November 14, 2017

Loving Lately – November 2017

Hello dolls! If anyone of you see me in real life any time soon, feel free to slap me upside the head for not blogging in so long. (Erica, it’s probably going to you — please be gentle!) Here we go!

1. Seasonal RXbars! Pumpkin and Gingerbread flavors? YES. I’m not typically a fan of pumpkin-flavored anything, but these bars are awesome because instead of an artificial pumpkin flavor, you get hints of cinnamon, ginger and cloves. They really should call it the Pumpkin Pie bar. And the Gingerbread flavor is a dream, with all spice and ginger. seasonal rxbar gingerbread pumpkin spice

2. New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz – I saw these sneakers on instagram and the next day I owned two pairs. They come in a variety of the cutest fall colors; I scooped up the light grey pair and the copper rose pair, though I’m calling it rosé. They are incredibly comfortable and best for short-distance running, cross training, or lifestyle wear. Like most New Balance shoes, they’re extremely cushioned with extra support. Right now they’re having a sale with 15% off orders of $99+ which is precisely why I convinced myself I needed two pairs. $130ish for both is a deal. Meanwhile I’m sitting here trying my hardest not to buy the Elderberry and the Indigo…

3.  Dylan’s wedding! About a month ago, my bestie Dylan and her husband got married in the Boston Public Garden. This is how badass this couple is: they were originally planning a wedding for next spring, but wanted to avoid all the planning and expenses that come with your typical ceremony. They toyed around with the idea of hitting up City Hall (*my* future plan for sure), but instead decided to just wing it FOUR DAYS later and get married downtown in the park. Armed with flowers from Trader Joe’s, a beautiful dress from Amazon Prime (I kid you not), and Boston Burger Company’s banker as her officiant (I can’t make this stuff up), they had the loveliest fall wedding. And I got to be her photographer! I by no means am a wedding photographer, but we said screw it, let’s do it…and it was awesome. Here are a couple I took from their big day.

Isn’t she a beauty! And the weather that day…ahh, fall in New England.

4. The November frappe at BBC. It seems that I can’t go a post without mentioning my employer. Try not to gasp/drool on your keyboard/book an immediate flight to Boston when you see this month’s special.

This is the “Pecan’t Believe Our Pies” frappe (yes I get to name them and yes I usually pick an obnoxious pun). It’s a bourbon pecan frappe with a pecan pie, maple frosting, sweet potato fries, and bourbon pecans. The pie, oh that pie!!!

5. Lucy Celebrates Gratitude Study. Years ago I bought an iphone case from the Lucy Celebrates shop. Her store has transformed over the years and she now sells Christian-based intentional planners and stationery. I subscribe to her emails and right now she is sharing a gratitude study for the days leading up to Thanksgiving — gentle reminders about what this season is truly about. On Day 1 she shared a beautiful quote and message.

Her message: “Gratitude for your gifts turns what you have into enough. He has intentionally given us our gifts in perfect measure. If we are not careful, pride and comparison will steal our joy from receiving or recognizing our blessings. Always remember, if you needed a certain gift or talent to fulfill your purpose, God would have given it to you.”

If anyone would like me to forward them the email from yesterday as well as those going forward, don’t hesitate to ask: christinaorso@gmail.com. Sending you all love and blessings this week!

October 20, 2017

TODAY ONLY! Buy one, Get one FREE Beautycounter Favorites

OOOH la la, this is a great one. Today only, Beautycounter is offering a buy one, get one free deal on their top products. Ya know, so we can all feel like this.

Ok, but seriously…have a look.

Yup, any of these! And I’m gonna sweeten the deal even more for you. If you spend $50+, I’ll refund your shipping!

The products:

  • Rejuvenating Cleanser – Green tea and fruit oils gently cleanse makeup off your face while moisturizing the skin. I use this several times a week in rotation with the Nourishing Cream Exfoliator (below). It smells so nice in the morning!
  • Rejuvenating Toning Pads – magnolia scented, full of Vitamin C to improve and brighten overall skintone, helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and minimize the appearance of pores. Best used after cleansing your face.
  • Nourishing Cream Exfoliator – I have combination skin, so I use this 2-3 times a week. It’s a very gentle exfoliator, so I’d even recommend it for those with dryer skin.
  • Radiance Serum – Every. Single. Day. I use this every morning! It’s one of the pricier products, but so worth it because it does the job and it last forevvvver. I’m not kidding, I’ve been using this since March and am only on my 2nd bottle. Needless to say, it’ll last you 3+ months. Worthy every penny. I swear it is what has given my skin a natural glow and the comfortable feeling of going without makeup.
  • Nourishing Day Cream – I personally use the Radiance Serum and Rejuvenating Day Cream, but I know a lot of people who prefer this for the extra hydration with a non-greasy feel. It’s great!
  • Nourishing Night Cream – I previously used the Rejuvenating Night Cream, which I did like a lot, but the Nourishing line is a little more moisturizing for me. Boston winters are rough and I need a little extra. It’s got everyone’s favorite product, coconut oil, in it as well as aloe for hydration.
  • Hydrating Body Lotion
  • Citrus Mimosa Body Bar
  • Citrus Mimosa Body Wash

