You guys, the level of art on the walls in Barcelona is insane! I am going to have at least 5 or 6 different posts strictly dedicated to the walls and my pink dress. I went in a 2 block radius and got a majority of the photos. Please, bare with me. Yet, in my defense, isn’t that what this blog is all about…finding the beauty in everyday locations and places? I think so. I hope my posts continue to inspire you to get out there and find cool walls, cracks and crevices no matter where you are and find the beauty in them. After all, we are all artists in our own rightful way. Once again, this simple pink dress makes for the perfect outfit concerning the beautiful background. I’m in love and I never thought I would ever set foot in Barcelona again after catching food poisoning back in 2011…yes I held a mini grudge. What can I say, ya girl likes to eat. ha.
Upon first look, this dress probably looks like it’s uncomfortable because it’s practically spray painted to my body. In fact, it is one of the most comfortable dresses I wore this summer. Perfect for vacations, it’s quick, easy, and simple. Not only that, but it was ridiculously cheap from H&M. I love to wear dresses in the summer because they are so quick to put on and go. You can pair them with sandals or sneakers, which is a double bonus. I chose this pink color because I wanted to keep things light. Pink symbolizes love and I was in love with the moment and whole experience of being in Barcelona.
Fenty by Rihanna for Puma: Clara Lionel Creeper
Anything Rihanna touches is gold. While I am hyped about her makeup line (gently cackles) I can’t lie, when that girl does her clothing line I am totally with it. I love her style, makeup, personality, I just love her to be honest, she’s definitely an icon. These kicks make me think of Comme Des Garçon’s style, with the half heart detail. Creeper’s are of course a huge win, I love my platforms, that is one trend I secretly won’t let go of. Whatever, we all get one. Of course this woman never fails to melt my heart, as she has donated proceeds to the Clara Lionel Foundation, which Rihanna began in 2012 to support “groundbreaking education, health and emergency response programs around the world.” Final word: Rihanna stole my heart with these creepers.
Not only did I spend a few days in Barcelona, but I also went to the beach town Sitges. I have to say, it is wildly recommended. It’s this adorable little beach town that is easy to find, with a little bit of a google search. I had already been to Barcelona once in the past, knowing a little bit about it I wanted to discover someplace new, cool, and close enough that it would feel like a day trip.
Sitges is beautiful. You can sense that it is old and has a lot of history, but at the same time it is very fun. Modern in the sense of its free spirit and openness to the Gay community. So free, they even have a nude beach catered to the LGBTQ crowd and a lot of bars and nightclubs that are geared in that direction, however not necessarily exclusive to it. I recall even seeing a drag queen hosting a lunch and entertaining the crowd at some point, I did love the purple hair, but missed out on a photo, my bad.
Lastly the place was beautiful. Amazing beach with an incredible view. I stood at the top of these steps and was blown away. Being a beach girl myself, I could not help but feel right at home. However, the Mediterranean sea is very different from the Atlantic ocean, which I am used to.
I recently attended and part time DJed a very special event parallel to the very fashionable Rue Saint Honoré in Paris. Put together by a very talented group of visionaries collectively known as French Kreatuers, a good time was had by all. Founded by the lovely Inga Grinko, the core group of the company also includes Lelde Garanca, who helps form the company’s creative vision, as well as Adrien Thibault for all the beautiful images. French Kreateurs philosophy is simple, they create a space for independent brands to shine through amidst a market of oversaturated leading brands. Thus allowing consumers who want more unique and authentic design pieces to discover and move away from the typical shopping experience.
Every so often French Kreateurs put together a Pop-Up shop to showcase these amazingly talented folks. I took some nice shots of their most recent event, in between my DJing duties. Wanna learn more about some of these amazing creators, then stay tuned.
I know what you may be thinking, whoa dere, these glasses are bit round for your big ol head! Well at first I thought the same. I figured I could never wear circular glasses, but in fact that isn’t true. These babies are made by the brand Clement Gouverneur and the representative just called me over and placed these bad boys on my face and I found them flattering. He also noted that most people do not believe they can wear round glasses, so I’m not alone. But, once you find the right size, it is very much possible and worth it to try. Ultimately, I liked the glasses and you can sense that the products are made with intense care.
Philippe Perisse won me over with his charming personality. I saw his bowties and immediately fell in love with his Alice in Wonderland theme. I mean, who doesn’t like a little bit of fantasy? His fun personality shown through his pieces. He even let me wear this amazing Kimono. Which you’ll also see more of in my future post about my DJ journey. Not only that, but this lovely Japanese woman came over and taught me how to tie the proper bow, super cool! You can tell Mr. Perisse is into taking risks and trying out new things. I love that kind of attitude and I’m sure it will continue to pay off. Like he so poignantly quoted Katharine Hepburn on his website “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun”. So true my friend, so true.
Website – www.philippeperisse.com
Up next was the beautiful jewelry by Marion Fillancq. Now I love my clothing pieces, but truth be told I’m an accessories type of girl. I think they can definitely make or break an outfit, so I’m always looking for unique pieces. Her pieces have a strong artisan appearance, that makes them seem even more special. To me, the jewelry looked like silver and gold leaves or flakes meshed together. Simply beautiful.
Website – www.marionfillancq.com
A vibrant brand called Mademoiselle Fraîche (Fresh Young Lady) was also represented at the pop-up. Their pieces were cute and definitely something a younger female would appreciate. Light airy and fun, the overall attitude of the brand definitely shown through. Founded by Ms. Julie, she claims to not be mad fresh, but I think she just might be after all.
Website – www.fraichemademoiselle.fr
I simply loved the bright colors of Gordana Dimitrijevic’s shoes. Super fun, the right person could definitely pull them off. I really like her adventurous take on footwear. The footwear almost looked like they would be worn in some fantasy land like OZ. Gordana herself has a powerful story. Leaving war torn Sarajevo to pursue her fashion dreams, where she succeeded, makes her mark all the more interesting.
Website – www.gordanadimitrijevic.fr
Upstairs were the most amazing paintings by this artist who goes by Kambiz. My father is a painter and can draw, so I’m always intrigued by folks who can draw and paint. It’s such an amazing talent. His paintings really reflected his interesting childhood where he’d transport between different countries frequently. One being Russia and the others are Iran and Persia. He has a certain focus on Persian miniatures, Persian legends and the Russian folk tales. Please just marvel at his well executed works. Stunning.
Instagram – @kambizov
Facebook – Kambiz-painting painter’s studio
Overall, the event went really well and I am so happy I was able to be a part of it. Good luck to French Kreateurs and all their future endeavors. They’re onto something and I have to say, I like it.
French Kreateurs website – www.kreateurs.com