Vlog Wednesdays: Winter to Spring Makeup

Hey Fashionistas,

This weather is driving me insane! One week is snowing and the next week is sunny and in the 60s. I feel like I’m going stir crazy with the weather and choosing my outfits!

However, there is one happy medium! I came up with this fun makeup tutorial so you can be prepared for the cold and the warmth!

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Face:
Benefit Porefessional Primer
Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation – “I’m Pure for Sure” Ivory
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer | 10 Light
Tartiest Pro Glow Kit
Too Faced Love Flush Blush

Eyes:
NYX Eyeshadow Base
ELF Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette
Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Eye Shadow Palette
Maybelline Colossal The Big Shot Mascara

Lips:
Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick | Melted Peony

Xoxo,

Chrissie Carly

Vlog Wednesdays: St Patrick’s Day Makeup

Hey Fashionistas,

It’s St. Patrick’s Day this Friday….so get ready to shake your Shamrocks 😉

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Face:
Benefit Porefessional Primer
NYX Angel Veil Primer Skin Perfecting Primer
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation | 125 Nude Beige
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer | 10 Light
Tartiest Pro Glow Kit
Clinique Cheek Pop | Blush Pop
NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator

Eyes:
NYX Eyeshadow Base
Elf Cosmetics Little Black Beauty Warm Kit
Marc Jacob Gel Liner
Maybelline Colossal The Big Shot Mascara

Lips:
Elf Matte Lipstick | Cranberry
Mac Nutcracker Pigments and Glitter Kit

Xoxo,

Chrissie Carly

Flywheel: Flying up to new heights

Hey Fashionistas,

Current mood:
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**Disclaimer: Unfortunately, I didn’t take many photos for this blog since I was too excited and forgot 😦

I took my very first cycling class yesterday!! I’ve never gone cycling before but I’ve heard amazing things about it especially from one of my really good friends, Sarah Gaines of Fit University. She’s a certified cycling instructor! So when I went yesterday, I was thrilled to finally give it a try!

When I arrived, everyone working there was super friendly and let me tell you, the place so clean! Now I’m not sure if all cycling places offer these but at Flywheel, they had free water, apples, and clean towels. It didn’t have that gym smell or yucky air you feel when you walk into a gym or a class. I was immediately pleased with the aesthetics.

Cycling itself was really fun! I got a full body work out and was thoroughly pleased with how I felt afterwards. I’m going to be honest though, it was pretty tough for the first time. When I started “walking” aka biking but standing up, it was a huge adjustment. You had to keep to the tempo but at the same time keep up your pace. I might have almost tripped or felt my hip almost pop out because I picked up my speed to catch up with everyone.

My favorite part of the class was when I was reminded of how awesome and amazing my body is. These past two weeks since Lent has started has really taken a hit on my eating disorder thoughts. I gave up **social media for Lent, which means I’ve had a lot of quiet time lately…which leads to have a lot of time to think – one of those thoughts being my eating disorder. In the middle of the class, I saw myself in the mirror and saw this strong women who was having fun and smiling even though I was exhausted from constantly moving my legs. I felt beautiful, sexy (one word I’ve never ever used on myself before) in the nicest and non-objective way possible, and confident for the first time in a while. I literally felt like I was FLYING!

So what are my final thoughts? Absolutely amazing!
Would I go to another class? Most definitely, though probably not too many times since it is a bit on the pricey side.
Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes, I would. It’s fun and exhilarating!

Of course, right after class Rachel and I went straight to Candle Cafe, a vegan place a couple blocks down, to refuel our body with yummy food!

