Saturday, June 30, 2012

State Shaped Cutting Boards



A. Heirloom is a husband and wife collaboration from Brooklyn who makes state shaped cutting boards. They came up with the idea when they wanted a creative way to display cheese on their wedding day. Each butcher block is made of 100% rapidly renewable bamboo in the USA. When ordering your cutting board you can add a heart, star, or house engraved onto the block to mark your favorite city or home town. With 50 state shaped boards to choose from at only $48, this makes for a perfect gift. A cutting board is an item that people use on a daily basis in their home. Making it something special would be a gift to remember.
A Heirloom also sells bamboo skewers ranging from $12-$20. 
If you're looking for a special housewarming gift, or a little something special for a friend, go ahead and do some shopping on their website... A. Heirloom!! -happy shopping

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

June Birchbox

 Having this months Birchbox come relatively early was total bliss. I was curious to see what was awaiting inside as I picked up the box and it was heavy. I can now see why!
I have a few mini vacations planned to the beach which is where I'd love to live someday.. The Birchbox team was right. They put together a box of products worth trying in a hot, traveling, kind of month! 

I haven't been disappointed by Birchbox yet. The products that their team chooses to bring out, always have something to do with the month and season. On the plus side, unlike other services, the products you get are  very generous in size and lasts me a long time so I know if I would want to purchase them. 

Stila is one of my favorite brands when it comes to lip products (after discovering the Lip Stick through Birchbox). I have never tried a Stila face product until this one. The beauty balm is somewhat of a BB Cream with a little more coverage than your average foundation. It left my skin dewey and not oily, which is a miracle. 

Another scent to put on my Summer wishlist. This fragrance is not over-powering and unusual. It's always nice to find a smell that not everyone is wearing. Designer and celebrity perfumes are just getting too publicised for the money rather than the way the product actually sells. A lot of people will put their face on the front of anything if it gets them a million dollars. I'll be enjoying the smell of this throughout my week!

I have never used a lip or cheek stain before... (well, somewhat trying benefit benetint, and hating it) so the Stainiac sample by The Balm was an interesting find. I'll definitely get to experiment with it more this weekend. The problem I have using stains rather than lipsticks is the moisture effect. As long as I keep a lip balm over the top I am usually fine, but there is nothing worse than chapped and dry lips! 

This is the first product I jump at when I opened my Birchbox! I used it last night before bed, and it left my face smelling fresh and clean. I'm pretty sure it made me sleep better!

The Birchbox bonus this month was a ModCloth headband. Also found at the bottom of the box.. a ModCloth couopn for $10 off $75 or more. I am not a huge fan of the clothing company. It's a little simple and (etsy-like) for the money.. but I'll put this metal and fabric headband to good use and wear it on my days off while lounging around at home. The pattern is just as cute as a button!

Sign-Up for Birchbox HERE!
You could always try it for a month.
Trust me, you'll fall in love with it like I have!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

To You, Dad

{photo circa 2012 in Santa Cruz, Ca --our favorite place}

He's the one who knows me best, an loves me unconditionally. He's the first one I call when I'm ecstatic with great news, or to cry to when I feel like everything is going wrong. He taught me self respect, honesty, to put others before myself, and to always reach for the stars. He's my best friend and my biggest fan, and the one person I can always count on. He's the strongest man, and funniest person I know. Not even a million Father's Days could express how lucky and thankful I am to have him in my life. I Love You Dad.
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY and thank you!  -christine

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Where Has Christine Been?!

It has been one of the busiest weeks I've had in a very long time! Luckily, I didn't have school to worry about or I would have been a sunken ship.

Thursday - Buchanan's Graduation.
Friday- BINGO at the Casino.
Saturday- Date Night in Riverpark.
Sunday- Brittany's Grad Party.
Monday- Bullard's Graduation.
Tuesday- Mom's Birthday & chores.

(Add work to every day except Monday and Tuesday)...

I've seriously gotten 4-5 hours of sleep  every night. But I've got to enjoy my Summer vacation while I can right?

There will be lots of fun and exciting posts coming up to look forward to. Hope you had an exceptionally fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Six Things

The weather here in California has been very bipolar yet beautiful. This week just started off on the wrong foot. My Monday started off at 7am by getting scolded by my boss and finding out that a close family friend had passed away. To put the icing on the cake I finally managed to take my car to the mechanic to fix the air conditioning and defroster yesterday, which left me car-less for a couple days. I've managed to stay as positive as possible while keeping a smile on my face. I have the most supportive father and some of the best friends anyone could ask for so that always helps. 
In the midst of my issues I turn to my favorite blogs to brighten up my day and get a little inspiration. Below are six images (on June sixth) that I'm currently loving, photographed by my favorite bloggers.
I hope you enjoy your middle of the week "hump day". I'll be napping in the sun and doing laundry!
{Resurrection Sunglasses and Red Charles Jourdan Heels} image via The Glamourai

