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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Style | OOTD Boho Print Tank + Denim Shorts!


Hi friends!

Just a quick & casual OOTD for you guys!

I don't know why, but it's so hard to get back on a normal schedule after a vacation! Do you guys feel that way? I've been having so much trouble sleeping through the night. I wake up a couple times throughout the night and sometimes I'll wake up wide awake at like 3 AM unable to fall asleep for a few hours. It stinks so much, because then my entire sleep schedule is disrupted for days.  I'm trying a lot of things, no screen time or caffeine after a certain time of night, lavender oils and diffuser, reading instead of turning on Netflix, light stretching, etc. I haven't found something that has worked 100% for me yet! I was really struggling with this issue through the winter, but it had gotten so much better. So if you have any tips, please let me know!

I hope you all have a great week!

P.S- As always, you can use my code:
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Love,

Christina xx

{Wearing:}
Similar Boho Print Tank - Rue 21
Light Denim Shorts - H&M
Similar Feather Choker - Charming Charlie
Naomi Braided Sandals - BEARPAW

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wedding | Our Theatre Venue + Tips On Picking The Perfect Venue

Hi friends!

Today, I wanted to share a little information with you guys about Fred and I's wedding venue. I get asked a lot of questions about our wedding and that's why I'm so excited to start a wedding series!

Our reception venue was definitely one of the most memorable things about our wedding for me (among the physical, exterior parts of the wedding). We knew the minute we walked into the theatre that is was the venue of our dreams. The space just felt magical. It was warm, charming and inviting and we knew it would be big enough to hold all of our guests! 

We had our reception at The Columbus Athenaeum in the Large Theatre (Columbus, Ohio). The ladies that showed us around the space and worked with us throughout the whole process were super sweet! Fred and I went to tour the venue in the fall and they had the most delicious pumpkin cookies and coffee for us. Couldn't think of a better way to woo the two of us! ;) It was a really fun venue. We got have our head table for our wedding party on the stage. That was a really unique feature that we liked. That way our guests could always see us and we could look out and see all of our loved ones. We also thought the box seat was gorgeous. It was a cute way to be introduced! I was apprehensive about that introduction at first though because we had to climb some steep stairs to get up there and I knew I would bust it in my heels ha ha. That's why I'm barefoot and Fred is holding my shoes in our box seat photo. He had promised he would carry them to get me to do it!

Just keep on scrollin' to read my best tips for picking the perfect venue!

Tips for picking the perfect venue:

1. The space is sentimental or holds a special meaning to the two of you.
We had our ceremony at our church so that space held special 
meaning for us. We decided to pick a new space for our reception to make it special to us in the future! When you're deciding on a venue, think about the places that are special to you two as a couple. You might want to pick a meaningful space for your ceremony or reception or both! 

2. It fits the wedding theme or vibe that you want.
Both Fred and I really loved the idea of having a '20s theme mixed with our more eclectic styles. A glittering gold theatre fit that glitzy, Gatsby '20s theme perfectly. We loved the glamour of the space  and I loved adding trees + greenery + twinkle lights where I could! When you're looking at venues, look into spaces that have the vibes that you're going for. We wanted to create a magical, memorable, out of the ordinary night for our guests and our venue exceeded our hopes for that!

Consider a Theatre wedding/reception! I would suggest it to anyone because it's really romantic and makes for such a fun night for you & your guests!

3. It's in your price range or budget.
Our venue and catering for our guests were our two greatest expenses! We decided to spend more there and save in other areas. The venue had a million options for decorations and table settings, etc. but we scaled all of the extras back and kept it simple so that we could spend on the actual venue! That's what was important to us. Every couple has different priorities so remember what's important to you and what you want to spend your budget money on. 

If you're considering a theatre wedding because you love the vibe but you think the costs will be too expensive for your price range, look into outside amphitheaters! Even though they're outside, they still have a theatre look and they might be a bit cheaper!  

4. It's the right size for your guests.
Size is definitely an important factor when choosing the right venue. A lot of venues have maximum people counts. Make sure you look into how many guests are allowed and make sure that aligns with how many you're expecting. 

5. It has rules/practices that you're okay with & accommodations that you want!
A lot of venues have certain rules and guidelines that you have to follow if you have your event in their space. For example, some people won't let you cater from the outside, some won't let you bring your own decorations, etc. Some places can be very strict and picky with the way things are done. Make sure you get your questions answered before you're locked in so you know what you're getting!

What's your dream venue?!

Love,

Christina xx

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You manifest yourself as kindness in all you do.
Psalm 145:13

*Photos by Kylie Noelle Photography 
(The close up photo of the head table setup is by Steve Dawes Photograpy)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Beauty | 4 Steps To The Perfect Bubble Bath


Hi guys!

