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14 Nov

I’m reading a book, or I should say re-reading. A Short History of Nearly Everything. If ever you’re in search of a good read please, please read this book. It is the compelling science textbook you never read in school. It relates scientific facts in a way that is entertaining, informative and even fun! I’m not joking. You’ll learn more about our universe and our earth than you thought you could retain, but the fact that is sticking with me these last few days (especially post-birthday) is that the average human lives 650,000 hours. Why is that figure so much more substantial than saying the average human life expectancy is 75 years? Is it because as I sit here and write this with Sex and the City playing in the background a whole one hour episode will slip by without me noticing. And then I’ll have one hour less, 649,000. Just like that. (Or two hours, or four). Sometimes I wonder if sitting behind this laptop screen for hours every day is the best way to be spending my hours. Tolly of AustinEavesdropper has written some really interesting posts on getting away from the computer and back into the real world. But even when we bloggers do step away from the laptop and venture into the physical world, we spend a majority of our time documenting relentlessly with our phones, photographing, filtering, hashtagging, only to end up right back on the internet. Having said all of that, this post is about the offline things I’ve been up to. It’s a short history of nearly everything I did this month.

1 Golden polka dot sleeping things at Target / 2 Spotted Charlotte Olympia’s cat flats while on a birthday shopping trip / 3 Vintage shopping, and the perfect boots / 4 Doing candle research for my work’s new candle line / 5 Beautiful orchids at the new Zach Theater / 6 Trying out Olivia during Austin Restaurant Week  / 7 ACL Fest / 8 Discovering new flavors of Sprinkles cupcakes

xoxo Cristina

p.s. did everyone notice you can finally access instagram online? (As if we needed was one more way to plug in) 



2 Dec
instagram sequins holiday fashion zara
Photos: me

Hey girls! As part of my effort to up the personal ante on here, I’m sharing a few of my instagram snaps! I took these this weekend and everything shown is my by fav: Zara. This month more than any other is a perfect excuse to wear ALL of the sequins in your closet that only see the light of day (or night!) once a year. And I actually think I’m seeing more sequins this year than ever before. I personally haven’t bought any sequin pants, shorts, or skirts yet because quite frankly, I’m intimidated, but I think the key to coming off as more high fashion and less Charlotte Russe clubwear is in fresh prints like these Navajo inspired geometric looks.



You cannot receive any higher endorsement than Taylor Tomasi and Hanne Gaby Odiele, two of the most unique dressers I’ve ever seen. I’m quite sure we would all love an ounce of their fashion ingenuity! Their pieces are both from the Ashish Fall 2011 collection, but there are some similar prints at lower price points available at Zara and Asos.

SEQUIN geometric navajo zara asos
I suppose my main hang-up when purchasing sequined pieces is the feeling that they’re only appropriate one night of the year: New Year’s Eve. But I don’t think that’s the case with these. For the summer I’d pair this skirt with a white blazer and tank top and some simple leather sandals like these. Now, I’ve successfully convinced myself that it’s multi-functional, does that qualify for a purchase??

ashish street style taylor tomasi hanne gaby odiele Taylor & Hanne say so.
xo C


source:, elle, streetfsn, zara, asos