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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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. 
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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)

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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 (on sale!)
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)