October 23, 2017
Sweater Weather with Sezane

Sweater Weather with Sezane

October 23, 2017
sezane alec kimono jumper fashion blogger
I've been hearing a lot about French brand Sézane for a while. This season they opened a flagship store in New York and they've done an impressive marketing campaign to promote it featuring some of the best known bloggers like Sincerely Jules or Gal Meets Glam.

I had been reluctant to try it because I don't like buying stuff I can't try on. I'm old fashioned that way. Sézane only has stores in Paris and New York, it's a brand that was born online. Even though returns are easy and free I don't like to go through that process. What I usually buy online are things that were sold out in the store but available on their e-shop. Or brands that I know really well and I know what size will fit. Still, I was so obsessed with Sézane's fall collection (they have the prettiest sweaters and shoes!) that I decided to take the plunge and order this kimono cardigan.
I couldn't be happier with my decision. First of all the packaging and presentation was amazing and it came with a few extra goodies that are so cool. I posted a video on InstaStories when I got it, if you didn't see it be sure to follow me on Instagram so that you don't miss any more exclusive content. Secondly, the cardigan is A-MA-ZING. It's beautiful, cozy, elegant and the quality is great. I'm always on the lookout for original pieces and this is the kind of stuff I love. The tassel belt is removable but it's actually the best part of the cardigan, it accentuates your waist making it more feminine. I know that I'm going to get a lot of use out of it. Right now it can be worn as outwear and in winter I can wear a cape over it.sezane alec kimono jumper fashion blogger
sezane alec kimono jumper fashion blogger
sezane alec kimono jumper fashion blogger
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Let's take a moment to talk about these shoes. Being petite this platform shoe trend is a life saver. High heels look amazing but wearing them every day can be tiresome. As a teacher I have to run around all day because the high school where I work is a campus with different buildings. So some days I just can't be bothered... These platforms are 6cm (approx. 2.5") high which is the high heel height I usually wear but oh so comfy! This is definitely going to be my go to shoe this season.
Do you like Sézane? What is your favorite online store?
xo Cristina

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English Corner
to be reluctant - unwilling to do something
take the plunge - decide to do something after being uncertain
tiresome - annoying
October 19, 2017
5 Best Recipes for Fall

5 Best Recipes for Fall

October 19, 2017
olive oil cake recipe
One of my favorite fall activities is baking. On rainy and cold evenings I like to bake a cake and then enjoy it with a cup of hot chocolate while watching a movie or reading a good book. The weather in Madrid has been unusually warm until now but hopefully we will get fall weather soon. Not that I'm complaining about sunny days but it feels weird to be wearing summer clothes in the middle of October.

Today I want to share with you my favorite recipes to bake on those gloomy days. The first three are new recipes that I've never shared before, the other two are old favorites of mine. You may miss Pumpkin Pie from this list. As much as I love it, I decided to skip it to give you some new things to try.

That's the one on top, it's from Williams Sonoma and it's super easy to make. All you have to do is mix all ingredients together, fold in some berries, bake and decor with more fruit and confectioner's sugar.

Pumpkin Cookies recipe
2. Pumpkin Cookies
Caution, they are addictive! These seed cookies from Leelalicious are a healthy treat great for breakfast or to take to work as a snack.

Cinnamon Apple Crumb Cake recipe
Apple and cinnamon, do I need to say more? This cake is from one of my favorite food blogs The Little Spice Jar. I've made a few recipes from her and they've all become part of my recipe box.

chestnut cake recipe
4. Chestnut Cake
Together with pumpkin, chestnuts are my favorite fall food. They are very popular in Spain at this time of year, street vendors sell them roasted in the street. I love to roast them at home or make a purée that can be used for a cake or as stuffing.

spanish pastries recipe
5. Spanish Pastries
Last but not least, Spanish pastries with nuts. Have them for breakfast or to invite people over for tea.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram because I often share step-by-step recipes on InstaStories and other exclusive content that doesn't appear on the blog.
xo Cristina

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October 16, 2017
The Australia Series: Our Itinerary

The Australia Series: Our Itinerary

October 16, 2017
I've already done a couple of posts about our honeymoon (that you can read here and here), but I thought it'd be fun to show you our itinerary before continuing with more posts from Down Under. Our journey couldn't have had a wider variety of landscapes: rainforest, ocean, desert, skyline, animal sanctuary. It took us 8 flights and 15 days to see the most amazing places in Australia.

