BG by Christina

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Beauty | Macadamia Professional Review + Easy Breezy Mermaid Hair How-To!

Hi guys!

Happy S A T U R D A Y !!!

Today, I've got 2 posts in 1 for you guys! First, is a little review about my experience with Macadamia Professional hair products. Second, is a quick + easy hairstyle tutorial!

I've been using the Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture shampoo, conditioner and masque. All of their products are free of harsh sulfates, parabens and gluten. They're color-safe and cruelty-free! My favorite thing about Macadamia is that they strive to create hair products that address all unique needs for women of all global hair treatments. They have 3 care and treatment collections depending on the moisture level and styling needs of each individual. Something special about Macadamia products is that they contain a Pro Oil complex that is a nourishing blend of Macadamia and Argan Oils.

I really really love the scent of all of the items! The shampoo and conditioner have such a nice, muted scent. I can't even describe it in words, I wish you guys could give it a sniff haha! It smells unlike most hair products that I use ( in a good way). Now, the masque has a very bright and poppy scent that I really like as well. It is so rich and conditioning on my locks. My hair gets so dry that I use a hair masque more often than most do. It helps keep my hair from getting too dry. I'm a huge fan of Argan oil for my hair and turns out I love Macadamia Oil as well!

Keep scrollin' to see the tutorial! This hairstyle is 3 steps! It's incredibly easy and for all my mermaid babes out there.

What summer hair products are you loving?!

Love,

Christina xx

Thanks to my husband Fred for taking my photos & being the best blogger husband ever!
Take a small front section from your left side and right side and give them a good twist!
Pin both twisted strands with a few bobby pins to secure them!
Add your mermaid crown aka embellished headband behind the fastened hair twists!
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Sharon Jaynes 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Video | Husband Tag Part 2!

Hi friends!

Fred & I did the "Husband Tag" and this is part 2 of it! If you'd like to hear his answers & learn a little more about us, definitely give it a watch! If you missed part 1 of the tag and would like watch that, you can see it here!

Hope you enjoy!
Love,

Christina xx

Thank you Fred for making these with me and for all of your help in shooting and editing always. <3 

Photo by: Kylie Noelle Photography

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He will tell his angels to care for you and keep you in all your ways.
Psalm 91:11




Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Beauty | Balm, Perfectly Balanced Skincare

Hi guys!

Today, I'm sharing about a skincare line that I have fallen in love with. Balm Skincare is an organic skincare line that launched in November of 2016 in our lovely city of Columbus, Ohio. Balm is a truly unique line with a beautiful story and mission that is very dear to my heart. Balm began following the founders' families' battles with cancer. They're hoping to share the benefits that they've experienced with natural, homeopathic treatments and ingredients. Their product formulations are beautifully organic and designed without preservatives or chemicals. Each handmade product is curated in their herbal laboratory and designed by the founder!

Balm is daringly bold, optimally beautiful and perfectly balanced. I absolutely love that Balm wants to lead a community that seeks a natural lifestyle and inspires others to do the same. It's amazing how transparent they are with what their products are made of and how they're created! Their organic skincare products give real results just like the ingredients themselves. They also work with the pH balance of our skin (not against it) to promote skin health.

There are 3 main steps to their skincare program: cleanse, tone & moisturize

I've been using their raw honey cleanser with charcoal. It smells very yummy! I love the fresh and sweet honey scent that it has. I also really like that the formula feels like it has exfoliating properties but it doesn't irritate my skin. The cleanser is soap free with raw honey, charcoal and turmeric. It has made my skin much softer, smoother and brighter. I love the antibacterial, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties of the raw honey ingredeint.

I've also been using their face cream with rose tea. Let me first say that if a product has a rose scent or feature, you know I'm sold! I have oily skin with dry spots so it's difficult for me to find the right kind of moisturizer. This cream left me feeling very well hydrated but not oily. I also noticed brighter skin after applying this as my moisturizer!

Now I didn't try the toner, but they have a toning water that is made up of apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, rose, calendula, chamomile and essential oil. This is to tighten and prep the skin for moisturizing.

They have a big vision that goes beyond skincare. I'm honored to be able to share that vision with all of you who I love dearly. I've also found myself on my own journey towards a healthier, more natural lifestyle. Many times, we don't even know that what we're putting into or onto our bodies is unhealthy. It can be difficult in our society to trust in the products we use, but it's amazing to find souls that are guiding lights and paving the way in organic living.

What are you the most excited to try from Balm?!

Love,

Christina xx

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Psalm 139:18

Monday, May 22, 2017

Style | 5.22.17


Hi friends!

Happy Monday!!!

I absolutely love this STYLEWE dress! The print has such pretty colors in it and it's a super soft fabric! It really is very comfy to wear all day. I was a bit cold in these photos though, because it was incredibly windy outside haha! I know I'll be waring this dress on repeat this summer.

Both the earrings and the necklace were in my Rocksbox set this month! Drop earrings are my favorite kind and these have just the right amount of sparkle. If you'd like some new summer sparkle for yourself, use my code:
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for a free box set!

