Roni met Christine in January of 2013 while in New York for market. They met at the Mercer Hotel while hanging with mutual friends. The two of them instantly connected while drinking cocktails and talking about babies! As soon as Roni got back to her hotel late that evening, she immediately looked up Christine’s blog, The C Word. Not only did she appreciate her amazing, effortless style, she loved the fact that Christine often discussed the hard and trying days she was having during her first year of motherhood. From that point on, she checked back in at her blog a couple times a week so read her latest post. They’ve kept in touch by phone and occasionally meeting for dinner and drinks in New York when Roni is there for market. We chose to feature Christine for our next Style File because she runs an amazing blog and has the most effortless style all while being a busy writer and New York mama! Now we bring you the beautiful Christine of The C Word:
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOU.
I’m a 27-year-old native North Carolinian who transplanted to New York in December of 2012. I live with my husband, Joe, and my two-year-old daughter, Marlo, in Brooklyn. Currently, I’m a freelance writer and blogger, but I’m working on writing a book. Stay tuned…
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED BLOGGING?
When I graduated from college, I knew that I wanted to write for a living; I just didn’t know where to begin. I began following a few blogs and realized that it was a really great way to 1. hone your skills as a writer; and 2. give an editor a place to read your work even if you haven’t actually been published. It always followed different stages I went through as a young twenty-something but it had no real direction until I became a mother. It’s always a work in progress, as am I.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR BLOG AND WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO SHARE WITH YOUR FOLLOWERS?
My blog is definitely a reflection of my life and what I’m thinking on a daily basis but I try to talk about things that matter to my readers.When I became a mother, I realized that there were very few places that were completely transparent and honest about motherhood—I don’t want to only hear about how perfect motherhood is when I feel like I’m just trying to keep my head above water. From that moment on, I decided that my blog needed to be that place. I want to document the lows as much as the highs because they’re equally valuable in the landscape of motherhood.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ARE YOUR TOP FIVE MOMMY MUST-HAVES?
A good bottle of rosé; leather leggings to suck everything in; Mustela face wipes; glass BKR water bottle; a Canon Rebel SL1—I’m a blogger after all!
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FIVE BEAUTY PRODUCTS?
Peter Thomas Roth Gentle Correcting Pads; Stila Long Wear liquid lipstick in Tesoro; Mario Badescu Rose Water Spray; Organic Argan Oil; Kiehl’s Creme de Corps body lotion
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SUMMER COCKTAIL RECIPE? WHAT ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE SUMMER DISH?
I’m a die-hard rosé drinker. My current favorite is a bottle that I stumbled upon in my local wine store, VRAC Rosé from the Provence region of France. It doesn’t hurt that it’s only ten bucks a bottle. My favorite dish is a BLT with ripe summer tomatoes.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NEW YORK RESTAURANT?
I’m a southerner so my favorite restaurant would have to be The Buttermilk Channel in Carrol Gardens. They have the best fried chicken and cheddar waffles I’ve ever had!! If you aren’t from the south, you probably won’t appreciate such a dish but holy, hell, it’s so good! I craved it while I was pregnant with my daughter, actually.
WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE OUR READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I’d like people to know that what you see is what you get. I’m one of those people who lay *almost* everything on the table—I always have been. I also want people to know that sharing your stories is so important. I’ve made so many lasting relationships with virtual strangers simply because I was honest about my struggles. I think there is a great need for more women to be brutally honest about how hard it can be to wear so many different hats while still trying to keep their own sense of self. If you aren’t made of substance or you aren’t contributing to the world—even in the smallest of ways—what does that say?