Adventures in Costa Brava

My friends keep asking me how I ended up traveling in Europe for more than a month. I already wrote about our vacation in London and adventures in Paris, but initially, we decided to head to Europe because of our best friends’ wedding that took place in Spain’s Costa Brava. It was not our first vacation in Spain, but the first one in that area. Our four days trip to this sandy beaches and rocky coves region had a completely different vibe compared to our last tour to Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville.

We stayed at Mas Falet 1682 hotel located just a few minutes away from the beach. Wedding guests occupied all of the suits in this castle-style hotel with a fantastic pool view. On the wedding day, the territory of the hotel was re-decorated with elegant floral arrangements that transformed this already luxurious area into a dreamy romantic spot.

On a rented car, we explored a nearby city with cobblestone roads and historic buildings. We saw a wide range of local goods and delicatessen that were sold in small shops located in old-looking buildings. Ben enjoyed ice cream and sandwiches and I found a coffee spot that served soy milk (which is a very rare occasion in Europe).

While the views in Costa Brava were amazing, I found it challenging to find fresh, healthy food. Maybe because it was the end of the season, but my impression was that local restaurants offered way too many meat-based dishes and bread. Not many options at all for vegetarians and vegans!

While the weather was inviting, we didn’t have a chance to go to the beach. Instead, we spent every moment with friends, recalling all the fun moments we had when Nina and Filip lived in New York. I was super happy for them getting married, but I wished that they continued their marriage living in the U.S. closer to us. I know, it’s too selfish to say, but we really missed N & F especially during summer. Well, I guess now when they live so far away we have an excuse to visit Europe more often to catch up with friends!

Do you have friends who live abroad? How do you preserve long-distance friendship and stay in touch?

OUTFIT DETAILS: Style Keepers Dress // Kelsi Dagger Sandals // Mansur Gavriel Bag
Valley Sunglasses


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  1. The dress looks nice and the color is awesome. Generally, I like the dresses with multiple colors. These dresses adds to more beauty when wore on adventurous trips. I liked this one. Surely, going to buy this one.

    Posted 11.13.17 Reply
  2. Emma Cortes wrote:

    I absolutely love your colorful, printed dress. Your trip to Spain sounds incredible! Spain is definitely on my bucket list to visit.

    xo, emma

    Posted 11.1.17 Reply
  3. It looks stunning but you’re 100% right. My friends who have visited Spain (and Europe in general) say that Spain is a lot of meat dishes…. not as much veggies. Ironically, Italy has more of that mediterranean diet of more veg and bread. Who would have thought.

    Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  4. These photos are absolutely gorgeous!! Your dress is fabulous and looks great with the setting!

    Katherine |

    Posted 10.29.17 Reply
  5. Natalie G. wrote:

    This dress is so beautiful! I wish I could travel again in such style.

    Natalie Gennaoui

    Posted 10.28.17 Reply
  6. Beauty Follower wrote:

    Lovely dress and pics!

    My new blog…

    Posted 10.27.17 Reply
  7. Jessica wrote:

    What a lovely dress you got there dear! Im loving the colors.

    Jessica |

    Posted 10.26.17 Reply
  8. Anna Martin wrote:

    Stunning dress! The colors are fantastic. Perfect outfit! <3 Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment for me, too! I appreciated it! ^_^

    – Anna

    Posted 10.25.17 Reply
  9. Allie Mackin wrote:

    A month wow, that must have been nice! Paris, London, Spain so chic. Love this dress and the photos look like they are from a movie from the early 1960’s.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

    Posted 10.24.17 Reply
  10. Follow My Gut wrote:

    My dear I don’t know how you found every picturesque location on your trip but certainly did! You look stunning, happy, and so at ease in each shot and the mere idea that you got to go on such an exploration is inspiring to me. Can’t wait to see where you go next my dear!

    Danielle | <3

    Posted 10.24.17 Reply
  11. Mary wrote:


    This dress is so pretty and it looks super comfy… your trip to Spain sounds lovely and I’m in love with all the scenery!

    Love, Mary

    Posted 10.24.17 Reply
  12. Oh my goodness that dress is absolutely breathtaking! All the colors in it are just gorgeous!

    Posted 10.23.17 Reply
  13. Your dress is so chic and gorgeous; love it !

    Posted 10.23.17 Reply
  14. Yes, the Spanish cuisine is not cartered to vegan needs, but there should be an abundance of fruits available all year round.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    Posted 10.23.17 Reply
  15. mahryska wrote:

    ohhh wow! that dress is gorgeous!!
    kisses from the sandpit ❤︎

    Posted 10.23.17 Reply
  16. Eena wrote:

    Sounds like you had an amazing time in Costa Brava! I love your dress; it looks really great on you!

    cabin twenty-four

    Posted 10.23.17 Reply
  17. The colors! The colors in these photos are stunning! Looks like you had a lovely time :)

    – Michelle –
    MICHELLE X PAN | A surrealist fashion blog

    Posted 10.22.17 Reply
  18. Love these photos, and you look amazing in that dress! Obsessed with the colours!
    xx Rubi
    Pose & Repeat

    Posted 10.22.17 Reply
  19. Mercy wrote:

    So in love with your dress, it has that D&G feel. It’s nice to have friends abroad and I have many of them. Thanks to social media where we communicate and keep our friendship alive. This is such an awesome post, you look lovely.

