Airplane OOTDs & What’s in my Travel Bag?

Hey Fashionistas,

Happy Easter!! So guess, where I am right now?? SAN DIEGO!!!

That’s right…San Diego, home to beautiful beaches and where my best friend, practically sister, and former college roommate lives right now. I’m going to be in San Diego for a week visiting my best friend Katelyn, so if you are from here, feel free to suggest some attractions to visit!

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Technically not San Deigo yet, but still…reunited with my best friend!

Now, traveling can be quite tiring and by the time you reached your destination, you can kind of look like a train wreck. Trust me.. I’ve been there and it was NOT cute!! So, as a fashionista, I’m going to show you how I dress comfy cute while traveling!

The two most important things to remember when flying is comfort and staying warm (the latter is mainly for me…teehee). I absolutely love flying and going to new places, but one thing I never look forward to is how cold it is on the plane. I absolutely can’t stand the cold so for all flights, I’ll always have tons of layers on.

I am wearing a magenta pink sleeveless blouse under my favorite Boston University half zip-up sweater #GoTerriers! I’m pairing this up with my favorite pair of AE jeans and brown suede boots. And…for extra warmth, my AE trench coat.

Now you’re probably thinking, why am I wearing a sleeveless blouse if I’m always cold on the airplane? Well, San Diego is going to be super warm and I am going to a surprise birthday party once I get off the plane. I gotta make sure i’m dressed to the nines – from planes to parties #LittleMissPopular 😉

My favorite part of my outfit, however, is my Forever 21 baby pink rhinestone baseball cap. Every time I travel, regardless how I travel, I will always wear a cap. It just completes my outfit, ya know??

Now moving to what’s in my bag….

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I generally go for a big tote bag when traveling to carry everything – electronics, makeup, snacks, etc. Right now, my bag holds:

Laptop & charger
Kindle
Michael Kors wallet/wristlet
Phone & charger
Boarding pass, tickets, and any other paper documents for travel
2 packs of gum
Makeup bag
Some yummy snacks – all vegetarian because…Lent

….And what’s in my makeup bag?

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Maybelline Lipstick – Raw Chocolate
Clinique Quick Eyeliner
Elf Lash Curler
Smith’s Lip Balm
Nivea Hand Cream
Sephora Mirror

When I travel, I stay away from using face products since the air in the airplane can be extremely drying and harsh on the skin. To be honest, I actually wear no makeup other than lip balm and moisturizer to keep my skin and lips hydrated. I also wear my eyeglasses when I travel for max comfort. I will, however, give my lashes a quick curl, put on some lipstick and eyeliner right before I get off the plane, just so I look a little bit more presentable.

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Xoxo,

Chrissie Carly

Fashionista Thoughts:

What’s your go-to travel outfit?

What do you carry with you in your makeup bag?

Any places you suggest me to visit in San Diego?

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?

A shopping experience from a fashionista recovering from an Eating Disorder

Hey Fashionistas,

As you all can tell by now, fashion is everything to me. I love the way clothes can tell so much about someone’s life. It’s a way to express myself in a fun and beautiful way. A way to express my feelings and personality.

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However, it wasn’t always like that. About three years ago during my sophomore year in college, it started becoming a constant mind battle with loving my clothes but hating to wear them because I felt ugly and disgusted with how I looked. I became super picky with how my clothes fit me and hated that clothes that used to fit me in a few years ago started to feel tight. I couldn’t accept the fact that my body was no longer the same little body it was in high school.

One of the worst things about having an eating disorder was going shopping and being scared to try on clothes.I would pick up clothes to try on but once I was on the dressing room line, I would put all the clothes back. Scared to see how I would look in the clothes. I hated seeing myself in the mirror. When I did try on clothes, I hated how I had to try on bigger sizes.  If it wasn’t a size 0 or 1, I would leave the store empty-handed. As much as I loved shopping, shopping for clothes gave me panic attacks and I would buy only accessories.  I went shopping practically every other week and would just stare at all the clothes that I wished I could wear with confidence.

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Fast forward to last September, when I went shopping for some new work clothes.  Standing on the dressing room line, I had my arms filled with clothes, all of different sizes due to the different cuts of each apparel. Looking into the mirror, I was thrilled to be  trying on clothes that I knew complimented my body no matter what size I was wearing. I was no longer seeing my body as a number on the scale. After a year of fighting the negative thoughts and eating disorder battle, I had finally started reaching a place where I loved my body. It was starting to get easier with not seeing my body as a number on the scale. For the first time, I saw my body for its true beauty: strong, unique, and beautiful because God had made me in his image and likeness.

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My recovery from my eating disorder was a grueling and frustrating journey. However, I wouldn’t have been able to fight it without my wonderful family and friends, who were super supportive and even fought my disorder with me. My roommates and friends would make sure I eat all my meals and would sit by me as I had panic attacks. They constantly reminded me of my worth and beauty. They encouraged me to use the positivity and love that I had for life around me and to refocus that onto myself. #selflove

I joined a fitness class where I met my favorite fitness instructor, Cara of the Balanced Bod, who taught me to love my body by seeing my body’s strength.

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My parents and sister would support me and cook all my favorite meals when I came home to visit to ensure that I started seeing food as a yummy nourishment that my body needed.

So as we draw to an end to National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, this post goes out to everyone out there who is either going through an eating disorder or recovering from an eating disorder. Remember that there are so many people who love you. All you have to do is take one little step into the light and everything will fall into place. The journey to recovery never truly ends but every day that one little step means getting closer to loving your body.

For more information about eating disorders and how to help either yourself or someone you love fight ED, check out http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org.

Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista Thoughts:

How do you love your body every day?

What is one thing you love about your body?