August 29, 2014
Blue dress

Blue dress

August 29, 2014

By now you may have guessed that I'm not very daring when choosing my outfits. True. I like to keep it simple, classy and feminine. I guess "less is more" would be a good motto for me. I could be wearing this type of dress all the time: fitted bodice and full skirt. Do they have a name in English? I've heard about bodycon, skater and babydoll but I'm not sure if this fits in any of those categories.

It is very flattering since the full skirt visually cuts the body in half. It is a very forgiving style, hiding everything from the mid-section, hips and legs.




also find this outfit perfect to wear to work. You are not showing too much skin since the skirt is not too short but you still look feminine and comfy. Also the fact that it's plain makes it office-appropriate, unlike a bold print. Still, I added a colorful necklace to it, otherwise it'd be too boring ;)




I wish you all have a wonderful weekend!
Cristina xo
August 27, 2014
Streets of Zurich

Streets of Zurich

August 27, 2014

Next time you are visiting a new city, do me a favor: put the map away and start walking. Get lost in the city, you'll find amazing things. Things that only the locals know about, things that you will always remember as the little treasure you once found. How else can you find a little Venice hidden among the streets of Zurich?
Cristina xo


August 25, 2014
Mondays We Cook: Fruit of the Forest Cheesecake

Mondays We Cook: Fruit of the Forest Cheesecake

August 25, 2014

Happy Monday! I'm terribly sorry for the lack of posting lately. I've been traveling a lot during August and due to technical problems I haven't been able to post as much as I'd like to. First, in Zurich, the wi-fi at the hotel was really bad -I couldn't even check my Instagram feed- and then my laptop suddenly died in Cadiz :( I'm home now and I hope things can get back to normal. Don't get me wrong, I love traveling and I enjoyed the holidays so much but I've missed blogging. Does this mean I've become addicted to it?


Ok, so let's get started! Today's recipe is one of my favorite desserts: cheesecake.



Ingredients: 
75 gr. of biscuits (I've used Fontaneda Digestive)
30 gr. of butter
350 gr. of cream
350 gr. of Philadelphia
40 gr. of sugar
5 gr. of jello powder (Royal)
Strawberry jelly
Fruit of the forest

1. Crumble biscuits, add melted butter and mix; then cover the base of the mold with the mixture and put it in the fridge for 10 minutes.

2. Boil the cream, sugar and Philadelphia, strain and add the jelly.

3. Pour the mixture in the mold and keep it in the fridge for 6 hours.

4. Cover the cake with the jam and decorate it with fruit of the forest.

Bon appétit,
Cristina xo
August 18, 2014
Black & White

Black & White

August 18, 2014

Hey guys! Just a quick hello, I'm enjoying a few days at the beach in Southern Spain. 
This Rugby Ralph Lauren dress is one of my favorites. The way the stripes are wrapped around your body make it extremely flattering. Plus, it's a very versatile dress I've worn it on many occasions from weddings to dinning out.
Have a great week,
Cristina xo







August 16, 2014
Confiserie Sprüngli

Confiserie Sprüngli

August 16, 2014



The lovely Kristina Bazan recommended Swiss chocolates from Sprüngli and oh boy was she right! They have the most scumptious sweets. The Confiserie Sprüngli is a Swiss luxury confectionery manufacturer founded in 1836 and internationally known for its signature macarons called "Luxemburgerli".

The Sprüngli café on Paradeplatz is a traditional meeting-place of the elderly ladies of Zürich's upper class. Local folklore has it that young men who attend the café alone may signal their availability to these well-to-do women by turning over their coffee spoons in their cups. But according to the company's director, this is a persistent myth reflecting Zurich's more puritanical past, when the Sprüngli café was one of the few places where upper-class women could talk to strangers without risking their reputation.




 I hope you are all enjoying the weekend. I'm off to the beach!
Cristina xo
August 14, 2014
Meeting Kristina Bazan

Meeting Kristina Bazan

August 14, 2014
famous blogger Kristina Bazan

Have you ever had the chance to meet someone you look up to or that you are inspired by? If you are a perfectionist like me, you will want to make a good impression. However, for some reason instead of acting normal your brain decides to block and you get butterflies in your stomach just like when you wanted to talk to your high school crush. This is how I felt when I met Kristina and James the incredibly talented and beautiful couple behind the blog Kayture.

