June 23, 2017
A Guide to Fashion Blogger Linkups

A Guide to Fashion Blogger Linkups

June 23, 2017
A Guide to Fashion Blogger Linkups

I had heard about blogger linkups a long time ago but I had never seen how powerful they are until recently. In case you don't know them, linkup parties are posts where other bloggers allow you to share your own after following some simple rules. They are an amazing way to increase engagement both for hosts and participants alike.

A few months ago I came across this linkup list by the lovely Katya from Stylesprinter. Be sure to read it since she also gives very useful advice to take part in linkups. I've noticed a huge increase in blog visits and engagement since I started joining these linkups. It's also a great way to meet bloggers and even make friends! I just love any activity that involves bloggers supporting each other. It's so important to bear in mind that we are not competition, we are in this together and we can get much more by helping each other rather than the opposite.

This is an updated list of fashion blogger linkups, next week I'm going to publish one for travel linkups. If you are hosting one yourself, tell me on the comments section so I can check it out.

MONDAY
Hello Monday
How I Spring
#iwillwearwhatilike
Mix it Mondays
Start the Week Stylish
Weekly Fashion Linkup

TUESDAY
Turning Heads Tuesday
Style Sessions
On Trend Tuesdays
Confident Twosday
Style Swap Tuesdays
Trend Spin Linkup
The Style File
Fashion Elite with J Petite

WEDNESDAY
Spring Fever Fashion
Oh, Hey Girl Linkup
Style Me Wednesday
Wardrobe Wednesday
What I Wore

THURSDAY
Thursday Moda
Thursday Fashion Files
What I Wore Today

FRIDAY
Friday Favorites
High Five For Friday
Weekend Wear Linkup
Passion4Fashion
Fabulous Friday
Fun Fashion Friday
Flashback Fashion Friday
Friday Favorites
Ladies Who Linkup

SATURDAY
Saturday Share (any topic)

SUNDAY
The Creative Corner (recipes, DIY, crafts)
June 19, 2017
Preppy Striped Dress

Preppy Striped Dress

June 19, 2017
preppy striped dress bow fashion blogger
I recently got this preppy striped dress from Zaful and I thought I wasn't going to be able to wear it until summer. However, the high temperatures we've been enduring for a couple of weeks now have made me put away my spring clothes earlier than usual.
preppy striped dress bow fashion blogger
preppy striped dress bow fashion blogger
This dress was sent to me to review it so that's what we are doing on the blog today. Even though this is not the type of site where I shop, I wanted to give it a try and see what their clothes are like. I chose this dress because it can be worn on many occasions: to the office, to school (if you are also a teacher), to summer parties, sightseeing during the holidays... Just choose the appropriate accessories and you can wear it everywhere.
preppy striped dress bow fashion blogger
preppy striped dress bow fashion blogger
Overall the dress fits well although I have to say that it looked nicer online and once I put it on it was completely different. I like the shape and the fabric a lot but I think the bow is not on the appropriate place. In my opinion it'd be more flattering if is was a few centimeters higher. Maybe it's my body type but I feel other brands are more flattering for me.

Have you ever bought clothes from sites like Zaful? Let me know your experience on the comment section. If you are interested in other styles they have this long velvet dress or this long black dress with slit.
xo Cristina

OUTFIT DETAILS
Striped dress c/o
Basket bag
Straw hat

OTHER CUTE DRESSES FROM ZAFUL
Sleeveless Pineapple Watermelon Shirt Dress
Polka Dot Striped One Shoulder Dress
Embroidered Ruffles Off Shoulder Mini Dress
Striped Front Knot Cutout Cami Dress

zaful wishlist fashion blogger

June 16, 2017
An Evening with Pandora

An Evening with Pandora

June 16, 2017
#casapandora pandora jewelry exhibit madrid
Last Friday I had the honor to attend an event by one of my favorite jewelry brands: Pandora. You've seen me wearing their beautiful creations on posts like this one or this other one. Danish jewelry manufacturer is famous for their charm bracelets. I think that getting a charm on a special day is a really cute way to remember special occasions.
#casapandora pandora jewelry exhibit madrid
#casapandora pandora jewelry exhibit madrid
The event was advertised as Casa Pandora and the description didn't let much on. So I was really expectant to know what it consisted of. When I arrived at Casa Pandora I found a beautifully decorated house with an exhibit of the latest creations including some exclusive fashion designs by Ana Locking.
#casapandora pandora jewelry exhibit madrid
#casapandora pandora jewelry exhibit madrid
The most interesting part was seeing how the jewels are made. There were two workshops, one of them showed how the rings are assembled and the other one how the colorful charms are made. We all know how much work goes into making jewelry but seeing it live is a unique experience. You learn to appreciate jewels even more.#casapandora pandora jewelry exhibit madrid
#casapandora pandora jewelry exhibit madrid
#casapandora pandora jewelry exhibit madrid
#casapandora pandora jewelry exhibit madrid
#casapandora pandora jewelry exhibit madrid
#casapandora pandora jewelry exhibit madrid

