As I write this post, it has been exactly a month and a week since the birth of our little angel Liel. She has brought so much light and love into our home and hearts, that I truly sound corny but it is absolutely the utter truth. It seems like she has been here forever, like I was pregnant a life time ago, and so much has happened within this past month, but I also think the sleepless nights contribute to my feelings of time expanded, since I am awake during both day and night:) Before Liel’s birth we had a staycation planned at the Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos, they invited to experience a weekend in their fabulous hotel, and to pamper me before the baby arrived. But God’s plan was different, and I went into labor the Tuesday night before that weekend, but I wasn’t about to give up on a weekend of fun for our family and we headed to the hotel two weekends ago and had a fabulous time of course:)I fell in love with the fresh new look of the hotel, those of you who follow me on Instagram and Pinterest are more than aware of my passion for design and especially interior design. I love to always show you guys my favorite spots in the city, and that of course includes hotels! So if you are planning a trip to Barcelona, this Fairmont location is HOT! It has everything from sleek bedrooms, Le Labo goodies, delicious food, pool life with one children’s pool offering fabulous Balinese beds, and a second adult pool! What more can you ask for?
As I am writing this post (two weeks too late), because babygirl Liel has been welcomed to the world:) YES I am officially a mother of two little precious and beautiful girls, and my heart couldn’t be filled with more love than it is right now. But rewind two weeks ago, Treatwell.es and OPI Nail Bar Barcelona decided to celebrate me and babygirl Liel, with a Beauty Baby Shower, filled with sweets, manis, friends and family, I felt loved and spoiled.
For those of you who have experienced pregnancy (and those of you who haven’t) you must know what emocional and sensitive times these are, so when you are surrounded by loved ones, and supportive people it means the world. Which is one of the reasons this pregnancy was so much easier, as well as the fact that I had a toddler to care for, and well my husband travels back and forth from Barcelona to DC for work, so I had zero down time as you can imagine. Which is why when one of my favorite Beauty apps like Treatwell decides to celebrate my baby and me, at O.P.I Nail Bar one of my favorite nail salons in Barcelona, I rejoyce and say YES PLEASE! We had such a fantastic time with the delicious sweets made by the talented Frosting Barcelona, and enjoyed the pampering as you can imagine. I hope you enjoy the photos, and stay tuned for more posts this week, especially the one where I introduce Liel! PS: Follow me on Instagram this weekend so you can view my staycation at the Fairmont Hotel in Barcelona:)
My circle of friends are all quite similar to me in the sense that they are from different backgrounds, grew up all over the world, have moved around cities and countries, and some of the attributes I love about them most is that they are adventurous, open minded, creative, and with what I consider a great eye for beauty. I think it is just natural to gravitate towards people with similar interests, and likes I guess. RYBELO is the beautiful Jewelry brand of a dear friend of mine, we met through a mutual friend when I lived in Madrid for a few months back in 2009! Milena and I instantly clicked, and we also lived shortly in Barcelona at the same time, before I got married and moved to DC. But we have always maintained our friendship, staying in touch and trying to meet whenever we can. She always had exquisite style, and a great eye for design, which is no surprise that she ended up creating her baby RYBELO, and designing beautiful pieces as the ones I am wearing in this post. Her story is truly inspiring, as she left behind a dream job in advertising to pursue a passion, and learned everything about jewelry design from the bottom to the top. I am truly picky when it comes to jewelry, just as I am I guess in everything else, but jewelry is not something I indulte myself often and when I do I like to take my time and research and find the pieces that truly speak to me so I can wear them on a day to day basis to express who I am at the moment. I also now as a mother keep in mind the fact that I will pass it on to my daughters, so I have to find the timeless pieces! With RYBELO I can truly testify that these pieces are not only timeless, but their quality and price are just what we bling addicts need:) I hope you enjoy the pieces I picked to wear and treasure, and do check out the collection it is truly beautiful. So proud of you Milena! Besos
Shirel is wearing Ralph Lauren dress and Stan Smith trainers from Alex and Alexa, I also LOVE these two other dresses in Blue or Pink! GET 15% OFF WHOLE ALEX AND ALEXA SITE WITH THE CODE “AAxGGG” (doesn’t apply to garments on sale) Photography by Charlotte Van Den Berg
I honestly never thought Shirel would be such a girly girl, she doesn’t just love dresses she is absolutely passionate about them! She will point at the ones she loves, will say WOW with sparkly eyes, and will jump up and down with excitement when wearing them:) I think it is so adorable, and I know it is a pase that I want toscherish, because as she will grow older she might turn to other things she is passionate about, and I do hope it is with the same excitement as now. So for now, I enjoy dressing her in these casual and chic looks, like this Ralph Lauren dress, and of course these looks are easy to find on AlexandAlexa.com. I love styling her in a way that brings out her personality, she is like I mentioned a girly girl, but she has that other side to her that is fearless, she sings and dances anywhere, she climbs anything she thinks she can climb, she runs with the wind, and loves jumping from stairs and heights she feels she can take on, which is why these Stan Smith‘s are more than fit for her little feet. Before I leave you to scroll down the photos, I have partnered with Alex and Alexa to offer you all a 15% discount on all ítems (except the ones on sale), just use the CODE “AAxGGG” and you are set! I am sure you will find amazing pieces for your little ones.
There are many a days where I wish I could borrow some of Shirel’s clothes (Is it ok to say I’m jealous of my toddler’s wardrobe?)…and this is one of them!! I really think I need this Stella McCartney dress in an adult size 🙂 I always knew I would enjoy dressing my daughter…I guess I just didn’t realize how much fun it would be!! One of the questions I always get asked is where I shop for Shirel’s wardrobe or what my favorite brands are, and AlexandAlexa.com is my to go to online shop for Shirel. I can find my favorite brands on there, and the best selection in one place! So you can imagine how excited I was about working with them, and styling Shirel with their pieces:) This is the first look (stay tuned for many more, and follow me on Instagram to see previews of the looks & behind the scenes of the shoots Shirel is really fun:), which is this beautiful Stella McCartney dress, style with gold converse and a cool IKKS leather jacket, you can find a similar jacket by GUESS. This dress is absolutely stunning, for a casual look like this one, or for a special occasion like a wedding, styled with pretty ballerina shoes! One thing that made me SO happy, is that when Shirel dropped her ice cream on it I wiped it right away with a wet wipe, and there isn’t a stain in sight! So you can imagine my happiness:) BTW I apologize for the photo overload, but I just couldn’t choose, I love all of them!