If you follow me on Instagram you probably heard Wednesday was really the only day I got ready this week. The truth is sometimes you just need a break from getting dressed up or getting ready for the day. It makes the times you do get dressed up more exciting! It’s like after having a bad hair day 3 days in a row, by the 4th day, even just a decent hair day looks amazing, right? 🙂


After a few days of living in no make up, sweats, and muscle tanks, I can’t wait for an occasion to get dressed up. This dress is one of my all-time favorites. I love the contrast of the neutral tones with the embellished beading. Adding a delicate heeled sandal finishes the understated, feminine look perfectly. (I’ve gotten a lot of questions on these heels. I’ve only had them a few weeks but I have already worn them with everything from the pink pleated dress in this post to distressed boyfriend jeans.)


Today I’m starting a ’10 things’ mini series. Over the next couple weeks I’ll be sharing 10 things you didn’t about me on various topics from my career to the family to my personal life to give you a closer look at the girl behind the curtain. 😉

Is blogging your full time job? 

Yes and no. I work over 40 hours a week on my blog but I also manage our company ILY COUTURE and work full time there as well.

If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

Be more organized.

Did you go to college and what did you study?

I graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelors in Fine Arts and a minor in Business. If I could give any piece of advice about college it would be study abroad. I studied in Florence, Italy for 6 months and it was a life changing experience!

What is your nationality?

I’m Colombian. I was born in Bogota, Colombia. My dad was in the Marines and met my mom there. My mom is full Colombian and my dad is American. I moved to the US when I was one. All my family on my mom’s side still lives in Colombia. It is at the top of my travel list to get back there and see my family.

If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know?

How I am going to die. I don’t know why but I am really scared of death. It freaks me out.

Do you have insecurities, if so what are they?

My legs. I have been teased about my “chicken legs” since I was in middle school. I hated wearing shorts. I played basketball from Kindergarten through high school so I had to wear them consistently for game days. I would always dread it because I knew I would  get teased. As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized everyone has little insecurities and things they wish they could change. But in the end it’s what makes us unique and special. Own it and love your body the way you are 🙂

Your house catches fire, after saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?

B’s baby/memory book. Cody and I have written down our favorite memory with him each month since he’s been born. It has become a family diary and I would be so upset to lose that.

Best piece of advice you’ve got from someone?

I love quotes and motivational books! Probably one of favorite quotes that my husband showed me was: “You are only going to be as good as the people you surround yourself with. Be brave enough to let go of the people weighing you down.” I think friends have such a huge impact on who you are. Surround yourself with people positive people, who motivate you and make you a better person.

What’s an embarrassing style/hair/ or makeup habit?

I totally get a lady-stache. I have super dark hair (naturally) so I get dark hair above my lip and if I don’t wax it weekly you might get me confused for a man 🙂 jk, but really I have to maintain it weekly and if we are being completely honest since I’ve had kids I’ve started getting a couple chin hairs too. Its so gross!

Are you married? kids? family?

I’ve been married for almost 4 years, and I have three kids. Two are my step kids (Mara and Wes) and one is my biological son (Beckam). We have Mara and Wes part time which is why you don’t see them in all my pictures 🙂 A lot of you have asked for a post about being a stepmom and having a blended family. I promise it’s coming soon. It’s such a sensitive subject. It seems people are pretty passionate about it one way or the other so I want to make sure I get all my thoughts in order 🙂

I’ll be sharing more over the next couple weeks, if there is something in particular you want to know more about let me know. I love connecting with you guys and want to share more to make this a more personal space. Thanks so much for reading!

Don’t miss Cody’s post featuring more of today’s look and sharing alternatives to traditional oxford shoes.



* Makeup by Vivian (she’s amazing!). Photos by Emmy Lowe. In collaboration with Macy’s and Shopstyle.

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  1. Jen

    love this post and the Q&A as I’m a relatively new follower. Love your style and esp this dress! Nice to ‘meet’ you!

  2. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul

    Fun q&a! I love posts like this where I can learn more about the blogger behind the blog!

    Her Heartland Soul

  3. Kylie

    Love this.

    Sometimes it seems weird wanting to know so much about someone’s life, but I love the way you open up your blog to this more because you share a little bit of yourself (who we love for fashion advice, of course), but also a bit of knowledge. I really appreciate it!

    XX, Kylie

  4. cindy

    I love your honesty! You are a beautiful gal inside and out. I would love for you to share your natural hair color and how you have managed to go light (what shade of light your hairdresser uses) and how you keep it so healthy. I have very dark hair and constantly have trouble with orange/red colors and dryness whenever I try to lighten. Thanks!

