April 24, 2017
Fruity Romper / Being a Perfectionist

Fruity Romper / Being a Perfectionist

April 24, 2017
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I'm a perfectionist. In psychology, perfectionism is a personality trait characterized by “a person’s striving for flawlessness and setting excessively high performance standards, accompanied by overly critical self-evaluations and concerns regarding others' evaluations.”

In a sense, perfectionism can be a positive trait. You value hard work and things done properly but it can become something negative when you obsess over perfection. Based on this article I've put together 8 signs that show you are a perfectionist:

  • You don't allow any mistakes
  • You are too hard on yourself 
  • Your standards are extremely high
  • You spot mistakes where others don't see any. Sometimes those mistakes are real, however there can be times when they are a figment of the imagination.
  • You procrastinate, not because you are lazy but because you have to do things at the "right" moment
  • You find it hard to work with people because you want things done in a certain way
  • When you don't achieve your goals, you believe it's all your fault and get depressed
  • You keep thinking you can do better and therefore you are never 100% satisfied with your work

I can relate to each and every one of those signs, how about you?
Sometimes I wonder if it would be better to dial down my perfectionism, especially when it becomes an obsession. But just like anything involving a change in the human psyche, I believe that to be extremely hard. Plus, I'm a passionate person and I like to give my best in everything I do. That gives me really hard times, sure, but the satisfaction of work well done makes it worth it.

Are you born a perfectionist or do you become one? In my case it's probably a combination of the two. My parents are perfectionists -that means it is in my genes- and have brought me up to do my best in every single aspect of life.
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Believe it or not, this little essay about perfectionism is related to this outfit. I was so excited about showing you this romper that I couldn't wait to style it properly. You may think this styling is enough but I'm not satisfied with it (that's 100% sign #8 and numbers #3 and #4 to some extent). I'm still on the hunt of accessories. I'm thinking of either these sandals with fruits on the upper strap which are also from Des Petits Hauts or these red Castaner espadrilles. I'm also looking for red drop earrings and a wicker bag.

You see, I don't normally buy the first thing I see. I look and look until I find the perfect thing, that's why it takes me a while to complete my outfits. Because apart from being a perfectionist I am a person of "extremes", either I like something a lot, or I don't like it at all. There's nothing in between for me. So I'm hoping that by summer time I will be satisfied with my outfit.
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I keep saying that rompers are not practical, especially when you have to use a public bathroom but I keep buying them...The thing is that just like dresses they dress you up instantly and they come in the prettiest prints. This fuchsia romper and this denim one are still among my favorite pieces in my closet. Are you a fan of rompers?
I'd love to read your thoughts on perfectionism, so don't hesitate to leave a comment below.
xo Cristina

OUTFIT DETAILS
Des Petits Hauts romper
Mango blazer (US/Spain)
Mr Boho sunglasses (similar under $70)

MY FAVORITE ROMPERS

English Corner
personality trait - a quality of one's personal nature (rasgo de personalidad)
to strive for - fight for
figment of the imagination - producto de la imaginación
procrastinate - potspone
dial down - reduce
bring someone up - educate
April 17, 2017
A Day at the Countryside / Camino de Santiago

A Day at the Countryside / Camino de Santiago

April 17, 2017
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There's a worldwide known trail in the North of Spain called Camino de Santiago or Saint James's Way. The route starts in St Jean Pied de Port, in the French Pyrenees, and ends in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia. Camino de Santiago was originally a religious pilgrimage route culminating in the visit to the tomb of St James the Apostle at the Cathedral of Santiago that started back in the 9th century when the tomb was discovered.

25th July is St James Day, a holiday in Galicia. If 25th July falls on a Sunday, it will be considered to be a ‘Holy Year’ or Ano Xacobeo. Santiago de Compostela's old town is a UNESCO heritage site since 1985 and its University dates back to 1495.

Pilgrims follow directions from two symbols: the yellow scallop shell and yellow arrows which mark the way to Santiago. The trail from France to Santiago is 800kms long and takes approximately five weeks to complete but you can start your Camino at any point. However, you need to walk at least 100kms into Santiago to receive your Compostela certificate. This makes Sarria (111kms away from Santiago) the most popular starting point for walkers. If instead of walking you take your bike, you will need to cycle at least 200kms to Santiago to receive your Compostela certificate. Cyclists on the Camino are known as ‘bici-grinos’ (bike-pilgrims). Pilgrims have a passport that needs to be stamped at least once a day. The stamped passport is required to stay in albergues (public hostels).
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straw hat navy blazer oxford shoes fashion blogger outfit
You may be wondering what do these photos have to do with Camino de Santiago. Well, they were taken at one of the villages that are part of the trail. If you look closely, you will see the the scallop shell on the fountain below. In the village you can find one of the public hostels I mentioned before. The weather has been incredibly warm during the Easter holidays which resulted in a village full of resting pilgrims from all around the world. We also took advantage of this sunny day to visit this place where part of my family lives and enjoy a day at the countryside for a change.

