August 14, 2017
Margarita Se Llama Mi Amor

Margarita Se Llama Mi Amor

August 14, 2017
margarita se llama mi amor flower shop floristeria madrid
We got back from Australia on Saturday. We had the most amazing time but it's going to take a couple of days before we fully recover. It was a looong trip! Ankles are swollen and jet lag is kicking in but it was totally worth it. I will tell you all about it and show some pictures soon but in the meantime I have more Madrid spots to show you. 
margarita se llama mi amor flower shop floristeria madrid
This beautiful place is called Margarita Se Llama Mi Amor, probably the most amazing flower shop I've ever seen. The name means "Daisy is the name of my love" and this place is much more than a regular flower shop. As you walk in you can feel the eagerness and love with which this team works. They work hard to choose the best flowers and plants in the market to make the most beautiful bouquets and arrangements. I have a deep appreciation for creativity, hard work and work well done and this is what you will find in Margarita Se Llama Mi Amor. What makes this place stand out is the carefully curated decor, I wanted to take everything home!
margarita se llama mi amor flower shop floristeria madrid
margarita se llama mi amor flower shop floristeria madrid
margarita se llama mi amor flower shop floristeria madrid
margarita se llama mi amor flower shop floristeria madrid
They do not sell online, but be sure to pay a visit if you are in Madrid. You won't regret it.
Margarita Se Llama Mi Amor
Calle Fernando VI, 9 28004 Madrid

margarita se llama mi amor flower shop floristeria madrid
margarita se llama mi amor flower shop floristeria madrid

OUTFIT DETAILS
Unfortunately, my dress (last seen here) is not available anymore. It's from Abercrombie & Fitch summer sale and you may still find it in some stores but not online. There's no doubt that yellow has been the color of the summer and since we still have a few weeks of great weather left I've put together a few favorites that are still available.

YELLOW OBSESSION

August 7, 2017
Best Sandwiches in Madrid: La Sanducherie

Best Sandwiches in Madrid: La Sanducherie

August 7, 2017
la sanducherie sandwiches restaurant madrid travel blogger
Don't be fooled by the gloomy sign, there's plenty of color inside... Let me take you into a world of color where you'll have the most delicious sandwiches and their famous truffled potatoes. Meet La Sanducherie, an inviting and modern spot in the center of Madrid.

At La Sanducherie you'll find characteristic flavors of food trucks around the world. The "sanduches" (Latin American name for sandwich) are created by three friends from Venezuela who share a love for traveling.
la sanducherie sandwiches restaurant madrid travel blogger
Instagram worthy restaurant and food. The bright colors lured us into La Sanducherie. We asked the friendly staff to recommend us the best sandwiches and we weren't disappointed. I ordered El Vikingo (the viking) which comes with smoked salmon, fried onion, chipotle and creme cheese. Jorge opted for having Travis Pastrami which is Ciabatta bread with pastrami, fried onion, rocket, provolone cheese and Dijon mustard.
la sanducherie sandwiches restaurant madrid travel blogger
la sanducherie sandwiches restaurant madrid travel blogger
la sanducherie sandwiches restaurant madrid travel blogger
I often wish that you could smell and taste the food I post on the blog because these sandwiches were SO good. Honestly, these are in the top 3 of best sandwiches we ever had!
la sanducherie sandwiches restaurant madrid travel blogger
la sanducherie sandwiches restaurant madrid travel blogger
We are still enjoying our honeymoon in Australia so I'm sorry but it will be a while before I can reply to your comments. Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see what we are up to.

Talk to you soon!
xo Cristina

RESTAURANT INFO
La Sanducherie
Calle Santa Teresa, 1
Madrid
Tel.: +34 917 00 27 02
Tripadvisor

CUTE DRESSES FOR EATING OUT

July 31, 2017
Brunch in Madrid: El Jardín de Salvador Bachiller

Brunch in Madrid: El Jardín de Salvador Bachiller

July 31, 2017
El Jardín de Salvador Bachiller brunch Madrid
We are currently in Australia enjoying our honeymoon so I've scheduled a few posts while I'm away. Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see our adventures Down Under!

