My inner critic...

I've been going through some inner torment of late, and I have to concur with the statement above, my inner critic is definitely an asshole! I think "he's" a symptom of the shock of losing my job, trying to stay in the US but not able to, making the enormous decision of where to live and what to do in the space of a few weeks, moving and leaving my friends/life behind (not on my terms, that makes it harder), setting-up my business, etc... Normalcy settled in and with that, I handed the "asshole" free rain over my mind and he recked havoc! I am now through the worst thanks to my inner cheerleader, who is a much kinder inhabitant of the torturous land that is my mind...

A MIDWEEK VISITOR

This week, my friend Fabrizio came to visit me - I hadn't seen Fabri since I left Milan over a couple years' ago now, so as with all my BCN Visitors, it was lovely catching-up with him while we ate/drank our way around Barcelona! Fabrizio and I often find ourselves talking about relationships and the struggles we face with a new companion; somehow, he and I have very similar demons....

We went to two of my favorite BCN restaurants: Tragaluz & Bar Mut. There was not much atmosphere at Tragaluz, it's a really large restaurant over 2 floors so unless it's packed, it can feel a little quiet but the delicious bottle of wine we had made us forget that pretty quickly

Nice Things and more...

I was reading the latest post by Freunde von Freunden which was interviewing Barcelona local Paloma Lanna as this one photo of Paloma on her roof terrace caught my eye (stylish chair, rug, foliage, fresh air, no prying eyes) - it's so hot'n'sticky in Barcelona right now, I could really do with a roof terrace to lounge about barely clad on!

Reading through the article, I found out that Paloma runs Nice Things by Paloma S, her parents' fashion label, as well as having her own less mainstream label, Paloma Wool, and both are very very cool. Here are some pieces from Nice Things that I'm considering - they're on sale, no guilt there!

CINEMA: "PALO ALTO"

I just saw "Palo Alto", a film written & directed by Gia Coppola but based on the collection of short stories by James Franco who also stars in the movie. It's one of those movies that leaves you with a feeling that you don't want to immediately lose, so you find the soundtrack online (thank god for the 21st century) and listen to it so as to perpetuate the sensation a little while longer... Here's a link to a short behind the scenes movie made for Vice and here's the link to the soundtrack on Spotify. Let me know what you think - I'm off to read the book while listening to the soundtrack, laters!