BG by Christina

Monday, December 23, 2019

Sustainable Fashion | Last Minute Sustainable Fashion Gift Guide + Gift Ideas

*I've received product from With Love Darling. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that support BG by Christina. Some links might be affiliate links. I only share what I love.
Hi, friends!

Christmas is approaching FAST, so I wanted to get a quick little guide featuring some of my favorite last minute sustainable fashion gift ideas! I hope this guide will help spark an idea if you're still in search of the perfect sustainable fashion gift. These gifts are great for someone who you know is trying to make their wardrobe more sustainable and eco-friendly!

Sustainable Fashion Gift Guide:
1) A Sustainable Development Goal Charm Necklace - $50
I'm wearing the Global Goal #12 Responsible Consumption and Production Infinity Charm from With Love Darling in my above picture. This necklace is so dainty and beautiful, but more than that it makes the coolest gift! They have gifts inspired by every Sustainable Development Goal!


2) Reusable Tote Bag
Everyone could use a reusable tote bag! My most used tote bags are from PR and blogging events, but there are so many good ones out there!  You can even give a thrifted bag as a gift and be even more sustainable! I love the tote bags on Etsy. You can shop them here.
Tote bags make great gift bags too!

3) A Curated Thrift Subscription Box 
A thrift themed subscription box is something that I've been eyeing for awhile!
It would make a fun gift and it keeps giving throughout the year.
There are some different ones out there, but check out A Curated Thrift!
I've heard so many good things about them.

4) Handpicked Thrifted/Vintage Piece or Gift Card
One Christmas, my dad picked out a vintage necklace for me and that was SO special! He knows how much I love vintage treasures, so it was thoughtful of him to pick something out for me. It makes that piece all the more special knowing a loved one went to a store you like and picked it out for you. A gift card to a vintage store is an awesome sustainable gift too! I think everyone likes to do a little shopping after Christmas.

5) Donate Clothes In Someone's Honor
I think donating clothes you don't wear anymore to a women's shelter, or donation center in honor of someone is a wonderful gift idea! If you know that sustainable fashion is important to someone on your list, this would be a very sweet gesture!

Let me know any of your favorite sustainable fashion gift ideas for this year!

Love,

Christina xx

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For the son of man has come to seek and save the lost.
Luke 19:10

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Ohio | Shop Local Gift Guide, Columbus Inspired Gift Ideas

*I've received product from Discount Glasses, Kind Style Shop, QUIQUATTRO & Face Forward Aesthetics. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that support BG by Christina. Some links might be affiliate links. I only share what I love.
Hi, friends!

I wanted to share a shop local gift guide with all of you, because I have so many Columbus brands and places that I love! Hopefully some of these items/experiences in this guide will give you inspiration for any unique last minute gifts you might need!

& Don't forget to head over and enter my Shop Local Giveaway on my Instagram for a chance to win the bundle shown above! :)

My 2019 Shop Local Gift Guide
 {Columbus, Ohio}:

1. A Fair-Trade Jewelry Piece
QuiQuattro's Five in a Row Necklace - $49.99
A fair-trade jewelry piece from a local boutique is a special gift for a loved one and it also benefits a great cause! This one from QuiQuattro is a stunning statement piece! QuiQuattro is a women owned boutique that features female artisans from Turkey. They sell beautiful accessories and Turkish beach towels.

They have a surprise sale going on right now!
Buy any 3 items, get one jewelry item free! 

They also gave me a code for you guys to use:
BGBYTAKE15
to get 15% off any order 
valid until Dec.31st midnight EST

2.  French Market Bag
QuiQuattro's French Market Bag - $7.99
A French market bag is a useful gift for everyone on your list! You could even tuck other presents inside of it to save on wrapping. This is a great gift for the shoppers in your life! Columbus has a ton of great farmers markets, where this bag would come in handy at! A reusable market bag is a great eco-friendly gift option.

3. Gift-card To A Favorite Local Spot
Winan's | Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams | Stauf's Coffee
In my opinion, a gift-card to a favorite local coffee shop, or sweets shop is an unbeatable gift!
Who wouldn't want a few dedicated dollars to treat themselves with after Christmas! Winan's is my favorite local chocolate/treat shop. You have to try the raspberry milk chocolate truffle, the orange dark chocolate truffle, and the frozen hot chocolate! Jeni's has one-of-a-kind flavors and incredibly delicious ice-cream for the ice-cream lover on your list! Stauf's Coffee is a great option for your coffee queen/king! I've bought Fred a Stauf's Coffee gift-card before and he loved it.
P.S- Our 1st date was at Stauf's!


