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Barcelona! Tall Blogger Meet-Up and Tall Travel Style

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.

TTYA x LTS blue organza crop top

Loved that Paty was rockin the TTYAxLTS blue organza blouse!

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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.

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I’m in love with Paty’s cape and 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!

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Enjoying the lovely terrace at our B&B

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Couldn’t get enough of the terrace at our B&B Ca la Maria

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.

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In the courtyard of the Picasso Museum

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:

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Pretty fountain in Parc de la Ciutadella

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Pretty palm trees and beach in Barceloneta

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Pretty building!

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.

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Beautiful exterior at Sagrada Familia

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.

Sagrada Familia Ceiling

Sagrada Familia Interior Panorama Sagrada Familia Blue Stained Glass Sagrada Familia Stained Glass Sagrada Familia Interior

Sagrada Familia Bronze

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!

Sagrada Familia Exterior Details Sagrada Familia Exterior Sagrada Familia Exterior Towers 1

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.

Santa Maria Born Barcelona

Santa Maria del Mar Church tower

El Born Streets Barcelona

Barcelona balcony plants

Plants plants everywhere!

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.

Gaudi Casa Batllo Exterior

Casa Batlló was so interesting to look at!

Gaudi Casa Batllo

Gaudi La Pedrera

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.

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My “medium dressy” outfit for my “medium nice” dinner.

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Can’t go wrong with a classic black and white outfit and nice accessories!

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Loved the interior of Restaurante Tuset!

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Loved the interior of 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.

Barcelona Eixample architecture

Love the mix of old and new

Barcelona Palm Trees Barcelona balconies Barcelona old buildings Barcelona fountain Barcelona blue red building Barcelona Architecture Eixample

Your turn

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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  • Reply ijay February 19, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Barcelona looks great. I have been wanting to go. What I really wanted to know is who’s taller, you or Paty?

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures February 20, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      I hope you get to go someday! It is wonderful. Haha…good question. I feel like we were around the same height. Now I’m trying to remember if her boots had a bit of a heel. Either way, it’s wonderful to look a fellow tall lady in the eye!

  • Reply Andrea@WellnessNotes February 19, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Barcelona looks like an amazing city! Gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing!

    How fun that you got to meet Paty! I always love meeting bloggers I have been getting to know through their blog for a bit for a while…

    All your outfits are great! And the pieces in the second outfit work perfectly! I love it when unexpected, successful combinations happen with what I’ve packed…

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures February 20, 2016 at 4:25 pm

      It truly was gorgeous Andrea and I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. Yes! Blogger meet-ups are the best. This is the 4th blogger I’ve met since moving to Europe and hopefully not the last.

      I was very happy with my outfits and I was also happy I threw a few extra pieces into my suitcase which allowed me to create outfits on the fly.

  • Reply Jaymie Ashcraft February 19, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    How fun getting to meet up!!!

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures February 20, 2016 at 4:25 pm

      Yes! Meet-ups are a blast.

  • Reply Six Foot Style February 19, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    What a beautiful place, and a beautiful account of your adventures while in Barcelona! The architecture, colors and history are truly breathtaking.

    Each outfit you curated looks perfect for the various activities you planned. I especially love the look you wore when meeting Paty. What a fun experience.

    Looking forward to seeing and reading about your next adventure!

    Lauren – Six Foot Style

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures February 20, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed reading it Lauren! Breathtaking is the perfect way to describe this fabulous city. And thanks for the kind words on my outfits. I wasn’t able to take photos of ALL of them (like a couple of my dinner outfits), but I feel like I was able to show a pretty good sampling. The meet-up with Paty was indeed wonderful!

  • Reply Sara March 3, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Wonderful post. I had to stop myself from googling flights just now. Barcelona is definitely on my must-see list but your pictures have made me think I should re-arrange the priority order for it. (And oh, for a bit of sunshine!!)

    Sara x

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures March 8, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      I know what you mean! I’ve been wanting to run back there for more sunshine ever since I left. And there is SO much to see an take in there. I highly recommend a visit. Plus, I know Paty would be happy to meet you. 🙂

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