I keep on fallin’ in and out of love…with hats. Ten points if you got that reference–bonus points if you actually enjoyed it.
I’m a repeat-outfit hat offender, which I really don’t mind. Wear what makes you feel happy/what you feel good in! And who knows if I’ll even like hats tomorrow, so I might as well wear it out while I’m still in the honeymoon stage. It’s actually funny that I’m so obsessed with this hat lately because I actually got it 2 years ago (here are some embarassing pictures of me first wearing the hat back in 2012). Don’t you love when you rediscover items that you’ve had and you end up wearing them to death?
Anyways, enough about my love affair with this hat–the other pieces in this outfit are some of my top picks for fall. I got this sweater from J. Crew Factory recently and am in love with how light and soft the wool feels–the elbow patches are a nice added touch. I also got the bag + boots recently as well–fall is on its way and you better believe I’m stocking up!
Burgundy/oxblood is one of my favorite colors for fall and I have been on the hunt for a bag in this color for a while–looks like my search is over…for now. I’ve also been searching for black boots with a chunky black heel reminiscent of the ’90s, but it was a challenge finding a pair that didn’t look like I was walking around on two clunky blocks. I also love how this pair look more classic and can be worn well after this ’90s craze has passed.
What are your some of your fall favorites this year?
After spending the weekend in London, we headed back to Belgium for a week to rest + plan our road trip.
Day 1: Hello Antwerp!
We drove into Antwerp and visited the main sites, such as Cathedral of Our Lady and Grote Markt. I had never been around Antwerp before so I was excited to explore. From first impressions, it is a quaint, pretty little city. After seeing those two big sites, we stopped by the main shopping street, Meir, and then grabbed an infamous Belgian waffle covered in chocolate. I also tried Kriek for the first time, which is a Belgian beer made of fermented sour Morello cherries–yum!
Cathedral of Our Lady
You can’t say you’ve been to Belgium ’til you’ve tried one of these!
Day 2: Antwerp-in’ Around
We wandered around Antwerp more and grabbed some ice cream to combat the summer heat. Also, being in Antwerp, I felt obligated to go check out the fashion scene and any of the shops of the Antwerp Six. We found ourselves at Renaissance and Ann Demeulemeester, where we felt like two kids in a museum. Maybe one day we will be able to afford some designer duds, but today was not one of those days…
We felt like being tourist-y and going to a museum, so we decided to check out the MoMu (Mode Museum–Belgium’s Fashion Museum). I was so excited to go to a museum that was specifically for fashion, but, sadly, the museum was quite small and overwhelming. Plus, it was overpriced–definitely not a place we would go to again.
Afterwards, we set out to check out another one of the Antwerp Six’s shops: Dries Van Noten. Once again, we quickly realized we weren’t willing to pony up for anything, so we settled on shopping for goods within our price range. We went to a store called Fish & Chips where I picked up a pair of flat sandals on sale–my heeled sandals were killing me on the cobblestone streets with all the walking we were doing!
After we shopped, we strolled down an alley filled with graffiti/street art/whatever the politically correct term is. It was awesome! I love seeing what local artists are creating.
The weather was so nice–perfect for being outdoors–so we headed to Galderse Meren, an area of recreational lakes in the Netherlands that was created as a result of sand mining. I love me some fun in the sun!
Day 5: Antwerp >> Brussels
The day was spent feasting + walking around Antwerp more. We had a delicious, super-filling meal at Mama’s Garden where we each ordered a plate of shwawarma. The food comes with an assortment of sauces–naturally my favorite was the garlic one and I kept piling it on. In the end, I definitely could not finish the whole plate so I had to tap in Lukasz to finish it for me.
#allthenomz @ Mama’s Garden
We then went to Het Steen (a medieval fortress) and the Butcher’s Hall. Then, since it was still light out, we decided–why not just head to Brussels?
After spending some time with Lukasz’s family, we scarfed down some mussels in Antwerp’s Grote Markt–correction: I scarfed them down because Lukasz isn’t a big fan. And, honestly, that was all we really did that day but I still felt pretty Jean-Claude Van Damme accomplished.
Jean-Claude Van Damme these were good! (sorry, not sorry, I just had to throw in another JCVD reference in there)
Grote Markt, Antwerpen at night
Peace out for now, Belgium! Check out next week’s post to see where we went next…
Here are 2 more ways to wear this look: Option #1: Pop on a midweight sweater. The material of this Madewell sweater is just right–not too light & not too heavy. This is the perfect sweater to bring along as the sun starts to set. I also love how the red stripes pair well with the red feather on my hat. Here are some of my favorite Madewell Striped Sweater picks: Option #2: Take this look from day to night with a Moto Jacket. This look would go great with any moto jacket–I opted for a moto in a stretch denim material, but I think a leather moto would amp up this outfit’s edginess factor a couple notches. My Moto Jacket Picks:
This is my salute to the end of summer. Hope you’re all ready for fall!
Today marks the first official day of September. Fall is creeping closer and closer, but luckily for us in the Bay Area, it still feels like summer as of late. I’ve been wearing this dress out all summer long and trying to get the most use out of it. This dress is so easy–throw it on and you’re good to go. The black-and-white print goes with practically any accessories and it transitions perfectly from day to night–just add a long cardigan. I’m a big fan of pieces that are functional and that’s what my style has been gravitating towards lately. I’m sure I’ll be wearing this into fall and perhaps through another Indian summer (if the weather permits).