4. A Local Date Night, or Girls Night
Hotel Leveque, Franklin Park Conservatory, Mad River Mountain, The Candle Lab 
Fred's Uncle always gifts us with a thoughtful, local date night and it's always one of our favorite gifts! He's gotten us a gift-card to a movie theatre, a Franklin Park Conservatory membership, and a gift-card to Mad River Mountain! We've enjoyed those things so much that he's inspired me to gift other people with date nights! A planned out date night, or girls night out is a unique present that will be very memorable. A few of my favorite local ideas are: A night at Hotel Leveque, a membership to Franklin Park Conservatory, A Mad River Mountain Gift-card, and a gift certificate from The Candle Lab! 
5. Columbus Inspired Frames
Discount Glasses Westend Sunglasses Collection 
Discount Glasses has an entire glasses and sunglasses collection that is inspired by different areas in Columbus. I have multiple pairs from this collection, because I love them so much! 
I think picking someone a pair of sunglasses from one of their favorite places in Columbus is a cute and quirky gift!  

6. A Neutral Glam Holiday Clutch 
Kind Style Shop's Moxie Faux Leather Wristlet & Clutch
I think a holiday glam clutch is a classic, iconic Christmas gift. I would go for one in a neutral color, especially if you don't want to risk choosing one to match someone's personal style! This Moxie Faux Leather Clutch is from Kind Style Shop and it's the ultimate, universal clutch! It's also vegan, which is so amazing! Kind Style Shop has the best clutches, so you're sure to find a style there that love there!


7. Event Tickets   
Events & Things To Do | Eventbrite
Giving an experience as a gift is ALWAYS really special. I bought my mom concert tickets one year and she still talks about that gift and how much she loved it!
I've also bought Fred tickets before to local events and we've made some wonderful memories from those gifts. You can search on Eventbrite to get some ideas!
Think concerts, plays, sporting events, etc. :)

8. A Skincare Pamper Treatment
Face Forward Aesthetics Micro-Needling, Facial, Massage  
A spa treatment is a lovely gift if you're wanting to pamper a loved one! Fred got us a couples massage once and it was one of my favorite gifts EVER! If you know of a specific treatment someone you're buying for has been wanting then definitely gift that. However, if you don't know exactly what they would want, I think a facial, or a massage are pretty safe bets!

Do you have a favorite local-inspired gift idea?
Merry Shopping!

Love,

Christina xx

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The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I will bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people."
Luke 2:10

Monday, December 16, 2019

Lifestyle | My Whimsical Things Gift-Guide & Last Minute Whimsical Gift Ideas + IG GIVEAWAY!

*I've received product from Miseenscent, RedeemedCollectiveCo, Bailey Kay Designs, CaseApp & Illustrated Whimsy. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that support BG by Christina. Some links might be affiliate links. I only share what I love!
Hi, friends!

Can you believe it's the 15th of December?! Christmas is on it's way!

I love giving and receiving small, unique whimsical gifts and I wanted to share a few of my favorite whimsical gift ideas with you! These items are perfect and thoughtful little gifts for your friends your girlfriend, your sisters, etc.

Hopefully, this post will at least spark some ideas for your last minute Christmas shopping!

& Be sure to enter the giveaway on my Instagram page: @bgbychristina
because one winner will receive everything in this gift guide! 

My 2019 Whimsical Things Gift Guide:

1. Mise en Scent Rom-Com Candle - $34

Mise en Scent makes Movie Genre candles that are just the coolest! I'm in love with the Rom-Com Candle, so much so that I want a perfume in this fragrance! It has a romantic, floral scent that is just lovely. You could get each person on your list a candle in their favorite movie genre! 

2. Bailey Kay Designs Gingerbread Men Earrings - $12

Bailey K Designs  makes the most adorable whimsical earrings! My pick for a gift is the sweet Gingerbread Men Earrings.
 She has an entire White Christmas Collection with other festive pieces for the holidays!

3. Redeemed Collective Co Flowers of the Field Sticker - $3

Redeemed Collective Co has faith inspired stickers that make the perfect little gifts, or gift toppers! I love their Flowers of the Field sticker. It has a beautiful illustration with an encouraging message on it. A faith inspired sticker is a great little uplifting gift! You could also give one as a bookmark, or decorate a plain notebook with some!

4. Illustrated Whimsy Original Art Print - $35

One of my dear friends is the artist behind IllustratedWhimsy and she creates the most magical artwork! She often creates precious woodland animal illustrations and an art print of a favorite animal would make a thoughtful gift! 

5. CaseApp Phone Case and/or Laptop Skin -  $34, $29

CaseApp makes a ton of different phone cases and laptop skins in a variety of prints. You can even make custom ones on their website! A custom phone case, or laptop skin would make such a special gift for a loved one!

Which of these things would you like to add to your Christmas list?! 

Love,

Christina xx

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And the word became flesh and dwelt among us.
John 1:14

Natural | Natural Beauty Gift Guide & Last Minute Organic Beauty Gifts + IG GIVEAWAY!

