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WHAT I WORE:: SPRING STAPLES

24 Apr
Spring must-have: Panama hat
A non-black purse
Updated gladiator
Lightweight scarf
I’m pulling a Kate Middleton and wearing something twice. 
Ok thrice, this is the third appearance of this romper on the blog (I knew the day would come when I ran out of  outfits to do outfit posts with). You may recognize it as my ACL attire and also the outfit I wore on family vacation, which incidentally is virtually the same as this one. Whatever. 
Fun fact: This romper used to be a full length pantsuit. A strange vintage find in which the pant legs ballooned out and then tapered down to be tight around the ankles (picture a black clown suit). So one day, I took a pair of scissors and cut the legs off to create what is now a staple of mine. If you look closely, you’ll see that I never hemmed the edges (and don’t intend to).
Seeing as this is a Spring Staples post, you’ll probably seeing these pieces throughout spring. For example those sandals – they are going to get me through spring AND summer with their slightly edgy basicness. 
Another fun fact: I buy men’s scarves. I always prefer the fit and color of them, and this scarf is no exception. I can’t actually imagine a man wearing it, but I know I wear it at least once a week. Scarves are perfect for spring because they’re a good piece to wrap up in when the temperature suddenly drops, or the AC is on too high. I always have one with me at work.
The hat is another fav, but I must warn you: there is a fine line between park ranger and cowboy with this hat, depending on how far back or forward you wear it on the head. Just something to keep in mind.
HAT J.CREW / ROMPER VINTAGE / SCARF FRENCH CONNECTION / SANDALS ZARA / PURSE ZARA

What are your Spring Staples? Did I leave anything out?
xoxo Cristina

PHOTOS: NIKKI CHANEL

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OWN IT 2013

8 Jan

No one ever tells you this… but your early 20’s are hard. You’re faced with so many big decisions with relatively little experience to base them on – pick a major, choose a career, find a job, choose your friends, pick a place, find your passion. 2012 held a lot of these big decisions for me. I moved, pursued my passion full time, bought a house, ended a relationship – it was a tough year. Tough and wonderful. To be perfectly honest my major decision making has often been fraught with doubt and indecision. Even my not-so-major decision making has been known to be harrowing (like, should I get bangs?). And with good reason! No one wants to make the wrong choice, nobody likes regret. But I’ll let you in on a little secret, making wrong choices can feel quite liberating! And how else are you gonna grow? Choices, years, growing… you probably know where I’m going with this.

Along with fireworks this time of year brings inevitable thoughts of reflection and renewed resolve. Resolve to exercise more, eat less, save more, spend less… but that doesn’t sound like any fun. This year I’m skipping the punishing resolutions. This year I’m backing myself in, with a little resolution I like to call Own It 2013.

Like weird shoes? Own it. Scandinavian design addict? Own it. Can’t finish a DIY to save your life? Whatever. Own it.

These two little words, just 5 little letters, are more empowering to me than any number of Pinspirational quotes and sage words. And what’s more? I thought of them myself. I believe that no matter what decisions you make this year, you can’t go wrong with this as your anthem.

With a bit of confidence, optimism, and a little self-fulfilling prophecy, 2013 is bound to be a bright year. So this year on Fuji Files is going to be like every year on Fuji Files – discovering personal style, celebrating it, but now more than ever: Owning it.

It’s gonna be a fun year.
xo Cristina



SOURCE: PHOTO BY MUSE, WORDS BY ME

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