I've been following Kayture for years, I always marvel at their flawless and breathtaking photos. She shows so much passion, dedication and enthusiasm on her posts, it's contagious! I love people like that. Kristina became my favorite blogger as soon as I discovered her blog. I instantly fell in love with her feminine and classy style. 

These days bloggers have pretty much reached the status of celebrities. So you can imagine how excited I was when I saw her while strolling around Zurich last week. She was so sweet, down-to-earth and attentive. She asked if we were having a good time in Switzerland and even suggested places to see and things to do. I was so nervous I barely knew what to say, I'd have loved to ask her so many things!

Have a great Thursday and thanks for reading,
Cristina xo
August 11, 2014
Mondays We Cook: Carrot Cake

Mondays We Cook: Carrot Cake

August 11, 2014

Hey guys! Long time, no see! I've really missed blogging during my trip to Switzerland. Now I'm back and I can't wait to show you the pictures from the trip. I've visited beautiful places and guess what! I even got to meet my favorite blogger, Kristina Bazan of Kayture in Zurich. Stay tuned because I'll be posting the whole story soon :)


If that wasn't enough news....A few weeks ago I was approached by the L.A.-based website CgC Daily and they asked me to be one of their contributors. Last week, they posted my first article which you can read here. It's so exciting to see how the blog is growing little by little.


Without further ado, let's talk about today's recipe. Carrot cake. If you haven't tried it yet, do me a favor: don't understimate it because the main ingredient is a vegetable. That's not fair. This cake is delicious, trust me. It's like a giant cupcake and the best part is the cream cheese frosting. Yum!
This is what you'll need:
Ingredients:
100 gr. of walnuts
340 gr. of raw carrots finely grated
260 gr. of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
4 large eggs
300 gr. of white sugar
240 ml. of flavorless oil
2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract

Cream cheese frosting
Ingredients:
57gr. of unsalted butter
227 gr. of cream cheese
230 go. of confectioners sugar
4 gr. of pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of finely grated lemon zest

Carrot Cake: Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Toast the walnuts until lightly browned and fragrant. Let cool. Peel and finely grate the carrots.

In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon.

In bowl beat the eggs until frothy. Gradually add the sugar and beat until the batter is thick and light colored. Add the oil in a steady stream and then beat in the vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and beat just until incorporated. Evenly divide the batter between the two prepared pans and bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  

Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. After about 10 minutes invert the cakes onto the wire rack, remove the pans and parchment paper, and then cool completely before frosting. 

To assemble: place one cake layer onto your serving plate. Spread with about half the frosting. Gently place the other cake onto the frosting and spread the rest of the frosting over the top of the cake. If desired, garnish with toasted nuts on the top of the cake. 

Serves 10 - 12.

Frosting: beat the cream cheese and butter, on low speed, just until blended. Gradually add the sifted powdered sugar and beat, on low speed, until fully incorporated and smooth. Beat in the vanilla extract, and lemon zest.  

As you can see in the picture, mine has only one layer. If you want to make a small one too, you only have to divide the quatities by two.


Have a great week and thanks for reading.
Cristina xo

Adapted from Joy of Baking 
August 1, 2014
Pink Details

Pink Details

August 1, 2014

Happy Friday my dear readers! New Friday, new outfit. 


Dresses are my go to piece every summer. They are feminine, cute, comfy and so easy to accessorize. For this flower print dress I chose a small pink purse and embellished wedge sandals.


Next week I'll be in Switzerland so there won't be new posts on the blog until I come back. You can follow me on Instagram meanwhile. After doing some research I've seen that Switzerland has spectacular landscapes and buildings so I hope to bring back amazing photos from the trip. It's going to be my first time in this country so I appreciate any advice you can give me or any recommendation about places to see, eat, etc.

August is the month when everybody goes on holiday here in Spain. Are you traveling anywhere this month?
Have a lovely weekend. 
Cristina xo

P.S.: I'm really excited to announce that I'm writing an article for an L.A.-based website. I'll post the link once it is published.