JoJo Style Challenge Day 2

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2-4-1 Tuesday!

You’re not imagining things, folks. Today, I’ll be featuring two of JoJo’s looks for the price of one!

For those of you new to the blog–welcome! I’m on day two of my self-imposed “JoJo Style Challenge.” Every day this week I will attempt to channel my style guru–JoJo Fletcher from this season of The Bachelorette. Yesterday, I recreated her comfy casual look from episode two. Today, I am featuring outfits she wore on two different one-on-one dates with Luke Pell. (My top pick for next season’s Bachelor. Though, I don’t really want him to go on the show because I want him all to myself. Amirite, ladies??).

Also, can we just take a moment to acknowledge how Luke is in a near constant state of smoldering? Someone get that man a glass of milk! (Meanwhile, I’m going to take a cold shower.)

Luke Pell

Photo courtesy of Luke Pell

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JoJo Style Challenge Day 1

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“Slay, Queen JoJo, Slay!”

If you visited me on a Monday night, during Miss JoJo Fletcher’s season of The Bachelorette, chances are you would catch me yelling this at my TV. (Or texting it to my mom, who’s also a big Bachelor[ette] fan.) I’ve always enjoyed the female-led iteration of The Bachelor franchise (minus the slut-shaming during Katilyn’s season). To me, The Bachelorette is what dreams are made of–dating more than one guy at a time, romantic and unique dates with beautiful backdrops, sexy (often shirtless) men vying for your attention. Sign me up!

As a long-time Bachelor-franchise fan one of my favorite episode-viewing activities (besides drinking–duh) is getting style inspiration from The Bachelorettes. I will follow every season’s lead on Instagram and screenshot my favorite looks. Of the twelve seasons, JoJo’s wardrobe has been one of my favorites. Her make-up and style are simple, accessible, and feminine. Even her rose ceremony and cocktail party looks are chic and timeless, but with modern touches (for example: shoulder cutouts, crop tops and high-waist bottoms). So, I say again: slay, queen JoJo, slay. Continue reading

Winter Pieces and Spring Essentials (and a blog update)

Christina’s Best Life Update

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Greetings, friends! And welcome to the new and improved version of Christina’s Best Life! After months of inactivity I thought a new design would motivate me to start blogging again. In the months since starting this blog I’ve found that, while super fun, blogging is a time-consuming undertaking. When I began this blog it was a much-needed source of inspiration at a time when I was disinterested in nearly everything in my life. Since Thanksgiving (which is about the time of my last entry), I’ve taken a more active role in creating my own happiness, instead of expecting others (mainly my husband) to make me happy. With my renewed sense of self-awareness has come an openness toward new experiences (which means I’ve had less free time to blog).

That being said, moving forward, the purpose of this blog will reflect my wider range of interests. While still primarily an outlet for my creative writing, Christina’s Best Life now includes samples of my freelance photography and graphic design work. I also hope that the new design makes my content more accessible for y’all. I mean…you all. (It’s official. the South is affecting my speech.)

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#ootd [two girls walk into a bar…]

Last Friday night comedian Ralphie May performed at The Kent Stage (in Kent, OH). While I was not in a constant state of laughter, as you would hope to be at a comedy show, May did have some some comedy gold hidden in between all the raunchy sex jokes. Joining me in intermittent laughter was my best friend, and today’s featured outfit-of-the-day-er, Allison.

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From my wedding this summer. Allison was my maid of honor!

Allison has certainly been an indirect influence to this blog. For years, my go-to look was always a basic v-neck tee and slim-fit jeans (and maybe a scarf if I was feeling creative). In contrast, Allison always dresses to perfection, no matter the occasion. And what I’ve always admired about her style is her ability to effortlessly and confidently combine seemingly conflicting patterns, textures, and designs. So, over the years her confidence rubbed off on me.

About a year ago I questioned why I wasn’t putting more effort into my everyday personal appearance. What Allison helped me realize is that every moment in your life is special, and that part of what helps define these moments is what we wear. When I transport myself to a cherished memory part of what I recall, apart from the awesome people involved, is how I looked and felt in that moment. We are living in a time where every detail of an outfit becomes an extension of who we are, and our style decisions help us tell our story without having to speak. (If you knew Allison, I think you’d agree that this diatribe would make her proud.)

So, everyone, please give a warm welcome to the first non-me person to be featured on my blog: Allison Khanna!

Allison’s #ootd

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