Thursday, 13 January 2011





On the second half of our day trip the other day, we went to another picturesque Catalan town, Rupit. Apparently it always gets voted in the top five of cutest places in Catalonia. I thought both towns that we visited were just lovely, but even more stunning in my opinion was the surrounding area, which I didn't get good pictures of due to intense and really horrible carsickness (I had to get out on the way back and have a moment over a drain. Some old woman was watching me disapprovingly across the street obviously thinking I was drunk at 4 pm).

My photographer tells me I often pick unflattering photos of myself to post on the blog, which I'm not sure how to react to. Perhaps it's just that men and women have a very different idea of what constitutes a 'flattering' photo. Perhaps I'm sometimes as interested in the background and framing. Hmmm. All I know is that all these photos are way more flattering than what I've actually looked like for the past few days. I think I'm just short of having pneumonia at the moment. Yesterday was pretty interesting, as I struggled to finish my remaining essay while coughing up a lung and self-medicating with red wine (my father can speak at length about its healing properties) ; ) I'm so glad that's over, and I am soooo taking the weekend off from schoolwork!



Does anyone remember the story I told about hitting the log so it "shits presents?" In this post!




Raquel said...

Oh the little town is lovely, I especially like that walk in the second picture!
My boyfriend says the same thing about my pictures! I agree with you, men and women have different connotations for whats pretty ans whats not... Anyway I think yours are always flattering and pretty! :)

I am thinking of taking either a leather jacket or a light trench coat (water proof) to London, what do you think it's best to take considering the weather?

Jenny Morris said...

i love the photos you choose for your blog - but i also wonder if im picking the right ones to put up and discarding some really good ones. ahh, the daiy struggles of a blogger. these pics are beautiful!!


Chelsea Lane said...

you look so cute! the photos you choose are definitely not unflattering :) I am so jealous of your travels! they're gorgeous <3


Anonymous said...

Emily--as I am looking at that last photo, it seems you have red highlights in your hair too. Am I right?

I do remember the "log" tradition from a previous post. Love the narrow alleys and the stone work up against real stone.

Take care and drink up.

Carrie said...

Well, I don't know about the other photos of you, but that last one is adorable! :-) Love that red coat and carsickness is the WORST. Until you experience it first hand, you have no idea. I've grown up getting car sick and, sadly, I did not grow out of it like some do. In other news, get well soon!

A said...


Most of them are nice pictures. I don't know about your photographer but my picks - the best in this lot - no 3 from top (with rays of sun) and the second best - last one.

Not really sure if wine helps liver but if it helped you, I am glad.

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Carrie: I KNOW! Everyone told me I would grow out of it, but I guess I can say by this age that it's not going to happen... ; (

Anonymous said...

Haha cannot agree more with the different perception men and women have of "flattering" ... For me it's if I look pretty and slim it's a great one, buy they care more about lightning and focus, so funny! ... Hope you get better soon :)

Shallow Mallow said...

Idyllic :)

Background, framing and lighting comes first for me too and I agree "girl pretty" can often be miles from "boy pretty" :) Variety, spices and all :)

Feel better soon!

Amber Blue Bird said...

I happen to like the photos you post and think they are quite flattering. I have started to feel like I am coming down with something so I am gonna try your idea of self-medicating with red wine :) It sounds tasty

Closet Fashionista said...

So much fun!!! It looks amazing though.
Pooh on being sick though :( NEVER a fun thing said...

You are so right men and women INDEED have a very different idea of what constitutes a 'flattering' photo. You how ever looked super cute in all of them. Looks like a great place to visit.

Alicia said...

Sweet goodness gracious, I think I need to add this town to my list of places to visit one day; it looks absolutely frozen in time. Gorgeous. Movie-picturesque!

My photographer (husband) tells me the same thing about the photos I pick out for my blog, whereas he chooses pictures I think look horrendous. You look beautiful in all of your photos; I think perhaps we should just not listen to our picture-takers!

Virginie Lavallée Bélanger said...

Gosh I hope you feel better soon :S

I think ALL your pictures are lovely in general, and love imaginary travelling with you SO much! Rupit looks great, very hold word rustic charm!

20 York Street said...

I am so so jelly! You are in Spain, take me with you! =)

How are you dear?

Stay Happy and Positive!




Ashley said...

Um, your photos ARE pretty :)

Red wine when you're sick? Well now I have excuse to try this. haha.

