November 24, 2014

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The Gatsby Method

Here is a fun hair tutorial for your upcoming party season! I call it "The Gatsby Method"
because it makes a fun wave in your hair reminiscent of Daisy Buchanan herself. 
Start by taking a smallish section of hair - and twisting it gently. Don't wind it up tight though!
The bigger the section the looser the wave...so keep that in mind.
Once your hair is twisted, simply curl it up with your curling iron, trying to overlap as little hair as possible.
Start rolling from the base of your curling iron (closest to your thumb) up to the tip of the curling iron.
Hold until your hair is thoroughly heated , then pull down and release the hair.
Repeat sections of hair until finished - and voila!
Wear it smoothed with some finishing cream or slightly tousled with hair spray! 
 
xoxo
Christy
November 20, 2014

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A Painted Piano

Check out my newly up-cycled piano project! I am literally obsessed with it and feel like I am living in a brand new house every time I walk into my living room!
I lucked out and found this piano on craigslist. I had been looking for an old upright to bedazzle for a while, so when I saw this one I offered them $80 and by some miracle they said yes! Win! Even more of a tender mercy was the fact that originally it was a dark cherry color, and the nice folks I bought it from had done some serious work and white washed it into this lighter color. 
What this meant of course, was that I could dive right in and start painting! And by I - I mean my husband. So we went on a hideous outing with our 3 screaming/whining/overly tired children to Lowe's late that night to pick up the perfect can of bright canary yellow paint. Because in my wildest dreams it was my hearts desire to own a shiny brightly gleaming yellow piano. 
We came home, and my dear sweet manly Bob Villa of a husband went straight to work. He removed the front panel, taped off the keys, and started rolling out mustard yellow paint + primer in one. Well... long tory short - the yellow was a disaster. It looked more like...a nursing baby's diarrhea. It was greenish, and see through, and not working at all.
So we repeated our heinous shopping trip once more and went screaming down the paint aisle looking for an alternative color. And then there it was. In all its Valspar glory:
High Gloss Cosmic Green!
I knew it was perfect. My 6 year old daughter knew it was perfect. The paint mixer at Lowes on the other hand...not so much. He pretty much thought we were insane. But, in an effort to evict my crazy 3 year old that likes to use paint sticks as eye gouging weapons from his store, he had our paint ready to go PRONTO!
Poor Gabe had to work with these two little rascals "helping out" which consequently resulted in green paint all over my house and little people. You can see in the pictures that we ended up priming the piano first. (We voted the paint + primer in one totally useless after trying it in yellow.)
And here my friends was the final painted product. I found these truly adorable sleeping fox knobs at Anthropologie, along with the white knobs for the lid. 
Finally I began the fun part of scouring my house from top to bottom for some whimsy to add above it as the finishing touch. I am smitten with the incredible Cents of Style beast horns (available here) that are the centerpiece of my wall collage. A quick trip to Marshalls supplied my faux sheep skin rug and a few decorative frames. 
 And Voila! I loved how it turned out!
  
 
xoxo
Christy
November 18, 2014

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Free Christmas Graphic & Gift Idea

I was in charge of designing a little invitation for an upcoming Christmas party that has a "Very Vintage Christmas" theme. I came up with this paper CD case that mimics a vintage record and holds a playlist of your favorite Christmas songs. It can be used as a fun gift for your friends and neighbors, or use it for an invitation to your own Holiday shin dig! Just click on the image below, and save it to your computer. Simply import it into a photo editor such as Ribbet, add your custom text, print it out and assemble!
I have OCD slash a perfectionism disorder when it comes to things like this, so I ordered these amazing CDs from amazon that look exactly like teeny tiny vinyl records! So perfect! However, you can also just burn any regular CD and pop it in the case. Either way, its a fun and festive little package! (Vinyl cds are also carried at Walmart online, with free site to store shipping.)
 
