Barcelona.

So, I went to Barcelona for a two and a half day stay last week. I went to just get away from the cold weather in Switzerland and to take advantage of my 3 days off work.

As Christmas and New Years is approaching, work is getting busier and busier. Which gave me all the more reason to get away, relax and meditate before the storm. I have a feeling that time will go quickly this month (December) and if I blink I might miss it!

I can’t guarantee that this blog will be very infomative about Barcelona tourist attractions but it’s more of a chill-traveler’s guide to the city.

I’ve mentioned this before in another blog of mine, that I find shopping relaxing and calming. Hence the name Retail Therapy. That’s what I did for a lot of the time between getting a hair cut, eating at a cute cafe everyone is on a waiting list to get into.

Day 1: I got up in the morning around 8am and started to pack. Yes, I always pack last minute! I planned for 3 outfits and took 1 extra pair of shoes for just incase. I only took carry-on luggage, so only the nessesary toiletries were packed. As I was already wearing so many layers to the airport to leave Switzerland, (becasue it was around 5 degrees celcius!), I was wearing already half of the things I was taking.

-Flew with Swiss to BCN from ZRH over the midday-

I landed in Barcelona and had a hard time trying to actually find the bus shuttle that would take me to the city center.  You would think I did enough research into this but I actually hadn’t seen or heard about AeroBus until I was standing infront of it. It’s cheap, clean, direct and has no-fuss wifi! The buses are also made for people with suitcases and has USB charging stations near the seats. This was definetly worth the €5,90 fo sho.

I got to my hotel and left my tiny bit of luggage at the lobby because I knew that if I went to my room, I would have found a good reason to take a nap. I also was excited to explore the city but also a little overwhelmed on what to see first. I walked, ate snack sized portions of food and drink the whole day. I found a place to get my facial done on the last day of my trip, then pondered my way back to the hotel by the time it was getting dark. I decided to have a chill night in which was nice after being on-the-go since 8am.

Day 2: Slept in. Got breakfast at a little place called Brunch & Cake. This place has a waiting list. I was told I had to wait 20 minutes but I was seated within 5 minutes, which was a pleasant surprise. I ordered an iced matcha and some sort of refreshing juice with mint, (I was thirsty!), then I orded the “Eggs” (scrambled eggs) which came in a bagel with hummus, avocado and salmon – I ordered without salmon. I really liked this place! Just keep in mind everone was taking photos of their plates before eating, including myself. I ate brunch but sadly never got round to trying the cake. Tip: the chocolate pancakes are really just two chocolate cake layers with a ganache filling. Literally, a cake on a plate. Another guest beside me orded it and said it tasted delicious but he was expecting normal pancakes. Just a heads up!

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The good thing in Barcelona is that a haircut is about half the price there than in Switzerland. I walked in to a hairdresser and luckily got seated straight away. There’s something special about getting a haircut that gives a boost of confidence! Wash, cut and blowdry was only €35. I highly reccomend you go to Louis Philippe if you want a modern style for a reasonable price. I know I will be going back.

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I went back to the hotel, inspected the rooftop pool and found that even though it had been sunny, the water was cold. The sun was setting as I made a mental note to go back onto the roof again in the morning when the sun is really shining down, before I go back to Switzerland.

It was then time for dinner. I went to a nice place called Firebug, which was on the same block as the hotel. This place is warm, friendly and has really good food. I’m not a huge fan of tapas for dinner, so I ordered some nachos and some amazing chicken wings. With one Sangria and I was ready to sing karaoke or dance on the bar (maybe because I’m a lightweight, or it was really strong?) I guess you’ll have to find out for yourself. The chicken was amazing (it’s called sticky fingers on their menu) and the nachos were the best I’ve had in a long time.

Day 3: It was a good thing I went to check out the rooftop the day before because I spent a good 2 hours laying out on a pool chair, reading “Start with Why” (which is a really good book, btw), listening to music and soaking up as much sunshine as possible. I had my shoes off, t-shirt and jeans on and I wasn’t sweating yet I was warm enough. The morning couldn’t have been better. There was one other person there also, but they had seated themselves far away. It was so peaceful and quiet. It felt really good to just “be”.