{Galaxy Inspired Nails} image via The Cherry Blossom Girl

{New York Architecture} image via Karla's Closet

{Bright-Colored Coffee Table Books and Magazines} image via HRH Collection

{A Pretty Pink and White Office with Peonies} image via Cupcakes and Cashmere

{Black Bow Chanel Ankle Booties} image via Atlantis Home

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

RZ Morrison Bag

A couple days ago Rachel Zoe tweeted a photo of her and Mandana (VP of Rachel Zoe Inc) showing us a sneek peek of her Autumn/Fall 2012 line. Tweeting: "Me and @mandanadayani with our Rachel Zoe Fall 2012 Morirson Bags, named after my son." Today, she uploaded this Facebook photo pictured above showing their matching outfits and the black bag, named after her son Skyler Morrison Berman born a little over a year ago. I can't wait to get my hands on this. BA-NAN-AS!!!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Watch Out

Owning a nice watch has always been an item I've wanted to save for but never really had the chance. There's always something more important that needs to be paid for first.. like the speeding ticket that almost broke my bank account. Now that it's paid for and Summer is approaching, I'm eyeing these six luxury watches at the moment that would make for some pretty amazing arm candy. Kate Spade and Michael Kors are my favorite brands when it comes to classic time pieces. I love the over-sized look MC is known for ("the boyfriend style") and the little tint of pink Kate Spade puts in. Rose Gold looks the best on my skin tone, but I'ts always a necessity to have some silver in your jewelry box as well. I'm dying over the brown MC tortoise shell watch. Yes Please!WATCH OUT
                                       1. Burberry Rose Gold and Steel Watch $595
                                       2. Michael Kors Tortoise Shell Watch $250
                                       3. Kate Spade Stainless Steel Seaport Watch $195
                                       4. Kate Spade Rose Gold Seaport Watch $225
                                       5. Michael Kors Rose Gold and White Watch $250
                                       6. Kate Spade Black and Gold Gramercy Watch $225

*Images via Kate SpadeMichael Kors, and Burberry ... Also availiable at NORDSTROMS!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Casetagram


iPhone cases have always been an impulse buy for me. I'll walk into Target, or Best Buy or come across something cute online and instantly want it. The same case on your phone for a long period of time becomes boring.

Lets face it, I don't use my case to protect my phone, but I have it on mostly for looks. Sure it helps when I drop it (which is almost never) so why put on a bulky and ugly case on just to make your phone bigger!?

As I was reading Just B, I came across a picture of a case she had taken a picture of. It was a photo collage of all her favorite Instagram photos! Coolest idea ever. 

On Casetagram you can create your own iPhone case using your favorite Instagram photos for only $34.95 with free shipping. 

The case I designed has pictures of my bestfriends, animals, favorite desserts, nail polish, and pretty views that I'd love to look at on a daily basis.

The best part is that no one will have the same case as you, and it would definitely be a conversation starter.

Since it is graduation season and all, this would make a perfect give for a friend if they have an iPhone. I'm so happy I discovered this thanks to Brooke Andersen!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Cynthia Rowley Band-Aids

Designer Band Aids can't get much cuter than this! Sequins and Gold Chains... What more can you ask for in covering up a boo boo? I saw them at Target and couldn't pass them up!

In her second collaboration with Band Aids, Cynthia Rowley makes your paper cuts look good. I don't wear bandages very often (which is a good thing, I guess) but when I do get a blister from a pair of shoes, I know what I'll be wearing over it. 

Not only has Cynthia Rowley designed fashionable Band Aids for the every day typical scrape, but she's come out with a "Beach Sport Kit" as well. The thicker ocean themed patterned bandages are 100% waterproof and Neosporin infused so the Summer time heat won't stop you from swimming or getting wet.

*The designer Band Aids run between $3 - $10 in select stores and online!
Photos via Cynthia Rowley

Friday, June 1, 2012

Frosted Cakery

I know today was "National Doughnut Day", but I'd much rather have a cupcake than a doughnut. Last week Maureen and I stopped by our favorite cupcake shop to pick up some treats. I played it safe by ordering vanilla bean and salted caramel, while Maureen opened up and tried Strawberry Lime Margarita and Chocolate Fudge. She said they were delicious, and she was right! I took a bite of the Strawberry Lime Margarita and it tasted exactly like the name! Frosted Cakery is the cutest shop in Tower District decorated with "Tiffany" blue and  white accents. I am telling you that the salted caramel is the most delicious dessert I've ever tasted. If you're ever around Fresno stop in and try something. you won't be disappointed!
{The front of Frosted Cakery, and Maureen in her black maxi dress}

{Strawberry Lime Margarita, Chocolate Fudge, Vanilla Bean, and Salted Caramel}

{Afternoon Snack: Reading and a Cupcake!}

*Frosted Cakery was voted "Best Cupcake Shop" in The Fresno Bee's People's Choice 2012
*They are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and Eggless

Frosted Cakery
1292 N. Wishon
Fresno, Ca 93728
(559) 917-8880