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self-care and renewing hope

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Hey! Sorry to hear about your sadness. I pray your mood changes and you find your peace soon enough. Here are a few sermon/sermon series that have always helped to encourage me and revive my hope:

Pr. Steven Furtick - The Expectation Gap
Description: We all live in a gap. The gap between what we expect and what we experience. It’s where our dreams die and passions fade. It’s often the birthplace of our frustration, disappointment, and discouragement. But there’s a solution. There is a way to reconcile this space between. In this series we learn about the Expectation Gap – and the God who is able to bridge it all.Pr. Steven Furtick - Consider the Source
Description: Throughout the Bible, God shows us He is a provider. He tells us not to worry because He knows all our needs. Still, most of us find it hard to trust God when it comes to our job performance, bank account, or relationship status. Why do we struggle entrusting God with our future? How do we learn to live with open hands in a w…

grandpa's work shirt

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wearing my grandpa's work shirt and favorite Gap bootcut jeans. also playing with vscocam filters because i feel like i'm not really taking advantage of what all this app can do.


watercolors

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this vintage tulip wrap skirt is one of my absolute favorites. the colors remind me of the gentle brushstroke of paint on canvas. paired it with some watercolor-inspired heels to complete the look. a little "mixed print"-y, if i do say so myself.


sprite can realness

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the skirt is one of my favorite vintage finds.
i always experiment with wearing different colored blouses with it because i'm tired of just wearing black all the time.
so i channeled my inner soda can.



your age is your age

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I think our parents, and sometimes even society as a whole, forgets that we live in a different time. They don’t realize how the choices they made in raising us greatly altered our paths.

Our parents married younger and had children at younger. Similar to what their parents did. But educational opportunities were beginning to grow in that era so many of our parents had to juggle full-fledged families while they were still college students, which is an incredible thing to attempt. But they did it to honor their parents and further themselves. And, building on their experiences, they often encouraged us to focus education and just trusted that “family comes later”. They told us to take our time and explore life because "family would come later". But they didn't realize just how heavy those words would lay. And now you have a new generation of people who are getting married even later and starting families much later. People like you and I.

So, don’t be so hard on yourse…

orange and gray

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went to church in a more casual look.  vintage silk pencil skirt and a v-neck tee.  i'm beginning to really enjoy simpler things and cleaner cuts.


casual friday

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Laziness is not even talking down your massive sleep braid cause it's 'Casual Friday'.

Maxi

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I'm not really a fan of maxi dresses/skirts. Yes, they're one of the most comfortable clothing pieces ever but I have a thing about length. I want the skirt/dresses so sweep the floor romantically a la Elizabeth Bennet so being 5'6" and a heel aficionado makes this feat a bit difficult. This skirt from Urban Outfitters is the only maxi I have ever found that has allowed my Pride & Prejudice dreams to come true. I'm holding on to it for dear life.


Thrifted Pleats

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I should have taken a close up shot of my face. I have, literally, been searching for Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Shameless for MONTHS. Every Walgreens, CVS, and Target I went to was sold out of the bold purple shade. I, honestly, began to think that perhaps it was a seasonal color that I missed out on purchasing until I saw a commercial for it on television last week. Went to a random CVS to fill a prescription yesterday and... VOILA! I took the last Shameless lip pencil on the shelf. So, thanks, root canal for making this moment possible.


a pop of floral

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Vacation time is over and its back to the Nine-to-Five Shuffle.


Chicago, Pt. 3

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Final post from my Chicago Adventures! I took a lot of pics and I'm pretty positive you want to see all of them, right? LOL.



Visited Chicago Independence Blvd SDA Church on Saturday. The church building is an old synagogue and the new inhabitants have not changed the decor at all. I hate that I forgot to snap the beautiful stained glass and chandelier fixtures in the building. 

Chicago, Pt. 2

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Spent Sunday doing tourist-y things in the city. Millenium Park, Buckingham Fountain in South Park, Trump Towers, Chicago Theatre, and all that jazz. I really love the old historic feel of the city and am glad that they seem very proactive in preserving it. I definitely understand why so many native Chicagoans (is that the word?) don't want to readily leave the area. It's a beautiful cultural hub!


Chicago, Pt. 1

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There is so much rich history and beautiful scenery every where I turn in Chicago. The city seems to have captured the best parts of a small town and a major metropolis to create a really breathtaking & relaxing cultural hub. I really love it here - despite the incessant cold temperature. It is currently 65 degrees outside in the middle of June and I am overwhelmed. Despite this, I took myself over to Touhy Beach in Loyola Park and enjoyed the splendors of Lake Michigan. Being a girl raised on 83 degree beach days, I didn't understand why so many people were swimming and wading in the water. But, I guess when you only have 100 days of summer you make the most out of every situation.



Waxed Florals

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ankle length pants make me feel extremely self-conscious. i always feel as if they make my hips look wider and legs shorter thus making me feel stump-y. that being said, i'm strangely in love with these waxed pants from Zara. i love the muted gray tones, gold zipper details, and how they fit my shape just perfectly. i only wear them with heels because i have to get my leg length from somewhere. paired with a floral sleeveless blouse from H&M, minimal two-tone heels from Forever21, and my favorite taupe thrifted clutch.
i asked on Instagram if the looks I showcase are actual wearable work pieces. i'm fortunate enough to work in a youth-filled office surrounded by individuals with a pretty sick sense of personal style. we're afforded and encouraged to branch out of the "typical" office look (unless, of course, there is a some sort of conference/meeting being held with outside participants). So this look was Wednesday's office look. I threw on a black cardi…

a note on healing

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I wish I could tell you it was easy. I wish there was a Peace Fairy that could wipe away the anger and pain with a wave of her wand. She could sprinkle fairy dust on your hair and the peace you crave would seep into your soul. Doesn't that sound lovely? God knows my broken spirit and these tears would have soared to have that opportunity. Unfortunately, that is very rarely how the story unfolds.
For me, the journey has been way much more difficult and consuming. And, in truth, I’m still in the middle of it so I’m not sure I have all the answers. For now, all I can tell you is that it is okay to be hurt. Your anger, frustration, and pain are all valid. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise. But, in all their validity, you mustn't allow those feelings and emotions to dictate your life. You mustn't allow them to consume your existence. 
I reached the point where I could pray peace and blessings over those who hurt me only when I became tired of the burden of pain. Carryin…

Tumblr Honey Hair

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Pink + Navy

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The Drop Waist

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Last September, Victoria Beckham was photographed in New York City sporting this 1960s-inspired drop waist dress. The billowy frock features a quilted texture and side pockets. I loved the black ribbon detailing at the hem on the dress. She paired it with classic stiletto booties and looked expertly chic and comfortable. I thought the look was entirely darling.

The dress, her self-proclaimed favorite piece from her SS14 collection, was everything I never knew I needed. Clearly, I couldn't afford the original Victoria Beckham piece but... the powers that be recently saw fit that I find a similar style dress at a WAY more reasonable price. Isn't God amazing?

Don't be surprised  if you see this gem re-worn over and over again. Coming of age in during the rise of social media made re-wearing pieces sort of a faux pas and I, sad to say, fell for those shenanigans for a few years. Once it hit Facebook or Instagram, I sort of didn't want to be photographed again. Didn't …