September 26, 2017
The September Issue: Fall Wedding Outfits

The September Issue: Fall Wedding Outfits

September 26, 2017
fall autumn wedding guest dress fashion blogger
We are back with the second part of The September Issue! In case you missed the first part, The September Issue is a collaboration of several bloggers created by the lovely Ada Furxhi of Elegance and Mommyhood. A couple of weeks ago we published a post about styling white dresses for fall and today we are talking about fall wedding guest outfits.

These photos are quite old, they are from my very first fashion post. I can't believe it's been three years, time flies! I wanted to share them again because this is my favorite fall wedding guest dress. It was an investment but it's a timeless piece so I don't regret it.
fall autumn wedding guest dress fashion blogger
fall autumn wedding guest dress fashion blogger
For wedding guest dresses I think that all shapes work all year round, it's the colors that change. Warm colors like ocher, olive green or navy are my favorites for fall. To beat the cold I like jackets with sparkly elements like sequins or shawls like the one I'm wearing.

Here's a selection of my favorite fall wedding looks:
If you are looking for more inspiration, visit these gals and see what they are wearing!
 Ada from Elegance and Mommyhood blogs from Metropolitan Detroit, Michigan, USA (originally from Albania, Europe).
Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge blogs from Watertown, New York, USA.
Roxanne from Glass of Glam blogs from Washington, DC, USA.
Stephanie from Glamorous and Geeky blogs from Florida, USA.
Jennie from A Pocketful of Polka Dots blogs from South Carolina, USA.
Kristin from Countdown to Friday blogs from Germany, Europe (originally from The States).
Michelle from Michelle's Pa(i)ge blogs from Long Island, New York, USA.
Chrissy from Granola and Grace blogs from Georgia, USA.
Cristina from Memories of the Pacific blogs from Spain, Europe.
Laura from I Do deClaire blogs from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.






September 25, 2017
Leyenda del Paramo: a Spanish Winery

Leyenda del Paramo: a Spanish Winery

September 25, 2017
leyenda del paramo vendimia wine harvest vineyard fashion blogger
If you follow blogs you may have seen many "fall bucket lists" around lately which include activities such as apple picking or baking homemade pies. One thing that seems to be missing from them is the wine harvest. In my opinion fall is the best time to visit wineries, the leaves are turning into beautiful golden tones and the grapes are ripe.
leyenda del paramo vendimia wine harvest vineyard spain
leyenda del paramo vendimia wine harvest vineyard spain
Wine tourism is really popular in Spain and many wineries will even let you participate in the wine harvest with festivals that consist of related activities like picking bunches of this delicious fruit and grape-stomping. Such is the case of Leyenda del Paramo, a young winery located in the north of Spain that holds this event every year. This place is very special for me because I've seen its birth and growth. Between my time as an au-pair in California and becoming an ESL teacher there's a gap of three years and a half. That's when I worked for Leyenda del Paramo. 

I try my best to attend the Wine Harvest Festival every year because it's so much fun. After the boxes are full of grapes they are taken back to the winery where the grape-stomping takes place. Then we have lunch at the winery (this year the weather was so good that we had lunch outside). After recharging the batteries there's a tour around the premises. This year there was a new event at the end of the day which was an 8 km race around the vineyard.leyenda del paramo vendimia wine harvest vineyard fashion blogger
leyenda del paramo vendimia wine harvest vineyard fashion blogger
leyenda del paramo vendimia wine harvest vineyard spain
leyenda del paramo vendimia wine harvest vineyard fashion blogger
If you want to learn more about this winery you can visit their website. If you want to read more about wine tourism in Spain I recommend you check out this post.

