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    Lynn Kim Do

    Lynn Kim Do may be the first fashionista to define and coin the term Neckbreakin’ Style but she is certainly not the only person that this term encompasses. Lynn takes inspiration from the street, from the mundane and thus her extraordinary everyday experiences, and presents it rawly along with visuals and personal style. This is a platform beyond personal style. It is a space of personal experiences. Lynn Do creates a platform that curates her very honest, sometimes too honest, stories called "Street Talk" with style that is also uniquely raw. Having footprints all over the United States, her view of fashion can not be defined by one location or even one style except one - streetwear. She believes in minimal and clean streetwear without losing all the attitude and sass with it. Her visual and production expertise has accumulated many highly recognized repertoire of projects with clients like Revlon and Urban Outfitters. She has been featured on Nylon.com, The New York Times, and WWD to name a few. If you ask her though, her biggest personal achievement is surviving a year lease in a six floor walk-up NYC apartment.

    Barcelona Travel Guide











    Barca, barca. You couldn’t leave me unscathed, could you? Oh, how you lit a deep fire in the pit of my soul. My feet are still dancing underneath me…even thousands and thousands of miles away from you. My heart is still humming tunes from open patios. My stomach is hungry for manchego cheese and crema Catalana. My throat is thirsty for Cava and Aperol Spritz. And my spirit? My spirit is still roaming the streets and sunbathing on the sand. In fact, she’s hanging out on the steps of MACMA watching boys flip in their skateboards. She’s smiling at the young boys kissing on girls and kissing on boys. She’s on her third oat latte of the day thinking, “How do they make it just right, every fucking time?” In the evening, she’s yelling at bartenders for more shots. She’s losing her phone again. She’s chatting the table next to her and pouring cava in their cup. She’s linked arm in arm with her best friend stumbling on the cobblestone as her shoes cut into her feet. She can’t feel it anyway. She’s standing on top of two century old brilliance admiring the curvature and mosaic tiles of a genius before her. The sun is setting behind hills and homes. Burning into her brain the tones of subdued orange and blues. She letting out a sigh.

    Meanwhile, my physical body is currently in New York City and my mind is regrettably catching up.

    This recent trip was the right concoction of spontaneity, discovery, ciesta, and, of course, fiesta. I am not only recharged but I’m filled with this brand new energy. I am clearer. I am breathing clearer. I am new. Like my old self was pitted and replaced with a new seed. And I am growing. Barcelona was the fertilizer, the rainwater, the sun, and the music. Who knew? I certainly wasn’t prepared, but how could one ever? Thank you, Barcelona, for being the catalyst of change that have been stirring in my bones and creating a space of creative flourishment. 

    Are you heading to Barcelona, soon? I got you. Here are some tips for a magical time in this beautiful city.


    To Do:







    Casa Vicens
    The newest Gaudi exhibit to open and my favorite. This house was his first commissioned work. Every single detail in this house is young brilliance at its finest. Be prepared to be in awe at every corner, door, turn, pretty much the whole time.

    Beach Day
    Cause duh.



    MACMA
    Not just the art museum itself but the area around it is very cool to explore. There is a huge skateboarding culture and vintage shopping scene around the museum, too.





    Sagrada Familia
    This is a must. Gaudi had a vision, a big one, and he worked on it until his passing, and yet in 2018 it still isn't finished. It's a remarkable structure and house of worship. It's currently estimated to be completed in 2030 but trust me, GO!

    La Rambla
    All the tourists walk this street. All the locals, too. La Rambla is tree-lined pedestrian mall with shoppes that you don't often get to see in America, like Oysho which quickly became one of my favorites stores to buy swimwear and casual wear.

    Park Guell
    It's worth a visit but wasn't my favorite trip (but maybe it was because I was unprepared for the tickets and lines.) So my advice is to get tickets a day in advance and pack a nice sandwich and snacks for a cute picnic inside the park. I can still remember the music that serenaded us while we ate in the park. Ah, so magical.

    Picasso Museum
    If you're a huge fan and want to see how he started, his early work, and to get a deeper understanding, I suggest going to this museum. But don't expect to see any of his later works or well known ones.




    La Boqueria Market
    Super touristy and don't expect to pay local prices BUT it really is still very affordable and an experience on it's own. Get to experience all of Barcelona in one place. Come hungry is all I have to say.

