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Cozy Sweater and Holiday Lips

Cozy sweater That One Blonde Chick

Who says cozy sweaters have to be casual? I’ve got a few tips for dressing up your comfy warm sweaters!

1. Get them cropped! Like this one I’m wearing and layer a flowy blouse underneath. This way it adds a soft feminine detail and covers your bum so you can get away with wearing leggings in public its a win win!!!

2. Wear black jeans. I don’t know what it is but they really do dress up any outfit. Plus they are super slimming! this pair of Joe’s are my go to! I never spend lots of money on jeans but this pair I highly recommend.

3. Wear a heeled bootie. These boots are also my go to! They are a low heel and super comfy so I can look fancy while doing my mommy gig and doing unfancy things like scooping my screaming tantrum throwing toddler off the ground of the super market. I know its not what the boots are for but I think that Steve Madden could have a major ad campaign on their hands. I’ll just need a 30% royalty. *Wink*

4. Add a bold red lip! I love the Christmas season cause its the magical time of year when everyone busts out the red lipstick! Oh you’re invited to a last minute holiday function? Slap on the red lips and Bam instant holiday look. You might be saying to yourself ” But Christine, are all reds created equal?” I’m here to tell you my friends thats just not true. There are blue reds, orange reds, basically just lots and lots of different reds. They are all lovely but when Christmas rolls around I ALWAYS reach for my slightly pinkish red  Maybelline Are You Red-dy I love this shade but even more than that I just love a good pun. So thanks for that Maybelline. Its a crisp color with a creamy satin finish. It will stay put while you gorge yourself with the cheeseball and crackers. Tried and true peeps! you’re welcome! haha

5. Throw on a beanie. This doesn’t always make it dressier per say. It does finish the outfit.  If you’re heading out to diner with friends or a casual setting and you think to yourself “To beanie, or not to beanie?” ALWAYS BEANIE!

Outfit details at bottom of the post. Thanks for stopping by!

Stay Golden,

Christine

Cozy Sweater That One Blonde Chick

Cozy Sweater That One Blonde Chick

Cozy Sweater That One Blonde Chick

Cozy Sweater That One Blonde Chick

Cozy Sweater That One Blonde Chick

Cozy Sweater That One Blonde Chick

Cozy Sweater That One Blonde Chick

Cozy Sweater That One Blonde Chick

Cozy Sweater That One Blonde Chick

Cozy Sweater That One Blonde Chick

Cozy Sweater That One Blonde Chick

Cozy Sweater That One Blonde Chick

 

cable knit Beanie (on sale!!)// Sweater (on sale 60% off!)// Flowy Blouse //

//Jeans//Booties// Maybelline Are You Red-dy

Faux Mohawk Ponytail

I decided to shake up my look and try something I have never done before. I wanted a look with a little more edge. I consider myself to be pretty edgeless, Plus who doesn’t like to look like a dinosaur every now and then?  I know I do. I am obsessed with this funky mohawk ponytail. It’s great for 2nd, 3rd or lets be honest 4th day hair. When you’ve already got the loose curls going on. This way you can spare your hair the hot tools for the day. Let me know if you would like to see a video tutorial for this and I will make it happen!

Faux mohawk ponytail. That One Blonde Chick

Faux Mohawk Ponytail. That One Blonde Chick

Faux Mohawk Ponytail. That One Blonde Chick

Faux Mohawk Ponytail. That One Blonde Chick

Faux Mohawk Ponytail. That One Blonde Chick

If you recreate this style I want to see it! Post it on instagram and use the hashtag #thatoneblondechickhair Don’t forget to follow me @christineyallen

Happy styling!

XO, Christine

Messy Braided Crown Tutorial

You Guys! I hope you all had a great time gobble gobbling up your Thanksgiving feasts! If you are still all tuckered out from stuffing your faces like I am. Here is a super easy way to make your hair look fancy with minimal effort. I made my first video tutorial! I felt like a major dork talking to my laptop alone in my kitchen but here you have it! This is how I do my super fast and easy Messy crown braids. Hopefully there is enough information here so you can recreate this look yourself. I would love to hear suggestions for more hairstyles that you guys would like me to try. I’m always up for a challenge! Let me know if you have further questions about anything. I have more looks coming up so stay tuned! Happy Black Friday shopping! I did all of mine online with no crowds no punching or hair pulling. It was peaceful and glorious!

Messy Crown Braid That One Blonde Chick

 

Messy Crown Braid That One Blonde Chick

 

 

Messy Crown Braid That One Blonde Chick

Style Stalking Brigitte Bardot edition.

Raise your hand if you don’t know who Brigitte Bardot is… Now take your other hand and punch yourself in the face. C’mon people! She is only one of the biggest 60’s bombshells and style icons! she is right up there with Twiggy and Jackie O. She is a french ballerina turned actress turned sex symbol! I’m pretty sure that makes her the complete package.

