How to wear animal prints with classic style

Sharing details on how to wear animal prints with classic style (and are petite friendly).

When it comes to fall, it’s hard not to think of animal print. If you are someone who struggles with styling, animal prints can seem overwhelming. That is why I am sharing my tips on how to wear animal prints with classic style. These tips are easy to style and don’t have to be expensive!

Utilized white and black with your animal prints

When it comes to animal prints, I like to style them with white or black. For this look, I went with a black turtle neck, a wine colored corduroy skirt and ankle boots.


Accessorize with animal print 

When in doubt – accessorize! Animal print is a great way to add some texture to your look. My bow hair tie is a charming addition to my look. It will be a piece that you will be sure to use time and time again. I also added a square scarf to add an extra touch of leopard print to my look. I also have some other looks that I styled with leopard print here.



Top: Nordstrom // Skirt: H&M; also here // Bow hair tie: J.Crew // Scarf: J.Crew // Earrings: Kate Spade


Apple picking in NJ (& other fall activity ideas)

timeless-optimist-fashion-and-lifestyle-blog-apple picking-in-NJ-and-other-fall-activity-ideastimeless-optimist-fashion-and-lifestyle-blog-apple picking-in-NJ-and-other-fall-activity-ideas-2019timeless-optimist-fashion-and-lifestyle-blog-apple picking-in-NJ-and-other-fall-activity-ideas-petite-fashion-blog

Sharing details on where to go apple picking in NJ + a fall bucket list for you to enjoy!

If you live on the east coast, fall is a great time to enjoy being outside. It’s a great time to whip out your fall wardrobe (fall fashion ideas here) and take part in fall festivities. As a native on New Jersey, I love the opportunity to visit local farms for apple and pumpkin picking. So today, I wanted to share where to go apple picking in NJ + a fall bucket list for you to use to plan your fall activities.

Being the garden state, New Jersey has a lot of farms that you can pick apples as well as pumpkins! I go over my favorite places to go pumpkin picking here.

Here are some of my favorite places to go apple picking in NJ:

Melick’s Town Farm
Alstede Farms
Tranquillity Farms
Holland Ridge Farms
Wightman Farms
Springdale Farm market
Terhune Orchards
Abmas Farm

As a special bonus to you, I created a fun fall bucket list for you to refer back to. Feel free to save it to your phone or Pin it to Pinterest so that you can it readily available!

blog bucket list .png




Fall fashion: how to transition from summer to autumn


Inspiring a fall fashion look by winterizing a summer dress to wear in the fall. 

It truly is a bittersweet time of year. It’s hard to say goodbye to summer. However, if you live on the east coast it’s not entirely bad – especially when you have the trees changing to lovely yellows, orange and reds. So today, I am sharing some fall fashion inspiration on how to transition from summer to autumn. I chose to winterize a summer dress to fit the season a little bit better. Here is now I did it:

Whip out a fun belt

Belts help elevate any look in a fun, effortless way! I added a belt to my summer dress to add some extra edge to my look. If you are petite, belts should be your best friend! They are a fantastic way to highlight your petite frame when a piece you have on it a little to baggy.

Add a wool hat

When you are transitioning from summer to fall, take advantage of using your wool hats! They look great with pretty much anything. I love this wide rim wool hat so much because it has a stiff rim (plus it’s under $50). It’s a great dupe to a Lack of Color hat (and is half the price).

Step in time with boots

You know how we pretty much live in our sandals in the summer? Well when fall comes, I live in my boots. I recently discovered BLONDO – a brand sold at Nordstrom that makes waterproof boots. Not only are these bad boys cute but they are practical too! Nothing says fall fashion like boots am I right?


Dress: OLD // Hat: Urban Outfitters // Boots: Nordstrom // Belt: OLD; similar here

P.S. be sure to check out my favorite fall fashion trends that are petite friendly here! I hope you find them useful.


Fall fashion inspiration: rock a satin camisole


Welcome fall! It is officially the first day of my favorite season and I could not be more delighted. I have had a chance to show you all some pre-fall inspiration with a sweater tunic which you can view here along with some petite friendly fall trends that you can view here. Today, I wanted to share with you all some fall fashion inspiration with a cami that I can’t stop wearing (so much so, that I bought it in two colors).

Originally, I purchased this piece during Nordstrom’s anniversary sale earlier this year (you can see my dressing room series here). From the minute I put it on, it was easy to understand why so many bloggers (including myself) love it so much.

