Archive | September, 2012


28 Sep

I have citron on the brain, and it’s clear why. Julianne Moore and Julie Bowen were the two stand-out dresses for me at the Emmy’s. Julianne’s dress was the most memorable for me, and Julie’s was the one I’d most likely choose to wear myself. It’s no coincidence that citron is (and always has been) the accent color here on FUJI FILES. It’s my favorite. And I’m loving that it was so well represented at the Emmy’s this year!

So this weekend, why not take a cue from the Red Carpet and work a little citron into your outfit?
xo Cristina




27 Sep

This is one of my favorite street style looks to come out of Fashion Week so far. And it’s no surprise, Poppy Delevigne is arguably London’s biggest street style superstar (alongside her model sister, Cara!). I could devote a whole blog to the Delevigne sisters, but for today I’m focusing on this eclectic ensemble. You’d think that an embroidered top and ripped jeans could so easily go the route of the beachy bohemian (read: cliche) but this is no beach, it’s London Fashion Week. 

It’s easy to fall into the trap of formula dressing – going out on the town? Little dress, high heel. Going to the beach? Breezy blouse, ripped jeans. But for that unexpected edge, it’s all about the mix. I wouldn’t have thought to mix daywear and nightwear quite like this, but I’ll definitely be trying to look at my closet a little differently. 
xoxo Cristina



25 Sep


I first fell truly madly deeply in love with fashion through magazines. Glossy pages, awe-inspiring editorials, jaw-droppingly gorgeous models. It’s a deep and unending love. Then there came blogs, with their pedestrian perspective and daily content right at your fingertips. I love them too. My favorite thing ever though? A combination of the two. My favorite thing ever is when magazines shoot realistic editorials, like a day in the life of a ridiculously stylish individual who happens to look like a model. Basically this editorial. 
This, dear readers, is my favorite editorial of all time. No matter how many new magazines I read, no matter how many phases my style goes through, no matter how many trends come and go, this editorial is the one I come back to time and time again. It might be because I’d wear every single look, it might be the menswear-inspired sensibility (imagine sharing clothes with him!), the timeless palette of black, grey, and army green, or it could just be that Adriana Lima is a babe and a half. You’ll notice the arm partiescamo printbaseball caps, and sneakers – all topics I’ve since blogged about. Whatever it is, it has captivated me for 9 years and counting. 
Yes! 9 Years! This editorial is from the September Issue of Elle, 2003 (don’t believe me? just check out the flip phone he has around his neck!). And this isn’t the first time it has appeared here on Fuji Files. I posted it before and chances are I’ll post it again when I feel so inclined! 
Do you all have a favorite editorial of all time? I’d love to see it 🙂
xoxo Cristina



This weekend why not… No. 2

21 Sep

It’s almost fall, but not quite (the first day of fall is tomorrow!) I mean, it’s still 93 degrees outside. Veritable bikini weather! Which has me totally torn, of course I want to pull out the knits and boots (ohhh the boots) but I’m still clinging to the dog days of summer – bikinis, neon, beach hair. This weekend why not take a cue from Zippora here and wear BOTH! Neon, knits and bikinis, or even better: a neon knit bikini. That’s what I call transitional wear! So this weekend I’ll be searching the bikini sale racks, what will you be doing?

Ok, also can we talk about this? Her name is Zippora Seven. Zippora Seven! Is that a name? 
Can it be mine?
xo C




20 Sep
The peach surprise that I alluded to is finally here… Our first GUEST COLUMN

Our esteemed guest blogger is the sublimely talented Mindy Cohrs, pastry chef extraordinaire and owner of What the Fudge Bakeshop (eep! how cute is that name!?). Yup, my friend’s a pastry chef. Jealous? If you are, have no fear, she’s here to teach us how to bake in our brand new column Baking for Beginners! Now without further ado, let’s give Mindy a warm welcome!

