New Year, New Me

Hey Fashionistas,

So this happened….

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Yep, I went blonde!!! Really blonde….go big or go home right??
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**Photo credit: Holiday Office Photographer

Lols ok…ok…so it’s actually a wig. The wig was part of my costume for the annual holiday office party. The theme was pop stars so a couple of my coworkers and I decided to be The Voice judges. Can you guess who I was???

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So how was it being blond? Do blondes really have more fun? Maybe…I definitely got a lot of compliments and attention. By the end of the night, the blond hair had really grown on me and I actually felt like Barbie. My selfies were most certainly on point so that’s always a plus #selfiequeen

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But honestly, I can’t really say for sure how it would feel being a blonde since throughout the night, my head was starting to get really hot under the wig. I do know though that I think I look better with my natural dark hair than Barbie blonde.

But…in the spirit of the “New Year, New Me” mantra, I did get a haircut. I just didn’t go blonde. I went a more subtle route and got layers instead 🙂

Xoxo,

Chrissie Carly (*new signature)

**Not all photos are taken by me. Photo credit: Holiday Party Photographer & my coworkers

Fashionista Thoughts:

Have you ever worn a wig? How did it look?

What are you looking forward to in the New Year?

Did you make any changes for 2017?

Merry Christmas OOTD

Merry Christmas Fashionistas!

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas! Today is my favorite day of the year! Christmas is finally here and OMG I can’t wait for the all the festivities to begin – Baby Jesus, Midnight mass, yummy food, family bonding, oh the list just goes on and on!

But you know me by now, of course I can’t forget all the OOTDs that go along with Christmas!

Let’s start with Christmas Eve shall we?

My very first midnight mass #blessed

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Ready to greet baby Jesus with red lipstick and a gold headband

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Christmas Day Jammies #santaself

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Christmas Day outfit

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Merry Christmas ❤

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Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista thoughts:

What did you wear this Christmas?

Any fun makeup looks you tried today?

Surviving the holidays during Eating Disorder recovery

“You’re going to be fine”

This seems to be the motto I’ve been telling myself every day for the past month and a half. (Yes, for me the holidays and festivities start the week of Thanksgiving)  As much as I love the Christmas season and spending time with my wonderful family and friends, I can’t help but constantly think of the food that awaits for me.

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Now I totally understand the importance of food and eating moderately, but as a girl who unfortunately, often falls back into her ED habits, food can be the enemy sometimes. Going out with friends for dinner and drinks is so much fun but in the back of mind as much as I hate to admit it, that voice is still whispering “Do you really think you should eat that? Did you burn off enough calories at the gym today to consume all of that?”

Moments like these, what do I do? Back when I had my eating disorder, I would of course stop eating and immediately start giving excuses on why I’m not eating. During the beginning stages of my recovery, anxiety would flood my mind and I would have a full on panic attack trying to fight the ED thoughts before trying to pick up the fork to eat again. This holiday season, surprisingly, has been a lot better. I still get anxiety but it is a lot easier to tell myself to not to be afraid of food. To know that I’ll be ok if I eat that yummy slice of pumpkin pie. I’ll be fine if I eat the cheesy lasagna square. I’ll be fine if I go out and celebrate with drinks and dinner with my friends.

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So with Christmas arriving tomorrow, ED thoughts are bound to pop up. What am I going to do? Focus on something else. Now I’m not saying to ignore those thought because from personal experience, ignoring them will eventually explode into another anxiety attack. So go ahead and acknowledge it, but don’t let it stop you from enjoying the holiday festivities. Focus on the time spent with family. Focus on the laughter and joy that Christmas brings. Focus on the beauty that Jesus Christ is born and the love that comes with it. Most importantly, I’m going to focus and appreciate that this is another year that I’m an ED survivor and nothing is going to take that away from me.

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Love yourself this holiday season. Share that love with someone you know that might need it. Christmas is all about joy and love and that all starts with you and loving your body ❤️

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Smile through the darkness and love your mind, body, and soul ❤

Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista Thoughts:

What’s one thing you love about yourself?

What’s something you are looking forward to this Christmas?

Vlog: November (in December) Shopping Haul – Makeup Edition

Hey Fashionistas,

Sooo…I might have gone a little overboard with my shopping last month. My last post was all about the clothes and accessories I bought. This post is a vlog of all the makeup I bought in November.

