June 23, 2017
A Guide to Fashion Blogger Linkups

A Guide to Fashion Blogger Linkups

June 23, 2017
A Guide to Fashion Blogger Linkups

I had heard about blogger linkups a long time ago but I had never seen how powerful they are until recently. In case you don't know them, linkup parties are posts where other bloggers allow you to share your own after following some simple rules. They are an amazing way to increase engagement both for hosts and participants alike.

A few months ago I came across this linkup list by the lovely Katya from Stylesprinter. Be sure to read it since she also gives very useful advice to take part in linkups. I've noticed a huge increase in blog visits and engagement since I started joining these linkups. It's also a great way to meet bloggers and even make friends! I just love any activity that involves bloggers supporting each other. It's so important to bear in mind that we are not competition, we are in this together and we can get much more by helping each other rather than the opposite.

This is an updated list of fashion blogger linkups, next week I'm going to publish one for travel linkups. If you are hosting one yourself, tell me on the comments section so I can check it out.

MONDAY
Hello Monday
How I Spring
#iwillwearwhatilike
Mix it Mondays
Start the Week Stylish
Weekly Fashion Linkup

TUESDAY
Turning Heads Tuesday
Style Sessions
On Trend Tuesdays
Confident Twosday
Style Swap Tuesdays
Trend Spin Linkup
The Style File
Fashion Elite with J Petite

WEDNESDAY
Spring Fever Fashion
Oh, Hey Girl Linkup
Style Me Wednesday
Wardrobe Wednesday
What I Wore

THURSDAY
Thursday Moda
Thursday Fashion Files
What I Wore Today

FRIDAY
Friday Favorites
High Five For Friday
Weekend Wear Linkup
Passion4Fashion
Fabulous Friday
Fun Fashion Friday
Flashback Fashion Friday
Friday Favorites
Ladies Who Linkup

SATURDAY
Saturday Share (any topic)

SUNDAY
The Creative Corner (recipes, DIY, crafts)
June 19, 2017
Preppy Striped Dress

Preppy Striped Dress

June 19, 2017
preppy striped dress bow fashion blogger
I recently got this preppy striped dress from Zaful and I thought I wasn't going to be able to wear it until summer. However, the high temperatures we've been enduring for a couple of weeks now have made me put away my spring clothes earlier than usual.
preppy striped dress bow fashion blogger
preppy striped dress bow fashion blogger
This dress was sent to me to review it so that's what we are doing on the blog today. Even though this is not the type of site where I shop, I wanted to give it a try and see what their clothes are like. I chose this dress because it can be worn on many occasions: to the office, to school (if you are also a teacher), to summer parties, sightseeing during the holidays... Just choose the appropriate accessories and you can wear it everywhere.
preppy striped dress bow fashion blogger
preppy striped dress bow fashion blogger
Overall the dress fits well although I have to say that it looked nicer online and once I put it on it was completely different. I like the shape and the fabric a lot but I think the bow is not on the appropriate place. In my opinion it'd be more flattering if is was a few centimeters higher. Maybe it's my body type but I feel other brands are more flattering for me.

Have you ever bought clothes from sites like Zaful? Let me know your experience on the comment section. If you are interested in other styles they have this long velvet dress or this long black dress with slit.
xo Cristina

OUTFIT DETAILS
Striped dress c/o
Basket bag
Straw hat

OTHER CUTE DRESSES FROM ZAFUL
Sleeveless Pineapple Watermelon Shirt Dress
Polka Dot Striped One Shoulder Dress
Embroidered Ruffles Off Shoulder Mini Dress
Striped Front Knot Cutout Cami Dress

