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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Lifestyle | 5 End Of Summer Ideas + Celebrating Washington Wine Month!

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Hi friends!
August is Washington’s Wine Month and in my opinion, it’s one of the best months for celebrating wine! I love soaking up the last bit of summer with a sunset and a great glass of wine. It’s a relaxing end to the dog days of summer. Washington state has more than 900 wineries and 350 vineyards, but you don’t have to be a local to experience a taste of the celebration. You can enjoy a glass of summer right at home! IMG_0760-.jpg
I’m currently loving the taste of Charles Smith wine varietals! I’ve found these to be amazing to have at summertime gatherings. They also have a great variety. There’s a flavorful choice for each unique palate among your family and friends. If you’re new to the name, definitely check all of them out at IMG_0741-.jpg
My two go-tos are Kung Fu Girl Riesling and Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon! IMG_0816-.jpg
I’m a big fan of white wines. I like them light with a hint of fruit. Kung Fu Girl Riesling is my pick! It’s a medium-bodied, mouthwatering semi-dry white wine. It’s 100% Riesling and it has focused flavors of citrus blossom, lime leaf, and white peach that mingle with mineral notes. It’s their best known wine and I can see why! It’s not too bitter, not too sweet, just how I like it. Not to mention, it has consistent 90+ point scores and it was named Top 100 Wines by Wine Spectator! Kung Fu Girl Riesling was inspired by Charles’ personal love of Riesling. It pairs well with sushi and Asian food and the Ghost Fighter on their label hints of that. He thought that German Rieslings were intimidating because their labels could be difficult to understand, so he wanted to eliminate the confusion in his own labeling!IMG_0825-.jpg
Fred’s a red wine man. He loves a dry red with deep flavor. His pick is the Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s a full-bodied, aromatic, dry red wine with classic flavors of blackberry and cassis with mineral notes of graphite. It’s 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Merlot. It has four years of 89+ scores! Fred loved how dry it was. Charles created this wine as a way of hitting back at all of the “faux” chateaus in the market. Chateaus are in Bordeaux, and since Cabernet Sauvignon is a Bordeaux varietal he thought, why not?! IMG_0818-.jpg
With summer coming to an end, I want to share some of my favorite ways to wind down and enjoy the last of the summer evenings! I want to encourage you to get out there and enjoy the long days and warm temps while they’re still here. Every now and then, Fred and I try to do something out of the ordinary. We’ve found that those special moments end up being the most memorable. It’s too easy to stick to a routine, but if you don’t break it every now and then, you don’t know what you’re missing out on! IMG_0771-.jpg
5 End Of Summer Ideas
1. Have an outdoor picnic in your backyard!
Instead of doing the same old, same old with indoor dinners, get outside and enjoy the last of summer’s beauty. It feels so good to chill out in the grass with a glass of wine.
2. Go stargazing.
Instead of watching Netflix before bed, grab a blanket and slip outside to stargaze.
3. Have a night of grilling.
I love grilling out. We definitely take advantage of it because we don’t have warm enough temperatures to do it year-round!
4. Throw a mini wine-tasting with friends.
Invite some friends over to taste some new wines and snack on cheese and crackers.
5. Make ice pops!
Get your ice pop molds out and create/try some yummy new popsicle recipes! Try adding some gummy candy or fruit in the mix. IMG_0809-.jpg
Now, for a little background history! Charles Smith debuted his first wine in 2001. He’s a former rock band manager, so that might explain the uber chic packaging! He’s a two time winemaker of the year, winning both Wine Enthusiast 2014 and Food & Wine 2009. He’s currently the only person to have won Winemaker of the Year by both Food & Wine and Wine Enthusiast. Charles Smith wines are perfect for everyday gatherings. Staying true to the motto “It’s just wine... drink it.”, they’re wines to be enjoyed now. However, they still have true typicity of both varietal and vineyard.  IMG_0745-.jpg
You don’t have to be from Washington to celebrate the wine month! I’m a buckeye, but I’m on board for any celebration of yummy wine. If you’re a wine lover, explore and support the local award-winning brands that put Washington winemaking on the map. You can search the hashtag #WAWineMonth and learn more here! You can also check out all Charles Smith Wines at IMG_0789-.jpg
How are you going to celebrate Washington Wine Month?! Also, are you more of a white or red fan?
Christina xx
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lifestyle | MODA's Pre-Opening Blogger Night! (Columbus, OH)

Hi guys!

A couple of nights ago, Fred and I attended the pre-opening blogger night at MODA! MODA is a new Columbus restaurant and bar located at 3100 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43202. MODA means fashion in Italian and the restaurant celebrates Columbus's two prized industries - fashion and sports! They bring fashion to the plate in a super stylish environment with tailored food and specialty cocktails. They also have a great variety of local drafts and signature wines.

 We were seriously so spoiled by MODA! It was amazing getting to try so many of their plates and cocktails. We left incredibly stuffed! We also had a great time meeting the staff and learning more about the restaurant and the inspiration behind the interior design and the food. Great service is incredibly important to me in a dining experience and I give them an A+++! Everyone was beyond accommodating and helpful to us. There was also a genuine, excited and passionate vibe among the staff which was contagious!

