January 1, 2011
feliç any nou
necklace - vintage, my mom's basement via etsy / dress - vintage, thrifted and hemmed / belt - vintage, thrifted / buffalo Larch bag - custom, valhallabrooklyn via etsy / trench - H&M / tights - mommed, Old Navy / socks - Target / boots - Steve Madden
Or, to those who don't speak Català (ahem, me), "Happy new year!"
Mine was great, although admittedly deficient in the sparkly dress department. The boyfriend and I made a great dinner at home pre-midnight, as is Spanish tradition, then skipped over to nearby Plaça Catalunya to check out the countdown revelry. It was a sort of funny experience - this plaza is sort of Barcelona's Times Square, and over 80,000 people swarm the square every year, but there's not really anything to see. No ball-drop, no big countdown clock, no (sanctioned) fireworks - just thousands of cheery drunks (mostly French tourists). Unfortunately we didn't get to participate in the huge Spanish tradition of eating a grape for each toll of the churchbells at midnight - we meant to pick some up at the grocery store earlier but it was a drunken madhouse and we completely forgot.
Today was a sort of enforced lazy day, since almost everything in the city is closed! We did take a long walk this afternoon by a few of Gaudi's more famous buildings, and grabbed a few snaps on the way back. This dress was a last minute addition to my travel wardrobe, I thrifted it in Worcester MA about a week before we left and scrambled to get it hemmed. I always have the best thrifting luck when visiting the boyfriend's family! On the same trip I grabbed another great long-sleeved printed dress and these great sheer navy shorts with little yellow bows printed all over them - sadly they didn't get hemmed in time, so they'll have to wait at least a few months before making their way into regular rotation.
I have to admit, I'm not nuts about this second photo, but I just couldn't resist the adorable kissing photobomb over my shoulder!