July 28, 2016
Greek Islands Packing List

Greek Islands Packing List

July 28, 2016
greek islands packing list

You know I rarely post on Thursdays. However, I've started planning my summer trip to the Greek islands so I thought I'd give you a peek into the things I'm packing. Even though I'm a just-in-case packer, I try to keep my luggage as light as possible. I also take with me cute and comfortable pieces that will allow me to walk around the sites for hours without looking like a total tourist. The first thing I always do before travelling to a new destination is research. I create a secret Pinterest board where I pin all useful information that I can find including photography and outfit inspiration. Then I create an outfit spreadsheet to decide what I'm going to wear every day. For Greece I'm packing a lot of blue and white to blend in with the surroundings.


Dresses: my favorite piece all year round. They can be worn all day long, you just need to switch your accessories if you are going to a fancy place for dinner. My 4 favorite styles are off-the-shoulder, embroidered, lace and gingham.

Shoes: keep it as comfy as possible. Something I've learnt from experience is to never take new shoes on vacation, you don't know how they are going to work for you. I've got endless stories of blisters and nasty cuts. During my research I've found out that the streets in the Greek islands are frequently made up of cobblestones and there are many stairs so flat sandals or espadrilles are advisable. However, I never forget to pack a pair of strappy high-heeled sandals just in case!

Bags: a beach tote, a straw basket, a crossbody bag and a clutch. I take all four in neutral colors so they'll work with every outfit (same thing goes for the shoes).

Tops & shorts: cute tops and tees are always a wise choice. I pair them with denim shorts or scalloped ones if I'm looking for something more formal. Top #3 (long sleeve and stripes) is the cutest thing ever, the back is made up of a string of bows, see it here.

Cover-ups: these Star Mela cuties double up as dresses or beach cover-ups. So if one day we decide to skip the beach I'll still be properly dressed to explore the town.

Sunscreen and moisturizers: you know how important it is to protect your skin from the sun. After sunbathing keep your skin moisturized with these creams from La Mer and Caudalie. I've also added a self-tanner from Clinique. Personally I'm not a fan of tanning products and I've never tried one but I've suggested this one from Clinique because you know I'm a huge fan of their products and I know they never disappoint.

Swuimsuits, beach towels and hats: I've suggested some swimsuits from Kate Spade because I'm completely obsessed with the bow tops.

Duffel bags and suitcases: I always carry one of each if I'm away for a week. In my duffel bag I carry toiletries and other essentials that are allowed in cabin. Also some clothes in case the luggage is delayed. 

Well, I think I've covered pretty much everything. I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have so don't hesitate to leave one on the comments below.

Cristina xo

P.S. You can find these and many more favorites on the SHOP page.

July 24, 2016
Ode To The Summer Dress

Ode To The Summer Dress

July 24, 2016
red floral summer dress abercrombie and fitch fashion blogger

Would summer be the same without flower dresses? I doubt it. Dresses are my favorite piece all year round but it's this season when I enjoy wearing them the most. You put them on and you are instantly ready to good looking cute and feminine. Plus, they are so comfy on hot days!
July 19, 2016
Playa de las Catedrales (Beach of the Cathedrals)

Playa de las Catedrales (Beach of the Cathedrals)

July 19, 2016
faro de isla pancha galicia españa spain

Playa de las Catedrales (Beach of the Cathedrals) has become one of the favorite Spanish destinations for locals and visitors alike. It is a magnificent example of nature's power. The Atlantic tides are responsible for creating unique arches (some of them are 30m high) and caves.

The beach is located in Galicia, northwest of Spain. If you'd like to visit, bear in mind that you have to go when the tide is low. Otherwise it's all covered by turquoise water. However, if you are looking for a beach to sunbathe and go for a swim this is not the place to go. Nobody is lying on the beach and swimming is not allowed. This is a place to go for a walk and to explore every corner of it. Go under the arches to hear the waves hitting the rocks, stand on a cliff to enjoy breathtaking views. Be sure to explore the tidal pools at the mouth of the grottos, as they are usually knee-deep and the water is warm.

galicia españa spain playa de las catedrales beach of the cathedrals

galicia españa spain playa de las catedrales beach of the cathedrals
 
galicia españa spain playa de las catedrales beach of the cathedrals

galicia españa spain playa de las catedrales beach of the cathedrals

galicia españa spain playa de las catedrales beach of the cathedrals

galicia españa spain playa de las catedrales beach of the cathedrals

The area is protected and it has been declared a natural monument. You can check the tide forecast to plan your visit here (English) or here (Spanish). Because of the amount of visitors, local authorities recently decided to restrict the number of people who can access it in order to protect it. So from July 1st to September 30th you have to get a free ticket online from this oficial website before you go. You can also find further information and how to get there on that site. 

galicia españa spain playa de las catedrales beach of the cathedrals

galicia españa spain playa de las catedrales beach of the cathedrals

galicia españa spain

Playa de las Catedrales is not the only place to see in the area. Let me suggest some other places to make the most of your visit. The Spanish beach is located in ten kilometers west from the town of Ribadeo. The Marquis of Sargadelos was the modern promoter of this city whose most outstanding building is the modernist Galician country house of the Moreno brothers (pictured below). From the port, there's is a pleasant walk to the lighthouse of Pancha island (the one you saw on the first photo of this post).

ribadeo galicia españa spain

You can stay at Parador de Ribadeo Hotel. Its magnificent location near the border between Galicia and Asturias offers unparalleled views of the Galician countryside, the Ria of Ribadeo, and the Asturian villages on the opposite shore, including this one of Castropol.

castropol asturias spain españa parador de ribadeo

San Damian fort is worth a visit too. This fort, one of the best examples of Ribadeo's military architecture, is sited at the mouth of the estuary. The fort was built in a difficult-to-access vantage point by Marquis de Cerralbo in 1624. The fort was meant to protect the mouth of the estuary from potential attacks by sea.Today it serves as an exhibition hall for the town. 

fuerte de san damian galicia spain españa

fuerte de san damian galicia spain españa

The last photo is from the little village of San Martiño de Mondoñedo. It is home to a Romanesque church which is considered to be the oldest cathedral in Spain.

san martiño de mondoñedo galicia spain españa

Would you like to visit Beach of the Cathedrals? Are there any other wonders of nature you can recommend?
Cristina xo
July 11, 2016
Peach, Blueberry & Greek Yogurt Cake

Peach, Blueberry & Greek Yogurt Cake

July 11, 2016
Peach, Blueberry & Greek Yogurt Cake Recipe

Happy Monday! Today I want to share with you a colorful and delicious recipe. This peach, blueberry and Greek yogurt cake has become a breakfast favorite at home for obvious reasons. We love fruit cake and tarts. I guess it is the mixture of healthy fruit and sweet tooth satisfaction. With food, and clothes too, the first impression is the most important. If I like what it looks like I'll most likely eat/buy it. 
July 4, 2016
The Most Beautiful Summer Basket

The Most Beautiful Summer Basket

July 4, 2016

Ready for a flower overload? Because you are going to see plenty on this post. Last weekend I went for a summer afternoon walk and had to pick up a bouquet after seeing so many beautiful balconies adorned with flowers. It should be mandatory to have a well-kept balcony, right?