I have been reminded over and over again that missing the Phi sample sale when the company closed was a bad mistake. Christina’s black, chunky ankle boots with buckles, and others like it, have popped up in a lot of SLU closets, and give me that “I wish I had a pair” feeling. They are edgy perfection and I love how Christina wears them with the modern take on a classic paper bag Shipley and Helmos shift dress. A little girly in her Marni garnet suede platform mary-janes, and a little tough in her worn Urban Outfitters red ankle booties, Christina has that irresistible charm of being both sweet and gutsy in taste and in life. In her, there is a genuine and almost innocent appreciation for experiencing new places and seeing the world, and at the same time, a strong inner voice and resolve that makes her do things in the moment, like move to New York, after deciding to leave her home town of Seal Beach, CA. Once in Manhattan, she ultimately landed a dream job as the Cultural Editor for Stylesight, a job that fits all of her qualities to the tee, in its use of seeking out the new and deciding what is important in trends. Christina is reminiscent of the Toulouse-Lautrec painting she has in her room, of a woman collapsed on her bed. Like the eternal iconography of the painting, Christina, in her boater hat, patent Lanvin pumps and thick long hair pulled to one side, captures the art of less-is-more and all things classic.