    To Eat & Drink:



    La Alcoba Azul
    One of the most pleasant surprises and favorite meals in Barcelona. This was our first dinner and we were seriously so spoiled because any tapas we had after this mail couldn't even compare to our experience here.



    El Xampanyet
    Well, except this one. This is a MUST but expect a long wait. It's a typical old school vibe with small tables and lots of energy. Don't forget to get a whole bottle of cava with your meal.

    Caravelle
    Some of the best Mexican food I've had. Anywhere. Period. Get dessert, trust me!



    La Flauta
    Recommended by a local and was where I had Crema Catalana for the first time. Lunch is very reasonable and has great 3 course sets. Also....endless complimentary wine and bread. Yes, you heard me right!

    Ticket
    I didn't get to go to this restaurant named one of the Top 10 in the world, which is a huge regret of mine so I wanted to include it anyway because I think you should try to go! Make sure you try to make a reservation at least a month in advance instead of one weeks ahead which is what I tried to do. FAIL!



    El Nacional
    A high end food market. It's an easy and picturesque place to grab a quick drink or a casual sit down meal without sacrificing aesthetics. Also, anyone can find something for them here because of the diversity in cuisine. Think Chelsea Market...but prettier. And Spanish.


    Order This:
    Manchego Cheese
    Cold Cured Meats like Ham and Salami
    Aperol Spritz
    Paella
    Pa amb Tomàquet
    Crema Catalana
    Churros
    Cava
    Boquerones
    Patatas Brava
    Fried Breaded Squid or Calamari (if you're less brave)

    To Know:



    Currency: Barcelona functions on Euros. 1 US dollar is approximately 1.17 euros. Bring some cash but credit cards with chips function very well and most places accept credit. When they ask you after you swipe to charge euros or US dollars, always choose euros because the bank will just use the day's exchange rate and not a predetermined exchange rate.

    Outlet: Bring a converter. Spain's electric plug has two round pins. I have this one which i've used in Asia and Europe.

    Tip Culture: Tipping at restaurants aren't expected but feel free to do so if you feel that the service was exceptional.

    Pick Pocketing: Please beware of pick pocketers and be super conscious of your phone and bag at all times. I got my phone stolen right out of my zipped up crossbody bag.

    Nap Time: Barcelona shuts down in the middle of the day much like the rest of Europe but Barcelona definitely vibes on the more chill side than the rest of Europe. There will be restaurants open of course during the hours of like 3 - 7pm but I would double check restaurant hours before I trek out somewhere. Also, people don't eat dinner until at least 8pm. That's the norm.

    Jet Lag: 6 hour ahead of New York City (EST) so yes, jet lag was very real!




    Sincerely,
    LKD 











    Barca, barca. You couldn’t leave me unscathed, could you? Oh, how you lit a deep fire in the pit of my soul. My feet are still dancing underneath me…even thousands and thousands of miles away from you. My heart is still humming tunes from open patios. My stomach is hungry for manchego cheese and crema Catalana. My throat is thirsty for Cava and Aperol Spritz. And my spirit? My spirit is still roaming the streets and sunbathing on the sand. In fact, she’s hanging out on the steps of MACMA watching boys flip in their skateboards. She’s smiling at the young boys kissing on girls and kissing on boys. She’s on her third oat latte of the day thinking, “How do they make it just right, every fucking time?” In the evening, she’s yelling at bartenders for more shots. She’s losing her phone again. She’s chatting the table next to her and pouring cava in their cup. She’s linked arm in arm with her best friend stumbling on the cobblestone as her shoes cut into her feet. She can’t feel it anyway. She’s standing on top of two century old brilliance admiring the curvature and mosaic tiles of a genius before her. The sun is setting behind hills and homes. Burning into her brain the tones of subdued orange and blues. She letting out a sigh.

    Meanwhile, my physical body is currently in New York City and my mind is regrettably catching up.

    This recent trip was the right concoction of spontaneity, discovery, ciesta, and, of course, fiesta. I am not only recharged but I’m filled with this brand new energy. I am clearer. I am breathing clearer. I am new. Like my old self was pitted and replaced with a new seed. And I am growing. Barcelona was the fertilizer, the rainwater, the sun, and the music. Who knew? I certainly wasn’t prepared, but how could one ever? Thank you, Barcelona, for being the catalyst of change that have been stirring in my bones and creating a space of creative flourishment. 