What other cute neighbor or family gifts are you making this year? Do share!
xoxo
Christy
November 14, 2014

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Daily Uniform

Clear the rack is going on at our local Nordstrom. I accidentally purchased these adorable every day boots along with this floral print shirt. And for secretive purposes - lest my husband read this - I will have to withhold the names of the other slightly more expensive items I purchased. (A pair of frye boots * cough cough*)  To my defense I was under the influence of WINTER and DAYQUIL (a lethal shopping combination). 
This pretty much sums up my daily uniform. Im still on the hunt for the perfect every day coat. Pass along your favorite style! As of late, I have been considering these: (all from Patagonia.com)
xoxo
Christy
November 14, 2014

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A Short post on LONG hair

I am craving a haircut. This morning I was getting ready and my limbs went numb before my hair was even all the way blow dried. A hairdresser friend once told my cousin that "you know your hair is too long when it reaches your bum crack. " 
Im living dangerously close to the limit my friends!!! Dangerously close!
Enjoy this snowy weather that gives your crazy hair a free pass! 
xoxo Christy
November 11, 2014

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Exciting weekend? Not so much

Forgive my absence yesterday. I have acquired the death cold that seems to be circling through members of my household. I thought I had dodged the germs, but Friday as I was tucking at my Barre class I was feeling a little woozy. (More on Barre to come...) We had plans to visit my parents up in beautiful nature-y Garden Valley Idaho, so we optimistically left as planned. But sadly, by Saturday night I was delirious. I spent the entire weekend pounding alka seltzer and drinking Theives essential oil tea in a scalding bathtub, while reading the truly awful book by Gillian Flynn Sharp Objects. (I really dont recommend reading ANY of her books while you are sick - because take my word for it, you WILL dream about something really and truly weird.) Anyway, there you have it. My exciting vacation weekend in a nutshell.

I had hopes and dreams of capturing some gorgeous shots of me perfectly styled in a flannel shirt with an effortless intricate braid of hair cascading over a shoulder - while petting a wild deer and her newborn fawn in a meadow of tall fall foliage....but ill spare you of the reality of me pale and sickly in a ratty pair of flannel pajamas that perfectly complemented my ratty unwashed hair.

Im hopped up on cold medicine and heading to Nordstrom Rack so Im sure I will have some good posts for you this week! Stay tuned....

xoxo Christy

 

November 07, 2014

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Winterwear

 

Happy Friday everyone. I hope you are all marching around in your military style jackets, rocking out to Taylor Swift's new CD, and staring wistfully ahead at your weekend to come! 
See you Monday!
xoxo Christy

 

November 06, 2014

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Overcoming Fears

 

During one of my frequent late night online shopping binges, I stumbled upon a pair of pumpkin colored skinnies that I just knew were meant to be mine. They were on a site that offers no returns or exchanges (how in this day and age is that even POSSIBLE?!) Needless to say it didn't stop me and I purchased them immediately. Well, imagine my shock and horror as I tore open the box a few weeks later only to realize that the pants were made out of CORDUROY.
 I am not joking when I tell you that I was filled with inexplicable rage. How did I miss that these adorable jeans were in fact made out of DEVIL FABRIC??? Corduroy is scratchy, corrugated, disgusting, and makes me break out in hives mentally. I have known this intrinsically since birth and have successfully avoided wearing it for 32 years straight. Well, I knew they were non-refundable so I decided that I would at least try them on. After what can only be described as a very aerobic "bend and snap" episode, I got them on. But I do have to say... I kind of love them. This is a huge moment in fashion time for me. Like Bjork's swan dress at the oscars.
 
         
This near death fashion experience turned out to be a super fun updated take on Mary Tyler Moore circa 1976. I think the pop of color looks quite modern dressed up with a fun scarf and my ever trusty metallic bangles. All my life I thought my legs would spontaneously burst into flames from the friction of walking around in corduroy...but I feel quite comfortable in my newfound pants. Dare I say, cozy even. The perfect winter pant! I challenge you to overcome a fashion fear! Try something new and you might be pleasantly surprised. Sing it with me - "I'm gonna make it after allllllll"
I also wanted to give a shout out to my amazing and talented friend Rebecca who is my miracle worker photographer! She's the Anne Sullivan to my Helen Keller, in addition to being my hair twin. If I ever look good, its because she made it so with her giant lights and fancy equipment!! She is based here in Boise Idaho and you can view her work at her website Merrakai.com

xoxo
Christy
November 04, 2014

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Lazy Days of Sweater...

