Today, my mom and I are celebrating 28 years in the States! 💙 🇺🇸 ❤️
28 years ago today, the two of us moved to Los Angeles from Romania, with one suitcase and a few words of English between the two of us, but with so much excitement to be here we could barely contain it - an impossible dream that all of a sudden became our incredible reality! October 3rd is easily the happiest day of my life, followed by a close second, March 16, the day I became a proud American citizen more than 17 years ago.
The happiness, the culture shock, the disbelief that we actually moved to the promise land, aka California, to start the better parts of our lives are still so vivid in my memory. I remember telling myself on that miraculous day, almost three decades ago, that anything I will EVER do or accomplish from that day forward will be just the cherry on top. Because, as far as I was concerned, I had made the biggest, greatest dream I'd ever had come true! A true miracle! 💙
‘Gib, Gib, come to California!’ was playing over and over in my head as we arrived at LAX in the middle of the night. The line Anthony Edwards says to John Cusack in ‘The Sure Thing’ as he’s hanging out by the pool in the dead of winter - one of the few but precious references I had to lead me as a young girl on my quest to some day live in LA, and it was actually, finally HAPPENING! ❤️
And here I am, so many years later, as grateful and incredibly happy to live an amazing life as a proud American, in this beautiful country of ours that I felt was home long before I moved here, celebrating each day and thankful I get to live here. On top of it all, it feels amazing to be going on 6 years since moving back to my beloved LA again, where it all began 28 years ago, always an LA girl at heart, and to live my dream in the only place that’s ever felt like my true home. 💙
Happy 28th anniversary, mommy! @ariclia 🥂 I love you and thank you SO much for all your sacrifices and for your constant unconditional love and support! Here’s to 28 more amazing years here at home! God bless America! 😘💙🇺🇸❤️✨
Are you as excited as I am about October and Halloween at the end of the month? Thought so! Every October 1st I get super excited about Halloween, and I start thinking about costume ideas. I love Halloween so much that sometimes I make 2 or 3 costumes and wear them at different parties, or even just during the day around town or during my work day.
This year I’m leaning towards being a unicorn. Ya know, a rainbow of color, gold unicorn horn and lots of gold and sparkle! Gotta get my color and sparkle fix! ;)
And of course, your calendar for October was inspired by my unicorn dreams, so I give you: Unicorn Girl!
I hope you like Unicorn Girl, and maybe she’ll even inspire you to get going on your Halloween costume early on this year – I know I will!
Take pics of your colorful Unicorn Girl in the space where she inspires you daily and share them with me on Instagram: use the hashtag #ctudorcalendar and tag me @thecristinatudor so I can see them! It would make my day, and I would love to feature your pics on my Instagram! And I definitely want to see pics of your Halloween costume this year, too :)
If your friends need some Halloween inspiration, or you just want to brighten their day, please share my website cristinatudor.com with them so they can download Unicorn Girl, too - if they sign up for the calendar at any time during the month of October, she will arrive immediately in their inbox.
Didn't get my Unicorn Girl? Subscribe at cristinatudor.com, add your name and email, and check the 'Email' box in the subscription settings, and she's on her way to you. It's super easy! And share my website with your friend and family so they can get my free calendar every month, too!
Hope your summer is going well, and you're having fun in the sun! My FREE CALENDAR for August is here today, Pool Party Girl is coming to your inbox as we speak. She's chillin' by the pool with a refreshing umbrella summer pink drink by her side when it's too hot outside to do much of anything else. Hope she inspires you to make the most of your summer and to stay cool while doing it!
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Enjoy the calendar!
Summer’s here, yay! I’m so excited! Did I tell you summer is my favorite season? What’s not to love: the sun, the warm nights, and of course living in flip flops ;-)
June’s free calendar, Summer Girl, was inspired by all things summer: longer days, fresh summer fruit, the sun on your face, an explosion of colors, free flowing fun weekends, road trips and going to the beach surrounded by all the beautiful palm trees here in Los Angeles - which, if you’ve been following me for a while, you know all about my palm tree obsession lol. Everything is brighter, juicier and more fun in the summer, amiright?
To download my June FREE CALENDAR Summer Girl click on the 'Subscribe' button on my blog page at cristinatudor.com, add your name and email, and check the 'Email' box in the subscription settings. That's it, super easy!
