Monthly Archives: September 2015

09/29/15

Screaming Truth.

At church on Sunday, we sang a familiar song, “We are the Sons & Daughters of God”. One of those songs that I could close my eyes and sing every lyric without reminder on the jumbotron. And that’s exactly what I did, until we sang this verse…

When lies speak louder than the truth, Remind me that I BELONG to you!” 

My eyes flew open and I felt like He was speaking straight to my heart.

My eyes overflowed with emotion and I was reminded in that moment how incredibly and irrevocably loved I was. How loved I am.

Because He knows my heart. And He knows my mind. And He knows that the lies of the enemy have been screamed over me these last few weeks.

Screamed far louder than the truth that I know and hold to.

Screamed more frequently than how often I reminded myself of truth.

Screamed far more than I should ever have allowed.

And the worst part? I was weak and I listened, and at times, I even fell victim to it.

You are unworthy.

Unlovable. Undesirable. Forgotten. 

Your dreams and plans are impossible.

Unattainable. Unrealistic. 

I don’t know what the enemy whispers to you, what your version of Spiritual kryptonite is, but mine always revolve around my insecurities. Unfortunately, the enemy is all too familiar with my insecurities.

He knows right where to get me. And you.

So, to combat the lies of the enemy, I want truth screamed over me.

Truth to envelop me and remind who I am, and more importantly, whose I am.

And when you are reminded of that… the enemy has no power here. And His whispers disintegrate in the presence of the Almighty’s promises.

You are incredibly worthy. I gave my life for you. Never doubt your worth. 

I know every hair on your head, every thought you have ever wondered, every step you will take, and every adventure or heartache you will face. And still, I will be with you. 

Your dreams are attainable, but only if you dream them, if you pray them with me. With me, and only in Me, all things are possible. 

Use those gifts I have given for good. For the kingdom. 

You are irrevocably loved and to remind you of that, I leave whispers of hope & God kisses throughout your day & put people in your path to remind you that I am closer than you think.

I withhold no good thing from those who love me. I am not holding out on you. But rather, heaping my approval on you spoonful by spoonful.  

SCREAM Truth over you. Because warfare is real. And the more real you get with others, the more you share your heart, the more you understand the heart of God, the more you will need to scream.

Let’s scream.

xoxo

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09/24/15

Fall Styling 101

I love a lot of things about fall.

The leaves are changing. There is a snap in the air.

College football is in full-swing.

It’s a good excuse to flavor almost anything, within reason, with Pumpkin Spice.

My family’s annual visit to the N GA mountains for apple picking is just a few short weekends away.

But most of all, I love dressing for fall. It’s my absolute favorite.

Many love the simplicity of summer. You know- shorts, cotton tees, sun-dresses, and sandals (and I am certainly not against any of that), but I much prefer tights and boots and scarves and layers. Not sure what that says about me?

And I don’t even care!

So, here are some of my favorite fall styling snapshots from around the web to help you get creative and feel inspired with items you most likely already have in your closet. Open your eyes to see new ways to wear them and enjoy them this season!

Sneakers, Black Skinnies, Sweater Jacket,big tote... perfect!:

Over-sized sweaters, jackets, kimonos, and ponchos.

Grey Poncho. Love.:

They are absolutely everywhere this season!

And I know you have at least a few of these hanging in your closet as I type.

Oversized sweater layered over a tee with casual clutch and booties: Love the photo above paired with a simple white combed-cotton tee. Adds dimension and balance to her overall look.

To keep the top and bottom proportional and balanced, pair that luxuriously roomy sweater or jacket with a slimmer silhouette- skinny or straight-leg jeans, leggings, or even a modified pencil skirt and tights. For an even slimmer and more sophisticated look, pair monochromatically with one solid color underneath. Black is always a great option and a personal favorite of mine!

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Don’t shy away from pattern play and mixing textures.

Love her use of a striped cotton tee, a worn-in caramel colored leather jacket. and a plaid flannel scarf. So much for the eye to take in, but it all works in harmony.

 : Tunics & mini-dresses over jeans… yes! I absolutely love this trend.

Same advice as above, regarding proportion, keep the bottom more simplified. And if the colors are more similar, like a dark wash jean and a black, navy, or grey tunic/dress, the look is more polished and flows easier rather than “cutting you in half” and making you appear shorter than you are. Because- who wants that?!? No one!

mod little black dress, over jeans:

Also a great excuse to stretch out the wear of some of those summer dresses and tunics. More wear = more value!
how to wear a fur vest:

Faux fur vests are my love language.

You feel me? … Good.

Absolutely glorious paired with turtlenecks (yes, I am and always will be in support of turtlenecks- they are classic), long-sleeved tees, sweatshirts, sweaters, dresses, pants, skirts… really almost anything in your closet.

Want to add instant glam?

2015 Winter fashion inspiration - Jennifer Rizzo:

Throw on some fur! You won’t believe the difference it makes.

The scarf is the timeless accessory synonymous with fall.

Inventive scarf ties…

 : Knotted at each end, the scarf becomes a grand statement piece similar to a lariat or necklace.

love the way she tied this scarf!:

Doubled up and loosely knotted creating an infinity scarf. Frames the face beautifully and allows what’s underneath to really shine!

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Love it worn as a shawl with a belt.:

And then, of course, there is the classic blanket scarf. I love the idea of wearing it belted and draped like a shawl. With a cotton, long-sleeved tee and jeans, it’s an elevated, casual look.

Want to add new interest to your handbag game?

neutrals:

Carry an over-sized envelope clutch instead.

Fun Mix:

So chic with so little effort.

Clutches are no longer just for evening!

Break the rules. It’s fun.

So, let’s get ready for fall! Fall fashion & styling is fun…

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