I've been to Santiago de Compostela twice but I've never walked El Camino. It's something I'll probably do at some point in my life but not yet. You have to be fit to endure the long walks so some previous training is advisable. 
camino de santiago leon spain
straw hat navy blazer oxford shoes fashion blogger outfit
straw hat navy blazer oxford shoes fashion blogger outfit
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If you or anyone you know is thinking about doing El Camino I recommend you check this English website where I found many interesting facts and useful information for pilgrims.

xo Cristina

OUTIFIT DETAILS
El Ganso hat & blazer (similar)
Abercrombie & Fitch top
Zara jeans
Ruth Amaya shoes
Rayban sunglasses (similar)

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April 10, 2017
Jungle Shorts

Jungle Shorts

April 10, 2017
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Easter holidays are now in full swing and the weather couldn't be any better. This startling warmth has allowed me to wear my new jungle print shorts that I expected to start using in May or later. These shorts were one of the coups de coeur or love at first sight moments I recently had at Des Petits Hauts store that I told you about last week. These high-waisted shorts have a glittering green button and a print designed by French artist Léa Maupetit. They make me think of the song The Lion Sleeps Tonight. I'm sure you remember it from this Friends episode.
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Even though the print is very summery -when I first saw them I thought they could be perfect for either a Hawaiian or Roman holiday- I find that you can wear them in spring too. I tried them on with a light cashmere sweater and it worked well with it but finally I went for this soft pink Oxford shirt from Abercrombie & Fitch.  
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I want to give you a little photography tip that you may find useful whether you are a fashion blogger or a photography aficionado. When thinking about locations to shoot this look I instantly ruled out any park or the countryside. Why? Because I felt those places are too similar to the shorts and would take away the importance they deserve. Something I've learned from these three years blogging is how crucial location scouting is. If you find a place with flowers or buildings that match or complement your outfit, your photo will look a thousand times better. For instance, these pink blooms matched bits of my outfit in this post. See what I mean?

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xo Cristina 

OUTFIT DETAILS
Des Petits Hauts shorts
Abercrombie & Fitch Oxford shirt (on sale!)
Massimo Dutti shoes (USA/Spain)
Tous bracelet (USA/Spain) & earrings (USA/Spain)
Purificacion Garcia bag (similar)

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English corner
in full swing - at the peak of activity; moving fast or efficiently (en su máximo esplendor)
startling - unexpected, surprising
summery - appropriate for summer (veraniego)
rule out - dismiss or reject (descartar)
April 7, 2017
What to Wear on a Rainy Day

What to Wear on a Rainy Day

April 7, 2017

April showers may bring May flowers but until next month we have some bad weather to endure. However, there's no reason to fear gloomy days. You can always brighten them up with the right outfit. For that reason I've put together a list of my favorite items for a rainy day.

HATS

UMBRELLAS

RAIN BOOTS

TRENCHES & RAIN COATS

Which one is your favorite? What's your go to outfit on a rainy day?
Cristina xo
April 3, 2017
Hot Air Balloons - a Two Piece Outfit

Hot Air Balloons - a Two Piece Outfit

April 3, 2017
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This week is going to be tough, guys. It is the last one before Spring Break in Spain and that gives us teachers the heebie-jeebies. I need lots of strength to keep those teens on their seats! So if you are having a case of the Mondays like me, I hope this post will brighten your day a little bit.

I love two piece outfits. I find them really feminine and therefore are totally my style. They are also incredibly versatile because you can wear them together or separately so the combination options are endless. I already professed my love for two piece outfits with this ice-cream print set that I wore countless times last summer and that I can't wait to wear again.
The top and skirt set are from French brand Des Petits Hauts. A brand I discovered randomly on a shopping spree when I moved to Madrid. It's characterized by pastel colors, pretty prints and Parisian style so you will understand I'm afflicted by a few coups de coeur every time I visit their store. In case you don't know coup de coeur is a French expression that literally means heart stroke but is used to refer to a case of love at first sight. In fact, last weekend I visited their store to try on the new collection and fell for these adorable jungle print shorts and this beautiful fruit print romper that I will show you soon on the blog.

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You've already seen the cardigan on my Valentine's Day outfit post and paired with this cute pom-pom scarf. I've been wearing it non-stop this season! I wore these ankle strap shoes on my Hello Spring! post but you could barely see them. Here you can get a better look at them. I'm very indecisive when it comes to shopping but the decision of buying these shoes was a no-brainer. I don't like heels higher than these and I don't wear flats either so it's hard to find a pair like this. I love the color, the strap detail and the little mirror on the inner part of the heel.
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OUTFIT DETAILS
Des Petits Hauts pin, top and skirt (sold out)
Massimo Dutti cardigan (last seen here & here)
Massimo Dutti shoes
Tous bag

MY FAVORITE TOP & SHORTS SETS FOR SUMMER
English corner
to give someone the heebie-jeebies - a feeling of nervousness (poner los pelos de punta)
case of the Mondays - a phrase used to describe someone that has a bad mood when he or she comes to work or school on Mondays.
shopping spree - indulgent buying (compra compulsiva)
fall for - be attracted
when it comes to - with regard to (en lo que se refiere a, cuando se trata de)
no-brainer - an easy task (pan comido)
March 27, 2017
Overnight Oats - 3 Ways

