Feature Fridays

DIY Home Offices
Living in a NYC condo with my parents and sister means that there is definitely not a place where I can have my home office. My mom, sister, and I usually work at the dining room table, but what’s a girl to do if she wants her own space??

Please, step into my office!

This DIY office is built from a yoga mat, cushions, two wooden stools, and a wooden board. Creative, right? I created this office in the corner of my room and I have to say myself…it’s quite efficient and I’m really loving it.

Sidenote: this also turns into a mini DIY church on Sundays!

Vanderpump Rules & Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Anyone who knows me knows that I love reality tv. There is nothing better on a Friday night to settle in bed with a glass of wine and catching up on the newest episodes of Vanderpump Rules and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Ohh…the drama!

Fuzzy Socks
To all my fellow friends whose feet are always cold, you can probably relate to this one! My condo has hardwood floors all throughout and while it is much easier to clean the floors, my feet are constantly cold. Fuzzy socks are such a vibe (and mood!) and nothing beats that warm cozy feeling of putting on your favorite pair of fuzzy socks and just sitting back and relaxing.

Xoxo, Chrissie Carly

Little moments of Joy during Covid-19 part 2

Even when times are tough, it’s nice to know my fellow friends out there are still finding and seeing joy among the chaos:

“Doing sillier things to connect with my family and friends that I would otherwise never have done, like watching a movie on FaceTime in the same house”
– Erica W.

“My HS friends and I have been designing an online board game because we were bored, so definitely friends find a way to hang out regardless of distance”
– Anonymous Friend

“I haven’t worn a bra in a month”
– Elizabeth F.

“Boundaries are the distance where I can love you and me simultaneously. The quarantine is forcing me to do something I’ve been meaning to do my whole life: establish boundaries with and overbearing relative”
– Francesca P.

“My eldest quit the piano when she was at the end of six grade and didn’t want to complete level 8 ABRSM exam. Yes! I was disappointed since that was (still is) the highest level one can achieve. Why quit at the last level? That was how I felt. She was simply not enjoying music anymore even though her piano teacher said she has a gift of music. I was definitely bummed about her quitting. Because of COVID 19, we suspended piano lessons for my youngest daughter. I asked my eldest daughter if she can help her younger sister with one of the songs, even though she has not been playing the piano for four years. To my surprise, she gladly played the Steven Universe Theme song. She laughed and giggled with her younger sister as she played the piano. It wasn’t an easy song and not playing it for four years definitely made her a bit rusty in one part of the song. But, it was just beautiful to see her enjoying music again and her willingness to teach her sister completely brightened my day.”
– Anonymous Runner friend

“I’m grateful for the time I’ve gained to finally organize my house – going through all my clothes, shoes, magazines, papers, etc”
– Monica K.

“I have found joy in the hobby of baking – fun with the added bonus of delicious sweets to eat”
– Nicole D.

“Finding out that my sister’s leukemia is in remission on Good Friday, and then having a Zoom celebration on Easter Sunday with my family”
– Zach E.

Xoxo, Chrissie Carly

Little moments of joy during Covid-19 part 1

Watching Frozen 2 with my twin sister
My sister and I have always been huge fans of anything Disney, especially with the movie Frozen (hello SISTERS!). So when Frozen 2 became available on Disney Plus, I immediately asked my sister to watch it with me and let me tell you, this movie DID NOT DISAPPOINT!

I won’t spill any movie details or spoilers, but this movie brought me so much joy because I love seeing the sister bond between Elsa and Anna. Elsa, Anna, and Olaf always makes me smile and having my sister laughing right along with me made this movie even more memorable.

Facetiming and having wine nights every Friday with my girl friends
Now that we are all under #Stayathome guidelines, my girl friends and I have had to change our ways of catching up with one another: Face timing and drinking wine every Friday. Even though we’re all at home, it’s great just talking and laughing about each other’s stories of random things that we all experienced throughout the week. It definitely makes staying in on a Friday night more bearable.

