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!

 

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?

Pick-me-ups of the Week

Hey Fashionistas,

It’s been pretty rainy and dreary this week which makes me…pretty sad. So naturally, I did what I always do to cheer myself up – put on something cute!

Aerosoles black ankle boots

Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world

Charming Charlie’s hot pink statement necklace

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Would you expect any other color than pink to brighten up my day?

Elf Baked Eyeshadow

White Sweater Dress

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Channeling my inner country girl for work

NYX Curling Mascara

J’adore the wand and how the teeth are spread out to really get to each individual eyelash!

Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista Thoughts

What’s one thing in your closet that is your go to pick me up?

What’s your choice of color for a rainy day?

5 fashion thoughts I’ve had this week

Hey Fashionistas,

Have you ever had those moments when you see something unusual or a random thought pops into you head and you can’t stop thinking about it?? Like ALL. DAY. LONG???

Like for instance did you ever wonder…

How do ladies put on makeup on the subway? I mean not just lipstick but the works, eyeliner, mascara, eyeshadow…everything! Granted, they’ve probably have had years of practice but how do you keep your arms so still? I just started getting into makeup and the only thing I can put on is lipstick…and that is when the train has stopped at a station! So props to all you beautiful ladies out there who can put on makeup on a moving train – YOU GO GIRL!

How do you keep curls so perfectly curled all day? I love curling my hair but the curls are gone within an hour….maybe…if I’m lucky. I mean I’ve looked at tutorials, tried out different tips, and it never stays all day. My hair is naturally very straight so yes, it takes a longer time to curl my hair. But how do you ladies get it to stay? I’ve used tons of hairspray and then my hair becomes stiff and I’m practically suffocating in a cloud of hairspray. I’ve also tried curling my hair after not washing it for a day or two and it stays..but then my hair feels gross.

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How old is too old to wear bows? I absolutely love love loveee bows! More than half of my headbands have bows on it, so I guess at 22, it might not always be best to wear bows on a headband….but what about just putting your hair up in a half up do and then tying it with a bow? Is that acceptable for an adult? Then again…. I do consider myself a child at heart ❤

Is brown and black really a fashion no-no or does it not matter anymore? I have these super cute brown suede boots that I usually wear with everything. Yesterday, however, I wore my black Michael Kors pants to work and slipped into my trusty brown boots and I felt super self conscious about making a fashion boo-boo. Now normally, I’m all for you wear what you want and you rock it! But I don’t know….is it really that color clashing/ not fashionable to wear black pants and brown suede boots? Calling for a friend….

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Do you ever wish that your Pinterest board would come to life? As a fashionista, I find a lot of my fashion inspiration and clothing ideas on Pinterest. I must spend at least 1 hour or so pinning clothes and shoes every day. Sometimes I just wish that I can wake, open my closet, and all the clothes that I pinned had magically appeared in my wardrobe. I guess a girl can dream…

Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista Thoughts:

What is one fashion thought that has been bugging you?

Do you have a Pinterest obsession?

What’s one category you are always pinning?

 

 

5 Fashion Related Things You Didn’t Know About Me

Hey Fashionistas,

Can we talk about how I experienced snow this week….in April?? What. Is. This. Mess?!  I was in Boston last week and I woke up Sunday morning to snow outside the window! And then two days later it was in the 50s! Ugh literally can’t even…

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Anyways moving on….by now, you probably have gotten a pretty good idea of my fashion style and who I am. But did you know that…

1. I’m actually awful at putting on makeup. In college, I had my wonderful roommate, Katelyn to do my makeup for any and all occasion. Now that we live across the country from each other, I have to be self sufficient. It’s a good thing the salespeople at ELF Cosmetics are super nice and patient. I’ve actually become pretty good friends with them.

2. The only time I have a full face of makeup is on a Friday night – when I decide to stay in and practice putting on makeup.

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That minnie mouse sweater though

3. I actually hated the color pink for about 2 -3 years in middle school. It reminded me of pepto bismo.

4. Like Cher from Clueless, I prefer to take pictures when I try on something new rather than trusting the mirror. As much as I love mirrors, I don’t fully trust them because depending on the angles and lighting, I can look great but in reality, it’s really not a good look for me.  With pictures, I can still see the new look after I leave the store without all the bright lights and mirror angles that sometimes can cloud my judgement.

