Hey 2017! 5 Goals For the New Year

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marks and spencer activewear Obsessed with these colorblocked blue pants (UNDER $100)! I like that they are high-waisted!

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Cody has a hard time finding sweatpants for the gym that aren’t too hot. He loved this pair from Marks & Spencer – they are fitted and still stretchy and lightweight.

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Brrrr. It’s been dumping so much snow in Utah lately! I just got a bunch of new workout stuff (all under $60). Love this vest for a versatile athleisure layer.

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DETAILS: GREY AND BLACK VEST (UNDER $100 -WEARING SIZE 8 ) | BLACK SPORTS BRA (UNDER $50) | BLUE COLORBLOCKED LEGGINGS (UNDER $50  – WEARING SIZE 6 | ALSO GOT THESE) | MORE GREAT WORKOUT OPTIONS HERE

CODY: GREY HENLEY SWEATSHIRT (UNDER $50) | GREY JOGGER SWEATS (UNDER $100) | MORE GREAT WORKOUT OPTIONS HERE

It’s officially 2017! The new year came so fast! New Year’s always leaves me really really excited! A chance for a new start, new goals, and time to reflect on what I’m thankful for from the previous year and what I want to improve moving forward. 2016 was probably one of my most exciting years yet! Cody and I set BIG goals starting last year, personal goals, travel goals, goals to grow the blog and ILY and almost every goal we set we hit. We worked our asses off, but at the end of the year honestly I felt so emotionally exhausted. We were putting in long hours, many all nighters, and at the end of the day it felt like I didn’t get to enjoy the journey because I was pushing so hard to hit those goals.

Reflecting back on last year, I’ve realized that a lot of times when you feel like you are overwhelmed, so much of it is mental – it all starts with a mindset. I let myself get overwhelmed with that feeling of being “so busy” that I didn’t just sit down and enjoy moments. A lot of times even when I was home my mind was constantly running and I was never able to shut anything off. I realized that if you are working hard and not balancing the rest of your life, life just becomes work and there’s no point to working hard when you aren’t taking time to enjoy it.

With that said, below are a couple of my New Year’s goals for this year. We are taking a different approach to things and working more on improving the little day to day things that affect everything else we do.

  1. READ MORE. One of my big goals for this year is to read more. I’ve realized it’s easy for me to get distracted and overwhelmed mentally so I’ve been reading positive and inspiring books even just for 15 minutes a day to keep me on track. I just got a book that talks about being effective with your time and I’ve already taken so many parts to heart.
  2. RELAX. Last year even when I would be relaxing, taking a bath at night, I’d be in the tub with my phone responding to emails, getting posts ready, etc. The book I’ve been reading talks about deliberately setting aside that time to relax, otherwise you never get a chance to recharge. So I’ve literally been turning my phone to silent and putting it in another room so I don’t get distracted and actually relax. Not only does learning to relax help you recharge but allows you to be more present in the moment.
  3. BE PRESENT. I really debated sharing this, because it was probably one of my lowest “mom moments”, but I always strive to be honest with you guys, even in the hard times because life isn’t perfect. A few weeks ago I was on my phone finishing a deadline and B kept asking me to play tennis with him, I kept telling him to hold on I was almost done. After about 5 minutes of not being done, he started a major melt down crying, telling me to put my phone down, that I don’t pay attention to him. It was such a hard mom moment! It literally broke my heart. I threw my phone down and in tears gave him the biggest hug and just put everything else aside to be with him that afternoon. Sometime’s I forget how much they are really watching our every move. It is one of the hard parts of working from home, is that the kids see me working more but I realized this goes back to time blocking. Being effective with my time so when I am with them it’s quality time. I know I wasn’t present in many areas this last year, with my family, Cody, friends, etc. I don’t say that for you guys to build me up, I say that because I see it almost everywhere I go. We are all glued to our phones and it’s kind of sad in reality. I love what I do and am so grateful to be able to make a career out of something I’m passionate about, but no career is worth those bad mom moments so I’m making this year all about being more present.
  4. TIME BLOCKING. This was actually something we started last month we are bringing into this year. It is crazy how fast the day flies by and how easy it is to get distracted. We all get a million notifications on our phone from emails, social media, texts, calls, etc. I’ll be the first to admit I am easily distracted haha. So Cody and I both have started blocking out our days to effectively get things done. Certain times for certain projects.Whatever doesn’t get done, we have to wake up early the next day and finish. We have carried it over to our employees as well and it’s crazy how much more effective you are if you just set a timer to get something done.
  5. BEING ACTIVE. This is like a month to month thing for me, some months I’m really good at it and others I’m so bad. This book I’m reading cited all sorts of studies that show that even just 30 minutes of activity, 3 days a week positively affects almost every aspect of your life: health, happiness, love life – everything! It’s so easy to stay cuddled up inside, especially in the dead of winter, but with your New Year’s goals just getting started it’s the best time to start those habits and carve out at least 30 minutes 3 times a week to be active, whether it’s going to the gym, walking, or trying yoga or spin class.

