31 May 2011

Thrifting Adventures in Spain #2

Probably the best 4 I’ve spent, ever. This is why I love thrifting so much, you can find some absolute incredible things for a steal. I spotted this mid-length pastel printed skirt tucked away from view and I knew it had to be mine. Here I’ve worn it with a white, cropped Topshop vest (singlet), brown belt and the perfect accessory - a frozen yogurt topped with strawberries and nuts – yum yum. 

Photos taken by Roger Rabbit

30 May 2011

Vintage Stores in Barcelona

One of the things that I love to do while I’m on holiday is to scope out the vintage in that city or town. Whether it is in the form of thrift stores or vintage boutiques, I’m not picky. And to my surprise and delight, Barcelona is full of hidden vintage gems. Yesterday I stumbled across two vintage stores; Holala Ibiza and Retro City and found myself in vintage heaven.

Holala Ibiza
Probably my favourite store of the two, it was an amalgamation of clothing, art and furniture in the heart of Barcelona. I was thoroughly impressed with the collection of flares in all the colours of the rainbow, kimonos, 80s dresses and tie-dye tees (which are festival must-haves). And for the men out there it was stocked full of baseball and leather jackets, Hawaiian shirts and denim and checked shirts. One thing I love about going into a vintage store is the furniture and homeware section – think colourful school chairs, interesting lampshades and 80s vases and ornaments. And the best thing about Holala is it has an outlet just down the road.
Plaza de Castilla 2
08001 Barcelona


Retro City
Set a few hundred metres down the road from Holala, it is much smaller than Holala and if you’re into rummaging (which I certainly am) you’re destined to find some incredible pieces. Here, menswear rules with the entirety of the back section of the store dedicated to men’s t-shirts however ladies do not fear, they do have an incredible selection of skirts, hats and shoes at very reasonable prices. 
Carrer dels Tallers, 51
Barcelona, 08002

Photos taken by Jessica Rabbit

29 May 2011

Costa Brava, Spain

I’m back from my long weekend in the Costa Brava (literally meaning the “wild coast”), which, I must say, was incredible. The coastline is absolutely stunning and the best part is, while parts have lent themselves to tourist developments, others have retained a more traditional look and have become hidden gems for those who are searching for a little peace and tranquillity. As much of the Costa Brava is unattainable by public transport you will need to hire a car, which is what we did. First stop was Girona, which is a perfect day trip from Barcelona – approximately a two-hour train journey. Here the main drawcard is the ancient cathedral however, the narrow streets and the many gelaterias all add to the city’s charm.

Next port of call was Cadaqués, close to the French border and at the foothills of the Pyrenees. Formally a fishing village, Cadaqués offers a great escape from the hustle and bustle. From the serene ocean blues and greens to the incredible sunsets and sea breezes, Cadaqués is like no other place on earth, and once you discover it, it will have you returning again and again. The artist Salvador Dali once said "I have spent a delightful summer, as always, in the perfect and dreamy town of Cadaqués. There, alongside the Latin sea, I have been quenched by light and colour".

Just around the corner is Port Lligat, a small, quirky little town in which its main claim to fame is that it houses Dali's former home which has now been converted into the Casa-Museo Salvador Dali. I don’t know if I’ve divulged this about myself yet, but I’m a major Dali fan. Last time I was in Barcelona I made the day trip to Figueres to go to the Dali Museum.

Probably the highlight of the Costa Brava for me was Cap de Creus, a headland located at the most eastern point of Spain. The landscape is magical - incredibly windbeaten, rocky and dry with almost no trees in site. By contrast the water that surrounds the peninsula has the clearest water in deep blue hues. 

Photos taken by Jessica Rabbit

28 May 2011

Valencia, Spain

Valencia is one place that I’ve been dying to visit for the last two years, and I’m so glad I did. From the beautiful building facades, the fabulous Estación Del Norte (probably the most incredible train station I have seen) and you cannot go past the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences complex.

Here I'm wearing my favourite coral blouse that I bought in Newquay. I've paired it with nudie cut-off short shorts that I made from jeans that I don't wear anymore. 

Photos taken by Jessica Rabbit
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