View this post on Instagram

LITTLE GIRL, BIG CITY 🌇🗽🍎 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I have been hustling as a blogger for 3 years. In 3 years, I have had the chance to meet some amazing business women who have inspired to continue my influencer journey despite limiting beliefs. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Yesterday, I have privilege to attend a conference to have @sarahjessicaparker as a keynote speaker plus connect with so many professional influencers and copywriters. Who would have thought a small town girl from Jersey could manifest such enormous dreams!? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ MY POINT: regardless of where you come from, YOU have the power to TRANSFORM your life into whatever you want it to be. Be patient and learn to LOVE the process of growth. I have still have a long way to grow to make every single dream I have a reality but I know they WILL come true in time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thank you @constantcontact and @blogher for having me yesterday! I am honored and privileged to one of attendees for this year's creators summit. I am eternally grateful for your support! 💕 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Be sure to check out my Instastories for BTs and my Instagram stories to see SJP answer business related questions! ✨ Xx Cristina

A post shared by CRISTINA | Timeless Optimist (@timelessoptimist) on

The material is so soft and silky. The reason why it’s my favorite fall fashion inspiration piece: its versatility! I can style this top over a t-shirt, pair with a cardigan or even with a cute skirt. It is safe to say that I will be purchasing this top in several prints and colors because of how much wear I am getting out of these gorgeous pieces. I loved it so much that I wore this camisole to an event in Brooklyn (you can see BTS of the event on my Instagram) I felt so stylish without feeling over dressed.

View this post on Instagram

How do two wonderfully weird people spend the last day of summer? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ At the Renaissance Faire – huzzah! As we walked around holding hands, I could not help but feel incrediblyblessed with how amazing the summer has been. It’s truly been one of the most memorable yet! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now I want to hear from you! What is your favorite memory from the summer? P.S. who do you think was having more fun, me or my fabulous photobomber at the end of this photo series? 🤣 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Xx Cristina ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✨ // •• @hm #HMxME #LTKunder100 #LTKunder50 #LTKstyletip #LTKbeauty #LTKsalealert #LTKtravel

A post shared by CRISTINA | Timeless Optimist (@timelessoptimist) on

My hope is that this effortless look inspired you to add this satin camisole to your wardrobe. What’s your favorite piece for fall? Feel free to let me know in the comments below!

Photography by Victoria Saperstein Photography



Petite friendly fall trends 2019



I know, I know. Technically we are still in summer but I can’t help myself! Fall on the east coast is beautiful! As the girl who is always cold, I look forward to adding extra layers to my style. Speaking of style, today I am sharing petite friendly fall trends that you can rock with ease (even if you are under 5’4).

Animal print

Fall is dominated by animal prints and it’s easy to see why! Animal prints are timeless and are super easy to style. I like to pair animal prints with a pop of color to add extra personality to my look.

Slip skirts

There is a misconception that petite women cannot wear longer pieces like maxi dresses (I debunk that misconception here). That being said, slip skirts might seem intimidating since they are on the longer side. The trick is to make sure that they do not go past your ankles. PRO TIP: pair a slip skirt with a pair of booties to give you some extra height.

Knee high boots

These bad boys dominate fall fashion and it is easy to see why! Knee high boots are easy to style with a sweater dress or your favorite jeans. Below I have linked my favorite petite friendly knee high boots for you to check out!

Wool hats

Being petite has its perks like the fact that we can rock hats with ease! I find that wool hats are the best accessory for fall (they are cute + plus keep your head warm when the weather gets cooler).

Tiny bags

A trend that I hope is here stay! Plus, these bags prevent you from lugging around a heavy bags filled with things you don’t need 😉

I hope this post helps you try out some new trends without feeling overwhelmed. What’s your favorite fall trend this year? Be sure to let me know in the comments below.


T-shirt: H&M // Lace Cami: Nordstrom // Headband: H&M // Jeans: J.Crew


Petite friendly sweaters under $50


Sweater weather is here! As such, it is time to break out our fall wardrobe as we approach a new season of crisp air, apples and pumpkin flavored everything. So today, I wanted to dedicate a post to petite friendly sweaters that are under $50.

