Life

True Colors

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Today felt like the day to start posting again. Maybe it’s the solar eclipse. Maybe the solar eclipse is the perfect analogy. Something came over me this past weekend like how the moon came over the sun. I’m alive and well – thank you to those for checking in. I took much needed time off for myself and I really appreciate you all for being patient <3

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I heard this song while I drove home this evening and it was just right:


You with the sad eyes
Don’t be discouraged, oh I realize
It’s hard to take courage
In a world full of people
You can lose sight of it all
The darkness inside you
Can make you feel so small
Show me a smile then
Don’t be unhappy
Can’t remember when
I last saw you laughing
This world makes you crazy
And you’ve taken all you can bear
Just, call me up
‘Cause I will always be there
And I see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you

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We live in a generation where we get so caught up in perfection and in how we present ourselves. It feels amazing to let loose every now and then and to embrace the imperfection. Even these images are imperfect – they were shot with an iPhone instead of the usual DSLR on a cloudy evening in the French Quarter of New Orleans and edited with Snapseed (I still freakin’ love this app). It feels good to be back, and not just back as in back to posting but to feel like myself again <3

Joy Worth Giving | My Holiday Picks!

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Hey guys! I’m excited to tell you that i’ve been working in collaboration with JCPenney to spread the message of #JoyWorthGiving this holiday season! I will actually be hosting an event at their store in Northlake Mall, Atlanta this Sunday on December 18th at 2pm and would love it if you came out :) We will be sharing our gift giving tips and there will be some awesome surprises so don’t miss out!

JCPenney has really impressed me with the versatility of products that they carry so it makes a great one stop shop for your holiday shopping. On top of their incredible deals and savings, they have a Low Price Guarantee that if you find a lower current advertised price on an identical item that they carry and can bring proof of it to the store within 14 days, JCPenney will beat that price by 5%!

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For example, this Nutri Ninja Blender is one i’ve been eyeing for some time and even though its original price is a bit steep, there is a huge price cut at JCPenney. I think this would make a great gift as a powerful blender is always needed in the kitchen. It’s perfect for those who are aiming to be more health conscious as well!

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Did you know that you can now find Sephora inside JCPenney at jcpenny.com and in select stores!? I’ve been using this First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream to soothe my dry flaky cheeks and it has been amazing! It’s incredibly hydrating and it’s also safe on sensitive skin so it had to make it onto my gift guide list. They also have a sample set that would make a great gift!

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This mini crockpot/slow cooker is adorable and perfect for hosting! You could even use it for fondue, dips, or melting chocolate to make chocolate covered treats. I personally intend to use it to make my steel cut oatmeal most of the time 😀 It’s so affordable that it would make an awesome white elephant gift and it’s great for those with a busy schedule!


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What about stocking stuffers? I saw this saffiano bow leather wallet online and couldn’t resist getting it. It has a ton of folds for cards and its saffiano cross hatch texture makes it extra durable!

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Last but not least, I saw these velvet plush blankets in store (after touching numerous ones unashamed..SO soft!) and knew that I wanted to grab some along with socks and gloves to give to those in need. These blankets were flying off the shelves!

These are just a few of my picks but there are so many more to choose from! How is your holiday shopping going?

 Also check out this video I did on how I went about spreading #JoyWorthGiving. Don’t miss out on the Giveaway!

The Road Not Taken

Before we divulge into the thoughts that are swarming around in my head, congratulations to my Giveaway winners! It always excites me when my winners are in such shock that they could actually win. You never know what can happen until you take the chance and try. Hmm am I sounding like a broken record? Probably.

Which leads me to my predicament; ok maybe predicament sounds too negative or dramatic but I am at a bit of a crossroads. I felt the need to just simply write today. I’m sure many of you are familiar with Robert Frost’s poem by the post title. It’s a classic and still one of my ultimate favorites:

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth; 5

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same, 10

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back. 15

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. 20

This couldn’t describe how I feel more perfectly. Feelings of distraction have swept over me but it’s a good thing. Sometimes I get so caught up in crossing off all of my to do’s for the day that I rarely take the moment to just look at the bigger picture. When I went out to Cancun with Matt recently, there was a moment where we just sat out, listened to the crashing waves, and had a raw heart to heart talk. These talks usually involve how we intend to progress in our careers. Matt is very similar to me. He is creatively driven with a healthy dose of business sense. We are constantly trying to find ourselves, therefore the amount of patience and trust we have with each other is what has allowed us to maintain our relationship. He has a tendency to wear himself much thinner than I do though so this getaway was much needed for the two of us.

I reached out to him earlier today about my new “predicament”, the one that’s distracting me and making me feel flustered, yea, that one. As much as I want to seek out the answer from my close friends and loved ones, I know that I ultimately have to decide for myself. Sometimes putting the trust in yourself is scary but i’ve always believed that a bit of discomfort and stress is a good thing. It pushes you and makes you stronger. I already feel a little more at ease just writing and letting some of it out. I live in my head a lot and go about my daily grind but I seriously feel so lucky to have you guys as my friends and I do want to let you in. I’m grateful for the trust that you have put in me.

