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Back to my roots, Israel

Tel AvivIt had been almost 7 years since I had visited Israel, since my engagement with Jeff which was back in 2010 I was exclusively visiting him in the US, or waiting for him to come to Barcelona, and then I moved to the US and we were traveling around there, or back to Barcelona once a year to spend time with my family. So as you can imagine this trip was extra special is so many ways, not having been for so many years, not seeing my extended family since my wedding and some of them way longer (keep in mind both my parents have no joke over 50 cousins, and they all have kids, so picture the scenario), this was also Jeff’s first time and Shirel’s too of course, we had two family weddings to attend plus all the dinner parties that come with the celebrations, we went with all the family (my parents, my brothers and their familias), three cities to see, we stayed in Tel Aviv and visited Ashdod (where I am from) and Jerusalem.Tel AvivTel AvivIMG_8978Tel Aviv

All I can say is WHAT A TRIP! There are no words to describe the amazing feeling of going back to your roots and showing your spouse where you come from, and the deeper connection that is created between the two of us cannot be described. Israel is such a vibrant country, the energy around it is so amazing, and especially in Tel Aviv there is a contagious energy, art, culture, beauty, roughness, softness, poetry in every street and every corner, here is a little bit of our trip told through my iPhone photography! I will be posting more from this trip and giving you tips on what to see and where to go. I hope you enjoy it and to those who follow me on Instagram, you probably recognize these photos and those who followed me on SNAPCHAT @GoodGoodGorgeous got to see the whole trip, so please keep following me or start following because there are more destinations coming up for now Im in Barcelona waiting for Bridal Week which starts next week! Tel AvivShenkin Tel Aviv FullSizeRender_1My loveMy lovesTel Aviv Beach

Discover Barcelona, Katarina Grey and Wer-Haus Concept Store

Outfit details, Katarina Grey blouse and trousers, Saint Laurent bag, Louboutin pumpsPhotography by Charlotte Van Den Berg

Katerina GreyEixample is the neighbourhood that personally to me screams out Barcelona in the most charming way, and of course it is where Paseo de Gracia is, and a few of Gaudi’s most marvellous pieces of art. It is a mixture of old and new Barcelona, transportan you to it’s origins with Markets, neighbourhood bars, stores, and needless to say it’s amazing architecture. Yet on the other hand you can find modern boutiques with up and coming designers, new restaurants with the most intricate interior designs, and spaces such as my new favourite chill out spot Wer-Haus. A space with a men’s shop, a coffee shop, and a little art gallery, all designed to minimalist perfection. I know I keep finding new places where I say that their coffee is amazing, but honestly the coffee here is fantastic, and I happen to have friends who are as passionate about coffee as much as I am so that helps when they tell me where to go! For this occasion as you can see I decided to dress up (with Louboutin’s for a business meeting, and then I dressed it down with white kickz for Wer-Haus chill out) in a little Spring look by Katarina Grey my favorite Barcelona designer, she is so talented and sweet which makes for the perfect combination. She is from Barcelona, but studied at Parsons, and I got to attend her first NYFW show a few years ago, and all I can say is I was in awe back then and I am even more in awe right now! When you enter her world you will never want to leave, it is filled with dramas, beauty and power, and that is all I feel when I wear her magical piece, please check her out and stay tuned as I will be sharing more of her collection, especially for wedding style because wedding season is just around the corner!

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Discover Barcelona, Arco del Triunfo

Street style Barcelona

What I’m wearing: SheInside Trench Coat $24, Daniel Wellington Watch, Stella McCartney faux python skin bag, 7 For All Mankind, Pull & Bear kicks similar here.

Photography by Charlotte Van Den Berg 

It was 1987 when we moved from Israel to Barcelona and I was 4 years old, today I am 32 so you do the math:) I am talking about a Barcelona when no one spoke English, a city that seemed despite it’s sunshine grey and abandoned, almost like a forgotten city, still it kept all it’s charm and beauty! As some of you may know, being a foreigner (in any city/country) far away from your own culture, mentality, without speaking the language with no papers and no support system whatsover is not easy by any means! For that and endless reasons more I am so proud of my parents and my family not only for who they are, but for being strong and always fighting to make it and to be triumphant at everything they work so hard for. Barcelona is where I call home, my family has really seen many struggles in this city, but on the other hand we have experienced so many priceless and happy moments in this city, which is why I call it home, because to me home is where you have good and bad life experiences that have shaped you in a positive way in becoming the person you are today.Barcelona, Arco del Triunfo

On the blog I have always kept quite private, giving you glimpses of my personal life, and sharing some aspects of my private life here and there, and not quite opening up. The reason is because I have always been quite personal about my private life, and I never liked to share too much, but as time has passed by and I have exposed more and more of my life through social media especially I feel much more at ease now, and treat it like my life diary which I find absolutely liberating in a way.

