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The House

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So sorry I’ve been a little MIA as of recently, but I have great news to share! We bought a house! Between the house logistics, work and travel – I’ve had limited time to post, but I hope you all understand and are excited about even better content that’s coming to Brown Paper Doll soon!

 

So details on the house…

 

You all know I’ve been very honest about the adjustment from New York City back to Atlanta. Over the past year, I’ve missed my job in New York, my friends, and just the life that Jason and I built in the big city. While I don’t regret making the move, I’ve had to remind myself that Jason and I made the change for a reason.  We wanted to be closer to my family in Florida and create some roots in a place that would allow us to start our own family someday.  Well, a little over a year after moving, and I feel like we’ve made a huge step in that direction.

 

I’m excited about taking this new step for my family, and of course….decorating! While I’ll still be keeping fashion at the forefront, I hope to share some developments on the house with you all too! Here’s to the dollhouse and to taking this new step!

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Trend Alert: Western Details

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I recently debuted my newest pair of heels – a black suede sandal that’s right on time with the latest trend – Western details! While I do love trends, I look for ways to incorporate that don’t break the bank, because sometimes trends are over quickly and you don’t want financial regret. If it’s a pricier item, I look for ways to adopt the trend more classically so I’ll feel comfortable wearing the item in seasons to come.

 

That was the case with these lovely Maje sandals that Jason bought me in Barcelona! While I love the western detail, I feel like it’s not overwhelming and I’ll be excited to wear these for years to come. The classic silhouette and undertested black suede will fit right in with the rest of my wardrobe! Well, I wanted to share the link of where you can buy this pair – not only because they are so cute, but they incredibly comfortable! And while I’m sharing my newest obsession, I thought I’d share some other Western-inspired items that caught my eye.

 

Western Flat Sandals: If you’re not a heels person, never fear! This Birkenstock-inspired pair is comfy, cute with jeans, and right down the street on the shelves of your local Target.

 

A Western Boater: I’m slightly hat obsessed and ready to hang up my straw boater for a more Fall-friendly version. You’ll be the chicest gal on the ranch!

The Belt: Last but not least is an easy way to incorporate the western trend – the belt! Here is my favorite (more suede!) courtesy of Free People and another slightly cheaper variation from Urban Outfitters.

 

What do you dolls think? Are you on board with this trend?

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Barcelona Travel Guide

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Hola Dolls! Today I can’t wait to share some details with you about our recent trip to Barcelona. It was actually my first time (and Jason’s) in Spain, so there was almost too much to see, eat and experience! Every year we usually take a mini family vacation with Nigell and Robie, having spent a couple of days with them in Dublin. Last year was Amsterdam, the year before – London, so sunny streets of Barcelona were quite different!

 

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WHERE WE STAYED:
 
Having been on a recent Soho House kick, we decided to give the Soho House Barcelona outpost a whirl. The private member’s club also doubles as a restaurant (we’ll get to that), spa and hotel. Because it is primarily for members, the clientele is exclusive and quite honestly…super chic! Everyone was beautiful, the décor was impeccable, service outstanding and we felt like we were in a dream. From vintage radios in the rooms playing Spanish guitar to a cocktail cart with nightly visits to your room for a “Getting ready treat,” Soho House delivers on ambiance and service. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay surrounded by Barcelona’s coolest customers, drinking frosé on the sunny rooftop and getting massages in the subterranean Cowshed spa.

 
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WHAT WE DID:
 

The thing about Soho House being so cool is that you never want to leave! Believe me…we were torn between enjoying the sunshine and actually taking a moment to relax and getting out and soaking up every moment of our first trip to Spain. But as they say…it’s all about balance. Some of the things we did included:

 

Walking through Las Ramblas – We strolled down Barcelona’s iconic boulevard, taking in the sights, popping in to shops and drooling over ice cream cones.

 

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As an Art History student, I always obsess over every museum in a new city. This time, I so exhausted that I didn’t make it to many, but I was sure to visit Casa Milà (aka La Pedrera), one of Antoni Gaudí’s most famous architectural feats. We viewed the city’s beautiful cathedrals including the gothic Barcelona Cathedral, as well as La Sagrada Familia,a breathtaking (and still not complete) wonder!

 
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To relax, we hit the W Hotel for a beachside cocktail. While we opted for a more low-key stay at Soho House we had to hit one of Barcelona’s most famous structures for some time to unwind. Of course, I also found time for shopping…a must in any city! Jason and strolled through L’Eixample, one of Barcelona’s largest and most modern districts. I actually got a new Maje dress that’s coming to the blog soon! Stay tuned!

 

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Where We Ate:
 

Like I mentioned, the Soho House is actually home to an amazing restaurant that we’ve frequented in other cities: Cecconi’s. We recently went in Brooklyn, Miami and even London – but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to dine there in Barcelona. We ate there on two occasions, one for the most extravagant brunch I’ve ever seen (highly recommended) and one for a casual and cocktail-full lunch before our departure. The fare is modern Italian and undeniably delicious.

 
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Two of our other favorite dinner spots were Feroz and Boca Grande. The latter being my favorite, not only because of food, but because of the unique ambiance and multi-level cocktail bar. After a dinner of wagyu beef paella, and tapas we headed upstairs for cocktails with the city’s stylish crowd. But what was most surprising was the club-scene in the bathroom. A giant room filled with floor to ceiling mirrors of all shapes and designs, the bathroom had blaring music and a crowd that came for the restroom, but ends up staying to dance! So unique! Last but definitely not least, we dined at a local tapas and cava bar that we popped into by chance. The food and wine was so delicious we retraced our steps on another day to enjoy it again! Aren’t happenstance finds like that the best!

 

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I know this recap doesn’t even do justice to the amazing city of Barcelona, but I hope you all enjoyed it. Let me know in the comments if you have any travel plans coming up!