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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?

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.

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!

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