The Comeback

I ran into a friend last night, literally-- ran into her! I was at La Botanica dropping off an order to a comadre, and she text saying she couldn't make it after all. I turned around, exhausted from working all day, which was pretty major considering La B was celebrating Lemonade's one year anni. I stopped dead in my tracks, and recognized the face that seemed equally surprised. We screamed... A lot. We hugged and and laughed and then screamed again. It has been around 5 years since I've seen her. We worked together at my last job, the job I left to be Very That full time. When she last saw me, my mama still had breast cancer- I was unhappy and pretty mean if we weren't close. It was all a cover up to how painfully dissatisfied with life I was. So we quickly caught up, in between all the hugging and laughing, and I can't begin to tell you how good it feels to tell my story now. I'm no longer unhappy, unchallenged, and complacent. I told her about Very That, my tiendita that went up and down, Mujeres Mercado, the crazy business relationship that made me question every single thing... and my comeback-- the beautiful rise of my confidence. I told her I found love, that I've traveled a bit, that my little creations have been shipped to places all over the world. Hearing the story come out of my own mouth was incredible. I feel so lucky to tell it, and I feel so ready to add more to it. 

 

All the Stickers!

Like so many of my friends and favorite people, stationery and school supplies are my JAM. As a kid, the best part of going back to school was looking forward to getting all new supplies! Binders and notebooks and pencils, OH MY GAH ...

We were raised on a strict budget most times, but my Mami, being the angel that she is, always let me slip in something fun. I clearly remember a pack of teeny tiny pencils in 2nd grade, completely a novelty product, but they made my teeny tiny heart sing. And then, of course, there was Lisa Frank. 
Lisa. Frank. LISA FRANK. L I S A F R A N K. OMG.
Even thinking about it now gives me excited chills up and down.
She was the queen of all things stationery, but where she really grasped my heart was with her stickers. Sheets and sheets of them all at my disposal. 
In working on my own cositas and brand visioning, I knew that it was inevitable to create my own stickers and stationery. I've been releasing a new design every couple weeks for the last two years or so, and my collection has grown so fast! Here are some of my latest batches. I've made some out of vinyl, with the help of StickerApp.com. These are perfect for your laptop, journal, car, really anything. They're made of really high quality vinyl and will outlast weather and washes. 

Find these and so many more at www.verythat.etsy.com 

Find these and so many more at www.verythat.etsy.com 

Like any 80's baby, I rode the first wave of the planner craze. From the binder ones you'd buy refills for (I never bought the refills, btw, I just found an excuse to get a new one every single year.), to the tiny ones for your purse- I was in all the way.
I remember when I got my first Palm Pilot phone, my planner was used way less and I relied on technology way more. I missed writing things down, I missed the doodles along the border and the physical reminder of years past. 
It seems like the planner craze is back (much like the 90s in general!), and I couldn't be happier. I use mine religiously, especially for work. Managing an online store, vending, meetings, and regular social stuff has finally gotten fun again. I created planner stickers because I couldn't find anything I really related to in the online planner store world. 
So far, I have released around 7 designs that were made especially for planner sized boxes. These have received great response so far, and I'm so excited to release the secret gems I've been working on! 

Especially made for February, para las enamoradas y las heart broken mamis. Find these and others at www.verythat.etsy.com 

Especially made for February, para las enamoradas y las heart broken mamis. Find these and others at www.verythat.etsy.com 

I imagine the 8 year old Cristina would be really excited to know that her future self is out here creating STICKERS!! A dream come truly, really! 

Canciones

One of the best things my parents have ever shared with me is their love of music. Living in the house I grew up in, I constantly run into things left behind by my family. Most recently it was my Dad's old cassette tapes with SO many gems. Los Bukis and Juan Gabriel and Ramon Ayala. 
In thinking about February and upcoming shows and themes for the month, I of course thing of Valentine's Day. The majority of my life I was a single girl for this holiday, and although this year I'm blissfully in love, I totally understand how heartache songs are just as magical as love songs! 
I've created this sticker sheet for Las Solteras y Las Enamoradas. I feel you!!! 
You can find this sticker sheet on my Etsy by clicking H E R E! I've created a special coupon code for you: TuSoloTu15 for 15% off your total purchase. Coupon is good through February, so get your shop on for you, your boo, and your comadres. 
Thank you to my Mami and Dad for inspiring this with all the beloved canciones de mi juventud.