OUTFIT DETAILS
Pink Abercrombie & Fitch shirt and cardigan
Zara embroidered jeans (last seen here) - (Spain/US)

Let me give you some advice: wear comfy shoes to a winery like cute sneakers or booties. I keep seeing bloggers walking around vineyards in shoes that don't look very appropriate. In fact, the other day I saw photos of a girl in high heels. I know the images look idyllic but they should add one of those "don't try this at home" warnings. #keepitreal

GET THE LOOK
English Corner
bucket list - a list of things to do
grape-stomping - crushing grapes with your bare feet (pisada de uva)
September 18, 2017
The Australia Series: Brighton Beach

The Australia Series: Brighton Beach

September 18, 2017
brighton beach bathing boxes melbourne australia
My #1 source of travel inspiration is Pinterest. That's where I find all the cool places. The first thing I do to plan a trip is to create a secret board and start pinning. That's how I found Brighton Beach. It's a short train ride from Melbourne and as soon as you arrive you'll see tourists on a pilgrimage towards the 82 iconic bathing boxes.
brighton beach bathing boxes melbourne australia
brighton beach bathing boxes melbourne australia
brighton beach bathing boxes melbourne australia
brighton beach bathing boxes melbourne australia
You can't tell from these pics but the day was really windy, we ended up taking a lot of sand with us back to Melbourne...but it was totally worth it. The colorful houses are a joy to behold. The bathing boxes were built over a century ago in response to Victorian ideas of morality. Nowadays their owners store there things such as chairs, tables, surf boards or coolers. They do not have electricity or running water. The boxes rarely come up for sale but when they do the prices are really high. Most boxes are passed on within families from one generation to the next.brighton beach bathing boxes melbourne australia
brighton beach bathing boxes melbourne australia
brighton beach bathing boxes melbourne australia
HOW TO GET THERE
Take a train at Flinders Street iconic Railway Station, direction Sandringham. You'll have to buy a pay as you go myki card and one way ticket to the beach costs AUD 6. Get off at Brighton Beach station and walk about 10 minutes. There are signs along the way to lead you there so you can't miss it. Best time for photos is either early in the morning or at sunset.
brighton beach bathing boxes melbourne australia
OUTFIT DETAILS
The hoodie is from Ralph Lauren and it's an old favorite of mine. I bought it 10 years ago and still love it like the first day. It has a preppy crest and elbow patches. Its red and navy details match my military coat which is from Zara (last season). These animal print sneakers are my go to shoes for traveling, you saw them last year here and here.
What item in your closet is the oldest and most beloved ?
xo Cristina

PREPPY SWEATSHIRTS & HOODIES
NAVY MILITARY JACKETS
COOL SNEAKERS
September 12, 2017
The September Issue: Little White Dress for Fall

The September Issue: Little White Dress for Fall

September 12, 2017
One of my favorite things about blogging is meeting new people and collaborating with bloggers. We all have creative minds and so many ideas that we can use to help each other instead of competing. When the lovely Ada Furxhi of Elegance and Mommyhood asked me to be part of The September Issue I just couldn't refuse. This collaboration consists of two posts the first one being LWD for fall. So I've joined 8 stylish ladies to bring you ideas on how to style those white dresses on the upcoming season. 

We've all heard of the "no white after labor day" fashion rule which I thinks is really dumb. White dresses can be easily transitioned to fall by adding the right elements such as:
  • a leather jacket
  • see-through tights and pumps
  • a cozy cardigan or even a sweater and velvet slippers
  • a denim jacket and booties
The white lace dress pictured above is one of my favorites. I've worn it on countless special occasions both in summer and fall as you can see here and here. On colder days I put on a little jacket and a cute scarf and I'm ready to go.
Are you ready to wear white this fall? Here's my selection of white dresses that can still be worn during the pumpkin season:
If you are looking for more inspiration to wear your little white dress this fall, visit these gals and see how they’ve done it! Stay tuned because the next chapter of The September Issue is coming in two weeks.

 Ada from Elegance and Mommyhood blogs from Metropolitan Detroit, Michigan, USA (originally from Albania, Europe).
Cristina from Memories of the Pacific blogs from Spain, Europe.
Roxanne from Glass of Glam blogs from Washington, DC, USA.
Chrissy from Granola and Grace blogs from Georgia, USA.
Michelle from Michelle's Pa(i)ge blogs from Long Island, New York, USA.
Jennie from A Pocketful of Polka Dots blogs from South Carolina, USA.
Laura from I Do deClaire blogs from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Linda from A Labour of Life blogs from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Shelbee from Shebee on the Edge blogs from Watertown, New York, USA.