Most of you probably already know that I really love bath time! Bubble baths are my favorite and I love winding down after a long day. I thought I'd share the 4 steps that I take to create the perfect bath!
1. Me-time
For me, the perfect bath starts when I know I have time to wind down and soak. It won't be relaxing if it's hurried or interrupted, so I like to be wise when choosing when to take one.
2. My favorite products
When I take a bubble bath, I like the products I use to have a calming scent. The bubble bath or body wash has to create a lot of bubbles and it's a huge plus when the products are organic! This summer, I've fallen for this Live Clean line! The Fresh Water scent is very light and perfect for summertime baths. The body wash doubles as bubble bath! I'm so impressed by how many bubbles it creates!
3. A scented candle
Fragrance plays a big part in a great bubble bath experience. Calming, spa fragrances always relax my mind and body.
4. The book I'm reading
I like to read a book, or a magazine, or have some music playing during! I find that having something to keep my mind occupied gives me a chance to relax even better. If there's too much silence or downtime, my mind wanders and I'll start making a mental to-do list or something! Anyone else?!
Are you a bubble bath babe?

Love,

Christina xx

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Style | 7.14.17

Hi friends!

I've been at the beach on vacation with Fred's family!

Disclaimer: This was not our beach house, but when you see a pink wall you gotta take advantage of it! ha ha

 I LOVE all of the pastel houses that you find close to a beach. They're so pretty to look at it and they make for a great background! I wish I knew of more colorful spots back home!

This kimono is so special to me, because Fred brought it back for me from Japan. It's such a gorgeous print and color. It's funny to see how different sizing can be in different countries. He got both of us socks and everything runs pretty small! I usually have small feet, but even my socks are tight on me!

I'm currently obsessed with this necklace. I picked it up on our vacation and it's from Francesca's! I typically like to pick up a jewelry piece from a more native spot to the area that I'm in, but this one caught my eye! I bought it instead of another souvenir piece.

It's so nice to just get a week away from normal life and responsibilities, ya feel me? Our house and location was really beautiful and I was just the happiest to have Fred with me again!

Do you guys have any trips planned this summer?

Love,

Christina xx

{Wearing:}
Similar Lace Romper - Rue 21
Similar Print Kimono - from Japan from Fred <3 
Beaded Necklace - Francesca's
Similar Gold Aviators - Rue 21
Similar Faux Suede Wedges - Forever 21

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So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
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Beauty | My Summer Skincare Routine With AcneFree + How To Create Body Confidence!

This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and AcneFree. All opinions are mine alone. #Ad #AcneFreeSummer #CollectiveBias 
Hi friends!

Summer is finally here! Summer is the most crucial season for having body confidence and feeling beautiful in your skin. It's the season for vacations, soaking up the sun and hanging out with friends. The warm temperatures call for shorts and swimsuits making it especially important to feel confident! For me, it's been a long journey to body confidence and I don't think it's ever a permanent destination. Instead, I see it as something that needs to be practiced often!

Here are 5 tips to help you create your own body confidence this summer:

1. Take care of your body, inside and out.
Eating healthier and exercising to gain strength and endurance will help you feel confident for every summer activity!

2. Don't obsess over your perceived flaws.
Live in the present moment and enjoy the time you're spending with friends and family. Don't obsess on negative thoughts, just let them come and go.

3. Don't compare yourself to others.
This one might be the most difficult for me! It's very easy to look around at others in their bikinis and  wonder if you add up. However, comparison only creates negative thoughts towards yourself and others.

4. Work to develop an inner voice that celebrates all unique beauty.
Challenge yourself to appreciate all of the unique beauty that's around you, including your own!

5. Make time for self-care in your daily routine.
Creating a self-care routine that helps you look and feel your best is incredibly important! My skin has looked so much clearer since I've made time in my daily routine to care for it. Taking care of my skin has made me feel more confident. I go bare-faced quite often in warmer months and it's so nice not having to worry about breakouts!
I've found the AcneFree line to be the perfect addition to my skincare routine. It fits my budget and I buy the products at Walmart and on Amazon.com! They've been great for caring for my acne- prone skin. 

 I don't like any of my beauty routines to be too lengthy. With the AcneFree Sensitive Skin 24 Hour Acne Clearing System and the AcneFree Maximum Strength Terminator 10 that I use, my summer skincare routine is only 4 steps!
Step 1: Cleanse
The AcneFree Corrective Acne Cleanser deep-cleans and removes pore clogging-oil and impurities. It fights acne with Salicylic Acid (1.5%) and it soothes with botanical extracts. It's gentle enough to use twice a day!
Step 2: Tone
The AcneFree Alcohol-Free Acne Toner removes dead skin cells with natural fruit extracts. It helps to calm and balance skin tone. It has an anti-redness formula that's gentle enough for sensitive skin. I use this twice a day after I cleanse. 
Step 3: Hydrate
I hydrate with the AcneFree Hydrating Acne Repair Lotion + Spot Treatment. This lotion provides 24 hour continuous breakout control. I use it twice a day after I tone. It contains Micro-Benzoyl Peroxide to help eliminate acne bacteria.  
Step 4: Spot Treat
I use the AcneFree Maximum Strength Terminator 10 to spot treat my acne. It contains micro-sized benzoyl peroxide that works fast to deeply penetrate pores. It also contains a redness control formula featuring Chamomile, Ginger and Sea Whip Extracts to soothe and reduce redness and irritation!
One of my favorite things about this line is how well it works on body acne. You can use all 4 of the products on your chest and back. Sometimes I get bacne so I do the 4 steps to fight breakouts there as well. I love to throw the AcneFree Hydrating Acne Repair Lotion and the AcneFree Maximum Strength Terminator 10 in my bag for long days at the beach!

