A beautiful springtime suburbia welcomed me home from Spain!
And so did my cousin Allie at our family dinner. Here I style that EPIC new sweater I got in Spain, with this Loft romper that was literally $5 on the final sale rack. I absolutely LOVED rubbing that in everyone's faces.
Well, tennis has been great. I designed shirts with this picture on them, expecting only the team and a few of our close friends to buy them. But literally 57 people bought them. 57!!!!! This is the best cult ever. And it's called HECKYESMACLAYTENNIS. We're all going to wear our shirts on the same day and take an epic picture. It's going to be awesome.
Also bathroom selfies in this new shirt which was so much cheaper than it would've been at that rip off Pacsun because why not.
So I finally went on my first run in springtime suburbia. It was fantastic. Suburbia in spring is just so gorgeous. Who doesn't love all that green and the smell of flowers blooming and WISTARIA?!? I swear I will plant that vine all over my house.
Selfies in the Leon bathroom... Honestly the vintage vibe of this bathroom is just cool. And literally me and Tina searched all through Spain and ever found a floor as cool as this!!
If only I wasn't wearing these jank tennis shoes.
One of my favorite style icons, lookin fresh as always!
us after the last match...
that night this became the method I would use to harass people on all forms of social media until they paid me for the shirts.
Also, we dyed some eggs!
This is the first outfit that I've ACTUALLY REWORN. I wore it once to ben's birthday dinner and I liked it so much that I wore it again to school. Breaking records...
it sure was a wet Easter...
Thanks to all our fans for coming out to watch us slay at districts !
Its been a good welcome to spring....here in my favorite place, suburbia.
Senora gave us the entire morning to do literally whatever we wanted. First we took more balcony pics.
Then, Madison, John, and I walked around.
THEN WE WENT BOATING IN RETIRO PARK
We found this sweet wall to take pictures in front of on the way back to the hotel.
Colin took another model photo with Emily.
The bathroom in the hotel is so cool that I just couldn't resist...
That afternoon, we visited the royal palace. BUT THE KING WAS ACTUALLY THERE HAVING A MEETING, so we couldn't tour.
We climbed yet another cathedral and took some cool pics from the top.
THOSE TWO BUILDINGS ARE SO BEAUTIFUL. LOOK AT THE COLORS.
In this garden, everybody was like, "Okay Elspeth, no more pictures!!"
...But I finally convinced Tina to take one of me, Jojo, and the model.
Partially because I wanted to, and mainly to spite my group, I stopped this Spanish girl in a cute outfit and asked for a picture. ;)
Overall, this was one of the best weeks of my life. It was truly awesome, filled with lots of fun and friendship.
The town of Escorial, which we drove through on the way, was absolutely one of my favorite towns. The houses were so nice!! Apparently it is a very rich town, but hey it was awesome. It was a very large suburbia.
There're some random cows and an old castle covered in graffiti, like everything else in Spain.
Of course the rule inside the Escorial was 'no foto, no foto.' We still got some cool window pics of the awesome garden.
...waiting on them to go take pictures of me in the garden
We definitely did not pick this flower.....Madison found it on the ground.
Clearly it was a great photogenic prop. I took about a billion pictures with it until someone rudely ripped the stem off in Segovia. :(
Our attempt at an artsy glasses selfie....
Next we drove into Segovia. Photos just can't capture the awesomeness of Segovian suburbia.
We were all very excited to take pictures in front of this castle we would later tour. And thankfully we finished before all the Japanese tourists got there to block us out.
Driving back through town
Like Toledo, Segovia was a town in which in order to reach a part of it, you had to walk up a billion stairs/hills. Needless to say, I was at the back of our group, forever forcing people to take pictures of me.
After walking through the castle, we did some souvenir shopping and exploring in the town.
Madison's name in Spanish class has forever been "Cereza" because her last name is Cherry. So...we had to take a pic.
The view we passed on the way down was AMAZING OH MY GOSH. Unfortunately, John thought we were lost and we were hurrying to to meet the Sloderbecks back at the aquaducto at 5:15, so no pictures of me :(
At first, I didn't want a picture of me in front of the aquaduct because there were too many people in the background, but finally I caved because who can resist being photographed in front of something that the Romans literally built a thousand years ago and IS STILL HERE.
Some nice Madrid sunset pics on the way back...
Dinner was at the top floor of Corte Ingles. What appears to be a nice looking sandwich, ACTUALLY HAD SO MUCH MAYONNAISE ON IT I ALMOST DIED. I AM NOT KIDDING.
Who would ever want that much mayo?????????????
After dinner I half jokingly threw down a 10 and said (after everyone could not for the life of them figure out how to split the bill) that Madison, John, and I are leaving to go shopping and that they can deal with it. Well a few minutes after I said that, it became a reality and we got some pretty awesome deals at this place called Lefties. HECK YESSS. This photo was taken by a tired, extremely polite employee, who was patient enough to indulge in my craziness even when the store had closed 10 minutes before.
Another awesome day. :)
We went to this cathedral that was unlike all the others we'd seen. This guy recovered from tuberculosis and decided to devote his life to thanking God by building this cathedral. He did it majorly all by himself with help from his nephew and a few donations. He's been working on it for decades and is in his 80s. WE MET HIM.
We climbed to the top, and took more pictures of suburbia.