Overnight Oats - 3 Ways

March 27, 2017
Overnight Oats 3 Recipes
Being a foodie I eat first and foremost for pleasure. I need to enjoy what I eat otherwise I'm not satisfied. I won't feel full until I've tasted something that I really like. For instance, if I eat a meal that is not my cup of tea, I will need dessert. Now, there are two ways in which I feel satisfied by a meal:

1. I love the taste of it (even though sometimes it may not be the healthiest thing in the world, i.e. cheese, chocolate...)
2. Maybe I'm not crazy about the flavor but it's healthy, therefore I like it. I guess that has something to do with the subconscious... I feel so good after eating healthy food.

The recipes I'm about to share with you meet not one but both of those requirements: they are tasty and healthy.

Overnight Oats 3 Recipes
Today's recipe is healthy, filling and will satisfy your cravings. I've been a fan of oatmeal for ages, it's a favorite of mine for either breakfast or dinner. In recent years I've seen the arising of overnight oats as an alternative and I think it's a genius idea, specially during the summer because it's cold. If you have overnight oats for breakfast, you'll save a lot of time in the mornings because you prepare it before going to bed and you wake up to a pretty much served breakfast. You can even take them to work with you if you are on a hurry.

Another advantage is that you can use your favorite fruit or nuts and mix them in any way you want. There's no right or wrong. They are very easy to make, all you have to do is start with the base recipe below and then add any ingredients you fancy. I've given you 3 options: apple, pumpkin and berries.
Pumpkin is my favorite because it's like pumpkin pie in a jar!

Base recipe
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup milk (any type: almond, soy...)
1/4 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
1 fair pinch salt
1 - 3 tsp honey

Add oats, milk, yogurt, salt and honey to a 16 oz. (500ml) jar or bowl (I used jam jars). Then add the rest of the ingredients listed below depending on the flavor you want (don't add toppings until the next day). Stir, cover and refrigerate overnight.

Overnight Oats 3 Recipes

Overnight Oats 3 Recipes
Apple
1/2 cup chopped sweet apples
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp chopped pecans, for topping

Overnight Oats 3 Recipes Apple Cinnamon Walnuts
Pumpkin
1/3 cup pumpkin
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp dried cranberries, for topping
1 tbsp raw unsalted pumpkin seeds, for topping

Overnight Oats 3 Recipes Pumpkin Pie
Berries
1/2 cup fresh berries such as strawberries (chopped), blueberries or raspberries
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Overnight Oats 3 Recipes Strawberries, Cranberries
Adapted from Cooking Classy

Do you see food as a necessity or pleasure? How do you satisfy your cravings?
xo Cristina

English corner
foodie - a person with a particular interest in food; a gourmet
first and foremost - most importantly; more than anything else
my cup of tea - something or someone that one finds pleasing
i.e. - that is
cravings - something you have a powerful desire for

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March 20, 2017
Hello Spring!

Hello Spring!

March 20, 2017
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Hello spring! I'm so excited about the arrival of the most beautiful season of the year. I can't wait to get my camera and wander the streets looking for flowery spots to photograph. Today I want to show you a spring outfit which is also teacher friendly. If you've read the blog in the last few weeks you know that I've started to show you what I wear for work
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When I go shopping I look for pieces that are out of the ordinary like this button down shirt with a pink collar and blue cuffs. I took advantage of the different colors to choose my accessories: nude ankle strap high-heel shoes and pink quilted bag. Finally, the light denim matches the cuffs.

Long sleeves bother me so I tend to roll them up when I wear a shirt. I have a little trick to do it and I'm going to share it with you. A while ago I found this how to roll sleeves image on Pinterest and I've been doing it like that since. In this case I did step #4 the other way round so the the cuffs stay on the outside. 
cherry blossom tree spring blooms pink flowers
spring outfit fashion blogger pink blue white shirt distressed jeans cross body clutch
spring outfit fashion blogger pink blue white shirt distressed jeans cross body clutch
spring blooms pink flowers cherry blossom tree
spring outfit fashion blogger pink blue white shirt distressed jeans cross body clutch
spring blooms flowers
From now on it's all going to be bright colors for me, it's time to store dark hues. I've also started my spring wishlist and it's full of colorful prints. It may seem silly but it helps my mood a lot. Sunny days and bright colors lift my spirits. I'm particularly looking for a fun affordable midi skirt/dress so if you've seen any around let me know!

What trends are you wearing this spring?
xo Cristina

OUTFIT DETAILS
El Ganso shirt
Tous earrings (USA/Spain) and bracelet (USA/Spain)
Purificacion Garcia bag (similar)
Zara jeans (similar)
Massimo Dutti shoes (USA/Spain)
Mr. Boho sunglasses (similar)

GET THE LOOK

Just like last week, here's the English corner for those who practice their English skills with the blog

English corner
Out of the ordinary - unusual
Lift (or raise) someone's spirits - cause someone to become more cheerful