It's rare for me to wear colorful shoes! I don't know if y'all have noticed, but I usually wear nice neutral shades. I love my tan/brown and black shoes because I can wear them with everything! I love fun shoes so much, but it's weird how practical I am when picking out shoes! I love how BEARPAW has inspired me to explore and be more adventurous in my choices. These wedges are the
BEARPAW style "Roselle" and they are such a great shade of blue! I know I say it with all BEARPAW shoes, but I can't believe how dang comfortable these are. It was the first thing I noted when I slipped these on for the first time. I was like "Fred, these are the most comfortable wedges I've ever tried on... by far!!!" They have a comfy, squishy pad in the sole, but they're so lightweight and not bulky whatsoever. Long story short, I LOVE these! If you'd like to get 15% off your order today, use my code:
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Do you have any fun plans for the week?!

Love,

Christina xx

{Wearing:}
Print Dress - StyleWe
"Roselle" Blue Wedges - BEARPAW
Silver Lariat Necklace - Rocksbox | Sophie Harper
Silver Drop Earrings - Rocksbox | Perry Street
Similar Round Sunnies - Forever 21

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Style | Wedding Guest Style Guide + My Favorite Tips & Tricks!

Hey guys!

It's officially wedding season and I wanted to share some of my favorite tips and tricks with all of you! I often get asked the question "What should I wear to ___'s wedding?"! I've also worked in retail for many years and styled a lot of different women (and men!) for weddings. Through the years, I've found that one of the most stressful things about attending a wedding is the unknown. The more prepared you feel for the wedding you're going to attend, the more confident and relaxed you are! Not knowing the tone and dress etiquette of the wedding you're going to tends to be the number one stressor. So, I wanted to share my favorite tips to help you if you're unsure of how fancy the wedding you're going to is! Believe it or not, you can easily change a look from casual to dressy and vice versa just by changing your accessories!

 I've made a YouTube video sharing all my best tips & tricks. It's also a sort of lookbook, showing my favorite looks for most weddings, so be sure to check that out HERE!

I've also included an official Wedding Guest Style Guide by The Black Tux so you can quickly refer to it in your time of need! So if you want to get some inspiration on what to wear to the next wedding on your calendar, just keep on scrollin'!

Love,

Christina xx

My Wedding Guest Style Guide 

(I share all of this visually in my video!)

If you're looking for an alternative to the typical short to mid length dress, here are my favorites:

1. Jumpsuit or Romper
2. Maxi Dress
3. Crop Top + Maxi Skirt Combo

These 3 accessories can change your look from casual to dressy:

1. Shoes
I'm sure this one seems obvious! But I've been surprised just how much going from flats to heels can  change your look!

2. Necklace
In my opinion, longer necklaces give off a more casual vibe. Statement necklaces that sit higher, dress up an outfit!

3. Bag
For more casual weddings, I like to have a small cross body bag. For weddings with a dressier style, I like to carry a clutch.

My top 3 favorite coverups for a dressier look:

1. Detailed Kimono
2. Lightweight Crochet Cardigan
3. Cocoon Style Cardigan 

The Black Tux is a super cool company. I haven't left you out fellas! If you're looking for wedding suit and tuxedo rentals, be sure to check them out for a totally unique experience!

Here is the ultimate Wedding Guest Style Guide:
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Your love Lord, reaches to the heavens; Your faithfulness, reaches to the skies. 
- Psalm 36:5



Monday, May 15, 2017

Lifestyle | Make Your Workspace More Inspiring!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and LIFEWTR. All opinions are mine alone. #Ad #ThirstInspiration #CollectiveBias
Hi, friends!
Where do you look for inspiration? I know many of us have creative jobs or hobbies and we’re constantly looking to ignite creativity through inspiration. When it comes to feeling inspired and creating my best work/art, I’ve found that making my workspace inviting and expressive is crucial for me! I need to be in an inspiring space to get my creative juices flowing!



I’ve found it’s also crucial for me to feel my best inside and out while I’m creating. I have to stay super hydrated to feel energetic and productive. Plus, it’s good for the mind and body to stay hydrated, so LIFEWTR (available at 7-Eleven) is my daily companion! Throughout the work day, I reach for my LIFEWTR to keep me refreshed and restored. Every drop of LIFEWTR is purified and pH balanced, with electrolytes for taste! I love that it quenches my curiosity and inspires me to express myself.
On my desk, it’s my favorite accessory!



I love having an original desk space that fits with my personal style. Keep reading to see my best tips for a creative workspace and check out the LIFEWTR social hub to see all kinds of inspiration!



