48 Hours in Baltimore

I traveled down from New York to Baltimore this week for my little sister’s college graduation at Towson University. I have never been to Baltimore before – I know, I’m a bad sister for never visiting – so I was excited to see and experience a new place.

Packing for this trip was simple since we weren’t gone for that long – I brought denim bottoms and striped tops, plus one nice dress, and stuck to a palette of navy, white, and gold.

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The ride down was eerily quiet for a car containing myself, my parents, and my other little sister (perhaps it was the 6AM wakeup time). I prepared snacks – apple slices in peanut butter and frozen banana slices in greek yogurt (so simple, so delicious), so that also made everyone content from the start.

For the car ride, I wore these amazing jeans that fit like a dream. They are the perfect mix of give and rigid where they need to be, so they didn’t stretch out after 5 hours in the car. Plus the wash is super flattering. I paired these with an oldie-but-goodie favorite striped t-shirt. Fresh new Supergas have replaced the disgusting old pair I was forced to throw out after Coachella (R.I.P.), but they are as comfy as ever. And I threw on one of my sister’s hats for a collegiate feel.

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Jeans: Rag & Bone. Shirt: St. James. Bag: Vintage Gucci (similar here). Sneakers: Superga. Watch: The Horse.

Immediately upon arrival we had to get ready and go straight to the ceremony. I brought a shift dress I got a few years ago from Anthropologie. It’s one of those dresses that can work for really any occasion – I’ve worn it to a frat party, work, a winery, and now a formal event! This time, I paired it with simple heeled sandals and a striped mini bag.

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Dress: Anthropologie (similar here and here). Shoes: Madewell (similar here and here). Bag: Longchamp (similar here).

Even though none of those pieces look by definition “basic” on their own (save the sandals), the simple silhouettes and “all-occasion” feel that they bring transcend funky color schemes and patterns.

One night my sister and I roamed the harbor and she took me to a delicious Mexican restaurant in Federal Hill. I gorged on chicken tortilla soup, tres leches cake, and a few mango margaritas…

Going out with my little sister, I wanted to look cool but avoid trying too hard to look like a college student (those days are behind me). Cutoff  denim shorts were an obvious choice for a youthful feel. Off-shoulder tops and lace-up shoes are youthful and trendy right now, but still I see people of all ages pulling those off, so I figured it was a good balance.

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Shirt: Madewell. Shorts: VILA (similar here). Shoes: Wanted Shoes for Saboskirt (here and similar here). Watch: The Horse.

I certainly don’t consider myself a Baltimore expert after a few days, but the utterly charming Federal Hill is a must-see. The historic architecture of the rowhouses plus the burgeoning restaurant scene made me want to move down there for good!

Here’s hoping I get another chance to go down to Baltimore sometime. Do you have any stories or recommendations from the area?

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