Afternoon coffee and tea time with my mom on the balcony
Every Tuesday at 4pm, my mom and I would have afternoon tea (for her) and coffee (for me) on our balcony. Prior to this pandemic, my mom and I would rarely have a chance to really sit down and have deep talks. Sure, I would talk to her whenever we were at home, but something about drinking tea/coffee on our balcony just made the mother-daughter moment more special. We laughed and talked about everything ranging from what was for dinner to breakups and relationships.

Reflecting and expressing gratitude on a daily basis
With so much uncertainty going on, it is so easy to just focus on the chaos we are facing right now. I can listen and watch the news every minute of the day filling my mind with statistics of people who tested positive for Covid-19 or watching unemployment numbers going up. Now while it is great to be informed for current events, I believe that there are still blessings and gratitude to be found during this time. So at 8pm every night, I like to reflect on the day and jot down some things I am grateful for. Reflecting and expressing gratitude each day has truly helped me stay calm and see the light even during this tough time we are all facing.

Xoxo, Chrissie Carly

So tell me, what are some joys you’ve experienced during this time?

Makeup Mondays: Keeping my skin hydrated

As someone who constantly struggles with dry skin all year round, I am constantly looking for the best hydrating skincare products. After having tried many products for the past few years, I’m finally here to share them with you!

Belif Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist
The first step to any skincare routine is to wash our faces to get off all the dirt and grime we collect on our skin throughout the day. It’s kind of like wiping the slate clean! My go-to face wash is the Belif Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist. It has a refreshing lime smell that always reminds me of summer. It’s tough enough to leave my face feeling clean but gentle enough that my face doesn’t feel tight after a good rinse. Because it foams up after running it under some warm water and rubbing your hands together, a small dollup of this face wash goes a long way, which I truly appreciate. 

Belif Aqua Bomb
This moisturizer is literally my holy grail and lifeline when it comes to skincare. It keeps my face soft and moisturized, while never clogging up my pores – which happens a lot with cream-based moisturizers. It settles into my skin within seconds and feels cool and refreshing. 

Laneige Sleep Mask
I use this sleep mask once a week — usually on a Wednesday or Thursday as a quick pampering pick me up during the middle of the week. Right before I go to bed and after I’ve washed my face, I scoop up a small amount (about the size of a quarter) with my hands and rub it all over my face and neck. The next morning, I simply rinse my face, leaving it soft and moist for the entire day. I like using this just as a way to remind myself to stay glowing and fresh and preparing for the weekend!

Sheet Face Masks
I like to end the weekend as a mini celebration by using a Sheet Face Mask to really hydrate my face. I’ve been a huge fan of the Sephora Collection Masks. Two of my favorites are the Pearl and Coconut Masks. Putting on a face mask is the perfect way to pamper myself on a low friendly budget yet still feel like royalty. 

Ahava Dead Sea Mineral Hand Cream
I first received this product as a Christmas gift and it has truly changed my life. I’m not a fan of hand creams that leave my hands feeling sticky and oily, and I was really happy to have been introduced to this hand cream. It’s water-based and simply melts into your skin within minutes. It has a really nice scent (similar to Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Lotion) but not as overbearing. 

Xoxo, Chrissie Carly

What are some of your tips to keep your skin hydrated?

Do you have any products you would recommend for keeping lips hydrated? 

Feature Fridays

Welcome to our first Feature Friday series, a series where I share with you some new weekly favorites that have made me smile throughout the week!

Zodiac Animals
Continuing with the Chinese New Year theme, Zodiac animals play a huge role in the lunar calendar. The concept is very similar to our Zodiac signs, except this time we’re talking about animals: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit,  Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. The story of the Zodiac Animals goes that a race was organized by the Jade Emperor and the order of the animals were determined by the order of who crossed the finished line. There are many versions to this story, but this one is my favorite!

Fun Fact: I’m the Year of the Rooster!
Source: Travel China Guide

Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice
This drink is certainly not new on the Starbucks menu, but is my classic go to winter drink. This drink is literally tastes like liquified apple pie and always satisfies my sweet tooth. The sweetness paired with the tartness of the apple is absolutely scrumptious and I highly recommend it to anyone who needs their sugar fix for the day.

