September 26, 2016
My Favorite Fall Outfits

My Favorite Fall Outfits

September 26, 2016
Can you believe that fall is upon us? Last week we said hello to a new season but the weather is so nice, it feels like we are in summer. Anyways, it's time to get our closets ready for fall so I've put together a round up of my favorite fall outfits. After each photo you'll find a selection of similar pieces that are currently available. If you want to see the looks in detail click on the name, it will take you to the post.

Let's start with an essential...

The Navy Blazer
I've chosen a few similar styles below, including a velvet blazer (last one).

A favorite of mine for fall celebrations. I'm already picturing myself wearing one of these beautiful sequined cardigans while eating pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, how about you?


Everything Plaid
Scarves, shirts, skirts...this pattern never gets old.


Hands down the comfiest piece for fall. My favorite is the first one below, it's from UGG and it's under $70!


Cozy Knits
This is what I wear 95% of the time during this season...


Stripes
I've never met a stripe I didn't like. How cute is this Tory Burch embroidered and striped oxford shirt?(first one below)


The Leather Jacket
We make the most of this piece during fall. Add a chunky vest, a poncho or a cape on top and wear it all winter long too.


The Light Coat
This piece is a great way to dress up on less warm days. Trenches and quilted jackets are also essentials this season.
What are your favorite fall trends? Have you purchased anything recently?
xo Cristina

P.S. I was recently interviewed by the sweet Olivia from fashion site coshio.com. It has been my very first interview as a blogger so I'm really excited to share it with you! On the article I'm sharing something I've never said on the blog so if you want to learn more about yours truly, read the interview here.
September 19, 2016
Detox Juices

Detox Juices

September 19, 2016
detox juice smoothie
Some people can't start their day until they've had a cup of coffee. I can't start mine until I've had a freshly squeezed juice. It's the best way to satisfy my cravings for something sweet while getting tons of vitamins. After that I usually have a glass of soy milk and a slice of homemade cake.
Fruit juices or smoothies are really popular right now. Every single coffee shop offers them and there are countless websites talking the amazing benefits they have for our health.



detox juice smoothie
I've decided to narrow down my top three juices for a superb source of vitamins and energy so that I can share them with you. Nº1 is the one I make every single morning. I save the other two for weekends when I have more time. Quantities are for 1 glass of juice.

Juice #1
1 carrot
1 apple
1 orange
1 tablespoon bee's pollen

Juice #2
1/2 cup of green grapes
1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt
1 cup of spinach
1/2 banana
1/2 apple
50gr. of pineapple

Juice #3
A handful of raspberries
1 banana
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup soy milk

Preparation is extremely easy:
1 Wash all veggies and fruit thoroughly, peel and remove seeds if needed.
2 Pour ingredients in a blender.
3 You can top them with leftover fruit.

The difference between making a juice, milkshake or smoothie depends on the procedure you follow:

  • You make juices in a blender
  • For milkshakes you need to add water, yogurt or some kind of milk.
  • Smoothies are those you make with crushed ice, ice-cream or frozen yogurt.

detox juice smoothie

detox juice smoothie
What's your favorite breakfast? Are you a fan of natural juices too?
xo Cristina
September 12, 2016
Libreria Acqua Alta in Venice

Libreria Acqua Alta in Venice

September 12, 2016
st. mark's square venice italy
Happy Monday! Today we are exploring Venice. Are you ready? I may sound like a broken record but my advice when visiting a new city is to get lost in it and find hidden gems. Even if you haven’t been to Venice I’m sure you are familiar with St. Mark’s square (cover photo), Doge’s Palace (below)...
doge's palace venice italy
...or the iconic Danieli hotel.
danieli hotel venice italy
 And the quintessential Venetian gondolas!
gondola venice italy

gondola venice italy

gondola venice italy
That’s why I want to show you this curious place: 
libreria acqua alta venice italy
The self-proclaimed "most beautiful bookstore in the world" is located near St. Mark's square and is probably the most chaotic one I've ever seen. There are books everywhere in no logical order -apparently. There's even a full-size gondola inside which serves as a shelf.
libreria acqua alta venice italy
 Some furry friends hang out here as well.
libreria acqua alta venice italy

