Monthly Archives: August 2015

08/25/15

Wear Now. Wear Later.

It’s ironic that as I type a post on the subject of “How to transition your Summer wardrobe to Fall Style” it is like 90 degrees outside with 100% humidity.

Clearly… still hot, hot summertime.

But, the truth is, kids are back in school, football season is itching to get underway, and I saw my first “Welcome Fall” sign on display at my neighborhood TJ Maxx.

Time to face it ladies. It will be here before we know it.

And I, for one, can’t wait! It’s honestly my 2nd favorite time of year, and a close 2nd only to Christmas. What can I say?!? I am a sucker for all the nostalgia.

Oftentimes I am tempted to think simply because the temperature drops a few dozen degrees that I must abandon all my summer staples and make room for fall & winter, but that is simply not the case. There are many much-loved summer must haves that will transition beautifully into September, October, and beyond.

Love that summery T-shirt dress you have been sporting with sandals and sunnies since late May?

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Pair it with an easy denim jacket, a lightweight scarf, and when it gets even cooler, some opaque tights and some knee or ankle boots.

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And a simple cotton striped A-line dress gets a fall facelift with an addition of a fun sweatshirt and ankle boots. Would love to try this look this fall!

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{Pictures from Babble.com}

Perfection!

I rock a maxi dress ALL. SUMMER. LONG. Love them! And I hate when I have to push them to the back of my closet never to be worn again. At least, until next spring. So, if I can get a bit more wear out of the classic maxi, I am all in!

Maxidress + boots - How to wear a maxi dress in winter

Simply add colorful cardigan, skinny leather belt, scarf, and boots! Such style! I think this look could work for patterned maxis as well- which most of mine are.

And floral with cable knit sweater and flats? Yes please!

how to style a floral maxi in the winter: www.glitterandgingham.com. Maybe a sweater over a maxi dress?

And then there is always leather jacket option!

I have a jacket like this in green. Can't wait for fall to layer it up with maxi dresses/skirts and scarves.

Never disappoints.

And those white or lighter colored jeans you have been crushing on this summer? Don’t hang them up yet!

Thought Labor Day was the time to tuck away your white summer skinnies? No way. You can keep wearing those white jeans all fall long. Here are a few of our favorite looks that will transition your white jeans from summer to fall: 1. Rad in Plaid Look sporty and seasonal by pairing your white skinnies with a plaid flannel. Complete the look with a fitted cargo vest and some neutral ankle booties.

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White jeans for winter.

These looks can play way past Labor Day!

The perfect combos of Wear Now & Wear Later.

Happy falling…

xoxo

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08/20/15

You Need Only Be Still + Giveaway Winner

Time to announce the winner of the Exodus 14:14 custom-made, hand-lettered, beautiful art print in beautiful gray, weathered wood frame for their home. Special thanks to Valerie Wiener’s Art for such a special piece!

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Congratulations are due to Kacina H.!!!!

Yay for you sweet Kacina! What a precious friend you are and always full with the Lord’s encouragement.

I pray it blesses you and others in your home each time you look on it!

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“The Lord, your God, will fight for you; You need only be still.” — Exodus 14:14 

Everytime I read that verse or see that scripture propped on the top of my TV cabinet, I think to myself… “Do I live a life that reflects that?”

“Do I live a life that shows that to others?” … “Is that my testimony?”

And the honest to goodness truth is, no. I don’t live in light of that truth each day.

I am often struck by the words, “you need only”, such simple words with such profound meaning. For someone like me that is always going, doing, thinking, writing, reading, striving, helping, building, etc. It is just one simple ask of our Savior. You need only… be still.

Be still. 

“That’s all?”…  my inquisitive heart asks.

The world expects much more from me. Be smarter, be prettier, be thinner, be funnier, be more intelligent, be more hospitable, do more, work harder, spend more, stretch yourself thinner and thinner until…

The world is full of conditional “ifs”. If you do this, you will garner love. If you do this, you will receive success, praise, accolades, power, fame. And because of all of that, then and only then, will you feel worthy.

But, that is not His message.

I recently read an excerpt from a book by Pastor Tullian Tchividjian, grandson of Billy Graham, entitled Jesus + Nothing = Everything. 

How I longed to hear a message like that!

In it, he writes: “Rediscovering the gospel enabled me to see that- 

because Jesus was strong for me, I was free to be weak; 

because Jesus won for me, I was free to lose; 

because Jesus was someone, I was free to be no one;

because Jesus was so extraordinary, I was free to be ordinary; 

because Jesus already succeeded for me, I was free to fail.” 

Bottom Line. Really.

In Christ, you are already in! The Lord loves you! You are hopelessly and unconditionally loved. No conditional ifs, ands, or buts. God is boldly broadcasting His love for you across the world and across the heavens. Don’t miss the good gifts He gives. Ask Him to open your spiritual eyes so that you may see the wonder.

Timothy Keller once said, “If we are deeply moved by the sight of His love for us, it detaches our hearts from other would-be saviors. We stop trying to redeem ourselves through our pursuits and relationships, because we are already redeemed.”

Take the Exodus 14:14 dare. Be still & be enveloped.

Live in light of His truth for you today.

xoxo…

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