Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in the world, each year and especially during summer season the city welcomes a sea of tourists on a daily basis. I am proud to call Barcelona my city, not only because it is such a coveted city, but because I am truly in love with it’s beauty. By beauty I meanall it offers, from it’s architecture, it’s story, the beautiful beaches, mountains (Tibidabo, Montjuic), the weather, it’s restaurants and food, it’s shopping, and especially it’s Hotels that come with amazing rooftops and views of the city! So as you can imagine when I got invited by El Palauet for a staycation in their exclusive hotel, I was SO excited. El Palauet is not your normal hotel that you can stroll into the lobby and have a casual coffee or lunch, it is an exclusive space where you need to be let in after ringing the doorbell, and once you walk in you understand why it is Barcelona’s most unique and beautiful hotel. The building is an art nouveau building with a rooftop spa, El Palauet (original Casa Bonaventura Ferrer) hotel is home to chic centre-city suites with high ceilings, stained glass windows, bright-white furniture, and forty-five original ceilings with ornate moulding designs are listed as historic treasures by the Town Hall of Barcelona. Superb carved-wood doors, mosaic tiles, wrought iron ornamentation, dramatic staircases and the traditional elevator have all been meticulously restored. In an art nouveau building that dates back to 1906, each artistically designed suite also comes with a personal assistant with intimate knowledge of all of Barcelona’s barrios. The experience was just amazing, I have stayed in many hotels in Barcelona and while traveling, but this suite just took my breath away, I truly felt like it wasn’t just a hotel, but I could easily live in this suite, I mean wouldn’t we all want to? If you are planning a trip to Barcelona and are looking for that special experience El Palauet is without a doubt the perfect choice, it’s location is super, as it is right on Paseo de Gracia and Diagonal, not too far from Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, and Casa Batllo! Let me know if you have any other questions regarding Barcelona, and I can help you plan your trip, until then enjoy these pictures and remember El Palauet is definitely Barcelona’s best kept secret.
I am so delighted to work with Dove Hair on their #LoveYourHair campaign, not only because I have used their products ever since I am a little girl, starting with their skincare products, and probably every deodorant they have in the market (I swear by their deodorant, and will not travel anywhere without packing at least 2 of them), but because I love the empowering messages they always send to us women and the next generations of women to come. Which is why I (as you can imagine) I was so excited when I received the email, inviting me to be part of this beautiful and inspiring campaign. When it comes to my hair I have always considered myself lucky, I have inherited my dad’s Georgian thick and wavy hair, it is not fully straight nor completely wavy, and it took me a while to understand that it is a combination of beauty, but I have always loved it. Wherever I went as a little girl I remember my hair being the center of attention and people would always comment on it and honestly not much has changed it is still a conversation that pops up whenever I am with girlfriends or in other social circles, we always somehow end up discussing our hair.
As a little girl I had long hair and my mother would braid it in all different types of styles, she would never cut it, and it was dark blonde until I was probably 10, and suddenly it changed into a dark brown. As my teenage years approached I decided to go back to my early childhood blonde days, and ever since I have been hooked, there were times where I thought I should go back to my natural color because I should be proud of it, and not hide it with a “fake” color as that is a message I kept hearing from people, but with the years I have come to love it and feel it is more natural to me than any other color I have tried (including my natural dark brown). I love the light it brings to my skin, and how it makes my green eyes stand out more, so why should I care if some people call it fake? We are constantly told what the norm of beautiful hair is or should be and at times it might be challenging to silence those messages, but I believe we all have our own norm of beautiful hair, nobody should tell us women what is or isn’t beautiful to us. The way we choose to wear our hair is a personal statement, and a powerful one to each one of us, which is why I think we should treat it with kindness and love, just as we do to our body and skin. I never realized how much my hair meant to me, until after my pregnancy when I started losing a lot of my hair, it was dry and dull no matter what products I used, and it took forever to grow back to what it was. In a way I felt like I wasn’t myself because my hair had completely changed, I suddenly felt like I was robbed of something so natural to me, which might seem dramatic to some or not as important as other issues, but that is how it felt to me in that moment.
That is why Dove’s #LoveYourHair campaign is so close to my heart, I love the mission and message behind it which is to make every woman feel good about her hair and love it no matter what color, texture or style they choose for themselves. To show the love I have for my strands, I have partnered with Dove Hair on their Pinterest campaign so I can share with you all my favorite hairstyles to wear all year round, you can see my braided top knot, long wavy bun, and Brigitte Bardot inspired hair! All of this is on their Mermaid Hair Goals board, so make sure you check it out! Dove’s #LoveYourHair message is loud and clear, if you love your natural hair without blowouts or extensions in your natural color, own it and show it, and if you have curly hair and love to straighten it, or if you are Asian and wanna go blonde, go for it! Nobody should tell us what is right or wrong about how we wear our hair, it is all about how we feel wearing it the way we love it. Check out Dove Hair’s short film, where women share the societal pressures they face for choosing a certain color or style, with Dove Hair’s message that it is time to celebrate all types of hair and broaden the definition of beautiful hair by celebrating all the types of hair. I hope each one of you will celebrate their beautiful hair no matter how you choose to wear it!