And while you’re at it, don’t forget to check out their holiday gift bundles. They’re a great way to get ahead on those gift lists and the savings are pretty awesome. Trust me, it’s near the end of October and once this month is over…time literally flies, so start now. Email me if you have any questions about the products. christinaorso @ gmail dot com. Happy shopping and happy Friday!!


September 18, 2017

Oh, Hello There! Summer 2017 Recap

Long time no blog. So sad! Life has been busy. But in all the best ways. Last time I posted I had just finished my barre certification training. Since then I have been teaching like a maniac — 4-8 classes per week! My schedule has varied because the summer schedule was already set, but now our fall schedule has been implemented and I will be teaching a LOT. No seriously…a lot. By October, my week of teaching will look like this:

  • Mon: 12:15  in Woburn
  • Wed: 12:15, 5:15, 6 in Woburn
  • Thurs: 9am, 12:15 in Somerville (when it opens!)
  • Fri: 12:15, 5:30 in Woburn
  • Sat/Sun: one class TBD

9 classes/week! One of those is temporary so I’ll eventually just be teaching 8/week. That in conjunction with my full-time job at Boston Burger Company is a lot of work work work, but when it’s something you love, it’s hard to complain. Speaking of BBC, I have been with them for 2 1/2 years now and I can honestly say that it is my favorite job I’ve ever had. I don’t even like calling it a job because I truly enjoy all the ups and downs and I still find it hilarious that while being such a health-minded individual, I’m marketing burgers and frappes. Oy. And I so so appreciate their flexibility with letting me teach and the constant encouragement for me to grow as a both a person and an employee. Of course I could talk about work all day long…

…but life isn’t just about your career. This summer was a lot of fun. I didn’t travel much, aside from St. Thomas in the spring, but I spent a ton of time with friends and family.

Boding visited! 

Danielle visited! She lives in RI now and I love her being close to me again. We’re both originally from MA.

I celebrated my birthday with my favorite girls. They are some of the kindest, genuine friends I’ve ever had. And yes, we planned to dress like a rainbow!

My cousin Maddie, a sophomore at Hofstra, spent a long weekend with me and we had the best time frolicking around the city and eating all day and night.

Went to one of my favorite work events, the Boston Magazine Battle of the Burger.

Best Fest with my bestie Dylan!

And the craft beer & BBQ festival where we ate approximately 12 pounds of pork.

My youngest brother turned 21! We celebrated that night and a couple days later I got us tickets to a cocktail class.

All that and lots of beach, pool, new workouts, new restaurants, books, etc. Phewwwww. It was a great summer but I am so ready for fall. I’m kicking off the start of cooler weather with a fun adventure this evening. Make sure to follow me on instagram to see!

Hope you all are living your best life! xx

July 28, 2017

A GREAT Beautycounter Promo: Get a Free Full-Size Cleansing Balm or Body Oil

Ooooh I am excited about this one. While Beautycounter has promos fairly often, they’re usually on smaller or less expensive items. But this time they’ve wowed us with a free full-size product. Spend $150 or more and you can choose from a free Cleansing Balm or Body Oil.

beautycounter promo cleansing balm body oil

Cleansing Balm – What’s to love:

  • Removes makeup so easily
  • Moisturizes skin leaving it so soft
  • Vitamin C helps brighten skin
  • Raspberry and cranberry seed oils hydrate the skin
  • Comes with a 100% muslin cloth, softer and easier than a traditional washcloth

Body Oil – What’s to love:

  • Is instantly absorbed
  • Best applied after a shower to lock in moisture
  • A blend of 13 botanical oils leaves skin smooth, silky, and luminous
  • Grapefruit, sweet orange, and rosemary blend for the scent

I would jump on this pretty quickly because I have a feeling that the Cleansing Balm may sell out. Don’t miss out!!! For more Beautycounter posts I’ve written, click here. Let me know if you’re have any questions about any products or need help choosing makeup colors!