Yoga to help animals in need

While we’ve been busy doing pop up events in design spaces, we also have been working to create yoga to help animals in need.

In the upcoming year, we will be running more events.

100% of our classes going to Quissos.org to help animals in need.  See below for our “Doga” session which helped send dog food to less fortunate animals around Spain.

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Yoga Pop Up Events

Leave it to Barcelona is excited to be offering Yoga Pop Up Events around Barcelona. Fusing creativity of design studios with yoga flow, this is a unique opportunity to practice in some of the unique spaces Barcelona has to offer.

Upcoming events:

Tuesday, September 8th
Serena Whitehaven
Mallorca 184, Entlo. 1º, Barcelona
8pm
(Restorative yin)

Wednesday, September 9th
Colmillo de Morsa
Calle Vic, 19
8pm
(Vinyasa Flow)

To reserve your mat, email us at LeaveittoBarcelona@gmail.com

Pop up Yoga

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Holiday Gift Guide Part 2…Shop Barcelona!

Elena Estaun Jewelry

These fantastic and unique pieces are not to be missed!  Perfect for the person in your life who enjoys an edgy, statement piece.   Though you can shop the collection online if you follow Elena on instagram (@elenaestaun) you will also catch unique pieces that never make it to the website! If you are in Barcelona you are in for a treat!  Elena is opening her own showroom near Turo Park before Christmas!  Stay tuned!   IMG_4878IMG_4491IMG_4757

On our wish list?  We have our eye on Elenas gold screws bracelet which will match our ring perfectly!

Secretos de Alcoba

Hats, headbands, fascinators, scarves and gloves galore!  These well prices items are perfect for a sister, friend, or mother!  My most recent find is their new collection of collars to wrap around your neck to stay cozy!

Beginning in mid-december they will be open in the afternoons for your Christmas fix!  They also have a website,facebook page, and instagram account!  (@secretodealcobatocados)

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On our wish list?  A fascinator for our 2015 wedding season!

Laura Miret Barcelona

Handbags, clutches, and change purses in all colors, styles, leather and suede!  We recently shopped for our 3 sisters and Mom, all who have very different styles.  We found something for everyone!

Visit the website to see this seasons collection, along with adorable fur collars which are new!  You can also stay tuned on facebook or instagram @Lauramiretbarcelonabags.

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On our wish list?  Laura’s new fur collars!  Perfect for our holiday getaway to the mountains!

Serena Whitehaven

Welcome to a shoe-lovers paradise!  This is a perfect destination to spoil yourself, or to bring the shoe-lover in your life.  These high quality shoes are unique and sure to draw attention during any holiday party!

Visit their website, facebook page, or stop by their showroom in Barcelona on C/ Mallorca 184, Entlo. 1º  They now offer gift cards as well if you want to share your love of shoes with a friend but you don’t know her shoe size.  ;) 

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On our wish list?  We love our pink and green oxfords but there is a pair of boots that we have our eyes on!

Gall Collection Lip Balm

A perfect stocking stuffer uniquely from Barcelona!  These charming art nouveau lip balms can be used as a pill box once you’ve finished!  IMG_8863

On our wish list?  We really love all of them!

Brott Dog

Perfect for the dog, or dog lover in your life!  These leads and collars are so charming the are guaranteed to make any pet owner and pooch delighted.

We found ours at Mar de Cava; a wonderful store filled with creative finds.  You can also shop Brott Dog online.

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BCN Brand Sneakers

Perfect for the person in your life who enjoys to combine comfort and style.  BCN Brand has finally found a way to make sneakers cool!  Perfectly designed to spend a day walking around the city.  We are heading to stock up again soon!

On our wish list?  Maybe the blue sneakers!

Shop online or search the various locations in Barcelona.

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Colmillo de Morsa

A Barcelona gem!  Perfect for a fashionista looking for unique pieces.  We are lucky enough to see two locations in Barcelona now!

C/ Vic 15, 08006 Barcelona (Gracia)

C/ Flassaders 12, 08003 Barcelona (El Borne)

If you pass by the store in Gracia you may be able to catch the creations for the upcoming season!

On our wish list?  EVERYTHING!  Learn more on their website, facebook, or visit their instagram account @ColmillodeMorsa.

IMG_1056 With Elisabet and Javier…the faces behind Colmillo de Morsa.  (I am wearing a top by Colmillo de Morsa)

IMG_9537 In my beloved Colmillo de Morsa black leather jacket with white polka dots standing in Colmillo de Morsa!