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#butfirstletmetakeaselfie

5. Even though, I’m a NYC girl at heart, my favorite article of clothing is my Patriots sweater that my sister got for me for Christmas. #sorrynotsorry

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Pats Nation ❤

Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista thoughts:

Did you experience snow this week?

What’s something fashion related that people didn’t know about you?

What’s your favorite sweater for a cozy lazy Saturday?

#OOTDs…and a surprise video

Hey Fashionistas,

It’s been one very fashionable week for me … Especially after my 40 day closet challenge! It’s also been a very long week since I traveled to Boston this past weekend to visit and surprise my BU friends! So this post is gonna be super short – just highlighting my outfits for the week.

Starting Mondays with business chic

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Tuesday with a little bit of print

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And on Wednesdays, we wear pink

Travel chic Thursdays

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Time for a little silliness #terriersNation

From Flex it Fridays with Cara from The Balanced Bod

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To Fashion Fridays

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And ending with Country Fridays y’all ❤

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A little Saturday rain never stopped me from wearing a dress

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Ending the week with a little #selfiesundays

….and I also have another surprise for you!! Some of you may not know but I am also very much into fitness. So when I was in Boston, I met up with Cara from The Balanced Bod and Sarah from Fit University. I ended up shooting my very first Zumba dance….which you will have the honor of seeing right now!

*disclaimer: most of the moves I made up myself except for the chorus which I learned straight from the original music video

Make sure to follow me on Instagram @chrissie_boutiquefullblog to see more of my #ootd and #fitlife.

Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista Thoughts:

What’s one outfit you wore last week that you really liked?

Do you like zumba?

Have you ever changed into 3 different outfits in one day?

 

 

Happy Easter!! <3 <3

Happy Easter Fashionistas!

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! What a joyous time for us to celebrate! This is only my second year celebrating Easter as a Catholic and every year it gets better and better. The Easter Vigil was beautiful as always with the church beautifully decorated and everyone dressed to the nines tens in celebrating Jesus’ resurrection and love for us – dying on the cross for our sins and rising back from the dead defeating death and forgiving us of all of our sins.

As you are probably aware from my previous post, getting to Easter can be pretty laborious but very fruitful. So let’s talk about what I learned from those 40 days of Lent – namely my 40- day Closet Challenge.

Going into this challenge was pretty intimidating and honestly, I didn’t think I was gonna last. I absolutely love my clothes…and I mean love them! My clothes are my way of expressing myself and feeling beautiful inside and out. However, I also knew that I used my clothes as a safety blanket, to cover up many of the flaws and insecurities that I had. When I felt unloved and ugly, I would use my clothes to make myself feel pretty and loved but in reality, what I needed was to accept and love myself – flaws and all. So with this challenge, I had that exactly in mind – Learn about self love and true beauty ❤

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I started out pretty well (as most would expect) but started really to feel the struggles two weeks in especially when National Eating Disorder Awareness Week came around. That week was a really powerful week  for me since I have been recovering from an eating disorder for about a year and a half now. That week I did an extra challenge to learn to love myself by focusing on helping and loving others in any little way possible. However, as great as that week was, I still wasn’t feeling any changes on loving myself. It felt like I was missing something and a lot of times I thought to myself, what’s the point of this? I wasn’t feeling any different than when I started other than I was getting sick of the same old clothes. Nonetheless, I didn’t give up and I just continued the challenge hoping that maybe I’ll learn something soon. And I did….eventually… on March 4, during daily mass at the church near my work place.

The gospel reading for that day was about Love:

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind,
and with all your strength.
He is One and there is no other than he.
And to love him with all your heart,
with all your understanding,
with all your strength,
and to love your neighbor as yourself”
                          -Mark 12: 28-34

What a beautiful reading and it was exactly what I needed to hear. All this time I was trying to love myself by focusing only on myself, but in reality, the person who I had to focus on and love was God. To love myself I first had to love God with all my heart – and to love God, I had to love my neighbors – to love my neighbors, I had to love myself. The three go together and to miss one would be missing all three.  Yes – by limiting my clothes and living a more simpler life I was able to love myself but ultimately, the true love and beauty is God. GOD IS LOVE! He made me in his image and likeness because he loves me – flaws and all.

So there you have it! God is true beauty and love. So now what? Lent is over and the challenge is over. It’s time to finally celebrate! You’re probably thinking would I do this challenge again?? DEFINITELY NOT! As much as I loved learning more about how to love myself, taking away my clothes was definitely a bigger struggle than I imagined. I’m really proud of myself for sticking to it but it is something I will definitely not do again.