Ok, sorry for the novel! I’ve spent so much time reflecting on last year and what I want for this year and it’s so helpful to put it into words – I swear writing it out makes it seem that much more attainable. What are some of your goals for the year?

XX, Christine

*In collaboration with Marks and Spencer and Shopping Links.

Favorite Moments and Looks from 2016

Happy 2017!!! Omg you guys this has been the longest I have ever gone with out posting new content. I really wanted to unplug and spend some time with the family for the Holidays and I am so refreshed, inspired and SO excited to bring you guys so many new things this year!!

In case you don’t follow me on Insta we have been in Dubai the last few days (SERIOUSLY SO SO BEAUTIFUL!! More to come on that this week), came home NYE and have been sooooo out of whack with our sleep!! I’m trying to get back on my normal sleep schedule (it’s 11 hours different in Dubai) so the last few days off have been much needed. I wanted to share some of my favorite memories and looks from last year. Did I miss any of your favorite outfits??

head to toe grey

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DETAILS: FEATHERED TOP (SIMILAR STYLE HERE) | GREY DISTRESSED JEANS (ON SALE < $100)| GREY JACKET (SIMILAR UNDER $100 HERE) | NUDE HEELS | SUNGLASSES | SILVER WATCH | NUDE TOTE

This is one of my favorite outfits from last year. You can never go wrong with neutrals and I love mixing soft grey and nude – it’s such a feminine classic combo. This top I actually re-wore last week to our Christmas Eve party. Almost 11 months later it’s still one of my favorites.

hawaii travel guide

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Cody’s favorite trip of last year was Hawaii, don’t get me wrong we all looooove Hawaii and are a total beach family but Cody could live in Hawaii in a minute so this was a highlight of last year for sure.

family leather outfits

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DETAILS: LEATHER JACKET (SIMILAR HERE)| CROPPED BLACK DENIM | SNEAKERS | CHANEL BAG  (SIMILAR HERE) | AVIATORS | ILY COUTURE WATCH

My babies! It’s so weird to look back at posts from last year and see how much they have grown in just one year! I hope they never outgrow letting me coordinate their outfits – at least just a little 😉

blush accents

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DETAILS: BLUSH FUR COAT (OBSESSED!) |  BLACK HI-LO TEE | DENIM | PINK BOW HEELS | CELINE BELT BAG  (SIMILAR HERE) | SUNGLASSES

Now matter how much I gravitate towards neutrals, there will always be a place for pink in my closet. I love these iconic bow heels that I have in multiple colors now and obsessed with this blush fur coat.

mexico vacations

DETAILS: STRIPED SHIRT DRESS  (SIMILAR HERE) | DISTRESSED CUT OFFS | SUEDE LACE UP SANDALS | SUNGLASSES

Anywhere that has avacodo’s and guac with almost every meal is a favorite of mine!! We found the best all inclusive last year in Cabo for a little long weekend getaway!

california style

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DETAILS: PINK ACID WASH TEE (SIMILAR HERE) | GREY DISTRESSED DENIM | PINK PLATFORM SANDALS | GREY HANDBAG (CELINE – SIMILAR HERE) | SUNGLASSES | SILVER WATCH

Cody and I travel to LA for work or fun almost once a month – between the beach and the palm trees (they get me every time!) we want to live here one day. (Also how tiny is B! I hope he never gets to old to give me kisses!)

how to wear overalls

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DETAILS: BLACK CROP TEE (< $5) | DENIM OVERALLS (SIMILAR HERE) | CHANEL BOY BAG (SIMILAR HERE) | TORTOISE SUNGLASSES | LACE-UP HEELS | SILVER WATCH

One of my most memorable pictures from when I was a kid was me wearing my favorite pair of Osh-kosh-bgosh overalls so I was really excited when overalls started coming back again. Bringing back trends from childhood always make them that much better, am I right?

