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Monday, May 22, 2017

Style | 5.22.17

Hi friends!

Happy Monday!!!

I absolutely love this STYLEWE dress! The print has such pretty colors in it and it's a super soft fabric! It really is very comfy to wear all day. I was a bit cold in these photos though, because it was incredibly windy outside haha! I know I'll be waring this dress on repeat this summer.

Both the earrings and the necklace were in my Rocksbox set this month! Drop earrings are my favorite kind and these have just the right amount of sparkle. If you'd like some new summer sparkle for yourself, use my code:
for a free box set!

It's rare for me to wear colorful shoes! I don't know if y'all have noticed, but I usually wear nice neutral shades. I love my tan/brown and black shoes because I can wear them with everything! I love fun shoes so much, but it's weird how practical I am when picking out shoes! I love how BEARPAW has inspired me to explore and be more adventurous in my choices. These wedges are the
BEARPAW style "Roselle" and they are such a great shade of blue! I know I say it with all BEARPAW shoes, but I can't believe how dang comfortable these are. It was the first thing I noted when I slipped these on for the first time. I was like "Fred, these are the most comfortable wedges I've ever tried on... by far!!!" They have a comfy, squishy pad in the sole, but they're so lightweight and not bulky whatsoever. Long story short, I LOVE these! If you'd like to get 15% off your order today, use my code:

Do you have any fun plans for the week?!


Christina xx

Print Dress - StyleWe
"Roselle" Blue Wedges - BEARPAW
Silver Lariat Necklace - Rocksbox | Sophie Harper
Silver Drop Earrings - Rocksbox | Perry Street
Similar Round Sunnies - Forever 21

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Style | Wedding Guest Style Guide + My Favorite Tips & Tricks!

Hey guys!

It's officially wedding season and I wanted to share some of my favorite tips and tricks with all of you! I often get asked the question "What should I wear to ___'s wedding?"! I've also worked in retail for many years and styled a lot of different women (and men!) for weddings. Through the years, I've found that one of the most stressful things about attending a wedding is the unknown. The more prepared you feel for the wedding you're going to attend, the more confident and relaxed you are! Not knowing the tone and dress etiquette of the wedding you're going to tends to be the number one stressor. So, I wanted to share my favorite tips to help you if you're unsure of how fancy the wedding you're going to is! Believe it or not, you can easily change a look from casual to dressy and vice versa just by changing your accessories!

 I've made a YouTube video sharing all my best tips & tricks. It's also a sort of lookbook, showing my favorite looks for most weddings, so be sure to check that out HERE!

I've also included an official Wedding Guest Style Guide by The Black Tux so you can quickly refer to it in your time of need! So if you want to get some inspiration on what to wear to the next wedding on your calendar, just keep on scrollin'!


Christina xx

My Wedding Guest Style Guide 

(I share all of this visually in my video!)

If you're looking for an alternative to the typical short to mid length dress, here are my favorites:

1. Jumpsuit or Romper
2. Maxi Dress
3. Crop Top + Maxi Skirt Combo

These 3 accessories can change your look from casual to dressy:

1. Shoes
I'm sure this one seems obvious! But I've been surprised just how much going from flats to heels can  change your look!

2. Necklace
In my opinion, longer necklaces give off a more casual vibe. Statement necklaces that sit higher, dress up an outfit!

3. Bag
For more casual weddings, I like to have a small cross body bag. For weddings with a dressier style, I like to carry a clutch.

My top 3 favorite coverups for a dressier look:

1. Detailed Kimono
2. Lightweight Crochet Cardigan
3. Cocoon Style Cardigan 

The Black Tux is a super cool company. I haven't left you out fellas! If you're looking for wedding suit and tuxedo rentals, be sure to check them out for a totally unique experience!

Here is the ultimate Wedding Guest Style Guide:
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Your love Lord, reaches to the heavens; Your faithfulness, reaches to the skies. 
- Psalm 36:5

Monday, May 15, 2017

Lifestyle | Make Your Workspace More Inspiring!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and LIFEWTR. All opinions are mine alone. #Ad #ThirstInspiration #CollectiveBias
Hi, friends!
Where do you look for inspiration? I know many of us have creative jobs or hobbies and we’re constantly looking to ignite creativity through inspiration. When it comes to feeling inspired and creating my best work/art, I’ve found that making my workspace inviting and expressive is crucial for me! I need to be in an inspiring space to get my creative juices flowing!

I’ve found it’s also crucial for me to feel my best inside and out while I’m creating. I have to stay super hydrated to feel energetic and productive. Plus, it’s good for the mind and body to stay hydrated, so LIFEWTR (available at 7-Eleven) is my daily companion! Throughout the work day, I reach for my LIFEWTR to keep me refreshed and restored. Every drop of LIFEWTR is purified and pH balanced, with electrolytes for taste! I love that it quenches my curiosity and inspires me to express myself.
On my desk, it’s my favorite accessory!

I love having an original desk space that fits with my personal style. Keep reading to see my best tips for a creative workspace and check out the LIFEWTR social hub to see all kinds of inspiration!

