Barcelona City Guide Part One

Welcome, to my first (official) City Guide. First off, Barcelona. We spent five days there last Fall, from September 25th-30th. The weather was great for that time of the year, we even spend one day at the beach! We rented an apartment through Airbnb, we always rent apartment, we find it’s the best way to feel like a local, and you can save on restaurant!!

My guide is divided in three sections, ToDo&See, ToEat and ToSleep or & ToShop. The first one is about my favorite places and activities to do in Barcelona. The second is for course about Food!!! And the last one is either the best neighborhood to stay or Airbnb/Hotel recommendation. Let’s start!

ToDo&See

CASA BATLLÓ 43 PASSEIG DE GRÀCIA, BARCELONA, SPAIN

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Gaudi art house. This is the first stop we did in Barcelona, and the first Gaudi genius creation we have seen. You can pay to visit the interior, we didn’t, but if you do I recommend buying your ticket in advance here for 27,50 euro.

 

LAS RAMBLAS 1 PL. DE CATALUNYA 17-S, BARCELONA, SPAIN 

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***Tips: don’t shop or eat in the stores and restaurants along this street. Tourist trap is an understatement for this area

Located in the center of town, this street makes it an ideal place to start your visit to Barcelona!

BARCELONETA BEACH

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Next stop, Barceloneta Beach. Isn’t like the best to have a clean and beautiful beach in central city?? For us it was, we spend an afternoon there, relaxing our feet after all the walking we did in Barcelona (so much so see and do!!). It was my first swim in the Mediterranean sea and it was memorable. Crystal blue water, we even saw tropical fish, clear sand and there’s different part of the beach depending of what you want. Family more relax area, or music and kind of party area. We selected the family area 😉 It’s free and seriously so good for the soul!

 

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SAGRADA FAMILIA CARRER DE MALLORCA, 401, 08013 BARCELONA, SPAIN

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Of course, you can’t visit Barcelona, without a stop at la Sagrada Família, one of the most incredible architectural creation imagined by genius Gaudi. The construction started in March 1882, and yet today it’s still not done. The estimated date of the end of the creation is 2020, and we will be back. While exploring the inside, I couldn’t imagine how he could see all this in his mind, he was truly a Genius. So much details, so many perfections, we have to go, and pay to see the interior. Again, I recommended to book your ticket online in advance here definitely worth the price. A part of the money ticket is for the construction.

 

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PARK GÜELL CARRER D’OLOT

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Admission 14 Euro here, make sure to take the access to the Monumental Zone, it’s worth it!! We took a bus to get there from the city, the best way to go in my opinion, a 39 min ride. The Park is so beautiful, again I was in shocked by all the details and he’s genius. My only regret is that we got there too late, (end of afternoon) and the last access to the Monumental Zone was at 19h30 and that’s the one we got. We didn’t had enough time to explore the rest of the Park, we could have stayed there an entire afternoon. One of my favorite part of the city. Admission 14 Euro here,

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MACBA & DESIGN MUSEUM MUSEU DEL DISSENY PLAÇA DELS ÀNGELS, 1, 08001 BARCELONA, ESPAGNE / PL. DE LES GLÒRIES CATALANES

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Museum, thereù,s plenty of good one in Barcelona, we went to two of them, MACBA, the Museum for Art Contemporary Barcelona & Design Museum Museu del Disseny de Barcelona, we really enjoyed both of them. ***Tips: You can by an  Articket; Visit 6 majors art centres in Barcelona for €30 www.articketbcn.org/en/. It’s really worth it if you enjoy visiting museum while you travel. MACBA is bigger than the Design Museum, so plan more time for the first one. When you visit the second one, make sure to make a stop at the Market del Encants an architectural curiosity, and you never know, you might find a treasure 🙂 There’s also a really cool spot outside of Design Museum where you can take a sunbath and admire Torre Agbar.

