Thirty days ago I decided to get back into Blogging.

The decision was mainly based on my love for writing and the fact that I was disappointed that I strayed away from it in the last couple of years – especially after telling myself that my dream was to have a book published by the time I was 30. I think that being published is the ultimate desire for anyone who enjoys writing. I started this blog with no expectations except to post about things that I love – travel, shopping, food, quotes… (the list goes on) and hope that just a few people would be interested.

In 30 days I’ve had :

-over 2,800 views

-from over 70 countries

-and gained over 225 followers

My intentions are not to win the Nobel Prize for blogs but just to write to entertain, inform and if I’m lucky enough – to inspire.

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I had the amazing opportunity to visit a few different countries in Europe a few months back – Barcelona being one of them. Even though my visit was short, I fell in love with this vibrant city and all that it has to offer. Spain is known to have some of the best food in the world so I did some research to find out where I should eat while there. I came across numerous 5 star reviews on a place called: Tickets. With a reservation waitlist that is as long as 2 months, I knew I had to get in to this Tapas Bar. Long story short – we got a reservation and this place is all that it was hyped up to be and more. It was hands down one of the most memorable stops on the whole vacation and I highly recommend it to anyone visiting Barcelona. The owner of Tickets, Albert Adria, was interviewed by Anthony Bourdain on No Reservations: Spain

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The Entrance

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Chefs hard at work

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Watermelon “impregnated” with Sangria

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the famous El Bulli “olives”

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I hope to someday return to Barcelona and when I do – I will definitely be heading back to this place. Have you ever been to Barcelona? If so, what other restaurants do you recommend?

My Review on Trip Advisor

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I hope all of you had a wonder Christmas with lots of laughs, love and food while being surrounded by amazing friends and family.

It’s about your presence, not the presents.

For my CHRISTMAS manicure, I decided to go with a bold red and include a fun accent color on the ring finger.

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Main Polish: Sephora by O.P.I in And A Cherry On Top

Accent Polish: Nailtini in Millionaire

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 I love the Sephora by O.P.I brand – all the colors are so beautiful and the polish does not chip easily, which is always a plus! Nailtini is a brand I was not familiar with until I received this full size bottle in my November Ipsy Bag. The texture is a little on the rough side because of the confetti in the bottle but I actually love it. The color is so nice and again, this polish is not moving!

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TMZ‘s Santa Snapshot Contest is underway! On Monday, December 24th – visit their website to check out all the photos and to VOTE for which Saint Nick picture should win the $250 prize as well as some great holiday gifts from TMZ.

Here are some of my favorite entries:

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