I'm on a mission to try as many brunch spots in Madrid as I can. Today I want to talk to you about a very special place: El Jardin de Salvador Bachiller. Located on the top floor of a three-storey shop (Salvador Bachiller is a Spanish designer) in Montera Street, you can find this oasis in the center of Spain's capital. This beautiful rooftop garden left us speechless from the moment we walked in. We loved every single detail from the decor to the homeware which you can buy in the shop. Isn't the tea cup the cutest thing?
El Jardín de Salvador Bachiller brunch Madrid
El Jardín de Salvador Bachiller brunch Madrid
This spot has everything: great food, great decor and great music. The acoustic versions of well-known songs make a perfect ambiance while you enjoy a delicious brunch. At the end of this post you can see the menu but here's a short summary: first you choose between coffee or tea, then juice or cocktail, next a sweet treat and finally something savory. That equals a perfect balance of different flavors.
El Jardín de Salvador Bachiller brunch Madrid
El Jardín de Salvador Bachiller brunch Madrid
El Jardín de Salvador Bachiller brunch Madrid
El Jardín de Salvador Bachiller brunch Madrid
El Jardín de Salvador Bachiller brunch Madrid
El Jardín de Salvador Bachiller brunch Madrid

El Jardín de Salvador Bachiller brunch Madrid
It's also a great spot to take visitors, so I can't wait to have friends over to come back!

RESTAURANT INFO
El Jardín de Salvador Bachiller
Calle Montera, 37
28013 Madrid
Tel.: +34 915 31 02 60

OUTFIT DETAILS
You probably recognized the jungle shorts and pink shirt (both on sale!) from this post. I've worn this outfit so much during spring and summer, I can't get enough of those shorts. I paid full price but I don't regret it because I got a good use out of them before the sale started. Below you can buy my outfit and other cute print shorts.

What has been your favorite purchase this summer?
xo Cristina

FUN PRINT SHORTS
July 24, 2017
We Are Married!

We Are Married!

July 24, 2017
engagement pre-wedding photoshoot outfit fashion blogger
On Saturday the 22nd of July Jorge and I tied the knot. I barely talk about my private life on the blog but I've mentioned several times I have a fiance so I thought that this was the perfect time to introduce him. This is our love story in a nutshell: we met four years ago in my hometown and we were friends for a while before we started dating, after a year of long distance relationship I moved to Madrid with him and finally we got engaged two years ago in this beautiful restaurant
engagement pre-wedding photoshoot outfit fashion blogger
As you can imagine I don't have the wedding pictures yet but I do have our engagement photos. Or pre-wedding photos more like... In recent years this type of photo shoot has become popular here in Spain. Instead of taking pics when you get engaged you do it a few days before the big day. It's useful for people who are not used to being in front of the camera so that they become more comfortable. Then it's also useful because you can use those photos to customize your wedding guest book or -if you do it months before the wedding- you can use them for save the date cards or wedding invitations.
engagement pre-wedding photoshoot outfit fashion blogger
engagement pre-wedding photoshoot outfit fashion blogger
engagement pre-wedding photoshoot outfit fashion blogger
Apart from showing you the photos I want to give you some recommendations for an engagement or pre-wedding photo shoot. I intend to do a series of posts in the next few months to help out those preparing their wedding now that I have more time and I've experienced the whole thing in my own flesh! I will also spill all the details about my own wedding soon.

THE OUTFIT
For an engagement photo shoot outfits should be comfy and accessories kept to a minimum. I wasn't carrying a bag and my jewelry was very simple, just pearl earrings and a pearl bracelet. Plain colors and no prints are also advisable. It will make it easier to match the background. I wore this white lace dress from Abercrombie. It's from a couple years ago but still remains one of my favorites. I believe it's one of your favorites too, since that post is on the top 10 most popular. Every girl should own at least one lace dress, right? Another reason why I chose this cream one is because it's quite similar to a wedding gown. As for his outfit, he should go for something casual that matches your outfit. Jorge was wearing beige pants and a navy short sleeved shirt.