    Are you heading to Barcelona, soon? I got you. Here are some tips for a magical time in this beautiful city.


    To Do:







    Casa Vicens
    The newest Gaudi exhibit to open and my favorite. This house was his first commissioned work. Every single detail in this house is young brilliance at its finest. Be prepared to be in awe at every corner, door, turn, pretty much the whole time.

    Beach Day
    Cause duh.



    MACMA
    Not just the art museum itself but the area around it is very cool to explore. There is a huge skateboarding culture and vintage shopping scene around the museum, too.





    Sagrada Familia
    This is a must. Gaudi had a vision, a big one, and he worked on it until his passing, and yet in 2018 it still isn't finished. It's a remarkable structure and house of worship. It's currently estimated to be completed in 2030 but trust me, GO!

    La Rambla
    All the tourists walk this street. All the locals, too. La Rambla is tree-lined pedestrian mall with shoppes that you don't often get to see in America, like Oysho which quickly became one of my favorites stores to buy swimwear and casual wear.

    Park Guell
    It's worth a visit but wasn't my favorite trip (but maybe it was because I was unprepared for the tickets and lines.) So my advice is to get tickets a day in advance and pack a nice sandwich and snacks for a cute picnic inside the park. I can still remember the music that serenaded us while we ate in the park. Ah, so magical.

    Picasso Museum
    If you're a huge fan and want to see how he started, his early work, and to get a deeper understanding, I suggest going to this museum. But don't expect to see any of his later works or well known ones.




    La Boqueria Market
    Super touristy and don't expect to pay local prices BUT it really is still very affordable and an experience on it's own. Get to experience all of Barcelona in one place. Come hungry is all I have to say.

    To Eat & Drink:



    La Alcoba Azul
    One of the most pleasant surprises and favorite meals in Barcelona. This was our first dinner and we were seriously so spoiled because any tapas we had after this mail couldn't even compare to our experience here.



    El Xampanyet
    Well, except this one. This is a MUST but expect a long wait. It's a typical old school vibe with small tables and lots of energy. Don't forget to get a whole bottle of cava with your meal.

    Caravelle
    Some of the best Mexican food I've had. Anywhere. Period. Get dessert, trust me!



    La Flauta
    Recommended by a local and was where I had Crema Catalana for the first time. Lunch is very reasonable and has great 3 course sets. Also....endless complimentary wine and bread. Yes, you heard me right!

    Ticket
    I didn't get to go to this restaurant named one of the Top 10 in the world, which is a huge regret of mine so I wanted to include it anyway because I think you should try to go! Make sure you try to make a reservation at least a month in advance instead of one weeks ahead which is what I tried to do. FAIL!



    El Nacional
    A high end food market. It's an easy and picturesque place to grab a quick drink or a casual sit down meal without sacrificing aesthetics. Also, anyone can find something for them here because of the diversity in cuisine. Think Chelsea Market...but prettier. And Spanish.


    Order This:
    Manchego Cheese
    Cold Cured Meats like Ham and Salami
    Aperol Spritz
    Paella
    Pa amb Tomàquet
    Crema Catalana
    Churros
    Cava
    Boquerones
    Patatas Brava
    Fried Breaded Squid or Calamari (if you're less brave)

    To Know:



    Currency: Barcelona functions on Euros. 1 US dollar is approximately 1.17 euros. Bring some cash but credit cards with chips function very well and most places accept credit. When they ask you after you swipe to charge euros or US dollars, always choose euros because the bank will just use the day's exchange rate and not a predetermined exchange rate.

    Outlet: Bring a converter. Spain's electric plug has two round pins. I have this one which i've used in Asia and Europe.

    Tip Culture: Tipping at restaurants aren't expected but feel free to do so if you feel that the service was exceptional.

    Pick Pocketing: Please beware of pick pocketers and be super conscious of your phone and bag at all times. I got my phone stolen right out of my zipped up crossbody bag.

    Nap Time: Barcelona shuts down in the middle of the day much like the rest of Europe but Barcelona definitely vibes on the more chill side than the rest of Europe. There will be restaurants open of course during the hours of like 3 - 7pm but I would double check restaurant hours before I trek out somewhere. Also, people don't eat dinner until at least 8pm. That's the norm.

    Jet Lag: 6 hour ahead of New York City (EST) so yes, jet lag was very real!




    Sincerely,
    LKD 

    . June 7, 2018 .