Last weekend was probably the hottest it’s been since we have been back in DC, and don’t get me wrong it’s been extremely steamy, but I could not have had a better refuge with my hubby and Shirel, than the Fairmont Hotel in Georgetown. When I was first invited to stay at the hotel and experience their newly renovated Gold Floor and Gold Lounge, I was actually in Barcelona, but I made sure to let them know that once I would be back in DC I would love to stay at their beautiful hotel. Little did I know that the Gold Lounge at the Fairmont, equals absolute heaven! They re-designed the whole floor, including the bedrooms and the Gold Lounge, and we absolutely fell in love. Everything we experienced in the hotel was purely delightful, the service could not have been more excellent, the rooms are beautifully designed, so clean, and cozy, with warm colors and complete silence which is what I need when I am staying at a hotel. The bathroom shower has a rain shower, which made me wanna take never ending showers, their soaps and lotions were probably one of the best I have had in a hotel (except Hotel Arts in Barcelona, where they had Aqua di Parma, tough to compete with that one), and the BED I must’ve told my husband a hundred times that I want a bed just like that:) Since we couldn’t go anywhere due to the horrid heat, we just lounged at the Gold Lounge, and the food was just unbelievable, as a guest you get breakfast included, drinks and snack all day, at 5pm they bring out hors d’oeuvres, and at 8pm the desserts come out. What is even better is that every day was a different theme, the first evening it was Spanish style with a sea food Paella and all shorts of cheeses, the second day it was Asian food, Duck buns, Dim Sum, and Sushi, and on Sunday it was American style with a barbecue inspired theme, mini hotdogs, mini burgers, coleslaw, and corn. It wasn’t just delicious, it was so fresh, all their fruits and vegetables, it felt like I was back in Europe. I honestly cannot remember the last time I ate so much, and anyone who knows me knows that I love food but I have a small belly which makes me get full quite easily, but here it was just stretching by the minute, and I enjoyed every moment. It goes without saying that every detail in the hotel is so well thought, the employees are just wonderful, always ready to help, with a simple on their face, which doesn’t always happen when you have a toddler running around touching everything throwing things, you know being a kid. This weekend at the Fairmont is just what we needed, a little family staycation, filled with delicious food, and a relaxing ambience. Stay tuned as I will be sharing more from this stay, I shot a few Fall looks at the hotel in partnership with Shop Lynn Louisa, and I cannot wait to share them.
Photography by Yvonne Rock
If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t please follow me, I promise to keep it as interesting as I can), you know that I am back in DC, and have been back for almost a month now! I took a mini break from social media and everything online because I always need those breaks to just enjoy the moment without being glued to my phone, and the online world! Jeff Shirel and I have been enjoying time with friends we hadn’t seen in a while, with family and simply our very own family time back in the US. See for someone like me born in the 80’s social media hasn’t always been in my life, for us it is something we watched happen and develop into a phenomenon right in front of our eyes, from having no phone until I was 16, to suddenly being able to have my whole life on this tiny screen it is a big change. Don’t get me wrong I love social media, my iPhone, the internet and the whole package, but I do need breaks from time to time to re-energyze, connect with myself and others around me, and of course for me as a mother it is a huge factor to not let my daughter grow up seeing me giving my devoted attention to my gadgets, because it is very true that kids learn by example. I know I am just going on and on about this but I just thought I would share with you all the reason I am not as active on the blog or on social media, because as a mother I have learned to take a few steps back! Not only with social media with shopping as well, but when I do find the right pieces I LOVE sharing it with you all, like this Zara dress! I bought it before flying to Ibiza in early July (that’s another post that will be coming up soon), and honestly I am going on to the 30th day of almost exclusively wearing this dress (Yes I do wash it over and over, and it still looks brand new). It is so comfortable, and so perfect for the steamy heat of DC, and it has the off the shoulder detail which is definitely my favorite trend for this summer (and probably for the rest of my summers). So if you are looking for that chic yet casual every day dress this is the one, and if you can’t find your size at Zara here is a great similar option for you ladies on Romwe.com! Besos and feel free to leave your comments here regarding the dress, or social media, or anything that feel like saying!
Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in the world, each year and especially during summer season the city welcomes a sea of tourists on a daily basis. I am proud to call Barcelona my city, not only because it is such a coveted city, but because I am truly in love with it’s beauty. By beauty I meanall it offers, from it’s architecture, it’s story, the beautiful beaches, mountains (Tibidabo, Montjuic), the weather, it’s restaurants and food, it’s shopping, and especially it’s Hotels that come with amazing rooftops and views of the city! So as you can imagine when I got invited by El Palauet for a staycation in their exclusive hotel, I was SO excited. El Palauet is not your normal hotel that you can stroll into the lobby and have a casual coffee or lunch, it is an exclusive space where you need to be let in after ringing the doorbell, and once you walk in you understand why it is Barcelona’s most unique and beautiful hotel. The building is an art nouveau building with a rooftop spa, El Palauet (original Casa Bonaventura Ferrer) hotel is home to chic centre-city suites with high ceilings, stained glass windows, bright-white furniture, and forty-five original ceilings with ornate moulding designs are listed as historic treasures by the Town Hall of Barcelona. Superb carved-wood doors, mosaic tiles, wrought iron ornamentation, dramatic staircases and the traditional elevator have all been meticulously restored. In an art nouveau building that dates back to 1906, each artistically designed suite also comes with a personal assistant with intimate knowledge of all of Barcelona’s barrios. The experience was just amazing, I have stayed in many hotels in Barcelona and while traveling, but this suite just took my breath away, I truly felt like it wasn’t just a hotel, but I could easily live in this suite, I mean wouldn’t we all want to? If you are planning a trip to Barcelona and are looking for that special experience El Palauet is without a doubt the perfect choice, it’s location is super, as it is right on Paseo de Gracia and Diagonal, not too far from Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, and Casa Batllo! Let me know if you have any other questions regarding Barcelona, and I can help you plan your trip, until then enjoy these pictures and remember El Palauet is definitely Barcelona’s best kept secret.
