For the countless many suffering from chronic wanderlust, the Drifting Nomad (a.k.a. Francesca) might offer a cure. The native Peruvian gallivants with great style around her new hometown, Madrid, documenting the good life with warm, sun-kissed photography.

The Drifting Nomad’s joie de vivre is hard to ignore. We couldn’t help but ask about how her blog came about and how she defines her personal style. Of course, we also had to get the dish on her favorite haunts in the Spanish capital. ¡Vámanos!

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What inspired you to start the this blog?
I always carry a notebook in which I write random thoughts that come to mind and sketch outfit inspirations I see in the streets, so I started my blog as a place where I could put everything I had noted. I wanted to document my daily outfits, what I liked, places I loved, my travels and everything that caught my eye.  At first, I wasn’t  interested in sharing my thoughts with anyone, so it started off as a “personal” diary.  As I started discovering new blogs and fashion platforms, I realized there was an entire world of people who shared similar interests and that is when Drifting Nomad started developing its own personality and journey.

How would you describe your personal aesthetic?
It’s a juxtaposition of all the different places I have lived in throughout my life, mirroring my unique culture, open mind and personality.

What is your most coveted item in your closet?
White t-shirts, leather or jean jackets and loafers. All essential basics, they match with absolutely anything and can dress up or down any look.

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What items are at the top of your holiday wish list?
Key pieces to any woman’s wardrobe, some of which may never go out of style: moto leather like these Current/Elliott leather pants, this Theory jacketChloé and Balenciaga boots, perfect handbags like the Givenchy Antigona tote in black and Proenza Schouler’s PS1 in fun colors and textures. These all exude simplicity—the perfect touch to complete any outfit.

Take us on your tour of Madrid! Where must we go?
You can’t miss Lateral. Bar Tomate is another one of my favorites as well as La Mucca, La Gabinoteca and Pipa & Co. Brunch at Murillo Cafe, Lunch at Magasand or Panela & Co., coffee and cake at Mama Framboise. A nice dinner at Ten con Ten, endless Spanish tortilla de patatas at Flash Flash, cupcakes at Cream bakery, drinks at Whitby, Tartan Roof, Vintage 56 or Casa Mono are all on my list of haunts. Take a friend to share some truffle pizza on the second floor at Il salotto and then try the best cheesecake in Madrid at Válgame Dios. For a treat, get your nails done at My Little Momo, or get some eyelash extensions with Alba at Lashes & Go. I really could go on forever!

If you could have lunch with any Barneys New York designer, who would it be?
I would probably say Phillip Lim or Alexander Wang. More than lunch, I’d love to go for some cocktails at Raines Law Room and chat the night away. I’d hope that their effortless perfection and  coolness would somehow stick to me from just hours of talking! I’d ask what a day in their life looks like, how they got where they are now, what inspires them, and for any advice or suggestion on how to follow in their footsteps.

If you were accidentally locked in Barneys New York overnight, what would we find you wearing in the morning?

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