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Throughout the years we lived in (almost) every neighbourhood in this city, from Paralelo, to Gracia, Eixample and finally settled in Sant Gervasi, which is why I believe I have an even stronger tie to this city, as if I have experienced it’s many colors and flavours. Growing up here surrounded by all these larger than life monuments and art all around me was many times a way to escape the harsh reality at the time. My mother loved taking us to Plaza Catalunya, Plaza Espanya to see the amazing fountains at night, or right here to Arco del Triunfo and then we would walk down to La Ciutadella (one the city’s most beautiful park) to spend the afternoons playing and running around. Today I have chosen to shoot my look right here, because I wanted to share this magical place with you all, so whenever you do decide to visit Barcelona or if you live here you should visit it, to be inspired by it’s strength, to know that no matter what you are strong, you will come out victorious whatever your struggle in life.Daniel Wellington Watch Daniel Wellington WatchThanks to my mother my brothers and I love art, music, dance and culture she has taught me to appreciate it in every form, and that it is so deeply rooted in our culture (my parents are Georgian from the country Georgia once part of the Soviet Union). But my background deserves a whole other post, and actually explaining my childhood and all the places I have grown up deserves another one, which is why I have decided to (soon, I will keep you posted) start posting videos on my YouTube channel so you can all get to know me a little better. Feel free to write on the comments section anything you’d like to know about me, any questions you might have I would absolutely love to answer them and start a conversation! Besos and thank you:)Barcelona street styleBarcelona street styleBarcelona street styleDaniel Wellington WatchBarcelona street StyleBarcelona street styleArco del Triunfo

Discover Barcelona, El Born (Part 2)

Where to eat amazing Tapas in Barcelona!

Photography by Charlotte Van Den Berg

As promised here is my second part of this El Born series, I wanted to show you more of this charming neighboorhood like Casa Delfin, an absolutely delightful little restaurant in el Paseo del Born, where you can enjoy anything from delicious tapas to a tasty cafe con leche. If you read my previous post, you would know how in love I am with this part of town because it is where me and Jeff used to spend most of our time in our young lovebirds phase! We used to have dinner dates, or just stroll around and discover cool new designers and boutiques. Like this one I just discovered now, called Blended, where you can find vintage pieces or unique pieces from up and coming designers. Where to have the best Tapas in BarcelonaShopping in Barcelona

A few years ago when I was trying to parchase a Polaroid (this was probably 6 or 7 years ago) I went in search of this hidden Polaroid store in El Borne, and when I walked into it I was absolutely amazed, that they could have this insano selection! The other day when I walked into it I felt the exacto same way, so if you happen to be in Barcelona and would like to snap Polaroids of the city this is your to go to. Polaroid Store BarcelonaPolaroid store BarcelonaBarcelona StyleEl Borne has plenty of hotels and accomodations, but these two have always caught my eye becasue of their charm, their interior design and well Hotel Banys Orientals was one of the first hotels you could find in this neighborhood. Below you can see the lobby of Chic & Basic Born.

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Barcelona’s health scene is taking over with dedal speed, and Teresa Carles is one of the main faces of this health evolution, with quite a few locations such as Flax & Kale (keep in mind not many places here serve kale or know of kale unlike the US where Kale has life of it’s own;), Teresa’s Stairway, and of course Teresa’s Juicery, right in the heart of El Born you can get cold-pressed juices, healthy salad bowls and plenty of healthy deliciousness while you are discovering the city. I love all their places, the food is so fresh, delicious and their menus have an inevitable variety, not to mention their interior design is ON POINT, their Flax & Kale location is a world I love getting lost in! In their words “Eat better, Be happier, Live longer” and I leave you with that note, till my next Barcelona post! Besos…

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Discover Barcelona, El Borne (Part 1)

Barcelona El Born

Shop what I’m wearing, Adidas Original’s or similar heredistressed denim, long blazer or long black coat, Chanel bag similar model, in Chanel black or yellow! Photography by Charlotte Van Den Berg

Hola! As some of you might be aware, especially if you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t por favor do:) I am back in Barcelona, and have been here for the past month and a half. Since I left in 2011, this city of mine keeps changing and evolving, and every time I come back and spend a few weeks or a few months I just re-discover the city all over again. So I thought why not share it with all of you, and take you on my own private tours of the city’s neighborhoods, where I share my favorite spots, or new places I discovered, or simply places that friends have recommended me about. I usually get one or two emails every week, of friends or friends of friends saying they’re planning a trip to Barcelona and where would I recommend them to stay, or visit, or dine, and I know we have so much information online and on apps, travel guides, etc but it is sometimes a bit overwhelming to filter through all of that information, so I thought for those of you who know me and those who don’t as well I would love to share my Barcelona with you all! To help me with this I have taken on board of this Barcelona ride the most talented photographer and friend Charlotte Van Den Berg!

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Barcelona GoodGood Gorgeous guideBarcelona GoodGood Gorgeous guideThis first tour is of El Born (in Catalan) known as El Borne in Spanish. I chose to start with this charming neighbourhood, because it is where I spent most of my early to mid twenties and have beautiful memories that I made with my husband (then boyfriend) and friends. I lived in London for four years where I went to University, and when I returned to Barcelona I was 22, and El Born had suddenly become the hot spot once a forgotten corner of Barcelona suddenly had the coolest bars, chutes restaurants, charming boutiques and all the young cool kids were to be found. Not much has changed I must say, it still has the same vibe (Im just older haha)! If you are looking for a part of the city that isn’t as crowded as Las Ramblas or as comercial as Paseo de Gracia then this is the place for you. Here is a little preview of some of my favorite places to see in El Born, stay tuned for the second part of my El Born guide coming up,I will be sharing my favorite store, restaurants to go to, and hotels to stay in! I hope you enjoy this little preview!Barcelona Guide, GoodGood GorgeousBarcelona guide, GoodGood GorgeousBarcelona, El BornBarcelona, El Born

Cafés El Magnífico, an iconic coffee spot of Barcelona, if you are a coffee addict you should definitely plan a break from sight seeing right here!Barcelona guide, GoodGood GorgeousCafés el Magnifico, BarcelonaBarcelona guide, GoodGood GorgeousBarcelona guide, GoodGood GorgeousAdidas Original