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*Feel free to scroll all the way down for the full video of makeup products 😉 Otherwise, here are my top favorites for this month

Colourpop – Viper Ultra Matte Lipstick

This has been my go-to every day matte lipstick. It’s the perfect winter lipstick. It has my favorite color pink but with a slight hint of purple base tone.

BITE Beauty – Amuse Bouche Duo Lipstick in Bronze

Throw the metallic beauty over any of lipstick to transform your day look to a fun night out look. (Shown in picture – Amuse Bouche over Bumble Ultra Matte Lipstick)

Benefit – Roller Lash in Brown

The HOLY GRAIL OF ALL MASCARAS!!! Enough said #shook

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Smith’s Strawberry Lip Balm

I put this on every night and it keeps my lips moisturized and ready for some more matte lipstick the next day! Plus what girl doesn’t like the smell of strawberries at night 😉

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For some daily make up reviews, MOTDs, and swatches, make sure to follow me on Instagram

Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista Thoughts

What new makeup products did you buy last month?

Any recommendations for new products to try out?

What’s your favorite lipstick?

 

November Shopping Haul

Hey Fashionistas,

Soo…we’re two weeks into December, so I do apologize for this late late post. (I kinda had writer’s block for a while).

But….let’s talk about shopping sprees and retail therapy! With the seasons changing, of course, I went and did some winter shopping! With Veterans Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday sales, how could I not go shopping??

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Cold Gear Long Sleeve Shirts – Under Armour

Baby It’s Cold Outside….when you’re running in the winter at 8am on Saturday morning. So, I stay warm in these cold gear running long sleeve shirts

Banana Republic Print Full Skirt

This classic red print skirt is literally perfect for my favorite holiday that is just around the corner – Christmas!! ❤

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Black Leather Jacket

One staple item in any wardrobe is the classic black leather jacket. Now I didn’t buy this jacket in November, but I did wear it for the first time this month and it was just too cute to not talk about it!

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Alex and Ani bracelet set

These bracelets were a super belated birthday present from one of my best friends. They are simple enough that I can wear every day but cute enough that it gives my arm some arm candy to play with.

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Rings – Charming Charlie & H&M

I liked it…so I put a ring on it 😉

Gold Christmas Tree Necklace and Hair bow – Charming Charlie

Rudolph…rockin around the Christmas Tree

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Stay tuned for Part 2 of my November Shopping Haul: Makeup Edition

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Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista Thoughts:

Did you take advantage of all the amazing sales?

What were some of your favorite items that you bought in November?

What was your favorite outfit this past November?

 

Workout tips & my new favorite snack

Hey Fit fashionistas,

I’m backkkkkkk!

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….with some fun gym motivation to keep that #gymgrind going!

Going to the gym can get pretty boring…especially if you’re doing the same thing over and over again, am I right?? Don’t get me wrong! I love the gym as you can tell if you follow me on Snapchat and Instagram with my constant gym selfies.

However, sometimes doing the same workout circuits gets boring and personally…that makes me just start slacking off at the gym. So here are some of my tips that help me make my workouts more fun!

Create an awesome playlist. Depending on the type of workout, I’ll change up my gym playlist. Usually, I really like pop and upbeat music just because it just makes me happy and want to dance through my workout…I actually have started dancing at the gym in the middle of a workout 😉 Sometimes when I’m feeling stressed and working through some stress and tension, I’ll put on  a “Girl Power” playlist to remind myself of my strength and awesomeness.

My top 2 favorite songs: Can’t stop the feeling by Justin Timberlake & Hair by Little Mix

Planning out your workout ahead of time. I love going through different fitness blogs and especially pinterest and put together my workout the night before. Plus with a set workout, it’s easier to stay focus at the gym instead of constantly thinking up of workouts on the spot. Though, I do enjoy some spontaneity in my workouts sometimes.

 

Some of my favorite workouts come from these beauties: Tone It Up, Fit University, and Peanut Butter Runner!!

