Holiday Gift Guide by Nette Leikas

Christmas lights have been turned on in the streets of Barcelona and furry, warm jackets and scarves have made a comeback after last winter. We still haven’t opened the first window of Christmas calendars, but it is not too early to start wrapping those Christmas presents already now. That way you’re able to dedicate the weeks before Christmas Eve to ginger bread, mulled wine and just making it cosy at home. Everyone has been in that stressful situation and bought presents in the very last minute, so our advice is to avoid the bustle and prepare Christmas presents early this year. In this way you can enjoy the Christmas feeling without stressing in the shops.

Today we want to share some inspiration for your Christmas shopping. In the collages under you’ll find even more ideas! Write your picks down in the shopping lists and you’ll know exactly what you’re looking for for your loved ones. Let’s start with the girly favourites!

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A red lipstick or nail polish is perfect for Christmas time but can also be used throughout the year. That’s a present that will colour up every girl’s day and there are both cheaper and more worthy options available, which will suit for every wallet. If you feel like dark red doesn’t fit your girlfriend or sister, choose lighter tones or the other Christmas colours gold or green. Beauty stores have made it so easy to give away cosmetics and skin care products as present. Almost every make up store has prepared gift packages that include different matching products wrapped in a beautiful box. It couldn’t be simpler to shop a Christmas gift for anyone! The only difficulty might be choosing since there are so many gorgeous options! If her make up bag is already completely full, head to the accessory department. You can look for fashionable scarves or gloves that aren’t only pretty but also necessary in the frosty winter weather. If you know her style well, you can even choose a nice bag, necklace or pair of shoes to hide under the Christmas tree.

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If you want to be sure that your present won’t be laying in drawers unused, you can buy something practical for everyday life. Gifts for home are great during winter when we spend a lot more time indoors. That gift could be new high-quality headphones that a friend couldn’t afford himself. Or a smoothie machine for someone who always stops by at the cafés for some berry power. You could buy soft blankets or fluffy slippers to make hanging at home even cosier. Maybe your friend likes to be super organised or just tends to forget everything and you can buy a planner for 2019 to put his/hers new year in order. You can even prepare your friend for New Year’s Eve celebrations and give a pretty pack of champagne glasses.

experiences

I saved my personal favourite gift last and that is giving an experience as a Christmas present. It is a great feeling to give a present box and delight a friend with something material but most of us wouldn’t actually need the things. That’s why, I love giving presents that everyone will appreciate and be excited about; quality time. Of course, this present must be well planned to match the personality of the lucky one. But fortunately, there is a countless number of alternatives, so you’ll find something for everyone for sure. A spa day would be a perfect present for a friend who has been working a lot lately. An adventurous sibling would be thrilled to try out extreme sports like bungee jumping or diving. A visit to an escape room is for those who love to solve mysteries. A wine tasting for a wine lover, shopping tour for a shopaholic or a ticket to a favourite band’s concert. And who wouldn’t like a nice evening in a good restaurant? The list goes on and on and that is the reason I love giving (and getting) these unforgettable presents.

Didn’t you find anything from this list for the one you wanted to surprise? Behind this link you can read our gift ideas for Valentine’s day – some of them are perfect Christmas presents as well!

How about you, have you already started Christmas shopping?

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Best vintage shops in Barcelona by Admin

In Barcelona, there are hundreds of ways of spending your time – from visiting the most typical tourist spots, such as La Rambla, Sagrada Familia or other Gaudi’s breathtaking masterpieces to diving into Barcelona’s fashion spree. And that’s what we have done today. As you probably know, Barcelona is famous for the streets filled with exclusive shops like Gucci, Channel, Dolce&Gabbana, etc. However, not that many people know about the flourishing vintage shops and markets. We made a quick tour around the city and visited four amazing vintage shops. We made sure to take some amazing pictures just so you would see what it’s all about!

Soul

The first shop we visited was the vintage store named SOUL, situated at Carrer de Tallers. Crossing its thresholds, we found ourselves in a place that’s magical and a little dark filled not only with ordinary clothes but also with various kinds of disguises. See for yourself!

address: Carrer Tallers 15

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The second one was more casual and is maintained in the style of the past two decades. There, we found some 90’s style clothes like polo T-shirts, mom jeans, outworn Vans or Converse. What surprised us the most, was the large choice of football shirts! For anyone who loves old-school aura and football – we totally recommend it!

address: Carrer de Tallers 23

Polly Maggoo

The greatest choice of accessories ever! Hats, all kinds of jewelry and neckerchiefs. When you enter the shop, you can definitely feel the 70’s vibe – the clothes are totally sublime and selected perfectly to capture the hippie era. Furthermore, the owner is very nice and helpful.

address: Carrer de Riera Baixa 4

Lullaby
Let’s dive into the 50’s! This vintage shop is not only full of amazing clothes from a few decades ago, but has an extraordinary inside design as well. Unfortunately, not all the things are for sale, but still, it’s the great experience to admire the owner’s imagination.

address: Carrer de la Riera Baixa 22

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Discover Spanish Fashion Market by Admin

Although Spain is usually associated with the biggest brands of clothing such as Zara and Mango, it is worth looking for and getting to know this market closer.  Spain hides much more than just that. Each wardrobe should be enriched with even one thing from Spanish fashion houses.

CM made some research for you to know where to shop in Barcelona.

Uterque

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Brand was founded in 2008 and today sells its stuff in more than 12 countries. In addition to the accessories you will also find standard clothing to help you create your outfit or to complement the hottest trends of the season

LOEWE

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The Loewe brand is one of the few brands with such a long history that dates back to its founding in 1846 and has gone the way of Hermès and Louis Vuitton, starting with fine leather goods, then developing it with travel bags, suitcases and handbags, on the line of clothes and perfumes ending.

Manolo Blahnik

 

befunky-collage5 We all know this brand from our favorite show “Sex in the City”. Manolo Blahnik’s was the favorite brand of  Carrie Bradshaw, and yes, their shoes are FABULOUS!Manolo Blahnik style is today recognizable throughout the world, and is based on references to the aristocratic and female sex appeal.

DELPOZO

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Delpozo artistic director is Josep Font, Barcelona architect. Font education is particularly evident in his design. The spaciousness of the clothes makes them seem separated from the body. Dresses resemble modern Madrid buildings. This is the perfect place to shop in, if you are tired of typical designs.

In addition a little advice from CM: Follow your heart, wear outfits in which you feel comfortable, confident and fabulous. Be yourself and believe that you are beautiful.

XOXO

CM

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