Hope you are feeling better...I had bronchitis a few years ago, and my dr. yelled at me and told me "you almost got pneumonia!" my excuse: I HATE going to the doctor!!!

Sanny said...

The views are just amazing! I wish to visit cities with such amazing view one day!

Have a marvelous weekend! (:
Sanny's Head to Heart

Anthea said...

Haha! I remember the story about the log. So weird! Yet another beautiful town, thanks for sharing it with us Emily!

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Lesley said...

this town is charming! all of the stone structure is really beautiful.

you look like red riding hood. a very cute red riding hood. ignore those "that's not the best photo" comments. boys don't know anything lolz.

i like in the first photo that you can see that small yellow flag off on top of that cliff.

Jazzy E (hivennn) said...

Feel better really soon! I always the photos you post of you are stunning. x hivennn. p.s enter my giveaway?

Sophie said...

I could so live in a little town like this! Its so charming!

Lee Oliveira said...

Great photos.. I love a scenario like that to photograph too
Love your coat
lee x

Krystal said...

aw i never think you put up on unflattering photos! how random!

GlamorousGirl said...

wow! amazing! i didn't know these towns still exist! very cute
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Closet Fashionista said...

Because it was a VERY bad face, hahaha :p

Louder than Silence said...

Such beautiful pics. Again! Sally x

CAITLIN said...

*swoon* coming to your blog is like travel porn. i love how your (adorable) red coat stands out against the stony streets.

also: yes! yes! yes! is right! i knew we were kindred spirits :) i raise a glass of my (always) vin rouge to you.

ps the present-shitting log is freakishly awesome.

CAITLIN said...

pps i KNOW! aren't those bowling shoes lame? that's the first thing i said when we got to the alley--usually they're leftovers from the seventies, but thse look more like nightmarish nursing home shoes.

Miss Tami Lee said...

Your blog makes me want to pack up a backpack with my most prized possessions, flee the USA and just travel travel travel. Beautiful!

veronika, tick tock vintage. said...

i definitely think there are very different ideas of flattering. i get so many comments of "smile more!". to me, those pictures look fake and forced.

post what you like! it's your blog.

ana said...

Oh Emily! what a lovely town! I have to go there sometime! the streets and constructions are amazing! How lucky you are! and your red coat is beautiful!

Jan said...

This place looks soooo lovely! We just booked flights to Barcelona in July and I'm trying to convince hubby to do some train journeys with me to explore the countryside. :)

A Certain Vintage said...

ah these photos are beautiful! i would love to return to Barcelona and explore more of the Catalan countryside, your photos have inspired me! Truly a beautiful blog and i love your dress sense :) I am your new follower!

ladydazy said...

I love your style, your journeys and your pictures!! Thanks for following my blog. :)

Sarah Beth said...

I love your coat! And I think your pictures are very flattering!

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Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

Mothers seem to have their own ideas on flattering/unflattering photos. And grandmothers, too! Both my mom and grandma have ''favorite'' photos of me that I personally think are hideous. And I'm with you, sometimes it's more about the lighting, framing & other components that make a photo flattering.

Sorry to hear about your cough! I had a gnarly one a few weeks ago and almost self-diagnosed myself with walking pneumonia or some other bronchial inflammation. It then promptly cleared up.

Ahh, the log! With a facial expression like that it better be ''dropping'' some good presents! ;) As for Rupit, it looks so charming. I love the feeling that centuries old towns/cities can give you. The history, significance and all that.

Giovanna ♥ said...

Such lovely pictures!!!
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hannah and landon said...

what a gorgeous (and serene?) spot! I hope you're feeling better soon!

SMASH said...

Car sickness is the pits! The only time I ever seem to get it is if I'm facing backwards while the car is moving forward, I have to close my eyes!

And for the record, I always like the photos you post! it's true, sometimes the "best" photo doesn't mean the one where you look the most photogenic...gotta take in account the other elements that make a photo good!

Feel better Miss Em!


Meleonieeee - ♥ said...

Naww, your photos are pretty! (: That town just seems so lovely! :D xo

Orphaned Apparel said...

Wow, gorgeous photos! And I love your coat. :)

Heather Fonseca said...

The town looks adorable, however, it's the juxtaposition between your bright red coat and the stone colored background that is just luscious! Great photos.


Jenni Austria Germany said...

oookay, i'm just going to stop commenting on how much i love your clothes now. :)

sojourned in style said...

what a cute picteresque town. the scenery is so pretty and charming. unflaterring? i love the uniqueness and indivaudality of each of your pictures.