Sign up for fitness classes! It can either be weekly or monthly or just a one time thing. My sister and I during the summer last year ended up going to a free yoga class at Lululemon where I met an amazing yoga instructor! Dina was super fun to work out with and really great with modifying yoga poses for people who had injuries. The best part?? She not only hosts yoga classes but offers yoga with wine!!! #drinkandbefit am I right??

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Come up with fun names for your workouts. Squats are squats and jumping jacks are jumping jacks. However, if I change the name and add in a fun twist to it, it makes it more entertaining and creative. Changing “planks” to “Superman planks” makes it so much more fun to do and plus…I mean aren’t we all superstars when we work out.

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#throwback to last year when I turned 22!! ❤ ❤

Bring a friend! I love working out with my friends because you can cheer each other on, especially when it starts to get tough. I love working out with my sister because I know that she would help me push through a tough workout and vice versa.

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My favorite workout buddy is my twin Erica!! ❤ ❤ #meow

Lastly, HAVE FUN!!! Workouts can be super fun – with the right attitude and mindset. Plus who doesn’t like having those endorphins running through you after a good workout? Am I right??

Also, my new favorite post workout snack and honestly snack for whenever – JUICES!! The area where I work has tons of Juice stores and my personal favorite, Juice Carts!! They are super yummy and very very filling. Here’s my personal favorite: Kale, Spinach, Mango, and Banana. *I was too hungry to take a picture of it first #picturefailsofablogger

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Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista Thoughts:

How do you keep your workouts fun?

What’s your favorite workout move? I would love to give them a try!!

What’s your go-to workout song?

If I were to go to a country music festival, I would wear….

Hey Fashionistas,

Ok…so Confession time: I am absolutely obsessed with country music! I know you’re probably thinking, what is a city girl doing listening to country music?? I mean when you first meet me, you can easily guess that I listen to pop music (which I do) but more importantly, I really really enjoy country music. As a matter fact, that’s all I listen to in the summer…unless I’m working out. I just love me some Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Maddie & Tae, Thomas Rhett…oh the list just goes on and on!!

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❤ Queen of Country ❤

Now as much as I loveee country music, I actually have yet to go to a country music concert/festival. I know..I know…it’s awful, really awful…practically a sin!

But if I were to go to a country music festival, I would wear…

The Classic plaid shirt, blue jeans

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and let’s not forget these gorgeous cowgirl boots from King Ranch Saddle Shop!!

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or maybe if it’s really hot, I’ll switch it up with some cute jean shorts

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Not feeling the classic plaid/jeans look? Then maybe I would wear…

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A little summer lace never hurt anyone, right? 😉

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However, my favorite look that I would wear to a country music festival is…..

my favorite eyelet lace dress and a pink plaid tie front shirt #pinkloverforever

paired with these adorable fringe cowgirl boots from King Ranch Saddle Shop 😉

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So there you have it! My country music festival fashion style 😉

P.S. Didn’t you just love the super cute cowgirl boots? Make sure to check out King Ranch Saddle Shop for some more “Old West meets contemporary southern living”. And for an extra bonus, ladies, make sure to check out the men’s section for ways to dress up your man. They sell some really awesome cowboy boots to go with your amazing cowgirl boots!

Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista Thoughts

Do you like country music? Who’s your favorite country singer?

Are you a plaid/jean shorts kinda gal or a lace dress type of gal?

Comment below letting me know how you would style yourself (and your man) for a country music festival!

 

10 Thoughts on surviving my first 10K

Hey Fit Fashionistas,

So I did it!!! A miracle has happened! Praise the Lord!! I survived my very first 10K this past Saturday!!

Ok…ok…so I’m being a tad bit of a drama queen. The NYRR mini 10K was actually pretty fun. I ran my very first race with my twin Erica, who has been doing races for a pretty long time now. What makes this NYRR mini 10K so special is that this is an all women’s race, some are consistent runners, while others like me are doing this for the very first time. There were even elite runners…you know.. the ones that can actually qualify for the Olympics!! The weather was nice and there were tons of beautiful strong women cheering and supporting each other.

The best part of the race was seeing my twin at sidelines near the finish line cheering for me!! She finished way before me so it was amazing to see her wonderful smile at the finish line. So in reality, it wasn’t really all that bad….but the mental journey I went through was definitely….something.

1. Race day! Let’s do this. I got my cute new pink purple printed running capris and my brand new pink and navy new asics running shoes. CARPE DIEM!!

