June 30, 2017
Fourth of July: Food and Outfits

Fourth of July: Food and Outfits

June 30, 2017
The Fourth is just around the corner so I've put together a round-up of previous blog posts that you can use for inspiration to celebrate with your friends and family. From patriotic desserts to red, white and blue outfits I've got you covered. 

Let's start with ideas about what to wear...

OUTFITS
I see stripes everywhere... Top, Dress & Pants
Back to Basics: Red White & Blue

FOOD
You already know the basics of a Fourth of July celebration: gather your favorite people for a casual feast and plan a colorful menu that involves a lot of red, white and blue. Since this holiday is centered around food I thought you could be interested in some of these recipes.

You can make these delicious cupcakes.


Enjoy the outdoors with a picnic.


 For those who are more traditional, a homemade burger is always a wise choice.


These parfaits are a healthy and scrumptious dessert.


Make a marzipan cake with patriotic touches.


Start the day off with a yummy fruit tart.


Beat the hot temperatures with a watermelon pizza.


Like any holiday, the Fourth of July can be a bit predictable when it comes to the menu. Be original and invite your friends over for a Spanish tapas party.


Other breakfast options are making overnight oats the day before.


And don't forget to use blue and white china for a patriotic breakfast.


I hope these ideas are useful for you. Happy Fourth!
xo Cristina
June 26, 2017
El Perro y La Galleta, Madrid

El Perro y La Galleta, Madrid

June 26, 2017
The Dog and the Cookie. A unique name for a unique place. This is a cozy and modern restaurant in front of El Retiro Park at the beginning of a street where you'll find some of the best shops in Madrid. The name comes from the owners' love for their two dogs and their family link with the famous Fontaneda Spanish cookies company. I had first come across this place during a shopping spree and immediately added it to my restaurant bucket list. el perro y la galleta restaurant madrid spain travel blogger
el perro y la galleta restaurant madrid spain travel blogger
el perro y la galleta restaurant madrid spain travel blogger
el perro y la galleta restaurant madrid spain travel blogger
Rustic tables and beautiful light welcomed us as we walked through the door. The decor pays tribute to British clubs and dogs. There is a collection of vintage radios, cameras and telephones as well as doggy portraits. The beautiful decor is paired with great music which results in a wonderful ambiance. Dog lovers and their furry best friends are of course welcome. If you decide to go to El Perro y La Galleta prepare to spot some celebrities, actors like Pierce Brosnan or fashion designers like Riccardo Tisci have eaten here.el perro y la galleta restaurant madrid spain travel blogger
WHAT WE ATE
  • Tuna tataki burger with quinoa salad 
  • Hake with wine mayo and veggies
  • Angus burger with a fried egg, caramelized onion, bacon and cheese
The presentation of the dishes is as impeccable as the decor. While we waited for our meal, we fell in love with every single dish we saw the waiters carrying. We loved all three dishes, they were very different from each other but equally delicious. We were also delighted with the service right from the moment we entered. Due to the scorching heat we've been suffering in Madrid for a few weeks we weren't hungry enough to get dessert. I was a bit disappointed to leave without my sweet treat but looking on the bright side, now I have an excuse to come back.
el perro y la galleta restaurant madrid spain travel blogger
el perro y la galleta restaurant madrid spain travel blogger
el perro y la galleta restaurant madrid spain travel blogger
el perro y la galleta restaurant madrid spain travel blogger
el perro y la galleta restaurant madrid spain travel blogger
RESTAURANT INFO
El Perro y la Galleta
Calle Claudio Coello, 1
Madrid
Tel.: +34 606 82 24 21
Tripadvisor

OUTFIT DETAILS
Earlier on that very same day I had bought this A&F yellow eyelet dress which is a must from the Abercrombie summer sale. It comes in yellow, white and black. It's perfect for so many reasons:

  • the shape is very flattering (full skirt and tight bodice is my favorite type of dress)
  • the straps are adjustable
  • it has pockets
  • the length is perfect both for work and play

I also got this beautiful pink mini dress with sweetheart neckline that I can't wait to show you. You know I'm a huge fan of Abercrombie dresses. Every summer I find "the dress of the summer" at their stores. In 2014 it was this navy dress with pink flowers, in 2015 this white lace dress and in 2016 this red dress with white flowers.

ABERCROMBIE SUMMER SALE FAVORITES
English Corner
come across - find
bucket list - things you wish to do before dying
scorching heat - intense/burning heat
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 a list of fashion blogger linkups, soon I'll publish one for travel linkups. If you are hosting one yourself, tell me on the comments section so I can check it out.
(Updated in August 2018)

MONDAY
How I Spring
#iwillwearwhatilike
Start the Week Stylish

TUESDAY
Turning Heads Tuesday
Style Sessions
Confident Twosday
Style Swap Tuesdays
Trend Spin Linkup

WEDNESDAY
Spring Fever Fashion
Oh, Hey Girl Linkup
Fun Facts and Finds
Style Me Wednesday
What I Wore

THURSDAY
Thursday Moda
Thursday Fashion Files
What I Wore Today
#sharealllinkup

FRIDAY
Friday Favorites
High Five For Friday
Weekend Wear Linkup
Fabulous Friday
Fun Fashion Friday
Flashback Fashion Friday
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
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)