TROPICAL PRINT WITH A HINT OF QUARTERLIFE CRISIS

8/14/2015

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Tropical print with a hint of quarterlife crisis || Melanophilia.com
printed skinnies: Pull & Bear || linen spaghetti strap top: Mango
heels: Bershka || hat: & Other Stories || sunglasses: Asos 
bronze knot cuff: Lumo (won in a giveaway on thefashioncuisine.com, massive thanks!)

I can't seem to make my mind up about these pants. I got them on sale last year since I immediately liked the print and they turned out to fit surprisingly well. But every time I put them on, the question springs to mind. Am I getting too old for this?
They by no means fit into the proper, versatile wardrobe I'm trying to build and they keep giving me flashbacks to my teenage years, when I owned the most horrible printed skinnies known to mankind. (Tartan print, if you must know. I had no shame.) However in Spain I finally got off the fence and wore them like this on a warm evening out. Turns out they might be a tad questionable for everyday wear, but they most certainly are holiday-proof, and I had a great time in them.
So, for next summer I'll probably look for a more stylish replacement of the palazzo variety, but until I find it, I might just pay hommage to my teenage self some more and stick with these for a while longer...
Honestly, what do you think? Can a twenty-two-year-old still get away with these? Or should I just burn them and never look back?

Oh and by the way, I'll have you know that when we went out to take these photos, I managed to lock my keys into my car. Guess I'm a special kind of stupid. Fun times.

THE RETURN OF THE DRESS, PART II

8/08/2015

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The return of the dress, part II || Melanophilia.com
dress: & Other Stories || shoes: Vans || bag: & Other Stories
watch: Larsson & Jennings || sunglasses: Ale-Hop

After my raving about & Other Stories dresses, it's only fair that I show you guys my second buy today. This pretty dress was part of their Rachel Antonoff collection. I've been in love with it ever since it launched, so when I found it on sale last month, there wasn't a doubt in my mind that I had to have it. It's a fairly girly shape, but the quality is lovely. It's fully lined and 100% cotton, yet it fits me like a glove thanks to two invisible zippers. But what really won me over was the red and blue striped print. It has this French charm, and I could easily see one pairing this with a straw hat and some simple sandals for a stroll around the market in a sunny village. What more could you wish for in a summer dress?

However, since I'm unfortunately nowhere near a French market at the moment (boo!), I decided to take a less cutesy approach. Instead I went for a relaxed look, pairing it with some easy canvas plimsolls and a pair of playful sunglasses. Works for now!
Now I'm off to enjoy a bit of studying in the sun. Resits are almost here, and my bachelor's degree is just around the corner. Laters!

5 THINGS TO DO IN MORAIRA

8/04/2015

5 things to do in Moraira - Spend an evening at Playa Moraig || Melanophilia.com

Hey guys! I just got home from 10 days of recharging my batteries in Moraira. I had such a great time and since I'm still buzzing with holiday vibes, I wrote up this small travel guide.
Moraira is a tiny beach town located on the Spanish Costa Blanca. It's a great destination for those who like to relax and have some fun while soaking up some vitamin D, but want to avoid the beach resorts. I've spent three lovely summer holidays there, and today I'm sharing five things you simply cannot miss.

Spend an evening on Playa Moraig

Moraira's main beaches are nice, but they tend to turn into a crowded forest of parasols. I personally much prefer the stunning pebble beach of Playa Moraig, located at the foot of Cumbre del Sol. Granted, you need to be an experienced (or at least courageous) driver to reach it, because the drive is insanely steep. But once your vehicle is safely parked*, you won't regret risking your life to get there. The beach is enclosed by steep walls of rock from three sides, giving it a rather intimate feel. There's still a lot of people who come enjoy the sun here during the day, but it gets nowhere near as crowded as the sand beaches. However, my favourite time to hang out here is at dusk. Around nine pm, you almost have the entire beach to yourself. Great for laid-back evenings with friends or with your love. The water temperature is still lovely, so go for a nightly dip if you want. And don't forget the wine!

*Do NOT forget to shove some rocks under the tyres! You can't trust your hand brake on these slopes.

Go for a buggy excursion

We did two one hour trips with Moraira Quads. I remember it being quite pricy, but worth every penny. You can go for a group excursion if you want, but my boyfriend and I booked at times when we had the guide to ourselves. The one hour tour includes some cruising around to see the sights, but also goes off road for a little while. We even tried a tiny bit of drifting while we were at it, which was insanely fun! The guide adapts his driving style to yours, so even if you're a bit nervous at fist, you needn't worry about getting behind. Tip: Don't pay extra for a more powerful buggy. The route doesn't allow super high speeds anyway, so I don't think the upgrade would have any added value. 

