Since returning home from Europe, when asked the question, "Which city did you like the most?" my answer is invariably Istanbul and Barcelona (exclusive of London, of course). My experience in Istanbul and the nearby destinations of Çannakhale and Gallipoli managaed to mark more things off of my bucket list than I knew was humanly possible within the span of a 4-day trip. Not only did I get to wander through the city of Istanbul itself, but I was also lucky enough to visit the archaeological site of ancient Troy, frolic through numerous fields of human-sized sunflowers, explore the battlefields of Gallipoli by land and sea and snorkel in the northern beaches of Gallipoli over a shipwreck.
In the months leading up to my European escapade, I was so excited to visit Turkey that I had planned every inch of the adventure down to appropriate outfits. It is no secret that my wardrobe lacks post-knee lengths skirts and dresses, so on my search to find a maxi dress appropriate to the soaring summer weather in Istanbul, when I came across this Stylestalker piece for only $30AUD on eBay it wouldn't be a hyperbole to say that I was quite ecstatic. Not only is it suitcase friendly (weighing only 80 grams and folding up into a pocket-friendly size), but the lightweight material makes it the coolest option in the 30+ degree days I was greeted with in Turkey and the post-knee length makes it appropriate for exploring the various mosques. Teamed with a top that I picked up from Urban Outfitters a few months ago to cover my shoulders and chest, I was ready to explore the Blue Mosque. :)
Wearing: Stylestalker dress, Urban Outfitters top, MNO.Logie clutch, ASOS heels, Michael Kors watch and miscellaneous hairbands that I forgot that I had on but that definitely came in handy later in the day :)