November 28, 2016
Faux Suede Dress and Faux Fur Coat

Faux Suede Dress and Faux Fur Coat

November 28, 2016

Yesterday was my thirty-first birthday! Every year I look back at the previous 365 days and think about all the wonderful things that have happened. I reflect on many things during this day. For me, my birthday is a mixture of Thanksgiving and New Year's Resolutions. On the one hand I give thanks for all the good things in my life and for my loved ones. On the other hand, I make a list of the many things I can improve about myself. One of my favorite quotes is "always strive to be a better you".

pink faux suede dress and a black faux fur coat holiday outfit


One of the many things I'm thankful for is my dear readers so I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all who visit Memories of the Pacific every week. Thank you for every single comment, they mean a lot to me and always bring a smile to my face. I wish we could meet so I could thank you in person while having a warm cup of chocolate. Blogging is a wonderful way to meet people from all around the world which is so rewarding! For me the most beautiful friendships are those between people from different cultures, there's so much we can learn from each other.




Now it's time to move on and look forward to all the exciting things coming up. One of them is the Christmas holidays. They always make me feel so happy! The family time, the presents, the decorations, the lights, the warm drinks, the atmosphere... You breath joy everywhere. Because of that today I'm sharing with you an outfit for the holidays. You've already seen this pink faux suede dress here. I'm getting so much use out of it, I wear it all year long. When I bought it, I never thought a dress like this would become a wardrobe essential.

The coat is one of my newest acquisitions. It's soft as a teddy bear and really warm. It gets an extra point for being faux fur. I think something similar is going to happen with this piece as with the dress because I've realized I can wear it with everything. Just because it looks like fur it doesn't mean it's only supposed to be worn to formal events. I plan to wear it with everything from jeans to skirts.

pink faux suede dress and a black faux fur coat holiday outfit

pink faux suede dress and a black faux fur coat holiday outfit

OUTFIT DETAILS
Kaos faux fur coat
Abercrombie & Fitch faux suede dress
Pepe Jeans hat
Purificacion Garcia clutch

Being style savvy as you are, I'm sure you are going to take advantage of Cyber Monday to get ready for the holidays. So here are a couple of round-ups to help you out.

BEST OF FAUX FUR COATS
BEST OF FAUX SUEDE DRESSES
Did you buy many things during Black Friday? Are you doing the rest of your Christmas shopping on Cyber Monday? Tell me everything on the comments below.
xo Cristina

P.S. You can see previous birthday posts here and here.
November 24, 2016
Best Black Friday Deals

Best Black Friday Deals

November 24, 2016
best black friday deals

Happy Thanksgiving!
If you are from the US, I hope you are enjoying this holiday with your loved ones, and if you are planning to get your Christmas shopping done on Black Friday you'll find some of the best deals here.

J.CREW -  40% off your purchase with code HOLIDAY.


ANTHROPOLOGIE - they haven't released a Black Friday ad but expect some discount off all items the day after Thanksgiving.

NORDSTROM - Extra 20% off already on-sale items such as the following

MAJE - From today through November 27th get 25% off the entire collection using the code BLACKFRIDAY. On Cyber Monday use the code CYBERMONDAY to get 25% off all styles, free shipping, and a free gift with purchase of over $500.


ANN TAYLOR - 50% off everything with CELEBRATE, ends November 27th.

PAPER CROWN - this weekend get 25% off ($100-199.99), 30% off (200-299.99) & 35% off (300+).

If you are planning a trip...
EXPEDIA - 50% off select hotel bookings from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.

You can also check out my previous shopping list which have items that are going to be on sale:
Birthday Shopping List
12 Dresses for the Holiday Season
Skincare & Make-Up Wishlist
Tableware for the Holidays

Are you going to take advantage of Black Friday? What are your favorite stores?
xo Cristina
November 21, 2016
Thanksgiving Tablescape

Thanksgiving Tablescape

November 21, 2016

If you are from the US I bet you are busy brainstorming for last minute Thanksgiving ideas. How are you going to surprise your guests next Thursday? Since my birthday is pretty close to Thanksgiving -actually, some years it's on the same day- I like to decorate the table in a similar way as for that holiday. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Spain so it's also a way for me to remember my time in America. You may have already seen a sneak peek of this tablescape on my Instagram.




