Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Black x White

Hey friends--

It has been a rough couple of weeks here lately. Thank you, thank you to all who have sent well wishes! 

Brrrr it's also been so cold in my little corner of the world. I have to layer up every morning before leaving the house. I love finding cozy pieces like this cape/poncho that makes bundling up look a little cuter. Plus it makes me feel like I'm wearing a blanket all day & I am A-okay with that.

Stay warm everyone!

Christina xx
Wearing: Black Hat- H&M
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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Campus Book Rentals & Operation Smile Collaboration

Hey friends--

I've partnered up with Campus Book Rentals to let you know about their awesome company and partnership with Operation Smile! If you're in the market for textbooks, Campus Book Rentals has some really great perks for students!

Some of these include:
- Save 40%-90% off bookstore prices
-Free shipping both ways
-You can highlight in the books
-Rental periods are flexible
- Donation to Operation Smile with each textbook rental

With Campus Book Rentals, you can save a great deal of money on textbook rentals! Even better, you can help a very worthy cause while you shop. With each textbook rented, Campus Book Rentals donates to Operation Smile. 
Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that transforms lives through surgery. They perform safe, effective cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries and they deliver medical therapies to children in low and middle income countries. Every 3 minutes, a child is born with a cleft. A child born with a cleft has increased odds of dying before their 1st birthday. Many children that survive with a cleft condition have difficulty eating, speaking, hearing, or breathing. In many of these cases, parents and families can't afford the surgeries to help their children. Operation Child is being very proactive about this issue and our working in over 60 countries to heal children's smiles and bring hope where it's needed. 

You can help them make the difference in these children's lives! 

Check out their site today to rent today!
  & Check out Operation Smile's website and adorable blog (The Smile Blog) for more information on the charity!

Happy reading!

Christina xx
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

IVY Bridal Studio Collaboration

Hello lovely friends--

Have you seen The Great Gatsby? You know the scene where Daisy Buchanan enters the film and Nick Carraway is blinded by a sea of white. When the angle shifts, it's easy to see why he was captivated by the flowing chiffon curtains and the sparkling crystals hanging off of Daisy's dainty arm. When I first stepped foot into IVY Bridal Studio I was immediately transported to that dreamy Daisy Buchanan-like state. The space was so inviting and the dresses were absolutely breathtaking. My heart found a new favorite with each sparkle that caught my eye. 

Jackie Trucco created IVY Bridal Studio to give brides a truly unforgettable experience. I had the pleasure of spending time with Jackie and hearing about her great journey. This bridal boutique had been a vision of Jackie's since she was a girl.  Now it's been thriving for a couple of years in Columbus and is only expanding!

Each dress in the store is special and handpicked.. Truly some of the most unique dresses that I have ever seen. Jackie expressed to me that she really wants her brides to be in one of a kind dresses that reflect their personality. She wants them to stand out and make whatever beautiful statement that they're hoping to make. Some of the designers they carry are Alvina Valenta, Alyne by Rivini, Blush, Hayley Paige, Modern Trousseau, Amy Kuschel and Justine M Couture. The experience is also unique. With the policy being by appointment only, each bride gets to browse without interruption. Each bride gets undivided attention and is never pressured to make a purchase. The atmosphere only adds to the experience, it makes it very personal, memorable and fun. It is definitely a no stress zone with lovely vibes all around! & Touching the dresses is encouraged! Can you ask for more in a bridal studio?

If you're engaged, congratulations! You will not regret giving the IVY Bridal experience a chance. It is appointment only so please call ahead. If you're like me and have a lot of dear friends getting engaged, do them a favor and refer them to IVY. & If you hope to plan a wedding of your own one day, keep them in mind.. I've already made metal note.

Check out their website & blog to find out more information! They're also on Instagram @ivybridal

Yay for weddings and love and pretty dresses!
Happy Shopping!

Christina xx
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

ClassPass Collaboration

Hey everyone--

As I've mentioned before ClassPass has launched in Columbus! Get your tanks ready and pack your gym totes! There are so many different types of workouts to try... yoga, barre, bootcamp, pilates and more! Check out the ClassPass website to find a map of exact locations and if you're looking for some suggestions:

For strengthening and cross-training try The Butcher Shop Fitness, Improvement Warrior Fitness or Ohio Fit Club!

For toning and tightening while meditating try V Power Yoga or Thank Yoga!

For barre, try Pure Barre!

