It’s official! Barcelona is my new favorite European city! The weather, friendly people, laid back vibe, beautiful and interesting architecture, amazing food and easy access to the beach all make me want to pack up and move there. It was super fun taking a break from my winter garb and putting together springy outfits for the 50-70F/10-21C weather. Ditching the cold, dreary winter weather for bright blue skies, plentiful sunshine and warm temps was just what I needed to allay my winter doldrums. Plus, I was able to arrange another tall blogger meet-up! Read on to get all the details!
Activity: Breakfast with fellow tall blogger Paty from Antes Alta Que Sinsilla
What I Wore: Mavi white jeans, Talltique layering tee, Long Elegant Legs ruana, LTS Chelsea boots (c/o)
Why I Wore It: It was a bit brisk in the morning but not cool enough for a jacket, so I figured it was time to put my ruana to good use! Of course, I welcome any excuse to wear my white jeans and love how my ruana looks with the jeans.
It was such a pleasure to meet the stylish lady behind the tall fashion blog Antes Alta Que Sinsilla, and I’m bummed that I only had a couple of hours in my schedule to spend with Paty. She was kind enough to trek over to the Eixample area where I was staying. As I was walking to the bakery where we had planned to meet, I heard footsteps behind me, turned around, saw a very chic tall lady and knew it was Paty! We made the most of out short time together as we chatted over coffee, a piece of decadent carrot cake and a big yummy cookie at the aptly named Cup&Cake bakery.
If you’ve read my write-up about my 5 year blog birthday, you know that Paty’s kind comment on my website was one of the things that motivated me to fire up my blog again in 2015. I was so happy (and not surprised) to discover that Paty is just as fabulous in real life as she seems on her website. It’s always interesting meeting a fellow blogger because often you’ve only had a glimpse into a small part of that person’s life via her website. When you get the opportunity to chat in person, you learn all about each other’s family, career, accomplishments, goals etc. In short, it’s really fun and interesting getting to know blogger friends better when meeting in person!
After our breakfast of coffee, cake and cookies, we strolled back to my B&B, Ca la Maria, so that I could show Paty the huge terrace and so she could meet the husband. I hope to go back to Barcelona soon as Paty has already promised to be my private tour guide! I also need Paty to take me shopping because I was absolutely loving her perfectly layered outfit with the soft blue organza TTYAxLTS blouse, a pullover sweater, chic cape and beautiful navy blue boots.
Activity: Visit to Picasso Museum
What I Wore: Tall skinny jeans from Banana Republic, Long Elegant Legs chambray button-up, Talltique layering tank, LTS Chelsea boots (c/o), Loft leopard print belt
Why I Wore It: After my breakfast with Paty, the weather had warmed up considerably so I ditched my ruana and long sleeve layering tee for a tank and lightweight chambray shirt. When I was packing for the trip, I hadn’t planned to put this combo together and actually have never done so during my dress-up sessions but I love it! It’s one of those simple, easy going looks but I still felt somewhat put together rather than feeling frumpy as I sometimes do with “easy-going” looks. I was wearing my simple rose gold necklace but probably need either a scarf or a longer necklace to break up all of the white from my tank. Ideas for next time!
I wasn’t sure I’d love the Picasso Museum but agreed to go to humor my art-loving husband. I was pleasantly surprised and found the museum to be fantastic – both the building and the collections.
Activity: Fat Tire Bike tour
What I Wore: Tall skinny jeans and scarf from Banana Republic, LTS Breton striped top, Talltique faux leather jacket, New Balance fashion sneakers
Why I Wore It: I knew we would do more exploring on our own after the bike tour and I didn’t want to look completely sporty. Instead of activewear, I opted for some comfy pieces that didn’t scream “I just want on a bike tour”. My BR jeans are super stretchy and comfortable, my LTS Breton striped top is very breathable thanks to the 100% cotton fabric and my Talltique faux leather jacket is SO soft and didn’t restrict my movement at all. I did end up wearing practical, sporty footwear, so I feel like the outfit was a good mix of cuteness and practicality.
We covered a fair amount of the city on the bike tour starting in the Gothic neighborhood, riding through the El Born area, to the Parc de la Ciutadella, continuing on to Sagrada Familia and then down to the beach and back to our starting point. I was like a kid in a candy store when I saw all of the palm trees scattered throughout Barcelona and seeing a beach also made my California girl heart very happy!
Here are a few of my favorite photos from the bike tour:
Activity: Visiting Sagrada Familia; Strolling through La Ribera/El Born and up Passeig de Gracia
What I Wore: J.Crew tall black jeans, plaid top from Banana Republic, Talltique layering tank, Loft leopard print belt, LTS Chelsea boots (c/o)
Why I Wore It: The high was a heavenly 72F/21C this day and my sheer plaid blouse was just the ticket for these pleasant temps. It provided the perfect amount of coverage for the cooler temps inside the basilica, but I didn’t suffocate in it once out in the warm weather.
Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia is just WOW! Hard to describe and certainly unlike any church I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen A LOT of churches and cathedrals). There are so many fascinating details to take in both on the exterior and interior that I swear I got a crick in my neck trying to see everything.
Even though building started in the 1880s, the exterior of the basilica is still under construction with an anticipated completion date of 2026. I guess we’ll just have to plan to go back in 10 years to see how different it looks. The good news is that the interior is finished!
For the rest of the day, we wandered the quaint, narrow streets of the Ribera/Born district taking in the beautiful old buildings with balconies full of pretty plants and laundry hanging out to dry in the breeze.
As we were walking up Paseig de Gracia, the high-end shopping street in the city center of Barcelona, we happened upon two more Gaudi masterpieces – Casa Batlló and La Pedrera.
Activity: Medium Nice Dinner at Restaurante Tuset
What I Wore: J.Crew tall black jeans, fine knit tall sweater from I Love Tall, bag and necklace from Kate Spade, Tory Burch flats, Loft belt
Why I Wore It: I realized I had brought clothing for a fancy dinner and for daytime activities but had dropped the ball on bringing “medium nice” outfits. After rifling through my suitcase, I was able to piece this outfit together for a yummy dinner at Restaurante Tuset.
One of the main things that struck me about Barcelona was the detailed buildings literally everywhere we walked. I couldn’t stop looking up and am surprised I didn’t run into poles or walls or get a crick in my neck. I know I’ve already completely overshared in the photo department, but I can’t resist leaving you with a few of my favorite building pictures.
Have you ever been to Barcelona? What did you think of it? Do you tend to take time to plan outfits when packing for a trip or do you just throw some clothing in a suitcase and hope for the best? I go back and forth between the 2 packing strategies depending on my mood and how much time I have to pack!
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