04/12/17

Crushing on Summertime Trends

Barely inching into April and the Atlanta area has already seen its big Spring bloom with Cherry trees, the Dogwoods, and even the azaleas we are so known for during Master’s season in Augusta. Our temperatures are looming well into the 70s and 80s most days with a light breeze in the afternoons.

Summertime is just about upon us, and I for one, enjoy the longer days, the sunny afternoons, and the days spent sitting on a beach somewhere with a good book. What I am not looking forward to so much is the humidity, but you know, you have to take the bad with the good sometimes, and we Southerners certainly know that to be true.

So, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite Summertime trends, accessories, and fashion statements that transfer from the runways to the stores and boutiques right to your very own closet. How to wear them. Where to find them.

Statement Sleeves 

Statement Sleeves, or kimono-blouses, are all the rage this season, and I was a quick and easy convert and I jumped on that bandwagon early, and often.

Gibson Ruffled Handkerchief Hem Top (comes in Regular & Petitie) from Nordstrom, $42 (comes in a variety of colors, but isn’t this emerald lovely?)

Gibson Ruffled Handkerchief Hem Top (Regular & Petite)

Topshop Tie Trumpet Sleeve Top, $80

Topshop Tie Trumpet Sleeve Top

So light, airy, and ultra-sophisticated. Even for the office!

The Matea Off-the-Shoulder Pull over is just the right amount of statement sleeves, for those just wanting to dip their toe in the deep end. It’s a trend worth trying!

Mattea Off-The-Shoulder Pullover

Floral Texture Blouse, $98 at Anthropologie by Eri + Ali

Floral Texture Blouse

Stunning with jeans, chinos, shorts, or tucked into a skirt all summer long!

Bomber Jackets 

Bombs away!

There is something ultra chic and edgy about a bomber jacket. Plus, they are typically lightweight and many are weather resistant perfect for a throw-on-and-go look all summer and fall long.

Madewell Satin Bomber Jacket, at Nordstrom’s for $148

Madewell Satin Bomber Jacket

And they range from sporty to feminine and everything in between. Very versatile!

Juneworthy Bomber from Hei Hei for $78

Juneworthy Bomber

There is something about that crisp and clean white, but it also comes in Mint, Yellow, and Navy.

Trouve’ Embroidered Bomber Jacket, currently on sale for $99 (a 33% discount)

Trouvé Embroidered Bomber Jacket

I have to say, I am sort of partial to the embroidered versions. Don’t know what it is exactly, but they speak to me!

Tropical Florals 

I know what you must be thinking… Tropical florals for summertime and vacation season? Not exactly a revelation, and in truth it is not, but I am not a huge wearer for floral patterns, but these ruffled, dainty slip dresses and maxi skirts and sweaters have me all like… whoa! I need to give bright florals another try!

Grecia Floral Dress by Maeve, $158

Grecia Ruffle Dress

Crushing on that rich combination of pink & tangerine! And, this dress features another very “hot right now” trend of one-shoulder detailing. So, it’s two for one!

And who could resist a good, classic Palms print?

Pleated Palms Skirt by Sunday in Brooklyn, $118

Pleated Palms Skirt

Slide View: 4: Pleated Palms Skirt

A delicious skirt for summertime, and can easily be dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion.

The “Jackie” Cotton Cardigan is a classic cardigan that I have in a variety of colors and they are perfect to throw on over a tank, a dress, or paired with a skirt or pants. And this Cotton Jackie Cardigan in Florida print is a fun, quirky update to a classic perfect for this summer season.

And it’s currently up to 30% off online!!!

Casual Slides 

Sandals are a summertime essential. Along with the all-important pedicure as well. So, polish those nails and slide into something pretty…

Coast Slides from Seychelles (my fave!), $85

Don’t you just love that dusty blue suede? Yum!! And I love the platform for a little extra lift as well.

Doris Kork Sandals by Raphaella Booz are gorgeous and certainly make a statement! And, again at $78, an affordable fashion sandal.

Doris Cork Sandals

Plus, kork is so versatile and can be worn with anything and any color!

The Updated Trench

Trenches. They’re not  just for coats anymore.

Garment-dyed trench dress

Trench dresses and Trench vests are making a splash this spring & summer. And JCrew’s Garment-Dyed Trench dress is simple and ultra-sophisticated. It is shown above in classic khaki, or Golden Tea shade, but also comes in a blush pink and a true navy.

Or maybe an Embroidered Floral Trench?

Embroidered Floral Trench

Always an incredibly investment into your personal closet. A trench is timeliness in every way.

Laces 

Side Lace Tank Top from Sunday in Brooklyn, $88

Side-Laced Tank Top

Just a touch of laces and grommets on this swing tank.

Or, for more of a statement…

Lace-up T Shirt from J Crew for just $49.50! (available in more colors)

It’s a familiar trend, and a comfortable one for most, but is just a small update classic to your staple tees and tanks that punches up the style a bit.

Perfect paired with jeans and sandals for a casual Saturday or Sunday afternoon, or even with ankle pants, wedges or pumps, and a blazer or sweater for a more professional, polished look.

Or a lace-up shirt dress?

Love the simple styling of this pull-on-and-go easy chic dress for summertime. All you need is a hat, sunglasses, and sandals and you are off! Comes in black (as pictured above) along with navy and ivory as well.

Wide Leg Trousers 

Everything old is new again. Isn’t that so just the case with some of the styles we have seen return to fashion? And wide leg pants, culottes, and flare jeans from my most favorite fashion decade, the 70s, have made their return in 2017!

