Monday, October 31, 2016

Chris's/ Kris's Closet (Kristin) October 29, 2016

Kris's Closet

In this blog post you will get a glimpse of pieces in my closet, learn where I found them and where I wore them. My name is Kristin. Welcome to my closet!

Saturday I took my annual birthday food tour with Columbus Food Adventures. I invited friends to participate in the Worthington Walking Food Tour. This was my fifth year doing one of their tours around my birthday. It has become a delicious tradition. I was joined by friends and family, on the nicest fall day for a walking food tour. We enjoyed cheese, brunch entrees, desserts and a couple adult beverages. We also learned a lot about the history of the Worthington community. As usual, I had a great time!

Vintage Revamp!
I love wearing dresses. They are easy because it's just one garment that I have to worry about. I found the dress at the thrift store and took the hem up because it was very long for my short stature. I used the fabric I removed to create a head-wrap. For fall weather protection, I layered the dress with a fur vest. This was Saturday's look!

Dress: Vintage Thrift Find
Fur & Suede Vest: Thrift find
Belt: Borrowed from my mom
Boots: Chinese Laundry (old)
Headwrap: Scrap from my dress
Sunglasses: Quay
Earrings: Baublebar
Purse:White House Black Market (old)

Be blessed! Be free! Be fashionable!


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Chris's/Kris's Closet (Christina) September 11, 2016

Chris's Closet

Recently, I had girl time with Kristin and a good friend who was visiting from Atlanta. It was just a casual meet up at her hotel where we enjoyed food, drinks,and conversation.  I figured wearing this cotton shirt dress would be perfect, it's stylish, yet comfortable. I have to tell you about the company where I purchased this versatile piece. I don't do much online shopping, but when I do it's because I really want the item. 

The company eShakti sells women's fashion sizes 0-36. Their slogan is We design. You  customize. That's exactly what they did. I went to the website, browsed through hundreds of dresses that for the most part are simple, aside from the  printed options, and I fell in love with the silhouettes that were shown. I've never really been able to wear a shirt dress that did not drown my petite frame, but having the ability to input my measurements ensured that the dress would fit properly. After I put my measurements in I was able to choose the length, the sleeve length and if I wanted pockets or not. I LOVE pockets so I was excited about that.

Once you place your order it ships out in exactly 10-14 days. I really appreciated the packaging because the delivery guy threw or hid, maybe, the box in the bushes where it sat for a couple days (because I didn't know it was there) and it had rained. But when I opened the box my dress was inside of plastic so no harm done. The dress was neatly pressed and folded, I could literally wear the dress right out of the box. The dress is 100% cotton, and it fit great. I decided to belt it, but it fits so well that I could definitely go without the belt. I loved that the dress fit my frame and it looks chic and stylish. They added my pockets :) and it was over the knee as I requested.

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3 of my favorite!!


1. Digital Art Print Crepe Sash Tie Dress

2. Lace Hem Poplin Skirt

3. Sash Tie High Waist Palazzo Pants

My Style:

Necklace: ChristinaKristin

Purse: Gift from Kenya

Fabric sash: fabric from Amyang

Shoes: Target

Be Blessed! Be Free! Be Fashionable!

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Story of The Met Gala, From Columbus to New York

August was an exciting month for us. On August 18-20 we went to the Kleibacker Film Festival at the Columbus Museum of Art. The festival is a free fashion film festival held at the art museum each August, where they show fashion documentaries for three daysThe first night was the reception, the theme inspired by the past themes of Met Galas. We were excited to challenge ourselves to create looks inspired by the creative themes of Met Gala's past. I went with the most recent theme, this past May 2016,  'Manus x Machina, Fashion in the Age of Technology'. Christina revisited 'Chaos & Couture' from 2013. The opening night's movie was 'First Monday in May', a movie about the 2015 Met Gala. The theme last year was 'China, Through the Looking Glass". The Met Gala where Rihanna wore that gorgeous yellow robe with the train from the gods, that's the one. The documentary takes you behind the scenes of the 2015 Met Gala's planning with Anna Wintour, her staff, and the Met Gala co chairs.
Our Met Gala inspired looks for The Kliebacker Film Festival Reception.

Nine days later, we were making our way to New York for Christina's Birthday getaway with plans to visit the Met to check out 'Manus x Machina' before the exhibit was retired early September. We may never be invited to the Met Gala but believe me, just visiting the show is the next best thing. On the day we visited, August 30th, Christina's Birthday, Anna Wintour was there signing books. Unfortunately we just missed her but the thought that we almost crossed paths was still a little exciting. We were just grateful to have seen, what at least, some of the fuss was about. We drooled over a collection of couture that was covered in beading, feathers, and even drinking straws. We marveled over a dress made out of metal that you would never have to walk in because it moves for you. Imagine that! And of course we took moments to snap a few photos.

Until Next Time,

Be blessed! Be free! Be fashionable!
The crowded stairs of the Met.

Christina on her Birthday in front of the Met.