Caslon Side Snap Tunic Sweater

This tunic sweater is what inspired me to write a blog post about petite friendly sweaters! I got this beauty during this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary sale and I am so grateful. This sweater is so flattering for petites that can be worn as a dress or layers with jeans/shirt. In these images, I am wearing it in size S for extra coziness. If you want this piece to be true to size, size down.


Sweater: Nordstrom // Hat: Urban Outfitters // Boots: Steve Madden

A New Day Any Day Casual Fit Long Sleeve Open Neck Ribbed Cardigan

I don’t know if it is the color or the length but this cardigan sweater is absolutely lovely! I can’t wait to pair this beauty with a booties and my favorite pair of jeans.


Sweater: Target // Dress: Target

A New Day Long Sleeve Cozy Sweater Cardigan 

This sweater has it all. A beautiful color and oh so cozy!


Sweater: Target // T-Shirt: H&M // Slippers: LC Lauren Conrad

More sweater options:



Ulta’s 21 days of Beauty: what I have my eye on


I am interrupting your NYFW coverage to give you info on this year’s Ulta’s 21 days of beauty sale!  There are a lot of great items that will be on sale during the next few weeks and I want you to take advantage of them! There is no better time to do some shopping at Ulta. Let’s dive in:

September 6

Perricone MD High Potency Classics Hyaluronic Intensive Moisturizer

regular $60 // on sale for $49.50

This is going to be a great option for fall or winter when you need extra moisture to your skin. Awesome for sensitive skin!

Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara

regular $25 // on sale for $12.50

One of my favorite mascaras! It gives a lot of volume (aka makes your lashes look fuller).

September 7

Juice Beauty GREEN APPLE Age Defy Moisturizer

regular $50 // on sale for $25

If you only use organic products, this is a great option.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer

regular $23 // on sale for $11.50

Everyone’s favorite brow liner is on sale! Be sure to stock up early – these are bound to sell out fast!

September 8

Smashbox Photo Finish Reduce Redness Primer

regular $39 // on sale for $19.50

If you suffer from rosaeca like I do, this primer is going to help you out! The green color cools down any redness allowing you to put foundation on that will stay and will not show the redness in your skin.

TOO FACED Natural Eye Palette

regular $38 // on sale for $19

In terms of eye palettes, these are great colors for every day use (as the name suggests).

September 9

Benefits Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzing Powder

regular $30 // on sale for $15 

I have two favorite bronzers and this one is one of them! I love how natural it looks when I put it on.

September 10

SL Tropez Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse

regular $44/ on sale for $22 

A tanning lotion that has not failed me! I love that it doesn’t leave streaks and is easy to apply on.

Buxom Va-va Plump Shiny Liquid lipstick

regular $20 // on sale for $10

Buxom has a great lip plumping formula! My favorite color is Come to Dolly – it’s such a lovely mauve color!

September 11

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner

regular $18 // on sale for $9

My plan is to get this in Dolly Danger 🙂

September 12

Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleaner

regular $16 // on sale for $8

Foaming cleansers are fantastic for sensitive skin! They cleanse skin without irritating your skin.

September 13

LORAC Front of the Line PRO liquid eyeliner

regular $23 // on sale for $17.50

One of my favorite eyeliners for the past few years! The felt tip makes it super easy to glide it on your eye lid.

September 14

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit

regular $29 // on sale for $14.50

September 15

Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer

regular $34 // on sale for $17 

Too Faced Hangover 3 in 1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray

regular $32 // on sale for $16

September 16

Nurse Jamie Uplift Facial Massaging Beauty Roller

regular $69 // on sale for $34.50

September 17

Skyn Iceland Brightening Eye Serum

regular $40 // on sale for $20

New to Ulta, Skyn Iceland has become my latest skincare obsession which you can read about here. I can’t wait to get my hands on this serum!

September 18

PUR Mascara Pro Eyelashes – Bombshell

regular $14 // on sale for $7

My immediate thought for these bad boys was for the holidays. Who doesn’t want a little extra glam right?

September 19

Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick

regular $18 // on sale for $9 

Thanks to its matte formula, fans love Dose of Colors. I have been meaning to try their lipsticks for quite some time now. I can’t wait to try this brand for myself!

September 20

beautyblender Blendercleanser solid

regular $16 // on sale for $8 

An essential that you are going to want to stock up on!

September 21

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil

regular $22 // on sale for $11 

Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Pencil Ultra-Fine Shape & Define

regular $24 // on sale for $12