Let's start with the basics:
  • An embroidered table runner. Last Monday I told you about how important objects with sentimental value are for me. This table runner is one of them because I bought it last summer in Santorini. When I travel I don't like to buy the typical souvenirs, I always look for something unique and original.
  • Wicker placemats and your best crockery, cutlery and glassware.
  • Candles and flowers are a must. No table is ready until you place those two. The beautiful white vase was a great find brought back from a trip to Cambridge.
There's so much more you can add from napkin rings to centerpieces. There are some suggestions at the end of this post.




Now, if you are actually decorating for Thanksgiving let me give you an extra idea. Make little paper cards with the name of your guests to put on each plate. Write a Thanksgiving joke inside to get them in a festive mood! Here are a few ones:
How many cooks does it take to stuff a turkey? One, but you really have to squeeze him in!
If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims!
What would you get if you crossed a turkey with an evil spirit? A poultrygeist!
Who is not hungry at Thanksgiving? The turkey, he’s already been stuffed!
What are unhappy cranberries called? Blueberries!
If the Pilgrims were alive today, what would they be most famous for? Their age!






Below you have a round-up of my favorite decor pieces for Thanksgiving and Christmas, you'll find placemats, table runners, vases, plates and centerpieces among other things. I could get one of each!
xo Cristina

November 18, 2016
Skincare & Make-up Wishlist

Skincare & Make-up Wishlist

November 18, 2016
skincare make-up wishlist caudalie benefit clinique la mer chanel
Today I want to talk a bit about the skincare and make-up products I want to try out. I like to look for new beauty products right before the holiday season because they are great gifts either to treat yourself or for a friend/relative.

CLINIQUE recently launched the Pep-Start collection which I'm dying to try. You know I'm a huge fan of the brand! It includes an eye-cream, a moisturizer and an exfoliating cleanser.
From this brand there are some products I want to buy after trying them out and giving them a thumbs up: the airbrush concealer, the moisture surge cream and the Clinique pop lipstick (on sweet pop, it's the prettiest shade of pink).

French brand CAUDALIE is also on my wishlist. I've heard great things about the resveratrol products. The secret to its success is the combination of vine resveratrol (firmness, anti-wrinkles) and hyaluronic acid (moiturizing, plumping).

We all know that BENEFIT cosmetics has the prettiest packaging, plus they are from San Francisco! Those two reasons plus the quality of their products make me want to try the Cheekathon palette which includes different shades of blushes and bronzers.

From CHANEL's skincare I'd like the try Le Weekend. Again, I've heard great reviews about this one. This description summarizes what it can do for you "Enhances renewal and replenishes hydration to give skin a much-needed weekend break. Combined with relaxing Rose Water, a gentle Glycolic Acid Complex is gradually released for ideal exfoliation and lasting moisture. Skin is softer and more luminous for the week ahead." Sounds tempting, right?

LA MER is also a pricey brand but I believe in how good the products are. I'm currently using their moisturizing soft cream at night. You can read a review of it and the rest of my skincare routine here.

I don't have a big variety of nail polish even though I like painting my nails. I'm thinking of getting new shades for winter from ESSIE and CHANEL.

And last but not least we can't forget about the body! I must confess I take a lof of care of my face but I sometimes forget the rest of my skin has needs too, especially in winter. I recently started exfoliating with a glove when I shower but I also want to try the KIEHL's body scrub. It comes in 3 different scents: coriander, lavander and grapefruit. As for moisturizers I want to try NUXE's huile prodigieuse which you can use on body, face and hair.(I think this one is more appropriate for summer though) and CLINIQUE's gelato body cream. It comes in three scents: Sugared Petals, Berry Blush, or original Clinique Happy—the citrus-and-floral fragrance. And again, how cute is the packaging?
Have you tried any of these products? Let me know on the comments below.
xo Cristina
November 14, 2016
Peter Pan Collar Top & Childhood Memories

Peter Pan Collar Top & Childhood Memories

November 14, 2016
Peter Pan collar top fashion outfit blogger

I like to surround myself with memories. From an early age I've felt attached to different objects from soft toys to clothes. Whether they've been gifted by family or friends, given on a special birthday, or bought in a foreign country, they have a special meaning for me. Most of those things are kept in my room at my parents' house. It has become some kind of shrine. Whenever I come visit and I enter the room my mind starts playing those cherished memories.