carlsbad flower fields

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DETAILS: WHITE MAXI DRESS (SIMILAR HERE) | GLADIATOR SANDALSWATCH

I love being able to have so many pictures with him to capture every stage – This moment was one of my favorite captures. I love love the way he holds onto my legs when he’s hugging me, just wants to be held, or trying to escape time out. It’s his little hugs I never want to forget. I had been dying to go to these flower fields for years and was so happy to experience it’s beauty with my baby.

tommy hilfiger street style

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The Tommy show was one I had always dreamed of attending so finally getting the chance to go this past fashion week was amazing and one of my all-time favorite shows! They always go above and beyond to be innovative and creative. I was obsessed with all of their pieces I wore to the show – especially these sock boots. How good are the details!

embroidered denim jacket

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DETAILS: GUCCI EMBROIDERED DENIM JACKET (SIMILAR HERE) | WHITE LACE DRESS (WEARING SIZE 4) | EMBELLISHED GUCCI BOOTS | SUNGLASSES | BAG

This Gucci embroidered denim jacket was one of my favorite buys of 2016. It’s definitely a statement investment piece but I wore it so much and with everything from dresses to joggers.

greece travel guide

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Greece was definitely one of our highlights from the year! Santorini had actually been on the top of my bucketlist, but I ended up falling in love with Mykonos more than Santorini. This is one of my favorite family pics from the year. The beaches were so beautiful (not to mention shark free!). I put together some of our highlights here and here so be sure to check them out if you are considering going!

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Officially packing suspenders every time we go to France! I died! I love this pic of Beckam so much!

eiffel tower

Our family vacation to Europe was one for the books. I’ve been to Europe before but bringing all the kids made it so much better. Yesterday we asked them what their favorite trip was from last year and they said getting to see The Eiffel Tower 🙂 – I was so glad they loved it as much as I did!

beverly hills sunset

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DETAILS: WHITE LACE DRESS | EMBELLISHED BOOTS

CODY: BLACK TEE (OLD – SIMILAR HERE) | DENIM | AVIATORS (SIMILAR HERE) | WATCH

Cody and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary in Beverly Hills this year and it was one of our favorite couples trips ever! Cody does so much for me, I really am so lucky to have him. Don’t get me wrong we drive each other crazy sometimes, but he is so supportive and always willing to go the extra mile to help me succeed or help when I’m stressed and exhausted.

monochromatic black

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DETAILS: BLACK OFF-THE-SHOULDER TOP | BLACK DISTRESSED DENIM | BURGUNDY SUEDE PUMPS (SIMILAR HERE) | CHANEL QUILTED CROSSBODY (SIMILAR HERE) | SUNGLASSES

JEWELRY: BLACK NECKLACE | BLACK DIAMOND BEADED NECKLACE | SILVER BRACELET | BLACK BRACELET | SILVER LOOP BRACELET | HOOP EARRINGS | BEADED RING

Black on black is one of the easiest looks to pull off (especially if you mix textures!)

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DETAILS: BLUSH MESH BIKINI

After our family trip to Disney World we were so close to the beach that we couldn’t NOT go! Cody surprised me with a stay at this pink hotel and it was a complete coincidence that my swimsuit (and half of my suitcase lol) matched the hotel. 😉

CAMO JOGGERS

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DETAILS: OFF THE SHOULDER LACE-UP SWEATSHIRT (UNDER $100 – WEARING SIZE SMALL) | CAMO JOGGERS (UNDER $100 -WEARING SIZE SMALL) | SUNGLASSES | WHITE SNEAKERS | WATCH

This year I really focussed on expanding our collection at ILY and I had so much fun doing it! It’s basically a representation of my closet staples, especially when it comes to cozys and knits. I love this lace-down sweatshirt and wear my joggers probably half of the time haha.

I will say it over and over again, but this journey wouldn’t be possible with you guys. I read every single one of your comments (both good and bad lol) I am continually blown away by the support you guys bring and it means so much to have you guys following along. There are some really exciting things in store for this year!!

Lastly I’m hosting a giveaway with my friend Sazan for a new pair of Louboutins. Check out the post here for details or go to my Instagram page @hellofashionblog and be sure to enter this week!

XX, Christine

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS YOU GUYS!!! This is really the best time of year!!  I can’t share my love and appreciation of all your support enough!! You guys have become family to me and from our family to yours we wish a Merry Christmas!!

XX,

Christine, Cody, Mara, Wes, B (and Mio 🙂