Kumquat Lemon Bubble Tea
This citrusy but sweet drink is the most heartwarming drink on a gloomy day. Kumquat and lemon are both tart fruits, but mixed in with some honey and simple syrup – this makes such a great combination for a hot drink. Kumquat is also high in Vitamin C, so it’s a scrumptious and nutritious drink all in one! Yum!! My favorite place to visit to get this drink is Vivi’s Bubble Tea. It does also help that this place is all decked out in pink!

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Xoxo, Chrissie Carly

What made you smile this week?
Have you tried any of the above drinks? What do you think?

P.S. I’ll be in Ottawa this weekend so follow me on Instagram to follow my adventures and feel free to recommend me some of your favorite places to visit!

Chinese New Year Food, Festivities, and Traditions

Happy Chinese New Year (or Happy Lunar New Year)! 新年快樂! 恭喜發財!

Chinese New Year is probably one of my favorite holidays during the year! It’s a time of wishing prosperity and good luck & fortune to those around you, spending time with family, and of course – for those who are not yet married – receiving 紅包 (hong bao) or red envelopes filled with money.

Chinese New Year lasts for a month, but in my family, we celebrate it for 15 days. As of today, we’re in the 2nd week of the Lunar New Year. During this time, we eat plenty of good food ranging from little snacks like little turnip cakes and 湯圓 (tang yuan) which are little sweet glutinous rice balls to elaborate 8 – 12 course family style dishes. Usually, when visiting someone’s house, the host will have a big red round or flower shape container with different compartments filled with an assortment of candy and nuts. In my house, we keep it less traditional and simply use a three-tiered glass plates to hold these goodies.

During Chinese New Year, it is tradition to decorate the house with red decorations since red is seen as a lucky color. Red Chinese Lanterns are hung around the house and in the streets. In my house, we are a bit less traditional and we simply have huge red flowers (gladiolus) as the centerpiece on our dining room table. We also will have a plate of candy specifically Ferraro Rocher chocolates, pistachios and oranges (or tangerines) throughout the house. Oranges and tangerines were common food symbols for wealth and good luck. It also meant abundance and happiness. It’s also custom to give oranges and candy (Ferraro Rocher in my family) when visiting family members and in exchange they will give you oranges and some sort of candy when you leave.

Now my favorite tradition is receiving 紅包 (hong bao) – usually when visiting a family members house! These red envelopes contain money and are given to younger family members who are not yet married. Once married, you then start giving out red envelopes. That said, some employers may give their employees red envelopes during this holiday to wish them luck and fortune in the new year. The red envelopes come in many beautiful design with gold lettering or cute cartoons and sometimes, it even comes in pink!

The festivities that take place outside are joyous, loud, and everyone from little children to grandparents will come out to celebrate as a community. Dancers perform lion dances at different stores and businesses in hopes to bring them good luck and prosperity in the new year. Some places will even hold a fireworks ceremony to scare away any bad luck and evil spirits that may be lingering in the new year.

Chinese New Year is an exuberant and fun holiday meant to bring families together to welcome in the new year together. I look forward to it every year and I wish every one of my readers a prosperous year filled with good luck and fortune!

**Please note: the traditions listed above are traditions in my family. Each family’s traditions may vary.

Xoxo, Chrissie Carly

Do you celebrate the Lunar New Year? What are some traditions you follow?

If you don’t celebrate the Lunar New Year, what’s your favorite holiday to celebrate?

Xoxo Chrissie Carly

Hello, 2020! Hello, everyone!

I’m Chrissie, and welcome to the launching of my new blog – Xoxo Chrissie Carly, formerly known as Boutiquefull!

How have you been? How are your New Year’s resolutions/goals going so far? One of my 2020 goals is to start up this blog again…soo CHECK! It really has been quite a while since I last wrote, and I am thrilled to start blogging again. 

Now you might be asking…what’s new about this blog? Well, I’m happy to share that Xoxo Chrissie Carly will be more than just a fashion blog – it’ll be a full-on lifestyle blog! Here are some things to look forward to:

  • Fashion/makeup reviews
  • Restaurant and food posts
  • Weekly features
  • Daily happenings/adventures in my NYC life
  • Monthly newsletters (coming soon!)