Peach Cobbler Cake

Mindy here, and I love grocery shopping. Love it. It’s one of my most favorite things. Now granted, I have lots of ‘most favorite things’, but this one is definitely top ten. And the love I feel is multifaceted. It encompasses every aspect of the grocery shopping experience, from the fabulous people-watching (always a fun pastime), to the fresh produce, to the cute-but-way-too-young-to-flirt-with boy bagging my (oh-so-hip) greek yogurt.
Speaking of produce, there’s a game I like to play. I call it “which fruit are you?” (because I’m super clever like that) and the goal, surprise surprise, is to match up your personality traits with that of a particular fruit. For example, my friend LJ is the perfect embodiment of pineapple: fresh, sweet, a little tangy, and pairs nicely with the sun and a good cocktail. My mom is more of an apple: traditional, sweet, always crisp and clean like her signature white collared shirts. Peaches are my favorite fruit and so, naturally, they are reserved for my favorite person. My grandpa. He was totes a peach. In every sense of the word. Sugary, syrupy sweet in the most charming way but with a flavor all his own and ripe with southern hospitality. He said things like, “gooder ‘n garlic” when you asked him how he was doing and called his pants “britches” but my favorite term he used was the one he reserved for me, “grandpa’s baby.” I was SO grandpa’s baby. Always will be. 
If grandpa were still here, this is the cake I’d bake him. We’d eat it sitting on the back porch with his dog, Peggy, and his parrot, Jack, while shelling pecans and listening to old country and western songs. Then we’d go for a ride in the golf-cart, maybe play a game of dominoes, and turn in for the night with Lawrence Welk lulling us to sleep in the background. It would be glorious. 

Keep reading for the ingredients and steps, after the jump!

10 1/2 oz unsalted butter (or 2 1/2 sticks), at room temp+ 2 tbsp for glazing
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
5 oz ground almonds
1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 (heaping) tsp baking powder
4 ripe peaches, peeled, pitted, and halved
2 tbsp brown sugar

  • Preheat oven to 350* F.
  • Grease and flour a 10″ cake pan that’s been lined with parchment paper. (A springform pan is best if you have one, but it’s not a must.)
  • Cream together the 10 1/2  oz of butter with the granulated sugar until nice and fluffy, about three minutes. Scrape down bowl and add in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping bowl as you go. Add in vanilla extract and beat until incorporated. 
  • Toss your almonds into a food processor and pulse until you have a fine meal. In separate bowl combine ground almonds, flour, salt, and baking powder. Add to butter and egg mixture all at once and beat on medium to low speed until incorporated. It should be very thick.
  • Soon into prepared pan. Place halved peaches on top of the batter around the perimeter of the pan, flat side down. Melt the extra two tablespoons of butter and brush it onto the tops of the peaches. Finish by sprinkling the brown sugar on top of the buttered peaches.
  • Bake for approx. 70 minutes or until deep golden on top (if your cake is browning too quickly just make a tent with some aluminum foil and set it on top). It should be firm to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the center should come out ALMOST clean. 
  • Let cool for about 15 minutes before removing from pan. Serve warm or at room temperature. The  moist nature of this cake gives it a nice shelf-life of about a week, but there’s no way it’ll last that long.

This cake tastes like every good memory. It’s got texture and heart and the mild warmth of a summer day bordering on fall. It’s, as grandpa would say, “gooder ‘n garlic.”

p.s. If you have any baking questions or requests, be sure to leave them in the comments so we can focus on it for the next post! 



18 Sep


If you’ve totally fallen for bar carts, I recommend peeping my post on Camille Styles this week! I’m ditching the cart and going for an entire bookcase for your beverages. Store your prettiest bottles, tumblers, wine glasses, and carafes on a bookcase in the dining room, or just set it up for your next dinner party (or skip the dinner, just have a party!). 
For more bookcase ideas check out my post on!




17 Sep

An ode to the peach. Plus an ode to a brilliant video, dreamy weekends, and the song that I have been playing on repeat for days. In addition to all of these things, this is a super sneaky sneak peek of wonderful things coming to FUJI FILES this week. Super wonderful things. I hope you’re as excited as I am for the week to begin! If not… perhaps ease your way into it with this song, Through and Through by My Bubba & Mi. I’ve been listening to it non-stop I tell you, and I’d love to know what you think of it too 🙂

An ode to peaches, a fresh new week, and sweet tunes!

xoxo Cristina