Holiday Vibes in BCN

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Night:

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Spent one wonderful and relaxing weekend in Barcelona, taking a quick short break from school and the hectic schedule. Who like me is not a big fan of choppy breaks? I mean I know I should be thankful I get ANY holidays at all but still, something just doesn’t sit right with me when I had to constantly readjust myself from vacay-Joyce to uni-Joyce (trust me, there is a difference). I absolutely adored Barcelona in the winter. It is not your typical white Christmas from its Northern European neighbors, with snowflakes falling down the windows, and bundled up in front of a fireplace, but the cold Mediterranian wind can still add to the chilly-effect. I personally love when the temperature drops a good 4-5 degrees at night, and the wind swiftly pierced from one stone wall to the other as pedestrians cuddled closer to each other, searching for warmth and comfort. I think winter in Barcelona adds a touch of an enigma to the city compare to the warmer months when the city is flooded with tourists and young hooligans. Winter in Barcelona is like the more reserved and serious side of this city, in other words, mysterious and discreet. My favorite activities include: indulging sweets (Chok donuts, for example), visiting Christmas Market, walk around the city to take in all the festive decors on every street, and enjoying one or two…too many cocktails in a hidden bar in a basement somewhere with dim light and impeccable atmosphere. Can’t think of any other way to spend a Saturday night, to be honest.

 

XO, J.

 

 

Tossa del Mar.

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Beautiful day spent driving along the curves of dreamy Catalonia coastal highway to a quiet hidden beach (required some hike and an adventurous spirit). And I was instantly in love with absolutely everything. The stunning view and tranquility of the surroundings away from busy Barcelona center full of tourists. Needless to say I will be back very soon.

Check out this MAP that shows you all the good beaches to go (I recommend a nice day trip with car) and maybe you will find me there…in my salty hair and glowing flashing skin form that is 🙂

xo, J

 

Barcelona Summer ootd…

As some of you know, I currently live in Spain due to my studies. And usually when I tell my friends or people I’ve encountered from North America this fact about me, the usual questions ensued:

“Why? Do you like it? What is your favorite city in Spain? etc. Although I usually answered with patience and preparation (mainly for the lack of knowledge about this country). I always and probably will forever answer the question with Barcelona.

The first time I visited the city with my sister was during a short winter break. It was one of those mandatory trips just because we studied in Spain, and it turned out to be the best decision we’ve ever made and the best time. I think what really made it special was the energy, the vibe of the city, and most importantly, the people. I mean compare to the rest of Spain, Barcelona is probably not known to be the most laid-back destination, but in comparing with other major cities around the world, it is definitely considered one of the best chill-out city to visit. Two years later, I am well and living in this amazing city. While there are a plethora of blog posts on travel blogs about Barcelona, I think it’s time we acknowledge the more underrated topic – the street style of Barna.

A typical Barcelona girl is unlike any girl that we’ve met. They have the year round perfect tan (not the kind that makes you looked orange), long hair that looks like they’ve always got sea salt spray on the stand-by (but they actually don’t need it), and a quirky yet laid-back way of mixing designer brands and your local designer finds. Talking about espadrilles flatforms, fedoras, a flowy tasseled skirt, some bohemian print item, a cigarette in hand, and you’ve got yourself the girl. They don’t want to stand out too much (because that is too much work comfort is key) but when they do, it is irresistible and trendy. Talk about taking Boho chic all day everyday!

I think the perfect representation of what I just described would be fashion blogger Gala Gonzalez from AMLUL and Instagram influencer Nina Urgell Cloquell. Gala Gonzalez is I would say one of the ogs of fashion blogging (same time as Amiee from Song of Style and Chiara from The Blonde Salad). Hence I’ve followed her for a couple years without even knowing that she is from Spain until I moved here lol. Nina is of a younger generation BUT hey, they both are influential Catalan bloggers here in Barcelona (and worldwide) and they both DJs. Fabulouso much?

Here are some of their street styles I’ve gathered to show you what I mean by being a Barcelona girl. Keep scrolling down!

 

»» Gala’s Summer looks:

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»» Nina’s Summer Looks:

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What do you think of this effortless bohemian Barcelona style? Let me know what you are rocking this summer! xx.

 

With love, J.

 

 

 

 

El Palace – Afternoon Tea.

There is not a better timing to taking some tea on a lazy afternoon during a spring shower, or at least that was my excuse when me and bf marched down the luxurious El Palace hotel for a sweet treat. Located 5-7 minutes walk from the lively Passeig de Gràcia avenue (a main shopping /site-seeing destination for many tourists and locals), El Palace holds its own refinery style with its extravagant interior decor. We were first greeted by the doormen who’s dressed in the most charming uniform and greeted us with big smile, foreshadowing a spectacular view ahead. The first moment entering the lobby, we were stunned by the magnificent decor and details in front of our eyes. It was everything I’ve expected if not more. All of the sudden I was reliving my own Barcelona version of Gossip Girl dream. 

We got seated and menus were presented to us:

The tea is traditional English style (sandwiches, biscuits, cakes) with a hint of French influence (the pastel colors, flower arrangements, etc)

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There is a wide range of selection for tea on the menu to choose from, and you can also order champagne if the mood is right. The service is really attentive, the servers always came around to see if we need any help. I asked them to heat up my tea and they actually just ended up giving me a refill, which was extremely nice.

Out of the 3 layers, we were least impressed with the biscuits but they were still exceptionally delicious. The pastries were such a nice ending to this unforgettable afternoon. To learn more about the menu click link down below:

High Tea Menu

 

If you would like to enjoy a luxurious afternoon in Barcelona and treating your taste bud to an unforgettable symphony of finger foods, definitely make a reservation ahead of time at the El Palace webite!

Cheers!

 

xo, J