  5. Alisa Bates

    Thanks for sharing! Love your posts! You have the cutest family!! I would love to know the following if you feel like sharing.
    1. What does your husband do for work?
    2. Is he naturally a good dresser or do you pick out his clothes? (my husband could care less so I would love him to dress better like your husband.
    3. How tall is your husband? My husband is 6’4 and slender so it’s so hard to find him clothes to wear.
    4. This one is personal but I thought I would take a chance and ask. How old are you?
    5. Where did you meat your husband?

    Thanks so much!

  6. Quinn

    I love this new mini-series! It’s so wonderful to get to know more about you. I wouldn’t have guessed that you studied Fine Arts–that’s so cool to know 🙂

  7. Marisa

    Hey Christine, I follow you already for a long time now and have to say that I totally love about your style and all the blog posts you do! Especially loved to get to know about you some more through this cute q&a!

    Lots of greetings from Germany and keep going!

  8. Felicia

    I LOVE that you shared your personal life, I love getting to know you better 🙂 I love your blog because you mix in non expensive pieces along with the designer pieces. Question about this dress though 🙂 Is it the champagne color or the blush/gold?

  9. Daniela

    Hey Love your blog! But is not Columbia is COLOMBIA 😉

  10. Samantha Topham

    So fun reading about you, Christine! I had no idea you were half Colombian. I went to Bogota a few years back and loved it. I’m sure you would have a blast of you went. Thanks for sharing!


  11. J.J.

    I love this post too! I second a lot of what others have already stated. Its so nice to get to know the blogger behind the scenes…its hard to explain but it feels like you’re a close friend. 🙂 Thank you for sharing! Look forward to more…oh btw those darn chin hairs are the worst! Grrrr…

  12. Madison

    wow you look stunning! I’m a new blogger and if anyone could check out the blog my friend and I started

  13. tiziana franco

    you are really pretty and i think that you are a good mom

  14. Bridget

    You are beautiful! And these Q&As are great 🙂 interested in more to come

  15. Christina Storm

    Thanks so much for sharing, Christine! You have a beautiful family and I love hearing more about your life! Gorgeous gorgeous dressy by the way!
    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  16. Desiree {Beautifully Seaside}

    Loved reading this! You’re not the only one with the hair issue. LOL! You have a beautiful family!

  17. Dressed2dNines

    Great post, I totally have had the same feelings about my chicken legs as well but they’ve gotten a bit better due to working out. I had no idea you were behind Ily Couture! Totally cool 🙂

  18. Jessamyne

    I love your blog! I follow it religiously! I can’t get over the fact that you’re insecure about your legs!! You’re the reason I do leg day three times a week!

  19. Brenda Salazar

    Question- hablas español? And, an Advice to open a small business?

  20. Rachel

    I don’t even know what to say other than I just love you so much you’re so awesome and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE your clothes,pics,and blog(: I think you are just so very amazing

    Lots of l❤️Ve,

  21. Tailored and true

    I absolutely love this post! What a great glimpse into your life, and these pictures are absolutely gorgeous! Love this mini series idea!

  22. Lisa

    I love getting to know you more personally!
    Question: What does your husband do for work?

  23. Ana

    Loved this post! Thank you for sharing some more personal things about you 🙂 can’t wait for more Q&A posts…BTW I would love to know how you and Cody met!

  24. Nat

    Love this!! Your 10 things are super cute!! Can’t wait for the rest of the series. 😀

  25. Seppy

    I *LOVE* this new series!!!

    And I would never have guessed that you’re Colombian!!! Hablas espanol?!

    And don’t worry about your “”chicken legs”” – you look fab all the time!

  26. Crystal Hall

    I absolutely love your style! I love how stylish you are even while holding your little guy.
    Thanks for sharing the personal facts about you.
    I look forward to following your posts.

  27. Nicole

    I love that you are opening up and sharing things that aren’t always so glamorous or perfect. It’s easy for people to believe that the life we as blogger represent in posts and on social media is perfect and easy all the time. Thank you for the inspiration to “keep it real”!

  28. Taya Rogers

    what website did you use to make your blogs? Also, wanted to tell you that your family is goals!

  29. Michelle

    Did you ever post about being a stepmom? I’m in a serious relationship with a man who has a 6 year old daughter and it’s my first time dating a man with a child. Navigating the waters isn’t easy! It would be great to see your perspective! You seem to be doing a great job!

    1. Hi Michelle,

      I haven’t done a full post yet! Shoot send me an email I am happy to answer any questions and be any help I can! XX

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