& For a rockin' bod makeover try Pai Yoga and Fitness and Burn!

 Sign up for ClassPass today and enjoy unlimited classes for only $79/month.
Share your experiences on social media with #classpasscolumbus #passthehappy #livingthesweatylife

Happy working out!

Christina xx
I don't even know abouttt my shoes.
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Discount Glasses Collaboration

Hey everyone--

I was so excited when I got asked to collaborate with Discount Glasses. I'm a sucker for a cat-eye frame and I have pretty poor vision. I usually wear contacts, but I always need a good pair of chic glasses to wear on the days my eyes need a break or my look needs an update! These cat-eye glasses had such a great shape and frame. They're very fashionable and I feel like I could throw them on with any outfit and they would give it a quirky charm. As for sunnies, I believe that they are one statement accessory that can really transform a look! These cat-eye sunglasses made me feel so glamorous. They have that certain Grace Kelly appeal that makes me swoon. While wearing them, I felt as if I should have more exquisite plans than homework and errands. However any day that I can spend taking pictures with my mom, spending time with my loved ones and snuggling my pug trump the most fancy of days. 

Have you guys of heard of Discount Glasses? They are currently running a Columbus campaign, so there is no better time to buy from them! They have one goal: to personally give customers high-quality stylish eye-wear at low prices. They are an online retailer specializing in trendy eye-wear at affordable prices. 
All of their orders come with free shipping and returns and a 365 day money back guarantee! ALL orders, that's a pretty nice set up! You can try them out without any risks.  It was such a pleasure to work them! I got my frames so fast and they both came in pretty and sturdy cases. I have only the best things to say about them.. loved the frames.. loved the service!

Happy eye-wear friends!

Christina xx
These are the Timex Women's Response Cat-Eye frames!
Click the link to snag them for yourself!
These are the Fantas-Eyes Pretty Kitty Cat-Eye sunglasses in tortoise/brown. 
If you're in the market for new specs or shades, definitely check out!
Wearing: First Outfit

Second Outfit

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Friday, January 2, 2015

ClassPass Columbus Collaboration- Fitness 2015

Hey everyone--
Happy New Year! I hope your year is off to a great, fresh start! I have some exciting news for you Columbus, ClassPass has come to our city! This month I have partnered with them and will be blogging for them the month of January. Follow me on Instagram @christinadawes for my ClassPass updates and class reviews! One of my New Year's resolutions is to make healthier decisions regarding diet and fitness. Like many of you, I want to make a conscious effort to live a healthier lifestyle and get fit in 2015! Let's do it together!
ClassPass is a monthly membership to the best boutique fitness classes in your city. With ClassPass, you gain access to thousands of classes, including yoga, pilates, dance, cycling, strength training, martial arts, etc. For just $79- $99 a month (the price varies by city) you can get a ClassPass membership that will allow you to take as many classes per month as you like (at partnering studios) & you can visit the same studio up to 3 times per monthly membership cycle. Each ClassPass cycle lasts for one month, so if you buy your ClassPass on January 5th, your membership will renew on February 5th. It does not require any long term commitment-- so no worries!
You can purchase a membership online and email for help with any questions! There is a ClassPass app for iPhones and an Android app is coming soon! If you're interested in a certain area for your next workout, there is a map of all the Columbus venues on their site.
I can't wait to visit all of the different studios and try some new things! Check out the ClassPass site for all the details and join me in my journey! Let's get fit Columbus!
Christina xx 

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Baydian Collaboration

Hey guys--

So I'm finally getting up the second part to my collaboration with Baydian! I had so much fun shooting these photos with Tamara. She is so so talented and her scarves are gorgeous! If you're doing some last minute Christmas shopping for your loved ones or for yourself,  a bold Baydian scarf makes a great gift! Everyone could use a warm, cozy scarf in the winter weather! & They make every outfit look so chic! 

Check out the Baydian website for some serious scarf inspiration and to view all of the scarves available!

Happy Shopping!
Christina xx
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Those Black Flowers

Hey guys--

Sooooo it's been forever! I hate that I had to take such a long blogging break, but I am planning on getting everything back up and running! & I have a lot of new projects coming with the new year! I'm very very excited! 

So here is a Debs post getting up very late. This black floral kimono has by far been my most favorite kimono! I also love this black slip dress because it is worn well in any season. I accessorized with  black booties and a large camel satchel. This bag is super great too, because it can actually hold everything I need!

Christina xx
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