January 30, 2017
Ted Baker Sweater

Ted Baker Sweater

January 30, 2017
ted baker bow detail sweater fashion blogger outfit

I bought my first Ted Baker sweater a few years ago (you can see it here and here) and it's still my favorite sweater. It's probably my most expensive sweater too but I considered it an investment. A good sweater is a wardrobe staple. I've worn it to countless events with different skirts and I wear it to work with jeans very often too. I got my money's worth with this sweater.

h.preppy abrigo fashion blogger

ted baker bow detail sweater fashion blogger outfit

claustro catedral de leon españa spain

claustro catedral de leon españa spain

Ted Baker has the prettiest ladylike dresses with tight bodices and full skirts. My favorite type of dress. They are girly and sweet but also modern and sophisticated, a great option if you are attending a wedding for instance. They also have pretty coats and jackets to complete your outfit.

I'm so happy with my old sweater that when I saw this white one with the bow detail on sale I didn't think it twice. It's really versatile too, you can wear it with black pants or a faux leather skirt like the one I'm wearing. I also have a tweed skirt that's going to look great with it.

ted baker bow detail sweater fashion blogger outfit

ted baker bow detail sweater fashion blogger outfit

claustro catedral de leon españa spain

ted baker bow detail sweater fashion blogger outfit

claustro catedral de leon españa spain

We took these photos at the cloister of Leon's cathedral. You may have noticed that we often shoot at historic locations. When I finished high school I doubted between studying Art History or English at university but finally I opted for majoring in English. However, I still love art and architecture which I like to mix with my passion for fashion.

OUTFIT DETAILS
Ted Baker sweater
Tous earrings
Pepe Jeans faux leather skirt (last seen here & here)
Purificacion Garcia bag (last seen here)
H.Preppy coat
All Saints scarf

Here's a selection of my favorite Ted Baker sweaters (aren't they adorable for a Valentine's Day rendezvous?)
And skirts to combine them
xo Cristina
January 23, 2017
48 hours in Cordoba

48 hours in Cordoba

January 23, 2017
patios cordoba spain

As you know I spent a couple of days in Cordoba during the Christmas holidays. I devoted a complete post to its world famous Mosque-Cathedral two weeks ago and today I want to show you around the rest of the city. Another thing this city is famous for is the flowers that's why the best time to visit Cordoba is in Spring, particularly in May when Festival de Los Patios takes place. It's a contest in which people open their courtyards full of colorful flower pots to the public. I don't recommend summer because it's too hot. In winter the weather was amazing but the wide range of colors provided by geraniums are substituted by red poinsettias, the typical Christmas plants.

Wandering around the city you are visiting is something I always recommend but this is particularly important in Cordoba because you'll surely find some gems. Walk around the historic center and Jewish quarter, find Calleja de las Flores from which you can spot the bell tower of the Mosque-Cathedral. This is probably the most photographed spot in Cordoba.

calleja de las flores cordoba spain



barrio judio jewish quarter cordoba spain

Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos should be your next stop. Similar but not as beautiful as Seville's Reales Alcazares it still deserves a visit. The fortress served as one of the primary residences of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon in Medieval times. The gardens are magnificent, you can visit a moorish bathhouse and there are impressive Roman mosaics inside the tower.

alcazar de los reyes cristianos cordoba



alcazar de los reyes cristianos cordoba

alcazar de los reyes cristianos cordoba

alcazar de los reyes cristianos cordoba


alcazar de los reyes cristianos cordoba

alcazar de los reyes cristianos cordoba

We stayed at Eurostars Conquistador which has the perfect location since it's opposite the Mosque-Cathedral. It is beautifully decorated in a Moorish style as you saw in this New Year's post. Mudejar and Andalusian architecture are merged in the charming patio of the hotel.


hotel eurostars conquistador cordoba españa


hotel eurostars conquistador cordoba españa

There are a few museums you can visit in Cordoba too, one of them is the museum of Spanish painter Julio Romero de Torres which is located in the historic building you can see below.

museo romero de torres cordoba

If you are interested in becoming part of Cordoba's nightlife you can hang out with the locals at Sojo Fusion (restaurant) and Sojo Ribiera, a cafe/nightclub with spectacular views of river Guadalquivir and the Roman Bridge.

sojo fusion cordoba

Before heading back to the hotel, take a walk following the river until you get to the Roman Bridge. It's beautifully lit at night. It seems incredible that Roman builders had the means and skills to build such robust constructions that have lasted for centuries. When you reach the bridge you can also see the Puerta del Puente a Rennaissance gate that used to be an entrance to the city. Cross the bridge and you'll find Calahorra tower, from there you can get spectacular views of the Mosque-Cathedral at night.

roman bridge puente romano cordoba spain

puerta del puente cordoba españa

puente romano torre de calahorra cordoba españa

Before leaving Cordoba you have to take a little excursion to the ruins of Medinat Al-Zahra which reminded me of Knossos Palace in Crete, Greece. Medina Azahara is the ruins of a vast, fortified Arab Muslim medieval palace-city built by the Caliph of Córdoba in 929 A.D and located on the western outskirts of Cordoba.

Medina Azahara Cordoba Spain


Medina Azahara Cordoba Spain

Medina Azahara Cordoba Spain

Medina Azahara Cordoba Spain

Medina Azahara Cordoba Spain

I wore my new Abercrombie and Fitch green parka during the trip to Cordoba. I got it 50% off on Black Friday and it's the best purchase I made this season. I had been wanting a parka for a while and I waited until I found the perfect one. Mine is sold out online but you can still find it at A&F stores. Sales are a great time to stock up on winter travel essentials such as parkas so here's a round-up of comfy and warm clothes for winter.

I hope you enjoyed this photo diary. See you next Monday!
xo Cristina

January 20, 2017
Blogger Reflections: The Costs of Being a Fashion Blogger

Blogger Reflections: The Costs of Being a Fashion Blogger

January 20, 2017

A couple months ago I wrote my first blogger reflections post. I was a bit hesitant at first because I thought "who cares about what I think?" However, when I looked at my statistics the other day I was surprised to find that it's been one of the most visited posts since I published it. So I've decided to give it a go again.

Last Friday, I watched a documentary about a well-known low-cost brand and its effects on our economy and buying habits since it landed in Spain. It talked about their ridiculously low prices and how that's making made-in-Spain brands suffer the consequences. It also talked about the factories in Bangladesh where their products are made. The documentary talked about fashion bloggers as well. It was food for thought.

I do not consider myself a fashion blogger (although I LOVE fashion blogs), I only post a couple of outfits a month -even though they are my most visited posts. I also love blogging about my other passions (food and travelling) so I don't want to focus on one niche only. Window shopping is my favorite pastime but I only buy things I fall in love with. I don't buy clothes to wear them once and then toss/sell them. If I "love" something it means I want to wear it for years until it's old or I'm tired of it. I like to get a good use of them otherwise I feel bad.

I've never been to the store the documentary was about but I know the type of store and I know I won't find anything there that would "make me happy". Could I go there and buy a few outfits for little money and be able to do fashion posts every week? Yes. Do I want to? No. Please, don't get me wrong if you are this type of shopper, I'm not criticizing. I just want to say it's not my style and if I did this, it wouldn't be me. I'm not embarrassed to say I don't have enough clothes for a "haul". I don't want to have so many clothes there are not enough days in the season to wear them. I just want to share with you the few things I buy every month that I saw in a store and made me think: "this is going to make me a little bit happier every day I wear it".

The documentary also made me think about the disadvantages of fast fashion:

The environment: renewing a closet every year has serious consequences for the environment. Not only because bad quality garments don't last really long and end up in the trash, but also because of mass production.

Exploited employees: when I see a pair of jeans that cost €9 I can't help but wonder: "how much did they pay the person who made them?" This is a very controversial topic and it's impossible to know where your clothes came from. Actually, many companies don't even know this because they hire other companies to look for factories. However, really cheap stuff is much more likely coming from sweatshops.

Local companies close down: or reduce their staff. As I said before Spanish brands are suffering the consequences and that saddens me. It makes me so proud when the tag on my garment says: Made in Spain.

I'd love to read your thoughts on this so please leave a comment below. I've created the hashtag #bloggerreflections on Instagram to talk about blogging issues so feel free to use it so we can start discussions on social media too.

xo Cristina
January 16, 2017
Gray Blazer & Plaid Scarf

Gray Blazer & Plaid Scarf

January 16, 2017
gray blazer El Ganso plaid scarf Abercrombie outfit fashion blogger

When someone asks me what it the most important piece in my closet I always say the same thing: a blazer. Many people think that blazers are just for the office but they don't have to be. They are incredibly versatile. Try, for instance, a sophisticated pinstripe blazer with a pair of light-wash jeans for an elevated everyday look. That works with distressed jeans too. You can even finish that look with sneakers!

Keep on reading for more ideas...

  • If you want to try something new you can wear a fitted blazer with a maxi dress, floppy hat and ankle boots for a boho look.
  • Looking for a suit with a twist? swap the slacks for formal shorts with tights.
  • Make a boyfriend blazer look more feminine by adding some lace underneath. If on the contrary you are wearing boyfriend jeans, go for a fitted blazer. Never wear two boyfriend items together.
  • Bright colored blazers give a big pop of color to any outfit. 

A common question when styling a blazer is what to wear underneath? Some people just wear them with turtlenecks but I prefer either a simple monochrome v-neck (like the one I'm wearing here) or an embellished top. To finish the look I love to wear a coat over my shoulders and a scarf.

gray blazer El Ganso plaid scarf Abercrombie outfit fashion blogger

gray blazer El Ganso plaid scarf Abercrombie outfit fashion blogger


For more inspiration you can see my looks with blazers here.

OUTFIT DETAILS
Zara coat (on sale)
Abercrombie & Fitch scarf
El Ganso blazer (on sale)

Here's a selection of my favorite blazers. Even though there are great low cost versions (i.e. Zara), investing in a "good" blazer for a more formal event is important. Those tend to be pricey that's why I buy them during the sales period. Some of the ones below are currently on sale so check them out if you are thinking of buying one.

How do you wear your blazers? What's the most important garment in your closet?
xo Cristina
January 9, 2017
Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba

Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba

January 9, 2017
mosque cathedral mezquita catedral cordoba spain españa
Welcome to the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, the city's undisputed gem. It is one of the most exceptional monuments in the world, a testimony to the ancient alliance of art and faith. Its islamic architecture comes together with Christian architecture to create one of the most beautiful examples of its kind. Inside we come across impressive works of art which bear witness to the passage of the centuries. It is a sacred place open to the entire world. The space was first a Visigoth Basilica of San Vicente in the 6th century. With the arrival of the Muslims the area was divided and used by both communities. Adb al-Rahman I built the original Mosque in 786, it was enlarged several times under the governments of Adb al-Rahman II, Adb al-Rahman III, Al-Hakam II and finally Almanzor. In 1246, after Cordoba had been won back by the Christian kings, the main altar for a Catholic church was built inside. The works for the Catholic Cathedral continued until the 18th century when the spectacular choir stalls were built. 
mosque cathedral mezquita catedral cordoba spain españa
We visited this world heritage landmark on our first day in the city. We stayed at Eurostars Consquistador Hotel which is opposite the Mezquita, an unbeatable location. After going through the door of Saint Catherine we were greeted by Patio de los Naranjos, an orange tree courtyard with views of the bell tower which reminded me of the one we saw in Seville.
mosque cathedral mezquita catedral cordoba spain españa

mosque cathedral mezquita catedral cordoba spain españa

mosque cathedral mezquita catedral cordoba spain españa
The famous red and white striped arches are the first thing you see inside. Now, I've been to many places and I often feel that's becoming increasingly difficult for something to take my breath away when I travel. However, the Mezquita has managed to do that. The neverending arches and the many treasures this temple houses, the different architectural styles and religions meeting in one place... It's hardly impossible not to get goosebumps when you think about what the place must have looked like at its peak. 
mosque cathedral mezquita catedral cordoba spain españa

mosque cathedral mezquita catedral cordoba spain españa

mosque cathedral mezquita catedral cordoba spain españa

mosque cathedral mezquita catedral cordoba spain españa

mosque cathedral mezquita catedral cordoba spain españa

mosque cathedral mezquita catedral cordoba spain españa

mosque cathedral mezquita catedral cordoba spain españa

mosque cathedral mezquita catedral cordoba spain españa

mosque cathedral mezquita catedral cordoba spain españa
In the heart of the mosque we found the Renaissance Cathedral. The choir stalls and the ceilings are awe-inspiring.
mosque cathedral mezquita catedral cordoba spain españa

mosque cathedral mezquita catedral cordoba spain españa

mosque cathedral mezquita catedral cordoba spain españa

mosque cathedral mezquita catedral cordoba spain españa

Have you ever been to Spain? What is your favorite city?
xo Cristina