Leave it to Barcelona Tour

If you are passing through Barcelona, or would like to give the gift of a tour to a loved one, please contact us at leaveittobarcelona@gmail.com .  We arrange curated tours specializing in the unique fashion finds in Barcelona.

Leave it to Barcelona Tote

Don’t miss our Leave it to Barcelona tote.  With only a few left in stock these are a perfect memory for anyone who loves Barcelona.

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Holiday Gift Guide Part 1. Experiencing Barcelona…

Welcome to our first portion of our Holiday Gift Guide.  See below for a list of our favorite experiences which you can share with a loved one or enjoy yourself.

El Palauet Living

A perfect gift for a loved one when you are planning a romantic getaway to Barcelona.  Book one of 6, luxurious, suites in this modernist building and you will not be disappointed.  Plan ahead and we can help you perfect your Barcelona getaway.

Visit Mr and Mrs Smiths website to start planning now!

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Palau de la Musica

Perfect for so many!  Browse through the calendar to find a show that suits you or your travel dates.  Some performances allow you to enjoy from the stage with the musicians.  Either way, between the architecture, lights, and music you will not be disappointed.

Find your tickets here.  

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Hidden City Tours Barcelona

Perfect for the traveller looking for a unique tour or a local in search of a different perspective.  Lisa Grace, founder ofHidden City Tours Barcelona works to create jobs for Barcelonas formerly homeless…and what an experience you will have!  Guided tours through the old town of Barcelona led by homeless or formerly homeless guides

Stay tuned on their facebook page additionally.

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Casa Leopoldo

Perfect for a food lover in search of a wonderful, institution in a hidden corner of Barcelona. Casa Leopoldo is one of our favorite places in town, and we have not been disappointed.  Open since 1936, in the Raval, this restaurant is still in the family.  Enjoy the fresh fish of the day with a fantastic glass of white wine from the Priorat region.

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IMG_1371 A farewell after a fantastic dinner with friends.  Rosa, the current owner, is the granddaughter of the restaurants founders.

What we order?  We never even look at the menu!  We trust Rosa’s suggestions implicitly!  If you like ham, you certainly will want to order the jamon iberico with the pan de coca.

Make your reservation now.

Leave it to Barcelona Tour

If you are passing through Barcelona, or would like to give the gift of a tour to a loved one, please contact us at leaveittobarcelona@gmail.com .  We arrange curated tours specializing in the unique fashion finds in Barcelona.

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Shopping for Christmas…

Secretos de Alcoba

Hats, headbands, fascinators, scarves and gloves galore!  These well prices items are perfect for a sister, friend, or mother!  My most recent find is their new collection of collars to wrap around your neck to stay cozy!

Beginning in mid-december they will be open in the afternoons for your Christmas fix!  They also have a website, facebook page, and instagram account!  (@secretodealcobatocados)

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On our wish list?  A fascinator for our 2015 wedding season!

Laura Miret Barcelona

Handbags, clutches, and change purses in all colors, styles, leather and suede!  We recently shopped for our 3 sisters and Mom, all who have very different styles.  We found something for everyone!

Visit the website to see this seasons collection, along with adorable fur collars which are new!  You can also stay tuned on facebook or instagram @Lauramiretbarcelonabags.

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On our wish list?  Laura’s new fur collars!  Perfect for our holiday getaway to the mountains!

 

Elena Estaun Jewelry

These fantastic and unique pieces are not to be missed!  Perfect for the person in your life who enjoys an edgy, statement piece.   Though you can shop the collection online if you follow Elena on instagram (@elenaestaun) you will also catch unique pieces that never make it to the website! If you are in Barcelona you are in for a treat!  Elena is opening her own showroom near Turo Park before Christmas!  Stay tuned!   IMG_4878IMG_4491IMG_4757

 

On our wish list?  We have our eye on Elenas gold screws bracelet which will match our ring perfectly!

 

Serena Whitehaven

Welcome to a shoe-lovers paradise!  This is a perfect destination to spoil yourself, or to bring the shoe-lover in your life.  These high quality shoes are unique and sure to draw attention during any holiday party!

Visit their website, facebook page, or stop by their showroom in Barcelona on C/ Mallorca 184, Entlo. 1º  They now offer gift cards as well if you want to share your love of shoes with a friend but you don’t know her shoe size.  😉 

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On our wish list?  We love our pink and green oxfords but there is a pair of boots that we have our eyes on!

