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MNG by MANGO Mission: Barcelona Babes


If you've been following my blog over the last couple of months, you may recall that I was chosen to participate in a MNG by MANGO Mission along with 9 other fashion bloggers. We were challenged to create 5 different looks inspired by international cities, culminating in a trip to Barcelona, Spain, where we toured the MANGO headquarters and took part in a fun photoshoot - and today I am so excited to be able to reveal the final result with all of you!

Shown above from left to right: Gala of Gala Darling; Jessica of What I Wore; Sydne of Think Thru Fashion; Lilliana of Cheap Chicas; Jean of Extra Petite; Carmen of Viva Fashion; Wendy of Nitrolicious; me (Dianna); Vahni of Grit & Glamour; Karen of Where Did U Get That

This was truly a once in a lifetime experience I'll never forget. The best part was just getting the chance to meet and hang out with some of the most talented, inspiring women you'll ever meet. Each blogger on the trip has her own distinct voice and personality and I was honored to be in their presence (sounds uber cheesy but it's so true!).

Touring the MANGO headquarters and getting a behind-the-scenes look was also beyond cool. It was way back in 2000 when I studied abroad in Spain that I was first introduced to the MANGO brand and shopping there as a college student played a pretty significant role in developing my budding love of fashion. Talk about a full circle moment.

After the long weekend in Barcelona with my blogger buddies, my husband met up with me and we spent another two weeks traveling through the south of Spain for our honeymoon (not sponsored by anyone, that was totally on our own dime, lol). It was EVERYTHING. I'll try to post some more pics from my trip soon (you can see a couple on my twitter feed, too).

JCPenney also put together a short video documenting our trip, which I'll be sharing later, but in the meantime, check out a few snapshots from our trip. Thank you MANGO, jcpenney and Style Coalition for letting me be a part of this incredible journey. xoBB

UPDATE: Here's the video! It's cute, upbeat and really captures the "essence" of our trip. Enjoy! xo

In case you're wondering, the photoshoot was a little intimidating but I just tried to have fun with it. Hair, makeup, dressing up? No complaints here!

Before the photoshoot, practicing the smize. (From left: Gala, Wendy, Sydne and Carmen)

Me, Karen, Gala and Wendy working the blue light in front of our Barcelona hotel, Granados 83, following a ridiculous feast at Boca Grande.

Me, Yuli from Style Coalition, Carmen, Jean, Lilliana, Sydne, Vahni, taking a break from touring Las Ramblas with tapas and sangria

Tasty tapas

Basking in the Barcelona sun: Lilliana, Vahni, Jean, Sydne and me

Narrow streets of The Gothic Quarter in Barcelona

Me, Jessica, Karen and Gala at our wrap party at the Manhattan JCPenney store this past Friday night.

Find the latest fall styles from MNG by MANGO (including the items we're wearing in our group photo), sold exclusively at jcpenney stores and online at jcpenney/MNG.

Follow along:
Twitter hashtag: #MNGbyMANGOmission
Twitter handle: @jcpenney

Photo credit: All photos by me except for the first three photos (group shot and my solo shot by MANGO)

Disclosure: This campaign is produced by Style Coalition and sponsored by jcpenney.
LOVE the photos! Sounds like you gals had a ton of fun. Your solo shot looks amazing!
#1 My Dressy Ways (Homepage) on 2011-11-14 17:23 (Reply)
You are such beautiful woman, and I love your fashion style! Seriously, you stand out from the others!! I love reading your site, and thought you would be interested in a site I came across for fashion accessories, called ShoeVOGUE. They really have some fresh and innovative ideas.
Thanks for sharing your pics and advice!
#1.1 Diana on 2011-11-16 13:10 (Reply)
you are all gorgeous, but totally stand out in that group shot! so proud of you! you've earned all the amazing opportunities that come your way!
#2 Jennifer ( (Homepage) on 2011-11-14 17:28 (Reply)
That professional pic of you is gorgeous - you should be in a magazine!! Love your outfit, too :-)
#3 Penny Pincher Fashion (Homepage) on 2011-11-14 17:30 (Reply)
Looks like so much fun... and oh my goodness, that food! PS- your photo turned out amazing!!
#4 Grace - Stripes & Sequins (Homepage) on 2011-11-14 18:03 (Reply)
It was sooooo great meeting you Dianna. You're such a sweet girl and you definitely worked that pose!! :-)
#5 Carmen (Homepage) on 2011-11-14 22:42 (Reply)
Um...JEALOUS!! lol I'm glad that you had so much fun in Spain, and it sounds like you had an amazing honeymoon.
#6 K (Homepage) on 2011-11-14 22:54 (Reply)
Your body looks amazing!! You were the first person I notice out of the group shot. I love your style.
#7 Pao on 2011-11-15 00:13 (Reply)
Love your pic from the photoshoot, and love Gala Darling!
#8 Mel on 2011-11-15 09:26 (Reply)
You look amazing and it looks like you had a fabulous time!
#9 Kellie (Homepage) on 2011-11-15 11:03 (Reply)
Glad for the recap and photos! I love the "behind the scenes" view from the pictures you took! Looks as though it was a blast, glad you had this opportunity!
#10 Allie (Homepage) on 2011-11-15 13:42 (Reply)
Aw I'm so glad you had fun! Psss... Your look (and you) are the most gorgeous from the photo shoot.
#11 Megan, The Frugalista Diaries (Homepage) on 2011-11-15 13:46 (Reply)
You are ROCKING that first group shot! DANG need to do some outfit posts ;-)

So glad you had an amazing time. What an experience!
#12 Mandy @ in the fashion lane (Homepage) on 2011-11-15 15:15 (Reply)
All of you ladies look beautiful. What a fabulous journey for you all.
#13 Berty Morales (Homepage) on 2011-11-15 17:11 (Reply)
I have to agree with all of these comments. I originally saw the group shot on another blog, but the first person I noticed was YOU. You looked absolutely FABULOUS!
#14 Ashley on 2011-11-15 18:11 (Reply)
WOW, amazing!! LOVE seeing all these behind-the-scenes pics. Each and every one of you are so gorgeous, and it's inspiring to hear how much you were inspired in these other bloggers presence, since, lady, you are pretty darn impressive! :-)
Thanks for sharing.
#15 alyson (Homepage) on 2011-11-16 09:25 (Reply)
Awesome photos! Hope you all had a great time!
#16 BusyWorkingMama (Homepage) on 2011-11-16 10:52 (Reply)
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