I am writing to you today whilst safely ensconced in a giant sweater. OR shall I say "cloak of Halloween candy shame"? 
It has taken me roughly 72 hours to dig my way out of the recliner where I have been hibernating beneath piles of Kit Kat and Reeses Peanut Butter Cup wrappers....just to get to my computer. I am slightly crazy from the sugar and also borderline clinically depressed from watching The Fault In Our Stars for the tenth time since it came out to rent. This sweatshirt has a nice high funnel neck/hood combo, which came in extremely handy to cover my chocolate covered chin while simultaneously drying my tears.  I paired my cozy sweatshirt with my effortless go to hairstyle which I affectionately call "The black pen updo". 
 I hope you are all in a cozy sweatshirt today! If you need an excuse to put one on - try this amazing chili recipe I found on A Family Feast and took to a chili cookoff last week. Husband and I agreed - hands down the BEST dang chili we have EVER eaten! How can you go wrong with chocolate and beer in the ingredients???
xoxo Christy
October 29, 2014

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The Way We Were

If any of you have ever carried a watermelon - this post is for you!

 

I met Courtney way back in the 2nd grade. Dont ask me what year that was - I have no idea. All I know is that this was the era of spandex as pants, neon as the new black, and bangs sprayed into an unmovable wave cresting over our foreheads. We went to the same church, and we both prayed to the fashion gods of hammer pants and jordache jeans. It was friendship at first sight. 

Throughout the years Courtney was a constant fashionable presence in my life. In junior high she was the first girl I ever knew to sport penny loafers (complete with real pennies tucked inside), While I wore my hair boyishly short and permed (not a typo), Courtney is credited with being the first among our friends to effortlessly twist her hair up with a “hair claw”. She knew what Old Navy was, before Boise had ever heard of it. We swam alongside each other in our ginormously oversized Banana Republic t-shirts while navigating the awkwardness of being a 90s teen.

 

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In high school our fashion adventures were topped only by our mutual love for Leonardo Dicaprio. We scoured magazines for fashion ads and taped them from floor to ceiling in my bedroom. Long before Mean Girls made their burn book, we had our own secret notebook that was passed between our closest friends in between class periods. Senior year I lived in a cheerleading uniform while Courtney traded her various sports jerseys for a Rotary Jacket. She left to a study abroad in Japan while I fantasized about winning an Oscar and moved to LA 6 months shy of graduation. 

In LA, Courtney came for a visit and we risked our lives to venture down into the crack district to find the fashion vans that sold clothes wholesale in a covert alleyway. I remember buying black capri pants - with leopard fur cuffs on the bottom complete with matching tank top. Courtney was right by my side congratulating me on such an awesome find.

 

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Four years later we met up in Paris and shopped for a week straight fueling up on baguettes and as many Nutella crepes as we could stomach. We were living out our dreams in our white sneakers and backpacks. I discovered how much I loved Zara on this trip, and to this day still wear a skirt I bought there to church 3 out of 4 Sundays a month. There is nobody on earth that I would have wanted to experience France with besides Courtney. She “got me” in a way that meant I had zero explaining to do. Id say: Im changing my name to Kennedy. And she would say: Yes, that fits you just right. 

 

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Fast forward to present day and what you have here are two moms, with a fashion past that stretches farther than spanx - who have never really outgrown those childhood dreams of reaching their pinnacle of style. It was no surprise to me in 2007 when Courtney called me up and shared her brilliant plan to start her own business. Cents Of Style . It was about as shocking as the demise of gaucho pants. Which is to say, everyone saw it coming. And I for one am grateful to have so many accessories at my disposal - handpicked by a trusted friend. 

So without further ado - I present myself to the world of fashion blogs: Consumer whore, fashion addict, and former “baby in a corner.” Ive repented of my ways and put aside my Sally Jesse Raphael glasses, my bowl cut of 1996, and most importantly my old nose… in favor of true religion jeans, statement necklaces, and any shirt I can find that doesn’t make me look 6 months pregnant.

Join me, wont you?

xoxo
Christy

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