Underneath Emily artistically posing on the ladder, rests my coat and sweater on the ground. These warm outer layers take away from my outfit in pictures, so the entire time we were there, I walked around in my sleeveless turtleneck, even though it was like 50 degrees. The amount of awesome pictures I was getting propelled me through and kept me from feeling the cold.
NEXT LIBO (OUR BUSDRIVER AND SENORA'S LONGTIME FRIEND) TOOK US TO HER HOUSE. WE WERE LITERALLY INSIDE SPANISH SUBURBIA.
Just me, casually IN LOVE with Spanish suburbia !!!!!
Later that afternoon, we went to the HOLY GRAIL of places for a PERFECT photoshoot. It is not an exaggeration to say that I have been excited to take pictures at this art museum and in its gardens for a good two weeks. I purposely packed these pants just to wear them in these gardens. HECK YESS.
Fanta limon, the world's best soft drink.
This picture of Senora Sloderbeck and her husband is ADORABLE.
If my day wasn't already perfect enough by all of these EPIC pictures, it was made even better when my dear friends took me to do one of my favorite things: SHOPPING !!!!!!!!!
I sprinted ahead of everyone to take this quick picture, and lo and behold, Colin McDuffie's modeling career was born. He's already booked a few photoshoots with Style From Suburbia, in which he plans to feature his counterfeit Adidas sneakers purchased in Madrid.
aaahhh what a great day! : )
We drove/napped through some countryside on the way to Salamanca. This town called Avila had some cool ancient walls and some of my first views of Spanish suburbia!!!
This is one terribly bad bus shot, but the sun was so weird that day that none of my pictures of the walls looked decent.
Of course I had to take an obnoxious selfie because that day I wore my HECK YESSS Maclay Tennis sweatshirt!!!
Jojo ever so nicely crossed the street with me to take this picture, and everyone on the bus laughed at me for my "distant stare."
Salamanca was pretty cool. As soon as we got there I bought a post card book with 20 post cards in it for 3 Euros. That was a pretty awesome deal because I ended up writing 15 of them !!!
Me making sure Colin has the perfect Rick Steves hand-in-pocket pose.
Christina, Colin, and I had ourselves a fun little shoe photoshoot while waiting for everyone to finish looking at 12th century classrooms.
The town itself was cool, and there was lots of fun wall art that we enjoyed while walking to and from lunch.
John obviously didn't want to partake in our album-cover-esque madness...
The best candid ever of our faces when a Spanish boy walks by. HAHA @tina...
Next, we climbed the Cathedral.
But this awesome SUBURBIA in the background though!!!!!
...car naps, they truly are the greatest. (especially when people take pictures of you.) Please be sure to note Emily's feet in the background.
Later that night, we went to the Reina Sofia for modern art. It was heavily crowded, but the Dali's were still pretty nice.
When some rando walks in front of your attempt to take an artsy pic in an art museum...
Aaaahhh... that's much better. We snagged this one just before a guard told me to step away.
Madison and I started out the day taking pictures on our balcony. Let me just say that again. our BALCONY. Who has a balcony?!?! Our hotel was so nice and so modern. Honestly its only flaw is that we could not for the life of us figure out how to open one of the doors to the balcony and I think we ended up breaking it but we jammed it shut so its totally okay...
We spent the morning in the PRADO, and I managed to sneak this picture without getting told angrily "no foto, no foto," a phrase I heard a million times during this trip. Honestly, I like landscapes and modern art more than classic royalty portraits and religious paintings. Nonetheless, the Prado was still a great experience (even though I got so so dang lost in trying to find Velazquez's Redicion de Breda).
We spent the afternoon walking through the city and the famous Retiro Park.
Christina and I enjoyed Magnum bars, European ice cream bars that are so many millions of times better than Klondike or any other American brand because they have several layers of chocolate between the hard coating and the inner ice cream. heck yes.
I also purchased sunglasses AND knock of Nike's from a street vendor. I was very distracted and definitely could've bargained better for the shoes, but it's okay because I will know for next time. I'm so excited about the shoes!!!!! I will wear them a lot and already wore them every day the entire week we were there!!! Colin also got some, only he didn't get ripped off because he bought them from another guy...
Risha and Jojo got some cool shades too!
After we got back from the park, we chilled in our rooms and Madison took another siq pick of me and our sweet balcony.
These are some AWESOME shoes Madison got at everyone's favorite department store, (and favorite word to say in general on this trip...) Corte Ingles. They're Cath Kidston, an awesome brand/designer from England.
Here I wait to embark on the best journey of my entire life with one of my best friends, Christina Giralt. As much as I despise wearing leggings and view them most times as a 100% cop out of dressing nicely, I decided that I didn't really have any more practical options for a seven hour international flight. At least these ones that I got for $5 at American Eagle (heck yessss!!) have a cool pattern. I was very impressed with Christina's outfit because her colorful flannel was a great travel choice and her ankle boots were EVEN BETTER. She definitely earned a feature on Style From Suburbia.
Here's my first view of the city of Madrid that I took out of our bus. I took this after I woke up from the best car nap of my life.
So this week we have dress up days at school, and I've taken every opportunity to wear as many colors as possible and force as many people as possible to take pictures of/with me.
So this photo, taken of me in my thrifted BODEN dress, was photobombed by my random cousin. Nice....
My great aunt and uncle's living room is so beautiful! If only a picture could capture the epic vintage awesomeness it has!
just some glamour shots of me and by babes on our last tennis trip... Even tennis warm ups (and our AWESOME white tank tops) look better with vsco filters.