Merry Christmas from Barcelona!
My family and I are only a few days into our trip and we’ve already seen so much. The apartment we’re staying at is in a great neighborhood and we can get to many places by foot — Barcelona is full of big boulevards and quaint little alleyways. I think my favorite part is simply getting lost :). Yesterday we visited La Sagrada Familia and ate at two fantastic restaurants: Euskal Etxea and Montiel Restaurante (espai gastronomic). Plenty of delicious fish tapas and at Montiel I had a spice sausage rice dish with the biggest portion of lobster I’ve ever seen! On Friday, my brother Christopher and I ventured out to a wine bar named El Bitxo, an old-fashioned cocktail bar called Ginger, and managed to stumble upon a Spanish club for some dancing. The photo above is of a refreshing young white wine I had at El Bitxo, and the name Menganito (Verdejo) translates to “John Doe”… All of their wine labels were so clever!
Since most of the city’s restaurants will be closed these next few days, we’ll be visiting the museums including Picasso, Dali, and perhaps rent a car and visit Monserrat! I’m looking forward to heading into the Spanish mountains, they are absolutely breath-taking.
I’m shooting our trip with film, so eventually I’ll get the rolls developed and scanned and share some.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!
My wonderful mother has sent Anders and I an early house-warming package! I had no idea what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised as I tore open all the wrappings. She sent not only practical house items, but some from the beloved Chester County in which I grew up back in Pennsylvania. I love how thoughtful the gifts were, it makes me miss home! What in your apartments are treasured items from home?
We received 12 of these fantastic wine tumblers from Cuvee. I have a feeling these will serve much more than wine… maybe some cognac or whiskey on cold nights!
Hotel Collection towels. I know why these are some of Oprah’s favorite things… the micro-cotton is unbelievably soft! I want to take a nap in these towels, they are so luxurious.
Hand crafted soap from Stonefield Soaps located in Chester County, PA. Immediately as I opened the box, these soaps filled the room with scents of Arabian Spice and Patchouli. They’re made with goat’s milk and shea butter and are chemical-free… m’mm. They smell so good!
…These few items!
The snow is falling constantly here in Copenhagen, so I’ve naturally taken to a few items that help beat the harsh weather.
1 Claus Meyer’s Almanak – This monster of a recipe book is weekly-inspired by what is in season here in Denmark, with little snippets of facts about the produce and why it’s good for our health!
2 Acne Lambswool Scarf – A neck-saver for those windy days.
3 Cheap Monday Second-Skin pants – I’ll admit that all of my pants are Cheap Monday! I’m mostly made out of legs, so the high waist style gives me plenty of length and fits beautifully all around. Black is always a natural go-to during winter for me, so I’ve been enjoying this Hunter Green shade.
4 Second Female Ice Knit – Warm, versatile, you can throw a cotton tank-top under it or dress it up with a nice blouse. I love this knit for so many reasons!
5 Opinel wooden corkscrew – As an aspiring wine collector, I’ve learned about some quality corkscrews. This is a must have in the kitchen (especially during the dark days of winter!) or if you work at a wine bar. Not only is it gorgeous, but it’s probably one of the best French corkscrew/knife combinations around.
6 Dope Chelsea boots – These little boots have seen it all… rain, snow, heat. And with the right protection, they’ve lasted for a very long time! I love the Chelsea boot look, I think it’s timeless.
7 Forever 21 Faux Fur vest – I’m not so crazy about buying real fur, so when I saw this vest it was love at first sight. I tuck it under my BB Dakota cape coat (which doesn’t necessarily close in the front) and suddenly I’m warm as toast.
8 Alba Rainforest Acai Antioxidant Body Lotion – I’ve been an Alba advocate for so many years now. Their product line has something for everyone! I love this antioxidant lotion as well as the Hawaiian cocoa butter for hands + body. It rehydrates super dry skin and smells delicious. Also, if you’re looking for the perfect oil-free face moisturizer, I recommend the aloe & green tea.
One year ago I attempted to start a blog documenting my life in Denmark but only managed to write a single post. One year wiser with plenty of great experiences, (plus a good 20 minutes of trying to remember my password), I’m back! I wish to share with you all the wonderful things I enjoy here in Scandinavia: food, wine, interior & graphic design, fashion, and everything in between. I’m just a simple American girl learning a new way of life and hope you find inspiration in my posts.
Anyhow, much has happened in my life since this issue of Monocle was published, and I’m happy to admit it’s been a positive ride. Although it’s been a year, I still find myself curled up with a cup of coffee + this survey. It highlights many great aspects of Denmark and reminds me of all the things I still need to explore! As delighted as I was to find this issue last Christmas, I additionally bought their newspaper edition named Alpino. It gave me many ideas for winter get-aways and cozy tips to enjoy the cold weather. And, being that it’s around the Christmas holiday now, what could be better than giving a subscription of Monocle to a loved one?