Now, grab a cup of coffee and let the signs guide you...

australia itinerary honeymoon travel blogger
australia itinerary honeymoon travel blogger

STYLE FAVORITES TO TRAVEL THIS FALL

P.S. I want to share a little Photoshop trick that will come in handy at some point in your lives. This collage took me hours to make and silly me I wasn't saving the files while working... If you are acquainted with Murphy's Law you may be able to guess what's coming next. Yes, Photoshop crashed and I thought I had lost everything. I googled "restore Photoshop files" and saw the light. There's a hidden folder in your computer called "Autorecover" and that's where all your Photoshop work is. Phew, I was saved.

P.P.S. Pin the map below if you liked this post to help spread the love. Thanks for your support!
xo Cristina
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October 9, 2017
The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music

October 9, 2017
happiness boutique piano dainty jewelry fashion editorial blogger
On today's post you are going to learn two things about myself:
  • I started taking piano lessons when I was 12 but I've never felt confident enough to play for anyone but myself. Learning to play properly is unfinished business that I hope to resolve some day.
  • I'm allergic to certain metals so I only wear gold or silver jewelry.
You may wonder why I chose to bring these two matters together today. Well, there's just something about dainty jewelry and pianos, they seem like the perfect match. I can't really explain why it's just a feeling that I have.happiness boutique piano dainty jewelry fashion editorial blogger
happiness boutique piano dainty jewelry fashion editorial blogger
happiness boutique piano dainty jewelry fashion editorial blogger
Jewelry is expensive and sometimes you just want something fashionable, not an investment. However, many fashion jewelry pieces are made with metals that can cause skin reactions. When Happiness Boutique asked me to try their products I checked their website and saw that they have many antiallergic pieces so I thought it would be a great idea to see if they'd work for me. Guess what, they did! No itchiness or redness, quite a relief. Here I'm wearing the rose gold layered necklace and the double crossed rose gold ring.
happiness boutique piano dainty jewelry fashion editorial blogger
happiness boutique piano dainty jewelry fashion editorial blogger
happiness boutique piano dainty jewelry fashion editorial blogger
happiness boutique piano dainty jewelry fashion editorial blogger
Check out the Happiness Boutique website because they have really cute pieces. If you find something you like, use the code memoriesofthepacific at checkout to get a 10% of the discount for orders over 19€. It is valid until November 3rd!

xo Cristina

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October 2, 2017
Our Wedding Album With Snappybook

Our Wedding Album With Snappybook

October 2, 2017
snappybook album digital boda wedding
There is no question that digital photography has been a huge revolution. You can see your photo as soon as you take it on the LCD screen and memory cards can store many pictures. However, we still feel the need to have our memories transeferred to reality and that's why digital albums appeared. I've been creating albums for years and when we got married we knew we were going to make our own. They are so easy and fun to make and you have all the creative power so you can make a unique creation that no one else will have.
For years my family and I have been ordering our digital albums at Snappybook. We were so happy with the first one that we've never tried another company.

HOW IT WORKS
  1. Download their software for free.
  2. Choose the type of album: number of pages, size, paper quality.
  3. Compose your album. You've got templates depending on the theme: travel, wedding, birth... but you can get a blank one like we did. You can also choose already designed page compositions or masks for your photos.
  4. Once you are happy with the album click "buy".
  5. On a few days it will be delivered home.

Easy-peasy!
UNBOXING
It's so exciting to get a parcel at your doorstep, isn't it? The joy of getting a photo album is even bigger. Even though you've designed it on your computer, it's still fun to see the outcome. These are your wedding memories, something your are going to cherish forever and that you are going to show to friends and family. The Snappybook album comes perfectly packed with several layers of protection. They do not come with a case or sleeve to keep them though. 
snappybook album digital boda wedding
snappybook album digital boda wedding
snappybook album digital boda wedding
snappybook album digital boda wedding
snappybook album digital boda wedding
snappybook album digital boda wedding
snappybook album digital boda wedding
snappybook album digital boda wedding
snappybook album digital boda wedding
OTHER PRODUCTS
Apart from digital albums Snappybook also makes:
  • Photo books
  • Photowood
  • Framed pics
  • Posters
  • PVC bubbles
  • Homeware: mugs, cushions, calendars
  • Phone cases
  • Paper copies
  • Story books
Now it's time to start working on our honeymoon album!

Have you ever designed a digital album? Share your experience on the comments below.
xo Cristina

English corner
easy-peasy - very easy, another way to say it: (as) easy as pie
the outcome - the result