Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Triple Snake Braid Hair Tutorial

Hiiiii guyssss! So I did it! My first ever video hair tutorial! It was actually much easier to do than I expected. I've been nervous to do one because I thought it would be hard, and I would feel awkward like I was talking to myself but it actually wasn't that bad at all! Sooo here it is! I LOVEEE braids, and I love trying all sorts of different things with them. The options are endless! I hope you like this one and it makes sense and all that. If you try it out, let me know how it goes for you, and post a photo, and tag me @mox_ie and hashtag #moxiebennetthair on Instagram so I can see it and comment! And don't let the appearance of this style fool you, all you have to know how to do is a basic braid!
P.S. Sorry for the awkward video still below. Not sure how to fix that. :P Scroll down for video! Enjoy!
P.P.S. If you don't care about watching me curl my hair and prepare it etc and just want to know how to do the braid, skip to 5:14 on the video!

xoxoxo, Christine

Top: Forever 21 (old); but love this
Lipstick: NYX Matte in Nude

Just Peachy

Good morning! I've been looking for the perfect top to go with these pants, and I finally found it! These are the only not skinny denim I own, and I feel like I always have the hardest time figuring out what shirt to wear with them that compliments the style. This fun peplum tee from TJ Maxx does just that! It sort of breaks up the shape so that you're not wide all the way down. :P
Hope everyone has a great Wednesday! As for me, I'm off to CrossFit soon! I took a break for a few weeks since I was running the marathon, and I can't wait to go back! I just did my first post-marathon run yesterday too! I had been missing it already. haha. 
xoxo, Christine

Top: TJ Maxx; similar styles here, here and here
Denim: YMI; similar here and here
Wedges: Target (old); similar here
Sunnies: Vince Camuto: similar here
Purse: Styles for Less; similar here
Turquoise necklace: Old; simlar here
Elephant necklace: Forever 21 here
Lipstick: NYX Matte in Nude

Monday, April 28, 2014

Stagecoach Floral

Guyssssss. I can't even begin to explain how AMAZZZZZZING Stagecoach was. I can't believe all of these years I have been missing out on it! It was special though to be able to share my first one with my hubby. I literally sang pretty much every single song. Oh and our seats. Also AMAZING. I had no idea but we had for real seats while everyone else had to set up spots behind us on the grass. The whole weekend was a dream. My fave was Sunday night with Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line. Seriously heaven. They sing all of my favorite songs that make me think of summer and love and love and summer.
So this is my look for Sunday! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have caught my Friday night look too. Dressing for Stagecoach was seriously so easy. I just added a hat and boots to some of my everyday pieces! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! I spent yesterday recovering and now back to work today! 
xoxoxo, Christine

Romper: TJ Maxx; similar here, here and here
Hat: Target (sold out); similar here and here
Purse: Thrifted; similar here
Boots: Target (old); similar here and here
Sunnies: Vince Camuto; almost exact here
Necklace: Old; similar here
Watch: Nordstrom; similar here

Friday, April 25, 2014

Overall LOVE

Soooo overalls are back, and a few months ago I wasn't so sure about them. But I'm officially a fan. I ordered these off of Forever 21, and I am soooo happy with them. They are incredibly comfortable and so cute, and I love that they're a break from your regular old denim but still have the versatility of denim. Also, that shirt underneath is actually a bodysuit! I can't believe I'm wearing them again. I thought they were so cool when I was a kid. Made me feel all grown up for some reason. :P They are perfect with overalls because then you guarantee your shirt stays tucked in since overalls fit a little loose!
My hubby and I got the best news yesterday. My cousin and her hubs were going to Stagecoach for free (I was SOOO jealous), and then they ended up letting us know yesterday there were two more tickets available. I am ecstatic! I have been wanting to go to Stagecoach for years (for those of you not in So Cal, Stagecoach is a three-day country music festival), but it's so expensive I've never pulled the trigger and gone. I literally can't believe we get to go! It might finally sink in when I'm singing along to Luke Bryan live playing "Play it Again". Eeeeek! So excited. Happy Friday, ya'll.

Overalls: Forever 21 here
Bodysuit: Forever 21 here
Shoes: Target (old); almost same here
Purse: Styles For Less; similar here
Sunnies: Windsor (old); similar here and here
Elephant Necklace: Forever 21 here
Bracelets: Old
Lipstick: NYX Matte in Alabama

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Hey guys! Since I got to be part of such an amazing event this past Monday at the Boston Marathon, I thought I'd do an extra post about the race. Included below are photos from my iPhone from the weekend. :) (Scroll down to read about my race experience.)