Follow these steps for a dreamier, more inspiring workspace: 
1. Add something that brings you joy & makes you smile

It’s important to have something in view that brings you joy throughout the work day. This portrait of my husband and I always makes me happy! Pictures of loved ones and inspirational quotes are a few ideas that come to mind!
2. Surround yourself with images that inspire & encourage you
I love this cozy little corner of wall art that I’ve started over my desk. I love all the colors and the dreamy, whimsical feel! I look forward to adding new pieces to it and it’s a great source of inspiration for me.
3. Decorate with your favorite colors
I love all colors, bright and dark. However, I feel more positive and cheerful when I’m in a colorful space! I also like to work in a bright light kind of space because it keeps me more alert and energized. Knowing what colors affect your mood in the most positive way is really important for creating a great workspace for yourself.
4. When in doubt, add some flowers
I think flowers and plants just give so much life to space! They can really liven up a desk and they’re so pretty to look at. Any greenery of your choice can really transform a desk space.
5. Use pretty organizers, notebooks, pens, etc.

Do you really need a reason for this one?! If you’re like me, those pretty desk accessories get you every time! They really do make me more excited to use them and that excitement and passion is important to kickstart creativity.

6. Put up some twinkle lights
Why not add some twinkle lights to your space! Exploring different lighting options is important to create the ambiance that you’re going for. I love twinkle lights because they’re dreamy and they can quickly and easily change the mood. You can use twinkle lights, other string lights or any lighting that you want!
7. Keep what’s important to you in sight
I like to keep an image in sight that represents my goals. I think it’s helpful to have a visual that can keep you pushing forward when you feel burnt out or uninspired. This card was a gift from my mom. It’s a donation of clothing and basic essentials made in honor of my blog. It’s one of my most prized possessions. I keep this in view to keep my goal in sight. My mission is to be able to support and give back more like this in the future. The tiny flamingo is a gift from my dad from one of my favorite days with him, and the little hummingbird Kachina is a gift from my sister. The hummingbird represents spring, rebirth and a recreation of the self. This was a gift from a time in my life when I needed to recreate myself. My family means everything to me, so I like to have these gifts with me every day. If you have any little tokens that are important to you, you can find a place for them in your space!
LIFEWTR can be found at 7-Eleven. Most work days, I take a small break or two and leave my working area for a while. I find my mini-breaks the perfect time to head to 7-Eleven to pick up more LIFEWTR. It’s so convenient to just pop into your local one and stock up! I always feel refreshed and ready to create when I come back from a break with my LIFEWTR.
The LIFEWTR display stood out in-store because the packaging on the bottles is so vibrant and original! I am in love with the cool artwork on the bottles. There are a few different styles, and I had fun picking out which ones I wanted. I first tried LIFEWTR because I was so curious and intrigued by the pretty bottles. If you’ve also been intrigued by that pretty packaging, check out their website to learn all the details!
You can also find LIFEWTR in the refrigerated drink aisle!
Hopefully, these tips inspired you in some way. No matter how big or small your workspace is, you can totally customize it to your style. You can do as little or as much as want with it. It’s up to you; it’s your space so create it how you like it!
I want to know what’s currently inspiring about your workspace. Are you in need of some creative energy? How do you use LIFEWTR in your daily life? For more #thirstinspiration, be sure to explore the hashtag on social media and check out the LIFEWTR social hub here!
Christina xx

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Lifestyle | Soma Store Grand Opening Party! (Upper Arlington, OH)

Hi guys!

I love sharing store openings with you, because they're so enjoyable to go to and write about! I had so much fun attending the Soma store opening party the other night! The new Columbus store is located in the Shops On Lane Avenue Plaza at 1595 W Lane Ave, Upper Arlington, OH 43221 and it is gorgeous! I was so excited when I got the invite. I'm always happy to learn about a new store in the area, especially one that is completely new to me. I'd never been to Soma before and I'm so glad this was my first experience with them. Everyone working at this event, were extremely welcoming and kind!

I loved the stylist that helped me find my items. Her name is Sara Schork and she was so sweet to me! She truly listened to my answers about my style and brought me a ton of pieces that I genuinely liked. It was so hard to choose what I wanted, but I ended up getting pieces that she had originally picked out for me! She was awesome at her job. She also made me feel very comfortable and confident, which is always important while trying on clothes especially intimates! I would definitely  recommend her.

There were so many things there that I wanted. Not only did they have super pretty lingerie and intimates, they also had stylish resort wear, swimsuits, sleepwear and perfume. There was so much to look at, I didn't even get to explore it all. When Fred and I left and got back in the car, he said "Did you see the maxis babe?"... SOO CUTE! I actually didn't see them, but he knows me so well. He knew I'd love them so he took some pictures so I could see the collection.

 I want to say a huge thank you to Fred for being a champ and coming with me. He helped me take the pictures above. Yes, he really is a saint haha! I love you!

They were also super generous in the goodies they gave me! I can't wait to wear the bralette that I picked out. It will be on repeat all summer. I'm also really interested in trying out the special lingerie wash and wash bag, I was in need of those! Thank you so so much for the treats and the sweet hospitality Soma! Can't wait to stop back in and see more!