My facial was for at 15:00 and by the time it was midday, I was hungry. So I left my luggage in the lobby of the hotel again and set off in search of lunch. I stumbled across a super cute bubble tea place called AM8. For some bubble tea, cake and stable wifi (which is not so common in Barcelona) this place is good. It’s not the most modern place, but the rose milk bubble tea was really good!

Ceiling in AM8 cafe - very cute!

The second best part of the day (first place would be the sun bathing on the roof in the morning) was getting a facial and deep clean at Dr Beatriz Beltran’s clinic. I got a microdermabrasion session, followed by a thick, cooling peel off mask. I fell asleep just a little, and left the place feeling so refeshed and relaxed. The women there are really warm and helpful with all questions I asked. They don’t speak perfect english but it was enough for me to understand. I had gotten microdermabrasion done before a few times and had forgotten how refreshing it is for the skin.

Afterwards was basically just enough time for me to wander back to the hotel to get my little bit of luggage, get the shuttle bus again back to the airport and check in for my flight back home.

That basically sums up my short, relaxed trip to Barcelona. I didn’t intend to blog this trip because I wasn’t sure it would be enough information but a good friend told me I should anyway… I’m glad he inspired me!

So in short – Highlights:

  • Having alot of “me” time.
  • The weather
  • The FOOD!

Lowlights:

  • I couldn’t shop as much as I wanted to because I had little space/weight to take it back with me (in hind-sight this was a good thing!)
  • I didn’t play “tourist” as much as I could have.

Have you been to Barcelona and would add more to this chill-travel guide? Let me know below.

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Autumn. Fall. Herbst. 2017.

It’s getting cold here in Switzerland. The sky may be blue but it can get as chilly as f**k! I’m sort of stuck between wearing a trench coat with a few layers underneath and wearing a full on winter coat. I wish the weather would stay between 14 and 18 degrees because I’m not ready to hang up my trench coat just yet…

Between the two seasons of Autumn and Winter, all outfits are usually paired with the same accessories: Scarf, Hat/Beanie, Boots! As we already know the next big trend before the end of the year is a puffy jacket, I actually have a few more predictions of what we are going to be seeing a lot more of soon…

  1. Studded boots/ jackets/ hats… studded anything really! Bonus points for anything studded, pearled and encrusted with diamonds all at the same time. I love the pearled sweaters and t-shirts. It makes every day clothes a little more special to wear.

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I can’t seem to find this for sale, but it’s Gucci.

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Pearl Studded Jeans  – Image found on Pinterest

 

 

2. Less fur. Gucci has declared that they won’t be using fur anymore. It’s definitely will inspire many other artists and fashionistas around the globe to think more consciously before purchasing fur. Read more here.

3. Corduroy aka, Cords. Remember when we all thought velvet was gone forever and then they made a come back? Well, same thing with cords. They were a thing of the 70’s and 90’s fashion, it was only a matter of time before they come back into our wardrobes again. I love the shades of pink! A lot is being sold through Urban Outfitters and ASOS.

 

 

4. Last but not least, brighter/ bolder colours! From Emerald Green to Pumpkin Orange… Maybe my predictions about yellow will also come true?

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Picture from here. Jacket from ASOS.

There are probably more but these are the ones I’m most excited about. Let me know what your favourites are below!

Retail Therapy

It’s Monday again and I have the day off. I never really have too much planned when I’m not working because I like to be spontaneous! I like that the opportunity is there and it’s up to me to use it.

There was one thing that I had planned and that was to get my lashes done and have lunch with family in Luzern. Apart from that… no obligations! Love it!

Where I’m going with this long introduction is basically to find out if there are others like me who find shopping calming? Now I know why it’s called Retail Therapy. It’s odd but I find it really relaxing but also exciting! I love picturing outfits on in my head and how I would wear “crazy” pants or shirts in day-to-day life.

“Choose a job you love and you won’t have to work a day in your life”

I guess I should be asking also for advice how to get into the business of styling and personal shopping. I’d love to see if I have what it takes! Don’t get me wrong, I love my job now also – but you never know ‘til you have a go. Fashion is something ever growing, ever evolving and maybe there’s a niche out there for me.

Tips? Tell me below! Or contact me on one of my social media pages.

xx Gill Tonic