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Sweaty and starving

Best vegan lasagna ever ❤

Xoxo,

Chrissie Carly

**I gave up social media for Lent so when I need to post blog related things, my sister Erica does it for me!

Vlog Wednesdays: First Impression Makeup

Hey Fashionistas,

Just a quick video on me trying new makeup products for the very first time! Let me know what products you want me to try out and I’ll try them out after Lent is over ❤

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Products:
Rimmel Insta Flawless Perfect Radiant Skin Tint – Shade 006
Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot Mascara
NYX Ombre Blush – Strictly Chic
NYX Liquid Illuminator – Sunbeam
Benefit They’re Real Double the Lip – Lusty Rose

Xoxo,

Chrissie Carly

February Shopping Haul

Hey Fashionistas,

Happy February!! My inner blonde came out to play 😉

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Rimmel Insta-flawless Perfecting Radiant Skin Tint
NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer
Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara
Jordana Sculpt n Go Contour Stick
NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator
Clinique Cheek pop/Blush pop
NYX Ombre Blush
Elf Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer
Maybelline Inti-Matte Nude Lipstick – Raw Chocolate & Beige Babe

Xoxo,

Chrissie Carly

How I didn’t let my Eating Disorder take away my Love for Fashion

Hey Fashionistas,

Soo…February is National Eating Disorder Awareness month and yes, I know I’m a little late in posting this but it’s been a pretty rough month for myself in terms of eating disorders. Chinese New Year was this month which means holiday eating anxiety was constantly in the back of my mind. Looking back at my journey to recovery and staying in recovery, one thing I am glad for is that I didn’t lose my love for fashion to ED.

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The fashion industry is known for both women AND men to have eating disorders, and yes I have been one of them. Now my eating disorder didn’t start in the fashion industry but working in the fashion industry for a few summers definitely played a huge part in my ED. I was never a model but I was constantly striving to be skinny and beautiful like my coworkers who **seemed to have more self control when it came to choosing a salad over a burger.

The longer I stayed working in the fashion industry, the deeper I fell into my eating disorder. I hated my body and started getting extremely scared of trying and buying clothes. I constantly was trying out different diets and even when my fashion internships were completed and I was back in school, I was still obsessed with how I looked and wanting to be perfect in my clothes. The world I loved so much was starting to suck me in deeper and deeper into my ED thoughts. Deep down, I knew that I needed to stop this unhealthy cycle but I was too scared. I was convinced that it meant I would have to leave the fashion industry, which eventually I did.

However as I started to take steps to recovery, I realized one thing: Just because I was no longer working in the industry didn’t mean that fashion was gone. No, absolutely not. Growing up, I lived and breathed fashion. It was a part of me and my way of expressing myself. I had convinced myself that fashion was about looking skinny and perfect, but in reality, fashion is about expressing who I was as a person – strong, brave, and beautiful because God made me that way. As Blair Waldorf says, “Fashion is the most powerful art there is. It’s movement, design and architecture all in one. It shows the world who we are and who we’d like to be.” So true!! After realizing that, my love for fashion came back. Yes, I no longer work in the fashion industry but my love for fashion is still alive – through this blog! This blog has allowed me to pursue and express my fashion sense through my own eyes and no one else’s.

Sure, I still have days where my eating disorder thoughts are out in full blown force and not being able to wear certain clothing sizes still gives me anxiety. But I know fashion was and still is my way of expressing to the world my inner beauty and how I see myself. And NOTHING…ABSOLUTELY NOTHING will take that away from me ever again.

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Xoxo,

Chrissie Carly

For more information about eating disorders and how to help either yourself or someone you love fight ED, check out http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org.

**this was what I perceived (distorted eating perceptions)…not exactly what happened

Holiday Vlog: Valentine’s Day Makeup – Love Yourself

Happy Valentine’s Day Fashionistas,

Wear Love Everywhere You Go
-Colossians 3:14

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Face:
Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow! Liquid Foundation
Burberry Fresh Glow – Luminous Fluid Base
Jordana Sculpt and Go Contour Stick
Milani Baked Blush
Tartiest Pro Glow Kit

Eyes:
Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Collection Palette
Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eyeliner
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Lips:
Maybelline Inti-matte nude lipstick – Beige Babe

Xoxo,

Chrissie Carly