Blu Barcelona

Blu Barcelona

Blu Barcelona

This two weeks have been crazy. I just moved back to Mexico City and have tons of things to do!! Anyways, I saved a last post from Barcelona with which I wanted to close my experience at that amazing city.

One of the things I enjoyed doing the most in Barcelona was walking (I know, sounds weird). More concretely I loved to wander through Passeig de Gracia and look at the window displays and visit my favorite stores, by doing this I bumped into one of my biggest store crushes: BLU Barcelona.

Blu Barcelona

Blu Barcelona

It’s not that I don´t love jewelry shops like Cartier, Rabat or Montblanc, but BLU Barcelona has a je ne sais quoi that gives uniqueness to its store. The exoticism and technical mastery in each of its pieces makes every jewel a lifetime masterpiece.

I had the please to meet BLU’s owner and designer Marc Codina Eguileor, and chat with him about BLU. He is a very well known jeweler worldwide as he has an innate talent when it comes to precious stones, gems, diamonds and jewels. “Every piece at BLU is of unique creation… we are a reference when it comes to Fancy Colour Diamonds, as only 1% of the worldwide production of diamonds are of this kind”.

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I had the chance to try several pieces that definitively took my breath away! From emeralds and diamonds to sapphires and brilliants. I even tried the “Jewel of the year 2013”, awarded by the prestigious and sybarite magazine Barcelona Divina. This consisted on a pair of earrings masterly created in pink gold with spiral diamonds shape and angel’s skin coral colour. Absolutely stunning!!

Jewel of the year 2013

Jewel of the year 2013

Blu definitively has a savoir faire when it comes to jewelry. So when looking for something unique, now you know where to shop…

Marc Codina Eguilenor, founder and designer, with me

Marc Codina Eguileor, founder and designer, with me

Click here to vist the webpage or here to visit the fan page on Facebook.

Pepito Barcelona

Pepito Barcelona

Pepito Barcelona

Spain has always been one of the top places in the world when it comes to food. I confess that over these 2 years I’ve never tried so much different food and tasted so much wine. In Barcelona, I visited a wide range of restaurants, from small and cheap locals to prestigious locations renown worldwide. But recently, a new restaurant caught my attention: Pepito.

With a prestigious location between Rambla Cataluña and Paseo de Gracia, Pepito specializes (evidently) in Pepitos. This classic meal turns into a gourmet dish with ingredients such as Brie cheese, foie and pimientos de padrón (the typical green Galician peppers with a salty touch).

Pepito Restaurant

Pepito Restaurant

The menu holds a variety of plates such as salads exquisitely finished, meats, tartar, cod with honey and gourmet tapas. As well, many D.O. from Spain are available for you to choose and marry your meal to boost each flavor.

Pepito Barcelona

Pepito Barcelona

This fashionable and trendy site is the “it place” for Barcelona’s sybarites. The decoration and service allows the guests to stay longer to have dessert or enjoy a last drink in good company.

Pepito

Pepito

I urge you to visit it and try the Pepito Dupont (pimientos de padrón, foie and mushroom) or the Pepito Puig (brie cheese and grilled tomato), if you’re not into pepitos the salmon tartar with avocado is amazing, as well as the patatas bravas or the salad with burrata.

Don’t forget to make a reservation during weekends!

Galeria Loewe

Galeria Loewe

Galeria Loewe

Everyday there’s something going on in Barcelona… The diversity and variety of activities this city holds is amazing. Since I’m about to move to Mexico City in a few weeks, I’m making the most of Barcelona and enjoying every possible spot.

One of the many places I’ve been eager to visit is the Galeria Loewe, a space located at Paseo de Gracia, where the Maison lovers can explore the firms’ universe.

Galeria Loewe  is divided in 5 levels, each of them focusing on a different aspect of Loewe´s 166 years of artisanal expertise, showing its history and tradition through multimedia art installations and interactive experiences.

Amazona bag

Amazona bag

Amazona bag

Amazona bag

The ground floor is focused on the iconic Amazona bag. This bag is not only my favorite purse ever, but it is also an international symbol since its creation in 1975.

The floor is perfectly structured for visitors to understand the making of of this masterpiece. With a hologram explaining the techniques, an installation focusing on the 65 parts of the Amazona bag, and a glance to the tools used today, it is easy to understand and love this bag (with its multiple reinventions) over and over again.