Follow these steps for a dreamier, more inspiring workspace: 
1. Add something that brings you joy & makes you smile

It’s important to have something in view that brings you joy throughout the work day. This portrait of my husband and I always makes me happy! Pictures of loved ones and inspirational quotes are a few ideas that come to mind!
2. Surround yourself with images that inspire & encourage you
I love this cozy little corner of wall art that I’ve started over my desk. I love all the colors and the dreamy, whimsical feel! I look forward to adding new pieces to it and it’s a great source of inspiration for me.
3. Decorate with your favorite colors
I love all colors, bright and dark. However, I feel more positive and cheerful when I’m in a colorful space! I also like to work in a bright light kind of space because it keeps me more alert and energized. Knowing what colors affect your mood in the most positive way is really important for creating a great workspace for yourself.
4. When in doubt, add some flowers
I think flowers and plants just give so much life to space! They can really liven up a desk and they’re so pretty to look at. Any greenery of your choice can really transform a desk space.
5. Use pretty organizers, notebooks, pens, etc.

Do you really need a reason for this one?! If you’re like me, those pretty desk accessories get you every time! They really do make me more excited to use them and that excitement and passion is important to kickstart creativity.

6. Put up some twinkle lights
Why not add some twinkle lights to your space! Exploring different lighting options is important to create the ambiance that you’re going for. I love twinkle lights because they’re dreamy and they can quickly and easily change the mood. You can use twinkle lights, other string lights or any lighting that you want!
7. Keep what’s important to you in sight
I like to keep an image in sight that represents my goals. I think it’s helpful to have a visual that can keep you pushing forward when you feel burnt out or uninspired. This card was a gift from my mom. It’s a donation of clothing and basic essentials made in honor of my blog. It’s one of my most prized possessions. I keep this in view to keep my goal in sight. My mission is to be able to support and give back more like this in the future. The tiny flamingo is a gift from my dad from one of my favorite days with him, and the little hummingbird Kachina is a gift from my sister. The hummingbird represents spring, rebirth and a recreation of the self. This was a gift from a time in my life when I needed to recreate myself. My family means everything to me, so I like to have these gifts with me every day. If you have any little tokens that are important to you, you can find a place for them in your space!
LIFEWTR can be found at 7-Eleven. Most work days, I take a small break or two and leave my working area for a while. I find my mini-breaks the perfect time to head to 7-Eleven to pick up more LIFEWTR. It’s so convenient to just pop into your local one and stock up! I always feel refreshed and ready to create when I come back from a break with my LIFEWTR.
The LIFEWTR display stood out in-store because the packaging on the bottles is so vibrant and original! I am in love with the cool artwork on the bottles. There are a few different styles, and I had fun picking out which ones I wanted. I first tried LIFEWTR because I was so curious and intrigued by the pretty bottles. If you’ve also been intrigued by that pretty packaging, check out their website to learn all the details!
You can also find LIFEWTR in the refrigerated drink aisle!
Hopefully, these tips inspired you in some way. No matter how big or small your workspace is, you can totally customize it to your style. You can do as little or as much as want with it. It’s up to you; it’s your space so create it how you like it!
I want to know what’s currently inspiring about your workspace. Are you in need of some creative energy? How do you use LIFEWTR in your daily life? For more #thirstinspiration, be sure to explore the hashtag on social media and check out the LIFEWTR social hub here!
Love,
Christina xx

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Lifestyle | Soma Store Grand Opening Party! (Upper Arlington, OH)

Hi guys!

I love sharing store openings with you, because they're so enjoyable to go to and write about! I had so much fun attending the Soma store opening party the other night! The new Columbus store is located in the Shops On Lane Avenue Plaza at 1595 W Lane Ave, Upper Arlington, OH 43221 and it is gorgeous! I was so excited when I got the invite. I'm always happy to learn about a new store in the area, especially one that is completely new to me. I'd never been to Soma before and I'm so glad this was my first experience with them. Everyone working at this event, were extremely welcoming and kind!

I loved the stylist that helped me find my items. Her name is Sara Schork and she was so sweet to me! She truly listened to my answers about my style and brought me a ton of pieces that I genuinely liked. It was so hard to choose what I wanted, but I ended up getting pieces that she had originally picked out for me! She was awesome at her job. She also made me feel very comfortable and confident, which is always important while trying on clothes especially intimates! I would definitely  recommend her.

There were so many things there that I wanted. Not only did they have super pretty lingerie and intimates, they also had stylish resort wear, swimsuits, sleepwear and perfume. There was so much to look at, I didn't even get to explore it all. When Fred and I left and got back in the car, he said "Did you see the maxis babe?"... SOO CUTE! I actually didn't see them, but he knows me so well. He knew I'd love them so he took some pictures so I could see the collection.

 I want to say a huge thank you to Fred for being a champ and coming with me. He helped me take the pictures above. Yes, he really is a saint haha! I love you!

They were also super generous in the goodies they gave me! I can't wait to wear the bralette that I picked out. It will be on repeat all summer. I'm also really interested in trying out the special lingerie wash and wash bag, I was in need of those! Thank you so so much for the treats and the sweet hospitality Soma! Can't wait to stop back in and see more!

P.S - Their moto is "Soma, so much more than sexy"& can I just say that I LOVEEE that!

Are you guys excited about the new Soma?!

Love,

Christina xx

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