 You can check out more AcneFree summer inspiration here
Are you looking for an effective, easy-to-follow skincare routine this summer? 
Be sure to try out the AcneFree line for yourself!
Love,

Christina xx

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Beauty | How I Get No-Heat Beachy Waves!

Hi guys!

I have quite a different background in today's pictures and that's because we're on vacation!!! Yay! I'm a beach bum at heart. I love to play in the water and lay in the sun. I've always loved to spend as much time by the ocean that I can. If y'all don't know, my natural hair texture is wavy and beachy. Even when I'm home, if I don't blow dry my hair, or style it with heat, my waves come out full force! (And they only get curlier with humidity and salty air, so my vacation hair is pretty hard to tame!) When I'm at the beach, it's pointless to even style my hair with heated hair styling tools. Heat is extra damaging to my locks when they're already being exposed to sun and chlorine so on the beach, I like to use sprays for styling. I love salty, wave-enhancing sprays that vamp up my natural texture! 

This summer, I've found Surf Spray by Clean Enhanced Organics. It's an organic wave-enhancing spray that creates a salty, wind-swept look. It even says sexy, salty, windswept hair on the bottle, so  sign me up! It's formulated with organic kelp, lime and patchouli extracts, organic lime and birch essential oils and imported Dead Sea salts. I definitely smell the patchouli in it and it smells absolutely delicious! I would seriously wear a perfume with this spray's scent haha. It's light and summery and sexy. I also love the salty essence to it, because salt creates the perfect waves for me!

Do you guys have any no-heat hairstyle tips that you love?! 

.Love,

Christina xx

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Friday, July 7, 2017

UC | Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis Walk

Hi guys!

Two weeks ago, I was honored to be a part of the Take Steps walk for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. As a Colitis warrior, it was a very emotional and inspiring event for me to be a part of. I'm so thankful for my parents and Fred being there to support me and walk with me. They have been there every step of the way for me in my battle and they're true heroes. At times they have dropped everything to care for me as if I were still a little child. They've spent countless hours in hospitals and doctors offices with me and they've loved me every step of the way. I was diagnosed with the disease in what should have been my last year of college. My sickness kept me from graduating on the date I had planned, but I'm convinced I would not have graduated at all without their help, encouragement and action.

I love the quote,

When "I" is replaced with "we" even illness becomes wellness.
- Malcolm X

I want to bring awareness to this disease on my blog. This disease has turned my world upside down. It's a relentless, full-time disease and it demands your entire life and body. You might think the tone of an event like this would be depressing or defeated, but it was exactly the opposite! The fighters of this disease fight many dark battles, but they find a deep, internal hope and strength that many others don't ever need to cultivate. Tears burned in my eyes as I saw and felt all of the people walking with me, beside me, in front of me, behind me and cheering me on from the sideline. This disease I carry feels very lonely but for those brief moments, I didn't feel so alone.

Crohn's and Colitis are chronic, inflammatory diseases that affect your colon and your digestive tract. Unfortunately, they affect a lot more in your body than you'd think! With them being chronic, autoimmune diseases, there is currently no cure and no universally effective treatment. We need more events like these, because we need a cure! We need caring people to be aware and to fundraise for research and treatment. I can't imagine feeling this way as a child, but an estimated 80,000 U.S kids are living this reality.

For me, this walk felt like I could finally physically express some of the pain and weight that I've carried in my struggle. Walking alongside so many people that felt like me, made me feel strong and free. This might sound silly, but it was a day my soul shined. Some days go by in a blur and we can't always feel our soul. I might sound crazy, but it's just hard to explain haha! But I felt my soul free from some of the weight it had been carrying. Not to mention, it was such a beautiful day for the walk!

No matter what dark forces you're facing today, please know that you aren't alone. There is hidden pain inside all of us.

We're all just walking each other home.
-Ram Dass

It's gonna be hard. It's not always gonna be easy.
But even if our cure doesn't come, we can still find the strength to
choose joy
fight the good fight
& believe.

This is a very personal post for me. I know it's unlike the fun stuff I usually post about, but I hope you enjoyed it!

Have a happy happy w e e k e n d friends!

Christina xx

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