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Friday, July 25, 2014

There's Nothing Better Than A Makeover.

Well, well, well. What do we have here?
Seems Christie's Take on Life has a new look. I love me a make-over.
Not too shabby if I do say so myself. ;)

I'd like to extend a huge thanks to the wonderful Lucia for helping me out.
She sells some pretty rad blogger bits and pieces. I think you should definitely check out her corner of Etsy!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

First World Problems - Make-up Edition.

Because it's Tuesday Pretties link-up day with Niki and in my rush to get ready for work this morning after sleeping in yet again, I look like this:

- Having just finished painting your nails, then realizing you've gotta pee.
- Never knowing how much YSL Touche Eclat you have left - damn you packaging!

- Foundation bottles without pumps. WHY!?

- When your left eyelashes look incredible, but the right ones? Spider legs.

- Just shaved legs + fake tan = disaster

- Getting eyelash glue everywhere

- Applying a face mask, then having someone knock on the door.. and you're the only one home.

- Dried flakes of mascara on your eyeshadow.

- Applying mascara and then sneezing... I give up on lashes. OMG.

- Not being able to get your winged liner to remotely resemble anything even close to semi-symmetrical.

- Freshly shaved armpits + Spray deodorant. THE BURN! 

- Wearing a bold lipstick then needing to eat.

- Lipstick teeth.

-  Over applying hair oil on damp, freshly washed hair resulting in greasy locks.

-  Lipgloss + long hair + windy day.

- Eyebrow filling I can't even. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Obligitory Lame-As-Shit Anniversary Post.

Feel free to vomit continuously whilst reading.
As I type, Jesse is seated next to me, watching cartoons, totally oblivious to the world around him.
When I look at him, I am reminded of many things that led us to right here, right now. Many of those things make me smile. Some make me wish I would have said or done things differently in the moment. And some of those things remind me that our relationship has been a labor of love. Sharing your life with someone can be trying, but through it all, we've learned and we've grown.
And it's been worth it.

Through it all - every up and down, twist and unexpected turn, there is one thing I never question about my relationship - how much we truly love each other.

It's in the way we look at each other. How we tell dirty jokes. It's in the way we make fun of each other. It's in the little every day things we do for each other (admittedly, Jesse is much better about the little things than I am). When I look at him, I can't imagine going through life with anyone else. I don't tell him that enough.
I'm pretty sure a good relationship is built upon encouraging your partner to embrace their inner child.

That and back rubs.

Relationships are like forests. There are so many things {trees} that make up a relationship and sometimes we get so caught up on one aspect of our relationship that we can't see the forest for the trees. Think about all the aspects that make up your relationship with your spouse or partner - your likes and dislikes, personalities, parenting styles, the things you have in common, the things that make you different, your hopes and dreams - each is just one tree that makes up the forest of your relationship.

One argument alone won't burn down the forest. One bad year in a 50-year-long marriage doesn't mean the relationship wasn't a good one. However, one infestation can infect the entire forest if it's not confronted, dealt with or managed.

Jesse and I are certainly guilty of not dealing with an infestation (or two, or seven) right away and giving some trees too much significance. Our relationship is not perfect. Far from it. There are days I want to hug Jesse and days I just want to smack him silly. We push each other's buttons. We make each other laugh. We comfort each other. And when it comes down to it, we make a pretty great team. We have been able to get the issues treated and see the big picture, in order to keep the forest of our relationship from dying.
Relationships can have some ugly trees, but that doesn't mean that the forest isn't beautiful.
Building and sharing your life with another person so intimately isn't easy, and we're just getting started. There is a lot of work and compromising ahead for Jesse and I, as well as a lot of wonderful moments, and I have no doubt that it will be worth it.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

My Month on Instagram - June.

If you've been following Christie's Take on Life, you'll know I'm a major lover of InstagramIt's the perfect outlet for posting inspiration and little snippets of life, and seeing what my favourite bloggers and friends are up to.

Here's the next instalment of the My Month on Instagram series:

June's nails. For some reason my camera's been taking photos with a purple tinge lately. :s

'nuff said.

My kind of breakfast.

Guys, I've had the flu for three weeks now. Safe to say I'm dying.

 He's a good wifey. Fuck you, purple tinge.

How cute are my new handmade friendship bracelets?

The cuties next door to our office delivered me some gorgeous flowers just because.
Also, this is the first photo taken with my new favourite camera app, Camera 360. Such better quality! Camera 360, people. It's where it's at.

When the sun comes out, I take photos.

 So there you have it, my June summed up on Instagram.
Be sure to comment your Instagram username below!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

What Makes Me Feel Pretty.

As a woman, I sometimes feel like I'm not supposed to feel pretty. Society draws such a fine line between confidence and arrogance and what's so confusing is that as children, we are taught to have confidence and to love ourselves for who we are. But once we begin to show signs of confidence or of accepting ourselves, society takes a big dump on us for being "stuck up". All of a sudden our confidence is labelled as arrogance and accepting and loving ourselves now makes us vain. Society puts us straight back in our place with its judge-y looks and photos of airbrushed models. It's a vicious cycle. Literally the least fun roller coaster ever.

So, society, tell me the key to escaping your assumptions and judgement?

Well, Christie, the key is to be confident, but not too confident because God forbid you actually like yourself, but you should like yourself because if everyone liked themselves, then the world be a better place.

Is anyone else royally fucking confused?

It's safe to say I've had my ups and downs with self-confidence.

And I struggle to accept my whole self - the good, the bad, the jiggly, the impatient, etc. I should be taller. Thinner. Tanned. More toned. Funnier. Have longer hair. Have bigger boobs. Have trendier clothes. Have a different face. Be someone else.

I have discovered that being myself completely and unapologetically is what makes me happy. It has taken a lot of time, a lot of ups and downs, but I am finally accepting myself for who I am. I don't think that people should be ashamed of or made to feel bad for having confidence and for liking themselves. And we often hear that in order to love someone else, we have to love ourselves first.

What makes me feel pretty:

- A (very rare) good hair day
- That one day a year I finally get my mascara to look good on both eyes
- A bow in my hair
-Wearing delicate jewellery
- Being truly happy
- Freshly shaved legs
- When I catch Jesse staring at me in that cute way he does
- A pair of jeans that hug my bum just right
- When my eyes appear more blue than grey
- Wearing one of my favourite outfits,
- Having a tan
- When a total stranger gives me non-seedy a compliment
 - Having my nails painted real pretty like

What makes me feel DAMN SEXY:

- The faces I pull whilst drinking; for your amusement.

Good fucking night.