My Universe: Cristina Villegas


Longtime neighbor and friend, Cristina Villegas is the visionary mind behind children’s clothing boutique and West Village staple, Yoya. We are constantly inspired by her sense of color, playful yet sophisticated sensibility and Latin American wit. Step inside her bright and busy world.


  • Jeans ReDone
  • T-shirt Q by Dorit Sharon (the only tees you’ll ever need)
  • Sneakers To workout, Nike. To hang out, MAA (one of our kids lines)
  • Heels If I must (and mostly for my husband) Manolo Blahnik
  • Flats White Birks until October
  • Boots Isabel Marant. I also have a pair of Chanel boots purchased over 8 years ago that I adore. In the deepest of winter I live in my No.6 pull-on shearling clog boots.
  • Sunglasses Celine and Ray Bans
  • Watch A Rolex that I inherited from my Dad
  • Day bag A very bright Mochila bag from Colombia or a tan Mansur Gavriel (depending on my mood and outfit)
  • Jewelry you wear everyday An assortment of eternity diamond rings and my wedding band
  • Workout wear Nike, Outdoor Voices, Carbon38, Bandier
  • Designers Aurelie Biderman, Raquel Allegra, Ulla Johnson, Vivien Ramsay, Mes Demoiselles, Nili Lotan, Vanessa Bruno, Celine
  • Lingerie or underwear Eres, La Perla, American Apparel
  • Where do you shop ABC, Warm and lately, my closet
  • Shopping mecca Craft fairs, flea markets
  • Online shopping site Ha! I’m a terrible online shopper. I tend to lose interest extremely fast and abandon shopping carts all over the internet.


  • What’s your sign Cancer
  • Workout(s) Boxing, some hot yoga. And does infrared sauna count?
  • Do you meditate No, but I need to. Desperately!
  • Experts in your corner (nutritionists, trainers, coaches, etc.) The ultimate trainer, Michael Olajide, and my one and only nutritionist, Dr. Charles Passler
  • Morning rituals Two glasses of water with lemon and apple cider vinegar and a coffee 15 min later
  • Evening rituals 15 minutes of mandatory hug and mommy time before my girls go to bed & my pure change daily wellness support vitamins
  • Tea or tonic drink Warm water with lemon and turmeric
  • Wellness idol Ciara. I’m not sure what her secret is, but I want in.
  • Diet you follow I honestly couldn’t follow a diet even if my life depended on it.
  • Guilty pleasure Ice cream and VINO
  • Toothpaste Crest
  • Skin care Obagi and coconut oil
  • Lip color No lipstick for me. I only use Smith’s lip gloss and coconut butter.
  • Perfume or Cologne I prefer body oils. My favorite is Aesop breathless orange oil and geranium.
  • Who cuts your hair Ricky from Snip and Sip
  • Shampoo I recently discovered NEW Wash. Obsessed.
  • Favorite beauty product I’m in love with all of my oils. I honestly can’t have enough. I think I have a problem!


  • Where do you live? South Street Seaport
  • Artist I love the photographer Massimo Vitali. His beach photos are gorgeous, light, and make me dream of summer.
  • Piece of art in your home 1984 print by Danish artist Per Kirkeby
  • Museum The Glass House, Petit Palais, Musee Guimet and MoMa
  • Pets The most handsome boy in the world, my Golden Retriever, Oso.
  • Sheets Frette and Matteo linen
  • Local restaurant Via Carota and Hasaki for sushi
  • Best cup of coffee in your town Laughing Man in Tribeca
  • Favorite piece of furniture We inherited an inspired-by-Picasso original 1960 Ox chair designed by Hans Wegner from my husband’s family.
  • Furniture store or designer 1stdibs
  • Minimalist or maximalist It depends! If I’m vacationing, minimalist for sure, give me clean white sheets, a serene beach and a good book and I’m set for days. If I’m shopping for good books, however, I must have them all!
  • Hotel Greenwich Hotel & Esencia Tulum
  • Go-to dinner party recipe Fish and lots of baked and roasted veggies
  • Most used kitchen gadgets Cutting board (ok, not a gadget, but I use it the most!), my Nespresso & my new favorite, a spiralizer!
  • Favorite snack mango, with or without the salt and cayenne pepper
  • Favorite drink dirty martini, extra olives
  • What do you collect antique bottles
  • What’s always in your fridge Pellegrino


  • Who or what inspires you My kids, Mila and Uma, and traveling.
  • Favorite discovery Turmeric Tonic
  • Favorite quote “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things” Leonardo da Vinci
  • Fashion idol Jane Birkin
  • Crush My husband
  • Beach Tulum, Montauk, Parque Tayrona
  • Favorite charity Not a specific charity, but every holiday we pick a school in need and donate clothing gifts to the kids
  • Favorite color Turquoise
  • Favorite place in the world Tulum
  • Favorite movies My Fair Lady! Maybe my favorite quote should have been, “Eliza, where the devil are my slippers?”
  • Favorite writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Favorite musicians Miles Davis, Coldplay, Nina Simone, Pink Floyd, Erykah Badu, Frank Sinatra, the list goes on!
  • Nightstand reading The Japanese Lover
  • Photography or coffee table book Double fantasy (John Lennon & Yoko Ono)
  • Necessary indulgence Alone time (preferably at the beach)
  • What’s your inner age Much younger, until I’m trying to figure out social media hashtags, then I feel old.
  • Song in your head at the moment “She Used to Be Mine” from Waitress the musical
  • Dancing or karaoke Dancing


  • Apps Over 40 (yes…shhh), Life360 (to keep an eye on my girls…) and Google Maps
  • Phone iPhone 6S+ in rose gold
  • Phone case No, probably should, though.
  • Blogs The Skimm
  • Go-to website Net-a-Porter for last minute purchases
  • Podcasts I’ve heard I need to get into Serial. Yes, I’m a bit behind.
  • Laptop or desktop Both, laptop at home and desktop at my office. But honestly I answer most of my e-mails on my phone on the subway.
  • Tablet Kindle
  • Computer bag Kempton & Co.
  • Favorite gadget Apple Watch
  • Recent Google search Thanks to my daughter, what does “lit” mean?

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