Looking for a European getaway? Our recommendation: Barcelona, Spain!
Barcelona is a city of amazing culture, food, and nightlife on Spain’s Catalonian coast, which makes it a perfect Mediterranean getaway.
Breathe in the aroma of sizzling tapas and sweet sangria. While the cool breeze rolls off the sea and blows through the palm trees, get lost in the city’s quaint, labyrinthine alleyways, each one filled with adventure.
Barcelona is full of museums, cathedrals, and tourist attractions ranging from the art of Salvador Dalí to the Olympic Stadium. Don’t miss the opportunity to sit outside with a glass of wine or clara (the Spanish version of a refreshing lemon shandy) and enjoy the sights and sounds! Check out La Rambla in the center of the city – a perfect spot to munch on tapas, the famed small plates of Spanish cuisine. Tapas are hot or cold appetizers, designed to be shared with friends or someone special. Favorites include patatas bravas, Catalan bread, olives, chorizo, and Tortilla Española.
If you’re looking for an architectural adventure, look no further than the works of Antoni Gaudí, Catalonia’s most famous architect. Gaudí was heavily inspired by nature and had a very eclectic sense of design. His work can be seen all over the city! Make sure to check out Sagrada Familia, a Roman Catholic basilica designed by Gaudí in 1882. Construction is still going on today, so expect some hammering while you gaze at the breathtaking stain glass windows. Park Güell, another work of Gaudí, is the perfect place to take a break from the city. Stroll through the endless mosaic structures and gardens.
Take time to lose yourself in Barcelona and explore all of the different treasures the city has to offer. And don’t forget to do it in style! We recommend traveling to Barcelona in the Fall or early Spring when the weather’s at its peak. Have you been to Barcelona? Tell us about your adventure!
Written by: Emma Ilaria, Merchandising Coordintor
Photo By: Lauren Zaffaroni
Now that it’s August, all we can think about is our next (last?) summer escape. Are you still dreaming of perfect beach towns, bikini weather and a bit of nature, too? If so, and if you’re in the general vicinity (or own a private jet) consider…
This small island off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts is as quaint as it gets. With beautiful port towns, woodsy, windy roads, and miles of beaches, Martha’s Vineyard is one of the best summer escapes on the Atlantic. If and when you go, don’t miss…
Farmers Markets: One of the best parts about leaving the city (any city) is eating like a country girl. Fresh fruits and vegetables, small batch jams and pickles, and homemade, still-warm-from-the-oven pastries are staples at the islands farm stands and markets.
Beaches: Martha’s Vineyard has fantastic beaches with rolling dunes and (surprising for the New England) clear water. We love South Beach on the southeastern shore for a day of fun/sun.
Edgartown: This is “downtown” Martha’s Vineyard. You’ll find bars and restaurants, great shopping and plenty to see. One of our favorite things to do is grab a drink at one of the many dockside bars and watch the yachts come and go from the beautiful harbor.
Bottom Line: Martha’s Vineyard is the perfect summertime escape on an idyllic little island far from the scratch and claw of urban living. Meet us there?
So I’ve just returned from a much-needed vacation to Puerto Rico, and I’m not kidding when I say I spent the entire time in palazzos.
Who would have thought this early 70’s trend would be making a raging comeback in the 21st Century? Lucky for us, because these just may be The Ultimate Vacation Pant.
Puerto Rico has maybe the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen. I spent most afternoons soaking up the sun, frozen margarita in hand. But come sunset, it was on with the snake print palazzos and go. I wore them for walks along the shore, and kayaking in nearby Fajardo’s Bioluminescent Bay, which I highly recommend.
For cocktails and live music at the local bars it was a decision between my black sash-tie palazzos and my leopard print ones. Either, paired with a simple blouse, made transitioning from day to night a no-brainer. Another thing: palazzos are lightweight and breezy, perfect for dancing the night away to reggae beats.
On my last day exploring the island, I spent all afternoon shopping in Old San Juan. My outfit? Palazzos – the paisley ones. Those, plus a white tank top and sandals for fabulous tropical tourist style.