Monday, 24 January 2011

we go a-walking

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Albert told me that it was 2 degrees (that's celcius, before you all go crazy) in Barcelona last night, but a couple of weeks ago it was absolutely gorgeous, and we went for a walk through the historical neighbourhoods of Born, the Barri Gotic, and Raval. There was a slight chill between the buildings, but glorious sunshine all around. I'm so glad I have Barcelona to visit and feel a little at home in. Home is a bit of a strange concept at the moment. Half my family is currently in Vancouver and the other half in other parts of the country, my boyfriend in Barcelona, me in London... but for how long? And what next? Uncertainty is a way of life.

As for the outfit, I think this could be called "Ruby Slippers shops her suitcase." Basically a collection of all my frequently-worn items. I was pretty happy to get back to... the three winter items I hadn't brought with me!

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Sitting on the steps of the art school where Picasso studied!
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Photos of me by Albert

dress: Pepe Jeans
sweater: French Connection (charity shop)
belt and bag: were my mother's
shoes: Steve Madden via ebay
hat: Topshop
necklace: Les Jumelles

49 comments:

Tinfoils Tiaras said...

2 degrees sounds balmy about now- it's -30 in Ottawa! You look super cute- I love the hat and all the colours! xo Emily

Terri said...

Emily--I have owned that same sweater! Fancy that it made it's way into a charity shop there.

I have only ever encountered towering buildings that blocked sunlight like this in Manhattan. And I wonder how my midwestern wide-open-spaces mindset would take to it.

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Terri: haha how random! It's a cozy sweater but it does tend to pill a little bit.

I think you would like the buildings in Barcelona. They don't tower as they do in New York; they only block the sunlight because the streets are rather narrow in the old part of town. : )

Carrie said...

I LOVE that outfit - the colors, the textures, the combination of everything. Yum. But it's the shoes I'm really coveting. I used to have a similar pair, but parted with them many years ago in a fit of purging. {sigh}

Emma (Scrapbook de la Emma) said...

you look adorable, love the dress and cute mint green jumper
Scrapbook de la Emma

Amber Blue Bird said...

you look so adorable in this dress and i love your hat

Nicole, Coco Maria said...

These pictures are so wonderful! And I really love this outfit. That plaid dress with that green sweater is so cute :)

Raquel said...

I love your colourful outfit and the pictures.
How I miss Barcelona! I did a walking tour through those same streets :)

And how about these temperatures?! In my hometown today was actually colder than in London! (I have a weather widget in my desktop. And here the weather has been pretty crappy, not cold, but raining almost non stop. Bahh!

Closet Fashionista said...

Ooh I love the outfit! :D I love the building photos :)
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Rebeccak said...

Oh I love plaid - and that colour combination is divine!

Jenni Wells said...

Such a lovely outfit! Your surroundings are so beautiful.

I couldn't image living away from my husband. It makes me sad just to think about it.

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SMASH said...

First off, I didn't know your family lives in Vancouver! You have no idea how much I want to visit and maybe even see the firework festival. I've heard so many good things! Annnnnd the 5th photo down is a stunner, the composition is A+ :)

xx
MILK TEETHS

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Raquel: well, it hasn't been so cold here (6 degrees-ish) but apparently it's going to snow on Thursday! When are you coming?

@ Jenni: Welcome! And yeah, living away sucks. I'm pretty grumpy at the moment because I'm living away from absolutely everybody, but on the plus side, it's nice to hang out with some of my friends again!

SMASH! While we're currently leaving Vancouver after 17 years, it's a place I highly recommend. Especially in the summer and especially for the firework festival! One of my favourite activities of all time!

elanor, said...

i really love the layering and colors here. so darling! and that hat is so cool!

x

Ashley said...

cutest nomad i've ever seen :) ha i seriously love your blog! you're living my dream!!!

Diana said...

love these pictures! you look adorable in this outfit :) and i agree with smash -- the fourth picture is perfection xo

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GIRL AND CLOSET said...

What a beautiful look and such lovely photographs. I especially love the last pic! Adore your shoes + tights combo and the red hat is gorg. xx veronika

CessOviedo said...

Oh it must be so hard not to see your family for such a long time, can't imagine being away from them! But on the other hand it's amazing you get to see and photograph all thise great places! ... Loved your little charm, I'm a huge fan of cute necklaces like that! :P

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Kallie, Happy Honey and Lark said...