    Posted 10.22.17 Reply
  20. Kiri Yanchenko wrote:

    Your dress is the perfect easy breezy colourful number to walk around costa brava.
    Love the blue bag and how you found lots of blue doors etc to photograph while you were here.
    I have to go to so many places around the world! This is another place.
    Set to Glow

    Posted 10.22.17 Reply
  21. Jandrew wrote:

    Lovely dress , but it is an exact ripoff of a Dolce&Gabbana dress . I as a designer hate that ! Not your fault darling! I’m a first time visitor to your blog and like your style ! I’m that rare beast a man who writes a fashion blog for women . I’m always looking for collaborations, partnerships and friendships. Visit me and say hi
    Dress The Part

    Posted 10.22.17 Reply
  22. Nancy wrote:

    Sounds like you had a great time out in Costa Brava! I don’t have friends who live abroad but I try to keep in touch with long-distance friends at least once a month. Your outfit looks great!

    Posted 10.22.17 Reply
  23. Your dress with that bag is stunning. I love the cobalt blue x

    Posted 10.22.17 Reply
  24. Emily wrote:

    I’ve spent a few holidays but never ventured to Costa Brava just yet! I’m in love with your dress, it’s absoloutely gorgeous and your photos are divine!

    Musings & More

    Posted 10.22.17 Reply
  25. Louis Dupond wrote:

    Very lovely colorful dress and pictures ;)

    Posted 10.22.17 Reply
    Joua to the Rescue

    Posted 10.22.17 Reply
  27. Rebecca Fletcher wrote:

    Your dress is absolutely stunning! Perfect for a Spain x

    Posted 10.21.17 Reply
  28. I love that dress! It has such a nice shape to it and I love all the fun colors! I don’t have friends who live abroad, but I do have many that live in a different state. We keep in touch by scheduling calls over FaceTime and social media also helps.


    Posted 10.21.17 Reply
  29. That dress is so cute! I love it!

    Posted 10.21.17 Reply
  30. Beautiful photographs =o) Most of my friends live abroad and to stay in touch we use whatsapp or if one of us is traveling around a region that we know the other one lives in we visit each other =o)

    Posted 10.21.17 Reply
  31. Falasha wrote:

    Beautiful photos and I love your bold dress, perfect for the location.

    xoxo Falasha
    Bite My Fashion
    Instagram| Bloglovin’| Facebook

    Posted 10.21.17 Reply
  32. I am so jealous right now! This dress is soo pretty and the colors look so vibrant!

    Posted 10.21.17 Reply
  33. Bag at You wrote:

    Wow that dress is super fun and happy to see that you had such a fun time in Spain!! Xx Susanne –

    Posted 10.21.17 Reply
  34. Heidi wrote:

    I don’t have friends who live abroad, but I’m so happy that you enjoyed your time in Europe! And almost every country you visit, it’s different. Also, I really like this dress, and it has free international shipping! Oh my!

    Heidi ✨ | Heidi’s Planner

    Posted 10.21.17 Reply
  35. Gabrielle wrote:

    You look like an absolute doll in this Style Keepers dress – definite Dolce & Gabbana vibes! What a beautiful place; wishing I could transport myself there asap haha :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    Posted 10.21.17 Reply
  36. Violette wrote:

    It looks so pretty! I loved these pictures!

    Posted 10.21.17 Reply
  37. Zorica wrote:
    Posted 10.21.17 Reply
  38. MoreThanDestination wrote:

    Your dress is so colorful and beautiful. It steals all attention from the post. :)

    Posted 10.21.17 Reply
  39. That dress is beautiful – I love the bright and colourful pattern! Great photos!

    Heather xx

    Posted 10.21.17 Reply
  40. Eva Perez wrote:

    Beautiful look! Lovely dress

    xxx, Eva

    Posted 10.21.17 Reply
  41. Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom wrote:

    What beautiful photos and I just love that gorgeous dress. Love the blue door in that one photo, too.


    Posted 10.21.17 Reply
  42. Christine wrote:

    This is so amazing! I just recently went to Barcelona, Spain and wish I had more time to explore more of Spain. Costa Brava sounds incredible and looks so beautiful! I love this vibrant colored dress and it is perfect for this vacay spot. I don’t have any friends that live abroad but wish I did so that I could go out there more often! xoxo, Christine

    Posted 10.20.17 Reply
  43. Susan Tran wrote:

    Looks beautiful! That blue door, haha. We love the little details like that! What a fun opportunity for a European adventure. Good to know that they might not have very many veg options, we ran in to that in a lot of the smaller towns in Italy!
    My brother lives out there, and we just make sure to use WhatsApp to talk a lot, and send each other pics of daily life! Makes it feel like he’s a little closer.

    Susie |

    Posted 10.20.17 Reply
  44. ViolaRoth wrote:

    You look beautiful and your photos are so amazing <3

    Please check out my blog too. That are
    absolutely stunning photos!

    Posted 10.20.17 Reply
  45. What an incredible opportunity to get to go to new places and see the sights. Along with seeing friends!!!
    This dress is so stunning on you Katya!!

    Posted 10.20.17 Reply
  46. What a fabulous trip and for such a fabulous reason…to celebrate the love of your friends as they marry. This dress is beyond captivating. And the photos are simply gorgeous!


    Posted 10.20.17 Reply
  47. Margot R wrote:

    This dress is so stunning !
    I love the colors and the mix of prints !

    Posted 10.20.17 Reply
  48. Smile51 wrote:

    You look gorgeous in that dress.

    Posted 10.20.17 Reply
  49. Such a beautiful dress! You look so pretty! Gemma x

    Posted 10.20.17 Reply
  50. Simone wrote:

    You look so adorable in that dress! Love the print. Have a great day

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

    Posted 10.20.17 Reply
  51. What an amazing post and photos Katya! That dress is to die for! Thanks for sharing :)

    Posted 10.20.17 Reply
  52. Dressed With Soul wrote:

    Your dress is so super cute!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    Posted 10.20.17 Reply