 

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There’s so many good places to see and visited in Barcelona, I could continue even more. I want to share one last thing, that is free and that require only your feet, it’s to explore the city at night. There’s something with the old building and the light, that make the city so beautiful at night and so special, believe me, it’s going to be you favorite activity.

 

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I hope you will enjoy your trip to Barcelona, of course there is so many other place to see and stuff to do, I gave only my top, If you want more info or idea, please feel free to send me an email.

Stay tune for my ToEat section in my next post

 

 

It’s Been A While

Hello, I know it’s been a while since the last time I came here. I think I needed a little break. I traveled a lot for work lately and when I’m home, I spend this quiet time with my family. You deserve an apology and behold, I am sorry.

I’m pretty good, you? My trip last fall in Barcelona – Morocco & Lisbon was amazing and since I travel a lot, I thought I should talk more to travel on this blog. Do not worry, I will not drop the fashion world, its way too much of my life and I cannot live without it!

Would you like customize city guide that I visited? I will soon launch my new, Barcelona, stay tuned !! xxx

 

Welcome Fall

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In two days, it will be the autumnal equinox falls, first day of fall. Summer passed so fast, like always. Good new is that fall is my favorite season, and it’s the best season for Fashion. It’s the layerings season, when you can wear your favorite dress with a pair of boots, pull out of your wardrobe your most comfortable scarf and your sweetest sweater. The fresh air, and colors are just so beautiful! Can you tell I love this season haha!

I’m finally leaving for my euro-trip this Thursday, two weeks vacation with my love, it will do so much good! Barcelona-Marrakesh-Essaouira and Lisbon, if you have suggestions of what to do, what to eat and where to shop, please leave me a comment!!

See you xx

You can follow my journey on Instagram & Snapchat @Isabelleht

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Dress : Zara (Similar here & here) / Hat: Brixton / Boots: Little Burgundy / Bag Matt & Nat : Little Burgundy /

NYFW Spring 2016 Street Style Part Two

Part Two

 

Mid September already, time has passed so quickly lately! I traveled a lot for work the last weeks, Vegas, Los Angeles, London and Milan and I have lots of photos to show you, but first NYFW!

Here’s part two of the best street style from day one to three. After reviewing the shapes of the season yesterday, now let’s review the colors. Rust, navy and Khaki are mainly presents with the 1970s come back. Neutral colors such as nude, camel and white are also a huge part of the new season trends, but the color we can’t get over, it’s blue denim. It’s literally everywhere!!!!!

See you for part three!

Pictures via: Le 21ème / Vogue / Jeff Thibodeau / W Magazine / Pop Sugar / Bazar /

NYFW Spring 2016 Street Style Part One

Part One

Fall is at our door at the same time as New York Fashion Week! Need some inspiration for your fall shopping, look at these girls!!

Bottoms of the season are: Culottes, Boyfriend jeans, Men’s Trouser, Mid length skirt.

Shoes of the seasons, sneaker are still really big, Adidas is really dominant. In term of boots, ankle boot are huge go for a round toe and Knee High are quite present too!

Bags: MINI are still huge and Backpack too!

Stay tuned for part two!

Pictures via: Le 21ème / Vogue / Jeff Thibodeau / W Magazine / Pop Sugar / Bazar /

STREETS

You might have thought that I had abandoned my blog, no I didn’t, but I think I needed a break. It’s summer, I’m really busy at work, and I wanted to spend less time on my computer. But I’m still here and I don’t have the intention of abandoning this.

So let’s restart fresh, it’s the end of July,  but still, and this month represent summer. Lightweight outfits, refreshing colors and fabrics, and this is where I focused to find my monthly streets styles inspiration. Also,  I have to confess that I’m obsessed by my vacation plans this September, and I’ve been trying to spot great travel outfit lately.

What do you think of those? I hope they inspire you.