Go parasailing

Yes, I checked that one off my to-do list! Between the marina and El Castillo, we found the stall where we booked our next adventure. We could hop aboard right away. The instructors were very nice and helpful, so I immediately felt safe, albeit very nervous. The parachute turned out to go much higher than we expected, but the views were spectacular and the experience was surprisingly relaxing. I'd recommend this to anyone. The boyfriend is SUPER afraid of heights and still ended up having a great time, after five shaky first minutes. Tip: wear very well fitting bikini bottoms! At one point they dip you in the water for a moment, and this does not happen gently. I'm sure you can imagine losing your bikini bottoms while dangling underneath a parachute would take away from the experience just a tiny bit. I, for one, was happy I left my side-tie bikini at home!

5 things to do in Moraira - Walk up to the Torre del Cap d'Or || Melanophilia.com

Walk up to the Torre del Cap d'Or

When hanging out around the marina, be it in the air or on the ground, you'll probably notice the little tower on the rocks in the distance. But if you're up for a walk, you can admire it from up close as well. Drive to El Portet towards the tower, and park your car near the sign. From there, the route is pretty self-explanatory. I estimate it took me around 40 minutes to get to the tower, but remember, I'm in very bad shape. We even crossed some people running up there, so if you're the kind of person that works out on holiday (props!), that might be for you. The tower is bigger than it looks, but apart from that, not very impressive. The view, however, is what makes the whole thing worth it. The proof is in the photo! Tip: Definitely don't wear slippers or sandals, except for maybe Tevas. I wore an old pair of Converse myself. 

Have dinner at Vespa's

Recommending an Italian restaurant in Spain is a bit strange, I admit. But this was hands down the best food I had on this entire trip. It's not super cheap, but the quality is miles above your average takeaway. Both the tagliatelle funghi and the Italian cheesecake I had were insanely good, and the rest of the table felt the same about their dishes as well. Check the menu here! An absolute must if you love great food. And honestly, who doesn't?

If you have any questions about where to stay, transport or anything else, I'd be happy to help!

THE RETURN OF THE DRESS

7/17/2015

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shirt dress: & Other Stories || patent oxfords: Sacha || sunnies Ray-Ban 
watch: Larsson & Jennings || bag: Zara || silver rings: Fashionology

Dresses and I... We've been out of love for the last couple of years. I used to be really into them back in the day, when I was still a lover of anything cute and vintage. But as times changed, we grew apart. I found I was no longer into very girly/feminine looks, so I just couldn't commit any longer.
But then, after all those years, & Other Stories came along and rekindled the love. These were dresses unlike any other I used to own. Chic in their simplicity, no frills or flowers to be found. So I caved and took home two. No, we're not exclusive, but I love them both equally, and as things are looking now, we'll be in a happy relationship for years to come.

(Also: pardon the wrinkles. I left the house looking pretty crisp, but by the time we reached our shooting location, the sitting had taken its toll. A perk of of blogging what you actually wear, right?)

A CHALLENGE FOR MY 22 YEAR OLD SELF

6/19/2015

A challenge for my 22 year old self || Melanophilia.com
21 was the year I drove a buggy. It was awesome.

As of the beginning of this month, I am no longer 21, which got me thinking. A whole year went by and I did... nothing at all, except maybe discovering my first tiny wrinkle (Already! How the hell is this allowed to happen!). No wait, I did drive a buggy. But apart from that, I did absolutely nothing of significance to myself. Being in my twenties, I'm supposed to be at my absolute best, yet I wasted a year on being bored on the internet and just thinking about all the great stuff I could be doing. And you know what? This year won't be like that. I'm gonna get shit done. 
Passionate procrastinator that I am, bucket lists aren't really for me. So instead, I made a list of 5 goals that I want to achieve by the time I turn 23 and that mean more to me than mere occupational therapy.

22 will be the year I will...

... get better at longboarding.
I have a longboard and I love riding it. Unfortunately though, I suck. This year, I want to get better. I have a boyfriend who rides with the grace of a thousand unicorns and who's willing to teach me. So hopefully, by the time I'm 23, I won't be slowing him down so much anymore.

... broaden my horizon.
I would like to consider myself a fairly intelligent person, yet there are so many people who can make me feel stupid. I'm more of a sciencey person, and I still have a lot to learn about history, philosophy, equal rights, or even fashion for that matter. I want to keep learning outside of uni too.

... get fit.
It's not that I'm unhappy with the way I look, I just haven't been fit a day in my life. This year, I want to see if it's for me. As a physiotherapy student, I know the ins and outs of training, so now it's time to finally muster up some stamina and give it a try.

... learn some Spanish.
I love learning new languages. The world's most spoken language is not in my repertoire yet, so it seems like a good place to start. Time to put that Duolingo account to use.

... go parasailing.
Touristy? Maybe, but it looks hella awesome. I've wanted to do this for years and when I'm in Spain this summer, I'm going for it. Nothing wrong with some good old fashioned fun!

Why am I sharing this slightly cheesy post with you, you may ask? Well, I've heard that sharing your goals increases you chances of actually reaching them, so why the hell not. Feel free to tell me about yours if you want, some inspiration for next year's edition is always nice :)