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Red Florals from Madrid

Madrid, New Mexico, that is.

On my way home from NM, I took the Turquoise Trail, as it’s known, from Santa Fe to Albuquerque. The scenic byway cuts through a 15,000 square mile area in the heart of central New Mexico. Madrid was booming during the height of the coal mining era in the 1800s, but became practically a ghost town when the industry fizzled.

Fortunately, artists and craftspeople took up residence in the Victorian homes and clapboard storefronts and now the tiny town boasts a thriving arts community. I had lunch at Mama Lisa’s Ghost Town kitchen and ate a scrumptious butternut squash and pumpkin seed taco platter.


Then I found, among the galleries, a funky consignment shop called Redbone. I shopped the rows of vintage clothing and jewelry while listening to 80s new wave music. Redbone has a fabulous selection of perfectly broken-in vintage cowboy boots. I couldn’t find a red pair in my size though. Too bad—they would have looked great with the floral skirt I bought.

floral skirt

red t

T-shirt: Victoria’s Secret
Skirt: Thrifted (at Redbone)
Stone pendant: Street artist in Santa Fe
Sandals: Payless
Cross-body bag: Shiraleah

Later in the day, it got cooler so I thought I’d see how to make this summery southwestern look work in a Seattle spring evening. I added my Joe’s blazer and off I went, into the sunset. Is it weird that I kept humming “Blinded by the Light” as I drove to dinner?


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Sunny Yellow for Santa Fe

I’m planning a trip to Santa Fe. So if you’re tired of me complaining about gray skies and rain, don’t worry. I’ll soon have outfit posts featuring summer wear. I cannot wait. Actually, I couldn’t wait and I went ahead and road-tested a dress I bought at a thrift store a few months ago.

yellow sundress

Dress: Forever 21 via thrifted
Tank: Wet Seal
Hat: Foodland in Hawaii
Shades: Target
Shoes: Payless
Purse: JC Penneys

Don’t I look happy? Sadly, it was about 43 degrees on this particular day so I couldn’t keep this look going for long. I did find a way to “winterize” it. I ditched the hat and glasses and grabbed my go-to safari jacket. I added a DIY scarf that I made out of a T-shirt, swapped the sandals for boots, and off I went.

warm yellow

Scarf: DIY
Jacket: Target via thrifted
Boots: Wanted

Are you in the throes of spring or are you still hanging onto winter wear?


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