Deni Cropped Wide-legs, from Bishop + Young for $98
Deni Cropped Wide-Legs

And I am seriously crushing on these bright, cherry red linen crop flares from Cartonnier at Anthropologie for $98. Comes in Orange and Royal Blue as well.

Linen Crop Flares

Jeans are getting in on the action as well, even my favorite brand of denim, Pilcro. Here are few of my favorite new designs of theirs:

Folio, Ultra-High Rise Cuffed Jeans, $128

Pilcro Folio Ultra High-Rise Cuffed Jeans

And a more understated flare? These are just perfect! I love their Script denim jeans, most any style. I have a few pairs hanging in my closet right now, in fact!

Pilcro Script High-Rise Crop Jeans

These are a nice, dark wash with a nice, slightly-wide, cropped leg, undone frayed edges, 5-pocket styling, and made with cotton & spandex for easy wear. The Script is one of my go-to’s!

Feminine/Athletic Sneakers 

Athletic leisure is a big fashion trend for this year, and I am not a huge fan of jumpsuits or matching sweat outfits, but I love the idea of these updated, ultra-feminine and funky sneakers that can be paired with your favorite jeans and T shirt or even with a maxi skirt and tank for a stroll through the farmer’s market or brunch out with girlfriends!

Quake, from Seychelles for $120

Seychelles Larissa Ruffle Sneakers

I’m sorry. I have a thing for these. The suede, the platform, the ruffles, the simple styling. So perfect!

Superga Sneaker Mules are the perfect athletic slide perfect for lazy Saturdays.

Slide View: 1: Superga Sneaker Mules

And they are just $68!

So, those are just a few of my current crushes for this summer season, but that’s certainly not the extensive list!

Have fun exploring these and so many other Summer 2017 fashion trends!

xoxo…

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04/05/17

When Waiting Wears you Down…

And honestly, when does waiting not wear you down?

Emotionally. Physically. Spiritually. Intellectually. Waiting is hard, and no matter my age, maturity level, or how deeply rooted my faith may be at that time, waiting does not get any easier for me. And, in all honestly and truth, Trust hasn’t gotten any easier for me.

Which is why I find a kindred spirit and heart-sister-friend in Ann Swindell, a blogger and author who guest posted on Proverbs 31 Ministries recently. Although our circumstances are quite different and our lives seem miles apart, wait seasons, at their core, are very similar. And her words of despair turning to life & encouragement were like water to a parched soul.

Her words are below… I pray they reach and touch you where you are because we are always in some stage of Wait. Coming out of a season of Wait, heading into a season of Wait, or smack dab in the middle of the painful Wait. We are always “ladies in waiting…”

Devotion Graphic

“I sat on the bed and unclenched my hands, trying to pray. From my perspective, the past season had gone painfully wrong.

My work was overwhelming, with deadlines that came too fast and too often. My womb had filled with life and then emptied twice in a handful of months, as we suffered two miscarriages back-to-back. Our daughter visited the ER for a sickness that lingered and broke up our sleep like shattered chalk, and I was wrestling with a physical condition that wore me down every day.

Then, unexpectedly, we found ourselves moving a week before Christmas, which meant a broken lease and high fines, as well as transitioning to a city where friendships would have to be built afresh.

Externally, I was busier than I’d ever been, but on the inside, my soul was barely limping along.

So I did what I always do — I tried to figure out how to fix everything. Maybe if I rearranged my work calendar, or if we saw a specialist or made more money or could get my daughter healthy — maybe then, things would get better. Easier. More hopeful.

But the more I tried to figure things out, the more overwhelmed I became. I started crying out to the Lord, asking the unanswerable question of why: Why were things so hard? Why was there such loss? Why did I feel so stuck?

God answered me, but not in response to my whys.

As I sat and prayed, God reminded me that all the things I was so desperately trying to secure — life, health and provision — come from Him. I can’t heal myself or my daughter. I can’t sustain life in my womb. I can’t force friendships or provide for our family. God alone gives us what we need.

All I can do? Pray. And wait.

I pushed out a hard breath as the tears slowed. Waiting is a recurrent theme in my life, but it has never gotten easier. It’s always painful, because it forces me to remember — again — that I’m not in control. I can’t give myself what I need; I can only ask God to heal, renew and provide.

I sat and prayed that God would change our circumstances, and then I turned to the Word and read verses that declare that I already have all that I need in Christ (Ephesians 1:3, Philippians 4:19). Sitting on that bed, I came to terms with the fact that the Lord has never promised me another child, an easy life, a full bank account or perfect health. But He has promised me more of Himself.

I may have to wait for everything else, but I never have to wait for God.

But why is waiting still so hard? If I have all that I need in Christ, why do I try to fix things instead of waiting for God’s timing? I think it’s because waiting reveals our hearts and how much we want to have control. And in order to wait well, we have to give up that control and stop striving to fix things — and seek Him instead.

Our key verse in Lamentations declares that “The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.” It’s not easy, but “it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD” — to have to wait for God to move on our behalf.

Our difficult circumstances may not change easily or quickly, but as we wait on God and put our hope in Him, rather than hoping in a change of situation, we’ll find that He Himself is more than enough for us.

In Christ, we have all that we need.” 

Truth for you today to triumphantly walk in:

Philippians 4:19, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)

xoxo….

– See more at: http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devo/when-waiting-wears-you-down/#sthash.uSfKkxxf.dpuf
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