1950s Dior


Dress made of Coral by McQueen.

Posing in front of Prada and one my favorites to the right of me, by Christopher Kane.
The Show Stopper Chanel 
Me & Chanel
Christina in front of Dior Spring 2015

Christina in front of Dior & Hussein Chalayan

Issey Miyake
Me in front of the Met

Monday, September 12, 2016

ChristinaKristin, About Afropunk Brooklyn

 We returned from Brooklyn less than two weeks ago, where we spent four days celebrating Christina's birthday. Part of one of those days was spent at Afropunk Fest. For those unfamiliar, it is a music festival that encourages love and acceptance. There is also so much creativity and style. It's a festival where you can get away with so much style wise. If you want to wear stuffed animals as a shirt, great! If you want to wear every color in the rainbow or all your jewelry at once, wear it with confidence. If you want to wear shorts with a top created completely out of body paint or bare your surgical scars from your breast cancer battle, do it. It's all welcomed and you are welcomed. 

We are so inspired by the experience we had at the festival. We saw so many fierce characters, the everyday creatives and the ones that took the stage like Janelle Monae. We felt the love and smiled about the overwhelming cloud of positive energy. We celebrated the artisans in the vendor village who were selling their creations of love, like a beautiful young girl who wrote a few books and jewelry designers much like us.
 We came to experience the festival and to represent our brand but we left with so much more. We left with a renewed sense of inspiration and appreciation for our selves. Our style was acknowledged by photographers. Our work was praised by our peers. Our energy was matched by all those around us. We were at home. 


Until next time,

Be blessed! Be free! Be fashionable!


Monday, August 1, 2016

Chris/Kris Talks

ChristinaKristin Talk

We are wrapping up our four year anniversary celebration this month on the 9th, exactly four years and one month from the day we started this blog in 2012. It was a little rough this year trying to get things in order after a three day festival we participated in at the end of June.  We haven't even gotten to have a celebratory toast yet, so we are giving ourselves one more week, to get it done. Lets start with our annual ChrisKris Talk interview! We asked you to help us with the questions for each other. We combined your questions with our own. We hope this gives you the insight you were hoping for.

         Kristin: What has been the best moment of your life so far? 

 Christina: Anytime I’ve been asked this question I have the same answer. Living in NYC has by far been the best moment of my life.

Kristin: What is your number one regret?

Christina:This answer coincides with the first question, leaving New York too soon is my number one regret.  Although things happen for a reason, I always wonder how my life would be if I had stayed.

      Kristin: What is the best style advice anyone has ever given to you?

 Christina:This wasn’t necessarily advice, more like scolding and it’s related to grooming. My grandmother was very particular about nails, she would always say “If you’re going to polish them fine, but when that polish starts chipping, take it off or don’t wear it at all. All of your nails need to be the same length make sure they are filed.” Because of this these days I very rarely polish my nails, and I cut them short and even.

     Kristin: What is the one thing you have a hard time throwing away?

 Christina: I have a hard time throwing away magazines. My obsession is much more under control these days, but I still have many magazines from the late 90’s to early 2000’s.

Kristin: What are some strange places that you shop for fashion and have found cool items?

Christina: The sex store, yes the place where you buy vibrators, oil, etc. I find stylish leotards, tights, gloves and lacy socks here.

Christina:  What's your philosophy in life?

Kristin:  I'd say my philosophy in life is our motto.Be blessed! Be free! Be fashionable! To me the moto means to enjoy your blessings, being free to be creative and happy and I  believe that with everything we do in life, it should be done in style and with style.

Christina:  What's one thing that people always misunderstand about you?

Kristin: People think that I am mean and weird. Lol. I claim the weird. Most creative people have really different personalities. I CAN be mean but I am usually very warm and accepting of others. I am just really honest about things that people don't always want to hear. I also wear my thoughts on my face. If I don't like something or somebody, most days my face will give me away. Again, I think that is a sign of honesty. People see those things as mean.
Christina: What's on your bucket list this year?

Kristin: I really did not make a bucket list this year but one thing I hope to do is finish the Columbus Ale Trail. I have so many lists of places I want to go and things I want to get done, I just hope to cross off items from my last three seasonal lists.

Christina:  If you could style or make jewelry for anyone in the world who would it be?Why?

Kristin: I would love to make jewelry for Solange. I love her style. 

Christina:  You go on many adventures in Ohio, what place has been your favorite?, or 
where have you found the best items?

Kristin: My favorite Ohio adventure changes all the time as I explore more. It was the Lake Erie area like Put in Bay and Port Clinton, it's been West Liberty, Ohio and now recently,  Toledo. I just visited Toledo last month for the Fourth of July weekend. I went to their beautiful zoo and checked out the original Tony Packos and a local brewery.

I have found the best things in antique shops in Circleville, shops in Berlin ( Amish Country) and in a place called Timber Tunes in Johnstown.

Until next time,
Be blessed! Be free! Be fashionable!