BARCELONA DAY 4: PARC GUELL, SANT PAU HOSPITAL + PAELLA

BARCELONA DAY 4: PARC GUELL, SANT PAU HOSPITAL + PAELLA

We were very lucky the sun decided to come out, but it was still freezing. I am definitely glad that I packed layer able pieces on this trip. We started our morning off by exploring Parc Guell. It is probably THE most famous park in Barcelona and I now fully understand why. Not only is this park beautiful, but its also massive which I didn’t realize until I was trying to find the famous mosaic bench and got lost.

This park has so may perfect spots for pictures that my boyfriend and I got a little carried away with taking pictures (no regrets though).

After Parc Guell we decided to grab a coffee and then we were off to our next destination.

We took an audio tour of Sant Pau Hospital and were literally blown away. First of all, this hospital seems more like a palace and was gorgeous. Secondly, this hospital was gigantic with something like 13 different buildings not including the newer still functioning hospital.

Once we finished with our tour, we headed back to our Airbnb to rest a little. Later on we headed back to the gothic quarter to do some shopping where I picked up a pair of handmade espadrilles to take home. I also convinced my boyfriend to get Melindros and Swiss chocolate before dinner.

We headed to the beach to get some paella for dinner. This was probably my favorite meal and I honestly wish I had it one more time before we left.

We had an early night in because we were so exhausted from walking so much and it was in the 40’s by the time we finished dinner. I had absolutely no objections to turning in early for a warm shower and a cozy bed.

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

CHRISTMAS WEEK | FRIDAY’S FIVE

CHRISTMAS WEEK | FRIDAY’S FIVE

{Finishing up my Christmas shopping at Lido Marina}

{Drinking boozy peppermint hot chocolate while wrapping presents}

{Getting the best secret Santa present from my co-worker}

{Getting a new purse in time for Christmas}

{Spending Christmas Eve with my boyfriends family}

I am not going to lie; this week has been INTENSE.

With COVID cases on the rise, lots of plans have been pushed back, and I am dealing with some family stuff right now. Regardless of all the hard things happening, I am trying my best to focus on all the good and the blessings in my life. I find that one of the best ways to feel better about things not in my control is to do something nice for others.

I started my week with finishing up my Christmas shopping, and I was fortunate enough to go to Lido Marina in Newport Beach for a very special present for one of my friends. I also combined wrapping presents with some self care by putting on one of my favorite Christmas movies and drinking some spiked hot chocolate.

At work we did Secret Santa this year and I received the most thoughtful and perfect gift from my co-worker! I literally was so impressed by everything she got me and I can’t wait to use everything.

A week or so ago I did a little shopping for myself and bought this super cute sherpa purse from Target. I really don’t have very many purses for everyday use so I thought I would get a fun inexpensive one that I wouldn’t mind getting messed up. I think this one will be great all winter long.

I went into Christmas celebrating with my boyfriends family before my family’s celebration on Christmas Day. It was nice getting dressed up and going to a holiday party. I love the outfit I put together and it definitely put me in the Christmas spirit.

Before I sign off for the holidays, I just wanted to wish you all a very happy holiday season. Christmas can be both the most magical and the most hard time of year. I personally am feeling both. So for all you out there who are struggling, I just wanted to say that it’s okay to be not okay during the holidays and know that you are not alone. We all go through phases in life where the days are hard to get through. My heart is with all of you.

-Lyndsay

TRUTH TALK | DOWNTOWN DISNEY RE-OPENING

TRUTH TALK | DOWNTOWN DISNEY RE-OPENING

Downtown Disney re-opened about three weeks ago. I did not go on opening day or week…I waited. Why? There were three main reasons: COVID cases were surging in Southern California, I couldn’t handle my anxiety, and I wanted to make sure it was safe.

I am an annual pass holder and have been one since about 1999. This is the longest I have ever gone without going to Disneyland and it has been so hard. Disneyland is my happy place. I literally forget all my problems when I am there and always have the best time. The parks have been closed since mid March and I just happened to renew my pass the week before the closure. I know…poor timing but I would have never guessed COVID was going to be this intense.

I had a lot of reservations about going but I did a lot of research before I went. I watched countless vlogs on YouTube, stalked people on Instagram stories, and talked to personal friends to see what their experience was like. I honestly was leaning towards waiting it out for the parks to open but to be honest…my soul was needing some Disney magic. I needed something to make me feel happy so I decided to go.

I got there around 10 a.m. and it wasn’t crowded at all! I got to walk straight into World of Disney and had a pleasant shopping experience. I was probably in there for about thirty minutes. After I got some snacks (because who doesn’t need a churro?) I walked right into the Dress Shop and the Disney Gallery. I waited about ten minutes in line for the confectionary store. I grabbed some lunch at Naples (also no wait to get seated) and was comfortable (far enough away from other parties) to take off my mask. This was the first time I had eaten at a restaurant since quarantine started. I spent about two and a half hours in Downtown Disney and on the way out, there were definitely a lot more people coming in.

Was it worth it? For me, yes it was. I loved walking around in a familiar place hearing Disney Park music everywhere I went. I stood in front of both gates and soaked it in. I definitely felt a little emotional being so close and not being able to go in but happy because I was there. I think that if you are planning on eating and doing some shopping it is definitely worth it. If you are just going because you miss Disneyland it might not be but it is totally up to you! I felt very safe. There were countless amounts of sanitizing stations and they were controlling how many people were in stores.

CURRENT TARGET FINDS

CURRENT TARGET FINDS

Lately I have been doing some damage at Target. They have so many cute things for summer and I can’t get enough! I also have been working on my wardrobe (that post coming soon) and have found a lot of reasonably priced staples there. I thought it would be fun to share with you what I have bought recently!

SHOES

I have always been a fan of the Target brand Universal Thread and right now they are knocking it out of the park! I have been loving all of the summer shoes they have right now and I am loving the natural trend that is happening this summer.

I got these super cute natural loafers for an easy way to elevate any outfit as well as these super cute easy linen slip-on shoes! I also found these super cute natural straw slide sandals that I have been wearing constantly.

I also purchased these faux leather black loafers to wear all year round and the best part is: they were on sale!

PURSES

I purchased this purse last year and love it so much. It is still in style and in store this summer which is awesome! I also picked up this super cute straw clutch that will go with any outfit.

CLOTHING

I picked up this really nice white blazer for this summer to wear with dresses and jeans. I love how versatile it is! I have been buying a few more graphic tees including this one and this one.

It wouldn’t be summer without getting a swimsuit, right?! I swear it’s a girl thing to constantly buy them HA! I purchased this really cute leopard one and it is so secure on the top. I am larger chested, so that is always a main concern of mine when buying swimsuits. I have no worries with this one falling off at all!

Have you been doing some shopping lately? I would love to know your finds!

-Lyndsay