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…
It’s almost February??!!! Wasn’t it yesterday that we were celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas yesterday? Can you keep up with time? I know I feel like it’s literally flying by me, maybe it’s because I have a toddler, or maybe because I just got back to Barcelona, Im trying to figure out my schedule which is kind of impossible to do with a little one who needs my constant attention, maybe that’s why time seems to fly?! I tend to get off topic I guess when I put my thoughts down on a post, but going back to Valentine’s Day, my hubby will be joining me in Barcelona, and I can’t wait for him to arrive!
Which is why I am already planning our date night and obviously what I shall be wearing. I’ve been on Inning frenzy to get inspired! So here I share a few of the dresses and an amazing ruffled jumpsuit (by C/meo Collective, which I absolutely love) I found on Asos.com, which I think will be perfect for a romantic date, a mix of sexy and chic pieces that you can wear endlessly after the occasion! I hope you ladies enjoy these, and I do hope that your men will enjoy these looks as well, 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.
I know I have been wearing too much Balmain x H&M lately and maybe you’re all thinking “Enough with this already”, but I can’t help it, I love how the pieces fit, how they look and how they feel oh so chic. So I wore this look for a dinner the other night, and hoping it will inspire some of you ladies to dress up for the weekend, if it is for a dinner or just for drinks a Blazer Dress is a fantastic idea! I do hope you like this sleek look as much as I do, hasta la próxima!