BARCELONA DAY 2: MUSEU NACIONAL D’ART + MONSERRAT MONASTERY

BARCELONA DAY 2: MUSEU NACIONAL D’ART + MONSERRAT MONASTERY

The second day of my trip it was very cold a rainy. Luckily, the morning was spent looking through the beautiful Museu Nacional d’Art while it rained. I honestly love a good rainy day spent inside of a museum. This one was beyond beautiful…literally like walking through a castle.

By the time we were done wandering around the different wings, and had some lunch, the rain had stopped.

We then headed out of the city on the metro to go up to the Monserrat Monestary. We took the cable cars up the mountain and I honestly wouldn’t have wanted to go up any other way. The views were breathtaking!

We walked around the museum and then headed over to the basilica. This was a such a cool experience and I am so glad we decided to do it.

After we walked around all the buildings, we ended up exploring the outside areas a bit. There are a lot of hiking trails, but we didn’t do them as we went later in the afternoon and it was very cold.

The views from everywhere you went were so pretty. I definitely feel like if you are scared of heights this might not be for you.

We caught the last cable car down the mountain and headed back into the city. We ended the night with an early dinner and passed out from exhaustion.

BARCELONA DAY 1: PALAU DE LA MUSICA, GOTHIC QUARTER + TAPAS

BARCELONA DAY 1: PALAU DE LA MUSICA, GOTHIC QUARTER + TAPAS

I did so much when I was in Spain that I have decided to break it down and do it by day. I will also create a guide to Barcelona for those of you who want just a highlighted version of the favorite things I did!

The first full day in Barcelona might have been one of my favorites of the trip. There is nothing like wandering around a new place and getting lost in the streets.

We started our day off with an early tour of the Palau de la Musica.

This beautiful concert hall was absolutely beautiful. I loved the architecture inside and it has my favorite ceiling of all time inside. I also love the mosaic pillars on the balcony outside the second floor.

After our tour we wandered around the gothic quarter where we stumbled upon the Barcelona Cathedral. We didn’t go inside but we did spend a good amount of time looking at every Ince of the building from the outside. We then just walked around the narrow streets and alleys looking at all the amazing architecture.

We ended out the day with a trip to Dulcinea for Swiss drinking chocolate and melindros. This is one of my favorite things I ate on my trip and I am still daydreaming about them now. After having these, we went onto dinner at Bodega La Palma where I enjoyed my fist bravas and ham croquets.

The jet lag was very evident to us on our first day and we were exhausted by the end of it. So we had an early night and got lots of rest because the rest of our days were jam packed with activities.

WHAT I WORE: BARCELONA, SPAIN

WHAT I WORE: BARCELONA, SPAIN

I can’t believe I have been home for almost a week. Barcelona was a dream trip and it went by way too fast.

I am still fighting some jet lag and trying to get back on California time, so while I wait for my body to re-adjust I wanted to show you some of my outfits from Spain. There will be more posts to come, but I need more time to get my thoughts together for them.

So, I hope you enjoy my outfit roundup from my week exploring Barcelona, Spain!

Because the weather was so cold, and windy, I ended up wearing more repeats that I had intended to. I will say that having pieces that mix and match well together makes traveling, and getting ready, SO much easier. I am very grateful I brought the layers I did or I probably would have froze.

HEALTHY MINT CHIP SMOOTHIE

HEALTHY MINT CHIP SMOOTHIE

I love adding smoothie to my diet, especially when the weather warms up. However, I don’t always want a fruit smoothie. Sometimes I want a smoothie that will curb my craving for a sugary snack while still providing nutrients.

I recently got the idea to re-create smoothies from popular brands and put my own twist on them.

Recently my favorite has been my “copycat” Daily Harvest mint chip smoothie.

Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop greens powder (optional)
  • handful of spinach
  • 1 tbs cocoa nibs
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 3 drops peppermint extract
  • 1/2 banana, frozen
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean powder
  • 1 tbsp cashew butter
  • 1-3 drops liquid stevia (optional)

This smoothie has been helping me get in my greens, curb my dessert cravings, and it keeps me full between meals. I honestly feel like I am drinking a milkshake!

What is your go-to smoothie lately? Let me know in the comments below! I am always on the look-out for new recipes.

-Lyndsay

LONG HAUL FLIGHT ESSENTIALS | WEDNESDAY WISHLIST

LONG HAUL FLIGHT ESSENTIALS | WEDNESDAY WISHLIST

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In about one month I leave for Spain!

I have so much to do before then– I have to figure out what to wear, figure out transportation, and figure out what I need to buy for a 23 hour travel day. Here are some of the things I have bought and want to buy for my long-haul flight.

I recently bought this neck pillow and I am honestly so excited to use it. This pillow can conform to pretty much any position you need for sleeping. I also need to buy an eye mask like this one for my flight. I tend to have trouble sleeping so I plan on buying some liquid IV sleep to help me out. My goal is to try and make the longest leg of my trip as comfortable as possible, so I plan on buying this foot hammock to help keep my blood circulating. The longest stretch I have on a plane is about 14 hours long. I bought these deodorant wipes to help keep me smelling fresh.

If you have any items you love when you travel please let me know! I am still searching for some gems.

-Lyndsay

TRUTH TALK | WORK CLOSING, LOSS OF A FAMILY MEMBER + HEALTH ISSUES

TRUTH TALK | WORK CLOSING, LOSS OF A FAMILY MEMBER + HEALTH ISSUES

I know it has been a while since I’ve had a heart-to-heart with you.