2. Woooo! We’re here! I am all stretched and ready to go!

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3. Ok this is all pretty decent. All flat and pretty easy. Oh Heyyy look that! Mile 2 already! Killing it Christine..ohh water station!!

4. Uphill…uphill…ok not too bad yet. I can do this! Focus on getting to mile 3, push through it!

5. Wowwww I am really hungry. And where is this water station?? Is this some sort of sick joke? Are they trying to kill me? Does this hill end?

6. Ok Christine, focus on your breathing…focus. Why am I so hungry?? Ughh that little waffle felt like hours ago. Oh no…I’m going to throw up.

7. Omgawd…this is never going to end. When did Central Park become so big? Hail Mary, Full of grace…. Oh thank gawd water station!!

8. Werkk!! Yass!! Ok mile 5 done. One more mile! Now where is that finish line?? Why in the world is it all the way over there? Is this rigged?

9. There it is! I see it! The finish line…ok tunnel vision time! You can do this. Just get to the…ohh HIII ERICA!!

10. Weeee!! I did it 🙂 I can’t believe I actually finished! My very first race and I survived! Is this real li…. Ohh pink bagels.. Yum!!

 

PR: 11:05 min/mile

CELEBRATION!!!! IT’S LIT!! 

Such an honor to even meet some of the elite runners of the race!

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Best prize of all ❤ ❤

 

Xoxo,

Christine

P.S. Current mood (also this is like my favorite filter everrr)

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Fashionista Thoughts:

Have you ever done a race? How did you feel during? After?

Any tips to share to making races less…painful (of course during the run)?

What’s your favorite food to eat after the race? Mine is really the fries but why not go for a burger while I’m at it, right?

 

Memorial Day Fashion Finds

Hey Fashionistas,

Sorry for the long MIA and Happy Memorial Day! Shoutout and many thanks to all the men and women in service who are constantly protecting our nation!!

Whether you are outside at the beach, bbq-ing with friends, or just staying at home spending time with the family, I hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day Weekend. Most of my 3-day weekend was spent shopping and of course, taking advantage of those amazing sales! I bought:

Asics Running Printed Capris

Ascis Running Shoes: GT-2000 3

The more colorful your sneakers are, the faster you run 🙂

Kate Spade Cuff Bracelet 

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American Eagle Sleeveless Blouse

 

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Hollister Summer Dresses

Lace-Up Strappy-Back Dress

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Smocked-Back Chiffon Dress

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…..and my favorite buy of the weekend…… Coach Nolita pink satchel in pebble leather!! 

Isn’t this just a beauty!! I ordered this online just yesterday so clearly it hasn’t arrived yet, but I can’t wait to finally hold it in person ❤ ❤

Now this next fashion buy, I don’t technically have it with me anymore but I did take myself out on a movie date to watch Captain America!! A lot of action, super powers, and a lot of hot men (in suits?? uniforms??)…but my eye was only on one guy 😉 Seriously, what more can a girl ask for??

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Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista Thoughts:

What did you do this Memorial Weekend?

What were some fashion finds you found this weekend?

Who’s your favorite Marvel superhero??

 

Trendy Tuesdays: Spring Dresses

Hey Fashionistas,

Happy Tuesday! Today’s post is the first of my new blog series Trendy Tuesdays, where I highlight one new popular fashion trend that I’ve been noticing. If you haven’t figured it out yet, this week’s trend are spring dresses!

I’ve been reading and following more fashion bloggers lately, I’ve realized that every one of them at one point has talked about spring dresses – which makes perfect sense since it’s been feeling a lot like spring!

As a girlie girl fashionista, of course dresses are going to be a staple in my wardrobe.

Lately, I’ve really been into lace/ eyelet dresses. Pastel/ Easter color dresses are also another favorite classic spring look for me.

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I’ve been really obsess with some of these Spring styles and hopefully will be able to expand my spring look soon 🙂

To find some super cute dresses, I usually shop at American Eagle, Hollister, and Express. These stores offer the perfect sizes and cuts for petite girls like me ❤

Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista Thoughts

What is your spring style?

What’s one trend that you’ve been noticing lately?

What’s your favorite Spring color?