Amazona tools

Amazona tools

Amazona bag Loewe

Amazona bag Loewe

Loewe silk scarves

Loewe silk scarves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The basement floor is focused on the Loewe scarves made of silk. These are inspired in the Spanish culture, which also characterizes the Maison. On the displays, visitors may see the some of the designs available and also the house’s most emblematic silk collections. What I liked the most was the “Flamenco dancers” installation by artist Daniel Wurtzel. In this, a piece of organza in caught in flight by a whirl of air, personifying a scarf into a Spanish dancer.

On the lower mezzanine lays the historical area. Here it’s worth to see the reconstruction of José Pérez de Rozas (Loewe’s art director from 1945-1978) most memorable window display, from 1960s.

José Pérez de Rozas window display

José Pérez de Rozas window display

The upper mezzanine is all about leather and senses. Here stands a tree in which Flamenco bags of vibrant colors are transformed into fruits of temptation made of napa.

Loewe tree

Loewe tree

Finally the top level, where a temporary exhibition related to the firm is exposed. This time it was all about The Kennedys. But I’ll talk about this on my next post! To read it click here

Kisses…

Video by lunatxell

Happy first anniversary at Dry Martini

Dry Martini BarcelonaTo celebrate my first anniversary blogging at Il Dolce Stilo, I decided to visit a very top and special place : Dry Martini.

This bar is owned by Javier de las Muelas, considered as one of the most prominent cocktail masters in the world.

With more the 30 years of history, Dry Martini is an icon in the Cocktail World. Its English style of a cocktail bar with leather sofas, dark wood and tons of different bottles; its art collection on the walls dedicated to his famous cocktail, its exquisite menu and its classic (and not so classic) cocktails has leaded Dry Martini to the list of the 50 best bars in the World!! Dry Martini Javier de las Muelas

My amazing gin tonic

My amazing gin tonic

This “must-visit” place in Barcelona has a unique enchantment and cozy atmosphere with an amazing know how in cocktails. Although you may assume that the drink to ask for is a Dry Martini (and it is) this bar is considered the third best gin bar in the world. I asked for an amazing gin which was masterly made and I totally support this title. (GIN LOVERS MUST TRY IT!)

Today, Dry Martini is considered one of the top 15 bars in the world, so make sure to visit it  when you come to Barcelona. Be sure to make a toast; mine was for a happy year blogging at Il Dolce Stilo…cheers!!!

DRY martini

 

 

Barcelona prêt-a-porter: Fifty years of fashion

Barcelona expoI have passed in front of the Palau Robert a few times over the last months and always felt the curiosity to visit its latest exposition: Barcelona Prêt-à-porter 1958-2008. Finally, this week I managed to make some time and visit it.

Located at Paseo de Gracia, the exposition is structured around the material held in the Antoni de Montpalau textile Collection.Barcelona prêt-a-porter

Timeline fashionThis expo looks back at 50 years of the recent history of prêt-a-porter fashion in Catalonia, from 1958 to 2008. “This period saw the introduction and consolidation of the design and manufacture mass-produced ready-to-wear clothing, a phenomenon that revitalized the textile industry in Catalonia and which was embraced by the major haute-couture fashion houses and high-end and low-cost clothing manufacturers, as well as small-scale couturiers and tailors, designers and boutiques”- affirmed Josep Casamartina i Parassols, exhibition curator.Barcelona fashion

Designers such as Lydia Delgado, Teresa Helbig, Arman Basi, Purificacion Garcia. Javier Simorra, Sita Murt and brands like Etxart & Panno, Mango and Desigual, showed their designs in this exhibition.

Over 300 pieces will be displayed during the 9 months that the exhibition will run for. This will be refreshed on two occasions: October 2013 and January 2014.

Fashion timelineThe expo was well organized with a timeline perfectly explained and multiple videos with interviews and runways to understand the evolution of prêt-a-porter.

Pronovias, Manuel Mota 2005

Pronovias, Manuel Mota 2005

I urge you to visit this expo while visiting Barcelona, it is a must for fashion lovers.

Antonio Berardi

Antonio Berardi

Jean-Paul Najar 2000-2004

Jean-Paul Najar 2000-2004