I am so excited because as of late everywhere I look I see 60’s styles popping up all over! It’s embarrassing how much I am obsessed with Mad Men which is set in Manhattan in the 60’s. If you haven’t watched it yet do yourself a favor and find it on Netflix right now! I can’t even talk about how much I love that show without turning into Don Draper and pretending to smoke a cigarette and telling people to “shut their damn mouths” and yelling out stern advice like “You want some respect? Then go out there and get it for yourself!” It’s a problem that I’m working on.

I have always had an old soul. I think I would have fit into the 60’s quite nicely. I would have been a sassy girl named Midge who rocked a lot of peter pan collars, had a razor sharp wit and graduated secretary school then went on to work for Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Or something like that not that, not that I have put much thought into it or anything. Ummm moving on. Maybe I adore the 60’s so much because it was a time when women got all dressed up for every occasion and the men never left the house in basketball shorts. Just a thought. Not that there is anything wrong with that. (wink)

I tried to style stalk Brigitte Bardot and I didn’t do her any justice. Nevertheless I had a lot of fun doing it.

She is famous for her bangs. If you don’t have bangs you can’t go wrong with a pretend side swept swoopy bang for this look. She is also famous for having really big hair I toned it down a bit to make the hair style more wearable. I really wish I would have just gone for it and back combed the crap out of my hair. I’ll do that next time. In the 60’s a heavy feline eye was all the rage. Add that with a dark eye lid crease, big lashes on top and bottom, neutral blush and pale lips and you will nail it!

One last thing. This would be a great look to wear to a holiday party! I think there will be more 60’s inspired looks in my future. stay tuned!

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The inspiration.

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Its always fun to add a sparkly hair accessory to gussy up a simple style. Especially if you are attending a holiday party. You can find similar ones here and here

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Anyone else see Rosie the riveter in this last photo?

This is my take on her look. I’m off to do more stalking now. Hope you all enjoy your weekend!

XO, Christine

Winter Beauty Tips

Winter has landed in Utah my friends and it is awfully nippy! I originally planned to stop shaving my legs, board myself up in my house get all bundled up with my Netflix, my hot chocolate and my babies in front of the fire place for the next six months. Then I decided NO! I’m not gonna let this winter get my long johns all in a twist.  I decided to have an attitude more like Elsa and act like “The cold never bothered me anyway”. Not to let it myself go for the winter.  When the frigid winds blow my hair this winter I’ll go full blown Beyoncé and whip my hair around and strut down the street like I’m all crazy in love with winter. I’ll act like the sting of Jack Frost nipping at my nose hurts so good!! Here are some essential products I use for winterizing my beauty routine.
Winter Beauty Tips Humidifier– Between the bitter cold outside and the heat kicking on inside all the moisture gets sucked out of the air. Leaving our skin and hair super dry. I use a humidifier in my room at night. It puts out warm mist so it keeps things nice and toasty!
Lip Balm– Nothing is worse than chapped lips in the winter! Especially with a dark matte lip. I think chapped lips are equally as distracting as broccoli stuck in your teeth. Maybe it’s because I’m a no good filthy mouth watcher. Nonetheless its a problem. So I always add a little bit of this under all of my lip colors in the winter to keep the lips from drying out. I like to keep one of these eos balls in my purse. You never know when chapped lips will strike.
Hand cream- I feel like a germaphobe in the winter always washing my hands to get rid of cold and flu germs and after all those diaper changes. It really takes a toll on your hands! I like a thick hand cream that isn’t greasy.
Moisturizer with SPF– Even those of us with oily skin you can really benefit from using a heavier facial moisturizer in colder months. It helps your make up stay dewy and not dull. I strongly suggest using SPF all year round not only in the summer. In the winter the sun can reflect off the snow and give you some serious rays right in the face.
Bronzing Mousse– Sadly our tans have faded away to a pasty shade that is less than desirable. This will add a little glow back into your life. St. Tropez mousse is my favorite!
Cream Blush– I ditch the powder blush and grab a cream blush so my face doesn’t appear chalky it gives the cheeks a more naturally flushed appearance. NYX  has some gorgeous colors.
Cuticle Oil- Just like the rest of the body the nails dry out and become more brittle in the winter too. The dreaded hang nail can turn fatal if it isn’t taken care of. I dab some solar oil on my cuticles every night before bed. It works wonders!
Drink More Water– It’s kind of a no brainer but it must be mentioned. It makes a world of difference. Hydrated people are happy people.
Coconut Oil– There are so many wonderful ways to use coconut oil. I use it as a deep conditioning treatment for my hair once a week. I just leave it in for 30 mins then wash it out in the shower. It also works great as a body  lotion. Get the organic unrefined kind it smells amazing!!