libreria acqua alta venice italy

libreria acqua alta venice italy

libreria acqua alta venice italy
But its top attraction is in the back, a patio with book steps (books are also used as furniture here) that entice you into following them for...
libreria acqua alta venice italy
 ...this wonderful view.
libreria acqua alta venice italy
It's definitely worth a visit, right? It reminded me of Shakespeare and Co. in Paris which we visited last summer.
libreria acqua alta venice italy
Now you see why I make so much emphasis on getting lost in a city, how else would you find picturesque places like this?
Another piece of advice I usually give is to see the city's landmarks twice if possible: during daylight and then at night when the streetlights are on and buildings become alive again.
st. mark's square venice italy night

doge's palace venice italy night
See you next week,
xo Cristina

P.S. Are you updating your closet? I'm sharing my favorite back to school outfits on my shop page, take a look and let me know which one you like best.
September 5, 2016
Postcards from Santorini

Postcards from Santorini

September 5, 2016
Oia Santorini Greek Islands
Last month I visited the charming Greek island of Santorini. This place had been on my bucket list for a few years now. I've seen many photos of beautiful sunsets and white buildings with blue domes that made me dream of magical summer nights. The place was just what I imagined, endless white houses on top of this massive cliff  that look like snow from far away and crystal clear water. As I mentioned last week the visit was part of a cruise so we didn't spend as much time on the island as we'd have liked. In fact we weren't able to enjoy the famous sunset views because we had to be back on the ship before 8pm. 
Santorini Greek Islands
Access to the island is quite complicated unless you arrive by plane (check out the airport's website here). Big ships can't reach the port so we had to get there by boat. The port is at the bottom of this volcanic island so to get to the top you must use a cable car. The other option is to ride a donkey, however, I think that this is animal abuse and should be punished by the law. Do me a favor, if you go to Santorini, DON'T ride the donkeys. The poor animals are forced to carry tourist to the top (there are 600 steps) at high temperatures from morning to sunset. Locals make it look like a tourist attraction as if this was cute and harmless by selling donkey soft toys to kids. I'm surprised there isn't a movement to end this atrocity. I wish more bloggers showed what's going on instead of just taking pictures of donkeys and saying how cute they are and how "perfect" is a vacation in Santorini. I hope I'm not putting you off if you want to visit the island, I just want to show is that all that glitters is not gold. Now that I've got that off my chest let's continue...

There are two main villages to visit: Oia and Thira (also called Fira), both packed with tourists. Oia is a spectacular but tiny place. Most pictures you see of Santorini around the internet are of Oia. There's only one street and it consists of great shops (most of them are not the usual cheap souvenir ones) and a few Greek churches, the other paths lead to private villas with pools and hotels which make up most of Oia's buildings.
Oia Santorini Greek Islands

Oia Santorini Greek Islands

Oia Santorini Greek Islands

Oia Santorini Greek Islands

Oia Santorini Greek Islands

Oia Santorini Greek Islands

Oia Santorini Greek Islands

Oia Santorini Greek Islands

Oia Santorini Greek Islands

Oia Santorini Greek Islands

Oia Santorini Greek Islands

Oia Santorini Greek Islands
Thira is another picturesque village. It is the main town of Santorini island, located on the top of a cliff as well. Its central location makes it a good base to use as there are buses from many other parts of the island. It's a great place to walk around and do some shopping while admiring the colorful houses and spectacular views of the sea.
Thira Fira Santorini Greek Islands

Thira Fira Santorini Greek Islands

Thira Fira Santorini Greek Islands

Thira Fira Santorini Greek Islands

Thira Fira Santorini Greek Islands
We had a great time in the island despite the donkey issue. If we were to come back, we'd probably stay at one of Oia's villas, it's a wonderful option if you are looking for a peaceful and relaxing holiday by the sea.
Have you ever been to Greece? Would you like to visit Santorini?
xo Cristina