THE POSES
Be natural. Looks of complicity, smiles, soft kisses, wrap your arms around each other, hold your hands or even dance! All of those look really sweet. Practice a little bit beforehand if you think you are going to be nervous. Or there's always Pinterest for inspiration. The truth is that we didn't rehearse any of this and I actually felt more comfortable posing with him than alone. I felt that posing with someone else I could interact and get a wider variety of poses than when I do photo shoots on my own.

THE SETTING
Neutral tones are my favorite background. We chose stones and greens but city landmarks look amazing too. Go to your favorite place, that will make you feel more comfortable.
engagement pre-wedding photoshoot outfit fashion blogger
engagement pre-wedding photoshoot outfit fashion blogger
engagement pre-wedding photoshoot outfit fashion blogger
Leave a comment below if you have any questions about dressing for any type of photo shoot. I'll be happy to help you out.
xo Cristina

DRESSES FOR AN ENGAGEMENT PHOTO SHOOT
English Corner 
tie the knot - get married
in a nutshell - in brief
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July 17, 2017
Fashion Shopping in Madrid

Fashion Shopping in Madrid

July 17, 2017
abercrombie and fitch store madrid shopping guide
Today we are going on a shopping spree. Would you like to join me? I'm going to take you through the best shops in Madrid from Zara to Chanel. There's something for every budget. Let's start by dividing the shopping scene in three different areas:

  • We've got Barrio de Salamanca where you can find both affordable fashion and luxury brands. 
  • Fuencarral Street and Gran Via where you'll find the latest trends. 
  • If you are looking for great deals Las Rozas Village is for you.

Let's look at each of them in detail.
abercrombie and fitch store madrid shopping guide
BARRIO DE SALAMANCA
This is the fanciest neighborhood in Madrid. The most popular street is Serrano a.k.a. the Golden Mile. Here you will find the biggest Zara, Massimo Dutti and Mango stores in the capital of Spain. These affordable brands share street with the likes of Cartier, Gucci, Michael Kors, Furla and Luis Vuitton. Finally, you can find other Spanish favorites of mine like jewelry brand Tous or the preppy styles by El Ganso.

Another important street is Ortega y Gasset where you can find Jimmy Choo, Dior, Chanel and Tiffany & Co. together with one of my favorite brands Abercrombie and Fitch. The first four photos were taken at the latter. The A&F store is located in a 19th century palace, a great marketing strategy if you ask me. They've kept some parts of the old palace like the garden and main staircase, the rest is pretty similar to other A&F flagship stores. I rarely walk out of here empty handed...abercrombie and fitch store madrid shopping guide
abercrombie and fitch store madrid shopping guide
Another street worth mentioning is Claudio Coello, here you can find many French brands like Maje or Sandro and my two favorites Claudie Pierlot and Des Petits Hauts. Pepe Jeans and Tommy Hilfiger are also in this street.

I recommend you wander around the nearby streets to find hidden gems like the Brownie courtyard in Hermosilla street pictured below. This romantic garden which surrounds the house where the store is located makes you feel at home. On that day there was a party going on and they were offering free drinks and brownies to everyone who came by. Brownie is a Spanish brand which is a favorite among young girls. It's a mixture of boho and casual style at affordable prices.

In this street you can also find NAC a multi-brand store where you can find clothes and accessories from Michael Kors, Stuart Weitzman, Denim & Supply or Star Mela
brownie hermosilla madrid fashion shopping guide
brownie hermosilla madrid fashion shopping guide
brownie hermosilla madrid fashion shopping guide
brownie hermosilla madrid fashion shopping guide
FUENCARRAL & GRAN VÍA
These two are always packed with tourists, most brands here are affordable. Not long ago a huge Primark store opened in Gran Via which led to huge queues for months. Among the many theaters in this street (when you are tired of shopping you can go to watch a musical like The Lion King) you can find other shops like H&M or Zara.

Nearby is Fuencarral, an avant-garde street full of all kinds of shops. In this shopping district there's room for well-established brand names in the world of sports like Adidas, Puma, Foot Locker and Quiksilver, and for most jean labels as well: Levi’s, Diesel, Calvin Klein, Gas and Pepe Jeans.

