These were the only words written as a New Year’s wish on a greeting card in December 2001. Christina Villegas a native Columbian brought together her passion for children, design, art, fashion and YOYA was born. Her focus on simple, beautiful and modern products has had people coming back to her West Village children’s store for 12 years! Cristina also specializes in interior consulting-focusing on children’s bedrooms and playrooms.
Cristina-Describe your perfect day-
There are a lot of different perfect days – especially in New York – but for me, a perfect day is a typical day. What may seem ordinary to some is actually what makes my life extraordinary. My perfect day is a workout at Aerospace in the morning followed by my usual Cortado at Jack’s Coffee. Perfect is a busy day at Yoya, then picking up my girls early from school. Perfect is cooking my special salmon and veggies with my husband by my side and a glass of Pinot noir in hand. Most of all, perfect for me is family and love and togetherness at the end of every day.
Earliest memories of fashion?
My earliest fashion memory has to be my moms closet. She had an amazing eye for fashion but most of all great style.
New brands at Yoya that you were excited about for the holidays?
We love Morley for cool prints, soft gallery for elaborate tee shirts, Yoya for whimsical prints, Creme Anglaise for the unique liberty guitar pillows and aircraft studios handmade bird mobiles.
The MUST have children’s item this Christmas was?
For Mila the new iPhone (i know— crazy) and a penny board in mint. For Uma is Sage (american girl) and lots of clothes for her bears from build the bear workshop.
You have two beautiful daughters Mila 12 and Uma 7 how do they differ from each other and who is most like you?
Uma is very outgoing, focused and detailed oriented, she is always been very interest in expressing herself artistically.
Mila is free spirited, fashionable, creative and independent . Mila is most like me.
Favorite family past times?
We love going to the movies (we are movie junkies) Mila and Uma are at the age where they like to just hang out, so we do just that. We have busy schedules during the week so the weekend is our downtime. As true city girls we also enjoy a good restaurant.
What do you love most about being a mother?
The HUGS !! the endless HUGS…
Some of your favorite things?
Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things…..
Top of your Christmas wish list this year was…
Not really into anything specifically this year.
Feeling blessed and complete with all the love in my life