I love your pictures! You are such a globetrotter, it seems very adventurous.

Sophie said...

You take such lovely pictures. I wish I was as well travelled as you!
I love your skirt.
Sophie
x

Anthea said...

How amazing! To sit on the steps of the art school where Picasso studied! Swoon!

You're so brave, to live with so much uncertainty. I really applaud you Emily.

Anthea,
Embracing Style

Lee Oliveira said...

Great style.. love your skirt
lee x

Imogen said...

I love your dress so much you have been wearing some incredibly gorgeous outfits lately. I love the green jumper over it too.

Jill said...

The plaid dress is so cute, especially with the brogues and that adorable hat!

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Michal said...

Lovely dress- I'm such a sucker for plaid.

Yout blog has made me want to go to Barcelona soo bad! Your photos are gorgeous.. Ahh to sit on the step's of Picasso's school. Just thinking about it gives me the shivers!

A said...

Beautiful pictures. Europe is pretty cold too.

Louder than Silence said...

Gorgeous photos as usual, these pics amke me want to jump on a plane to Spain! Love the red beret too. Sally x

Sewon said...

Your hat is wonderful! And I think "home" is like a collection of people/places/memories that you associate with safety/comfort, not necessarily a physical place (especially when you or the people you love are wanderers).

Les Robes Vintage said...

I like this outfit!so british!

Ashley said...

sitting where picasso studied...whaaaaa? Not fair!

I love all these pictures!!!

And this ---> "Uncertainty is a way of life." TRUTH.

tanvii.com said...

You look super cute in this outfit.... Like all the other pictures too! :)

eliza said...

Oh I really need to visit Barcelona...my boyf has been there numerous times so I'd even have a guide! Maybe this year is the year I'll get to go. Lovely warm, autumnal colours in your outfit too :)

Chelsea Whipps said...

beautiful outfit, and photos !
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Sanny said...

Love all pictures and the weather looks so fine! I'm dying to have such weather hahah.. it's one digit in Fahrenheit over her. Love your outfit too, so colorful and cheerful. That makes me happy!

Have a FAB day! (:

Sanny's Head to Heart

kristine said...

Sooo jealous of where you live - it looks absolutely beautiful! And I adore your outfit as well - those brown oxfords are so cute with it!

Kristine. Or Polly.

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

This is a beautiful assemblage of pieces, Emily. And colors, too.

I can't keep my eyes off the third photo you posted. The angle at which you took it is mesmerizing. The shadows really seem to give it the chilly effect you talked about experiencing.

Vintage2Vogue said...

Hi Emily! I like to contact via email when first making contact with someone so they are given to option of if they want to respond of look at my blog without any pressure! Thanks for checking it out... I love your plaid by the way! Have a lovely day.

Lydia Lange

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Cait said...

Great shoes, you can never go wrong with Steve Madden.

Cait x

Tashrin said...

You have to be the queen of wardrobe recycling. I feel like I've seen them all appear on the blog before..which may or may not be true, but that does not make this outfit any less cute. :) Wonderful oxfords btw.

Look forward to hearing from you

Love

Tashrin - A Toronto based personal style blog

She Can't Decide said...

LOVE the plaid skirt and red beret, so perfect for a chilly walk!

Shallow Mallow said...

Have I swooned over this plaid skirt before? I am pretty sure I have but I lose track. Well, very swoon worthy and I love how you've styled it. Those shoes are gorgeous too as is your location!

A friend of mine alway says Home is where you lay your head. Now I know there is more to home than that, but I always liked how simple that makes the concept seem :)

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Heather Fonseca said...

Beautiful! It looks like an amazing place and I love your touring outfit.

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yiqin; said...

the color of the cardi is so pretty :)

Viv said...

great photos, i love the color of your sweater!





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CAITLIN said...

that necklace is adorable and these photos are lovely, as always. the concept of home is always a tricky one when you're living like a vagabond :) i grew up (and currently live) in vermont, so this will always be the place i associate most with "home," but i do also have a special place in my heart for boston, since that's where i did a lot of my growing up.

Krystal said...

I want to be there!

Erin Cathleen said...

Beautiful, as usual! You look lovely in that minty hue.

sojourned in style said...

"uncertainty is a way of life" a genius statement!! this outfit is no exception to your genius quality. love the layering and the mix and match of all of your outfits. your brogues are so so amazing! (i have a brogue obessesion)