P.S - Their moto is "Soma, so much more than sexy"& can I just say that I LOVEEE that!

Are you guys excited about the new Soma?!


Christina xx

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Style | OOTD 5.9.17

Hi guys!

Quick OOTD today! Hope you like it!

Poppy Apparel is an online boutique that I've discovered! They have really cute stuff guys. I especially love their selection of jewelry and graphic tees. If you haven't checked them out yet, give them a visit! This floral maxi skirt is from there and it came in a matching two-piece set. It has a matching floral print crop top that is also really pretty, but I wanted to pair this off-the-shoulder top with it! I love matching separates because you can make so many different outfits with them. The matching sets are great purchases to make because of their versatility.

If you'd like to shop at Poppy Apparel and get some summer clothes, you can get 10% off your order with my code: bgbychristina


Christina xx

Floral Maxi Skirt - Poppy Apparel 
Similar Off-The-Shoulder Lace Top - Ragstock
Similar Lace Flower Choker - Francesca's
Similar Tan Faux Suede Wedges - Forever 21
Similar Brown Round Sunnies - Forever 21

*Picture cred to my husband Fred <3

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But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord;
I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.
- Micah 7:7

Monday, May 8, 2017

Lifestyle | The Husband Tag Part 1 + Happiest of Birthdays To My Love

Hi friends!

Today is my husband Fred's birthday! For me, this is the best day of the entire year. Fred has been the biggest blessing from God and I honestly didn't know a guy like him could exist in this world. He truly is my person. We just click and we have from the start. We can talk and talk for hours on end and sit in perfect silence. I really believe that we are kindred spirits.

Fred is so kind and he hates saying anything bad about anyone. He inspires me to bite my tongue and to find the good in others. Fred is incredibly intelligent. He's the smartest person that I know and his hunger to learn and determination to be the best he can be, pushes me to give my all and pursue new goals for myself. Fred is strong because he isn't afraid to be gentle. I love that Fred can be serious and talk to anyone about any subject, but he's also the goofiest and makes me laugh so dang hard every day. Fred is creative and he encourages my imagination. He loves Jesus and works hard to put the people in his life first, above himself. The first couple of months that we were together, I would wake up afraid that everything had been a dream. I didn't think it could be real. Fred has stood by me through every hardship and darkness that has come my way. One of our first dates was spent in a hospital bed. When we  learned about my illness I was afraid that he would walk away, but he held on tighter. When that very same illness spiraled out of control, I was afraid that he would walk away, but he held on tighter. He continues to lift my spirit, love my heart and hold me tighter.

Fred, I can't promise what the days will hold for us, but I can promise to always hold you tighter. You have every one of my days forever.

I thought it was the perfect day to introduce Fred on my YouTube channel. All of y'all already know Fred, but if you'd like to see him answer the husband tag questions that we filmed stop by and watch our video HERE! We're so new to making videos and there is a TON of stuff I don't know about the process. So come along on this journey with us as we work to learn more, improve the channel and have a little fun along the way! Your support means the world to us. If you check out the video, definitely let me know what you think and subscribe if you'd like to see all of the videos that we're going to create together!

A few of the questions he answered in the video are:
1. Where did we meet?
2. Where was our first date?
3. What was your first impression of me?
4. When did you meet my family?
5. Do I have any weird obsessions?
& a ton of others!

So if you're curious, definitely give it a watch! These are from the usual "boyfriend/husband" tag that  has gone around YouTube for awhile now. We definitely did not create it! Also, there is a Part 2 of the tag coming very soon, so be on the lookout for that! 

If you know Fred, be sure to wish him a happy birthday!

How's your Monday been?!


Christina xx

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- Joshua 1:9

* Photo by Kylie Noelle Photography 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Style | Summer 2017 Wishlist Racerback Bikinis

Hi friends!

This summer, I am loving the racerback bikini trend and Zaful has so many cute ones that I'm coveting! I'm also really liking this skull bikini. I just really like the floral mixed with the skull print, it reminds me of Lana Del Rey and the flowers make it more feminine!

In general, I love fun prints especially boho prints and when it come to swimsuit prints I go even more playful! When you're by the water and/or in warm weather, it's fun to try a bright color or a bold print. Summer is the perfect season to get out of your comfort zone and try something new and flirty. With swimsuits, I also really love intricate detail and cutouts!

These are the top 6 on my wish list this summer:
1. Oil Painting Strappy Swimwear- Black 
2. Racerback Design Leaf Pattern Bikini- Green 
3. Printed Racerback Pullover Bikini Set- Blue And White 
4. Racerback Cut Out Bikini Set- Black 
5. Racerback High Neck Aztec Bikini- White And Black 
6. Contrast Lace Wrap Bikini Set- Burgundy 

Zaful has been getting a lot of buzz recently in the blogosphere and I want to try their products out for myself. They have a lot of adorable things. I love trying out new clothing boutiques so I'm excited!

Are you guys loving the racerback trend? What swimsuits are you eyeing this summer?


Christina xx

*All pictures from Zaful

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