Wearing this sweet Peter Pan collar top here makes me think of the beloved childhood character after whom it's named: the free spirited and mischievous young boy who can fly and never grows up. Don't you ever wish you were like him? Especially on a rough day, this room becomes my happy place and all I wish is that a was a happy child again with no worries.


Peter Pan collar top fashion outfit blogger




Going back to that Peter Pan collar top, when I see it many ways to style it come to mind. It's so versatile it can be worn almost all year round.
On a cold day you can wear it to the office with a navy blazer, skinny jeans and loafers. Or to meet your friends at a coffee place with a cozy cardigan, skinnies and shearling boots.  On warmer days I'm thinking of pairing the top with distressed white shorts and espadrilles or if I need something less casual I'd wear it with formal shorts and ballet flats.
If you have any other ideas to style it, let me know!

OUTFIT DETAILS
Top: c/o SheIn
Jeans: Zara

Now I’d love to know if objects have sentimental value for you. What's your most beloved possession? What souvenirs do you usually get from your trips? Do you collect anything?
Cristina xo
November 11, 2016
12 Dresses for the Holiday Season

12 Dresses for the Holiday Season

November 11, 2016

Whether you are looking for the perfect Thanksgiving, Christmas or NYE dress I've got you covered. I've chosen my 12 favorites including different styles (sweater, velvet, print, maxi...), colors and brands (Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Kate Spade, Tibi, Free People, House of Harlow...). What styles are you planning to wear during the holiday season?
November 7, 2016
Greek Yogurt Fruit Tart

Greek Yogurt Fruit Tart

November 7, 2016
healthy greek yogurt fruit tart dessert breakfast
Guys, I may have found the healthiest treat ever! This delicious Greek yogurt fruit tart is perfect for either breakfast or dessert. I'm thinking Thanksgiving specifically. Picture yourself the morning after the feast. You are still feeling stuffed after indulging in roasted turkey and pumpkin pie...but you need to have something for breakfast. These two options will surely make you feel better: the watermelon pizza or this Greek yogurt fruit tart.
healthy greek yogurt fruit tart dessert breakfast

healthy greek yogurt fruit tart dessert breakfast
No flour, eggs or sugar are needed for this recipe. You don't need to use your oven either. All you need is a tart pan and few ingredients. The crust is made of cashews (you can use almonds or other nuts) and dates. The base is creamy Greek yogurt, I've used a natural one but flavored ones work too. If you don't eat dairy you can use a soy yogurt for instance. Finally, the fruit you use for decoration is up to you.
Without further ado, here's the recipe.

INGREDIENTS
15 dates
1 and 1/2 cups raw unsalted cashews
1 cup Greek yogurt
assorted fruit

DIRECTIONS
1. Cover the pan with parchment paper.
2. Cut dates in half and remove the seed. Grind them together with cashews in a food processor.
3. Pour the mixture on a cake pan and press until a thick dough is formed. Go up a bit on the sides. This will be the base of the tart.
4. Spread yogurt on top of the crust.
5. Decorate with fresh sliced fruit.
Leftovers have to be stored in the fridge.

Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction
healthy greek yogurt fruit tart dessert breakfast

healthy greek yogurt fruit tart dessert breakfast
I hope this has inspired you to start your day with a healthy breakfast. If you decide to make it, take a picture and tag me @crisgomez85 on Instagram or Twitter.
Have a lovely week,
xo Cristina
November 4, 2016
Birthday Shopping List

Birthday Shopping List

November 4, 2016

November is my favorite month of the year. My birthday and many other family celebrations are coming up! It's a happy and exciting time for me. In order to celebrate I'll be publishing more posts this month. Apart from the usual Monday post, expect some surprises on Fridays too. You can follow me on social media if you'd like to keep up to date.

Today I was looking through my wishlist and I can't decide what I want for my birthday, so I was wondering if you could help me choose my birthday present. Maybe you'll find something for you too!

SHOES
HATS


OUTWEAR
KNITS
Wishing you a wonderful weekend,
xo Cristina