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Cristina’s Shop Launches On Line

I’m thrilled to announce the on line launch of Cristina’s Shop, featuring fashion accessories and home decor from Colombia.

I’ll be showcasing beautifully designed pieces made by small designers and artisans specializing in traditional Colombian techniques.

Cristina’s Shop follows my buying philosophy: purchase quality pieces that you’ll hold onto and treasure, and not dispose of in six months.


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Cristina’s Shop, featuring Jewelry, Bags and Home Decor from Colombia

The process of finding these treasures, which has been an exciting and inspirational journey, began in 2016 with a shopping trip to Colombia. At that time, I also began working with a talented web designer to build my eCommerce shop. The project continued last spring when I became product photographer and copywriter extraordinaire. It’s been a challenging and educational process, and I have loved every minute of it.

Enjoy exploring my site, and Happy Shopping on Cristina’s Shopbrought to you with pride from my beautiful Colombia.

HAPPY NEW YEAR: What’s your “word” for 2018?

2017 has come and gone and I’m back with the annual excercise of picking “One word that will change your life.” The idea comes from a book with the same title about how big New Year’s goals and resolutions are rarely kept. It suggests that instead we pick one word that becomes our philosophy of life for the year; that serves as our guide for the year. I love this as it bundles all our New Year’s resolutions into one word. We can apply that word to many aspects of our lives, depending on our mood.

Every year, when I take on this excercise, I have found that my word for the year comes with very little thought.  It just seems to be the first word that comes to mind, and it has always felt right. So don’t overthink your word.  What usually comes to mind immediately is most likely your word.

My word for 2018 is EXPAND. When I started my business of importing home decor and accessories from Colombia, I focused on the “Dream” of doing so, thus my word for 2016.  In 2017 I needed to “Hope” for the best in this endeavor.  Now I must “Expand” my business for it to grow. For that I need to Expand mind: to ideas, people, possibilites and to learning about running a successful business. The only thing that I don’t plan to Expand is my waistline!

Wish me luck as I Expand my mind and let ideas flow.

What’s your word for 2018?

My Favorite Evening Wear for Fall 2017

As I was researching Fall 2017 trends, I saw lots of gorgeous evening wear that, whether on trend or not, I found simply beautiful and would most definitely want to own. While many designers created gorgeous looks, three stood out for me: Oscar de la Renta, Brandon Maxwell and Cushnie et Ochs.


Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta


Oscar de la Renta


Oscar de la Renta


Oscar de la Renta

Brandon Maxwell


Brandon Maxwell


Brandon Maxwell


Brandon Maxwell


Brandon Maxwell


Brandon Maxwell

Cushnie et Ochs

Cushnie et Ochs


Cushnie et Ochs


Cushnie et Ochs


Cushnie et Ochs


Cushnie et Ochs


Whether I could actually wear these looks is whole nother story… But in an ideal world, I would take the plunge and go for it!



Fall 2017 Fashion Trend Review

Another summer has come and is slowly going. Despite the sunny and warm days of early fall in New York, when summer clothing could work, the reality is that most of us are looking to see what catches our eye for Fall 2017 Fashion. For me this means no more linen or light cottons, no more brights or pastels, no more sandals.  I’m now thinking of wool, cashmere, leather and suede in rich colors.

In that frame of mind, I set out to see what designers have in store for us.  To be perfectly frank, walking around Saks, Bergdorfs and Bloomingdale’s, my go to department stores, proved to be quite an overwhelming and exhausting experience. First, there are just so many choices, and so many new designers. It’s no longer just Ralph, Calvin and Oscar, to name a few of the obvious ones.  Everywhere I turned there seemed to be a brand I had never heard of…. ever! And as usual, there was the beautiful, the unattainable, the bad and the ugly.

Since I don’t work in the fashion business, I have the luxury of looking at clothing in a more practical way, i.e. “would I actually wear this garment and does it flatter me?” Instead of, “does this garment make a statement?” Below are pieces from the this fall’s top trends that caught my eye, and that I would love to wear ….somewhere, sometime!





Calvin Klein

Mary Katrnatzou



Bottega Veneta


Prabal Gurung


Jonathan Simkhai


Jason Wu


Max Mara




                                                       Ryan Roche



Ryan Roche


Neil Barrett


Prabal Gurung


Max Mara



Jonathan Simkhai


Jonathan Simkhai



Albert Ferretti


Ryan Roche




Prabal Gurung





Prabal Gurung


Sonia Rykiel


Gabriella Hearst



Ryan Roche


Tom Ford


Max Mara


Black Leather


Bottega Veneta







Stella McCartney










Stella McCartney


Ralph Lauren



Fair Isle






It never hurts to dream!









Cristina’s Online Store Update

Dear Readers,

I have resurfaced.

I apologize for going MIA the past few months. As many of you know, I started a small business importing accessories and items of home decor from Colombia. This is something that I have dreamt of doing for many years and I felt that time was right to take the plunge. It has been a very exciting and educational journey and, as you can imagine, it has taken up every waking moment: from traveling to Colombia and buying inspiring merchandise, to hosting trunk shows here in New York.

