Thursday, August 28, 2014

milkmaid braid tutorial (video)

Some of you expressed interest in a tutorial for a milkmaid braid, so here it is! I had a lot of fun filming and editing this, so I hope you enjoy. Feel free to subscribe to my YouTube channel and let me know if you have any questions!

- Christina

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

liebster award

i like the lack of perfection in this photo. i debated posting it a few weeks ago and decided not to because of the hairs on my knee. no one is perfect.

I've been nominated for a Liebster Award by Oli. (Thank you, Oli!) I've heard of this award in the past but didn't think too much of it. I actually Googled it to get a better idea of what it's all about. I'm flattered to be chosen. It doesn't really fit in the aesthetic of my blog, but I think it would be fun for my followers to learn a little more about me. Enjoy!

1. What is your favorite season, why? 

My favorite season is summer. (My favorite season is almost over. :() I love summer because the possibilities are endless. You can go to the beach, go camping, dip in the pool, have a picnic, outdoor dinner party...

2. What is inspiring you most, right now? 

Photography/videography & blogging. 
They all go hand in hand but I'm constantly inspired to improve those skills.

3. What project or purchase for your home is on top of your to-do list? 

I don't have anything on the top of that list. I've been saving to travel next year so home improvements aren't on my radar. I think if I were to spend money right now, I'd buy some paint and paint my room and some furniture.

4. What setting/place brings you the most peace/calm? 

:cheesy alert: 
When I'm with my boyfriend.

5. Favorite flower? 

I really love poppies. They are California's state flower, so they remind me of my favorite state. (I went to a poppy field earlier this year. See some photos here.)

6. Your lesson of 2014? 

Don't be afraid to be yourself and speak up for yourself. I find myself not saying how I feel so I decided no matter how fearful I am, I need to speak up for myself. I feel better when I do.

7. Your song of 2014? 

John Mayer's rendition of BeyoncĂ©'s "XO." It's a combination of two of my favorite artists.  

8. Favorite book, why? 

I REALLY enjoyed The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. >.< (I read it in a day!) I read it before they made it into a movie and now that everyone knows about it and makes fun of it, it makes me embarassed to say it's my favorite book. Haha. I don't read as much as I like. I just finished #GIRLBOSS and I really enjoyed it as well. 

9. What do you envision your life being like in 10 years? 

TRAVELING CONSTANTLY. I eventually want to make a living traveling and seeing the world. 

10. If handed 10 million dollars, what would you change about your life? 

I would be traveling constantly RIGHT NOW. I wouldn't be waiting for next year.

11. If teleportation were possible right now, where would you go first?

Paris, France. I was introduced to the French New Wave in college and it made me obsessed with Paris. I really need to see it for myself.

That's it for my questions.
More for the bloggers I nominated after the jump!

Monday, August 25, 2014

my weekend

How was your weekend? Mine was really enjoyable but I got SO sunburnt yesterday. It's so painful today. Makes me want to lay in a bath of aloe all. day. long. Here's a little round up of photos from my Instagram.

It was my cat, Oliver's birthday! He turned 3. #crazycatlady. I've raised him since he was super young, like 3 days old. His mom wasn't around so I bottle fed him, wiped his butt and was there when his eyes first opened. He's kind of a special guy to me.

There are vegan cheese its on the market. (!) They're pretty popular because every time I looked to buy some they were sold out. I got a box this weekend they're good! (they kind of get stuck in your teeth pretty hardcore, but so do regular cheese its.)

Yesterday I went to dog beach with Keith and his family. Always a good time at dog beach but ya, I got toasted.

How was your weekend?

- Christina 

Friday, August 22, 2014

link love

The weekend is here again! Any fun plans? Tonight I'm going to play in an alumni game. I played volleyball in college and they invited us back to play the newbies. I can't wait to compete! I'm also going to the beach Sunday. Warm sand between my toes, I can feel it now. (A really sad side note: I haven't been to the beach or a pool all summer long.) Here are some links to get your weekend started.

I have some tees that I need to cut. This DIY will be helpful. 

Have you ever tried free-lensing? I really want to try it out this weekend!

I want to read this book.

While I read that book, I'd love to have this to drink.

What are your plans for the weekend?

- Christina 

photo by me. this is when i accidentally painted my nails halloween colors last week.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

wwafwd? // what would a french woman do?

Inspired by this post, I began to think about how French women's mannerisms differ from American. While reading, I was slouching in my chair with chips on my nails. Something I can assume a French woman wouldn't do. I'm not saying that I need to be perfect 100% of the time, but it's the little things I can change.

1. My outfits for work can be a little more polished and thought out. I seem to be always rushing out the door, so I don't put a lot of though into my outfit or accessories.

2. I can reserve work out gear for when I am actually working out. I can't imagine a French woman going grocery shopping in yoga pants.

3. Standing and sitting up straight. (I've been trying to remind myself to do this a lot lately! It will also strengthen my core muscles, so that can't hurt.)

4. Take off my/repaint nail polish when it starts to chip.

 I could make this list a lot longer but that can become overwhelming. What are somethings you think you could change to be a little more polished?

- Christina