HAPPY EASTER ❤

Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista thoughts:

If you participated in Lent, what was something you learned?

What did you wear on Easter?

What’s one way you love yourself and others around you?

 

Charming Charlies

Hey Fashionistas,

I haven’t done one of these in ages so here it is – Another boutique review!! Charming Charlies is a girl’s dream store for ones who are all about those accessories. It literally has every accessories a girl can imagine – in every style and color! This gem is on the corner of 5th avenue and 39th st and let me tell you, this place is now officially my go to store for all accessories. Shoutout to my wonderful friend, Jana for introducing me to this store ❤

 

First of all, let’s just start off with the bright pink doors. If you can’t tell by now, I am obsessed with the color pink so this store definitely caught my heart as I opened the tall doors and walked into my dream closet. Charming Charlies is super 5th avenue chic but extremely affordable. Now as much as I am no longer a college student and am currently working, what girl can’t say to no to affordable prices and sales??

Each station is color coordinated and its wonderful statement necklaces, earrings, and bracelets just sparkle and twinkle everywhere. I was mesmerized by all the jewelry surrounding me but I knew exactly what I was looking for: A bright pink statement necklace that was simple but would give my outfit that pop of color I needed. It was super easy to navigate the store with its color coordination…and not to mention the super helpful and friendly sales associates that are always there to answer any questions.

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Can you tell that this is my favorite station??

Another great thing about this store is that it also sells clothing and other necessary accessories along with the beautiful jewelry. Along the walls of the store are color coordinated dresses, handbags, and shoes that are just perfect for the girly and classy look. After a long day at work, this place is ideal for a quick retail therapy, which of course is exactly what I did on St. Patrick’s day. And…with a Buy one, Get another necklace 50% off sale going on, how could I have not bought something to treat myself??

Charming Charlies is definitely the place to go for accessories of all occasions. Whether you’re going to the office, a girl’s night out, date night, or a special party, there is definitely something for you to always find your sparkle!

Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista Thoughts:

1. What is one store that’s always provides you a quick retail therapy?

2. What’s your favorite jewelry to wear?

3. Are you more of a gold, silver, or rose gold kinda girl?

Workin 9 to 5 Fashion

Hey Fashionistas!

For all my working professionals who recently graduated (…aka about 9 months ago), going from college life to working life can be quite a change. From waking up at 11am for class and ending your day at 3pm to waking up at 6am everyday, heading to the office around 8 or 9am and working to 5pm, it can be a…uh… you know..uh…fascinating transition!

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So how do I deal with this transition? By focusing on the the new fashion changes of course! After all, when the going gets tough, dress to beat it 😉 As much as I love getting to wear casual and cute clothes that might not necessarily be work appropriate, there is nothing better than feeling like an adult wearing clothes that just scream business!

The dress code at my job is business casual, so I have a little bit more leeway when it comes to dressing for work. Some days I can wear a nice sweater with some black slacks. Other days, I can dress up it a little more and wear a nice blouse, black skirt and heels. For me, I like to spice up business casual wear with accessories and pops of color!

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Because last week was actually warm??

Another great fashion perk at my job is that we have Casual Fridays! Depending on what I’m doing after work or how I’m feeling, I’ll go super casual and laid-back or trendy and chic.

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Bringing some more Boston love to work ❤

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Casual trendy with navy lace peplum top and classic blue jeans

One thing that I always find a bit tough is going from a day to night look – one that looks professional at work but fun and trendy for a dinner with the girls. My advice is to keep the outfits simple but play with the accessories and make up after work! Another trick you can do (on a warmer day) is to wear a blazer or cardigan in the office and take it off after work.

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A simple updo to pretty waves and I’m ready for happy hour!

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From the office to a Thai dinner with Alison (blogger of Daily Moves and Grooves)

Overall, business attire can be pretty trendy, of course taking into consideration the company environment you are in. Remember, if you’re dressed the part, “workin’ 9 to 5 doesn’t have to drive you crazy” ❤

*Disclaimer: Business casual attire can vary depending on the work environment. The outfits you saw may not work for all business casual work environment.

Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista Thoughts:

What kind of work environment do you work in and how do you dress for it?

What’s your day to night look?

For all my country fans out there, does anyone recognize that last quote from somewhere? 😉