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
May 15, 2017
How to Style Embroidered Jeans

How to Style Embroidered Jeans

May 15, 2017
I still remember my first favorite pair of jeans, it had a big Mickey Mouse flying an airplane embroidered. It was a work of art. Unfortunately, I gave them away when I reached that stupid age when you think you are too old for that stuff. Now I wish I had kept them, not to wear them but as a childhood memory.
I recently purchased this embroidered pair of jeans from Zara. I fell in love with the pretty flowers which make a simple pair of jeans much more special. They do limit the options when styling them though. I wouldn't mix them with pints, maybe with some red stripes like this Comme des Garçons top but nothing too bold.

In my opinion, what looks best with them is a top with a bright color like this sweet yellow top from Des Petits Hauts or this orange one from Claudie Pierlot. Until the temperatures are high enough for summer tops I'm going to wear them with this oversized sweater, isn't the color beautiful? 
The accessories I chose were my new basket bag with pom-poms from Purificacion Garcia. It has so many colors I can carry it with pretty much any outfit. I've been looking for a small, affordable and good quality basket bag since last summer. The ones I like are too expensive for a basket and the cheap ones look, well...cheap. If you are a fan of basket bags you are going to like these two posts

The sandals are UGG which you saw on several posts last summer (you can still find them in black for $35!). And last but not least, the scarf. This is an essential for any teacher. I own many scarves for two main reasons:
  • their prints add a chic finishing touch to any outfit
  • they keep my neck warm and my throat healthy


Embroidered jeans are one of my spring essentials. What are yours?
xo Cristina

OUTFIT DETAILS
Zara jeans (Spain/US)
Alexandre Laurent sweater
Purificacion Garcia basket bag
UGG sandals (similar)

EMBROIDERED JEANS
MY FAVORITE TOPS
ACCESSORIES
May 8, 2017
Mother's Day Breakfast

Mother's Day Breakfast

May 8, 2017
Mother's Day Breakfast Lifestyle Blog
Mother’s Day in Spain is on the first weekend of May, therefore we celebrate it one week before most of you guys. The day started with a special breakfast. We chose blue as a theme for the table setting since it’s both my mom’s and my favorite color. As a centerpiece we used fruit for a change. We surely love a beautiful bouquet of flowers but we wanted to do something different this time and we were very happy with the result. What do you think? Are you team flowers or team fruit?
Mother's Day Breakfast Lifestyle Blog
Mother's Day Breakfast Lifestyle Blog
Mother's Day Breakfast
The breakfast menu was the typical one for a weekend. Most people’s day starts when they have a cup of coffee, our fuel is a freshly squeezed juice. You can find my favorite juice recipes here. This one is made of apple, orange and carrot. Then, we usually have a glass of milk with a slice of cake (see my favorite recipes here) or some pastries. Weekends are cheat day and I have a really sweet tooth so that’s when I take care of my cravings. My breakfast is not very different from Monday to Friday, actually. I usually swap the cake for something a bit healthier. You know here in Spain most households buy a baguette a day, we can’t eat without bread. We don’t eat all of it in a day so I use the leftover bread for breakfast the next morning. I can’t stand throwing food away. So, I split it in half and pour some honey over it. It’s delicious. It’s 0% fat, the honey provides vitamins and the bread the carbs I need to survive a high school day dealing with teenagers.
Mother's Day Breakfast Lifestyle Blog
Mother's Day Breakfast Lifestyle Blog
I can’t finish this post without a little ode to moms because, what would we do without them? A mother is the most selfless human being. They always put their children first, they’d do anything for us. I have a cushion on my bed that she brought me from England with this sentence embroidered on it “a mother’s heart is a place where children always have a home”. Isn’t it beautiful? I know this sentence by heart just like I know that she’ll always be there for me. We don’t always thank them properly, though. Who hasn’t given their mom a hard time as a teen? It breaks my heart to think that I’ve said or done things that could have hurt her. Fortunately for us, apart from being selfless they are forgiving too.

Thanks, mom, for being my best friend, for being my partner in crime sometimes and for putting up with my bad temper.
How are you guys going to celebrate Mother’s Day?
xo Cristina

OUTFIT DETAILS
Sammydress white shirt dress c/o

MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS

English corner
Cheat day - a day on which you are allowed to break your diet
To have a sweet tooth - someone who loves sweet-tasting foods
Cravings - a powerful desire for something
Selfless - unselfish

May 1, 2017
Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer Review

Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer Review

May 1, 2017
Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer beauty review
It's been almost a year since I posted my skincare routine so it's high time I did an update. Not much has changed though. If I like a product I stick to it and I find it hard to try new things because I fear I may not like them.

Last Christmas I finished my Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (also known as Clinique's Step 3) and decided to try something new since it made my forehead and nose oily after a few hours. Being a teacher I only get one bathroom break a day so I need my make-up to last the whole day in place. I don't have time for retouches and I don't want to worry about it either.

When I heard Clinique had a new moisturizer I decided to give it a try. I must confess I was partly lured by the pretty packaging. Apart from being a high quality brand, Clinique sure knows how to create eye-catching products. I've been using the Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer for four months now and I only have good words for it. These are its strong points:

  • When you apply it on your skin you feel instantly refreshed.
  • It's oil free and lightweight, therefore skin doesn't get oily at all. 
  • It kind of works as a primer since the HydroBlur Technology moisturizes while softly blurring imperfections. In other words, it creates a canvas to apply your foundation.
  • Flawless matte finish.

Clinique has different versions of the same moisturizers depending on your skin type but they say that this one works for all types. My skin is more on the dry side although the T-zone can get a little oily at the end of the day but as I stated before, it works for me. So I will surely continue to use it in the future. The next Clinique product I'm going to try is the Pep-Start 2 in 1 exfoliating cleanser. I've been told is a great travel companion. Since it's two products in one, it makes your toiletries bag a little less heavy and your skincare routine faster. I don't know about you but when I travel I'm so tired at the end of the day that the last thing I want is to spend a long time preparing for bed.
Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer beauty review
In my opinion this product is worth a try. Have you tried any of the Pep-Start products? Are you as crazy about Clinique as I am?
xo Cristina

MY FAVORITE PRODUCTS FROM CLINIQUE
English Corner 
lure - tempt someone to do something or to go somewhere (atraer)
eye-catching - that catches your attention