All Things are Working for Your Good. 

Hello,

  Know in this moment, God is working ALL things for your good. Let this be your reminder that you are God’s biggest deal, and He loves to see you win! This includes the “good” and the “bad” stuff. He can and will work it out for your benefit. So you can rest easily in whatever is going on in your life. God has you in the palm of His hands. I’m talking about this a little further on my website for my boutique

Waiting Between the Seasons

Hello! 

    It seems like fall has turned into winter in a matter of days here in North Carolina. I was a little thrown off on how to adjust to be honest. I missed the warm weather of summer but I’m so ready for sweater weather. I felt like I was in a state of limbo. When I was growing up, my mom would always equate the seasons changing in terms of weather to the different seasons that we go through as people. One season may be filled with one success after another, while another season may be filled with one trial after another. One thing is for certain though: seasons change. There’s often a period of being uncomfortable during this transition. You’re trying to hold on to one season or maybe you’re anxiously awaiting the next season in your life. 

  I’m not sure if you’re in the middle of a season right now or a period of transition but the good news is, whatever you’re going through right now will pass. I encourage you to be patient where you are. Soak up any lessons that are in front of you. Don’t get discouraged if you’ve been in one season too long and don’t see anything changing. Gods working everything for your favor right now. Trust in His timing!

While we’re in a state of limbo here, I’ve been layering with scarves to help with the awkward weather. Just like this:

Sweater: J Crew

Jeans: Express

Scarf: Target

Boots: Old Navy

Sunglasses: Forever21

Purse: ShoeDazzle 


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Happy Halloween! 

Hello! 
   I worked on Halloween so I celebrated over the weekend by going to a pumpkin patch. I had so much fun! At the pumpkin patch they not only had pumpkins but there was a corn maze, farm animals and apple cider. I’ll be honest, at first it felt awkward being that there were a lot of families there. I went with my sister and husband….and no kids. As I waited for a funnel cake surrounded by kids in costume, I realized that it’s okay to do something childlike every now and then. I think we all can agree that “adulting” can be hard and tiresome at times. When was the last time you did something childlike? Maybe it was playing a board game, building a fort in the living room or visiting a farm? 

I encourage you to try to find joy in the little things. Here are a few pictures from this past weekend: 


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Rose Quartz

Happy Monday!

Yup, I said the words “happy” and “Monday” in the same phrase. It’s normal not to associate those two words together but think about this for a moment. What if we had the power to shape our day based off of the words we spoke? Well, we do! Or at least I believe we do. As you are starting this week off, think about Monday in a positive way. Regardless of the tasks you have in front of you. Think about yourself as positive person who can handle just about anything that comes your way this week. I’m challenging you to do something that is probably going to seem annoying but, who knows, you might just have a better week waiting ahead of you.

Rose Quartz isn’t just one of Pantone’s colors for Spring 2016, it also represents “love” and is set to lower the stress levels of those around it. So here’s some “love” from me to you. I hope it brings you peace for the awesome week awaiting you.

Dress: Old Navy

T-Shirt: Forever21

Shoes: ShoeDazzle

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How to: Wear Midi-Skirts

Happy Easter!

Yes, I know Easter was yesterday but I wasn’t able to blog. I spent my day with my husband. We went to church and then dinner. It was a low-key Easter for us but it’s one that I needed. Easter is a great day to be reminded of hope. It’s a day that reminds me no matter what I’m facing, there’s always the presence of victory in the near future. Whatever you’re facing today, know that you are loved and victory is in your near future! I hope you enjoyed Easter with people you love.

I love this midi-skirt I found. The color adds just enough pop to any outfit. Here’s what I wore:

Skirt: New York & Company

Shirt: Forever 21

Shoes: ShoeDazzle

P.S.- My face is still swollen from getting braces.

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Labor Day

I’ll be back to blogging soon (hopefully by this coming weekend). Healing from the emergency surgery I had to have has been challenging but I’m not questioning God’s purpose. I hope you all are taking the time to relax on this Labor Day! It’s important to take the time out for yourself and slow down every now and then. I’ll be back soon;   until then have a great Labor Day!

  

Believe in Yourself 

If you’re like me, a case of the “what ifs” can overwhelm you. I often catch myself thinking “what if I fail?”, or “what if I mess up?” Seriously doubting myself. I’ve learned to just keep my head up and believe in myself. If I end up saying something silly ( which I probably will) so what?! I’ve learned to just laugh it off and to keep going without being so hard on myself. Believing in yourself doesn’t mean that you won’t mess up, it means that if you do you’ll learn from it and keep moving forward. So lighten up as you start your week. Know that you’ve got this. If you have an interview or a presentation, know that you’ve already got it in the bag! Just some Monday motivation 😉

  

Feel Good and Look Good

I think people often look at fashion as a superficial topic. As if only shallow people think about what they wear. People forget that first impressions actually do matter. 

The truth is, people make up their mind about you within the first few seconds of meeting you. What you wear can say a lot about who you are and how you feel. That’s why it’s so important to focus on how you feel on the inside. It’s been said “if you feel good, you look good.” 

Well how do you feel good? Diet? Exercise? Please know that I am not a therapist. These are just my tips on how I make sure I “feel good.”

1. You are What You Eat

I know you’ve heard that before but it’s true. My advice is to start small and work your way up. Start by increasing your intake of water then work on decreasing the junk food so it doesn’t all seem overwhelming. It’s supposed to be a lifestyle change. 

2. Exercise 

I’ve posted about how much I enjoy Yoga. Not only because I have scoliosis (which limits my athletic ability) but it’s relaxing and tones my muscles as well. Again, start small so it doesn’t seem overwhelming. Start with just 20 minutes of exercise and increase the duration overtime. Sometimes I am out biking, taking a walk or doing yoga. Switching up my exercise helps so that I don’t get bored. 

3. Think Positive

Now this may take time. It’s a habit that has to be formed. Literally every time I start thinking negatively, I have to snap out of it and think about whatever situation in a positive light. It’s so draining to be negative all of the time so why do it?

Here’s a quote from one of my favorite stylists Stacy London: