Style, Travel

La Pedrera

8. June 2016

The absolute highlight of my stay in Barcelona was probably the visit of La Pedrera, also known as Casa Milà. La Pedrera is another beauty designed by famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. It looks like he turned his vision of heaven into the real object.

At least I felt like the rooftop terrace of La Pedrera was actually part of the sky. Sandiness, which is the color of this stone building, is my favorite. Especially complemented by the blue sky and golden light of the setting sun.La Pedrera Casa Mila SoJ


All the wavy forms and chimneys evoked cloudlets to me. This must be the right place to have fun, dance, spy the city citizens and joking with the people walking down the street, after dark. I believe it might have been Gaudí’s intention, when he was designing this house.


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The story of La Pedrera confirms the old truth – one has to fight for the best things. If this was not the case, the world would be poorer of this masterpiece. The story began when wealthy developer, Pere Milá, asked Gaudí to construct a large building of rental flats in the style of another house, designed by Gaudí – Casa Batlló. The client’s wife, even wealthier Rosario Segismón, didn’t share her husband’s enthusiasm about such an innovative architecture.

Fortunately, the vanity of Pere was stronger than her resistance, and La Pedrera became the last private commission Gaudí was ever working on. Afterwards he fully focused to the Sagrada Familia.


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As the works on the house continued, new and new problems appeared. Two years after the beginning of construction, the city government stopped it, because one column exceeded the projected size, occupying one meter of the sidewalk.

Gaudí refused to correct it and was facing a threat that they would dismantle the column. He said if they had done, he would have respected their decision, but he would have placed a notice where the motive could be read.

Beside the dreamy design, another thing caught my attention. Gaudí wanted people, living in the flats, to know each other.

Therefore, there were only lifts on every second floor so people had to communicate with one another on different floors. Isn’t it great idea?



Visiting such a place got me into the playful mood.

Therefore, I decided for off the shoulder navy dress with wavy sleeves. I thought it would match well with the architecture.

Also scarfs are currently my big crush and I like this silk piece from my grandma, giving the outfit a unique hint. I had tried to also wear a blue scarf, but this one, a little bit contrasting, worked much better.

The most important is – to avoid straight lines, Gaudí would tell you.

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©Photos – Daniela Rifai from the Smell of Jasmine and Martin Jesny from Automobilista, Editing and Creative direction  – Daniela Rifai

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  • Reply rachel 10. June 2016 at 3:02

    Wow this place look amazing. Love the dress.
    xoxo, Rachel

    • Reply Daniela 14. June 2016 at 13:21

      Thank you so much Rachel!


  • Reply Shannon 10. June 2016 at 3:25

    Spain has to be one of the most architecturally interesting places in the world. The pictures are so beautiful. Love the outfit too. The off the shoulder looks really nice on a little black dress! Looking gorgeous as always.


    • Reply Daniela 14. June 2016 at 13:22

      Thank you so much Shannon! 🙂 Spain and especially Barcelona really is very rich in architecture. I enjoyed it a lot.


  • Reply Lola 11. June 2016 at 9:03

    You look amazing !


    • Reply Daniela 14. June 2016 at 13:23

      Thank you Lola!


  • Reply Helena 13. June 2016 at 10:36

    Wow, so cool and you are so pretty! Love Gaudi’s works! 🙂 x
    Helena – Swedish girl in Tokyo

    • Reply Daniela 14. June 2016 at 13:25

      Thank you Helena for your kind words! Swedish girl in Tokyo sounds like big adventure! I wish to discover that city.


  • Reply Hayley Larue 13. June 2016 at 11:35

    Beautiful photos! <3

    • Reply Daniela 14. June 2016 at 13:25

      Thank you! 🙂


  • Reply alya 13. June 2016 at 15:20

    Wow this looks amazing! I lovee Barcelona. Awesome pics xx


    • Reply Daniela 14. June 2016 at 13:26

      Thank you Alya! 🙂


  • Reply Petite Maison of Fashion 13. June 2016 at 16:32

    The play of the sunlight and the architecture is beautiful. I love your short dress paired with those golden heels.


    • Reply Daniela 14. June 2016 at 13:27

      Thank you so much! I’m happy you like it.


  • Reply michenn 13. June 2016 at 18:29

    Your photos are so gorgeous and so perfectly styled. I really love this shoot and the editing is such great quality!


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    • Reply Daniela 14. June 2016 at 13:28

      Thank you for your wonderful comment! <3
      Wish you a great day!


  • Reply diana 14. June 2016 at 5:30

    you look amazing!

    • Reply Daniela 14. June 2016 at 13:28

      Thank you Diana! 🙂


  • Reply milex 15. June 2016 at 3:55

  • Reply Carmen 15. June 2016 at 8:31

    This post is great! I love this location and your outfit matches so perfectly 🙂
    xx, Carmen –

    • Reply Daniela 16. June 2016 at 23:49

      Thank you so much Carmen! 🙂


  • Reply Aly 15. June 2016 at 17:09

    Wow the location is breathtaking. What a stunning outfit.

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    • Reply Daniela 16. June 2016 at 23:50

      Thank you dear! 🙂


  • Reply yuka 15. June 2016 at 23:15

    you look amazing! the architecture here is amaaazing!

    • Reply Daniela 16. June 2016 at 23:50

      Thank you!! 🙂


  • Reply diana 16. June 2016 at 0:42

    this place is insane

    • Reply Daniela 16. June 2016 at 23:50

      Thank you Diana!


  • Reply sasha 18. June 2016 at 14:43

    You look stunning! Barcelona looks so breathtaking! I would love to travel there!

    Have a great day <3

    • Reply Daniela 23. June 2016 at 20:12

      Thank you so much Sasha! I wish you to travel there soon! <3


  • Reply sonia // daring coco 19. June 2016 at 10:54

    I’d love to visit Gaudi’s sites one day. I was obsessed with his work for ages!


    • Reply Daniela 23. June 2016 at 20:13

      Me too. I’m sure you will enjoy it a lot! 🙂


  • Reply carolina 21. June 2016 at 2:36

    awesome pictures !! i love your shoes !!

    • Reply Daniela 23. June 2016 at 20:14

      Thank you so much Carolina! <3


  • Reply June 21. June 2016 at 15:18

    What a beautiful structure! The photos are fabulous and you look so glam 🙂

    • Reply Daniela 23. June 2016 at 20:15

      Thank you June so much June for your kind words!


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