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I had such a fun day today eating and wandering with Barcelona blogger Nathalie from Cocoa and Buttons. We had lunch at Flax & Kale, an adorable and trendy organic/vegetarian restaurant here in Barcelona that I’ve been dying to try, and it definitely lived up to the hype! I got the Raw Superbowl, a newer menu item. It’s a salad with leafy greens, two types of hummus, zucchini tagliatelle with a turmeric pesto, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes with basil, red cabbage sauerkraut, and sprouts. It was SO delicious! Nathalie got the Supertagliatelle with spirulina, diced salmon, kale pesto and parmesan. We sat upstairs on the outdoor terrace, but the interior decor is also amazing – including their bathroom! (I’m linking similar off the shoulder tops in this blog post.) After Flax & Kale, we headed to La Boqueria in the Gothic Quarter area. It’s a huge open air market with fresh fruits,…

I headed to beach yesterday with a new friend that I made, and sported this cut-out one piece swimsuit that is perfect for the tropical summer weather (I’m linking similar suits below). We sipped (super inexpensive) rosé and sangria – I am not kidding when I say that the wine is cheaper than water here. Especially because the wine is local, you can get a decent bottle for less than  €1.50. Yes. I bought a BOX of rosé (specifically for ease at the beach) for €.62. That’s less than a euro. Crazy.  Barceloneta beach is a bit more touristy, but I had to experience it once while here. There are a ton of other stunning beaches that locals go to, so I plan to make it to several of those throughout my stay here. Here are some similar options for tropical swimsuits and cut-out one pieces:

Earlier in the week I spent most of the day wandering around El Born, a barrio (neighborhood) near the Gothic Quarter. It’s such a dynamic neighborhood. Parts of it are made up of endless mazes of narrow old gothic stone streets (literally you can wander around them forever – I’ve already walked 6.1 miles today), yet these tiny ancient alleys surprise you, and house trendy shops and restaurants. Then there’s still the hustle and bustle of main streets and open courtyards. The main courtyard area comes alive at night with a ton of cute bars. I actually went to a super cute spot last night, and I’ll be posting about that next!

I still haven’t caught up on the rest of my Europe photos from my trip at the end of May, but I’m officially back in Europe – living in Barcelona for the next 2 months! I’ve started to settle in over the past few days, and being here has just reminded me how much I fell in love with this city when I was here for only 2 short days (more about that in this post). I have so many sights, bars, and restaurants on my list to make it to while I’m here, and I also plan on attending a couple of Language Exchange events each week to continue practicing and improving my conversational Spanish. If you haven’t heard of Language Exchanges, they are social events where people from all over the world meet up to socialize and practice the language they want to learn. I attended two different…

Off the shoulder tops are the rage of the summer season – what better way to get your shoulders golden tan, while sporting the latest trend and some shoulder “cleavage”?  I featured this top in my last post, and I actually bought it a couple of years ago, so I’m glad that “off the shoulder” vibes are in for the summer. Since I did buy this top some time ago, I’ve rounded up some similar options below, so you can rock this look! My exact high waisted jeans can be found here, and I’m also linking similar tote bags below (bag shown is from H&M, but only available in-store at select locations): You can also check out some more options to re-create this look by visiting the “Shop My Looks” (linked here, but also found on my top menu bar).

Although I am still working on a full recap post of the rest of my Europe trip, I’m sharing a look featuring two items that I purchased in Italy, with similar options you can purchase. The first item is a gray leather snakeskin bag with silver chain details that I purchased in Florence. I am in love with this bag – it’s so chic, and you can double up the chain to wear it shorter, or even remove the chain to use it as a clutch. Here’s a closer look at the bag’s detail (posted on my Instagram from a recent happy hour). The second item is a pair of black leather embellished espadrilles. These are SO comfortable! They fit like a glove, and I feel like they were made for my feet! I purchased these in Sorrento – I was determined to buy both a bag and shoes in…