Gall Collection Lip Balm

A perfect stocking stuffer uniquely from Barcelona!  These charming art nouveau lip balms can be used as a pill box once you’ve finished!  IMG_8863

On our wish list?  We really love all of them!

Brott Dog

Perfect for the dog, or dog lover in your life!  These leads and collars are so charming the are guaranteed to make any pet owner and pooch delighted.

We found ours at Mar de Cava.  If you are Christmas shopping we would suggest a stop by this unique store in any case.

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BCN Brand Sneakers

Perfect for the person in your life who enjoys to combine comfort and style.  BCN Brand has finally found a way to make sneakers cool!  Perfectly designed to spend a day walking around the city.  We are heading to stock up again soon!

On our wish list?  Maybe the blue sneakers!

Shop online or search the various locations in Barcelona.

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On our wish list?  EVERYTHING!

IMG_1056 With Elisabet and Javier…the faces behind Colmillo de Morsa.  (I am wearing a top by Colmillo de Morsa)

IMG_9537 In my beloved Colmillo de Morsa black leather jacket with white polka dots standing in Colmillo de Morsa!

Leave it to Barcelona Tote

Don’t miss our Leave it to Barcelona tote.  With only a few left in stock these are a perfect memory for anyone who loves Barcelona.

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Mr. Right Barcelona

Perfect for treating yourself to a special fascinator for your New Years Eve party!  This boutique selling exclusive fascinators and shoes, in addition to wedding accessories, is a girls paradise!  Dress up, choose your favorite headpiece, and plan your next event!

On our wish list?  We love everything with butterflies!  (our photos are not uploading at the moment but are coming soon!)

Lluis Genero…a 5 day annual visit to Barcelona.

Once a year Lluis Genero holds a capsule collection sale in Barcelona…and we were lucky enough to catch it!

 

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Walking home one evening we noticed an eye catching affair in our local art gallery, clothing, people, art, flowers….Had a new store opened in place of the gallery?  We had seen commotion for the past few days, and in the ever changing Eixample neighborhood of Barcelona, a new store popping in was entirely possible!

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The following day we popped in to learn that we had stumbled upon the 5 day only capsule collection of local designer, Lluis Genero.  The art gallery was now decorated with art from both Lluis’ personal collection and his own creations.  The designer had transformed the space into a charming boutique filled with sweaters, scarves, and tapestries designed by the designer, who now lives in the Emporda region of Spain.

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This collection called “Soulmates” “unites spontaneity and ease, elegance and sincerity, warmth and sensuality.” (Www.LluisGenero.com)  The designs or composed of cashmere, angora, merino wool, organic cotton, alpaca, and mohair.  The pieces stood out for their quality, style, and affordability. (Every garment is numbered for the collection)

Having lived in Barcelona, Beijing, and multiple other locations around the world,  the designer now resides outside of Barcelona in the countryside. Always knowing he wanted to create, at 18, Lluis travelled to NYC to begin his training at Parsons school of design.  Upon graduation, Lluis has worked has an artist, furniture designer, as well as fashion designer.  Drawing his creativity from daily life, his mind is always working.

What inspires the designer in Barcelona?  The architecture and the people.  For those of you who have visited Barcelona, this won’t come as a surprise to you.

When Lluis is in Barcelona, he loves the fact that he can be in Barcelona without living there.  There is something magical about being a tourist in your own home which we both agreed upon!

Until next year Lluis…for 5 days only.

For more details about Lluis, and for updates on future collections sign up for the newsletter on their website.

September Long Weekend

In September we had 4 delightful ladies come visit from the UK.  One of our guests was a contributing writer to Queen of Retreats. They had only a weekend so we had plenty to cram in!

With a Friday afternoon arrival the girls headed up to the rooftop of our retreat space to catch a class with Sarah Purcell Co-owner and Co-Founder of Infinite Pilates.  Afterwards they had a lovely bit of downtime to enjoy the rooftop jacuzzi!

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The girls had a bit of downtime before popping out for a quick bite and then they were off to enjoy a Flamenco show at the incredibly Palau de la Musica.

From the Palau de la Musica they headed up to Mutis-a jazz bar tucked away in the middle of the Eixample.  The girls listened to a jazz singer croon until the week hours of the night.

