Wednesday, July 27, 2016


This week's episode, I show you & Jenn  how to add gold, silver, mint, pink, foil to any digital print! 
It's super simple and requires minimal supplies that are affordable! I really hope you try it out because it'll add all the sparkle to your life  ♥

note: all the these foil prints are available now 
on my etsy shop

- your favorite digital print 
*it must be printed with toner through a laser printer. Ink jet printers won't work!
if you dont have one, you can always take it to a local printer and have them print it on their laser printers for you.
i bought my printer on sale for $50 so it wasn't too bad
- any color foil sheets 
* deco foil brand works great
* heidi swapp has gorgeous colors
* I have the 12" but the 9" is perfect
- one regular printer paper as the cover sheet
- scissors

1. First, turn your laminator to the hottest setting
*The heat does depend on how thick your paper is and how hot your lamintor gets
*Just a heads up that through my experience, sometimes using thin printer paper with the hottest setting can wrinkle your paper
*I would just recommend you try it a couple of times to see what works best with your paper + laminator
*I now use thicker cardstock and the hottest setting for the best results

2. Then using your foil sheet, measure the length of your print and cut to size
*The foil will stick directly onto the ink it's touching. So if you want a certain word to be a certain color, be sure to put that color foil directly on top of that entire word. 

3. Place the foil color side up and carefully add the cover sheet on top

4. Use the palm of your hand to press out any extra air that may be in between the foil and the ink

5. Slowly run it through the laminator. You can run it through a few times if you'd like


Just keep in mind that using this method isn't perfect. There will be imperfections where the foil doesn't stick on evenly to the ink. And please dont do what I did and not check the max thickness of paper your printer can print on. 

HAVE FUN!! I hope you make all the beautiful lovely things in life!!


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

* Do You Like You? *

All my life, I've been a people pleaser. I was taught to be one starting from when I was a little girl. In mandarin, the exact translation is "you have to chase after their like for you." I distinctly remember being told that I have to try harder to be liked because I'm a girl and I can't do whatever I want like a boy.

And honestly, who doesn't want to be like or loved by everyone? Especially when you do try. Even the people who spew out hate want to be loved for who they are just like everyone else. I believe they are particularly scarred by being rejected sometime in their past and therefore are out to cover their own deep rooted insecurities by attempting to make others feel their pain.


Being in the entertainment world, it can be extremely hard when you carry that burden of wanting to be liked by everyone. It's not going to happen. Someone will always have an opinion and the mean ones definitely aren't afraid to let you know. All the happy positive comments won't erase those few comments that say "EW GROSS I CANT STAND THE WAY SHE LOOKS OR TALKS," "Why is she even here," "Christine your eyebrows are too far apart," "I want to punch her face," "She looks so ugly," "Who told her she looks good as a blonde?"

I mean I can go on. I've definitely talked about being so overwhelmed with negative comments when I first came on camera years ago that I literally cried myself to sleep for a week. I used to be embarrassed to talk about it out loud because I was afraid other people/friends would secretly agree with those comments (I know so silly). I remember talking about this with Anna Akana and she was like yea she had to develop a pretty thick skin after the comments she got. And I remember thinking, mann Christine.. just suck it up! Why are you being so sensitive? Who cares? When will you develop that thick skin?

Honestly with time, I have. I mean, some comments can still sting but hey, that is life. If I myself don't agree with that negativity, then BYE FELICIA! No I'm not going to get surgery or change/wear more or less makeup to appease you. I like my blonde hair. I like the change and stepping outside my usual comfort zone! However I choose to express myself is something I embrace. I don't have to fit into this nice little box of how others believe I SHOULD look or act like as a woman.

Sidenote: I've always felt all the feels with Sophie from Howl's Moving Castle
She always felt ordinary and not special.
But ends up finding she possessed the strongest of magic from within...
Only when she truly opened her eyes to see herself. 

Constructive criticism is completely different. First, it's coming from a good place. It's not meant to tear me down or my integrity as a person/woman. Second, I am all about improving, learning, and evolving to be a better person + make better things. And some of those suggestions have really helped me see a lot of things I didn't even think about in a really positive way! I really thank all of those who have been kind about wanting to help.

After turning 32, I've finally reached a point where I can smh and focus my energy on my blessings. Being a people pleaser for the sake of being liked is rooted in the wrong sentiment. No one ever taught me to like me for me first. Everything else will follow. If I'm running around trying to find fulfillment or validation from others, I will end up hating myself and the world. It is all about how you choose to see the world. I can do what I did and beat myself up about the negative comments. OR I can appreciate and be so grateful for those amazing people who took the time to be encouraging, understanding, and lovingly supportive.


But most importantly, I and hopefully you can learn to love the gifts we were given.. internally. That is the essence of who we were made to be. And through life's lessons, our job is to better refine those gifts and cherish them as they develop. If we're focusing on other people's gifts and comparing, we're totally missing the point.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

* xoxo christine: ep 2 FAIRY FLOWER CROWNS *

This week's episode, I show you how to make fairy flower crowns! 
I know flower crowns have been around forever but I've always wanted to try making them myself and it's just such a simple and therapeutic way to be creative.

You can make them for birthdays, photo shoots, weddings, bridal showers, or just to have because they make you feel whimsical and magical   ♥

materials needed

- silk flowers or real flowers
- wire cutters preferred, scissors could work too
- floral tape // washi tape also works great
- floral wire
- glue gun
- glue sticks

1. First, using the floral wire, measure the base of your crown by loopoing the wire around the top of your head
2. You want to wrap your floral wire around at least 2 loops (I like to do 3 sometimes) to create a stronger base
3. Cut the wire where the beginning tip is so it's easier to start wrapping

4. Start at the ends and twist them around the base so they don't poke you
5. Cut your floral tape into 5 - 10 inch strips so it's easier to use
6. With your floral tape, you want to start wrapping at the tip 
- Twist around the wire once and pinch the floral tape so it sticks to the wire.
- If the floral tape doesn't stick very well, pinch and twist the beginning and wrap the tape around that area a few times (3 - 4) and continue on

7. You want to loop the floral tape around each section tightly at least 2 - 3 times before moving on
- This will create a sturdy enough base without the flower crown looking or feeling too bulky
- Then continue wrapping and pinching the tape as you till you go all the way around back to where you first started
- Remember to pinch and twist as you go to secure the tape!

- If as you're wrapping, your wire starts to bunch up and the crown isn't going to be a even round circle, you want to cut where the wire is bunching up
- Then just like how you started in the beginning, wrap your tape around the ends and wrap the floral tape around that section a couple times
- Then you're good to go again!

8. Now it's time to grab your flowers and start arranging them on the crown base without cutting the flowers just yet
- Once you're happy with your design, trim the flowers with the wire cutter leaving 1/2 - 1 inch of the stem so you can attach it to the base

- Use floral tape to attach the stem, wrapping 2 - 4 times.. or as needed so it's secure
9. If you're using longer floral stems, wrap the floral tape on different sections of the stem 

- You can also use the glue gun to attach small flowers
- Try adding different kinds of flowers + leaves + accessories to give your crown more texture + personality!

- Use flower crown photos you find online (instagram, pinterest, and etsy are great) for inspiration! There's so many different types of looks and styles that you'll find one that really speaks to you!

*crown yourself girl*


as always,