zaful wishlist fashion blogger

June 16, 2017
An Evening with Pandora

An Evening with Pandora

June 16, 2017
#casapandora pandora jewelry exhibit madrid
Last Friday I had the honor to attend an event by one of my favorite jewelry brands: Pandora. You've seen me wearing their beautiful creations on posts like this one or this other one. Danish jewelry manufacturer is famous for their charm bracelets. I think that getting a charm on a special day is a really cute way to remember special occasions.
#casapandora pandora jewelry exhibit madrid
#casapandora pandora jewelry exhibit madrid
The event was advertised as Casa Pandora and the description didn't let much on. So I was really expectant to know what it consisted of. When I arrived at Casa Pandora I found a beautifully decorated house with an exhibit of the latest creations including some exclusive fashion designs by Ana Locking.
#casapandora pandora jewelry exhibit madrid
#casapandora pandora jewelry exhibit madrid
The most interesting part was seeing how the jewels are made. There were two workshops, one of them showed how the rings are assembled and the other one how the colorful charms are made. We all know how much work goes into making jewelry but seeing it live is a unique experience. You learn to appreciate jewels even more.#casapandora pandora jewelry exhibit madrid
#casapandora pandora jewelry exhibit madrid
#casapandora pandora jewelry exhibit madrid
#casapandora pandora jewelry exhibit madrid
#casapandora pandora jewelry exhibit madrid
#casapandora pandora jewelry exhibit madrid

Do you like Pandora? What's your favorite jewelry brand?
xo Cristina

PANDORA FAVORITES
June 12, 2017
White Scallop Dress

White Scallop Dress

June 12, 2017
These days we are used to seeing perfect images everywhere, so much so that my eye seems to be trained to spot flaws in photos. But isn't photography supposed to portray reality? I know that photography is art but when you are shooting lifestyle photos I think we should aim for images as close to reality as possible while still being Pinterest worthy. You may be wondering, why is all this coming from? Well, the day when these photos were taken there was a high percentage of humidity and it was a bit windy as well. My hair was getting frizzier by the minute and of course I was worried. I thought I'd have to discard these images. When I got home and saw them I thought: maybe this isn't so bad, maybe they are more natural this way. I'd love to read your thoughts about this on the comment section.
Now let's talk about this dress. If you follow the blog you might know me well enough to guess that I chose this dress for the scallops. It was sent to me by Romwe and I was surprised by how well it fits. I believe that pricier clothes fit better than cheaper ones that's why I couldn't believe it when I tried on this dress and saw that it fits without any alterations. Another strong point is that the length is perfect for petites. However, it is a little see through so I recommend wearing a nude or white half-slip underneath. And once you add that this dress is appropriate to wear to class if you are a teacher like me. The academic year is almost over but we still have to endure a few really hot days until it's over so summer dresses are my best ally.

As for the accessories I chose a tan handbag with a colorful scarf and my favorite gold sandals.
 

OUTFIT DETAILS
Scallop dress c/o
Crossbody bag
Mother of pearl earrings (similar from same brand: US/Spain)

GET THE LOOK
English corner
so much so - to such a great degree (tanto es así, hasta tal punto)
by the minute - very rapidly (por momentos)

June 5, 2017
A Day in Hondarribia

A Day in Hondarribia

June 5, 2017
hondarribia basque country spain san sebastian travel blog
During our stay in San Sebastian we visited the charming town of Hondarribia. Hondarribia is a colorful fishing village that is both rich in architecture as well as in gastronomy. It’s a feast for the eyes and also for the stomach. It was a cloudy and gloomy day but we were not going to let the weather spoil our day trip. We started by visiting the well-preserved Old Town with its beautiful and colorful houses. Green, white and red predominate which are the colors of the Basque flag. The font that you can see in the collage below is also typical of the Basque country. The font is inspired by the inscriptions in old basque tombstones and cemeteries. If you look closely you can see it on a few of the houses in these photos.
hondarribia basque country spain san sebastian travel blog
We stared at the beautiful buildings from under a canopy since it was raining cats and dogs. Oh well, we decided to look on the bright side, we were actually experiencing the north 100% since that's the typical weather. At lunch time we headed to the restaurant where we had made reservations. Are you ready for some mouth-watering pictures? 
hondarribia basque country spain san sebastian travel blog
After reading great reviews on TripAdvisor we had booked a table at Gastroteka Danontzat. A truly gourmet experience where we felt at home. Danotzat is a basque word that means "for everyone" which is the work philosophy of this restaurant. Gorka, is the friendly man who runs this business. He took the time to explain to us the characteristics and facts behind every dish we had and he does that with every single costumer. We started with sardines and anchovies, two delicacies that melted in our mouths. We kept asking for bread to dip it on the delicious olive oil.
Next we had txangurro spread, another delight. If you read the complete travel guide to San Sebastian you may be familiar with this term. Txangurro is a type of crab that you'll find in every restaurant.
The next one was ox tongue. A dish that is finished on the table with a blowtorch. I know the name may not sound very appealing but the taste reminds you of ham. The best thing to do is not to think about what it is and just enjoy it because it's delicious.

