JoJo Style Challenge Day 3

JoJo Style Challenge

Leather & Lace

I can’t believe we’re already on day 3 of my JoJo Style Challenge! For day 1 I recreated JoJo’s fall-friendly ensemble from episode 2. Day 2 featured two casual looks from dates she had with Luke Pell. (One of my favorite contestants, I thought featuring two outfits was the least I could do to recognize this smoldering, All-American Texan.) Today, I’m vamping it up a bit by trying out a group-date look JoJo flaunted in episode 3.

Who wore it better?

JoJo Style Challenge

The hand on hip, angled leg pose–not recommended for beginners.

I believe JoJo wore this outfit to the evening group date held after that awkward sex-story-sharing date. You know, the one where Wells talks about farting during a threesome, Daniel admits to getting a little 50 Shades of Grey in a past relationship, and Chad both shoves Evan and *audible gasp* rips his shirt after Evan, a Nashville-based penis doctor, says that steroid use can negatively affect one’s ability to perform. (Guys, do you think he’s talking about Chad??) Continue reading

Fashion Throwback [Woman in a Romper]

Christina in marching band | Christina's Best Life

FOUND FOOTAGE: The only digital photographic evidence that confirms I was in band. The marching band story is not a cover up, folks.

The Back Story
In August I had the honor of being a bridesmaid at my friend Maria’s wedding. I met her in high school when I was a freshman and she was a sophomore. We both played trumpet in the marching band.

We shared a cabin at band camp in the summer of 2003 and became friends within the week. She nicknamed me gremlin. (I’d like to think it’s because I was [and still am] adorable and small, not because I resembled a reptile-like monster.)  Since then, our friendship has been one of the most authentic connections I’ve experienced.

Maria looked beautiful on her wedding day, and her twins made adorable flower girls. The parts I most enjoyed were catching up with old friends at the reception and dancing the night away in my fuchsia flip flops.

Woman in a Romper
Today’s fashion throwback features the army-green romper I wore to the rehearsal and dinner the night before the wedding. I’m disappointed I haven’t featured this outfit sooner. However, I think it’s a look that could still be worn going into fall, especially here in Nashville since it’s still in the 70s and 80s.

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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.

With Allison at my wedding | Christina's Best Life

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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#ootd [in love with lace]

This was an important week for me, mainly because I’ve been given the opportunity to display my social media and marketing prowess in a professional setting. I don’t know how much information I can disclose since the details of this job opportunity are still being developed. But let’s just say that I will likely be consuming a lot of milkshakes (of the ice cream variety) in the foreseeable future.

Besides the unwavering support of my mom and husband something else gave me the confidence to succeed in the meetings I had this week–lace! Today’s #ootd post is a double feature, focusing on two lace-inspired looks.

Wednesday: Dressed to Impressed
For my first meeting this week I wore one of my favorite dresses–a feminine and versatile piece I purchased last spring from Girly Girl Boutique. Girly Girl Boutique has become one of my preferred online shopping destinations. I love the youthful, simple, and preppy items they sell.

necklace//h&m (current season)//similar-short silver chain necklace & short gold necklace with roses
dress//girly girl boutique (old)//similar-spring wedding dress
shoes//nine west (old)//similar-Fergalicious mesh platform wedges
***Wedges are my favorite shoe style! They give you the height of a heel without the blister-inducing discomfort.

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#ootd [live on the green]

Jesse and Christina at LOTG

All smiles before the torrential rainstorm

Thursday evening Jesse and I attended Live on the Green (LOTG), a free summer concert series hosted by Nashville’s independently owned rock music station, Lightning 100 (WRLT). Nashville musicians and well-known rock and alternative bands perform in front of the historical Metropolitan Courthouse at Public Square Park. The two acre park sits on top of a subterranean parking lot and “acts as an open public meeting space while also capturing and utilizing over 50,000 gallons of rainwater each year” (Greening, Live on the Green). Besides bringing free music to the residents of Nashville, LOTG has specific guidelines for all of its performers and vendors in order to make it a more environmentally conscious event.

This particular evening, All Them Witches, The Features, and Capital Cities performed. We specifically came to see Capital Cities because we’d missed seeing them on several occasions in past year or so. Capital Cities is “our band” as a couple (second to The Damnwells). We’ve shared many silly moments singing and dancing along to the songs from their debut album, A Tidal Wave of Mystery. Since they’re so special to us I decided to purchase VIP tickets to the event. The VIP package were definitely worth it, especially when it began to monsoon toward the end of All Them Witches’ performance. (More on our Live on the Green experience shortly.)
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#ootd [prints-n-patterns]

Several weeks ago a friend of mine hosted a farewell party for a coworker of ours who has since moved to Florida. “What a great opportunity to come up with a fun outfit to share on my blog,” I thought. I don’t often feel inspired to mix prints and patterns mainly because I’ve never been confident enough. I’ve also been hesitant to embrace the crop top. I have a curvy tummy so I assumed that crop tops would just accentuate my middle (and make me super self-conscious). I wound up tackling both of these insecurities in one outfit! Not only that but it took me, maybe, 30 seconds to put my top and bottom together.

shirt//h&m
skirt//h&m (old)
watch//urban outfitters (old)

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