Travelogue: Maggie in Barcelona

At the end of last month, I did my bi-annual buy trip to Milan. I had realized that since I am going all the way over to another continent, I might as well get out and visit other cities while I’m in Europe. This time, I spent 48 hours in Barcelona. My purpose was to mix in with the locals, shop the neighborhoods, and gain some inspiration. To see what new thing I could find and possibly bring back to our Ballard shop.

Travel Tip: arriving at the airport and getting into the city is quite easy. They have a shuttle that leaves every 5 minutes from the airport to Plaza Catalunya and back to the airport. If you take the shuttle Aerobus you can be in and out of the city in 30 minutes.

Like I said my goal was to shop as much of the city as I could in 2 days. I managed to walk various neighborhoods, including Eixample, el Raval, Barrio Gotic, el Born and Gracia. I walked briefly through Las Ramblas, but I wanted to find unique shops and not chain stores. Turns out getting around Barcelona by foot is quite easy!

The shots below are just some of the pictures from my phone camera. Not all the pictures I took were post worthy. Click the photos below for more details. Thanks for visiting and have a relaxing weekend!

 

 

Mondays, Maggie Muses: A Visit to Nonostante Marras

Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood, away from the city center, away from the Brera, the Duomo, and the hustle and bustle of a typical downtown corridor lies a magical and wondrous place. Antonio Marras has created a place full of old world charm and whimsy. It is called Nonostante Marras. Translated as “despite Marras”, this shop is where Antonio showcases his RTW clothing line. But the experience is so much more than shopping a typical designer boutique.

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Its humble entry leads you to an open courtyard filled with plants and if you wander for a little bit you will see Snow White and the seven dwarfs standing guard. Glance past the old factory windows, and you get excited at the thought to see what lies inside.

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Friday ~ Free Ballard: Curtis Steiner

Many of you know that our shop is located in a really great Seattle neighborhood known as Ballard.  In all its history and hoopla, Ballard is also our home and we’re dedicating Fridays to telling everyone why we love it here. 

Those of you who are local Seattlites, may already know of Curtis Steiner’s beautiful shop and gallery. So, please bear with us as we tell the world why Curtis Steiner is the crown jewel of our Ballard neighborhood. If you ever come to shop our little street, his gallery is a must stop on your next shopping adventure. It is a feast for the eyes and a truly a magical space.

From his beautiful hand drawn cards, to his carefully curated collection of turn of the century ephemera and his intricate and delicate designed jewelry it’s easy to get lost in this world upon entering the doors. At any given time you can visit Curtis Steiner and find something that you had not noticed before. Each little vignette is carefully arranged and always displayed flawlessly. Even the drawers of the back counter have little treasures to admire and explore.

Curtis also exhibits and rotates other local artists 5 to 6 times a year. Currently showing are “Paper Cuts” by Jessica McCourt. Beautiful gold paper is transformed into intricate maritime portraits with careful cuts. In November, for the 9th year in a row, Patty Grazini’s paper sculptures will return to the gallery. The show promises to be as exciting and inspiring as in years past.

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Curtis’s ability to discover beauty in the littlest of things and his attention to detail in everything he does is rare and inspiring. Just peruse his Instagram feed and his Pinterest boards and quickly understand why we admire his artistry. Even his pictures taken on his “walks with Mortimer” are ethereal. Curtis is an  artist of many, many talents and we are so fortunate to have him as an anchor in the neighborhood.

Curtis Steiner is located at 5349 Ballard Avenue NW – Seattle WA, 98107

Mondays, Maggie Muses: 17 Gift Suggestions

It’s that time of year again… we have been busy stocking up our shop and our website with some really neat gift ideas. For those of you who might not be familiar with our shop, re-souL is located in a neighborhood of Seattle called Ballard.  It is a charming and fun community with shops, restaurants, cafes and bars, and the perfect place to spend an afternoon shopping for the holidays.

So with that in mind, we have teamed up with a pair of our favorite neighbors to bring you the ultimate shopping guide. If you are in the Seattle area, come see us! If not, no worries, you can shop with us online.  Links to the pictures and our websites are listed below. Thank you for shopping with us and happy holidays!

BALLARD HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

BALLARD NEIGHBORHOOD
HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

GIFTS UNDER $50

(1) Rifle Paper Co. 2014 Travel America Calendar ($26) at Drygoods Design

(2) Blue Wovens Fat Quarter Bundle ($22) at Drygoods Design

(3) Dorothy Cheng Triple Ampyx Ring Ring ($50) at Velouria

(4) Hansel from Basel Socks ($12-$28) at re-souL

(5) R&L Goods Extra Large Notebook ($32) at Velouria

(6) Rifle Paper Co. Polka Dot Tin Recipe Box and Recipe Cards ($34) at Drygoods Design


GIFTS UNDER $100

(7) Areaware Wooden Alphabet Set ($72) at re-souL

(8) Iris Guy Sofer Earrings (ranging from $52-$74) at re-souL

(9) Jessalin Beutler Cat Eyes Circle Scarf ($78) at Velouria

(10) Essential Travel + Starter Sewing Kit ($65) at Drygoods Design

(11) BYAMT x Mimot Teal Clutch ($55) at Velouria

GIFTS OVER $100

(12) Gidigio T-Strap Pump in Oxblood ($298) at re-souL

(13) Learn to Sew Trilogy ($140) at Drygoods Design

(14) Nikki Jacoby Valkyrie Cuff ( $175) at Velouria

(15) Aunts & Uncles Goody Aqua Leather Handbag ($350) at re-souL

(16) Feral Childe Smock Dress ($296) at Velouria

(17) MyWalit Medium Purse Wallet ($148) at re-souL

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