With a PHD in fashion, a hair ambassadorship with L’Oréal Paris and a global audience, Victoria is the lady behind the award-winning fashion, travel and beauty blog, Inthefrow.
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Sailor Stripes in Park Guell
One Barcelona trip down, and one to go. This time with no work involved, just play time with my girls to celebrate my besties engagement, Mrs Eat Travel Love.
Or I should say Miss, until the big day at the end of the month. These ladies are some of my nearest and dearest and we have had some wonderful trips away in the past. This trip can easily be added to the top of the list.
We stayed at Casa Gracia Barcelona Hostel, a quaint and elegant place to stay in the very heart of Barcelona, literally about five minutes from the main streets and about ten minutes walk from La Sagrada Familia. It was extremely affordable, especially as the six of us shared a six bed dorm. It was comfortable and perfect for us girls. Just everything we needed and great to actually share a large room than having to split us up over three rooms of two. The facilities and quality of the hostel certainly felt more like a rustic hotel, Id highly recommend.
On this day, we headed to one of the most famous spots in Barcelona, and a place I have dreamed of visiting ever since a School project introduced me to its beauty, at the age of around 12. Park Guell, again was around ten minutes away in a taxi and positioned quite high up, offering stunning views of the Barcelona surroundings. Whilst we could not get into the cordoned off areas, with the beautiful snaked seating, encrusted with Antonio Gaudi’s famous mosaics, we could still take photos of them from across the wall, and as you can see, the weather was truly perfect for a walk around this wonderful area.
In the daytime I wore my favourite Strathberry Navy Tote that I used for this whole trip (Use Inthefrow10 for 10% off). I also wore these super comfortable Tory Burch Sandals that seem to go on every trip, ever, with me recently, as well as my huge Prada Sunglasses, to block out the beaming sunshine. I also wore this comfy, easy striped crop. A style I havent worn previously, but I figured it was about time I ventured into stripes, and you know what, I am loving it! The skirt was an oldy but a goody, from H&M a while ago, but its just one of their tube skirts that they still sell as a basic item. So so handy for wearing under long shirts too, as it just keeps your decency in tact whilst allowing the main item in the outfit to shine.
After baking in the heat for a few hours, we made our way to the beach, a little further down from the W Hotel and basked in the amazing sunshine for a few hours. We bought ourselves a little umbrella to shade ourselves underneath, and I lay there for hours, actually taking time to relax. In true bridesmaid style, me and the other maids wore all black bikinis, whilst I surprised Steph with an all white set, so we could celebrate her hen party with a little more flair. We’re not the kind of gals who go for penis straws or similar, so black and white bikinis was good enough for us. I wrapped my upper half in this gorgeous ASOS kimono too, to shield my shoulders from the rays, but this bikini I found to be a total winner. The shape was so flattering and the price was amazing.