This train station holds many memories for me, specifically going back to 1993 when we moved from Barcelona to Antwerp, and we traveled with the train to Paris and from Paris to Antwerp. I will never forget my mom took me and my brothers to Zara and bought us all new outfits so we could be well dressed on the train, see my mom would always shop new outfits for us whenever we would travel anywhere, and that has stuck with me into my adulthood. And so here I am again at the same spot wearing an all Zara outfit, and yet so much has changed. I find it so amazing, and I don’t take it for granted because I am used to moving countries and cities ever since I am a little girl, some would say I am a Nomad and I would say probably so, and I love it. The thrill that comes with discovering new places, meeting new people, feeling out of place seeing things from another perspective, taking yourself out of your comfort zone, that is what life is about (to me). If you or anyone you know is planning a trip to Barcelona and would like to experience the city with my private tour, feel free to email me, firstname.lastname@example.org and I will personalize the tour with your likes and interests, so you can get the best out of this spectacular city! I will show you all the hidden gems that us locals know about, take you to try out the best tapas, cavas, get the best shopping experience and anything your heart desires! Besos and hope you enjoy this look as much as I do!
When it comes to brand’s I tend to find the ones I love and stick to them, because of their designs, quality and fit, and naturally the same happens with Shirel. As she grows up I have figured out which brands I love dressing her in, for different occasions of course. Monnalisa is one brand I hold dear to my heart, and it all started with my nieces, and watching my mom and their mom dress them in Monnalisa. Their quality is just inarguable, their designs are made with the princess and fairytale inspiration in mind but it always has touches of fun to it. I can honestly say all their pieces that Shirel has been wearing ever since she was a tiny baby (over and over again) still look brand new, I send her with their leggings and shirts to daycare from time to time, and after a wash they still come out looking brand new. For us moms that’s amazing, considering we have to wash their clothes constantly, and I do have cheaper pieces of course from H&M, Zara or C&A, which I also love but I know that I can’t exect them to look brand new after even their first wash (although I must admit C&A kills it on that regard, love their quality/price, but thats for another post). I love Monnalisa’s dresses, especially for special moments such as weddings, birthdays, or just for an evening out, but they also have such beautiful details on every piece from the materials they use, to the buttons, always adorned with a sparkle or pearls, their headbands are one of my obsessions, and Shirel actually leaves them on which is Huge! That is why I am delighted to share with you guys, that I have partnered with Monnalisa Barcelona, and Shirel will be dressed in their collections and we will share with you frequently their amazing designs, and my favorite pieces of their collections of course. Feel free to ask me any questions, email me, or leave your comments anything you would love to know, as I know that dressing our kids can be a bit tricky sometimes, but I would love to help you out with what I can!
Let’s be honest we all daydream of the moment we can get away and get a facial, or a massage, or just get our nails done! But we are all caught up in the day to day routines, work, kids (for those of us who are moms), family, friends, workout, cook, and so many other factors that take up our time. That is why when I received the invitation from Treatwell.es to get pampered I could not say no, I gladly awaited the minute I dropped off Shirel at her aunt and uncle’s place, and me I got to go to Skin Inc with the Treatwell team and Luisa from Una Tal Luisa. The evening started out with fresh vegan treats shipped in from Palma de Mallorca (amazing), with delicious fresh juices, then we each received our personal skin diagnosis by one of the specialists, followed by a session of product recommendations depending on our individual skin needs and issues.
I loved every minute, it was so informative, and eye opening, I learned that I don’t just blush in a cute way, I actually have mild rosacea and a tendency to get blemishes from the sun (it all started during pregnancy, I literally had a dark line above my lip, some would call it a moustache). So I was advised to not drink that much coffee and if I do to make it decaf, because caffeine triggers rosacea even more, of course to protect my skin from the sun always wearing sunblock and not exposing my skin to the sun in high peak hours, to stay hydrated by drinking as much water as possible, and of course treat my skin with the right care and products. Skin Inc’s products feature highly concentrated, pure and active serums and innovative skincare from Japan.
But what I love most about their products is that they contain 0% added scents and parabens, and right away I could feel that on my skin, my skin tenis to get irritante easily if the product is not gentle. So after learning all about their products, like their Pure Revival Peel or Pure UV Protect (my favorite ones), I was treated to their super star treatment which is the Oxy Miracle Peel, to help my skin breathe again, and NO JOKE that was the best thing I have ever done for my skin and I made a pact with myself to go back on a monthly basis and pamper my skin with this heavenly treatment.