*I've received product from Simply Earth, DefineMe, Basswood Naturals, Annemarie Borlind USA, Moroccan Magic & HelloBody. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that support BG by Christina. Some links might be affiliate links. I only share what I love.
Hi, guys!

If you've followed me for awhile now, you already know that I love natural, non-toxic beauty items!  I think all of us that can, should be researching the products that we put on our body. In the future, I want all body-care and beauty products to be natural and made with ONLY safe ingredients. I'm excited for the future of beauty and bath products, because great changes are currently being made. I want a future where I can buy products and not have to worry about the ingredients.

This is the perfect gift-guide for the person on your list who loves and uses natural beauty items, or for someone who you're wanting to introduce safer beauty to!

& Be sure to enter my giveaway on my Instagram, because one of you will win this entire natural beauty bundle!

My 2019 Natural Beauty Gift Guide:

1. Simply Earth Essential Oils Recipe Box - $39

I've been absolutely obsessed with Simply Earth and their Recipe Boxes! I discovered Simply Earth this year and they have the coolest subscription boxes EVER. Simply Earth offers Recipe Boxes every month that include: 4 full-sized essential oils, natural DIY recipes and other natural items & containers to make the body care items. I've loved getting new essential oils every month! 
It's been so amazing to make natural body-care and home DIYs for our place! This is the perfect gift for the person on your list who loves essential oils, or the person who loves DIYs.

You can use my code:
BLOOMGOLDFREE
to get a receive a $40 Simply Earth gift-card & a BONUS box with your initial purchase! Just go to this link here :)

Simply Earth also offers essential oils. 

2. DefineMe Fragrance Oil Sample Kit - $24

DefineMe is a natural and clean, cruelty-free fragrance brand and they have some phenomenal scents! My 2 favorites are their Audry fragrance and their Sofia Isabel fragrance. Audry is a light floral and feminine scent. Sofia Isabel is a soft and sweet scent, perfect for the holiday season! Their Fragrance Oil Sample Kit makes the best fragrance gift, because it's clean and it gives your recipient a chance to explore all of the scents! 

They have other fragrance sets too.

3. Moroccan Magic 5- Piece Lip Care Gift Set - $17.99

You guys know that I'm in love with Moroccan Magic lip balm! Their 5-Piece Lip Care Gift Set would make a great gift for the lip gloss queen in your life. These lip balms moisturize my lips unlike any other! They're also non-toxic and made with essential oils. A single lip balm is a wonderful stocking stuffer. Everyone could use a new chapstick for the winter! 


They offer other lip care gifts too.

4. BasswoodNaturals Caffeine Infusion Coffee Lotion Bar - $12

I found BasswoodNaturals on Instagram and I think their Caffeine Infusion Coffee Lotion Bar would make the ultimate coffee lover gift. It smells so delicious! A lotion bar is such a unique gift too. I would love to buy one of these for each of my besties. 

5. AnneMarie Borlind Orange Blossom Energizer - $28.49

The ANNEMARIE BORLIND USA Orange Blossom Energizer is the ultimate winter beauty oil! It revitalizes and energizes dry skin. This is the perfect gift for your mom, your aunt, your grandma, etc! It's great for those in your life concerned about aging, or dry skin. This would also be a great gift for a gift exchange, or secret Santa. 



They offer a lot of other face products that I love. 
I also love the Exfoliating Peel!

6. HelloBody Coco Clear Mud Mask - $34.99

The HelloBody Coco Clear Mud Mask makes for a really fun gift! I mean, who doesn't love a face mask? This is a wonderful self-care item and would really pamper someone on your list this year! 

They offer some other great masks and exfoliators on their site too. 

7. Wild Root Natural Deodorant - Coming Soon, $12

Wild Root deodorant is an all natural deodorant brand that's coming soon! Native brand also has some great deodorants that would make a great stocking stuffer! I always put a couple of essential items in Fred's stocking and he might be getting a mini Native deodorant this year. ;) 
I've been wanting him to try a natural deodorant for awhile now, so I thought it was the perfect time for it. 




Please let me know your favorite natural beauty items that you would include!
& Have you entered the giveaway yet?
Love,

Christina xx

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May your days be merry & bright!

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Style | His & Hers Holiday Cozy Style Guide + BEARPAW Slippers GIVEAWAY

*I've received product from Bearpaw. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that support BG by Christina. Some links might be affiliate links. I only share what I love.
Hi, guys!

I hope you had a wonderful and amazing Thanksgiving with your loved ones!
I'm SO very thankful for my friends and family and the time I got to spend with them this week. I'm thankful for a loving husband who is supportive in everything that I do and for our sweet little orange boy who we love so much. We praise God that he sent little Dreamy to our doorstep so we could be his parents!