This blog will be about bringing joy to the little moments in life, whether it’s from buying a new dress, trying new foods, or simply cozying up with tons of blankets and rewatching Gossip Girl. Everyone in New York City is always hustling and bustling (guilty, for sure) and sometimes, we forget to just take a moment, have a good laugh and reflect on the little happy moments that happen during our day.

So what are you waiting for? Hit that follow button, and let’s get ready for some NYC fun-filled fashion, beauty, and lifestyle reads!

Xoxo, Chrissie Carly

Do you have a blog too? Feel free to comment below and I’ll be happy to check it out!

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5 Fall Essentials + mini Summer Recap

Long time no blog!! It’s been literally months since I’ve blogged and it feels great to be back. Last time I wrote, I had decided to start my very first makeup challenge, where for 30 days I had to only use only certain makeup products in hope that I would finish the products (hit pan). Ummm….well, that did not work out at all, but I’ll save that for another post 😉

So before we move on to present day Fall, how was everyone’s Summer? Any new products or fashion favorite finds? My summer was full of summer floral dresses, summer tans, and summer bikinis.

And fast forwarding to present day – Fall is finally here (kind of). I say kind of, since if you’re from NYC, you would know the weather has been windy but still pretty warm on some days. Regardless though, Fall season is upon us and do you know what that means?? Wardrobe change! Bring out the long sleeve shirts and puffy vests, with a side of Pumpkin Spice Lattes please!

The past years, I’ve always been into lots and lots of flannel and plaid. However, I’ve just been really into more muted tones, one solid color, basic and simple outfits. So to get into the simple and classy Fall vibe, here are my 5 Fall Essentials:

Simple but fun long sleeve shirt

This is literally perfect to keep you warm on cooler days but still cool enough to keep you from melting like Olaf from Frozen. A great place to shop for these basic long sleeve shirts is H&M. They have a variety of colors and are super cheap for those on a clothing budget! My go-to long sleeve shirt is my “Cool as a Moose” shirt that I bought during my trip to Maine.

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Puffy Vest

For an added layer of warmth for those who are forever cold, throw on a comfy puffy vest! I tend to go with a basic color like white, navy, or black so it’ll match all my clothes. If you tend to wear solid basic colors more often, feel free to play up your vest with a bright color or fun pattern! To find a great vest in all colors, I would recommend going to Uniqlo. (Just in time for Cyber Monday!) Their vests are super simple but have great quality to really keep you warm.

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Gold Nail Polish


It’s the holiday season which means of course, we have to be extra and add some sparkles and glitter in our outfits! To still keep things simple but up the glam a bit, I always reach for my trusty bronze gold nail polish. Gold bronze goes with everything, especially during the holiday season. I’m super loyal to my OPI gold nail polish in Chestnut About You.

Statement Bag


An outfit isn’t complete without a good statement bag and Fall is literally the perfect time to reach for a bold color or patterned bag. If your outfit already has a lot of colors, go for a caramel brown tote bag that will balance the outfit but still capture a passerby’s attention. One of my favorite brands to buy bags/totes from is Kate Spade. Their handbags come in all different shapes and colors and honestly, I could just get lost in this store.

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Dark Red Lipstick


This year, skip the classic red lipstick and go for a darker tone! It’s still red so I’m not deviating too far from the holiday but a dark red definitely spices things up a bit, am I right? I usually rarely ever/never wear dark lipstick but I’m actually pretty impressed with this dark red I cam across from Colourpop. It wasn’t extremely dark but it was dark enough to wear that people who knew me had to take a double take on my new look 😉

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Xoxo Chrissie Carly

Fashionista Thoughts:

How was your Summer?

What are some of your Fall essentials?

Are you more of a Summer or Fall person?

30-Day Pan Challenge

Hey Fashionistas,

So I think…I might have a bit too much makeup….

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Now….I only say this because I’m actually running out of space to store my makeup and I recently saw a couple of new makeup palettes releases, which of course, spoke to me on a personal level and naturally I wanted to buy them.

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So I have decided that before I can go out and buy more makeup, I need to go on a makeup challenge cleanse – 30-Day Hit Pan Challenge. This isn’t an original challenge since I have seen several other bloggers take on this challenge, but this is my first makeup challenge and I am thrilled to give this a try.