My plan is still to launch my store on line, on this blog. The delay is due to the fact that physical sales have been quite strong so my inventory is diminishing fast. I am slowly replenishing. In the meantime, for those living in New York, I will continue to host trunk shows so that you can shop my collection in person. Please reach out to me if something catches your eye as I can always send you additional pictures and details.

I will be returning to Colombia in the next few months on another purchasing spree, so stay tuned.

Below are a few images of my collection.  


Placemats, decorative fruit, jewelry, bags and baskets all hand made in Colombia.


Colorful mini Wayuu bags, perfect for any occasion


Hand made home decor, bags and baskets

Banana Leaf Dark Pink Basket

Banana Leaf Dark Pink Basket

Guadua (Bamboo) Lazy SusanGuadua (Bamboo) Lazy Susan

Turquoise Iraca Palm Basket

              Turquoise Iraca Palm Basket

Fuchsia and Tan Iraca Palm

         Shopper Fuchsia and Tan Iraca Palm


Murano Glass Overlapping Multi-Color Disc Earrings

Murano Glass Overlapping Multi-Color Disc Earrings


Grape Leaf Pendant Gold Filigree

              Grape Leaf Pendant Gold Filigree


Turquoise Drop Earrings with Druzy Stone

Turquoise Drop Earrings with Druzy Stone

If you see something you like, please let me know.

Dovima Paris: New York Trunk Show

Great news! Dovima Paris, the chic line of clothing from Paris, is in New York this week (March 22, 23, 24) for their annual trunk show at the Pierre Hotel.

Dovima Paris Invitation New York March 2017

If you appreciate beautiful fabrics, immpecable design and classics with a twist, you will love this clothing line. You can find distinctive shirt and tunic dresses in simple silhouettes, cut from the most luxurious fabrics. The styles are easy to wear, very versatile and can be dressed up or down.

Dovima Paris Spring Summer 2017 Collection

Dovima, Frankie dress, Spring/Summer 2017

Dovima Paris Tunic

I bought the above tunic design last year, but in the navy dress below.

Dovima Paris Tunic Dress

Dovima Paris navy tunic dress in wool crepe.  
I love the front pocket and extra large buttons on the neck and sleeves

A friend in introduced me to Dovima Paris last year and I bought this gorgeous navy wool crepe tunic dress (seen above on me). It is super comfortable and I love the oversize buttons on the sleeves and around the neck. It also has a pocket on the front which adds a touch of whimsy. I wore it recently to an event and I got rave reviews.

The Spring/Summer 2017 collection is fabulous and well worth checking out.

If you are interested in stopping buy, please send an email to, for an appointment (its by appointment only).

Happy Shopping!!!


Colombian Designers Making their International Mark

As I prepare to launch my online store in the next few months, featuring accessories and home decor from Colombia, I’m getting more and more excited to share my finds with you.

On my recent shopping trip to Colombia, I discovered quite a few jewelry designers making distinctive and creative pieces that I look forward to showing you. I also met artisans making striking handmade objects in leather, wood, straw and silver.

Coincidentaly, I’ve been seeing a good amount of press lately about Colombian fashion and accessory designers making their mark internationally. Designers like Johanna Ortiz and her ruffles and impeccable pleating; Mercedes Salazar and her playful and tropical jewelry; Pepa Pombo and her creative knits, are just a small sampling of the diverse talent coming out of Colombia.

Here are some of my finds:

Colombian Designers 

Colombian Designers, Horn Treardrop with Gold Detailing

Horn Teardrop Earrings with Gold detailing

      Gold Filigree Grape Leaf Pendant

Colombian Designers, Hot Pink and Celadon Green Tagua and Silver Bracelet

Hot Pink and Celadon Green Tagua and Silver Bracelet

Iraca Pom-Pom Basket

Finally, check out yesterday’s Financial Times article: “Colour it happy: the rise of Colombian creatives,” where we meet two talented Colombian women that launched a consulting firm, CREO Consulting, to represent Colombian designers. They make me even more proud to be Colombian. You’ll understand why I too can’t wait to share my findings with you. 

Stay tuned!

Happy New Year! Whats Your Word for 2017?

Central Park by Janet Ruttenberg. HOPE in a painting


2016 has come and gone and I’m back with the annual excercise of picking “One word that will change your life.” The idea comes from a book with the same title about how big New Year’s goals and resolutions are rarely kept. It suggests that instead we pick one word that becomes our philosophy of life for the year; that serves as our guide for the year. I love this as it bundles all our New Year’s resolutions into one word. We can apply that word to many aspects of our lives, depending on our mood.

My word for 2016 was Dream.  It was fitting for where I was in my life and career. My Dream, of traveling to Colombia to purchase items to sell on this blog, is slowly but surely coming together. Stay tuned for more on that project.

My word for 2017 is ‘HOPE” because in hoping we remain positive about our lives. We hope for happiness, success, good health, peace, prosperity; and the list goes on.