September 11, 2017
Back to School [Teacher] Outfit

Back to School [Teacher] Outfit

September 11, 2017
Back to School Teacher Outfit
The most dreaded time by teachers all around the world has come. It's not like we don't love our job, but no one can deny that teens are a tough crowd. I think that the perfect teacher is the one who finds the right balance of friendly and strict. Basically use a carrot and stick approach. That's what I try my best to do. I'm friendly but I keep a distance and I get angry when I have to. I work with teachers who prefer to remain strict the whole time which I think that doesn't really work since there's a fine line between being strict and coming out as rude which doesn't have a good effect on kids. It makes confrontation worse. 

Many kids are going through difficult situations at home which accounts for their bad behavior. There are no excuses for lacks of respect, of course, but sometimes you have to be understanding and be patient. Kids know if you are afraid of them, if you hate them or if you like them. Some of them just want to feel loved.

I would love to know who was your favorite teacher and what was he/she like so let's start a conversation in the comments section.
Back to School Teacher Outfit

Back to School Teacher Outfit
Back to School Teacher Outfit
Back to School Teacher Outfit
Back to School Teacher Outfit
Back to School Teacher Outfit
OUTFIT DETAILS
I chose this outfit to go back to school because of it's comfort and youthful vibe. It actually works as a back to school look for teachers and students alike. The lace skirt is an oldie but goodie from Abercrombie & Fitch. The espadrilles are from Replay, the bag is StarMela and the sweater from Des Petits Hauts. Sadly, it's all sold out so I'm guessing this info is not very useful anymore that's why I've put together some options that will help you create a similar look. To those of you who are fellow teachers I recommend you read this post on how to dress if you are a teacher.

GET THE LOOK
Comfy sweaters
Every girl needs at least a pair of pretty espadrilles
The white lace skirt, a closet staple
English corner for ESL learners
carrot and stick - the use of a combination of reward and punishment to induce a desired behavior (una de cal y otra de arena)
September 4, 2017
Our Wedding

Our Wedding

September 4, 2017
I'm really excited to share with you our wedding photos today. We said "I do" on the 22nd of July in a traditional Catholic ceremony followed by a reception at one of the most extraordinary historic hotels on the Old Continent which was built in the 16th century: Parador de San Marcos. Many people had advised us to make the most of this day because it was going to go so fast and they weren't exaggerating at all. Time flew. If someone told me the whole thing had only lasted two hours I'd believe them. That's how fast time went.

One of the most special parts of the wedding was sharing it with the people we love the most. I'd have never thought that one day I'd gather friends from different backgrounds, even from different countries! My former host family and my best friend came from California (in case you missed it, you can read my au-pair story here), my best friend from childhood who is currently living in Hungary came too. Knowing that people are willing to travel so many miles to be with you on your special day makes me feel so loved.
pronovias wedding dress
pronovias wedding dress peonies bouquet
vestido novia onia pronovias
Let me tell you a bit about the dress. I got it from Spanish brand Pronovias. I didn't search a lot for it, it's actually the first and only store I went to. I tried a few dresses on and finally chose this princess dress with a sweetheart neckline. I loved the lace floral motifs, with guipure and gemstones cascading all over the body.

You already know how much I like to support Spanish fashion so everything I was wearing was from Spanish brands: the dress, the shoes and the jewelry.
wedding toast
parador de san marcos leon españa foto nocturna
On last week's post I gave you a sneak peek of the shoes, but you can get a better look at them here. As I already told you they are from Castañer and I chose them because of their comfort, quality and the fact that I'll be able to use them again.
castañer espadrilles bridal collection colección novias esparto
Many people complimented me on the bouquet because of it's originality. The flowers are peonies accompanied by some plants that are out of the ordinary. I wish I could have kept it fresh forever!
peonies wedding bouquet
As you can imagine it was an unforgettable and special day.
I know that some of you are brides to be so if you have any questions or need any kind of help feel free to ask. You can always email me at memoriesofthepacific@gmail.com with any sort of questions even if you just want to chat. I'm always happy to help.
xo Cristina