Eixample 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!
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.
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.
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. Thanks 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:)
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.
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. El 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.
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…
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!
This 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!
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!
Being a mom has taken away my time from planning my looks or digging into my closet to refreshing and surprising myself with garments I had forgotten I own. But this week as I was Pinning away I couldn’t help but be inspired by the countless “Long Coat” looks, from casual to evening, black to camel these girls were giving me long coat envy! And then I remembered that I used to rock my Zara one in my early twenties, when I studied in London. Luckily I still have an intact closet (or a few, thanks to my mom) at my parent’s home, so I took a little trip down memory lane, and as you can see I decided to share with you all my easy two steps for these timeless looks. For the occasion I also chose to photograph these in my neighboorhood and show you one of my favorite getaway parks just a few blocs from my place, and just a view away from Tibidabo. Barcelona has so much history, art and charm that it truly isn’t difficult to be inspired to create and live around beauty.Going back to the looks, let’s start with the center piece a long coat, and all the other garments should be neutral colors of your choice, I went for black and decided to break the color with a little sparkle of grey with this Pinko sweater. Now the only two steps I took to change the looks was my accessories, changing from sneakers to heels, and picking the Valentino bag that transforms from long strap to shorter strap for more of an evening look. Most of us live a busy life, between work or kids, we are always running from one place to another, so even our clothes have to be picked out strategically so we can carry them in a bag or simply pick them out of our closets quick and easy. Therefore transforming our looks in two easy steps from work to evening drinks, or from mommy every day life to evening drinks with the hubby:) I carried these Louboutin’s in a tiny bag, they really are so light, and I picked this bag because I can easily change it with the strap options. I am not saying that you can create these looks only with these brands, but what I am saying is to chose your accesories strategically, whether it is in your next purchase or from within your own wardrobe, pick shoes that are light and you can carry them easily in a bag into your car or your office, pick a bag that can look great for a casual or evening look, usually I go for the small ones because of comfort.