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?

 

Fashion Vlog: What’s in my Bag??

Hey Fashionistas,

It’s finally feeling like Spring and I am beyond excited for the warm weather and breezy walks during my breaks at work. I can’t wait for it to get even warmer so I can start wearing my spring dresses!

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Now before I move on with the main topic, I just wanted to update you on how the 40-day closet challenge is going. Ummm…to put it in simple terms…..EXTREMELY HARD!! I miss my closet and especially with this super warm weather, I’ve been craving to wear cuter dresses and skirts. But we are getting close to Easter so I’m def going to finish strong. I also  might or might not already be planning a super cute Easter outfit already 😉

Now moving on to the main topic of this post, I just made my very first VLog!! Shout out to Alison from Daily Moves and Grooves for giving me this idea! This first VLog is all about what is in my cotton candy pink tote bag, which I use every day to go to work. I hope you all enjoy it 🙂

Song: Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman, Piano

Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista Thoughts:

1. What’s something you always carry around in your bag?

2. How excited are you for some Spring fashion?

3. What’s your favorite Ariana Grande song?

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week….and a Little Lent Update

Hey Fashionistas!

I hope everyone is doing well with their Lenten sacrifices! I know mine is starting to get tough but we’re all in this together right? So let’s continue powering through! Remember when in doubt, pray it out 😉 #offeritup

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My 40-Day #BBClosetChallenge is going well. It’s been about a week and a half since I’ve started and let’s just say it’s interesting. It’s definitely not what I’m expecting but I guess that’s what makes it a challenge, right? I’ve really had to come up with some creative ways to make the outfits different with just 9 pieces of clothing.

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Same shirt but add a cardigan and scarf and it looks totally different 😉

Simple office look to a lovely dinner look with the bestie ❤

Now some of you might already know this, but this week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. As someone who is recovering from an eating disorder, this week is super important to me. This week for me is all about self love. Having had an eating disorder was a constant struggle to love and see myself as a daughter of God – that I was a made in his image and likeness. I was super focused on my weight and wanting to focus on my outer appearance that I forgot about my inner beauty. I became so fixated about how I wanted to look and feel that I forgot all about how God created me in my own special, unique, and beautiful way.

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I’ll dive more into my personal journey on the struggles and recovery of my eating disorder in my next post, but in the meantime, I wanted to end this post on a positive note. So for this week, I’m adding something to my #BBClosetChallenge. Each day this week, I am going to do at least 1 act of kindness. From personal experience, sometimes in order to start loving yourself, you have to start loving others and seeing the beauty that comes from that.

Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista thoughts:

How are your Lenten sacrifices going?

What is something you do to love yourself?

How do you love others around you?

Lent: 40 Day Closet Challenge

Hey Fashionistas,

Lent is finally here which means it’s time for a little fasting in preparation for one of my favorite season, Easter! For those who don’t know what Lent is, it is a time when Catholics reflect and live a simpler lifestyle to become closer to God. During this time, typically we give up something that we are heavily attached to – known as Fasting (ie. checking social media every 10 minutes #guiltyascharged). Others might decide to do something that they normally wouldn’t do – known as Service (ie. waking up a little earlier to pray the rosary). The ultimate goal during Lent is to refocus our attention from little distractions to God.

So what am I doing for Lent this year? For those who know me, I have a huge problem of constantly complaining that I have nothing to wear, even though I have a closet and wardrobe filled to the brim with clothes.

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So, I have decided to participate in a 40 Day Closet Challenge. It’s pretty much the same as what my role model, Leah Darrow did a while back for the 30 Day Closet Challenge. She only had 7 items of clothing but I decided I’m going to have 9 pieces since my work attire and weekend attire don’t necessarily overlap. Here are the rules:

  1. Choose 9 pieces of clothing (tops and bottoms only). I chose:
    • Black Slacks
    • Black Pencil Skirt
    • Dark Blue Skinny Jeans
    • Cream colored blouse
    • Navy shell blouse with embellished beaded neckline
    • Navy Cardigan with cute gold buttons
    • Mint green fuzzy sweater
    • Maroon and navy striped sweater
    • Red criss cross sweater
  2. Accessories, shoes, jackets, undergarment, and pajamas don’t count
  3. Tank tops (to provide coverage for sheer tops)
  4. Activewear don’t count. They can only be worn during workouts, not on a daily basis.
  5. Be creative!
  6. Pray ❤ ❤

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So there you have it! My 9 items of clothing for the next 40 days 🙂  As I chose these items, I kept in mind two things: simplicity and fun. The tops are simple enough to wear to work, yet not too boring that become super dull. The sweaters could easily overlap from work attire to weekend attire. These items also allow me to go from a day to night look! I am so ready to get this challenge started! ❤ ❤

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To make this even more fun, I invite all of you to join me! Don’t worry if you don’t participate in Lent or if you don’t believe in the faith! I invite all of my fashion lovers to join me in this challenge because… well why not? It’ll get to really test our fashion creativity and allows us to focus on a more simpler fashion life! (Teehee…never thought I would ever say that!) Just use the hashtag #BBClosetChallenge on Instagram or Twitter to show me your outfits! I can’t wait to start this Fashion Challenge with you ❤

Xoxo,

Christine

Fashionista Thoughts:

1. What are you doing for Lent?

2. Any fun accessories or shoes you wear to style up a simple outfit?

3. What is your go-to top that you can wear for any occasion?