Here’s how it works:
I have chosen several beauty products that I will be using for the next 30 days. The goal is for finish these products by the end of the challenge and hopefully see the bottom of a palette –  hence the term “Hit Pan”.  Just a quick disclaimer though, I will still be using some other products but my main focus is to hit pan with these products:

– Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Shade 10 Light
– NYX Eye Shadow Palette in Adorable
– Sephora Shimmer Stick in Frosted Pink
– Maybelline Matte Lipstick in Lust for Blush
– NYC Sun’N’Bronze Bronzing Powder in Hamptons Radiance
– E.L.F Aqua Beauty Blush and Bronzer in Bronzed Pink Beige
– Clinique High Impact Mascara in Shade 10 Black
– Clinique Acne Solution BB Cream in Shade Medium

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I will be posting updates of my different makeup looks and how much product I have used on my Instagram – chrissie_boutiquefullblog with the Hashtag –  #BoutiquefullPanChallenge. I would love to have all of you follow me on this challenge and feel free to join me if you too want to do a makeup cleanse!

Xoxo,

Chrissie Carly

 

 

“No Makeup” Makeup Look

Hey Fashionistas,

Now….generally, I would have filmed this look but I’ve been super busy and haven’t had a chance to really film…soo I’m going to stick to the classic blogging and writing to show you the products I love to use to create my recent “No Makeup” Makeup Look.

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Summers here in NYC can get pretty hot but more importantly, it can get very very humid here. Wearing a full face of makeup on a humid day will literally start to irritate me and I can just feel my makeup melt off. On top of that, I can just feel my pores screaming at me.

So during the summer, I turn to my “No Makeup” Makeup look. It literally consist of 7 products: primer, BB cream, concealer, highlight, blush, and setting spray.

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I start with my favorite Porefessional primer by Benefit and with my fingers, I gently layer it over my cheeks, nose, and forehead (where I have the most pores).

With my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in shade Creme Brûlée, I spot-treat the redness and blemishes on my cheeks and chin. Using my Real Techniques Buffing Brush, I press and blend it into my skin. Usually, I would use my Real Techniques Sponge and blend that in, but I’ve been really into using my brushes this month.

Taking my Clinique BB Acne Solution cream, I put a few drops onto the same Real Technique Buffing Brush and slowly buff that all over my face. Because I’ve already put on some concealer, I don’t want to move the product as I’m buffing it into my skin. So the technique that I use is gently with a slight pressure, press the BB cream into my skin. Because the brush is dense enough, it does a beautiful job at blending (almost as well as my Real Techniques Complexion Sponge!) Now you’re probably wondering, why did I put concealer before I put on the BB Cream? I’ve noticed that putting on concealer under your foundation gives it a more natural glow look. When I do my full face glam, I will use the concealer under my eyes to set it up for an intense highlight and glowy look.

Once my base is on, I take my Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray and spray that all over my face to set it. This part is key since I am not using setting powder, I need to make sure that my makeup does not come off in the middle of the day.

As I’m waiting for my face to dry and set, I pick up my Benefit Gimme Brow Gel and quickly do my brows. I love this product because it’s just a spoolie with gel and you can easily just comb over your brows giving it a natural and simple look.

When my face is dry, I’ll pick up my Elf Baked Highlight in Moonlight Pearl and Elf Highlighter brush. I’ll swipe that across my cheekbones and bring that to my temples, creating a “C” swiping movement. **Tip: To make the highlight pop out more, spray your brush with setting spray before dipping into highlight

Next, taking my Real Techniques Blush Brush and dipping it into my Tarte Amazonian Clay 12- Hour Blush in Paaarty, I’ll gently swipe that over my cheekbones and over the highlight to give me natural rosy glowy cheeks.

And last but not least, I set everything with final spritz of my Urban Decay setting spray.

Xoxo,

Chrissie Carly,

Fashionista Thoughts:

What are some of your favorite products to create a “No Makeup” Makeup look?

How do you make sure that your makeup stays on on a hot summer day?

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