And not to make excuses, but life has been hard lately. Yes, I am going to Spain and I am very excited for it, BUT that doesn’t mean everything is sunshine and rainbows over here.

In January, I lost my uncle. It was a hard loss for my family and it’s a loss that we can’t even begin to navigate. He passed in the hospital, and due to COVID we weren’t allowed to see him which meant we never got to say goodbye.

A week later I learned that the business I have been working for the last seven years is closing permanently in March (like in a month). At the end of next month, my life will be completely different. I will have no steady income, no coworkers, and no more commute.

The same week I found out about my job, I learned that I have high cholesterol and have to loose about five to ten pounds and go on a diet.

It has been overwhelming for me to deal with all of these things all at once. I have honestly been clinging to all the good things in my life to help get me through. When things feel “too much” for me I always try to list five things I am grateful for and it always makes me feel better.

If you are going through a tough time in your life, please know you are not alone.

-Lyndsay

VALENTINE’S WEEK | FRIDAY’S FIVE

VALENTINE’S WEEK | FRIDAY’S FIVE

{Getting dressed up for Valentines Day for once}

{having a cozy date night in front of the fire with pizza}

{Celebrating Wendy’s 5th Birthday}

{Getting some new Stoney Clover}

{Enjoying my morning coffee in bed}

This week was all about the love in all aspects. I worked all day on Valentine’s Day but my boyfriend surprised me with coffee, flowers, and my Wendy girl. It was so sweet and very unexpected (he normally is not into Valentine’s Day gestures). I also have been practicing more self care this week in any way I can. Sometimes it’s lighting a candle at night and reading, sometimes it’s doing a full multi-step skincare routine, but mostly it is lounging in bed in the morning to drink my coffee.

We also celebrated Wendy’s 5th birthday this week which is so crazy to me. Like how is she five already?! It still seems like she is two. We started the night before with a cozy date. The three of us had pizza (she just gets the leftover crust) and we watched Disney+ in front of the fire. Then on her actual birthday we got In’N’Out and cupcakes. We obviously watched Peter Pan because that is where her name came from!

I also finally received my Stoney Clover Lane orders from the High Tea Collection and I am obsessed. I can’t wait to customize them.

-Lyndsay

I’M GOING ON A TRIP!

I’M GOING ON A TRIP!

Even typing this out is so surreal…I am going to BARCELONA!

This trip was very unexpected, and is coming up very soon. I will be going at the end of March into early April (which is about two months from now). It has been a long time since I have traveled overseas and I am so excited. I also am slightly nervous to travel so far during COVID and I am also nervous that this trip could be canceled like all my trips in 2020. You can read about that in this post and this post.

I’m sure you are wondering how this trip came about because I stated it was unexpected. Long story short, my boyfriend recently had COVID. While he was confined to his room, I think he got a little bit of cabin fever and it amplified his travel bug. So, he randomly booked us flights to Barcelona for his spring break when he saw a flight deal come through to his email. I had no idea he was doing this; I just got a call one day on my way to work and he told me he bought flights.

I can’t wait to take you along on this trip with me! I will of course be sharing everything we do and see on our adventure. What types of things would like to see on this blog? I would love to share the things I want to get for the trip, but would love to know if there is anything you want to know so leave me a comment down below!

-Lyndsay

JANUARY AMAZON BUYS

JANUARY AMAZON BUYS

January is the first month of the year, and it usually a month to set goals and get your life together. I have done a lot of planning this past month, as well as cleaning and organizing. One of things I would like to do more of is sharing my Amazon purchases with all of you. I love finding things on Amazon, and I love seeing what other people buy. Here is what I bought this month on Amazon.

GREENS POWDER

I realized I lack a lot of greens in my diet. While I do eat veggies and take vitamins, I felt like it wasn’t enough. I decided to try this greens powder out in a new smoothie (recipe coming soon) and I love it! I also love that this greens powder has probiotics in it too.

VANILLA BEAN POWDER

To go along with my new smoothie I bought this vanilla bean powder. I think its so fun and delicious. I can’t wait to add it to more things like blended coffee drinks and baked goods.

SMOOTHIE GLASSES

Speaking of smoothies, when the weather is warmer or I can finish one before I get out the door, I love making smoothies. I find they are so easy to prep and put together and they are delicious! However, I really struggle with taking them to-go because my blend jet cups have no lids and I find them cumbersome to tote about at work. I found these very aesthetic smoothie jars and they are a game changer. They have bonus points for being dishwasher safe too.

PISTACIO SYRUP + PUMP

For Christmas I received a Nespresso machine and have been loving it. I especially love making lattes with the espresso pods. Since Spring is right around the corner I decided to get a Pistachio syrup and it is the most delicious syrup I think I have ever tasted. I also got this pump to go on the bottle for quick and easy dispensing.

SWEATER DRESS

My closet needs a little bit of updating. Over the past year I did a lot of purging, and I have a lot of holes in my wardrobe now. One area I really want to work on is my dresses. I feel like I only have summer and spring dresses, but none for cooler temperatures. I saw this dress and love how cozy it is. It can easily be dressed up with tights and boots or can be worn by itself with a pair of sneakers. I love having pieces that are versatile.

I honestly love finding things on Amazon. What did you buy recently that you love?

-Lyndsay