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!
Happy New Year to you all! I am sure this week has been a bit slow for everyone trying to shake off all the fun times from these past Holidays, and all the heaviness of amazing food and drinks that we are carrying into this new year! I know I have been a bit slower in everything, except Shirel is going to daycare so that has kept me on somewhat of a schedule. Due to my laziness, I have been wearing basic blacks (even though that happens more often than just the lazy days) my skinny jeans, Burberry leather jacket, and to add a little fun to the look an embroidered Kenzo sweater that adds a bit of a spark to the laid back look. Mind you I was just going to grab a cup of coffee on a Saturday evening:)
2016 is in a few days, I still can’t believe it! Time does fly as they say, I can’t believe my babygirl Shirel is 15 months, this September I will be married 5 years, and I will be 33 and my hubby will turn 35, and I still have a bucket list from before I was supposed to turn 30! Ok you can imagine where my mind is running off to, I will stop it right here, otherwise there will be no end to the madness and anxiety that comes with not having enough time and not being where we thought we would be, right? But I do know that I am blessed with an amazing family, with fantastic friends, the ability to love life, travel and discover new places, health and love, and slowly every year things will get better because I will work to be a better me and in achieving my dreams. For now ley’s go back to the simpler things in life and worry about “what am I wearing for NYE”? kinda questions, so here I share with you one of my looks, wearing this Balmain H&M dress, fax fur coat, over the knee boots, and Saint Laurent bag. Hope you love it as much as I do, Besos from Barcelona.