For The Food...
1. Take A Flight & Wine Country Cheese Board
Speck Italiano + Porchetta + Prosciutto + Burrata + Fig Jam + Roasted Beet Chutney + Toasted Brioche | Artisan Cheese + Fresh Berries + Fig Jam + Roasted Beet Chutney + Butter Toast Points
I love cheese boards so so much. If I could get away with ordering a cheese board as my dinner entree every night, I would! This board is a combination of 2 of their sharables, the Take a Flight & the Wine Country Cheese Board. All of the cheeses were incredible. Fred and I were both obsessed with the jams, especially the fig jam. And Fred loved the pickles. 
 *This was my favorite dish!*
2. Ohio Crispy Chicken (Local)
Gerber Chicken + Tony Packo Pickles + Ohio Honey + MODA Hot Sauce 
I'm a hot sauce girl, so I was lovin' this dish and Fred is still raving about the sauce! 
*This was Fred's favorite dish!*
3. Heirloom Salad (Local)
Heirloom Tomatoes + Buttered Brioche + Burrata + Cracked Black Pepper + Extra Virgin Olive Oil + Fresh Greens 
This is such a cool, modern take on an heirloom tomato salad!
4. MODA Burger
Angus Beef Burger + Creamy Roasted JalapeƱo Spread + Caramelized Onions + Hydroponic Arugula + Roasted Tomato Aioli 
Fred and I couldn't get over the spread on this burger! It's flavor is absolute perfection. We also got a side of fries with it. If you're wondering how good the fries were, when the server came to clear our old plates and deliver our next entree, I wouldn't let them take the fry basket from me! ha ha Seriously.
5. All Natural Pork Chop
Hominy Stone Ground Grits + Watershed Bourbon Glaze + Hearty Greens
I have never had more delicious grits! I've also never thought of grits as a dinner side, but these are so cheesy and hearty. Yum! I loved them and I cleared my plate! 
6. Bay of Fundy Salmon Fillet
Soy Ginger Glazed + Shitake Sticky Rice + Pickled Asian Slaw + Haricot Vert 
Fred really loved the flavor of the salmon. This is his kinda dish! Plus, I thought the sticky rice was amazing.
For The Drinks...
1. Trace of Honey
Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice, Cointreau, Ohio Honey Simple Syrup 
Both Fred and I love honey and this cocktail is literally dripping with sweet, delicious honey! Mmm it was so yummy!
*This was BOTH Fred & I's favorite cocktail!*
Hendricks, Gin, Cucumber, Fresh Squeezed Lime, Simple Syrup, Tonic
This cocktail just looks fabulous. It's also super refreshing with the lime and cucumber! 
+ That name is everything ha ha
3. Stiff Arm
I really liked this beer! It was light and I tasted some fruity notes, which is just the way I like it!
4. 3100 Manhattan
Knob Creek, Sweet Vermouth, Bitters, Bordeaux Cherry
I might have felt like Carrie Bradshaw carrying this little cocktail around. I love it's name and it tastes like the perfect, classic cocktail for a night out! 
For The Space...
^ Um, can we transport this to our house? ^
I love how relaxed the atmosphere is, but it's still incredibly stylish! The best of combinations.
 The restaurant and bar is located within the hotel, but they want absolutely everyone to experience MODA! It's definitely open to everyone, not just the hotel guests.
There are little hints of buckeye pride in the decorating. I love that it hints to scarlet and gray, but is still understated! 
A peak at the M Lounge:
A peak into one of the hotel rooms:
Thank you so much MODA for having us! We appreciate your hospitality & can't wait to come back!
Are you guys pumped to see MODA for yourselves?
What dish/drink looks the best to you?!
Happy Thursday! 



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Monday, August 7, 2017

Style | Boho Print Pants + Fringe Kimono {Why "Still Becoming" Is Beautiful}

Hi friends!

YESSS!!!! I've been wanting a pair of pants like these forever, like YEARS! They are so perfect. I love the cut and they're incredibly comfy! These are from Rosegal and they're the perfect boho print and flare style of pant. I love their '70s vibe. I will definitely be wearing these into fall!

*** Trend Alert! ***
These are my dream summer earrings! I'm loving bold, colorful tassel earrings at the moment. These beauties were in my current Rocksbox set!

Use my code: bgbychristinaxoxo for a free set! 

Are you guys feelin' the flare pants trend?!


Why "Still Becoming" Is Beautiful:
There's so much pressure to be established, build your brand (even if you aren't a blogger!), make a name for yourself, figure your life out and/or "get your stuff together". If you're still becoming who you want to be, trust me, you are not alone. These past couple of years, I've longed to get my life together and establish myself. Recently though, I've been asking myself why that's so important? What would that change in my life if I felt like I had it all together? First of all, does anyone ever really feel like they have it all figured out, or that they're living their best life? So often it seems that the more we get, the more we want. How quickly do we forget our goal as soon as we reach it? As soon as we accomplish one dream, we move on to the next. Finding a career is #1 but as soon as we're blessed with that, we're on to getting promoted. Making enough to live on is #1 but as soon as we're blessed with that, we're on to getting ahead. Why can't we just enjoy the "becoming"? Why can't we linger thankfully over every goal reached, each dream come true, each answered prayer? Now don't get me wrong, I don't think we're ever supposed to stop trying to reach our best potential for God's glory. I just see beauty in the "still becoming" part. By remaining grateful and humble in our journey we entrust our hope in God. We wait on his strength, instead of relying on our own. We remain open to his transforming power. We listen for his direction in our decisions. The most interesting part of a butterfly's transformation is the metamorphosis. We can find peace in our unfinished parts and in our uncertainty, because it's beautiful becoming who we're called to be.


Christina xx

Boho Print Pants - Rosegal
Tassel Earrings - Rocksbox | Wilde
Similar Cross Front Top - Rue 21
Similar Green Fringe Kimono -Forever 21
Similar Faux Suede Wedges - Forever 21
Similar Mix Bracelets - Trades of Hope + Misc.

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