Do you like Pandora? What's your favorite jewelry brand?
xo Cristina

PANDORA FAVORITES
June 12, 2017
White Scallop Dress

White Scallop Dress

June 12, 2017
These days we are used to seeing perfect images everywhere, so much so that my eye seems to be trained to spot flaws in photos. But isn't photography supposed to portray reality? I know that photography is art but when you are shooting lifestyle photos I think we should aim for images as close to reality as possible while still being Pinterest worthy. You may be wondering, why is all this coming from? Well, the day when these photos were taken there was a high percentage of humidity and it was a bit windy as well. My hair was getting frizzier by the minute and of course I was worried. I thought I'd have to discard these images. When I got home and saw them I thought: maybe this isn't so bad, maybe they are more natural this way. I'd love to read your thoughts about this on the comment section.
Now let's talk about this dress. If you follow the blog you might know me well enough to guess that I chose this dress for the scallops. It was sent to me by Romwe and I was surprised by how well it fits. I believe that pricier clothes fit better than cheaper ones that's why I couldn't believe it when I tried on this dress and saw that it fits without any alterations. Another strong point is that the length is perfect for petites. However, it is a little see through so I recommend wearing a nude or white half-slip underneath. And once you add that this dress is appropriate to wear to class if you are a teacher like me. The academic year is almost over but we still have to endure a few really hot days until it's over so summer dresses are my best ally.

As for the accessories I chose a tan handbag with a colorful scarf and my favorite gold sandals.
 

OUTFIT DETAILS
Scallop dress c/o
Crossbody bag
Mother of pearl earrings (similar from same brand: US/Spain)

GET THE LOOK
English corner
so much so - to such a great degree (tanto es así, hasta tal punto)
by the minute - very rapidly (por momentos)

June 5, 2017
A Day in Hondarribia

A Day in Hondarribia

June 5, 2017
hondarribia basque country spain san sebastian travel blog
During our stay in San Sebastian we visited the charming town of Hondarribia. Hondarribia is a colorful fishing village that is both rich in architecture as well as in gastronomy. It’s a feast for the eyes and also for the stomach. It was a cloudy and gloomy day but we were not going to let the weather spoil our day trip. We started by visiting the well-preserved Old Town with its beautiful and colorful houses. Green, white and red predominate which are the colors of the Basque flag. The font that you can see in the collage below is also typical of the Basque country. The font is inspired by the inscriptions in old basque tombstones and cemeteries. If you look closely you can see it on a few of the houses in these photos.
hondarribia basque country spain san sebastian travel blog
We stared at the beautiful buildings from under a canopy since it was raining cats and dogs. Oh well, we decided to look on the bright side, we were actually experiencing the north 100% since that's the typical weather. At lunch time we headed to the restaurant where we had made reservations. Are you ready for some mouth-watering pictures? 
hondarribia basque country spain san sebastian travel blog
After reading great reviews on TripAdvisor we had booked a table at Gastroteka Danontzat. A truly gourmet experience where we felt at home. Danotzat is a basque word that means "for everyone" which is the work philosophy of this restaurant. Gorka, is the friendly man who runs this business. He took the time to explain to us the characteristics and facts behind every dish we had and he does that with every single costumer. We started with sardines and anchovies, two delicacies that melted in our mouths. We kept asking for bread to dip it on the delicious olive oil.
Next we had txangurro spread, another delight. If you read the complete travel guide to San Sebastian you may be familiar with this term. Txangurro is a type of crab that you'll find in every restaurant.
The next one was ox tongue. A dish that is finished on the table with a blowtorch. I know the name may not sound very appealing but the taste reminds you of ham. The best thing to do is not to think about what it is and just enjoy it because it's delicious.

The last dish before dessert was octopus with potatoes and algae. Both my fiancée and I agreed that this was our favorite. Octopus is not the easiest to cook. Some people cook it too hard, others too soft. This one was the best we've ever had (sorry mom). It was crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. How do they cook it? I have no idea. The yummy sauce is also a well kept secret.
All dishes were paired with txakoli, the typical wine of the region.
Dessert was something we had never tried before: sesame ice-cream. Too avant-garde for us. It was really good but I expect ice-cream to be sweet and this was not. The presentation is amazing, don't you think?
After this unforgettable culinary experience we went to Parador El Emperador for coffee. Here we felt like we were back in Medieval times. If you follow the blog you know we are big fans of Paradores, a unique hotel chain committed to reclaiming the Spanish heritage. Check out this post and this one too for more information.
hondarribia basque country spain parador san sebastian travel blog
hondarribia basque country spain san sebastian travel blog
Sadly, it was time to say farewell to Hondarribia. We took one last walk around the promenade and we headed back to San Sebastian.hondarribia basque country spain san sebastian travel blog
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I still have one more charming Basque town to show you. Stay tuned for a post about Zarautz, another seaside town that is home to more culinary gems and breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean.

TRAVEL IN STYLE

English corner
to rain cats and dogs - to rain a lot
to look on the bright side - consider the positive aspects of a negative situation
farewell - goodbye