Springtime in Barcelona

By Lareesa, age 17, Wales, UK

Spain - home to some of the most beautiful beaches, statues, paintings, and people in the world. Although Spain has always been known for its fashions, never has it stood out quite as much as in late 2007 and 2008.

I recently had the privilege of going to Barcelona with a friend and one of my cousins. The aim of our three day trip was so that my friend, an aspiring photographer, could get some shots of the scenery, but we unexpectedly ended up shopping in the world famous Las Ramblas and having our own mini-photo shoot in the middle of nowhere.

The laid back sophistication of many of the spring looks were what had us - and many others - in a spending frenzy. Shops such as Zara and Mont Blanc are pricey, yes, but definitely worth it if you're looking for the perfect outfit this spring.

But let's be realistic. It's not every day that you can just fly off to Barcelona and pay an extravagant amount on one outfit. So do it online! should be saved at the top of your favorites this spring and summer!

Although Las Ramblas was the place to be, the highlights of new discovery can be found in the small, untouched but unforgettable El Born. Although not widely known as a shopping area it was stimulating to stroll around the winding streets of the old town and discover small shops, new labels, and innovative designers. It's always exciting to find a new designer with a rare talent. El Born was full of them - quite a rare commodity for such a large and famous city.

With designs unparalleled for uniqueness H&M has taken on the partnership of many musical artists such as Rihanna (whom we all know has a pretty fantastic style), Timbaland, and Good Charlotte in the support of their new campaign against AIDS. The tops they've created are very original, affordable, and it's for a good cause. The only downside is that you can't buy H&M items online, so it looks like you're going to have to head off to your local store. (Find out where it is at

This spring try something elegant and sophisticated!

Photos of Lareesa and Charlotte in Spain by Jerome Thompson

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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