The discussion doesn’t have to end here; if you guys are going through something similar, i’d love to hear from you!

xo, Christine

Hey LA, Hey 2015!

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Hi guys! I feel like I still need to reflect on 2014..not too late right? haha maybe that will be for an upcoming post :) but as for the first trip of 2015 me and Matt ventured out to Los Angeles for a couple days. It was way too short of a trip but we had an amazing time as usual.

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Not sure how we found this place (Milo and Olive), may have came up when we were searching for a brunch place and oh man this breakfast pizza took the meaning of “food coma” to another level. They also had a ton of yummy pastries which we devoured on the way to Pasadena.

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Lou & Grey top | Urban Outfitters jeans | Office boots | Zara bag

Made a quick stop at IMATS (International Makeup Artist Trade Show) as I haven’t been back ever since this show was still in the Summer!

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Not sure how we had room in our bellies after stopping by Flour + Tea (adorable cafe) for some macarons and bubble tea but we couldn’t pass up on ramen.

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ASOS dress | Bauble Bar necklace | Kate Spade heels

Quick outfit change for the party: lovee this structured knit dress as it’s super comfy, doesn’t wrinkle so great for travel, and warm enough for the chilly winter nights in LA, score.

 

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Sigma always knows how to throw a party and um can we talk about this candy bar that’s mostly comprised of makeup? I’m not complaining haha

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With Simone (founder of Sigma) and Patrick Starr! Seriously both incredibly sweet and down to earth :)

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Ok on the way back to LA that night we had to stop by the Urban Lights at LACMA, how could we not? Just love it! And..we might have made a stop at In-N-Out..oh lordy.

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Next morning before our flight back we yet again brunched and we brunched hard (at Republique). The salmon tartine with avocado was calling my name.

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Milk was down the street *cries so forgive the gluttony please. I still love and miss LA :) Can’t wait until the next trip..hopefully it’ll be a longer one! I shall leave you with..

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Let’s Go to the Zoo!

_DSC0177-2Hey all :) Before we cue the Lion King music, quick update on finally getting to go horseback riding (since we got canceled on as mentioned in this previous post)!  We had a lot of fun and at times I felt like I was going to lose balance and fall off my horse but it was a really cool experience. *Checking this one off my bucket list. 😀

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Outfit Details:

Forever 21 Plaid Coat | Choies Skinny Jeans | Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody Bag | Forever 21 Booties

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Amongst the many reactions I had, I recall thinking of Pumba when I saw the warthogs, being in awe of the lion’s majestic aura, and gushing over the babydoll sheep!

When was the last time you visited a zoo or the like? Thanks for joining in on this experience!

Serenbe

Hey guys! I thought it’d be fun to have my boyfriend guest blog today! Be nice and welcome him :) 

Thanks Christine! Matt here and just taking a break from my world of food to share with you a fun little day out together.

She’s been wanting to go horseback riding for a little while now and I figured what a better way to celebrate our time together than to plan a little horseback ride for two. I ended up finding a trail ride company in this beautiful little progressive village, located about 25 minutes southwest of Atlanta, called Serenbe; it has acres of preserved forests and meadows with miles of nature trails. It was perfect. Made sure Christine was free and locked in our reservation!

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Fast forward to the day of our reservation. The weather was super cooperative, there was no traffic on the highway, and Christine was nothing but smiles, excited about this new experience we were about to share together (did I mention this was also my first time on horseback)? After the lengthy drive, we arrive at Serenbe and just as I put the car in park… we get an unfortunate text that the guide fell ill and was unable to take us anymore. Oh no!! I now was having an internal monologue filled with laughter and screams. All the precautions and planning, never did I think the guide would be the missing link. lol.

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Anyways, Christine and I aren’t the type to get irate because of something like this. Life happens. We just messaged back to the lady hoping she was alright and that we would reach out later to reschedule. We then just made the most of the scenario and had a mini photo shoot since the weather was awesome, she was looking great in her outfit and I happened to have my camera~

 

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Outfit Details:

Nordstrom Striped Tee | H&M Button Up | Jessica Simpson Jeans | Franco Sarto Boots | NastyGal Bag | J.Crew Giraffe Necklace

Since our afternoon was now free, we took a private tour of a nearby sheep farm that a friend works at and then headed to Peachtree City (something she’s also been wanting to do) to tour the place via golf cart. The city is extra unique because they have extended / paved side walks that are devoted to golf carts!! It’s so awesome to see cars and golf carts all around. Did I mention they even have golf cart specific parking spots?! Too fun.

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Not exactly the day I had planned for Christine but we made the most of it! Hope you guys enjoyed this and have a great weekend! :)

Until next time~!
-Matt