The last dish before dessert was octopus with potatoes and algae. Both my fiancée and I agreed that this was our favorite. Octopus is not the easiest to cook. Some people cook it too hard, others too soft. This one was the best we've ever had (sorry mom). It was crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. How do they cook it? I have no idea. The yummy sauce is also a well kept secret.
All dishes were paired with txakoli, the typical wine of the region.
Dessert was something we had never tried before: sesame ice-cream. Too avant-garde for us. It was really good but I expect ice-cream to be sweet and this was not. The presentation is amazing, don't you think?
After this unforgettable culinary experience we went to Parador El Emperador for coffee. Here we felt like we were back in Medieval times. If you follow the blog you know we are big fans of Paradores, a unique hotel chain committed to reclaiming the Spanish heritage. Check out this post and this one too for more information.
hondarribia basque country spain parador san sebastian travel blog
hondarribia basque country spain san sebastian travel blog
Sadly, it was time to say farewell to Hondarribia. We took one last walk around the promenade and we headed back to San Sebastian.hondarribia basque country spain san sebastian travel blog
hondarribia basque country spain san sebastian travel bloghondarribia basque country spain san sebastian travel blog
I still have one more charming Basque town to show you. Stay tuned for a post about Zarautz, another seaside town that is home to more culinary gems and breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean.

TRAVEL IN STYLE

English corner
to rain cats and dogs - to rain a lot
to look on the bright side - consider the positive aspects of a negative situation
farewell - goodbye
May 29, 2017
Lemon Print Dress

Lemon Print Dress

May 29, 2017
lemon print dress fashion blogger
When it comes to dresses, I always wear short ones. Until now I only owned one midi dress which is this soft pink one that I wore to a wedding last summer. I find it difficult to get out of my -fashion- comfort zone. If I know something works for me, I stick to it. Even though I still think short dresses are the best option for me I decided get another midi dress for a change. I was a bit hesitant about this lemon print dress since it has a vintage style which is also something new for me but I finally took the plunge. I'm completely obsessed with yellow this season and I just love fruity prints (as you could see in this post) so this lemon print helped me make a decision. 
lemon print dress fashion blogger
lemon print dress fashion blogger
I have to say that I like the way midi dresses make me feel. As soon as I put this dress on I felt dressed up and I think it looks really elegant. It's also really comfortable and light which is great for hot summer days. However, it runs a little big so if you'd like to order it be sure to size down. I ordered an S and I'd like it better if it was a little tighter around the chest and waist area.lemon print dress fashion blogger
Are you a fan of midi dresses? Do you often get out of your comfort zone when it comes to fashion?
xo Cristina

OUTFIT DETAILS
Sammydress midi dress c/o
Purificacion Garcia basket bag
UGG sandals (similar)

LEMON OBSESSION

English corner
to take the plunge - to do something you are nervous/hesitant about
May 22, 2017
The Complete Travel Guide to San Sebastian

The Complete Travel Guide to San Sebastian

May 22, 2017
Every year for our anniversary my fiance and I go on a short trip. Last year we visited the fascinating Seville and two years ago the cosmopolitan city of London. This year we went to San Sebastian, a coastal city in the north of Spain. Today I want to take you on a tour through this city, which is a foodie dream destination.

THE SIGHTS
San Sebastian's great splendor took place in the 19th century when the Royal Family and aristocracy used to summer there. This provided the city with many of its majestic buildings. 

