Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wandering Eye: Spain

I can't tell you how excited I am to go to Spain this summer. I've never been. We're going to fly to Malaga  and drive around Andalusia for the first three days, just finding a place to stay as we go. My husband and I have always done this, and we love it - we find that over-planning for trips just leads to disappointment when you realize that you can't fit everything in. So at least for part of our holiday, we like to feel young and free by following our instincts and seeing where the day takes us. After roughing it a bit, we'll reward ourselves with 4 days/nights at Trasierra, a charming twenty-room home/hotel run by English beauty Charlotte Scott. This place is so up my alley. It's exceedingly stylish, but in the most laid back way. I am not a fancy hotel kind girl - I could care less if I have a flat screen TV (or any TV for that matter) in my room or if the bathroom appliances are state-of-the-art. But I do like style, and this place has it in spades. Equally inspiring have been my daydreams about what I am going to wear in Spain, and I have been planning for months. First I flipped through Caroline Milbank's "Resort Fashion" for inspiration - she has an amazing eye. And in the last few weeks I've started to lay out relevant things on the bench in my closet - two Isabel Marant peasant dresses, CastaƱer for JCrew espadrilles, a vintage YSL ruffled peasant blouse, and my mini-collection of minimalist Eres one pieces, all in black. Now I just need the abs for all the crop tops I'm into, and I'll be ready to go!


  1. Gorgeous photos - I have never been to Spain either so am looking forward to reading about your trip. My problem with the minimal clothing is that I am so pale and I just think these styles look better with a tan. Have a great trip!

  2. Amanda, enjoy Spain! My family is from the north (Sooo very different from the south! Much more like Ireland is landscape and folklore!), although I currently live between Miami and Madrid. Andalucia is beautiful and the people very welcoming and funny! I just found out about your blog (how could I NOT know about it?) and it has become an instant favorite! The vintage style photographs are definitely my kind of fashion inspiration! Absolutely lovely!

  3. Oh you're gonna love it! We spend some weeks every summer, in the Marbella area and love it. The kids too! Love Caroline

  4. Absolutely lovely post!

    ♥ Franka

  5. Hola Amanda, I just found out about your blog through Garance and love it so much! Looking forward to the coming posts! (Feels like if we're friends, we'd have such a fun time chatting).

  6. also new to your blog via habitually chic,
    lovely to have found it
    enjoy Spain and make sure you visit Ronda
    Avoid Malaga and Marbella very touristy

  7. We had 4 days at Trasierra last year, my husband spent many a happy hour lying on that sofa pictured above with Anthony Beevor and the Spanish War.I on the other hand was far too over excited to read very much at all. It is HEAVEN!

  8. P.S. Thrilled to have found your blog via Habitually Chic, gave your book to all nieces and god daughters for Christmas a couple of years ago.... a great success! So look forward to the new journey.