I am so delighted to work with Dove Hair on their #LoveYourHair campaign, not only because I have used their products ever since I am a little girl, starting with their skincare products, and probably every deodorant they have in the market (I swear by their deodorant, and will not travel anywhere without packing at least 2 of them), but because I love the empowering messages they always send to us women and the next generations of women to come. Which is why I (as you can imagine) I was so excited when I received the email, inviting me to be part of this beautiful and inspiring campaign. When it comes to my hair I have always considered myself lucky, I have inherited my dad’s Georgian thick and wavy hair, it is not fully straight nor completely wavy, and it took me a while to understand that it is a combination of beauty, but I have always loved it. Wherever I went as a little girl I remember my hair being the center of attention and people would always comment on it and honestly not much has changed it is still a conversation that pops up whenever I am with girlfriends or in other social circles, we always somehow end up discussing our hair.
As a little girl I had long hair and my mother would braid it in all different types of styles, she would never cut it, and it was dark blonde until I was probably 10, and suddenly it changed into a dark brown. As my teenage years approached I decided to go back to my early childhood blonde days, and ever since I have been hooked, there were times where I thought I should go back to my natural color because I should be proud of it, and not hide it with a “fake” color as that is a message I kept hearing from people, but with the years I have come to love it and feel it is more natural to me than any other color I have tried (including my natural dark brown). I love the light it brings to my skin, and how it makes my green eyes stand out more, so why should I care if some people call it fake? We are constantly told what the norm of beautiful hair is or should be and at times it might be challenging to silence those messages, but I believe we all have our own norm of beautiful hair, nobody should tell us women what is or isn’t beautiful to us. The way we choose to wear our hair is a personal statement, and a powerful one to each one of us, which is why I think we should treat it with kindness and love, just as we do to our body and skin. I never realized how much my hair meant to me, until after my pregnancy when I started losing a lot of my hair, it was dry and dull no matter what products I used, and it took forever to grow back to what it was. In a way I felt like I wasn’t myself because my hair had completely changed, I suddenly felt like I was robbed of something so natural to me, which might seem dramatic to some or not as important as other issues, but that is how it felt to me in that moment.
That is why Dove’s #LoveYourHair campaign is so close to my heart, I love the mission and message behind it which is to make every woman feel good about her hair and love it no matter what color, texture or style they choose for themselves. To show the love I have for my strands, I have partnered with Dove Hair on their Pinterest campaign so I can share with you all my favorite hairstyles to wear all year round, you can see my braided top knot, long wavy bun, and Brigitte Bardot inspired hair! All of this is on their Mermaid Hair Goals board, so make sure you check it out! Dove’s #LoveYourHair message is loud and clear, if you love your natural hair without blowouts or extensions in your natural color, own it and show it, and if you have curly hair and love to straighten it, or if you are Asian and wanna go blonde, go for it! Nobody should tell us what is right or wrong about how we wear our hair, it is all about how we feel wearing it the way we love it. Check out Dove Hair’s short film, where women share the societal pressures they face for choosing a certain color or style, with Dove Hair’s message that it is time to celebrate all types of hair and broaden the definition of beautiful hair by celebrating all the types of hair. I hope each one of you will celebrate their beautiful hair no matter how you choose to wear it!
This train station holds many memories for me, specifically going back to 1993 when we moved from Barcelona to Antwerp, and we traveled with the train to Paris and from Paris to Antwerp. I will never forget my mom took me and my brothers to Zara and bought us all new outfits so we could be well dressed on the train, see my mom would always shop new outfits for us whenever we would travel anywhere, and that has stuck with me into my adulthood. And so here I am again at the same spot wearing an all Zara outfit, and yet so much has changed. I find it so amazing, and I don’t take it for granted because I am used to moving countries and cities ever since I am a little girl, some would say I am a Nomad and I would say probably so, and I love it. The thrill that comes with discovering new places, meeting new people, feeling out of place seeing things from another perspective, taking yourself out of your comfort zone, that is what life is about (to me). If you or anyone you know is planning a trip to Barcelona and would like to experience the city with my private tour, feel free to email me, email@example.com and I will personalize the tour with your likes and interests, so you can get the best out of this spectacular city! I will show you all the hidden gems that us locals know about, take you to try out the best tapas, cavas, get the best shopping experience and anything your heart desires! Besos and hope you enjoy this look as much as I do!