Isabelle xx

Pictures via: Le 21ème / Style.com / Stockholm Street Style / The Sartorialist /

Let’s Talk About Men’s

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Not bad for the eyes right? I love men’s styles, as fun as it is to buy for ladies, I enjoyed a lot the time I was buying for men’s. I also got inspired a lot from the menswear and not only lately, I always have been. The men’s shows started a couples of days ago, so I pulled out for you my favourites streets shots that I found on the web. Of course Eugene’s on some of them, he’s my all time best!!

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New York Photo Diary

Hey! Sorry for my silence of the past week, a lot happened at work lately. I’ve been promoted to Ladies Buyer and it’s been pretty intense since then, I’m sure you understand! I just got back from New York and I took pictures especially to share them with you.  I will present them to you as a diary, let’s start!!

The first day we did our usual stores visits, to get inspiration and see what is happening on the East Coast. Most of the pictures have been taken in Soho where our hotel was located.

Saturdays Surf NYC, I love that cute little surf shop, it’s quit unusual to pass by a surf shop in NYC, and that makes it even more special and unique. Only for their coffee, it’s worth the trip

31 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10013

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A must in NYC, Opening Ceremony, the classic stairs pictures!!

35 Howard St
New York, NY 10013

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MM6, beautiful shop, Maison Martin Margiela is one of my favourite designers, I had to drop by!

91 Grand St
New York, NY,

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Converse shop

560 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

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Nike Town, with his four or five floors, it is pretty impressive.

6 E 57th St
New York, NY 10022

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Here are some inspiring stuff from the streets of New York

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Now, let’s talk about food, one of my favorite things to do in New York is to try new restaurants. I have a list on my phone and every time I go, I try a new place. This time our Vice President was kind enough to let me use my list !! We tried two of them, first of, Miss Lily. OMG I was so happy to try it, too good and the atmosphere is really fun. You really must try the corn !!

132 W Houston St
New York, NY,

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Then we tried Two Hands  for lunch, if you are looking for a healthy place to start your day, this is the place to go. I’ve tried the Avo Toast with a side of chorizo and a cold press juice, Beet, Ginger, Carrot and pineapple, it was perfect!!

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For breakfast, my GMM brought me to Balthazar Bakery, it’s a traditional French bistro,  on spring street.

80 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
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Oh and another must in Soho, is Dean and Deluca. It’s a gourmet food grocery and to-go place, Karim and I always stop there before leaving New York, it’s perfect for a picnic.
560 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
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I hope you enjoyed my diary, and don’t be shy if you have any questions!! xx

On A Vacay Mood

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I’m so in a vacay mood today, but unfortunately I’m not, but it’s Sunday and it’s sunny outside, so let’s just pretend!! This outfit will certainly be part of my luggage for my next trip. Layering is ideal for travelling, you can adapt during the day depending on the weather. I also love these Boston Birkenstock, ok, I have to agree that they’re really not for everyone. They’re chunky and not feminine, but comfortable, so who cares, I like them!

How beautiful is this park, (where we took the pictures) It’s near Atwater market and we go through it all the time when we do our jogging, but we never take the time to enjoy it. It’s lovely with all the different flowers and so relaxing with the signing of the birds. It’s one of the gem in my neighbourhood. Its name is also beautiful, Parc des Marchands-de-Bois, it’s on Rufus Rockhead, if you want to go take a look!

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Hat: Brixton / Scarf: Vintage / White Blouse: Billabong / Sand Shirt: Zara / Trouser: Maison Kitsuné / Shoes: Birkenstock /

Jack Purcell

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I’m not talking about the dog, I mean the shoe brand! Jack Purcell is the comfortable version of the classic Chuck Taylor from Converse. They are easy to recognize, wit their iconic black smile at the toe of the shoe!

It has been a while since I wore them, they are perfect to explore a city, and since I was in Quebec City last week-end visiting my family, I brought them in my luggage! They fit perfectly with my casual week-end outfit and they are confortable enough to walk with them all day long. Comfy + great look, perfect combination right?

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Sneaker: Jack Purcell / Jeans: Zara / Shirt: RVCA (similar) / Jacket: H&M (similar) /