Maxin' & Relaxin': Budapest

Earlier this summer I watched an episode of CNN's Parts Unkown where Anthony Bourdain visits Budapest with renknowned Hungarian cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond. Never would I have thought I'd be walking the streets of this beautiful city just two months later. And boy, is this city a beauty, rich in history, famed for its architecture, and with the picturesque Danube River bisecting this capital into Buda to the west and Pest to the east.  

Packing for a trip helps me realize exactly what the go-to pieces are in my wardrobe. For this trip, I brought with me my easy, breezy maxi from Club Monaco and my tried and true lace-ups from Schutz, two pieces I've worn countless times over the summer. While I normally shy away from maxis because of my height (5'1"), this Club Monaco maxi won me over on two fronts: 1. no hemming required and 2. the low back and side-boob.  Yes, you heard right. In fact, boobs are making a comeback. More specifically, popping up everywhere is clothing that titillates the imagination with a bit of side-boob or extra cleavage.   Fortunately with fall right around the corner, stores are getting rid of summer stock with some great sales right now, including this maxi at Club Monaco!

While I don't have an official Wearwithal shoot during my travels, I do hope you enjoy my attempt at capturing with my Nikon and iPhone even just a little bit of the essence of Budapest.

  Heroes' Square, one of the most visited attractions, stands in honor and memory of Hungary's great leaders.

Heroes' Square, one of the most visited attractions, stands in honor and memory of Hungary's great leaders.

  A typical street corner is lined with cafes and restaurants in the city center.

A typical street corner is lined with cafes and restaurants in the city center.

  Love meat and potatoes? Then you'll love the classic Hungarian dishes. Here we have roasted pork and fried potatoes with a side of pickles.

Love meat and potatoes? Then you'll love the classic Hungarian dishes. Here we have roasted pork and fried potatoes with a side of pickles.

   Taking part in a favorite pastime at the largest thermal bath in Europe,   Szechenyi Baths. 

Taking part in a favorite pastime at the largest thermal bath in Europe, Szechenyi Baths. 

   Hungary is a land of thermal springs, and no surprise,   Budapest is called the 'City of Baths', the only capital city in the world rich in thermal waters. 

Hungary is a land of thermal springs, and no surprise, Budapest is called the 'City of Baths', the only capital city in the world rich in thermal waters. 

  One of the many cafes along Fashion Street. 

One of the many cafes along Fashion Street. 

  The grand Hungarian Opera House built in 1884 is the one of the world's best in terms of acoustics.

The grand Hungarian Opera House built in 1884 is the one of the world's best in terms of acoustics.

  The gilded row of private box seats at the Hungarian Opera House.

The gilded row of private box seats at the Hungarian Opera House.

  Restaurants in Pest line the eastern bank of the Danube River.

Restaurants in Pest line the eastern bank of the Danube River.

  Atop Castle Hill on the Buda side overlooking the Danube River.

Atop Castle Hill on the Buda side overlooking the Danube River.

  The Hungarian Parliament building lit at night along the banks of the Danube.

The Hungarian Parliament building lit at night along the banks of the Danube.

  The Chain Bridge spans the Danube linking Buda and Pest, the western and eastern side of the capital city.

The Chain Bridge spans the Danube linking Buda and Pest, the western and eastern side of the capital city.

What I'm wearing...
Dress: Club Monaco
Shoes: Shutz
Hat: Club Monaco
Bag: Aimee Kestenberg
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabanna