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
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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)

GET THE LOOK

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 (on sale!)
Abercrombie & Fitch Oxford shirt (on sale!)
Massimo Dutti shoes (USA/Spain)
Tous bracelet (USA/Spain) & earrings (USA/Spain)
Purificacion Garcia bag (similar)

GET THE LOOK
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)