Last weekend I was going to a summer pool party with a friend when she showed up at my door color blocking like a pro with her wide brimmed hat and straw wedge sandals. She looked right off the set of 90210, and I looked… oddly out of place. I quickly reassessed, tried on 3 more outfits with the help of my dear patient friend and after the 3rd I looked even less pool-ready than when I started. Finally I stopped trying to make fetch happen and went back to my original outfit, a black bikini with a black floral slip dress and a big felt hat. I’m just not very amenable to summer trends.

So I wanted to show you how I dress for summer MY way. On this particular day it was 100+ degrees and I put together my version of summerwear. A surf tee with an ever-so-slight midriff, a breathable jersey skirt instead of my usual black pants, and Olsen-inspired mules circa 2007. Ohh yea and I went through with my threat to become an Asian unicorn with white hair. Because once you blog it, you must follow through. Thoughts?

XOXO CRISTINA
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Cristina V. Cleveland

Cristina V. Cleveland is a senior beauty editor based in Austin, TX. She has been exploring personal style and decor on Fuji Files since 2009. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, To&From Magazine, Coco+Kelley, CamilleStyles and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.

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Rather than pushing up-to-the-minute trends and products, Fuji Files is about discovering a lasting, personal aesthetic and the journey to feeling your personal best. 

Fuji Files was started by Cristina Cleveland, the Managing Editor of NaturallyCurly, the largest hair and beauty content platform. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Teen Vogue, CamilleStyles, Blavity, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, Coco+Kelley, and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.