Skin Exfoliator– If you don’t want to spend a fortune on an exfoliator. You have a great one sitting in your pantry right now. I use sugar. I mix it with a bit of water and rub it on all over. It always use it on my face and lips too.

Hope you enjoy the product recommendations I wanna hear your winter beauty secrets! Now spill!

XO Christine

 

I shave my face and I don’t care who knows it.

I shave my face. That One Blonde Chick

    I shave my face. That One Blonde Chick

I know its November and you might be tempted to grow out your mustache in honor of No-shave-vember. I’m just here to kindly ask have lost your mind? I have to admit I have been working on growing out my stache for years to no avail. I’ll never live my dreams of having a mustache as elegant or as regal as that of Tom Selleck! Drat! Joking aside. I have been super sick of my fuzz face. If the light hit me just right my little lady beard would reveal its awful self! NOT COOL!  We all have it ladies and it is just really unfortunate! I have waxed my upper lip a bunch of times and it would make me break out until it was time to wax again. Thats a mustache of zits my friends. It’s a vicious cycle so I decided a mustache of fuzz was better up until now!

I’m here to tell you that Michelle Money has changed my life. Whether you love her or dislike her very strongly (I love her) I watched her video on how she shaves her face out of sheer curiosity. I was SOLD I went and bought the Tinkle facial razor on amazon just minutes after watching the video. She brings up some very valid points and she will make you laugh your face off. and maybe even your facial hair wink wink.

Here are my three main reasons why you must shave your face!

1. Your face will be so nice and exfoliated and your make up will go on smooth like butter (don’t put butter on your face you may be tempted but please refrain)

2. Your hubby/boyfriend/significant other is secretly pissed off that you have a mustache. GET RID OF IT!

3.  It’s basically winter you might think that you wanna hang on to your lady beard for warmth. FACT: Your peach fuzz doesn’t keep your face warm. You don’t need it. Let me know how you like it. Happy shaving!

Love your friend Christine XO

Style stalking: Gwen Stefani edition

Hey guys I’m so excited I’m starting a new series about how we can successfully style stalk our favorite celebrities and take their signature looks and plug them into our everyday beauty routines. Please don’t tell me I’m the only one who loves celebrities and internet stalking them facetiously. It’s become one of my favorite hobbies. Like my girl Coco Chanel once said “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” Don’t we all get stuck in a beauty rut every now and then (top knot and Yoga leggings anyone??)  I know I get bored with my everyday look so I like to shake it up. What better way to do that than borrowing icons tried and true beauty tips?  I’m kicking it off with the lovely Miss Stefani. Ladies back me up here I don’t care who you are, everyone has a major case of GWEN FEVER now that she is on the voice! Everyone knows there ain’t no cure for that! I love everything about her. She is so effortlessly cool with her whole “I’ve been in a band for 20 years.” thing. She’s rad and everyone knows it even Gwen knows it.  I wanna just sit next to her and just watch her be Gwen Stefani and I’ll just smile and nod like an excited and dorky foreign exchanged student who doesn’t speak any english. Sorry that was tangent, moving on.

Her signature look is the classic pin up. There is a reason this has been such a staple in the beauty industry for the past 60 years cause it just works. It really is the epitome of classic, Gwen is the modern day Marilyn Monroe. I am in love with it cause it just oozes femininity. This is a look every one can pull off and recreate themselves!

Luckily for this look we get to keep the lazy top knot. I think the messier the better. I like my bun literally right on top of my head. Then whip out the black liquid liner (You want the wings so sharp they could kill a man!), lashes, sharp lined brows, keep the blush light, This look would be nothing with out the bright red lip, I highly recommend using Russian Red from MAC this is my favorite red of all time. It’s matte and stays on forever. Like almost too long you pretty much can’t get it to come off at the end of the day! Its a very blue red….translation, it makes you teeth look insanely white! HOORAY! One last thing please do yourselves a favor and listen to the Gwen Stefani pandora station. Your ears will thank you!

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The inspiration for this look

That one blonde chick. Gwen Stefani

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what other celebrities would you like to me style stalk? Let me know. I love suggestions!

Tweed & leather jacket H&M (similar)//Joes Jeans

Booties Madden Girl//J. Crew Factory Necklace (similar)

MAC “Russian Red” Lipstick

XO, Christine

My Lipstick Library

Some call me a lipstick librarian.. Just kidding no body calls me that but I wish they would! I’m talking all about lipstick! It’s my favorite part of my make up routine. It can pull your whole look together and makes everything look finished! People say to me all the time ” I could never pull off a bold/bright lip” You know what I say to that?? POPPYCOCK! Pardon my French. I used to be terrified of color too! Wearing lipstick in General can take some getting used to so try it out and STICK with it. (see what I did there?)  Here’s a tip if you’re completely new to wearing color on your lips at all. Wear sheer tinted glosses. They can ease you into feeling comfortable with color. Revlon has some really pretty ones Berry Allure and Super Natural are my favorites.

