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!
It had been almost 7 years since I had visited Israel, since my engagement with Jeff which was back in 2010 I was exclusively visiting him in the US, or waiting for him to come to Barcelona, and then I moved to the US and we were traveling around there, or back to Barcelona once a year to spend time with my family. So as you can imagine this trip was extra special is so many ways, not having been for so many years, not seeing my extended family since my wedding and some of them way longer (keep in mind both my parents have no joke over 50 cousins, and they all have kids, so picture the scenario), this was also Jeff’s first time and Shirel’s too of course, we had two family weddings to attend plus all the dinner parties that come with the celebrations, we went with all the family (my parents, my brothers and their familias), three cities to see, we stayed in Tel Aviv and visited Ashdod (where I am from) and Jerusalem.
All I can say is WHAT A TRIP! There are no words to describe the amazing feeling of going back to your roots and showing your spouse where you come from, and the deeper connection that is created between the two of us cannot be described. Israel is such a vibrant country, the energy around it is so amazing, and especially in Tel Aviv there is a contagious energy, art, culture, beauty, roughness, softness, poetry in every street and every corner, here is a little bit of our trip told through my iPhone photography! I will be posting more from this trip and giving you tips on what to see and where to go. I hope you enjoy it and to those who follow me on Instagram, you probably recognize these photos and those who followed me on SNAPCHAT @GoodGoodGorgeous got to see the whole trip, so please keep following me or start following because there are more destinations coming up for now Im in Barcelona waiting for Bridal Week which starts next week!
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:)
I am so excited to start this week with a beautiful Monday full of sunshine, and what feels like Spring (even if it is only a limited time, I will embarre it). This week is extra special, because I have teamed up with General Motors as one of their influencers, to drive around their Chevrolet Impala, and show you my favorite DC spots. Today I picked Georgetown, since I wanted to stroll around it’s beautiful streets, enjoy the sunshine, and shop around some of my favorite stores, such as Madewell (since we don’t have it in Spain, but I have just found out they recently started shipping internationally). Driving around all day with my hubby and babygirl, we absolutely fell in love with the car, it is such a smooth ride, really comfortable and spacious inside. At first I didn’t know what to expect, since I have never sat in a Chevrolet (I am from Europe after all), but I couldn’t be happier with this car, and am so excited to keep driving it for the week, with the hopes that the sun will be here to stay! For today’s occasion I chose my favorite basics for this fall, a Madewell basic tee, their super comfy pumps, skinny jeans, Stella McCartney crossbody bag, and Ray Bans of course!
This month back in the US has clown by so quickly, catching up with family and friends in DC, and traveling quite a few to NYC, and suddenly it’s my daughter’s first birthday and my hubby’s 34h birthday (they are a day apart, so he will have princess birthdays as of now for the rest of his life)! Last weekend I did a quick trip to NYC for one of my best friends, she flew in from Geneva, and a few of us Barcelona girls got together for the birthday celebrations! We stayed at the Ace Hotel, which I have to admit has always been one of my favorites (still love it) but the service was not that great as it once was, and the food was quite bad at their restaurant! For the birthday fun, we dined at the Ralph Lauren restaurant, had a few drinks at a Loft in Soho, and ended the night at the Gramercy Hotel! Sorry for not sharing any of those, but when you are having so much fun there is no time to stop and take photos. But here is the look I wore for our Saturday brunch…