Again, walking around nearby streets is advisable. That's how I found El Paracaidista (next three pics), a concept store which mixes an eclectic assortment of products, all carefully curated to appeal to customers. You can download their app and use it while you shop, for instance to scan the tags of products to get additional info. You won't have to carry any bags, they send everything home. Fancy, right?
el paracaidista madrid fashion shopping guide
el paracaidista madrid fashion shopping guide
el paracaidista madrid fashion shopping guide
LAS ROZAS VILLAGE
An outlet shopping center that is popular with shoppers who seek luxury brands at reasonable prices. It's 30 minutes from Madrid and to get there you can take the train from Madrid's Atocha or Chamartin stations, or hop on board the Shopping Express, a dedicated luxury coach service which runs three times a day from central Madrid. Even if you don't feel like shopping it's worth going there for a walk. The shops are in cute houses that make you feel like you are in some sort of theme park or fairy tale village. I devoted a post to it a while ago that you can read here.

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you have any questions about shopping in Madrid or want to find out where you can buy your favorite brand, leave a comment below.
xo Cristina

OUTFIT DETAILS
Pepe Jeans kimono (sold out online but you can still find it in stores)
Zara jeans
Abercrombie & Fitch top
UGG sandals

GET THE LOOK

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July 14, 2017
How to Style a Kimono & Fab Friday Link Up!

How to Style a Kimono & Fab Friday Link Up!

July 14, 2017
There is no question that kimonos are huge this season and I can totally understand why. Don't you feel instantly pretty when you put one on? Maybe it's the exotic origins of this garment but there's something chic and fancy about kimonos. The beautiful prints and flattering flowy shape dress you up while being the perfect cover up for a breezy summer day.
So today I'm going to give you some ideas on how to style this traditional Japanese piece of clothing. The one I'm wearing is by Pepe Jeans. It's currently 50% off, unfortunately it's sold out online but you can still find it in stores. This is actually a sneak peek of Monday's post which is going to be a Madrid Fashion Shopping Guide.

Without further ado here are my favorite ways to style a kimono.

Kimono + jeans + plain tee
This is my favorite type of combination. It's comfortable and versatile. You can wear it to work (perfect for us teachers!) or for a night out just changing your accessories. You can wear your kimono with:

  • boyfriend jeans and a lace trim top
  • a crisp white button down shirt and distressed skinny jeans
  • a pair of shorts and a plain top


The cover-up
One of the many uses of the kimono is to wear over your swimsuit/bikini at the beach or as a gown over your underwear at home.

The boho look
I'm thinking kimono over lace dress and a fringed bag...the kind of thing you'd wear to a music festival.


The kimono dress
Not much styling needed. Grab your favorite basket bag and sandals and you are ready to go.

The long kimono/duster
All kimonos look great with a pair of jeans and a plain tee. However, you can add an element of bohemian romance by styling this type of kimono over a solid slip dress.

Are you a fan of kimonos? How do you style yours?
xo Cristina

LINKUP
I often talk about the importance of bloggers collaborating with each other. In fact, a few weeks ago I posted A Guide to Fashion Blogger Linkups because I think they are a remarkable way to promote your blog and to connect with fellow bloggers. So this week I'm co-hosting the Fabulous Friday linkup with the lovely and sweet Jennie from A Pocketful of Polka Dots. Click on the InLinkz button at the end of this post to share your style with us and meet other fabulous bloggers!

Fabulous Friday1 A Pocketful of Polka Dots, Fabulous Friday Linky Party
Meet your host for Fabulous Friday, Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots. ∼ Hey y'all, I'm Jennie and I am a 47 year old frugal fashionista! I am mom to two wonderful (and handsome!) sons and one very spoiled Pomeranian. After spending most of my life in black and boring clothes, I now enjoy trying new trends, am a confessed shoeaholic, believe life is too short for boring hair, and never met a polka dot I didn't like. I am also an avid photographer, reader of Jane Austen, Paleo/Primal enthusiast, and lover of DIY. You can follow me here ∼

My favorite look last week was from Audrey of Five Foot Nothing Shopping. Isn't this outfit the cutest thing? Make sure you check her out!