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

 

Reflection Time.

Since coming to Spain and having to live here (due to my studies), I’ve lost a few people along the way, the so called “friends” that would always hit me up randomly to check up on me or to simply to lurk. It’s interesting to learned that as soon as people found out I was no longer pursuing fashion or art (for now) they gradually disappeared out of my life. It fact, what I do no longer interest them. All of the sudden it isn’t “cool” enough and I’ve lost the value to what they deemed was important or interesting about me. This really showed me who the real ones are and who gon’ be there through thick and thins. That being said, I need to acknowledge that it can be confusing for some people (sometimes including myself) because there was a time in my life that part of me really shined (I was voted the most likely to be in Vogue by the entire senior class in High School). I was creative, I had pink ombre mermaid hair and various other colors. I wore spiky high heels to school 4/5 days, and it all seemed like just the beginning of a fashion career that is going to take me far and take me to where I wanted to be (at least the people who voted for me believed in this too).

However, despite being artsy in high school, I also entered science competitions and participated in various science clubs throughout the four years, which I think was something that even myself often overlooked. Ultimately what I’m studying now and the career path I chose as the bread winning tool had little to do with a high fashion magazine, I’m still very proud of my decision of becoming a dentist. I think some people often undermine the fact that jobs in the medical field usually required extensive studies, dedication and hard work. Sometimes you failed miserably and sometimes sleep is not even an option. I’ve grown a new found respect for people who dedicated their lives to relentlessly studied medicine and literally saving lives by enriching, extending, and updating their medical knowledge. Not going to lie I have days where I struggled hardcore and questioned myself WHY DID I chose this life for me, but it is from those grappling and clenching movements where we improved the most and continue to strive to become the better version of ourselves.

I guess my point is, we shouldn’t put people in boxes and categorize them based on one singular characteristic about them. I used to put myself in a box and told myself that “I’m this person, therefore ____ is not for me”. But the truth is we are all multi-dimensional and we all have the potential within us to explore the different parts of us and become better at fields that we choose to craft. We shouldn’t limit ourselves and others, in fact we should encourage each other to step outside of the comfort zone and try out something new, even as risky as a career for the rest of our lives. Hence why I decided to commit myself to this blog. It is a platform where I let my artistic/fashion creativity flows, a space where I get to document my life and travels, and last but not the least, it serves as a living proof to myself and others that just because I chose dentistry, doesn’t mean I gave up on art/fashion IN LIFE. I still love it and is deeply passionate about it as I’ve always been. I do realized this is more lengthy than my usual visual-heavy posts, I hope it is not too tiresome to read and digest.

 

Let me know if your thoughts and comments, or if you are/were in a similar situation!

 

Love, J

Desert gal.

Desert gal.

 

This outfit is probably the closest thingy I will ever get for Coachella. It’s not the most practical look for the real desert life, but chic enough to please the photographers present at the festivals.

Halter top
€275 – bleuclothing.com

Elina Linardaki platform sandals
€260 – forwardbyelysewalker.com

Tommy Hilfiger crossbody bag
€82 – macys.com

GUESS ring
€23 – guess.com

Urban Outfitters inspirational quotes wall art
€18 – urbanoutfitters.com

Typography wall art
€45 – etsy.com

Diary from Peñíscola.

I have to admit – I am guilty of committing to spontaneous decision for weekend getaways, regardless of going out of Spain to other countries or simply taking a train hour away to another pueblo. What can I say? The wanderlust is REAL. In this particular case, it only took a hour of googling, two hours of convincing, making a check list and some collective packing here and there, a day later I was on my way. I had the opportunity to travel to Peñíscola, a beautiful beach town/province located in the Valencia community. The breathtaking ocean view of Costa del Azahar was what made it feels instantly a Mediterranean holiday. 

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La Casa de las Conchas – House of Seashells

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The beautiful Peniscola beach

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Dios Esta Bien hostel.

The hostel we chose for the stay had the coziest terrace space, tastiest breakfast, and quite possibly one of the best coffee I’ve ever had in Spain thus far. Centrally located and walking distance from everything Peniscola has to provide. The international hosts are extremely friendly and helpful with anything we needed. I highly recommend this place if you are ever visiting this town!

 

For a quick fix of cocktail or fruity alcohol beverages, make sure to head down to MUVA Beach for an impeccable view and relax atompshere for a sit & sip.

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Hope this post inspired you to take a small weekend trip away from the tedious ordinary routine that is life, and find enjoyment within details and a brand new view.

 

xo, J