& I have such a loving family and amazing in-laws! So much healing has been done and so many prayers have been answered this year. We have so much to be thankful for.

If you went Black Friday shopping, I hope you got some great gifts and great deals!
________________________________________
***GIVEAWAY***
To kick off the holiday season, I've teamed up with BEARPAW to do a his and her's cozy style guide and a slippers giveaway!

I'm giving away 2 pairs of BEARPAW slippers on my Instagram!

To enter, just go to my post here and follow the steps! One winner will win 2 BEARPAW slippers of their choice... one for you & one for your other half (or bestie)!




HIS



HERS












When it comes to cozy winter style, it's all about the PJ's! This year, we didn't do matching Christmas pajamas. Instead, we chose to show the cozy, tried and true pieces that we love! These are some of our go-to EXTRA comfy, hanging around the house pieces. 

We both love chillin' in henleys, soft sweats, fluffy slippers, and beanies The pieces I linked above are absolute winter essentials for us. I chose these for a cozy style guide over  holiday themed pajamas, because you will without a doubt wear these time and time again!  

I think all of these would make incredible gift ideas for guys & girls! They are 100% approved by  Fred and I. I'm always excited to receive cozy loungewear pieces for Christmas, because I can be such a homebody! We both just love to get all cozy at home and slippers are one of Fred's most favorite things to receive as a gift!

 He's wearing the BEARPAW Levi style in the color Chocolate
&
I'm wearing the BEARPAW Effie style in the color Hickory.

If you want the softest, cloud-like fluff of a slipper, get the BEARPAW Effie! I seriously live in these!  I'm on my second pair. If you're looking to get slippers as a gift for someone, opt for a neutral color! In my opinion, you can't go wrong with creams, tans, grays and browns for guys and girls. 

You can use my BEARPAW code:
CHRISTINA20
to get 20% off your entire purchase!

And don't forget to enter my giveaway for a chance to win 2 pairs of slippers for free! (:
Shop the home items:





Have you entered the giveaway yet?! Head over to my Instagram to enter! 

Love,

Christina xx

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"Live then with your heart raised up in God, and do not allow yourself to be crushed by sadness."
- St. Paul of the Cross 

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Natural | Simply Earth December Box - Peppermint & Candy Cane & Pine, Oh My!

*I've received product from Simply Earth. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that support BG by Christina. Some links might be affiliate links. I only share what I love. 
 Hi, guys!

The December Simply Earth box IS HERE!!!
& The theme is gift-giving! Very fitting for this holiday season.

This month's box contains:
- 4 Full Size Essential Oils: Peppermint, Candy Cane, Mandarin, & Pine Scotch
- 2 Lip Balm Containers
- A Tin
- A Spray Bottle
- Gift Tags
- 6 Natural Recipes: Citrus Christmas Room Spray, Christmas Candy Diffuser Blend, Cold Buster Roll On, Mandarin and Coffee Sugar Scrub, Candy Cane Lip Balm, Peppermint and Pine Salve 

You can use my code:
BLOOMGOLDFREE
to receive a $40 gift-card with your initial recipe box purchase 
(to use on your future purchases!)
& a BONUS box!

You can shop the Recipe Boxes here!

I can't wait to try the candy cane lip balm! How adorable would the candy cane lip balm and the peppermint and pine salve be as Christmas gifts?!

If the December box sells out, you can still get the Starter Box! The Starter Box will have it's own recipe cards and it will also come with a free Bonus Box!
That way you won't have to wait too long to get your box. :)


A very happy Thanksgiving eve to you!
Which oil in this box would be your favorite?!
I love Candy Cane!

Love,

Christina xx

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"Prayer is an act of love; words are not needed. Even if sickness distracts from thoughts. all that is needed is the will to love."

- St. Teresa of Avila 

Style | OOTD My $3 Dress Find- Faux Suede + Bell Sleeves

*All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that support BG by Christina. Some links might be affiliate links. I only share what I love.
Hi, guys!

I can't believe it's Thanksgiving week! Oh my goodness, this month has been a blur!
Please let me know what you have planned for Thanksgiving this year (if you celebrate!)

This is a super quick post, because I still have to finish making fudge and truffles for my family's Thanksgiving dinner. Fred and Dream are already asleep lol  I guess it is super late!

I hope you like this little ootd! Thank you so much for all of the love that you gave it on Instagram! I appreciate it so so much. Below are the closest pieces I could find to each piece of this outfit. This was one of the outfits I wore during fashion week. I found this dress for $3 at a sidewalk sale and I've worn it for years! I love finding such a good steal!
 I had fun wearing this outfit, because it's a little different than what I usually wear!

{WEARING}











How's your week going?! Do you have any fun Thanksgiving plans?!

Love,

Christina xx

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The weary world rejoices!