Barcelona – Hotel Miramar

 

 

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With so many options on where to stay in Barcelona I thought I’d share a little post on my hotel. Hotel Miramar is a gorgeous 1920’s building restored and extended into a 5* hotel, nestled in the beautiful Montjuic hill.

The hotel effortlessly mixes the traditional building and grounds with modern interior. The spa and outdoor pool are divine and something you don’t get in the small hotels in the centre of town. Little details like champagne on arrival, L’Occitane toiletries and sweeties on the bar make it impossible not fall in love.

The hotel is a 10/15 minute walk, downhill on the way in and uphill on the way home, from town. But it’s worth it for the breathtaking view of the city and the beautiful leafy surroundings of Montjuic, home of the Olympic Park. We got taxi’s home at night for a few euros and you can always hop on the amazing cable car from the port during the day which brings you right to the hotel.

The staff were some of the nicest I have experienced. They helped with everything from hiring bikes to assisting with painkillers when my hangover was too much to stand. 

On a dull Sunday afternoon in Glasgow, I wish I was back there.

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The Sunset Glow

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This is perhaps the epitome of a holiday dress, short, sunset print and body con. I’m not sure I could wear it in Glasgow but it was favourite while I was in Barcelona.

I kept the rest simple, you don’t need much else with that print. Gold accessories to compliment the almost tan and flat sandals, trust me heels are not needed in Barcelona.

Hey look at that it’s the weekend, Happy Friday!

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Dress – Fashion Union
Sandals – Primark
Clutch – YSL
Bangle – Mango
Ring – Gift

 

 

Miami – Will Smith

Fixed Up to the Nines

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Is there anything better than dressing up in a fancy frock and getting your hair and make up done? One of the perks of my often stressful job is getting attend a black tie event every now and then. So last Friday I had a sneaky wee half day to get ready for one

It’s even better when a sparkly little gift like this ring drops through your letterbox a few weeks before. The lovely folks at Glitzy Secrets sent me this fabulous ring and this was the perfect event for it. I can never resist a statement ring, one with a little bit of sparkle even better.

I was tempted to add a little more sparkle with one of the necklaces or bracelets but then thought I’d let the dress do the talking. Who says you need to spend a fortune on an outfit for a formal event? This whole outfit was from the high street, well the internet high street at least.

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Dress – MissGuided
Heels – Primark
Clutch – TK Maxx
Earrings – Primark
Ring – Glitzy Secrets

Suit and Tie – Justin Timberlake ft Jay Z

Sienna/Drops

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The Night VI crept onto my radar earlier this year with their single Sienna. I’m not entirely sure why I didn’t feature them as I instantly loved it. Anyway they released a new track Drops last week, a cover of the Jungle track, and popped back into my head so I though better late than never.

This little Anglo-French six piece have been on the go for three years now and create wonderfully melodic romantic tracks. Their EP, Thinking of You, not surprisingly garnered significant acclaim.

Sienna is a song about past relationships and is one if those tracks everyone can relate to a little bit. It is wonderfully heartbreaking but concludes with an air of realisation and almost hope for the future. With a far more upbeat track than you first expect it’s a beautiful tune. Drops shows these guys can do no wrong. They have made the track entirely their own with Sophie-Rose Harper’s Exquisite vocals at the forefront.

Fair to say I’m in love with these guys.

Barcelona – I Want to Ride my Bicycle

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Is there a more European way to see a city than on a bicycle? I don’t think so. We cheated a bit and hired electric bikes from our hotel, you still need to peddle but you can turn power on if you need it. We needed it to get up the hill to our hotel on the way home but also to have a little drag race along the boardwalk.

The beach is another amazing part of Barcelona. It’s rare to have such an exciting city right next to the beach. A cycle along the shore, checking out the port, playing in the sand and grabbing a cocktail and tapas at the funky little bars is a great way to spend an afternoon.

What do we think of the visor folks? I fell in love with it when I saw it, the man however hates it. It was the perfect stylish accessory for a cycle in the sun but my day was filled with jokes from said man. Special mention to Tatyana at Secret Little Stars who introduced me to these shorts. I think this maybe my favourite outfit from my holiday, shame the weather in Glasgow isn’t going to allow it another outing anytime soon.

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Can just about make out our little pink hotel on the hill

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Crop – Forever 21
Shorts – ASOS
Visor – & Other Stories
Flip Flops – Billabong
Bag – Primark

Bicycle Race – Queen

Like Glitters Raining on Me

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Remember how much I loved my glitter holidays nails, well my toes got glittered too. I kept it simple with one statement nail and they’re still in tact today.

I couldn’t have a boring plain background for these toes. They were on show everyday so the backgrounds are a bit more adventurous.

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Barcelona – Can We Climb This Mountain

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Parc Guell is always pretty high on the list of things to do in Barcelona. As a result it’s always packed with tourists and originally wasn’t high on my list of places to see. When I saw some pictures of the Dr Seuss-esque buildings I had to take a wee peek though.

After perfectly arranging Sagrada Familia we totally messed up with Parc Guell. Entry to the park is free but you need a ticket to enter the main section with the buildings. We tried to book on our phones from the parc but the timeslot was several hours away. The rest of the parc is amazing, the attention to detail is sublime. We had a stroll around in the sun admiring the architecture and the view which is impressive.

After Parc a Guell we took a trip up to Tibidabo. You could say it’s a bit of a trek to the edge of the city then up a mountain, it’s amazing though perhaps my favourite afternoon in Barcelona. We walked from Parc Guell to the metro which takes you to the bottom of the mountain. There are then two cute little cable cars to take you to the top. My top tip, stop by Mirabe bar for a cocktail half way. A funky little bar with a great view and saves you waiting in a queue with everyone from the first cable car.

At the top there is the most beautiful church with a cute little vintage theme park in front. A random combination but a brilliant one. The views are spectacular and apparently on a clear day you can see all the way to the Balaerics. I fell in love with the place instantly and could stayed there all afternoon.

I know a load of photos in this post but I struggled to decide which ones to share. 

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Top – ASOS
Shorts – ASOS (ON SALE!)
Sliders – Birkenstock
Sunnies – H&M
Necklace – Etsy
Bag – Primark

 

 

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