Enjoy the calendar!
Third time's a charm: collaborating again with The Soap Kitchen in Pasadena for Mother's Day with two new card designs, and I couldn't be more excited!! The cards are now available at The Soap Kitchen in Old Town Pasadena at 25 N Fair Oaks Ave. Join me on Instagram @thecristinatudor for my countdown to a special day, Mother's Day, the day we celebrate the amazing and strong women who brought us into this world!
First off, I want to wish my mom a very happy Mother's Day! Mommy, without you I would not BE. Period. I am amazed at how much you had to go through to bring me into this world, to raise me on your own with little-to-no support from dad, to battle for me my entire life, to make me your number ONE priority like a true mom, to sacrifice and give up SO MUCH to make my childhood a happy and carefree one! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!! Words cannot express how grateful and thankful I am to have a mom like YOU!! You amaze me and inspire me every day, and I love you sooooo much!! xoxoxo <3
Well, my mom is sure getting a custom painted card from me, that's for sure - the very least I can do :-) And I'm happy I can share my Mother's Day cards with all of you, too, hope your moms like them!
You can find my two Mother's Day card designs at The Soap Kitchen, the cutest soap shop owned by Dali Yu. Dali makes all the soap and lip balm by hand, from scratch, with love and care, using only natural ingredients. She also designs all the packaging, the gift baskets and wrapping for everything in her shop! Amazing!! The soaps and lip balms are so good for you and they look super pretty, they make the best gifts either on their own or as part of a gift basket. Not sure what to give your mom for Mother's Day this year? Pick up a quick and cute pre-packaged or custom gift basket with yummy bath goodies and one of my Mother's Day cards to go with it, and you're all set. Easy peasy. Plus: mom will love you that much more for the bath goodies and thoughtful gift! <3
The card above was inspired by all the wishful thinking I know moms go through during those tough days of raising us: dreaming of traveling to romantic and beautiful places like Paris, having a great reason (and time!) to get all dressed up, do their hair and make up, take a breath and enjoy the view ... or simply just have time to take a shower! Even if those dreams of elegance and travel are put on hold for now, a luxurious bath experience with all-natural olive oil soap or shea butter soap and bath salts from The Soap Kitchen is easily within reach! Make mom happy this Mother's Day with a beautiful self-care gift!
Below is my second Mother's Day card: classic ballet pointe shoes. Because every woman is still a little girl at heart, dreaming of some day becoming a ballerina ...
Happy Mother's day to all moms out there!
With Mother’s Day coming up on May 13 this year, I was inspired by moms and all they do for us. My FREE CALENDAR for May, Glam Girl, is dedicated to all the moms out there, including my own :-) If you’re a mom, I hope you get to spend the day with your kids and loved ones and you take some time for yourself to recharge.
And if you’re not a mom yourself, like me, enjoy the day and celebrate your mom, or simply use the day as an excuse to stop and take a deep breath.
Better yet, make the month of May an entire month of self-care: read your fave books or magazines, take relaxing bubble baths, go on nice walks and listen to a book or podcast, or just get dressed up for no reason at all except simply to celebrate your life and a fresh spring season.
To get Glam Girl this month, subscribe on my blog page at cristinatudor.com, add your name and email, and check the 'Email' box in the subscription settings, and she's on her way to you. Super easy!
Hope you like the Glam Girl and you pin her up in a space where she can inspire you and make you smile throughout the day!
Happy Mother's Day!
I'm excited to reveal to you my FREE CALENDAR for April today, Bunny Girl. When I painted this month's calendar, I was inspired by all things Easter and by yellow daffodils, which are one of my favorite spring flowers.
To download my April FREE CALENDAR Bunny Girl click on the 'Subscribe' button on my blog page at cristinatudor.com, add your name and email, and check the 'Email' box in the subscription settings. That's it, it's super easy!
Enjoy the calendar!
Happy New Year! May the new year bring you much joy, health and happiness, and may all your wishes come true in 2018! <3
Merry Christmas, everyone! May your holidays be full of cheers, laughter and great company!
Less is more! Obsessed with bringing the face to life on paper with a minimal, edited amount of brush strokes!!
Week 26 of 52 Live Fashion Stories last Friday was inspired by live model Georgina.
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