Low and behold Saturday morning had arrived and they were up once again for yoga with Kari Zabel, currently based out of Munich, Germany. IMG_3608

After a quick outfit change the ladies were off for a Segway tour of Barcelona.

 

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The girls convened once again for their evening Flamenco lessons with the fabulous Tani, on the outskirts of Barcelona.  Within an hour they were stars!

Another rapid turn around before the girls were tucked into their table at the trendy Boca Grande where they enjoyed into the night.

Soon enough it was Sunday morning-departure day.  After a morning at the beach the ladies soaked in the hammam and massages of the delightful Aire de Barcelona.

In a flash the weekend was over and our girls were off on their way back home to the UK…refreshes, replenished, and ready to take on the mummy and work duties of the week to come.

For more about their weekend you can see the delightful review of our weekend please visit http://queenofretreats.com/experience-leave-it-to-barcelona/

Back to blogging

We have been out of the blogosphere for quite too long!

After two wonderful retreats we have plenty to share with you so stay tuned.  We will re-cap both retreats and allow you an inside view of what our lucky ladies experienced during their stay!

XOXO

Colleen

Festival de la Merce….Barcelona

“La Mercè (Catalan pronunciation: [ɫə mərˈsɛ]) is the annual festival (festa major in Catalan) of the city of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. It has been an official city holiday since 1871, when the local government first organized a program of special activities to observe the Roman Catholic feast day of Our Lady of Mercy, La Mare de Déu de la Mercè in Catalan. Although the actual feast day is September 24, the festivities begin a few days beforehand.

Some of the most important features of the festival were introduced in the year 1902, when parades included papier maché “giants” known as gegants i capgrossos, the first Castell competition in the city, and a popular dance from Empordà that was becoming popular throughout Catalonia: the Sardana[citation needed]. The holiday has enjoyed immense local popularity ever since.

Among more recently introduced traditions are the annual Catalan Wine Fair, a special correfoc, a 10 km race and the pyro-musical, a display featuring synchronized fireworks, water fountains and music conducted at the base of the Montjuïc mountain.

History[edit]

The celebration of la Mercè has religious origins, honoring the Virgin of Grace (Mare de Déu de la Mercè), patron saint of the archdiocese of Barcelona, and co-patroness—along with Saint Eulàlia—of the city. In Catalan, the word mercè has meanings related to service, help, a sense of compassion, and loving mercy. In the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, there is a basilica dedicated to the Virgin, where a wooden image of her is venerated.

The festival has been celebrated since the Middle Ages when, in 1687, Barcelona suffered a plague of locusts. To fight against insects, the Consell de Cent, which then governed the city, voted to ask the Virgin’s assistance. When the city was delivered from the pestilence, she was named patroness of the city of Barcelona— although this was only recognized by the Pope in 1868. Since that time, an annual festival has been celebrated in the city in honor of the Virgin, starting on the 21st of September and finishing on the 25th.” www.wikepedia.com

Apologies for our silence….

We have been busy in NYC introducing Leave it to Barcelona to the city. A big thank you to No 8 NYC for hosting us and Life Ice for the Leave it to LifeIce cocktails.  Meanwhile we were able to raise invaluable funds for Women for Women International through our generous donors.

See below for photos of the fantastic evening

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Colleen Abuhaidar wearing Barcelonas best from head to toe.

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Joanna Gonzalez. Women for Women International representative.

Joanna Gonzalez. Women for Women International representative.

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John Meadow of LDV Hospitality

John Meadow of LDV Hospitality

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A special thank you to James Brosnan and Christophe Jammet who helped create our web site and incorporate the site!  Speical thank you to James Brosnan for working so hard on our website and incorporating the blog and Christophe Jammet founder of Sparkify.  

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Paulette Fox (Founder of Life Ice), Erica Gragg (Founder of Escape to Shape) and Sarah Purcell (of Sarah Purcell Pilates)

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A Life Ice cocktail at No.8 NYC

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Leave it to Barcelona

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Women for Women International Silent Auction

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Auction Items

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Colleen Abuhaidar founder of Leave it to Barcelona with Paulette fox of Life Ice

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Life Ice silent 4 pack, generously donated for the silent auction

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Will Torress (Founder of WillSpace NYC) Walid Abuhaidar (Owner of Scarpetta NYC) and Colleen Abuhaidar (Founder and Owner of Leave it to Barcelona)

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Will, Walid, Colleen and Michael Yadgard (Principal of Maxwelle NY)

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