Posting these pictures in November, I see how I took for granted that bright sun. My skin was all glowing, lips gloss poppin’, and you could tell I was soaking up the rays. But, if I could flash back to that time, I would definitely just lay on the beach more and maybe even fall asleep there. It was too good and I think it’s safe to say that pink dress is going to be a summer staple. It’s easy, comfortable and will always be a great throw on for beach days and catching some sun rays. Did you see what I did there? I rhymed, haha.
Growing up on an island was very trying. There were times I wanted to just pick up and ship out to the city and live the exciting life. I never truly appreciated the beauty of where I grew up until I left. After living in two major cities, I have been given the chance to see the beauty in my surroundings. Part of why I chose the catch phrase, “the art of creative living” was because I wanted my readers to see the beauty in all that surrounds them. Before we know it, life can pass us by and we missed some of the finer details.
I come from the beach. It’s within me. It’s a part of me. It’s in my being. I love the ocean. The feel of the sand on bare feet. The sound of the waves crashing against the shore. The smell of seaweed in the air. The horizon, seagulls, piping plovers, sea bass, shells, rocks, seagrass and everything else that goes along with being at the beach. The peace one can find at the shore is incomparable to anything else. I’ve been blessed with the luck of being born at a part of such a wonderful place.
The next time you find yourself at the beach, take the time to reflect. Go inward. Maybe bring some coloring books along and draw. Get creative. If all else, all you need is a towel, sunblock and some shades. Just lay out and enjoy the vibes. I rarely see hellish, stress laden people at the beach. It’s a great place to ground yourself. Just bury your feet in the sand and think of being centered and one with the earth. It’s amazing. Even better, dip into the salt water and cleanse yourself. It literally is a refresher that can take away some the ick, weight and messiness that regular reality can bring. Try it sometimes, you won’t regret it.
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.
I absolutely love the beach. It’s literally like a second home for me. I could stay on the beach for hours upon hours. Why I love the beach in Barcelona is because it’s a part of the Mediterranean ocean. Something about that water just gets me. Perhaps because I grew up along the Atlantic ocean and that water is perpetually cold. Especially up North where I am from. Also, did you guys notice, I got that visor hat I was gushing about. I really love how it looks and with some luscious curls cascading around, it gives it a good vibe.
Hat – Forever 21
Shorts – Thrifted
Watch – Casio
Bracelets – A gift from a friend
Bag – Artists Know Best (shop coming soon)
Shades – Tourist Shop in Barcelona
¡Buenos dias amigos queridos! Que tal? Bien? ¡Vale! Are you digging my Spanish? Sexy right? I’m just kidding…I’m really not though. Ha. Moving on, I tend to frequent Spain often. Living in Paris, I can visit surrounding countries pretty easily. It’s one of the many perks to living abroad. I also visit Spain a lot because one of my best friends from childhood lives there, extra bonus.
My bestie lives in Sevilla, Spain and if you’re not familiar with the city, it gets very hot there and with no beach I’m like a fish out of water. I love the city, but I can’t stand the heat. So, we made a trip further south to Cadiz. Known for it’s beautiful beach town landscape and energy, it’s history runs deep. The ports in Cadiz were used to go and explore, conquer and decimate the Americas…how lovely! With the conquistadors long gone, the city has since become a location revered for it’s openness, and residents proud of their reputation for having a love of life.
Often referred to as “Little Havana“, I quickly understood why. Although I have not yet had a chance to visit Cuba. I have seen tons of photos from there. One thing that stands out is the bright city buildings and vibrance of the people. Cadiz has both. We headed over for some impromptu photos in the old city (seen above and below). I had every intention of telling people I had actually gone to Cuba, but why lie? Either way, the area was really cute and I loved the colorful buildings, all intertwined and resting atop narrow roads.
I truly enjoyed Cadiz and have every intention to return. You can see more of my photos from this beautiful city in Her Travels.