Morning run to see this beautiful view on our first day in Boston.

Visiting Harvard University + coffee.

 Dinner outfit for dinner with my aunts from New York who came out to support me.

At the expo with Kate and Megan picking up our race numbers and packets. #weruntogether

Pre-race day in front of the finish line.

Trip isn't complete without a "Boston Strong" t-shirt. I will wear it proudly all the time!

These commemorative bracelets were made from the banners at last year's marathon.

One of the most important inspirations for me to run was my three-year-old niece, Ruby Claire. Just four days before the race, she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. I wrote this hashtag #runforruby on my hand so everytime I looked down at my watch, I had inspiration to run.

Pre-race in my ganster sweatpants get up trying to keep warm. It was freezing!

 F I N I S H  L I N E
Can't even describe how happy I was to cross that thing!

 DONE. Oh-so-happy

<3 these girls. Megan and Kate are two of my running partners, and I was so grateful that we could all be together to share this experience. It truly was a race to remember.

The Boston Marathon turned out to be a much different beast than I expected. I went into the race with a time goal for myself. I didn't want to put too much pressure on myself in case it didn't happen but it's hard because I wanted to compete with myself and do better than my last race. The Boston Marathon requires a qualifying time of 3:35, and I had run my previous marathon in about 3:25 so I wanted to run at least a 3:20. Looking at my training, I seemed prepared to do so. But you can never really predict exactly how you are going to feel on race day. You can eat all the right things and sleep enough and read inspiring quotes, but when it comes down to it, sometimes your body doesn't do exactly what you hope it will. The night before the race, I was giddy and nervous. I always get that way. Something about the anticipation of the race and the adrenaline that awaits you. As I started the race, my legs didn't feel as fresh as they should have. I came through the first few miles much slower than I wanted to for just having started the race. At about mile 5, I started feeling something in my toe. At mile 8, I decided to stop to see what was wrong because it was pretty painful, and I knew whatever it was would just continue to bother me. It was hard to decided to stop because even though it's a long race every second counts. When I stopped and took off my shoe, my toe was all bloody and upon closer examination, I realized one of my toenails had started coming off. As gross as it sounds, I knew I had to pull it off so that I could continue running. So I did. A little bit later something else was bothering me, and I stopped again to look at my foot but didn't see anything. At the end of the race, I confirmed what I had finally determined had been the cause of my pain. I had a big blood blister on the bottom of my foot. I literally had to tell myself to just keep running the entire race. I knew I couldn't stop or else it would be over, and I couldn't let that happen. I had to battle too with knowing that even though I would finish, I wasn't going to do as well as I planned. That was probably the hardest part. I had worked so hard and felt so ready, and then it didn't happen how I thought it would. And the closer I drew to the end of the race, the harder the course got as well. Lots of hills. Everything was harder than I expected. I finished the race with a time of about 3:41. I know that might sound great to some of you, but when you train so hard and have expectations that aren't met it's a little hard to face. Looking back now though, I have started to feel proud that I was able to push through my personal challenges and still finish strong. 

There was one thing though that made the race day amazing and absolutely blew my expectations out of the water: the crowd. The city of Boston is AMAZING. A million spectators lined the race course. The entire course felt like a finish line. I have run races before where you go ten miles without seeing but a few people cheering for you. It was so inspiring too. The whole way people kept saying thank you for running. It was a 26.2 mile victory lap taking back the city of Boston and showing the world that people unite and come back stronger after they've been hurt. I can't imagine a better year to run it. Despite my personal struggles, I wouldn't change a thing. I was so blessed to be a part of such a monumental day in Boston's history.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Casual Camo

Hi guys! I'm home! If you were following me over the weekend on Instagram, you knew I was running the Boston Marathon! I can't even begin to describe the honor that it was to be there. I will probably do a post with a few photos later this week on what it was like to be there and all that. It was an unforgettable experience, especially after the tragedy last year. That town is full of a sense of pride for their marathon that I have never seen before. The entire race route was like a finish line with over a million spectators. I'll tell you about my personal experience and the challenge of the race for me in a future post. 
This outfit is probably exactly the type I'll be wearing this week (minus the heels!) because my body is so sore I don't want to do a thing! I love a good casual outfit dressed up with some accessories to make it more put together. Hope you all have a fabulous week!

Camo T-shirt: Pipelime (sold out); same here
Denim: Paige; same style here
Wedges: Target (old); similar here
Purse: Ross; similar here, splurge here
Necklace: Old; similar here
Sunnies: American Eagle via Marshalls; similar here; same style, different color here
Lipstick: NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in Haute Melon