Bright lips aren’t everyone’s cup of tea and that’s totally cool. I really dig being a girl and getting all dolled up and since The Lord did not bless me with ample juggs I’m forced to play up other feminine features such as my face! If you’re a fraidy cat like I used to be just remember that bright red lips may not look good on everyone but confidence does. That being said I think we have all heard the cardinal rule for make-upery (totally a legit term) thou shalt only play up one feature at a time. Choose either your eyes or you lips but not both unless you’re a hooker then it’s totally acceptable and encouraged.  I tend to always choose lips cause I’m self conscious of my eyes I have Graves’ disease ( psst… If you wanna learn more about that you can find that info in My Story.) My eyes are now really big and asymmetrical so I like a bold lip it distracts attention from my eyes. Truly it’s not all bad though since my eyes hulked out I have been told on several occasions that I look just like Emma Stone at the gym Some Australian guy came up to me and asked me if I was Emma Stone’s twin sister and i was all like “Me?…Umm…No?” he was all “If I find out your lying to me I’ll be mad.” oh those Australians so I’LL TAKE IT!  I wanna share some of my favorite lip colors that I wear all year round! I hate to choose favorites! I hope all of my other lipsticks will understand that its nothing personal.

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Colour Riche 170 Cotton pink  L’oreal Paris

This is one of the more subtle ones for those who are skittish. Its the perfect soft pink and they are pretty hard to come by.

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Up The Amp MAC

I never wore purple lips. Mostly cause when you think purple lips you automatically think corpse right? Not with this color. If you have any green in your eyes this will bring it out and make your eyes pop. It’s also stunning on blue eyed girls.

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Persistent Peach Prolong wear lipglass from MAC

I’m not sure why but I just don’t love Nude lips on me. I LOVE them on other people just not me. Thats why I wear this one so often it’s just enough peach but it’s still in the nude family so I can be on trend. Its a prolong wear and really does stay on all day. for a lipgloss thats really saying something!

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Fuchsia Flash  Maybelline

This is one of my all time favorites! How can you not be bubbly and happy with such a fun color on your face? People always seem to ask me the most about this one. It’s really bright but it looks great on everyone! Blondes, brunettes, red heads, everyone! It’s such a true pink you just can’t go wrong! Also its a perfect dupe for Candy Yum Yum from MAC seriously don’t even waste your time with Candy Yum Yum. Fuchsia Flash is where its at!

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Kate moss collection 107 Rimmel London

This is my number one must have. Berry lips are all the rage this fall. This is a matte finish it stays in place forever and doesn’t bleed. No looking like a little old lady!

One last tip: When wearing bold lips exfoliate before applying! Especially with matte lipsticks. I always use sugar and water. works like a charm!

Now go put on some lipstick and live a little!

Words to live by ladies!

xo, Christine

Who’s that girl?

Oh hey you! I’m so glad you’re here! If you’re new around these parts I feel like before we dive in and become besties I should give you fair warning and let you know the mess you’re getting yourself into! Here are some fast facts about me!

1. I can lay on the dry sarcastic sense of humor pretty thick. I really try and only use my sarcastic powers for good!
2. I’m a stay at home mom of two little girls. I love making crafts and finding projects to make for them and trying to redecorate my house on a dime. I’m going to figure out how to do it myself no matter how big or small the project may be.
3. I can quote F.R.I.E.N.D.S like I can quote the Book of Mormon. If you know who Regina Falange is, or you yell “PIVOT” anytime you move furniture, well could we BE anymore compatible?
4. I love getting dolled up and wearing ridiculously bold lip colors and trying new fun hairstyles and I can teach you how to do it too!

A couple more things you simply must know about me if we are gonna be best buds are I have very few and albeit random talents.

I’m good at trivia games! (I spend my free time googling fun facts about anything and everything!) I have an old soul, Growing up with only oldies radio stations and a dad who only ever watched the history channel are all contributing factors.

I am pretty much the bomb at painting nails and I have a billion different nail polishes and I’ll paint your nails anytime!

Lastly not to sound cocky or anything but I’m completely gifted in the category of necklace untangling. I’ve never met a necklace I couldn’t straighten out. You got a necklace wad? Bring them to me I’ll put em in rehab! Also I tend to over use exclamation points, cause I’m always pretty excited about shiz!!

Lastly please pay no attention to my grammar and writing style. I am a hillbilly to my core I’m trying to act like the sophisticated folk but like they say you can take the girl out of the country but blah, blah, blah and so fourth. I testify the struggle is real.

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