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!
Outfit details: Romwe white faux fur coat, Saint Laurent bag, Katarina Grey top and trousers, Louboutin Pigalle pumps.White was always a color that I would stick to during summers, or Jewish high holidays (like Yom Kippur or Rosh Ha Shana), but that concept has long gone, white is a color I love wearing all year long! What I love about this Romwe faux fur coat (besides the price) is that it fits to perfection, it’s not too heavy or too thick, but still keeps me warm. I have tried on many fax fur coats where they are so bulky I literally feel like a mama bear, and I love that this one is perfectly light but warm and cozy. Here you see how I wear it out for with Louboutin pumps, but I easily wear it with a more casual look with boyfriend jeans and trainers. Hope this inspires your next look, for now Besos from Barcelona and I wish you all a great week!
Who isn’t a fan of chic looks that don’t break the bank? I know I am! Don’t get me wrong every once in a while I do love to indulge in an expensive bag or shoe, one that has been carefully designed and produced. But my closet is still full of (mostly) Zara pieces, Topshop or H&M, which I am sure most of you can relate in one way or another. SheIn was a shop I had heard of, seen countless of Pins on Pinterest, and seen many bloggers wearing, but I never really made the jump to buy anything from them, because let’s be honest we are all animals of habit. So when they reached out to me for a collaboration, I said “SI por favor”, and good thing I did so. As you can see in my previous post, I am wearing their trench coat, and it is Perfection, so is this fringe sweatshirt I am wearing right here. Quality/price speaking, it is a match made in heaven!
Like always when I await garments from brands or online shops I have never shopped from, I am always worried about the fit or the cut, will it look cheap, do I need a Small or a Medium? I was so pleasantly surprised, and instantly in love with their pieces, this sweatshirt instantly brings chic and fun to a casual everyday look, I have worn it way too many times (I am a mom don’t judge, some days there is no time to plan outfits, just work with what you got:) and it looks brand new after washing it it is still as black as the first time I got it.
I hope you enjoy this look, and I totally recommend some shopping time on SheIn.com, especially with Valentine’s Day coming up there are some cute pieces you shouldn’t miss out on! Stay tuned this week for my next Discover Barcelona post…
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…