You know, it’s both a blessing and a curse that vintage clothing is such a trend now! For one, there are many more adorable thrift shops so you don’t have to hunt as hard for amazing pieces. But then again, anytime I see someone else in some wildly wonderful vintage dress I think “AH! If only nobody was into vintage so I could buy it all and relish in its beauty.” But that’s envious thinking. So I try to turn those thoughts off and practice compassionate joy, as my mother calls it. I know some people aren’t into second hand clothing (luckily hehe) but I love that someone else created a story for themselves in a dress that’s now mine. I wonder sometimes what their story was. One time I found a dress wherein the girl who made it had stitched her name, Helen, in red thread. Needless to say, I still think about that dress and wonder about the girl who wore. I hope none of this sounds strange. HAH!
Both Millay’s dress and my jumpsuit were purchased at M.O.T.E.L. in Barcelona. If you ask any Davidson girl where the best thrift shop in Barcelona is, she (i.e. Millay, my mother, or I) will tell you about Barcelona’s little gem of a store! IT resides on a street, Riera Baixa, particularly dedicated to vintage shops! GENIUS, right? However, M.O.T.E.L. is special not only because of how wonderfully everything is displayed and how well curated the boutique is but because the woman who owns it is something special herself! She’s the grooviest dressed and kindest thing from any of our haunts in Barcelona. When I tried on the jumpsuit that day and loved it, she was as overjoyed as I was. After we made our purchases and chatted her ear off for a half hour, she tucked a hat in our bag that we had been admiring and smiled. If you’re ever in Barcelona, don’t miss M.O.T.E.L., whose dueña is as beautiful as the clothes she sells.
I do believe that a field of bright yellow flowers is perhaps one of the happiest things to see on a long road trip. But then again, it may be the happiest thing to see, period. End of statement.
You only have one option when you happen upon such beauty: get out of the car, run, jump, laugh, smile, close your eyes and spread your arms like rays of the yellow sun and imagine gathering the beauty and wrapping it around you like a blanket, taking it with you where ever you go.
If nature were to smile, I imagine it would be through flowers in the spring, the way they reach for the sun and blow in the wind; the way they find their way onto our window sills through the hands of little children; the way each flower’s shade of color and smell makes them completely unique. So how then, could your spirit not be lifted when you’re encompassed about by a field of yellow flowers, i.e. one of Mother Nature’s glorious smiles!? I’ve come to the conclusion that if smiles are contagious, then nature’s smile has the greatest effect on me.
I do this particular easy-breasy hairdo ALL the time!! People often ask me how in the world I do it, but it’s the simplest braid!! Ever!! Here’s how:
1) Take a length of hair from behind one of your ears and braid it down.
2) Pull the braid over your head.
3) Bobby pin the end of the braid above/next to/below your ear.
4) If you’d like, you can repeat the process on the other side of your head to have a thicker “headband”. This particular braid works better on longer hair; but, the next braid can be done on shorter hair!!
I often do this braid when my bangs start getting too long (which is like every two weeks!!). It’s harder only it can be hard to figure out how to position your arms at first (or at least it was for me) and your arms can get tired. It’s a hard braid to show how to do through pictures but you can always go look it up on youtube (It’d just be your inspiration to do so;) Here’s how:
1) Section off the front part of hair you want to use and if it helps, pull the rest of your hair back (like the chopsticks? My brother has taken to collecting my hairbands and using them as boomerangs so there’re currently hidden in all corners of our house).
2) Now, pull the hair over to one side.
3) Take three sections of hair and braid the strand nearest your forehead in then the one farthest from your forehead
4) Repeat step 3 adding hair to ONLY the strand nearest your forehead (some people add hair from both sides but I think adding it from only the front makes it look more like a headband)
TIP: For a while, I couldn’t get the hang of this braid, but once I practiced it on someone else, I was able to do to my own hair. Keep trying!! You’ll figure it out:) ALSO. Fun fact. Angela from The Office often wears her hair like this… I don’t know if that’s a good or a bad thing hehe
As you can see, you can do this hairdo with short or long hair! And yes, Millie and I are very cliche… we do our hair and act goofy on bathroom counters (but so do you)!!
Yesterday, we, the Davidson clan, hopped in a rental car and drove up to the Monserrat Monastery. It’s a popular tourist attraction and was truly stunning. I loved hearing people speaking English once again!! And by golly, Americans are loud. You can hear their voices over everyone else’s. AND they even laugh loud! A woman was chuckling at my brother Silas as he was jumping around, and my mom and I were guessing that she was American; sure enough, she’s from Washington State! It was a relief to be around people that are as loud and animated as we are:)
The view from the Monastery was breathtaking!! Although there was a crisp, chilly wind that made our fingertips numb, the rays from the bright autumn sun were heavenly. (Sigh) As we waited for the monastery to open, we sat, bathing in the sun’s rays and admiring the towering and beautiful rocky mountains. Sometimes, I wish I could live in the hills and have a view of the valley. I’d wake up and watch the sunrise and the fog as it crawls towards the ocean. Dreamy, right?Living in a foreign country and having no social life (or at least compared to the one I had in CA) means spending a lot of time with family. Yes, sometimes my siblings do drive me crazy; but more frequently, we get along fantastic! So, because it’s November and a time to reflect on all the blessings we have, I’m grateful that I live in Spain and for the opportunity to spend a plethora of time with my family before I head off to college. Therefore, I have dedicated part of this post to my sister, Miss Millie.Let’s talk about Mills for a second: she loves to sing (and in this area, she’s the most talented of her siblings). She has a green thumb and dreams of building a little greenhouse. She’s always optimistic and easy to please.Also, Millie is very photogenic. I love to snatch my dad’s fancy camera and use her as my model. Patiently, she lets me boss her around left and right as I practice snapping photos at different angles and settings and I as I try to show her how to do the same. I hope you’re having a wonderful November, thinking of all the beauty that life has to offer! I’m so excited thats it’s getting chillier and the time has come to wear scarves and layers and drink gourmet hot chocolate made from grated chocolate and chocolate hazelnut butter e v e r y d a y (are we feeling the chocolate vibe yet?)
Provecho!! Tessa Lynn