• Skincare Secrets from Spain Discovered

    The best beauty brands and skincare products in Spain uncovered for achieving a gorgeous, youthful glow. The women in Spain are quite beautiful and as an American living in Barcelona, I’ve often wondered what their skincare secrets are. Minimal makeup, long locks with a true sun-kissed ombre AND glowing skin. Youthful, dewey and bright complexions. As someone struggling to keep my skin hydrated and toned from the effects of hard city water in Barcelona, this got me thinking! *This article contains affiliate links that may result in a small commission to the writer at no additional cost or commitment to you, the consumer.…

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    Hair Care Secrets from Spain Discovered

    If there is one thing about my beauty regimen that I’ve been trying to understand since moving to Spain it’s the secret to hair care! I can’t quite figure out if it’s the hard city water in Barcelona or the fact that I’m about to turn 40 next year, but my hair has been such a problem lately. Maybe I started noticing it more after observing how luscious, thick and simply gorgeous Spanish women’s hair is! What’s the deal? Their locks appear healthy and unphased by the harmful effects of city water, over-processing, or the environment. What do local Spanish women of all…

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    9 Vintage Furniture Stores in Barcelona

    One of my favorite passions from back in the states was restoring and painting vintage or second hand furniture. I loved this hobby so much, I ended up turning it in a little side business for myself. It was one of the things that was hardest for me to walk away from once we decided to move to Barcelona. People ask me constantly why I don’t continue the art here. Honestly, the furniture market and logistics in Spain are very different from back home. However, my love for scoping out the best vintage furniture is still strong. So, you can imagine how awful…

  • How Your Skin Benefits From Raw Juicing

    Eight to ten servings of fruits and vegetables each day! It’s the mantra that’s been drilled into our brains from childhood.  But the reality is, how many people can achieve even half of the recommended amount? That’s where the concept of RAW JUICING has become all the rage!  Think of it as a shortcut to consuming all those servings. And the positives for your body include everything from detoxification, reducing the risk of cancer, better stamina, mental clarity, aiding digestion and of course, losing weight! After a rough weekend of greasy food and cocktails, my internal organs are forever grateful for the cleanse…

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    7 European Beauty Brands to Fall In Love With

    Discover the pharmacy grade skincare brands that dominate the beauty industry here in Europe I never meant to cheat on all of my old favorite beauty products from the states! But I had no choice. When we moved abroad to Spain and I eventually ran out of my regular supply, I knew it would be ridiculous to wait nine months for our return trip back home before replenishing! Imagine – on top of countless other “expat” things I needed to adjust to and make decisions about, now I had to tackle everyday personal stuff. Like, what face wash to use and which eye…

  • How Not to Look Like a Tourist in Spain

    When my family and I first moved abroad and became expats in the amazing city of Barcelona, we didn’t take notice to how we may have…”stood out” amongst locals. I mean, with so many other things to worry about and decisions to make, there simply wasn’t time to NOT look like a tourist those first few months. Looking back now two years later, it amazes me to this day that we never fell victim to pickpocketing – since we didn’t exactly blend in! And here’s the thing. Standing out in a world of wallflowers is never a bad thing. But when you’re an…

  • Dressing Like a Local in Spain: Your Go-To Guide

    After two years of living in this fantastic city and trying desperately to look less and less like an outsider, I’ve come to several fashion conclusions. There are some definite DOs and DON’Ts when it comes to dressing like a local in Spain. In other words, fitting in like a local versus standing out like a…tourist! Regardless of what time of year you visit Barcelona, these tips will help you to plan accordingly and look the part! We first set foot in our new home city during the last week of August. The DEAD of summer. At the time I just couldn’t be…