Real Life Real Style is about celebrating everyday women who are anything but ordinary. They’re the women who balance work and family and are the glue that holds it all together—while looking altogether fabulous. Meet Christina – a true Real Life, Real Style inspiration.
Christina, a speech-language pathologist from Port Lavaca, Texas, is a classic rags-to-riches story. She and her husband came from very modest means and have worked hard to achieve success. They live a comfortable life, regularly traveling the world. But Christina’s parents instilled in her the value of giving back. She says of her and her husband, “We’ve achieved quite a bit of success and so we’re both very committed to paying it forward.” They support their local food bank, library and women’s shelters, host a Shoe Box Party for Operation Christmas Child and establish scholarships for deserving students to attend college. Christina and her husband also help ensure that those in their community have everyday necessities. “I go to Bealls regularly and we’ll buy, sometimes, 20 to 30 coats to give to the poor,” she says. “All these people get winter coats and we get a bargain.”
Her friend Cheryl who nominated her for Real Life Real Style describes Christina as generous, passionate and reliable. Although she leads a busy life working with stroke patients who have communication disorders, Christina regularly takes time out of her day to deliver baked goods to local businesses, volunteer with her church and help others—never asking for anything in return.
“She is the most honest and giving person I know,” Cheryl says of Christina, “and she puts everyone before herself. Throughout it all, she remains beautiful, sweet and totally composed. She is most deserving of this recognition.”
But Christina says that giving back is simply part of being a better person. “I don’t think you can help others without improving yourself,” she says. “I think you help yourself more when you’re helping others.
Christina loves classic styles, clean lines and versatile pieces. Although she has to wear scrubs to work every day, her favorite outfit is a simple capri pant, neutral shell and blazer. And she is almost never without a pair of silver hoop earrings. For Christina, when it comes to fashion, less is more. “There’s a lot to be said for understated style,” she says. “Anything with too much bling does not suit my style.”
Christina prefers classic pieces to trendy fads, and loves faux fur, denim and versatile layers. “You want to buy pieces that you can wear more than one season and that aren’t going to look outdated next year,” she explains. “If you have two or three key pieces that you can mix and match, you can create several outfits around those pieces.”
Much of Christina’s style inspiration comes from the women she sees while traveling the world, noting those who carry themselves with style. “I love how European women can add panache to an outfit with something as simple as a scarf,” she says.
Although Christina prefers understated fashion, she doesn’t underestimate the importance of style. “It allows you to express your creativity, your mood,” she says, “and it lets the world know you are comfortable in your own skin.”
For Christina’s frequent travels overseas with her husband, our stylists chose comfortable layers with a European vibe in her favorite neutral color palette.
Christina believes that less is more when it comes to style, so we put together a simple, but elegant, outfit that she can mix and match with different completer pieces.
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