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In the Details:: OOTD with ONecklace

1 Aug
For today’s outfit post I wanted to focus on the details. The tassels on my (borrowed) boots, the criss crossed back of my summer dress, and my most worn pieces of the summer: my necklaces. The top necklace is of a tiny pave hamsa hand, but I’ve had friends mistake it for a corn on the cob so yunno, eye of the beholder and such. It’s so tiny actually that I lost this necklace for a couple months, and when I found it in a pocket I was beyond thrilled and haven’t taken it off since. The bottom necklace is new this summer, and likewise I haven’t taken it off since I received it. I think we’re all familiar with the Carrie element of this necklace. 
Pieces with a moniker or monogram are a fun way to add personal meaning to your look. It’s kind of like how people say “if I get a tattoo I want it to have meaning.”*  This necklace is kind of like that, except, less permanent. 
Not only is this my last name, it is also my nickname from a special friend of mine, so Cleveland is totally apropos. If you’d like your own version of The Cleveland, but with your name, of course, this one’s 24 karat gold plated and surprisingly good quality. Many thanks to ONecklace for sending this little nugget to be a part of my collection! You know how I love my layered necklaces.

dress American Apparel / shoes vintage / hamsa hand necklace Austin street markets / name necklace ONecklace
xoxo Cristina

*Why do people always utter this phrase in a proud tone? As if all who’ve gone before them had said “I’ll have a tattoo please, no meaning thanks.”

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PHOTOS: By Nikki of CHANELWEARS.COM
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NEW Haircut + OOTD

29 Jul

I slipped this little bomb into the last post (did you notice?) but I thought I should probably do a proper post finally. “I got a haircut” feels like an understatement, but there you go. It had reached my belly button, the longest it has ever been in my life… to the shortest it has ever been in my life! I like to live in extremes, clearly.

To sum up this weekend: Friday night storm, Saturday afternoon markets, chasing the light for outfit photos as the sun set (see above), a chips and salsa overdose, Sunday morning run by the lake, followed by an eye-opening mezcal tasting, a quick photo shoot at my abode, and with my last bit of energy I managed to upload these photos.

It’s been a long week and I’m fresh out of words for you, but if you guys have any questions about the cut leave ’em in the comments and I’ll respond to them all when I’m feeling more chipper!

shirt Urban Outfitters / pants Zara / sneakers Zara / bag Zara / necklace Onecklace
I hope you had a superb weekend!
xoxo Cristina

PHOTOS: By Nikki of CHANELWEARS.COM

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WHAT I WORE:: THINGS I LIKE

17 May

Truck-lined streets. This is Texas
HAT MADEWELL / SHIRT ANTHROPOLOGIE / PANTS ZARA / BAG ZARA / BOOTS VINTAGE

I have an affinity for this baseball cap that I simply can’t explain. The day I bought it I put it on when I walked out of the store and have worn it at every excuse ever since. Why? I couldn’t tell you, it’s completely nondescript, it’s an unremarkable color, it probably doesn’t even go with this outfit. But I like it. And at the end of the day, that’s what it’s really all about, right?

Other things I like:
  • These totally beat up boots I bought at a street stall on South Congress here in Austin for such a low price, I bought two! (Remember that week I bought 3 pairs of boots? This was one of em)

  • The back of this shirt. Can’t get enough of it.This is white button down shirt number 3 in my closet.

  • This lip stain. It’s a Revlon lip stain in Lovesick… I don’t know what I did before it. I have 4 colors from this line and Lovesick is my favorite.
  • In writing these bullet points, I’ve also discovered that I really love multiples. That is potentially dangerous for my wallet.
What are a few things that you like right now?




xoxo Cristina


PHOTOS: NIKKICHANEL
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What I Wore:: Trying Color

7 May

I’m not sure if it comes across in the outfits I choose to post here, but I don’t wear much in the way of color in real life. This post pretty much sums me up: grey, chambray, army green, and a fun shoe. Yup, add in some black and a boot addiction and I’d say that’s me 7 days of the week. Oh and another thing, I don’t wear many prints. So this shirt is a bit of a departure for me. I haven’t found many ways of wearing prints and colors that don’t feel in a way cheap to me, but the second I saw this tee (on sale at J.Crew) with its bold handkerchief print, I knew it would fit right into my wardrobe.

These days I try to only buy things that give me the feeling that it is so me, I can’t believe I don’t already own it. Do you know that feeling?
xo Cristina

SHIRT J.CREW / HAT J.CREW / SKIRT ANTHROPOLOGIE / SANDALS ZARA / PURSE ZARA / SUNGLASSES ZARA

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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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WHAT I WORE:: FLASHBACK

11 Apr
 

On this particularly lovely day I met up with friends for omelettes and tea at a new brunch spot I had never been to before (I told you it was lovely). After brunch we wandered back behind the restaurant parking lot to take a couple of outfit shots. Then fueled by caffeine I drove home and while passing by one of my favorite vintage shops I pulled a spontaneous left turn and decided to do some spur of the moment vintaging. I mean seriously, could this day have gotten any better? Well just then, it did.
Flashback is a store in a cute little blue house in Austin, and the dress forms on the sidewalk wearing 50’s prom dresses and 60’s sundresses always entice me to come in. This wasn’t the first time I’ve made an impromptu stop there. I think there must be something in this polkadot dress of mine, because last time I came to this shop with this dress on I had great vintage luck, and this day was no different. I brought 4 or 5 dresses with me into the fitting room, and there was one red dress I had trouble parting with. But then I found the boots. Hunter green cowboy boots in excellent condition, but just a little too tight. I asked the shopkeeper about them and she called them the “Cinderella boots.” Apparently women have been trying to make them fit to no avail for ages. And when I heard that I knew I had to have them. Yea, they’re a bit snug, but the Cinderella boots are all mine. It was well worth the effort, because I wear them all the time. So far they’ve come to a crawfish boil, out to a bar, and even to work. I have never, ever thought of myself as a cowboy boots kind of girl but I’ve apparently caught some sort of Texan fever because since then I’ve bought two more pairs of vintage cowboy boots. Pics of those to come.
photos from my instagram

POLKADOT DRESS H&M / BACKPACK VINTAGE EBAY / BEANIE H&M / SUNGLASSES F21 / BOOTS DOC MARTEN
xoxo Cristina

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What I Wore:: Austin Graffiti Park

26 Mar
Hey loves! So it’s 12:30 (at night) and I was already in bed. But then I decided to get up and eat some chips and hummus… oh and write a quick blog post. One hour and half a tub of hummus later, I bring you this outfit post! This was taken at the end of a perfect Austin day, just as the sun was setting (golden hourrr) in this random graffiti park on a neighborhood street. We took these photos to the tune of spray cans shaking and the scent of fresh paint in the air. 
Austin weather is vacillating between the 80’s (last Monday) and the 30’s (this Monday) and it’s throwing my wardrobe for a loop. So on this day I wore layers layers layers. I really liked the combo of a jeweled t-shirt with an unbuttoned chambray (my favorite!), and a parka on top for warmth. I also threw on a metallic skirt that some might consider evening attire, but to me it makes more sense with a t-shirt and sneakers. Oh the sneakers! A Target find, can you believe it? 

T-SHIRT ZARA / CHAMBRAY SHIRT ZARA / PARKA F21 / SKIRT ZARA / SHOES TARGET

xoxo Cristina
ps my friends thought that bandaid was an accessory, but it’s not! I got stitches 😐

Thank you for taking my pictures Nikki!

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PHOTOS: CHRIS PARKER & NIKKI CHANEL

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