I recently went on a trip to Washington State to visit my grandparents and had the great pleasure of attending the annual lavender festival. I came home with a few goodies but as I was packing them up I noticed that every single one of them was something I could consume. A lavender pillow spray, some spices, honey. I could enjoy them, use them up and then be done with them. Nothing I’d have to worry about donating or throwing out later down the line, and that realization felt so good. Perhaps it’s that life-changing magic paying off.

Similarly, as I was writing this post I realized that all of my monthly favorites are in the same vein. Items you can consume, oftentimes for free, and they won’t take up a bunch of extra space in your closet or your life.

 

B Jones Style

I just discovered her this morning through chrissstttiiine and already she’s my favorite. She inspired the outfit I’m wearing today (a dress over pants with brogues) and she helped me make sense of something that has been bothering me for a while now: I often feel guilt or shame over the fact that my style doesn’t feel unified by one aesthetic. Some days I like black and white minimal, and some days I fall for a yellow vintage sundress, some days I’m strictly menswear. For someone who blogs about personal style, I fear that I don’t actually have one of my own. B Jones said she likes to dress up as different characters every day, and that accounts for all of the different styles she loves. Monday she’s an art school student, Tuesday she’s a crazy cowgirl, Wednesday she’s Georgia O’Keefe. This new way of thinking caused me to look at my closet in a whole new light this morning, and I’m feeling inspired to create new and interesting characters out of my well-worn clothes.


 

Moranifesto

One of my favorite books of 2016 was How to Build a Woman, so when I saw Caitlin Moran had a new book in the works I Amazon Pre-Ordered it asap. Moranifesto is a collection of her award-winning columns for the London Times, which makes it super easy to read in bite-size chunks. While it doesn’t have the page-turning benefit of a suspenseful narrative, I have found myself dog-earing sections to tell all of the different people in my life about. Like the column about how coffee affects anxiety for my caffeine-addicted friends, and the column about all of the chickens being abandoned by hipsters for my friend who’s making a documentary about chicken-owning city dwellers. As you can see, the topics are broad and usually hilarious, and will arm you with funny facts for all of your upcoming conversations.

Hanami

Hanami is a perfume by Phlur that I picked up at the Phlur release event last year. So many of the perfumes I smell when I’m dousing myself with perfume at the airport are just way. too. sweet. Hanami isn’t sweet, and it makes me feel like a woman. My morning routine right now consists of spraying myself with perfume right before I walk out the door, getting in my car and then luxuriating in how good I smell all through my commute. Another reason I love Hanami is the complex scent changes throughout the day, so it’s like getting several perfumes in one.

“No” by The Heart

We can all agree This American Life is amazing, but I’ve been listening to a lot of lesser-known podcasts who are doing interesting, creative work. The No mini-series by The Heart digs deep into the topic of consent in a way that is so honest and vulnerable it’s at times uncomfortable. I’ve told so many people about it but the funny thing about podcasts is they’re notoriously difficult to share, so I’m putting a link here and telling you that you must listen to this. It’s important.

Everyone Gel

Working at NaturallyCurly means that I’m reaching for a new product to try every single day, but this month I noticed that I kept reaching for this one over and over, which is a telling sign. This gel gives my hair a good amount of hold to avoid frizz, but it doesn’t make my curls and waves get bent out of shape on days 2 and 3. That means I can wear my hair down day after day without having to wash or restyle it every morning.

Instagram Stories

I haven’t really been using Instagram Stories since its release. I often think to myself “does anyone really want to watch this?” But this weekend I started posting to my story more and came to the conclusion that not everyone has to like them, but the people who do will be able to get to know me a bit better. If that sounds like something you’d be into, follow me on Instagram 🙂

@CRISTINACLEVELAND

Second-Hand Shopping

At the beginning of this year I set a goal to not buy anything new for a whole year. Now, I haven’t completely stuck to that goal… I found myself finding ways around it. I was buying shoes and underwear and makeup and a swimsuit saying “well I can’t buy that secondhand!” I did manage to buy a BHLDN bridesmaid dress on Ebay and have gotten some great finds on sites like Poshmark, so it hasn’t been a total wash. After watching B Jones this morning I’ve decided to recommit to my goal of second-hand shopping for the rest of the year. I’m feeling very inspired to take advantage of Austin’s thrift shops and make this goal work.

 

Would love to know, what podcasts are you loving this month?

xoxo
Cristina

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.