I think most people would agree that 2016 been a particularly stressful year. Between a tumultuous and less than civilized presidential election here in the US; increased acts of terrorism that have killed innocent people around the world; the unexpected deaths of well loved celebrities, it felt like the bad news kept on coming. What happens next is very uncertain and at times worrisome, so for me “HOPE” seems like a fitting word for 2017.

“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”

Barbara Kingsolver


I am HOPING for the best!

What’s your “WORD” for 2017?”

Top 10 Style Tips from Style Wise Trend Foolish

Top 10 Style Tips, Style Wise Trend Foolish

Working the trends: choker and brocade


Dear Readers:

This January is the 5th Anniversary of my blog launch.  Time does fly when you’re having fun! Since it’s the start of a fresh new year (THANKFULLY), let’s do a recap of My Top 10 Style Tips. 

Cristina’s Top 10 Style Tips

  1. Tailor Clothing: Because when something does not fit properly, it won’t matter that you spent your savings on it. Proper fit makes all the difference.
  1. Steam or Iron Clothing: Because wrinkled clothing is not flattering. Ironing the simplest blouse or pant will bring it back to life.
  1. Dry Clean with caution: Because, over time, the harsh chemicals ruin clothing.
  1. Hand Wash Delicates: Because only soap and water gets most things clean.
  1. Polish Shoes: Because a scuffed up shoe, even if you splurged on it, can ruin an outfit.
  1. Use the Mirror: Because it’s best to face the world looking great… from all angles.

Top 10 Style Tips, Style Wise Trend Foolish

Dress from Paris Marche aux Puces (Flea Market), channeling Prada 

  1. Shop for Quality vs. Quantity: Because when you buy cheap, you buy twice.
  1. Accessorize: Because it’s those finishing touches that can complete a look and give life to a simple outfit.

Top 10 Style Tips, Style Wise Trend Foolish

Accessories can make a simple blouse shine

Top 10 Style Tips from Style Wise Trend Foolish

Beautiful bracelets

  1. Proportion is King: Because how an outfit fits YOU can make the difference between a ‘Fashion Do’ or a “Fashion Dont.’ If something does not flatter your body type, no matter how elegant or expensive, it won’t make you shine.

    Top 10 Style Tips, Style Wise Trend Foolish
    My favorite dress purchase of 2016, from Cartagena, Colombia

  1. Be Trend Selective: Because style is timeless, while most trends are fleeting. If you do go for a trend, make sure it flatters your body type and makes you look and feel fabulous.

    Top 10 Style Tips from Style Wise Trend Foolish

    Happily working the seldom worn cowboy boots in Colorado

    Cristina’s Dos and Don’ts when Shopping:


          Cheap Fabric: Can ruin great design. If it looks and feels cheap, don’t buy it.
          Embellished T-Shirts: Are not easy to clean. Though they can be very pretty, cleaning an embellished t-shirt means frequent trips to the dry cleaners, i.e. Expensive and Impractical.
          Bright and Light Colors: Can look cheap if the fabric is of poor quality. So if you’re on a budget, buy darker fabrics.

     Hardware on bags

          Cheap Hardware: Can ruin the look of an otherwise pretty bag.
          Minimal Hardware: Works best when you’re on a budget: less is more.

    Leather vs Suede

          Opt for Suede: If you’re on a budget. Though it requires more care, inexpensive suede looks much better than inexpensive leather, which can look like plastic.


          Rework unused clothing: Before giving up on an unworn or out of style garment, take it to the tailor for a makeover.

    In Store vs On-line shopping

          Educate yourself: On the look and feel of top quality clothing and shoes by going to a brick and mortar store.

          Get up close and personal: Touch it, feel the fabric, the leather. Get a sense of texture, cut, quality, fit, etc.

          You are not a model: Just because an outfit looks great on the on-line model does not mean it will flatter your body type and height. Check it out in person!

    Being stylish and fashionable isn’t about wearing expensive items or living beyond your means.  My style tips are about figuring out what works for you and what simply doesn’t. It’s about making smart choices and taking care of what you own (ironing, tailoring, cleaning) so it always looks and feels stylish ON YOU! It’s about being Style Wise and not Trend Foolish!

    Here’s to a stylish 2017!

Your holiday and event decor at Jamali Garden, NYC

The holidays are here so it’s the perfect time to add some spice to your holiday decorations. A visit to Jamali Garden in Manhattan is, therefore, a must!

For Holiday Decorations

A stylish friend recently recommended this fabulous place for the best of the best in decorating supplies. Located at 149 East 28th Street, (Manhattan’s Flower District), Jamali Garden is two-story shop overflowing with affordable decor items.



Jamali Garden, 149 East 28th Street

The store is paradise for event planners, decorators and people who love doing their own decor. From props to decorative wares, ribbons of every style and color imaginable, the selections are inspiring. It’s also one of the few Flower District wholesalers that’s open to the public, so the prices are great.


Holiday decorations Jamali-garden

Jamali Garden, 149 West 28th Street

It would be very easy to go crazy and overspend here, so it does help to go with a few ideas in mind so you can hone in on what you need. I went simply to explore and become familiar with the offerings.  I came out full of inspiration and ideas. The possiblites are endless!