La Concha
It's the main beach of San Sebastian, it's named after its shape: la concha which means "the shell".
Palacio de Miramar
The name literally means "looking at the sea" which is what this 19th century palace does. It used to be the summer house of the Spanish Royal Family. Currently, the Palace and its gardens are open to the public in fixed opening hours. Parties are conducted in the palace's gardens and noble areas, particularly in the context of the San Sebastian International Film Festival.
palacio miramar san sebastian
Mount Igueldo
To get the best views of the city you have to go to Mount Igueldo. The best way to get there is via the old funicular railway that will take you to the top. You can also find there a tiny amusement park.
casa típica san sebastián
monte igueldo san sebastian
monte igueldo san sebastian
The Comb of the Wind
In Spanish Peine del Viento, is a collection of three sculptures by Eduardo Chillida.
peine del viento comb of the wind san sebastian
The seminary 
Surprisingly the seminary doesn't appear in the tourist map as one of San Sebastian's landmarks. We saw it from the beach raising majestically among houses and apartments that surround it and wondered what it was. We wandered the streets until we found it. Sadly, it looked abandoned except for an scaffold that shows that there are some restoration works going on. It saddens me to see buildings like this go to waste. They should give them some use instead of building new ones that will never have the robustness and grandeur that the old ones have.seminario san sebastian
The City Hall
A former casino turned into city council. It's nice to walk around the beautiful gardens opposite which are home to this carousel from 1900.
ayuntamiento city council san sebastian

THE FOOD
This is Spain’s – if not, the world’s – culinary capital. San Sebastian frequently tops lists of the world's best places to eat. Its world-famous cuisine is the reason why many people visit this city. San Sebastian houses some of the best Michelin-starred restaurants on the planet. However, this is a city of dinning contrasts since you could either eat comfortably at one of the Michelin-starred restaurants or standing up in a pintxos bar. Pintxos are the name that this part of Spain gives to tapas. There is no such thing as bad food in San Sebastian.

Café de la Concha
On our second night in San Sebastian we had dinner at this cafe with magnificent views. We had booked a table by the window to see the sunset at the beach while enjoying a delicious meal. We started by sharing a plate of fried squid, a dish you must try if you visit Spain. You'll find it in any city. That was followed by a copious but equally delicious salad. I liked it so much I'm planning to do it home. It consists of a base of lettuce, a layer of tagliatelle and then salmon, shrimp, tuna and txangurro -a type of crab that you'll find in every restaurant. Once we learnt the name we asked for txangurro everytime we saw it on a menu.
cafe de la concha san sebastian
cafe de la concha san sebastian
cafe de la concha san sebastian

The Old Town (Parte Vieja) houses the best pintxos bars. The procedure is easy: you get into a bar, ask for a drink and a plate, and grab as many pintxos as you want. Then you show it to the bartender who will charge you. Finally, enjoy. The toughest part is deciding what you want to eat. The endless plates of pintxos on the counter will make your mouth water and you won't know what to pick. The bartenders are really nice and will explain the ingredients if you have any questions. The idea is to visit a few places so if you fear you are going to get tipsy, I recommend you ask for a zurito which is a smaller glass of wine or beer.
These were our favorite places:

Atari Gastroteka
Address: C/Mayor, 18
atari gastroteka pintxos san sebastian
Gandarias
Address: C/31 Agosto, 23
gandarias pintxos san sebastian
Nagusia Lau
Address: C/Mayor, 4
Nagusia Lau pintxos san sebastian
Nagusia Lau pintxos san sebastian
Nagusia Lau pintxos san sebastian
SHOPPING
As far as shopping is concerned, I feel quite disappointed when I travel since I hardly find any craftsmanship shops anymore. Since San Sebastian is foodies' paradise we looked for gourmet stores to take some of the delicious taste back home with us. In Hotel Maria Cristina (the most luxurious hotel in the city) we found Mimo a store which offers food tours as well as delicacies and other products from the region.

HOTELS
We stayed at Melia Orly, at a stone's throw from La Concha beach. It offers good value for your money and the location allows you to walk everywhere.

NEARBY PLACES
If you have some spare time, visit the picturesque seaside towns of Zarautz and Hondarribia. In the next few weeks I'll publish posts about both so stay tuned!

xo Cristina

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS FOR THE NORTH

English conrner
copious - abundant in quantity
tipsy - slightly drunk
a stone's throw - a short distance
good value for your money - it's worth what you pay for it