Lisa and I headed to the next city over (from my house) and in less than ten minutes we arrived at Khristian Berrio’s (of Diosa Headpieces) home. We were greeted at the door enthusiastically by her and her lovely mother, whom I vividly remembered was dressed in a cute polka dot ‘fit. She was adorable. Khristian motioned us to her kitchen where she made us a special home-made Colombian Coffee, rimmed with some type of dulce jelly (caramel). As we made our way to the kitchen, it was hard not to notice the well-kept Colombian home. “We’re extremely proud of our culture,” said Khristian as she pointed to a Columbian magnet on her refrigerator and a Colombian shot glass on the table. Not only do I love meeting new people, but I love learning about new cultures and different ethnicities. The most I know about Colombians is that their hips don’t lie as the sexy singer Shakira once introduced me to. Khristian dove right into showing us how the Colombian Coffee is done and shared that a secret ingredient was a shot of whiskey. I want to relate the taste of this coffee concoction was close to Kahlua or Baileys, which was nonetheless delicious! She also mentioned that she was taking comedy improv classes, which totally made sense because she kept us laughing the entire time we were at her house. Even though she was extremely humble about her sense of humor, we insisted on learning about any upcoming comedy shows she’ll be a part of. Khristian, because we love you, we’ll be in the first row giving you full permission to stab jokes at us.
Going into her room, she told us that she is very much inspired by the French and European-esque theme. From the grand chandelier, mirrors and art on the walls, she showed us that you’re never too old to feel like a divine princess.
LLL: Sum up your closet in three words.
KHRISTIAN: Unique, ethnic, bold.
LLL: What makes your style unique or stand out?
KHRISTIAN: It’s a reflection of my personality and influences. I try to dress up for occasions sort of the same way an actor/actress would dress up for their role. Except my role is to dress to up to be the main person in my life.
LLL: What is one piece of item you own that you believe is timeless (will forever be in style)?
KHRISTIAN: My Murakami X Louis Vuitton purse purchased for me at MOCA. Art and fashion have always gone hand in hand, and this is such a classic piece that I can see myself wearing at any point in my life and it going perfectly well with any occasion. ‘Hey, did you see what Khristian is wearing? That purse is sooooooooo awesome. I wish I could wear that at my funeral too. Oh Khristian-such the fashion maverick.’
LLL: Where are your favorite places to shop?
KHRISTIAN: Thrift shops, random boutiques and my mother’s closet (tee hee).
LLL: Who are your style icons and why?
KHRISTIAN: My Mother. She reminds me so much of Anna Wintour (Editor of Vogue U.S.A.) Physically with her haircut, emotionally with her dryness, and fashionably she is the most fashionable person I know. Let me tell you a secret- The devil wears Prada and True Religions.
Lou Doullion – I love the French and she is the epitome of French cool. Gamine, androgynous and sexy. Not to mention her mom is Jane Birkin.
The Olsen twins – Say what you want to say about those hot messes. They are cool. With their unique style of boho and heroin chic. They seem to be one of the few American’s holding down in the fashion game among all the elite Europeans. Olsen’s you make me proud to be American.
LLL: What is the latest addition to your wardrobe?
KHRISTIAN: Tracy Reese black and beige striped dress.
LLL: Are there any current trends that you dislike? Why?
KHRISTIAN: I’m kinda over those orthopedic Jefferey Campbell horse looking shoes. They are super cute in fashion editorials, and sometimes even in real life. But they seem too trendy to last as a classic style. Besides, I’ve seen too many girls fall and eat asphalt thanks to them. (No honey, you don’t know how to walk in stilts, and no honey, you are not Lady GAGA.)
LLL: What is your fashion motto?
KHRISTIAN: Believe in what you wear. Believe in who you are. Confidence is everything! This goes out to both guys and girls in all aspect of their lives.
LLL: What are 5 beauty products you swear by and why?
KHRISTIAN: 1) Bosica: Willow Bark Breakout Treatment. This is your best friend during a stressful week, when you break out.
2) Mascara! I can not understand how women leave their house with no mascara on. Mascara (and whiskey) is something you will never find me without. I personally like color in my makeup so the Physicians Formula shimmer strips in Blue is wonderful. Not to mention it thickens my eyelashes without the “chola tarantula effect”.
3) Don’t you dare call me cute. One way to avoid cuteness is a dark plum lipstick. My favorite is Mac Makeup Lipstick. Shade: Media
4) What fun is it being a girl if you can’t shimmer? My favorite shimmer is Lorac Liquide Lustre 3D. Wear it alone or make any of your eyeshawdow shimmer more!
5) Oils. – Vitamin E oil capsules. Almond Oil. Coconut oil. (NO-not olive or corn oil). Hydration is key. A girlfriend of mine introduced into the world of oil and I swear I’m going to look young for a while.
LLL: Who is your favorite fashion blogger? What makes him/her stand out to you?
KHRISTIAN: The Cherry Blossom Girl. Once again my love for the French comes out. She is just so effortlessly cool. Her photos and outfits are super cute, but not cute enough to be annoying. I’ve been following her for quite some years, and she seems to continue to post fresh ideas with a realistic approach. (She uses her clothes more than once). Her post are short and sweet, you can really tell her influence on my personal fashion blog, rosebowfashion.blogspot.com.
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Thanks Khristian for the Coffee and for inviting us into your home! Can’t wait to catch up soon!
Great article! Just one note—please change it to COLOMBIAN. It’s not COLUMBIAN. Columbia is in South Carolina, not South America. It’s not Columbia in English and Colombia in Spanish. It’s Colombia in both languages. As a Colombian, I find this very distracting.
Apologies for the misspelling! Corrected! Thank you!
Thank you! Sorry…I didn’t mean to sound so aggressive. I must have been having a rough morning :)
Khristian is amazing. She is hillarious, but also has a great eye for fashion.