough to enjoy myself properly for the first time... possibly ever.
I was drawn to this amazing gypsy top from New Look because it reminded me of summer nights strolling through Plaza del Sol. Or long walks on the beach in Barcelona. It took me back to the arid yet sweet smell in the air the day I skipped classes to spend the afternoon at a cafe bar, where I met my now partner of three years. I have been wanting to try New Look since moving to the UK, and am so happy I did. Though this top is from their main range as opposed to their plus collection (Inspire), its wonderful, flowy nature means it runs large. I'm wearing a UK 14 (US 10), which would normally be way small. And I still have enough room to tie it and play around with the look.
These photos were taken at an old badminton court in Cragg Vale, the village outside Hebden Bridge where our home is. I didn't even know the magical colonnade existed, let alone that it was all of a 10 minute walk from home. We know, though, that it was part of Old Cragg Hall (completed in 1907). The manor itself was burnt down in 1921, but the bits that remain are still absolutely enchanting.
I paired the top with my favorite jeans -- a classic, black, high-waisted pair from ASOS Curve that I feel adds the hint of vintage I always need in my clothes. I have had these since January, and have worn and washed them relentlessly. Yet they still look and feel as wonderful as the day I got them in the post.
As for the epic lizard hair clips I am wearing, they were a gift from the amazing Natalya of ToySyndrome. I fell in love with her use of plastic children's toys in fashion and will be featuring some of my favorite products on here soon. She was kind enough to send me some accessories, and I have been wearing them non-stop. I love childishness in fashion, so ToySyndrome is a dream come true.

Get the Look:
Multicolored African Print Gypsy Top, $22, NewLook
ASOS Curve Skinny Jean with Ultra High Waist, $58, ASOS
Oxford Kitten Heels (Similar), $110, Zappos
Lizard Hair Clips, Courtesy of ToySyndrome



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